Today’s 95-0 vote sends the measure back to the House, which could approve it early next week. President Bush supports the legislation.
Maine Sen. Olympia Snowe, one of three sponsors of the Senate bill, calls the legislation ":unique and groundbreaking.": Snowe says it’s the first time the Senate has acted to prevent discrimination before it has taken firm hold.
The Republican senator said there are more than 1,100 genetic tests available today. But she said they’re ":absolutely useless": if fear of discrimination discourages people from taking tests or participating in clinical trials.