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S 1601 - Human Cloning Research bill - Key Vote

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Edward Kennedy, Sr. voted Nay (Cloture Vote) on this Legislation.

Read statements Edward Kennedy, Sr. made in this general time period.

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Legislation - Cloture Not Invoked (Senate) (42-54) - (Key vote)

Title: Human Cloning Research bill

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote on a motion to invoke cloture on a bill that would ban the process of human cloning.

Highlights:
  • Disallows the use of somatic cell nuclear transfer technology for purposes of human cloning.
  • Bans the creation of cloned human embryos that would never have the opportunity for implantation.
  • Prohibits the importation of an embryo produced through somatic cell nuclear transfer technology.
  • Sets the penalty for violating the prohibition at up to 10 years in prison, a fine, or both.
  • Establishes the National Commission to Promote a National Dialogue on Bioethics which will provide a national forum for discussion of bioethical issues, including cloning, and report on its findings to Congress.
  • Expresses the sense of Congress that the Federal Government should advocate for an international effort to prohibit the use of human somatic cell nuclear transfer technology to produce a human embryo.
Note:

NOTE: INVOKING CLOTURE REQUIRES A 3/5 MAJORITY OF THE SENATE. IT IS NOT A VOTE ON THE PASSAGE OF THE PIECE OF LEGISLATION, BUT LIMITS FURTHER DEBATE TO 30 HOURS. CLOTURE IS TYPICALLY USED TO END A FILIBUSTER. A FAILED CLOTURE VOTE OFTEN PREVENTS THE LEGISLATION FROM EVER COMING TO A VOTE.

Legislation - Introduced (Senate) -

Title: Human Cloning Research bill

Sponsors

  • Chester Trent Lott Sr. (MS - R) (Out Of Office)

Co-sponsors

  • Edmond Spencer Abraham (MI - ) (Out Of Office)
  • Christopher S. 'Kit' Bond (MO - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Daniel R. Coats (IN - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Michael 'Mike' DeWine (OH - R) (Out Of Office)
  • William H. 'Bill' Frist (TN - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Rodney 'Rod' Grams (MN - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Judd A. Gregg (NH - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Charles T. 'Chuck' Hagel (NE - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Jesse Helms (NC - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Y. Tim Hutchinson (AR - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Kay Bailey Hutchison (TX - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Richard G. 'Dick' Lugar (IN - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Don Nickles (OK - ) (Out Of Office)
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