Bono Issues Statement on Senate Stem Cell Vote
In response to the U.S. Senate vote on H.R. 810, the Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act of 2005, Congresswoman Mary Bono (R-CA) issued the following statemen
"I commend the Senate for passing H.R. 810, the Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act of 2005. Stem cell research has the potential to revolutionize medical treatment and may someday provide cures for some the most devastating and debilitating conditions. I urge President Bush to reconsider his veto threat and move forward with legislation that would enable scientists to continue their critical research and ensure that our nation remains competitive with the rest of the world.
"Today, I joined my colleagues, Representatives Michael Castle and Nancy Johnson, in writing President Bush to request his approval for a measure that would advance this promising new research. It is my hope that we will continue to work together on all levels to allow for ethical and comprehensive stem cell research."
Congresswoman Bono, along with Congressmen Edward Markey (D-MA), Mike Castle (R-DE), Charlie Bass (R-NH) and Congresswoman Diana DeGette (D-CO) introduced the House version of this legislation that bans human cloning while regulating a promising form of stem cell research called somatic cell nuclear transfer (SCNT). This legislation, which passed in the U.S. House in April of 2005 with bi-partisan support, is designed to ensure that SCNT research can continue under strict federal and ethical guidelines and cannot be used for the cloning of a human being.