BONO VOICES OPPOSITION TO PRESIDENT'S STEM CELL VETO
In response to President Bush's veto of the Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act of 2007, S. 5, Congresswoman Mary Bono (CA-45) joined Republican colleagues at a press conference to express their continued support for stem cell research.
"While I commend President Bush for taking the initiative in 2001 to provide federal funds for stem cell research, I am deeply disappointed with the decision to move ahead with this veto," said Bono. "Many human diseases arise from a defect in a single gene; muscular dystrophy, cystic fibrosis, and Huntington's disease to name a few. Embryonic research provides an unparalleled opportunity to understand and perhaps correct some of the errors that result in these medical conditions."
The press conference, which was held on the steps of the Cannon House Building at 3 PM, was attended by Congressmen Michael Castle (R-DE), Christopher Shays (R-CT), Mark Steven Kirk (R-IL), and Congresswoman Ginny Brown-Waite (R-FL).
Congressman Castle delivered opening remarks that outlined the importance for Congress to support that advancement of stem cell research and accompanying initiatives; and mentioned that the legislation is one vote short of overriding the veto in the U.S. Senate.
"The President's veto today is not in line with the hope that he created in 2001," stated Bono. "His leadership at that time opened a critical door to some of the most promising research of our generation and embryonic stem cell research will enhance and advance that vision of progress."