Mr. BOSWELL. Madam Speaker, I rise today to commend President Obama for overturning former President Bush's ban on Federal funding for embryonic stem cell research.
Lifting this 8-year-old restriction provides hope for doctors, scientists, and those in my district, our State, our country, who have waited far too long for research that may provide them with cures for diseases such as diabetes, Alzheimer's, multiple sclerosis, cancer, and others.
Just this weekend, I met with a young lady who I've grown to know very well, Karli Borcherding, who lives with juvenile diabetes and has done a great service to so many by sharing her story and educating countless Americans on this life-altering illness. Each time I meet with her, she reminds me of the hope that stem cell research holds for not just her, but children and young people like her who live with this disease.
Stem cell research has the potential to revolutionize the way patients are treated. We must utilize the best minds and the best science to find cures for people living with chronic diseases.
Our ability to utilize and encourage scientific and medical research has been put on hold too long. I am confident that President Obama will continue to work to enhance medical research and bring renewed hope to those who deserve access to the best medicine possible.