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Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2003

Location: Washington, DC

PAGE S12493
Oct. 14, 2003

Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2003

(At the request of Mr. DASCHLE, the following statement was ordered to be printed in the RECORD.)

Mr. KERRY. Mr. President, it is high time we have a strong genetic information protection law on the books. The Senate bill I am voicing support for today is a step in the right direction. However, while I am pleased to join a bipartisan effort to pass S. 1053, the Genetics Information Nondiscrimination Act, I hold out hope that the enforcement provisions in the bill can be strengthened prior to final passage. The House of Representatives will soon be conducting hearings on the unanimously-passed Senate legislation and will be working to craft their own version of the law. I sincerely hope that the House works to strengthen—not weaken the bill. One area where the bill can be strengthened is to give some real teeth to the enforcement protections. If our goal of limiting discrimination based on genetic information is to be realized, we must work to ensure that those whom we seek to protect can truly use this law to guard against discriminatory actions.·

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