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Hare Again Votes to Expand Embryonic Stem Cell Research

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Location: Washington, DC

Hare Again Votes to Expand Embryonic Stem Cell Research

For the second time in just over five months, Congressman Phil Hare (D-IL) today voted to provide hope to millions of suffering Americans through the expansion of embryonic stem cell research.

"There is hardly a single American who does not have a sick family member or friend that could benefit from the promise of embryonic stem cell research," Hare said. "This vote is for my mentor and predecessor Congressman Lane Evans who is suffering from Parkinson's, my good friends Doug and Kim House whose little boy struggles daily with juvenile diabetes, and the millions of other Americans with potentially curable diseases."

The Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act of 2007 (S. 5) would increase the number of embryonic stem cell lines eligible for federally-funded research. The bill includes strict ethical guidelines, including stipulating that embryos can be used only if the donors give their written consent. It also requires that any embryo used to generate stem cell lines would have otherwise been discarded by fertility clinics.

The House passed a similar bill (H.R. 3) as part of the "100 Hours Agenda" in January. The Senate then passed S. 5 in April. By passing S. 5 today, the House is sending the bill directly to the President's desk, where a veto is expected.

"President Bush's threatened veto is nothing more than ideology under the guise of ethical concerns," Hare said. "In a politically divided nation, embryonic stem cell research has brought together a remarkable bipartisan coalition in Congress and the country. The President should not stand in the way of such consensus in order to pander to the extreme of his party."

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