Another Year Without Funding Embryonic Stem Cell Research
Sean Tipton, President of the Coalition for the Advancement of Medical Research lays out what's at stake:
Many things have happened in the past year, since the House passed the Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act:
-- 1,000 bills were introduced;
-- 465 of them passed in the Senate; and
-- 124 bills were presented to the President of the United States.
However, while the Senate was considering those 1,000 bills, passing 465 of them, and sending 124 to the White House:
-- 1.4 million Americans were diagnosed with cancer;
-- 60,000 Americans were diagnosed with Parkinson's;
-- 11,000 Americans suffered spinal cord injuries; and
-- 1.5 million adults were diagnosed with diabetes.
Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid also describes his efforts to bring the legislation to the floor:
Over the past year, I have repeatedly asked the Senate Majority Leader to find time to consider this bill, which a bipartisan majority of Senators support. My requests for action have been met by delay and inaction.
As Nancy Reagan stated it in a letter to Senator Hatch dated May 1, 2006, "For those who are waiting every day for scientific progress to help their loved ones, the wait for United States Senate action has been very difficult and hard to comprehend."
Few issues are as important to the American people as legislation that could provide medical breakthroughs that would benefit hundreds of millions of people suffering from illnesses like cancer, Alzheimer's, diabetes, Parkinson's, spinal cord injuries, heart disease, and ALS. We can do better for the 100 million Americans counting on the promise of this ground breaking research. It is time for the Republican leadership to stop delaying and denying hope and to take up and pass the Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act (H.R. 810) immediately.
Let the delays end and the voting begin!