Shelley Berkley on Stem Cell Research

Last Updated : Oct 29, 2012

Summary

Congresswoman Berkley is a strong supporter of government funding for stem cell research and embryonic stem cell research. In 2005, she voted for the Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act and the Stem Cell Therapeutic and Research Act of 2005. In 2006, she voted for the Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act of 2005 and the following year she voted for the Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act of 2007. In 2006, she voted against the Alternative Pluripotent Stem Cell Therapies Enhancement Act.

Presidential Veto

When the Republicans refused to override President Bush's veto of stem cell legislation, Congresswoman Berkley stated that the stem cell research bill could have directly benefited an estimated 100 million of our fellow Americans, those personally fighting these diseases and their family members who share their suffering and pain.

Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act of 2007

In supporting the Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act, Congresswoman Berkley stated that a vote in favor of the bill would extend hope to millions of American families whose loved ones are battling cancer, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, diabetes, spinal cord injuries and other debilitating diseases. She added that most of the stem cell lines authorized for federally-funded research under the President’s policy are now no longer useful for research.

 

Republican Refusal to Override Veto

In July of 2006, Congresswoman Berkley spoke on the House floor about her response to Republican refusals to override the Bush veto of the stem cell legislation.

 

Opposition to Veto

In January of 2007, Congresswoman Berkley issued a press statement noting her opposition to President Bush's veto of the stem cell research legislation.

 

Disappointment in Veto

In June of 2007, Congresswoman Berkley issued a press staberkley.house.gov/2007/06/pr-2007-062007a.shtmltement noting her opposition to President Bush's veto of the stem cell research legislation by President Bush.

 

Voting Record

Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act of 2007

The bill came back up for another vote in roll call 443 where it passed 247-146 before it was vetoed by President Bush. Shelley Berkley voted in favor of the Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act of 2007.

Shelley Berkley voted in favor of the Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act of 2007.

Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act of 2007

In January 2007, the Senate passed S 5 - the Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act with wide support from Democrats and moderate support from Republicans. The Act required the Secretary of Health and Human Services to conduct and support research that utilizes human embryonic stem cells, regardless of the date on which the stem cells were derived from a human embryo. Specific limitations were put in place to ensure that the embryos would not have been used for other purposes and were not created specifically for research. The bill passed both the house and senate, but was vetoed by President Bush. Shelley Berkley voted in favor of theStem Cell Research Enhancement Act of 2007.

Shelley Berkley voted in favor of theStem Cell Research Enhancement Act of 2007.

Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act of 2005

In 2006, an initial effort to pass a stem cell research bill through congress was also vetoed by President Bush. The veto override failed to achieve the necessary 2/3 majority.. Shelley Berkley voted in favor of overturning the veto on the Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act of 2005.

Shelley Berkley voted in favor of overturning the veto on the Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act of 2005.

The Alternative Pluripotent Stem Cell Therapies Enhancement Act

In 2006, the Senate passed the Alternative Pluripotent Stem Cell Therapies Enhancement Act. Although it was widely supported in the Senate, it did not reach the 2/3 necessary to pass the House without objection in a 273-154 vote. Shelley Berkley voted against the Alternative Pluripotent Stem Cell Therapies Enhancement Act.

Shelley Berkley voted against the Alternative Pluripotent Stem Cell Therapies Enhancement Act.

Stem Cell Therapeutic and Research Act of 2005

In 2005, Congress passed the Stem Cell Therapeutic and Research Act of 2005. The bill set up requirements for the Secretary of Health and Human Services to contract with qualified cord blood stem cell banks to assist in the '); echo('collection and maintenance of 150,000 new units of high-quality cord blood to be made available for transplantation through the C.W. Bill Young Cell Transplantation Program. The bill passed almost unanimously in roll call 205. Shelley Berkley voted in favor of the Stem Cell Therapeutic and Research Act of 2005.

Shelley Berkley voted in favor of the Stem Cell Therapeutic and Research Act of 2005.

Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act

In May of 2005, the House passed the Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act. This legislation would have allowed research on human embryonic stem cells created after President Bush's 2001 deadline. The measure passed the House and Senate, but was vetoed. It passed the House 238-194. Shelley Berkley voted in favor of the Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act.

Shelley Berkley voted in favor of the Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act.

 

Sponsored and Cosponsored Legislation

Session-111; Bill Number-H R 4808; Stem Cell Research Advancement Act of 2009 - Cosponsor

Amends the Public Health Service Act to require the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) to conduct and support research that utilizes human stem cells, including human embryonic stem cells. Limits such research to stem cells that meet the following requirements: (1) the stem cells were derived from human embryos donated from in vitro fertilization clinics, were created for the purposes of reproductive treatment, and were in excess of the needs of the individuals seeking such treatment; (2) it was determined through consultation with the individuals seeking reproductive treatment that the embryos would never be implanted in a woman and would otherwise be discarded; and (3) the individuals seeking reproductive treatment donated the embryos with written informed consent and received no financial or other inducements.

Session-110; Bill Number-H R 3; Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act of 2007 - Cosponsor

To amend the Public Health Service Act to provide for human embryonic stem cell research.

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