Mike Conaway on Stem Cell Research

Last Updated : Aug 10, 2010

Summary

Congressman Conaway has stated that he supports the use of stem cells in research, but not the use of embryonic stem cells.

 

Campaign Website Statements

Stem Cell Research: Conscience in Science

I encourage the search for crucial all-purpose stem cells, from sources other than embryos, for life-saving research. It is vital that this research be carried out in a way that respects the sanctity of life. Recent studies have discovered alternative ways to create stem cells. In truth, alternative types of human stem cells drawn from adults, children and umbilical cord blood have already achieved therapeutic results in thousands of patients with many different diseases. Adult stem cells have benefited patients suffering from at least 72 diseases and conditions, including various forms of cancer, Parkinson's disease and Sickle Cell Anemia. The fact is that stem cells can be obtained without killing human embryos and taxpayers should not be forced to pay for research that sacrifices life for science

 

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. Mike Conaway voted against the Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act of 2007.

Mike Conaway voted against 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. Mike Conaway voted against the Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act of 2007.

Mike Conaway voted against the Stem 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.. Mike Conaway voted against overturning the veto on the Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act of 2005.

Mike Conaway voted against 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. Mike Conaway voted in favor of the Alternative Pluripotent Stem Cell Therapies Enhancement Act.

Mike Conaway voted in favor of 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. Mike Conaway voted in favor of the Stem Cell Therapeutic and Research Act of 2005.

Mike Conaway 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. Mike Conaway voted against the Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act.

Mike Conaway voted against the Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act.

 

Sponsored and Cosponsored Legislation

Session-110; Bill Number-H R 322; Alternative Pluripotent Stem Cell Therapies Enhancement Act of 2007 - Cosponsor

To derive human pluripotent stem cell lines using techniques that do not harm human embryos.

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