Olympia Snowe on Stem Cell Research

Last Updated : Feb 01, 2011

Summary

Senator Snowe supports federal funding of stem cell research. She supported the 2005 Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act and the Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act of 2007. When President Obama lifted the ban on federal funding for stem cell research, Senator Snowe stated that President Obama gave great hope to millions of Americans who suffer from a multitude of devastating diseases that have shown such great promise of being alleviated or cured through advanced stem cell research.

 

Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act

 In January of 2007, Senator Snowe introduced the Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act. She released a press statement noting the legislation.

 

Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act of 2007

In March of 2007,Senator Snowe issued a press statement noting legislation that she was introducing to aid in future research using stem cells.

 

Obama Decision to Lift Ban

In February of 2009, Senator Snowe released a press statement noting her support for President Obama's decision to lift the ban on federal funding for embryonic stem cell research.

Voting Record

Hope Offered through Principled and Ethical Stem Cell Research

The final piece of legislation was dubbed the "HOPE" Act and was voted on the same day. The Hope Act (S30) shared many of the same parameters as the the Stem Cell Research Act, in that it mostly ensured that no new stem cells be created for the sole purpose of using them in research. The bill also ensured that no embryos be damaged in research. Olympia Snowe voted in favor of the Hope Offered through Principled and Ethical Stem Cell Research.

Olympia Snowe voted in favor of the Hope Offered through Principled and Ethical Stem Cell Research.

Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act of 2007

In April of 2007, two more stem cell related bills were voted on in the Senate. The Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act of 2007 (S5) passed with support from a vast majority of Democratic Senators and about 1/3 of the Republican Senators. The legislation required (among other things) that any research done on stem cells involve only those which already existed. Olympia Snowe voted in favor of the Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act of 2007

Olympia Snowe voted in favor of the Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act of 2007

Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act

In July of 2006, the Senate 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 Senate 63-37. Olympia Snowe voted in favor of the Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act.

Olympia Snowe voted in favor of the Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act.

Alternative Pluripotent Stem Cell Therapies Enhancement Act

In July of 2006, the Senate voted unanimously to pass the Alternative Pluripotent Stem Cell Therapies Enhancement Act S 2754. The bill required the Secretary of Health and Human Services to do the following three tasks: provide guidance concerning the next steps required for additional research; prioritize research with the greatest potential for near-term clinical benefit; and take into account techniques outlined by the President\'s Council on Bioethics and any other appropriate techniques and research. Olympia Snowe voted in favor of the Alternative Pluripotent Stem Cell Therapies Enhancement Act

Olympia Snowe voted in favor of the Alternative Pluripotent Stem Cell Therapies Enhancement Act

 

Sponsored and Cosponsored Legislation

Session-110; Bill Number-S 5; Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act of 2007 - Cosponsor

Amends the Public Health Service Act to require 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. Limits such research to stem cells that meet the following ethical requirements: (1) the stem cells were derived from human embryos donated from in vitro fertilization clinics for the purpose of fertility treatment and were in excess of the needs of the individuals seeking such treatment; (2) the embryos would never be implanted in a woman and would otherwise be discarded; and (3) such individuals donate the embryos with written informed consent and receive no financial or other inducements.

Session-109; Bill Number-S 471; Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act of 2005 - Cosponsor

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

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