Robert Menendez on Stem Cell Research

Last Updated : Feb 17, 2011

Support for Stem Cell Research

In May of 2006, Senator Menendez released a press statement noting his support for stem cell research legislation.

 

Floor Statements

In February of 2006, Senator Menendez released a press statement noting his floor remarks urging the passage of legislation to allow and fund embryonic stem cell research.

 

Health Insurance Marketplace Modernization and Affordability Act, S. 1955

In May of 2006, Senator Menendez released a press statement noting his support for legislation to fund embryonic stem cell research.

 

Stand Up for Sound Science

In July of 2006, Senator Menendez released a press statement noting his support for embryonic stem cell research and his belief that legislation should be passed to fund it. He also spoke on the floor about the Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act.

 

Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act of 2007

In April of 2007, Senator Menendez released a press statement noting a floor speech in support of the Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act of 2007.

Days later, Senator Menendez released another statement noting the passage of the legislation and urging the President to sign it into law.

 

Authorization of Stem Cell Research

 In December of 2009, Senator Menendez released a press statement noting his support for President Obama's decision to allow 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. Robert Menendez voted against the Hope Offered through Principled and Ethical Stem Cell Research.

Robert Menendez voted against 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. Robert Menendez voted in favor of the Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act of 2007

Robert Menendez 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. Robert Menendez voted in favor of the Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act.

Robert Menendez 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. Robert Menendez voted in favor of the Alternative Pluripotent Stem Cell Therapies Enhancement Act

Robert Menendez 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. Robert Menendez voted in favor of the Stem Cell Therapeutic and Research Act of 2005.

Robert Menendez 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. Robert Menendez voted in favor of the Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act.

Robert Menendez voted in favor of the Stem Cell Research 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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