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Friday, May 27, 2005

Coble votes in favor of Stem Cell Research Bill....

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STEM CELL RESEARCH VOTE: Earlier this week the U.S. House of Representatives voted 238-194 to pass the Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act, which would lift restrictions on embryonic stem cell research. Voting for the bill were 187 Democrats, 50 Republicans and one independent. Voting against it were 180 Republicans and 14 Democrats. Here’s how North Carolina’s delegation in the House voted on the bill :

DEMOCRATS FOR (5): G.K. Butterfield, Bob Etheridge, Brad Miller, David Price, Mel Watt
REPUBLICANS FOR (1): Howard Coble
DEMOCRATS AGAINST (1): Mike McIntyreREPUBLICANS AGAINST (5): Virginia Foxx, Robin Hayes, Walter Jones, Patrick McHenry, Sue Myrick, Charles Taylor

Secretary of Health and Human Services would be given approval to use federal funds to conduct research utilizing embryonic stem cells if the cells meet certain conditions set out in the legislation. Most existing material derived from human embryos that qualifies for U.S. government funding have been contaminated by mouse proteins that could make humans reject these therapies.

I appreciate Howard's vote to help the efforts toward research on Parkinson's and Alzheimer's disease, cancer, MS [multiple sclerosis], Lou Gehrig's disease and other fatal, debilitating diseases...


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