Statement of U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander on Stem Cell Research Votes

Posted on July 18, 2006

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) issued the following statement after his vote for the Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act of 2005, which passed the Senate today: “Embryonic stem cell research has enormous promise for lifesaving treatments that may help cure juvenile diabetes, Parkinson’s, spinal injury and other debilitating diseases. That is why I voted for the House-passed legislation that expands federal funding of research on stem cells derived from excess embryos at fertility clinics. "President Bush has already said that federal funds may be used in some cases for research on some stem cell lines derived from fertilized eggs. This bill will increase the number of stem cell lines available for federal research. “I also voted for two other bills that passed the Senate today – first, legislation to encourage stem cell research that does not involve the destruction of embryos and, second, a ban on fetal farming, the practice of creating fetuses solely for research purposes.”