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    WE WON HR 810 PASSES 238-194

    Coalition for the Advancement of Medical Research

    For more information contact:
    Julie Kimbrough, w: 212-585-3501, c: 646-734-6091, juliekimbrough@earthlink.net

    Sean Tipton, w: 202-863-2492, c: 202-421-5112, stipton@asrm.dc.org

    Amber McCracken, w: 202-293-2856, ext. 116, c: 703-599-0134, ammcracken@agingresearch.org



    For Immediate Release

    Patients Win Big on Capitol Hill

    Historic stem cell legislation passes the House of Representatives



    Washington, DC-May 24, 2005-In a landmark vote today that gives hope to millions of patients throughout the nation, the U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation to expand federal stem cell policy-a highly restrictive policy announced on August 9, 2001. H.R. 810, introduced by Representatives Michael Castle (R-DE) and Diana DeGette (D-CO), was passed 238 to 194. The Coalition for the Advancement of Medical Research representing over 90 patient groups, universities and scientific societies led the charge to support federal funding of embryonic stem cell research.

    "We are deeply grateful to all Members of the House who heard the concerns of the people and cast this historic vote," said Daniel Perry, President of CAMR. "Today, Members from both sides of the aisle joined forces to take a stand for patients. In a time of increased tension between the parties, this strong show of bi-partisanship proves that it doesn't matter what your political or religious beliefs are-stem cell research touches us all," he added.

    "When doctors told me I would never walk again, I could have simply given up hope, but I didn't," said Cody Unser who spoke at a CAMR press conference this morning on Capitol Hill. "Today, I am more hopeful than ever knowing I am one small step closer to my dream of walking again," she added. Ms. Unser, 18, was paralyzed five years ago as a result of Transverse Myelitis disease. She and her family live in New Mexico.

    "This is an incredible step forward for Parkinson's patients," said Jackie Hunt Christensen who spoke at the press conference today and watched the debate from the House gallery. "I've had Parkinson's for more than eight years and winning today means I might have a chance to stand-up and walk at my children's graduations in a few years. That would mean the world to me," she added. Ms. Hunt, a 41-year-old mother of two, lives with her family in Minnesota.

    CAMR representatives are available this evening and tomorrow for comment and live interviews. Please contact Julie Kimbrough, 212-585-3501 or Sean Tipton, 202-421-5112.

    Scientists believe embryonic stem cells may hold vast potential in the fight against deadly diseases. The cells, which can replicate themselves indefinitely, may some day be used to grow new tissue that will become the "missing link" needed to cure some of the world's most debilitating illnesses. Stem cells come from excess fertilized eggs stored in freezers at in vitro fertility (IVF) clinics. There are tens of thousands of these fertilized eggs available for research. Nearly half of infertile couples say they would like to see some good come from their excess eggs. Polls show a majority of Bush voters support expanding the current federal policy.

    "We thank Mr. Castle, Mrs. DeGette, and all our champions in Congress for their great leadership today. We have strong bi-partisan backing also in the Senate and we look forward to building on today's momentum to achieve passage there. Much has changed since the President announced his policy four years ago, and we hope to work closely with the Administration to find a way to move this important research forward," added Perry.

    The Coalition for the Advancement of Medical Research (CAMR), is comprised of nationally-recognized patient organizations, universities, scientific societies, foundations, and individuals with life-threatening illnesses and disorders, advocating for the advancement of breakthrough research and technologies in regenerative medicine - including stem cell research and somatic cell nuclear transfer - in order to cure disease and alleviate suffering. For more information on CAMR, visit the website: www.camradvocacy.org

    "A hero is an ordinary individual who finds the strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles"....C. Reeve 1998

    Every day I wake up is a good one

    #2
    YAY!!!!!!! [img]/forum/images/smilies/cool.gif[/img]

    ~ The recipe for perpetual ignorance is: be satisfied with your opinions and content with your knowledge ~ Elbert Hubbard (1856 - 1915)
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      #3
      I hope there's a big ol' CAMR party in DC tonight!

      "...I mean the wheelchair would be a thing in the past
      And us quads can talk about the past and laugh"-Professirx
      http://unite2fightparalysis.org/
      Blog:
      Does This Wheelchair Make My Ass Look Fat?

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        #4
        This is great news! I just got this email today:

        Hello,
        Knowing of your interest in embryonic stem cell research, I wanted to let you know that HR 810, the Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act, passed the House just a few minutes ago by a vote of 238-194. Congressman Walden voted for this bill. More information on HR 810 can be found at: http://thomas.loc.gov/
        Thank you for sharing your thoughts on this issue with Congressman Walden over the past several months. Please keep in touch.

        Valerie Henry
        Legislative Assistant
        Congressman Greg Walden
        1210 Longworth House Office Building
        Washington, DC 20515
        phone: 202-226-7343
        fax: 202-225-5774
        valerie.henry@mail.house.gov
        www.walden.house.gov

        Aerodynamically, the bumble bee shouldn't be able to fly, but the bumble bee doesn't know that, so it goes on flying anyways--Mary Kay Ash
        Aerodynamically, the bumble bee shouldn't be able to fly, but the bumble bee doesn't know that, so it goes on flying anyways--Mary Kay Ash

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          #5
          yes!!
          cauda equina

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            #6
            FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


            HADASSAH GREATLY PLEASED BY HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES' POSITIVE VOTE TO EXPAND FEDERAL FUNDING FOR STEM CELL RESEARCH



            (New York, NY - May 24, 2005) - Hadassah, the Women's Zionist Organization of America, congratulates the House of Representatives on its courageous vote approving The Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act (H.R. 810). The bill would override President Bush's August 9, 2001 executive order limiting federal funding of embryonic stem cell research to stem cell lines derived before that date.



            In a statement today, June Walker, National President, said: "Today's vote is a monumental step toward realizing the promise of stem cell research. Stem cell research has the potential to result in cures and treatment for 100 million Americans suffering from diseases, such as juvenile diabetes, Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, cancer, and spinal cord injuries.



            "As recognized by countless scientists, including 80 Nobel laureates and the director of the National Institutes of Health, current federal funding limitations are seriously hampering research in the United States and must be expanded.



            "Today's courageous bipartisan vote demonstrates that stem cell research is not a partisan issue. It's about saving lives. People of all political beliefs and religions suffer from conditions that could benefit from this trail-blazing research.



            "We strongly urge the Senate to quickly follow the House's lead and pass this bill. We further exhort President Bush to reconsider his threat to veto this vital legislation. We cannot afford to lose any more time in pushing ahead on this lifesaving research."



            Hadassah, with 300,000 members in the U.S., is a powerful grassroots voice for Israel, health, and women's issues, and is the founder and supporter of the Hadassah Medical Organization in Jerusalem. Scientists at its Goldyne Savad Institute of Gene Therapy was among the first in the world to derive embryonic stem cell lines.

            # # #

            Founded in 1912, Hadassah, the Women's Zionist Organization of America, is the largest women's, largest Zionist, and largest Jewish membership organization in the United States. In Israel, it supports pacesetting medical care and research, education and youth programs, and reforestation and parks projects. In the U.S., Hadassah promotes health education, social action and advocacy, volunteerism, Jewish education and research, Young Judea and connections with Israel. For complete information about Hadassah, visit www.hadassah.org.
            "A hero is an ordinary individual who finds the strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles"....C. Reeve 1998

            Every day I wake up is a good one

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              #7
              FINAL VOTE RESULTS FOR ROLL CALL 204

              (Republicans in roman; Democrats in italic; Independents underlined)


              H R 810 YEA-AND-NAY 24-May-2005 6:07 PM
              QUESTION: On Passage
              BILL TITLE: Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act


              Yeas
              Nays
              PRES
              NV

              Republican
              50
              180

              1

              Democratic
              187
              14

              1

              Independent
              1




              TOTALS
              238
              194

              2




              ---- YEAS 238 ---



              Abercrombie
              Ackerman
              Allen
              Andrews
              Baca
              Baird
              Baldwin
              Barrow
              Barton (TX)
              Bass
              Bean
              Becerra
              Berkley
              Berman
              Berry
              Biggert
              Bishop (GA)
              Bishop (NY)
              Blumenauer
              Boehlert
              Bono
              Boren
              Boswell
              Boucher
              Boyd
              Bradley (NH)
              Brady (PA)
              Brown (OH)
              Brown, Corrine
              Brown-Waite, Ginny
              Butterfield
              Calvert
              Capito
              Capps
              Capuano
              Cardin
              Cardoza
              Carnahan
              Carson
              Case
              Castle
              Chandler
              Clay
              Cleaver
              Clyburn
              Coble
              Conyers
              Cooper
              Costa
              Cramer
              Crowley
              Cuellar
              Cummings
              Cunningham
              Davis (AL)
              Davis (CA)
              Davis (FL)
              Davis (IL)
              Davis, Tom
              DeFazio
              DeGette
              Delahunt
              DeLauro
              Dent
              Dicks
              Dingell
              Doggett
              Doyle
              Dreier
              Edwards
              Emanuel
              Emerson
              Engel
              Eshoo
              Etheridge
              Evans
              Farr
              Fattah
              Filner
              Foley
              Ford
              Fossella
              Frank (MA)
              Frelinghuysen
              Gerlach
              Gibbons
              Gilchrest
              Gonzalez
              Gordon
              Granger
              Green, Al
              Green, Gene
              Grijalva
              Gutierrez
              Harman
              Hastings (FL)
              Herseth
              Higgins
              Hinchey
              Hinojosa
              Holt
              Honda
              Hooley
              Hoyer
              Inslee
              Israel
              Issa
              Jackson (IL)
              Jackson-Lee (TX)
              Jefferson
              Johnson (CT)
              Johnson, E. B.
              Jones (OH)
              Kanjorski
              Kelly
              Kennedy (RI)
              Kilpatrick (MI)
              Kind
              Kirk
              Kolbe
              Kucinich
              Langevin
              Lantos
              Larsen (WA)
              Larson (CT)
              LaTourette
              Leach
              Lee
              Levin
              Lewis (CA)
              Lewis (GA)
              Lofgren, Zoe
              Lowey
              Lynch
              Mack
              Maloney
              Markey
              Matheson
              Matsui
              McCarthy
              McCollum (MN)
              McDermott
              McGovern
              McKeon
              McKinney
              McNulty
              Meehan
              Meek (FL)
              Meeks (NY)
              Melancon
              Menendez
              Michaud
              Miller (NC)
              Miller, George
              Moore (KS)
              Moore (WI)
              Moran (VA)
              Murtha
              Nadler
              Napolitano
              Neal (MA)
              Obey
              Olver
              Ortiz
              Owens
              Pallone
              Pascrell
              Pastor
              Payne
              Pelosi
              Platts
              Pomeroy
              Porter
              Price (NC)
              Pryce (OH)
              Ramstad
              Rangel
              Regula
              Reyes
              Rohrabacher
              Ross
              Rothman
              Roybal-Allard
              Ruppersberger
              Rush
              Ryan (OH)
              Sabo
              Salazar
              Sánchez, Linda T.
              Sanchez, Loretta
              Sanders
              Schakowsky
              Schiff
              Schwartz (PA)
              Schwarz (MI)
              Scott (GA)
              Scott (VA)
              Serrano
              Shaw
              Shays
              Sherman
              Simmons
              Skelton
              Slaughter
              Smith (WA)
              Snyder
              Solis
              Spratt
              Stark
              Strickland
              Sweeney
              Tanner
              Tauscher
              Thomas
              Thompson (CA)
              Thompson (MS)
              Tierney
              Towns
              Udall (CO)
              Udall (NM)
              Upton
              Van Hollen
              Velázquez
              Visclosky
              Walden (OR)
              Wasserman Schultz
              Waters
              Watson
              Watt
              Waxman
              Weiner
              Wexler
              Wilson (NM)
              Woolsey
              Wu
              Wynn
              Young (AK)
              Young (FL)




              ---- NAYS 194 ---



              Aderholt
              Akin
              Alexander
              Bachus
              Baker
              Barrett (SC)
              Bartlett (MD)
              Beauprez
              Bilirakis
              Bishop (UT)
              Blackburn
              Blunt
              Boehner
              Bonilla
              Bonner
              Boozman
              Boustany
              Brady (TX)
              Brown (SC)
              Burgess
              Burton (IN)
              Buyer
              Camp
              Cannon
              Cantor
              Carter
              Chabot
              Chocola
              Cole (OK)
              Conaway
              Costello
              Cox
              Crenshaw
              Cubin
              Culberson
              Davis (KY)
              Davis (TN)
              Davis, Jo Ann
              Deal (GA)
              DeLay
              Diaz-Balart, L.
              Diaz-Balart, M.
              Doolittle
              Drake
              Duncan
              Ehlers
              English (PA)
              Everett
              Feeney
              Ferguson
              Fitzpatrick (PA)
              Flake
              Forbes
              Fortenberry
              Foxx
              Franks (AZ)
              Gallegly
              Garrett (NJ)
              Gillmor
              Gingrey
              Gohmert
              Goode
              Goodlatte
              Graves
              Green (WI)
              Gutknecht
              Hall
              Harris
              Hart
              Hastert
              Hayes
              Hayworth
              Hefley
              Hensarling
              Herger
              Hobson
              Hoekstra
              Holden
              Hostettler
              Hulshof
              Hunter
              Hyde
              Inglis (SC)
              Istook
              Jenkins
              Jindal
              Johnson (IL)
              Johnson, Sam
              Jones (NC)
              Kaptur
              Keller
              Kennedy (MN)
              Kildee
              King (IA)
              King (NY)
              Kingston
              Kline
              Knollenberg
              Kuhl (NY)
              LaHood
              Latham
              Lewis (KY)
              Linder
              Lipinski
              LoBiondo
              Lucas
              Lungren, Daniel E.
              Manzullo
              Marchant
              Marshall
              McCaul (TX)
              McCotter
              McCrery
              McHenry
              McHugh
              McIntyre
              McMorris
              Mica
              Miller (FL)
              Miller (MI)
              Miller, Gary
              Mollohan
              Moran (KS)
              Murphy
              Musgrave
              Myrick
              Neugebauer
              Ney
              Northup
              Norwood
              Nunes
              Nussle
              Oberstar
              Osborne
              Otter
              Oxley
              Paul
              Pearce
              Pence
              Peterson (MN)
              Peterson (PA)
              Petri
              Pickering
              Pitts
              Poe
              Pombo
              Price (GA)
              Putnam
              Radanovich
              Rahall
              Rehberg
              Reichert
              Renzi
              Reynolds
              Rogers (AL)
              Rogers (KY)
              Rogers (MI)
              Ros-Lehtinen
              Royce
              Ryan (WI)
              Ryun (KS)
              Saxton
              Sensenbrenner
              Sessions
              Shadegg
              Sherwood
              Shimkus
              Shuster
              Simpson
              Smith (NJ)
              Smith (TX)
              Sodrel
              Souder
              Stearns
              Stupak
              Sullivan
              Tancredo
              Taylor (MS)
              Taylor (NC)
              Terry
              Thornberry
              Tiahrt
              Tiberi
              Turner
              Walsh
              Wamp
              Weldon (FL)
              Weldon (PA)
              Weller
              Westmoreland
              Whitfield
              Wicker
              Wilson (SC)
              Wolf




              ---- NOT VOTING 2 ---



              Hastings (WA)
              Millender-McDonald

              "A hero is an ordinary individual who finds the strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles"....C. Reeve 1998

              Every day I wake up is a good one

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                #8
                [img]/forum/images/smilies/biggrin.gif[/img]
                cauda equina

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                  #9
                  Wonderful news, wonderful!!! [img]/forum/images/smilies/wink.gif[/img]

                  Godspeed~
                  Susan
                  www.sciwalker.com
                  Godspeed~
                  Susan
                  www.sciwalker.com

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                    #10
                    OMG! Thanks, Cheesecake!!!

                    Nov, you've been doing wonderful job!!

                    I wonder where's our Dr. Young now???

                    Suzanne
                    Suzanne

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                      #11
                      Before I start partying, this is enough to override a veto right? What's next? Doesn't it have to pass the senate too?

                      _____
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                      Learn from the mistakes of others. You won't live long enough to make all of them yourself.

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                        #12
                        Wonderful! Great News!

                        I am so happy that this has passed. Thank you to everyone who has worked so hard to get this passed.

                        Darlene
                        www.karenbrain.ca

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                          #13
                          House Approves a Stem Cell Research Bill Opposed by Bush
                          By SHERYL GAY STOLBERG
                          Published: May 25, 2005
                          WASHINGTON, May 24 - The House passed a bill on Tuesday to expand federal financing for embryonic stem cell research, defying a veto threat from President Bush, who appeared at the White House with babies and toddlers born of test-tube embryos and warned the measure "would take us across a critical ethical line."

                          Susan Walsh/Associated Press
                          President Bush appeared at the White House with babies and toddlers born of test-tube embryos, some wearing shirts that read "former embryo."
                          The vote, 238 to 194 with 50 Republicans in favor, fell far short of the two-thirds majority required to overturn a presidential veto, setting up a possible showdown between Congress and Mr. Bush, who has never exercised his veto power. An identical bill has broad bipartisan support in the Senate; moments after the House vote, the Senate sponsors wrote to the Republican leader, Bill Frist, urging him to put it on the agenda.

                          The House action is the first vote on embryonic stem cell research since August 2001, when Mr. Bush opened the door to taxpayer financing for the studies, but only with strict limits. The new bill permits the government to pay for studies involving human embryos that are in frozen storage at fertility clinics, so long as couples conceiving the embryos certified that they had made a decision to discard them.

                          "The White House cannot ignore this vote," said the bill's chief Republican backer, Representative Michael N. Castle of Delaware, adding, "I'm elated."

                          But opponents also said they were elated. Representative Joseph R. Pitts, Republican of Pennsylvania, said: "I hate to lose, but I feel pretty good about this vote. We beat a veto-proof margin by 50 votes."


                          No Jimnms, there is not enough for an overide [img]/forum/images/smilies/frown.gif[/img]

                          "A hero is an ordinary individual who finds the strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles"....C. Reeve 1998
                          Every day I wake up is a good one

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                            #14
                            hopefully the debate and vote will bring more pressure on those that voted no to swing enough over to over ride the veto, we need to add that pressure.

                            "All you have to decide is what to do with the time that is given you."
                            Gandolf the Gray
                            http://justadollarplease.org/

                            2010 SCINet Clinical Trial Support Squad Member

                            "You kids and your cures, why back when I was injured they gave us a wheelchair and that's the way it was and we liked it!" Grumpy Old Man

                            .."i used to be able to goof around so much because i knew Superman had my back. now all i've got is his example -- and that's gonna have to be enough."

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                              #15
                              Congrats to everyone who worked on this effort. [img]/forum/images/smilies/cool.gif[/img]

                              Truly, onward and upward!

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