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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


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    YAY!!!!!!!

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    I hope there's a big ol' CAMR party in DC tonight!

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    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

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    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.

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    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


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    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
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    Linder
    Lipinski
    LoBiondo
    Lucas
    Lungren, Daniel E.
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    Marchant
    Marshall
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    Miller, Gary
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    Weldon (PA)
    Weller
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    Whitfield
    Wicker
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    Wolf




    ---- NOT VOTING 2 ---



    Hastings (WA)
    Millender-McDonald

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    Wonderful news, wonderful!!!

    Godspeed~
    Susan
    www.sciwalker.com

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    OMG! Thanks, Cheesecake!!!

    Nov, you've been doing wonderful job!!

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

    Suzanne

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