Senators Seek Vote
Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid and Senators Ted Kennedy, Tom Harkin, and Dianne Feinstein today called on Senator Bill Frist to bring embryonic stem cell legislation to the floor. A letter signed by 40 Democrats was also released. A press release
from Harry Reid’s office has the full text of the letter and quotes some of the signing Senators. Next week is “Health Week” in the Senate; the letter said in part,
The House passed H.R. 810 in May 2005 -- yet the Senate has failed to take action for nearly a year. Further delay will mean more lost opportunities for new cures and new treatments. The Senate should mark the anniversary of the House vote with action, not more inaction. We therefore urge you to bring H.R. 810 to the Senate floor for debate and a vote during "Health Week". Millions of patients and their families across the nation cannot afford to wait any longer for enactment of this urgently needed legislation.
Signing Senators were
Harry Reid, Tom Harkin, Dianne Feinstein, Ted Kennedy, Daniel Akaka, Max Baucus, Evan Bayh, Joe Biden, Jeff Bingaman, Barbara Boxer, Maria Cantwell, Tom Carper, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Mark Dayton, Christopher Dodd, Byron Dorgan, Dick Durbin, Russell Feingold, Daniel Inouye, Jim Jeffords, Tim Johnson, John Kerry, Herb Kohl, Mary Landrieu, Frank Lautenberg, Patrick Leahy, Carl Levin, Joe Lieberman, Blanche Lincoln, Robert Menendez, Barbara Mikulski, Patty Murray, Bill Nelson, Barack Obama, Jack Reed, Ken Salazar, Paul Sarbanes, Charles Schumer, Debbie Stabenow, and Ron Wyden.
Many newspapers are running a Reuters
story on the subject; it says little more than the press release does, although it does reveal that the “Health Week” moniker was created by Republicans for consideration of other health-related issues in the Senate next week.