Congressman Poe voted in support of the Presidents first veto on the federal funding of embryonic stem cell research. Several pieces of legislation pertaining to the federal funding of stem cell research came before both Houses of Congress.

The debate over stem cell research is a very passionate one, each side arguing beliefs based on faith and science, said Poe. The debate in Congress on stem cell research focused on the federal funding of such research. I do not believe that tax payer money should go to research that destroys human life. However, I am supportive of the funding and the advancement of ethical medical research from stem cells in which a human life is not destroyed in the process, such as adult stem cells.

H.R. 810 Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act of 2005
  • This bill allows for federal funds to be used in the research of human embryonic stem cells.
  • Amends the Public Health Service Act to provide for human embryonic stem cell research by allowing the Health and Human Services Department to conduct and support research that utilizes human embryonic stem cells, regardless of the date on which the stem cells were derived from a human embryo.
  • The Bill was vetoed by President Bush, and failed to reach the 2/3 requirement to override the veto. Congressman Poe voted against the original bill and voted no to override the Presidents veto.

S. 2754 - The Alternative Pluripotent Stem Cell Therapies Enhancement Act
  • This bill pertains to the research of stem cells that are not derived from a human embryo, commonly known as adult stem cells.
  • Amends the Public Health Service Act to require the Secretary of Health and Human Services to develop techniques for the isolation, derivation, production, or testing of stem cells that are capable of producing all or almost all of the cell types of the developing body and may result in improved understanding of treatments for diseases and other adverse health conditions, but are not derived from a human embryo.
  • The bill failed to meet a 2/3 requirement, but did garner a majority of the House. The vote was 273-154 with Congressman Poe voting in favor.

S. 3504 The Fetus Farming Prohibition Act of 2006
  • This bill prohibits the trafficking of human fetuses that were deliberately created to harvest stem cells.
  • Amends the Public Health Service Act to prohibit any person or entity involved in interstate commerce from: (1) soliciting or knowingly acquiring, receiving, or accepting a donation of human fetal tissue knowing that a human pregnancy was deliberately initiated to provide such tissue; or (2) knowingly acquiring, receiving, or accepting tissue or cells obtained from a human embryo or fetus that was gestated in the uterus of a nonhuman animal. Imposes fines and/or imprisonment for violations of this Act.
  • Passed both the House and Senate by unanimous vote. President Bush signed into law, July 19, 2006.

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