"Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act" (H.R. 3): anti-cloning amendment

House Roll Call No. 19
110th Congress, 1st Session

Failed: 189-238 (see complete tally)

On January 11, 2007, the House of Representatives debated H.R. 3, authored by Rep. Diana DeGette (D-Co.) and Mike Castle (R-De.), a bill that would mandate federal funding of the type of stem cell research that requires the killing of human embryos in order to harvest their stem cells. The embryos would be those "donated from in vitro fertilization clinics, [and that] were created for the purposes of fertility treatment," after authorization by the parents. The bill, which NRLC strongly opposed, is intended to overturn the pro-life policy that President Bush announced on August 9, 2001, under which federal funds do not support research that requires the killing of human embryos.  The House Democratic leadership brought the bill to the floor under a "closed rule," which allowed the pro-life side to offer only a single proposed modification to the bill.  This amendment (technically called a "motion to recommit with instructions") would have added language to the bill to prohibit any of the funds authorized by the bill from being given to labs or other entities that do research on stem cells obtained from human embryos created by cloning.  NRLC is opposed to human cloning, so NRLC supported this anti-human-cloning motion/amendment, but it failed, 189-238, a vote shown in this scorecard as Vote No. 1.  House roll call no. 19, January 11, 2007.  (The House then passed H.R. 3 on a vote of 253-174, shown in this scorecard as Vote No. 2.)

Vote Map: House Roll Call No. 19
Votes For : 189
Votes Against : 238
Not Voting : 8

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