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    This page contains letters signed by elected officials, usually written to the President or relevant members of Congress.

04-SEN8 on Jun 4, 2004

Letter: a letter from 58 Senators to the President
Source: Letter from 58 Senators to the President
Dear Mr. President:

We write to urge you to expand the current federal policy concerning embryonic stem cell research.

Embryonic stem cells have the potential to be used to treat and better understand deadly and disabling diseases and conditions that affect more than 100 million Americans, such as cancer, heart disease, diabetes, Parkinson's, Alzheimer's, multiple sclerosis, spinal cord injury, and many others.

We appreciate your words of support for the enormous potential of this research, and we know that you intended your policy to help promote this research to its fullest. As you know, the Administration's policy limits federal funding only to embryonic stem cells that were derived by August 9, 2001.

However, scientists have told us that since the policy went into effect more than two years ago, we have learned that the embryonic stem cell lines eligible for federal funding will not be suitable to effectively promote this research. We therefore feel it is essential to relax the restrictions in the current policy for this research to be fully explored.

Among the difficult challenges with the current policy are the following:

  • While it originally appeared that 78 embryonic stem cell lines would be available for research, only 19 are available to researchers.
  • All available stem cell lines are contaminated with mouse feeder cells, making their therapeutic use for humans uncertain.
  • It is increasingly difficult to attract new scientists to this area of research because of concerns that funding restrictions will keep this research from being successful.
  • Despite the fact that U.S. scientists were the first to derive human embryonic stem cells, leadership in this area of research is shifting to other countries.
We would very much like to work with you to modify the current embryonic stem cell policy so that it provides this area of research the greatest opportunity to lead to the treatments and cures for which we are all hoping.


    Participating counts on VoteMatch question 1. Question 1: Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right Scores: -2=Strongly oppose; -1=Oppose; 0=neutral; 1=Support; 2=Strongly support.
  • Topic: Abortion
  • Headline: Expand embryonic stem cell research (Score: 1)

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Democrats participating in 04-SEN8

Daniel Akaka s1sHI Democratic Jr Senator (Retiring) 
Max Baucus s1sMT Democratic Sr Senator (retiring 2014) 
Evan Bayh s1sIN Former Democratic Senator 
Jeff Bingaman s1sNM Democratic Sr Senator (Retiring) 
Barbara Boxer s1sCA Democratic Jr Senator 
Robert Byrd s1sWV Former Democratic Senator 
Maria Cantwell s1sWA Democratic Jr Senator 
Tom Carper s1sDE Democratic Sr Senator 
Hillary Clinton s1sNY Former Democratic Senator (NY); now Secretary of State 
Jon Corzine s1sNJ Former Democrat (until 2009) 
Tom Daschle s1sSD Former Democratic Senator 
Mark Dayton s1sMN Democratic Governor 
Chris Dodd s1sCT Democratic Sr Senator (retiring 2010) 
Byron Dorgan s1sND Democratic Jr Senator (retiring 2010) 
Richard Durbin s1sIL Democratic Sr Senator 
John Edwards s1sNC Former Democrat Senator; retired to run for President, 2004 
Russell Feingold s1sPOTUS Democrat 
Dianne Feinstein s1sCA Democratic Sr Senator 
Bob Graham s1sFL Former Democratic Senator; retired 2004 
Tom Harkin s1sIA Democratic Jr Senator (retiring 2014) 
Fritz Hollings s1sSC Former Democratic Sr Senator; retired 2004 
Daniel Inouye s1sHI Democratic Sr Senator 
Tim Johnson s1sSD Democratic Sr Senator (retiring 2014) 
Ted Kennedy s1sMA Democratic Senator (until 2009) 
John Kerry s1sMA Democratic Sr Senator 
Herbert Kohl s1sWI Democratic Sr Senator (Retiring) 
Mary Landrieu s1sLA Democratic Sr Senator 
Frank Lautenberg s1sNJ Democratic Sr Senator (retiring 2014) 
Patrick Leahy s1sVT Democratic Sr Senator 
Carl Levin s1sMI Democratic Sr Senator (retiring 2014) 
Blanche Lambert Lincoln s1sAR Former Democratic Senator 
Barbara Mikulski s1sMD Democratic Sr Senator 
Patty Murray s1sWA Democratic Sr Senator 
Bill Nelson s1sFL Democratic Sr Senator 
Jack Reed s1sRI Democratic Sr Senator 
Harry Reid s1sNV Democratic Sr Senator 
John Rockefeller s1sWV Democratic Sr Senator (retiring 2014) 
Paul Sarbanes s1sMD Former Democrat Senator (Retired 2006) 
Charles Schumer s1sNY Democratic Sr Senator 
Arlen Specter s1sPA Former Democratic incumbent (elected as Republican) 
Debbie Stabenow s1sMI Democratic Jr Senator 
Ron Wyden s1sOR Democratic Sr Senator 



Republicans participating in 04-SEN8

Lamar Alexander s1sTN Republican Sr Senator 
Ben Nighthorse Campbell s1sCO Former Republican incumbent; retired 2004 
Lincoln Chafee s1sRI Former Republican Senator (Lost re-election, 2006) 
Thad Cochran s1sMS Republican Sr Senator 
Susan Collins s1sME Republican Sr Senator 
Orrin Hatch s1sUT Republican Sr Senator 
Kay Bailey Hutchison s1sTX Republican Sr Senator (Retiring) 
Trent Lott s1sMS Former Republican Senator (MS, 1989-2007) 
John McCain s1sAZ Republican Sr Senator 
Gordon Harold Smith s1sOR Former Republican Senator (lost re-election, 2008) 
Olympia Snowe s1sME Republican Sr Senator 
Ted Stevens s1sAK Former Republican Sr Senator 
John Warner s1sVA Former Republican Senator (retired 2008) 



Independents participating in 04-SEN8

Joe Biden s1sDE Vice President 
Jim Jeffords s1sVT Former Independent Senator (retired 2006) 
Joseph Lieberman s1sCT Independent Sr Senator; Gore's VP nominee (Retiring) 



Total recorded by OnTheIssues:

Democrats: 42
Republicans: 13
Independents: 3


















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