U.S. Rep. Adam Smith (WA-09) today issued the following statement on H.R. 3, a bill to expand federal funding for embryonic stem cell research. The bill passed the House of Representatives today by a vote of 253 to 174.
“More than 70 percent of Americans support stem cell research. House Democrats promised to expand funding for this potentially life-saving and life-changing science. I’m pleased to report that in the first 100 hours of the 110th Congress, we made good on our promise.
“Local institutions like the Fred Hutchison Cancer Research Center and the University of Washington could benefit from passage of this bill, so I hope we can get it to the President’s desk quickly. President Bush should listen to the will of the people and sign it without delay.”