May 5, 2006
Senator William H. Frist
509 Hart Senate Office Building
United States Senate
Washington, DC 20510
Dear Senator Frist:
I am writing you today to request that you bring the Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act (H.R. 810) to the floor for a vote with no amendments and no alternatives this month.
As a diabetic myself, and as the husband of a cancer survivor, I have a personal interest in the progress of this legislation.
As a lifelong Republican who has been thoroughly disheartened to see how the stem cell issue has been hyped, abused and demagogued by religious extremists in my own party, I am glad to see a Republican like yourself taking a leadership role on this issue.
As someone who believes that biotechnology is a key industry for America’s economic future, I urge you to support sensible empowering legislation for stem-cell research, lest we lose an entire generation of biotech researchers to South Korea and Singapore.
The majority of the American public supports stem cell research and wants this bill passed. It’s been a year since H.R. 810 passed in the House; it’s time to bring the bill to the Senate floor now. I hope that you will press forward to pass this legislation quickly with no amendments and no alternatives so that it will be ready for the President’s signature and enactment by May 24, 2006.