STEM Cell Therapeutic and Research Reauthorization Act of 2015by Representative Gene Green
Posted on 2015-12-16
GREEN of Texas. Mr. Speaker, I yield myself such time as I
H.R. 2820, the Stem Cell Therapeutic and Research Reauthorization Act, would continue the highly successfully Be The Match Registry for bone marrow and umbilical cord blood transplantation.
This program provides hope to people in need of lifesaving transplants. Each year about 20,000 patients receive blood marrow transplants. Seventy percent of those patients do not find a match within their family and instead rely on the Be The Match Registry to find a non-relative bone marrow donor.
That is why continued Federal support for the Be The Match Registry and its nearly 12.5 million registered bone marrow donors and collection of more than 209,000 cord blood units is so important.
I am glad that we have come together on a bipartisan basis in our committee and in the House and the Senate to support this lifesaving program.
I want to thank Congresswoman Matsui for her leadership in this area. I urge my colleagues to vote ``yes'' to concur with Senate H.R. 2820.
I reserve the balance of my time.