STEM Cell Therapeutic and Research Reauthorization Act of 2015by Representative Earl L. "Buddy" Carter
Posted on 2015-12-16
CARTER of Georgia. Mr. Speaker, I rise today in support of H.R.
2820, the Stem Cell Therapeutic and Research Reauthorization Act of
This bill reauthorizes the National Cord Blood Inventory program and the C.W. Bill Young Cell Transplantation Program, two programs that save lives every day through bone marrow transplants and blood infusions.
This bill is very similar to legislation that the Georgia General Assembly passed in 2007, establishing the newborn umbilical cord blood bank. I voted for that legislation in the Georgia General Assembly, and I will vote in favor of this legislation.
For some patients who have leukemia, lymphoma, sickle cell anemia, or a life-threatening blood cancer, help from programs like the National Cord Blood Inventory program and the C.W. Bill Young Cell Transplantation Program, may be their last hope at living longer, healthier lives. That is why H.R. 2820 is so important.
This bill reauthorizes these two programs through 2020, and continues to provide lifesaving techniques and research to many who fight for their lives every day.
This bill originally passed the House on September 8 by voice vote. I encourage my colleagues to support it again.