WASHINGTON, DC – House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (Md.) released the following statement after President Obama signed an Executive Order today lifting the eight-year ban on embryonic stem cell research put in place by the Bush Administration:
“Today is truly a day of renewed hope for millions of Americans afflicted with diseases for which embryonic stem cell research could hold the cure. In issuing this order, President Obama has ended the ban on this critical research, unleashing the promise of life-saving discoveries and removing the barriers that impeded our scientific leadership on this ground-breaking research for nearly a decade.
“This action is very welcome news after eight years during which the role of science was severely diminished - to the detriment of our nation and its future. During that time, President Bush repeatedly rejected the promise of this research, twice vetoing legislation backed by a majority in Congress and 70 percent of the American people.
“In lifting this ban, President Obama has provided hope for millions of Americans and restored the rightful role of science in informing policy that improves the lives of Americans.”