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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 8, 2007
CONTACT: James F. Jorkasky
Executive Director
240-221-2905
jamesj@eyeresearch.org

NAEVR COMMENDS THE HOUSE FOR PASSING S. 5 The STEM CELL RESEARCH ENHANCEMENT ACT; URGES PRESIDENT BUSH NOT TO VETO

(Washington, D.C.) Today, the National Alliance for Eye and Vision Research (NAEVR) commended the United States House of Representatives for passing S 5, the Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act, by a vote of 247-176. The Senate had first passed. S. 5 on April 11th by a vote of 63-24. The bill now heads to the White House. Although both chambers passed the bill by a wide margin, both are still short of the two-thirds margin needed to override the expected veto from President Bush.

"As with passage of HR810/S471 in the House/Senate in the 109th Congress, this House vote reflected strong bipartisan support for expanding the administration’s current policy on embryonic stem cell research," stated NAEVR Executive Director James Jorkasky, who also announced that the vision research community had emailed thousands of letters to House and Senate offices in support of HR 3/S 5. "NAEVR joins with the majority of Americans, including former First Lady Nancy Reagan, in urging President Bush to sign this important piece of legislation into law and give hope to the millions of Americans who suffer from chronic diseases".

NAEVR has supported expanded embryonic stem cell research due to the promise it holds for the more than 100 million Americans suffering from debilitating diseases and disorders, such as cancer, Alzheimer’s, spinal cord injuries and diabetes, which results in sight-impairing diabetic retinopathy. Embryonic stem cell research also holds the promise of treatments for other eye diseases, such as macular degeneration, glaucoma, and retinitis pigmentosa.

The National Alliance for Eye and Vision Research (NAEVR) is a non-profit advocacy coalition comprised of 55 professional, consumer, and industry organizations involved in eye and vision research. NAEVR’s goal is to achieve the best vision for all Americans through advocacy and public education for eye and vision research sponsored by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the National Eye Institute (NEI), and other federal research entities. Visit NAEVR’s Web site at www.eyeresearch.org.