May 26, June 6 in the U.S. Senate

Since I find it unreasonable to ask questions and not try to find the answers, I spent the morning finding out what's happening in the Senate in relation to stem cells. Here's what I found:

On May 26, the senate met at 9:30 a.m.

  • Item 17: Harry Reid (D-NV) spoke of stem cell research and H.B. 810, indicating his hope that the majority leader (Bill Frist, R-TN) would study the matter during the break [Memorial Day recess]. Reid stated that he wanted the bill to remain as freestanding legislation and not be added to some other matter, expected the work to be quick, and hoped to work on the issue during the 4-week work period [between Memorial Day and July 4th].
  • Item 47: At 5:27 p.m., a message from the House of Representatives, delivered by Mr. Hays, one of its reading clerks, announced that the House has passed the following bills, in which it requests the concurrence of the Senate:
  • H.R. 810. An act to amend the Public Health Service Act to provide for human embryonic stem cell research.
  • H.R. 2520. An act to provide for the collection and maintenance of human cord blood stem cells for the treatment of patients and research, and to amend the Public Health Service Act to authorize the C.W. Bill Young Cell Transplantation Program.
  • Item 51: H.B. 810 was read for the first time. Frist objected to his own request for a second reading, so that the bill could be read for the second time on the next legislative day.

On June 6, the Senate met at 2:00 p.m.

  • Item 12: Frist acknowledged a bill due a second reading, and after its announcement as H.B. 810, objected to further proceeding and the bill was placed on the calendar on the next legislative day. [It received General Order number 119; 118 is defense base closure and realignment.]

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