I am a proud South Philadelphian and my house is located in the 2nd Congressional District of Philadelphia, which is represented by
Democratic Congressman Chaka Fattah.
Before, we go into Chaka Fattah and his policies here's some quick information about him:
-Born on November 21, 1956.
-First assumed office on January 4, 1983.
-Served as a member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives from the 192nd district from 1983 - 1988.
-Served as a member of the Pennsylvania Senate from the 7th district from 1989 - 1994.
-CURRENTLY member of the U.S. House of Representatives from PA's 2nd district since January 3, 1995.
Fattah's Community Interests/Policy Initiatives:
-One of his major contributions was his Communities Commited To College (H.R. 1579). This "provides a 50% tax credit to donors who contribute to “qualifying scholarship trusts” which are partnerships between local school districts and community based organizations. (from http://1.usa.gov/rP4dHA
-Student Bill of Rights (H.R. 1295) makes public schools more valuable by assuring that highly effective teachers work there, early childhood education is started, and theres a college preparatory curriculum.
More policies can be found here : http://1.usa.gov/rP4dHA
Now, when it comes to my main point, and what I'm lobbying for - More federal funding for medical stem-cell research - Chaka Fattah is a complete supporter. In fact, Chaka Fattah has voted IN FAVOR of 6 different stem cell research enhancement acts including:
-Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act (2005)
-Stem Cell Therapeutic and Research Act of 2005
-The Alternative Pluripotent Stem Cell Therapies Enhancement Act (2006)
-Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act of 2005 (voting in 2006 to overturn Bush's veto against
stem cell research)
-Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act of 2007
-Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act of 2007 (once more before Bush vetoed against again) Data from : http://bit.ly/rZKurc
It is safe to say that Chaka Fattah is in favor of stem-cell research and definitely believes in all of its potential medical benefits, similarly to the way I look at the future of stem-cell's usage in the medical science field.
More Fattah info here : http://bit.ly/cCa1cM
A member of the U.S. Congress who is one of the most influential bill creator when it comes to stem-cell research is congresswoman Republican Diana
DeGette of Colorado's 1st Congressional District.
Diana DeGette sponsored the Stem Cell Research Advancement Act of 2011 (H.R. 2376). This bill was introduced on June 23, 2011 but has not yet been passed by the House, therefore; it has not reached the Senate nor the President (Obama). This bill calls for the Secretary of Health and Human Services to conduct stem-cell research as long as the stated requirements are met. The requirements often change but these are the summarized requirements for the 2011 Act.
-the stem cells have been donated to the vitro fertilization clinics
-determined that the embryos couldn't be used in any female and were going to be discarded.
-individuals that donated embryos have signed required papers.
-keeps the Secretary of HHS "from using any funds for the conduct or support of human cloning."
Both of these public officials share common viewpoints with me when it comes to stem-cell research and some of their other acts/policies. There is no doubt in my mind that Fattah will continue to vote in favor for Stem Cell Research Enhancement Acts as will DeGette. I hope that they continue to advocate for the advancement of stem-cell research due to the medical breakthroughs that can potentially result from their support and advocations.