Brownback Statement on Status of Cloning Ban

Date: 06/13/2002

June 13, 2002

WASHINGTON – As a lead cosponsor to the Human Cloning Prohibition Act (S. 1899), U.S. Sen. Sam Brownback released the following statement on the status of the cloning legislation.

“It is clear that on the issue of cloning, the objective of the Senate Democrat majority is to obstruct the will of the vast majority of the
American people, a bipartisan majority in the House and the President,” Brownback said. “We will seek all possible avenues in our attempt to stop human cloning and get the current leadership to take this issue up fairly,” Brownback said.

Sens. Tom Daschle (D-SD) and Harry Reid (D-NV) agreed last November to opening the Senate for debate and a vote for a free-standing bill in February or March of this year. Excerpts from the Congressional Record are attached below.

“The belief is that Members could be more up to speed on these topics in February or March. The Majority Leader has agreed to a free-standing bill at that point in time in order to get direct votes on these issues.” [Sen. Sam Brownback, Cong. Record 11/01/01]

“If matters can be deferred, as Senator Brownback and I have deferred until March, that should be the order of the day.” [Sen. Arlen Specter, Ibid.]

“I would like to make sure from Senator Reid of Nevada we have accurately reflected this in the Record. I hope this is accurately reflected as to when Sen. Reid and the Majority Leader agreed on bringing up this issue.” [Sen. Brownback, Ibid.]

“I say to my friend from Kansas, the statement made by you and the Senator from Pennsylvania is accurate.” [Sen. Harry Reid, Ibid.; pp. 11321-2]

The bill has yet to come to the floor.