Senator Charles Grassley says he and his Senate colleagues soon will vote to ban human cloning. On Sunday, a Massachusetts company announced it had developed a six-cell human embryo.Grassley suspects the company is motivated by profit rather than science.Grassley says there’s a need to separate stem cell research from cloning in the quest to find clues and perhaps cures to diseases like Alzheimer’s. He says it’s quite obvious the creation of embryos by cloning is not needed for stem cell research. Grassley says “You don’t create life to destroy it, and humans should not act as a god.”Grassley supports stem cell research, using stem cells which exist already. The Senate’s Majority Leader has said he won’t rush a vote on the human cloning issue so Senators can think through the exact wording of a ban.Senator Grassley says it’s past time for the Senate to act on an economic stimulus package and break what he calls a “highly partisan” strategy from the Democrats.Yesterday, the National Bureau of Economic Research said the U-S entered a recession last March. Grassley says there’s so much in common there shouldn’t really be any stumbling blocks if negotiations begin. Both parties agree to a rebate to low-income Americans to stimulate consumer spending and to a 13-week extension of unemployment benefits.
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