Stem cell research has been a hotly debated topic for several years, but on Wednesday, the U.S. Senate voted overwhelmingly on two bills to lift the federal ban on research funding and one Colorado senator was at the forefront of the vote.
Similar stem cell funding legislation was vetoed by President Bush last summer, but this time around the approach is different.
After two days of staunch debate two bills have emerged victorious; the first would allow research on leftover embryos from in vitro fertilization, while the second would only use embryos that died naturally.
The debate over the morality of conducting research on embryos has seen a wide reach with some saying it's just one step from human cloning.
But in an address to the Senate, Colorado Senator Ken Salazar said millions of Americans suffering from a variety of diseases, from Parkinson's to diabetes could be helped and a second presidential veto would hurt the trailblazing American spirit.