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Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Senate Committee Delays CARA

Autism Votes reports that a Senate meeting on CARA fell victim to the debt debate:

Senate HELP Committee Reschedules Meeting for September 7

The U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee has announced that it has rescheduled a hearing on the Combating Autism Reauthorization Act (CARA) for September 7. The meeting had been scheduled for this Wednesday Aug. 3, a date that unfortunately landed in the midst of the debt ceiling debate which has consumed Congress for much of the summer.

The HELP committee meeting is an important first step in renewing the historic 2006 law which guides the federal government's response to the staggering rise in autism. Autism Speaks thanks everyone in our advocacy community for their hard work to date and urges you to be ready to resume the fight soon as we work to get this bill that is so essential to our families through Congress.
The CARA bill is sponsored in the Senate by Senators Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Michael Enzi (R-WY,) and in the U.S. House of Representatives by Congressmen Chris Smith (R-NJ) and Mike Doyle (D-PA.) To date, 22 other Senators and 53 House members have signed on as cosponsors.

Visit our CARA Action Center to find if your Senators and Congressmember are sponsors.