Congress Delays Hearing in Autism Bill

The U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee has just announced that it is postponing a meeting on the Combating Autism Reauthorization Act (CARA) until September 7. The meeting had been scheduled for this Wednesday August 3, but Congress is apparently so exhausted by its represensible behavior during the debt ceiling debate that it’s giving itself a five-week recess. With pay.

No recess for children who need the services CARA provides, or the soldiers who are fighting all over the world for reasons that have yet to be explained, or the millions of unemployed citizens, or the children who go to bed hungry every night. But Congress gets five weeks.

We have previously asked you to apply pressure to the members of the Committee, you have responded by email and phone calls in astonishing numbers, and thanks to your efforts several Senators said they would be there for us when the HELP committee met.

The committee meeting is an important first step in renewing the historic 2006 law that guides the federal government’s response to the staggering rise in autism. Thank you again for your devotion. Please stand by and be ready to resume the fight on Congress’s return.

Working together we can and will ensure the reauthorization of this vital bill.

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Autism Votes is an initiative of Autism Speaks.

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