The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee unanimously approved the Combating Autism Reauthorization Act (S. 1094) on September 7th. Despite its name, this bill would provide continued funding to educate professionals about proper screening, diagnosis, and intervention for children with autism spectrum disorder as well as many other developmental disabilities. While the HELP Committee vote is an important step forward, the bill must still pass the full Senate and the House of Representatives. The bill faces hurdles on both fronts and there are very few legislative days left before the law expires on Sept. 30. The House majority leadership continues to block any bill that is considered “disease or condition-specific” from floor action. In addition, some in the House still mistakenly believe the CAA does not need to be reauthorized in order for activities authorized under the law to continue.