Combating Autism Reauthorization Act to be voted on this evening by the House of Representatives

The House bill to reauthorize the Combating Autism Act (H.R. 2005) is on the “Suspension Calendar” for today, Tuesday, September 20 at 6:30 p.m. This means that the House bill will be passed on a fast-track procedure without committee consideration. Congressional rules require 2/3 of the Representatives present to vote for the bill to be successfully passed under this procedure. Despite its name, this bill would provide, among other things, continued funding to educate professionals about proper screening, diagnosis, and intervention for children with autism spectrum disorder as well as many other developmental disabilities. The bill must still pass the full Senate and the House of Representatives before Sept. 30.

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