The Energy and Commerce Committee will begin consideration of the Combating Autism Reauthorization Act Today. The Committee will consider an amendment in the nature of a substitute to HR 4631 introduced by Representatives Chris Smith (R-NJ) and Michael Doyle (D-PA). This latest version included a few changes, including a new autism position at the Department of Health and Human Services, increasing the number of persons with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) on the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC), and studying the needs of children with autism as they transition to adulthood, as well as the services available to them. See our support letter signed by 33 national disability organizations. The House reauthorization bill extends the research, surveillance, public awareness, and professional training activities under the Combating Autism Act for an additional five years. Senators Menendez (D-NJ) and Enzi (R-WY) are expected to introduce a Senate bill to reauthorize the law as soon as this week.