Autism CARES Act Passed by House of Representatives, Action Pending in Senate

On June 24, the House passed a bill to reauthorize the Combating Autism Act – now renamed the Autism CARES Act (H.R.4631) – by voice vote. The bill was brought up on the suspension calendar, meaning no floor debates or amendments. The Senate bill (S.2449), was passed by the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee the next day. It is expected to be considered by the full Senate in early July. This legislation extends research, surveillance, public awareness, and professional training activities for an additional five years. The Arc strongly supports the CARES Act. Learn more about these efforts at

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