National Autism Legislation Under Debate

The Combating Autism Act, which has funded training and research in autism spectrum disorders for several years, is due to be re-authorized again this year. Rather than a united front for re-authorization, legislators and advocacy groups have differing opinions on whether the law should be re-authorized in its current form. Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and MIke Enzi (R-Wyo) are leading the dissent against re-authorization of the act as is, calling for new programs and mandates instead. Autism Speaks is the largest advocacy group in favor of re-authorization, which is backed by primarily GOP legislators.

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