Legislation to Reauthorize the Combating Autism Act of 2006 Introduced in the House and Senate

May 23, 2011


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Senators Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Mike Enzi (R-WY) unveiled the Combating Autism Reauthorization Act (S. 1094) on May 26th. Later that day, Congressmen Chris Smith (R-NJ) and Mike Doyle (D-PA) introduced a companion bill (H.R. 2005) in the House. This legislation ensures that the critical programs established under the Combating Autism Act of 2006 continue for an additional three years, including CDC surveillance programs, HRSA interdisciplinary training programs, and research at NIH. These programs are set to expire in September of this year without any Congressional action. Senators Richard Durbin (D-IL) and Scott Brown (R-MA) are original cosponsors of this legislation.

The House and Senate sponsors of the bill also announced introduction of two additional bills, the Autism Spectrum Disorders Services Act and the National Autism Spectrum Disorders Initiative Act, to address services for youth and adults and to put more federal emphasis on autism research. The ASD Services Act includes many of the provisions that had been part of a bill introduced in the last Congress by Sen. Chris Dodd, including a provision that would provide funding for UCEDD training and technical assistance. The Initiative bill is related to federal research at NIH.

Sen. Menendez Press Release

Reps. Smith and Doyle's Press Release

AUCD Press Release

Text of Combating Autism Reauthorization Act (HR 2005)

Text of National ASD Initiative Act (HR 2006)

Text of ASD Services Act (HR 2007) 

Link to AUCD's Action Center