Legislators Reach Agreement To Reauthorize Federal Autism Programs

Congressional Quarterly (6/10, Attias, Subscription Publication) reports that legislators have arrived at “a bipartisan, bicameral agreement on a five-year reauthorization of federal autism programs, boosting the package’s chances of clearing Congress before central provisions of the Combating Autism Act sunset at the end of September.” Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Sen. Michael B. Enzi (R-WY) “plan to introduce the compromise legislation in the Senate on Monday, according to a Senate source involved in the negotiations, while the House Energy and Commerce Committee is expected” to “amend the current bill (HR 4631) to report out the new language at a Tuesday markup.”

In addition, “the legislation would change the name of the legislation from the Combating Autism Reauthorization Act of 2014, which references the name of the original 2006 law (PL 109-416), to the Autism Collaboration, Accountability, Research, Education and Support Act of 2014, or the Autism CARES Act of 2014.”

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