Federal - S 2449

Autism CARES Act of 2014


June 9, 2014


A bill to reauthorize the Combating Autism Act for 5 years and changes the title to CARES Act.

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Original Sponsor 1

Co-Sponsors 18

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  • July 29, 2014 — Additional cosponsor(s): 1

    Ayotte, (R-N.H.)
  • July 24, 2014 — Additional cosponsor(s): 2

    Murphy, C. (D-Conn.)Rubio, (R-Fla.)
  • July 22, 2014 — Additional cosponsor(s): 1

    Blumenthal, (D-Conn.)
  • July 21, 2014 — Additional cosponsor(s): 1

    Durbin, (D-Ill.)
  • July 10, 2014 — Additional cosponsor(s): 1

    Gillibrand, (D-N.Y.)
  • July 8, 2014 — Additional cosponsor(s): 1

    Casey, (D-Pa.)
  • July 7, 2014 — Additional cosponsor(s): 1

    Roberts, (R-Kan.)
  • June 26, 2014 — Reported to the Senate with an amendment in the nature of a substitute and without a written report by the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee and placed on the Senate Legislative Calendar. Congressional Record p. S4153

  • June 26, 2014 — Additional cosponsor(s): 7

    Blunt, (R-Mo.)Harkin, (D-Iowa)Schumer, (D-N.Y.)
    Burr, (R-N.C.)Klobuchar, (D-Minn.)
    Coons, (D-Del.)Moran, Jerry (R-Kan.)
  • June 25, 2014 — Full committee consideration and markup held by the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee.

    June 25, 2014 — Committee Vote: Reauthorization of Autism Programs — Substitute Amendment
      Harkin, D-Iowa —

    Substitute amendment that would make technical changes to the bill.

    Adopted by unanimous consent.

    June 25, 2014 — Committee Vote: Reauthorization of Autism Programs — Vote to Report

    Reauthorize the 2006 Combating Autism Act (PL 109-416) from fiscal 2015 through 2019, preventing key provisions from sunsetting Sept. 30, 2014.

    The bill would require the Health and Human Services secretary to designate an existing official within the department to oversee national autism spectrum disorder research, services and support activities in consultation with the Defense and Education secretaries. The official would implement the activities while considering the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee’s strategic plan and ensure that HHS autism activities and those of other federal agencies are not unnecessarily duplicative.

    Within two years of enactment, the legislation would require the HHS secretary in coordination with other cabinet members to submit a report to Congress on young adults with autism spectrum disorder and the challenges linked to transitioning from school-based services to services available to adults. The report would include the demographic characteristics of youth making that transition, proposals to improve outcomes and other elements.

    The bill would require the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee to monitor federal autism spectrum disorder research, as well as services and support activities to the extent practicable. It also would require the committee’s strategic plan to cover research and, as practicable, services and supports for those with the condition, as well as their families, and include recommendations to ensure that they are not unnecessarily duplicative. The committee would submit annual plan updates to Congress and the president.

    In addition, the measure would make adjustments to the committee’s membership by requiring no more than one-half but no less than one-third of the total membership to be non-federal members appointed by the HHS secretary. It would change the makeup of that group from at least one individual diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder, at least one parent or legal guardian of such an individual and at least one representative of a leading autism organization, to two members from each category.

    The bill also would increase the authorization for the coordinating committee and other specific programs from $161 million to $190 million a year. It would require a progress report submitted to Congress on activities related to autism spectrum disorder and other developmental disabilities to be posted on the HHS website. And it would make changes to the autism education, early detection and intervention provisions, including new language addressing respite care.

    Ordered reported favorably to the full Senate (as amended) by voice vote.
  • June 25, 2014 — Health, Education, Labor & Pensions Committee vote: Reauthorization of Autism Programs-Vote to Report
    Ordered reported favorably to the full Senate (as amended) by voice vote.

  • June 24, 2014D. Davis, D-Ill., House speech: Supports the bill. Congressional Record p. E1079-E1080

  • June 16, 2014 — Additional cosponsor(s): 2

    Franken, (D-Minn.)Kirk, (R-Ill.)
  • June 9, 2014 — Original cosponsor(s): 1

    Enzi, (R-Wyo.)
  • June 9, 2014 — Read twice and referred to: Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions.Congressional Record p. S3507