Autism Caucus Grows After AS2DC Summit

WASHINGTON, DC (November 14, 2013) -- U.S. Senator Bob Casey [D-PA] and Reps. Tim Griffin [R-AR] and Kevin Yoder [R-KS] have joined the Congressional Autism Caucus, a bipartisan group in Congress that helps lead the federal reponse to autism. The three lawmakers made their decisions during the Autism Speaks to Washington national policy summit.

"It’s critical that Congress comes together in a bipartisan fashion to help children and families dealing with autism," said Casey.

"I look forward to working with members of the Autism Caucus to move forward on commonsense policies like my ABLE Act which will allow the parents of autistic children to be able to better save for their future care,” he said.

Casey is the chief Senate sponsor of ABLE (Achieving A Better Life Experience) Act which would allow tax-free savings accounts for individuals with disabilities, such as autism. The accounts would be similar to Section 529 college savings accounts.

Reps. Griffin and Yoder among the 291 cosponsors of the House version of the ABLE Act, which is sponsored by Rep. Anders Crenshaw (R-FL).

“I’m a member of the Congressional Coalition on Autism Research and Education (CARE) because I believe increasing awareness and investing in resources and research that will help diagnose and treat (autism) is critical to caring for our children,” said Griffin.