Summary of the Combating Autism Reauthorization Act (CARA):
September 30, 2011
Sponsored in the Senate by Senators Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Mike Enzi (R-WY), with Senators Richard Durbin (D-IL) and Scott Brown (R-MA) as original cosponsors; in the House of Representatives by Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ) and Rep. Mike Doyle (D-PA).
Extends Existing Authorizations - Ensures that the critical programs established under the Combating Autism Act of 2006 continue for another three years, including CDC surveillance programs, HRSA intervention and training programs, and the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC). Funding would be authorized at $693 million over the three-year life of the bill.