Federal Funding and the Combating Autism Act

The Combating Autism Act was enacted in 2006 and then reauthorized for another three years in 2011. The originial law was signed by President George W. Bush and the reauthorization bill was signed into law on September 30, 2011 by President Obama. Total funding under the act has exceeded $1.7 billion for autism research, services, training and monitoring by the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Health Resources and Services Administration. 


WASHINGTON, DC (March 27, 2014) -- Members of the U.S. House of Representatives issued the following statements today in response to the new autism prevalence estimates made by the Centers...
WASHINGTON, DC (March 27, 2014) -- Members of the U.S. Senate today issued the following statements in response to the new autism prevalence numbers issued by the Centers for Disease Control and...
WASHINGTON, DC (February 28, 2014) -- The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has reported to Congress on how funding dedicated to autism research and services under the Combating...
WASHINGTON, DC  (November 25, 2013) -- Autism Speaks reiterated its call for close monitoring of federal autism research spending to assure that scarce dollars are used efficiently in studying...
WASHINGTON, DC (September 19, 2012) -- The key federal agencies responsible for funding core autism research, treatment and surveillance programs face an across-the-board 8.2 percent...
WASHINGTON, DC (September 12, 2012) -- Congress is preparing to vote on a continuing budget resolution to keep the federal government afloat another six months at current funding levels, but the...
May 29, 2012 Dear friends, Almost two months have passed since the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released the shocking results of its latest prevalence study—1 in 88...
WASHINGTON, DC –  (April 27, 2012) -- As warned earlier this year by Autism Speaks, vital federal funding to continue autism research is now needlessly in jeopardy as a result of getting...
WASHINGTON, DC (March 29, 2012) -- Testifying before House Appropriations Committee, Peter Bell, Autism Speaks executive vice president for programs and services, said the nation's autism...
WEST PALM BEACH, FL (March 4, 2012) -- With the budget clock ticking, Autism Speaks Co-founder Bob Wright today called on the nation's autism community to urge Congress to protect $21.3 million...

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Read Autism Law Needs Reauthorization - International Business Times (December 21, 2010)

CARA Bill History

Dec. 23, 2011: President Obama signs FY12 budget bill appropriating first $230 million allocation under CARA

Sept. 30, 2011: President Obama signs the Combating Autism Reauthorization Act of 2011 into law

Statements by:
Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ)
Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ)

Sept. 27, 2011: CARA voted out of Senate by unanimous consent and sent President Obama
Senate vote
Statement from Sen. Menendez

Sept. 20, 2011: U.S. House of Representatives approves the Combating Autism Reauthorization Act by voice vote.
Statements by:
Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ)
Rep. Mike Doyle (D-PA)
Rep. Smith's floor remarks

Sept. 7, 2011: Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee moves S.1094 out of committee by unanimous voice vote for Senate floor vote.

Statements by:
Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ)
Sen. Michael Bennet (D-CO) 

May 26, 2011: Combating Autism Reauthorization Act of 2011 introduced in the Senate (S-1094)  and in the House (HR-2005.) S-1094 referred to Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions; HR 2005 referred to House Committee on Energy and Commerce.