(WASHINGTON, DC - November 15, 2007) On Thursday, November 15, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to sustain President Bush's veto of the fiscal year 2008 Labor, Health and Human Services appropriations bill. This legislation contains the actual funding for the provisions of the Combating Autism Act, the critical legislation passed last year that authorized needed funding for autism research, surveillance, treatment and intervention. The bill contained significant increases in all HHS programs for autism.
The failure of the House to override President Bush's veto is a huge disappointment. There is a significant dispute between the White House and Democrats on Capitol Hill on the overall funding levels for the bill. Unfortunately, the funding for the CAA is caught in the middle of this battle. Autism Speaks is committed to fully funding the implementation of the CAA, and will continue to look for avenues to do so as Congress winds up its work for the year next month.