By Michelle Diament, Disability Scoop, September 27, 2011
The U.S. Senate approved an extension of the country’s primary autism legislation late Monday night after a group of Republicans agreed to lift a hold on the bill.
The reauthorization of the Combating Autism Act now heads to President Barack Obama’s desk.
White House officials say the president plans to sign the measure, which calls for $231 million for each of the next three years to fund everything from autism research to prevalence tracking, training, education, early identification and intervention programs.
Despite broad bipartisan support for the autism bill, a group of Republican senators had placed a hold
on it, arguing that Congress should not be directly setting the priorities of research dollars in favor of one...
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