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House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Joe Barton (TX) still refuses to release the Senate passed Combating Autism Act from his committee for consideration by the full House this session. He is practicing politics as usual and has stated publicly (on CNN) that he will not consider the CAA until and unless the Senate passes his NIH Reform bill.

Chairman Barton, Majority Leader Boehner and Speaker Hastert must hear from us and also their colleagues in the House that this is unacceptable! Call your Republican Congressman and ask him or her to call Chairman Barton, Majority Leader Boehner, and Speaker Hastert today!

Have them ask to put S.843 on the floor as soon as they return in November. Ask them to make a promise to our children and their parents who are going to vote on November 7.

If your Congressman is a Republican, call him or her and say you won’t vote for a Congressman that doesn’t actively support families struggling with autism. By “actively support” we mean one that will call Chairman Barton, Majority Leader Boehner, and Speaker Hastert today and insist that the Combating Autism Act, S.843 is brought to the floor for a vote as soon as Congress returns in November. Below are points that you can make to your Congressman that they can pass on to our Congressional leaders:

  • Autism is an epidemic in this country. One in 166 children born every day is diagnosed with autism, many in our District It is a lifelong affliction – you don’t die from autism, you suffer through it during a “normal” lifespan and require constant care.
  • The Senate passed the Combating Autism Act (S. 843) by unanimous consent on August 3rd. It authorizes over $900 million for autism research and services, and would for the first time coordinate Federal efforts into autism research. It is supported by all major autism organizations.
  • We are asking for a very public commitment to move the Senate bill (S.843) in November. While we appreciate the need to move the larger NIH Reform bill, autism deserves special attention not expressed in that bill, and we need to be able to tell the affected families in our District that we’ve talked and that you want to see the legislation they so desperately want signed into law this year.

Your Republican Congressman need not be a cosponsor to make this request. We are no longer asking for cosponsors, just commitments from our Republican Congressman to call the Leaders with this request. Remind them you will be voting on November 7. For your congressman’s contact information, go to www.combatautism.org.

Keep up the pressure on Chairman Barton! We must not allow Barton to use the CAA as a political pawn. Call Barton today and let him know that it is unacceptable for our elected officials to put personal, political interests ahead of your sick children!

Call Chairman Barton today at 202-225-2002 or his Texas office at 817-543-1000 and tell him we will not stop calling until he agrees to release S.843 for vote by the full House! Do not let his office tell you that you are not a constituent of his district. You are calling him as Chairman and he is accountable to all of us!

Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert (IL) has thus far refused to intervene on our children’s behalf. His Office of the Speaker website states: “At home we put children first, and Republicans are doing just that in the House”. Ask him to back that up and put S.843 on the House suspension calendar! Call Speaker Hastert at 202-225-0600 and ask him to do what’s right for children with autism.

Majority Leader John Boehner (OH) has been unwilling to stand up to Chairman Barton! Let him know you expect him to show the leadership it takes to do the right thing for hundreds of thousands of children and put S.843 on the House suspension calendar. Call Majority Leader Boehner at 202-225-4000 today and make your voice heard!

Our fight is far from over! Please make these 4 calls today—one to the Republican Congressman from your district, and all 3 Congressional Leaders and let them know we demand help for our children and we will vote November 7th!

Thank you for your support! For complete information about the Combating Autism Act of 2006, or to contact us, go to www.combatautism.org.

About The Combating Autism Act of 2006
The Combating Autism Act of 2006 builds on the provisions of the Children's Health Act of 2000 and would authorize approximately $920 million in federal funds over five years to combat autism through research, screening, intervention and education.

The Combating Autism Act of 2006 is supported by the following autism organizations:

Autism One
Autism Society of America
Autism Speaks
COSAC
Cure Autism Now
Dan Marino Foundation
Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation
First Signs
Generation Rescue
The Help Group
National Autism Association
Organization for Autism Research
S.A.F.E. Inc.
SafeMinds
Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center
Talk About Curing Autism
TalkAutism
The Deirdre Imus Environmental Center for Pediatric Oncology
Unlocking Autism
US Autism and Asperger Association



The Coalition for SafeMinds (Sensible Action For Ending Mercury-Induced Neurological Disorders) is a private nonprofit organization founded to investigate and raise awareness of the risks to infants and children of exposure to mercury from medical products, including thimerosal in vaccines. Safe Minds supports research on the potential harmful effects of mercury and thimerosal.

Our mission is to end the health and personal devastations caused by the needless use of mercury in medicines.


Elizabeth Kilpatrick
SafeMinds

Phone: 404-934-0777