Saturday, November 3, 2007

President Bush, ASA, and the FY 2008 Funding Bill

The American Autism Society of America is requesting that its members contact their U.S. Representatives and Senators to ask that their legislators support the FY 2008 funding bill. It is sponsored by the joint House/Senate Labor, Health and Human Services and Education Appropriations Conference Committee.

This legislation includes significant increases for autism related programs at the National Institutes of Health, the Health Resources and Services Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). ASA is asking for grassroots support because President Bush is vowing to veto the bill.

A quote from ASA: "This veto threatens much needed increases for autism early intervention, diagnosis, treatment and research. We must work to get a veto-proof majority for this conference report in both the House and the Senate."

I will have to research reasons why President Bush plans to veto this bill before I take action. I'll post the results of my research tomorrow. In the meantime, to find the contact information for U.S. Congress members from Michigan as well as senators and legislators from other states, please see The Online Directory for the 110th Congress.

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