Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Update: FY 2008 Labor, Health and Human Services and Education Appropriations Bill Vetoed

I did some earlier posts about what was then the impending veto of the FY 2008 Labor, Health and Human Services and Education Appropriations bill. This legislation was to benefit various autism programs at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute of Health and the Health Resources and Service Administration. However, I had an email yesterday from the Autism Society of America (ASA) announcing that the President vetoed the bill because of concerns about the funding levels of the legislation.

From ASA:

"This morning, President Bush vetoed the FY 2008 Labor, Health and Human Services and Education Appropriations bill. This bipartisan bill had strong support in both the House and the Senate, but the President objected to the overall funding levels of the bill, which includes modest increases for vital programs - most of which have experienced significant cuts, lost purchasing power or both over the past three years."

ASA is hoping that its members and other interested citizens will contact their Congressman to encourage an override of the veto. The organization is expecting the override to occur within in a short time period.

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