H.R. 4631, The Autism CARES Act of 2014

H.R. 4631

The Autism CARES Act of 2014

June 24, 2014 (113th Congress, 2nd Session)

Staff Contact

Floor Situation

On Tuesday, June 24, 2014, the House will consider H.R. 4631, the Autism CARES Act of 2014, under a suspension of the rules.  H.R. 4631 was introduced on May 9, 2014 by Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ) and referred to the House Energy and Commerce Committee, which ordered the bill reported, as amended, by voice vote. 

Bill Summary

H.R. 4631 reauthorizes the Combating Autism Reauthorization Act of 2011 through FY 2019.  The Act specifically reauthorizes programs and activities of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) related to autism research.  Moreover, the bill establishes a National Autism Spectrum Disorder Initiative and requires an existing agency official to serve as the point person in coordinating federal autism efforts.  H.R. 4631 also directs HHS to report to Congress on the needs of young adults and transitioning youth with an autism spectrum disorder and the challenges they face in their transition to adulthood.  Finally, this legislation reforms the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC) to expand its role in developing a strategic plan for autism spectrum disorder and requires additional non-federal members on the Committee.


Every year, 50,000 youths with autism enter into adulthood.[1]   This legislation enhances federal programs that provide services to families affected by autism, and strengthens the structure within federal agencies to address future challenges.

[1] http://chrissmith.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=384081


CBO estimates that implementing this legislation would cost approximately $1.3 billion over the 2015-2019 period, assuming appropriation of the necessary amounts.[2]  Enacting this legislation would not affect direct spending or revenues.

[2] http://www.cbo.gov/publication/45460

Additional Information

For questions or further information contact the GOP Conference at 5-5107.