CONGRESSWOMAN ELISE STEFANIK
H.R. 5756 is expected to be considered on the House floor on Wednesday, September 22, 2010, under a suspension of the rules, requiring a two-thirds majority vote for passage. Rep. Doyle (D-PA) introduced H.R. 5756 on July 22, 2010, and it was referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce. On July 28, 2010, the committee reported the bill by voice vote.
H.R. 5756 would authorize appropriations for two grant programs. First, University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education, Research and Service would receive grants to provide training, education, assistance, and information to individuals who can improve the services rendered to children and adults with autism. These grants would not be less than $250,000 per year for a total of $17,000,000 for fiscal year 2011 and such sums as may be necessary to each fiscal year 2012 though 2015. Second, grants would be available for up to four new University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education, Research, and Service. Priority would be given to minority institutions. For this grant program, the bill would authorize the appropriation of $2,000,000 for each of fiscal years 2011 through 2015.
The Centers for Disease Control estimates that 1 in 110 children have an Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Assuming the appropriation of all funding, the Congressional Budget Office estimates that implementing the act would cost $55 million over 2011-2015. Pay-go does not apply.