Call to Barton to Restore Environmental Funding to CAA
Posted Sep 12 2008 11:30am
December 1, 2006 The Honorable Joe Barton 2109 Rayburn House Office Building Washington, D.C. 20515-4306 By FAX: 202-225-3052
Re: Restoration of vaccine and environmental research to the Combating Autism Act
Dear Chairman Barton,
In 2005 Senators Santorum and Dodd requested the diversity of groups that represent the autism community to work together to help draft the language that became the Combating Autism Act. After much toil and deliberation a draft that reflected the consensus of the autism community emerged. This draft had nearly universal support in the autism community.
The consensus bill included statutory language requiring research on the possible association between vaccines and autism, and statutory language requiring research on possible environmental factors in causing autism. For many individuals and organizations within the autism community these were the most important provisions in the bill.
As you know, the final version of S. 843 that was voted on and passed by the Senate did not include the statutory language for vaccine research. We are concerned that the statutory language requiring environmental research may not be included in the final version of the bill that may be voted upon by the House of Representatives.
We urge you to restore the statutory provisions for vaccine and environmental research to,H.R. 2421, the Combating Autism Act, as originally conceived in the consensus bill. Restoring these key elements would assure the support for this legislation by a large section of the autism community who believe that this research will be key to the eventual discovery of the causes of autism, the development of safe and effective treatments, and ultimately finding a cure for autism.
Advocates for Children's Health Affected by Mercury,Poisoning – A–CHAMP Adventures in Autism, California Alan D. Clark, M.D. Memorial Research Fund, Missouri Angels Wings for Autism, New York Approaching Autism with Advocacy, Recovery & Education, Vermont Autism and Vaccination, Pennsylvania Autism Healing Network, Washington Autism in Nebraska, Nebraska Autism Recovery Network, Florida Autism Recovery Resources of Washington Autism Solution Center, Tennessee Autism Support Daily Vermont AutismFacts.com, Pennsylvania Biological Education for Autism Treatments, Iowa Biological Education for Autism Treatments, Minnesota Brenen Hornstein Autism Research and Education Foundation, Illinois Coalition for Mercury Free Nebraska, Nebraska Coalition for Mercury-Free Drugs, Virginia DAVID&SAM, Maryland Dental Amalgam Mercury Syndrome, Inc., Minnesota Developmental Delay Resources, Pennsylvania FAIR Autism Media, Illinois Foundation for Mercury-Injured Children, Missouri Heal Autism Now Delaware, Delaware Healing Every Autistic Life Foundation, Florida International Hyperbaric Medicine Association, New Mexico Moms Against Mercury, North Carolina National Autism Association, Long Island New York National Autism Association, New York City New York National Autism Association, Ohio National Autism Recovery Foundation, Missouri No Mercury, Missouri North East Louisiana Chapter, Autism Society of America, Louisiana Parents for Autism Autoimmune and Vaccine Education, New Jersey Patient Resource Center, Maryland Research, Education, and Action for Autism Spectrum Children, Massachusetts Schafer Autism Report, California Tennesseeans for Safer Vaccines, Tennessee