Committee’s #RecordOfSuccess Grows With Three Bills Headed to the President’s Desk

August 1, 2014

Bipartisan Legislation to Help Those With Autism, Trauma Patients, and Veterinarians Poised to Become Law

WASHINGTON, DC – Three public health bills championed by the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health are now on their way to the president’s desk to become law. Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) commented, “The Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health, under the leadership of Chairman Pitts, has had a remarkable record of bipartisan success on important bills that truly touch and improve people’s lives.” These bills will boost Autism research and awareness, refine definitions of what constitutes trauma, and strengthen veterinarians’ ability to administer care in the field.

The Senate last night approved H.R. 4631, the Autism CARES Act which will extend the Combating Autism Reauthorization Act of 2011 to continue federal research, early identification and intervention, and education related to autism as well as the activities of the Interagency Autism Coordinating Community. The Senate also approved this week H.R. 3548, the Improving Trauma Care Act, authored by Rep. Bill Johnson (R-OH), to amend the Public Health Service Act and improve the definition of trauma by including injuries caused by thermal, electrical, chemical, or radioactive force. The Senate also recently advanced, H.R. 1528, the Veterinary Medicine Mobility Act which will allow veterinarians to administer care at a site other than their registered principal place of business.

These bills will make more than 20 legislative accomplishments to become law under the leadership of the Health Subcommittee this Congress.