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Senate passes autism-research bill despite Republican resistance

The Senate approved legislation authorising nearly $700 million in federal funding to research and treat autism and related disorders for another three years on 26 September, after several Republicans blocked the measure for more than two weeks. The House of Representatives had approved this Combating Autism Act on 20 September, and President Obama is expected to sign it into law by 30 September.

“After prolonged and unnecessary objections on the part of a few Senate Republicans, I am proud that we were able to pass this important legislation into law,” said the bill’s sponsor, New Jersey Democrat Senator Robert Menendez.

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