Support Full Funding of the Autism CARES Act

On behalf of the more than one million American families affected by autism spectrum disorders (ASDs), we urge you to join us in requesting fully funding the Department of Health and Human Services’ autism activities as authorized by the Autism Collaboration, Accountability, Research, Education, and Support Act (or Autism CARES Act/PL 113-157), in the Fiscal Year 2017 Labor, Health, and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies Appropriations bill.

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Support Funding for Lyme Disease Research

On behalf of individuals suffering from Lyme disease and other tick-borne diseases, we urge you to join us in requesting $5 million in the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program (CDMRP) for research on tick-borne diseases (TDB’s) in the Fiscal Year 2017 Defense Appropriations Bill.

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Military Dependents Deserve Access to Quality Care

Please join us in urging the Department of Defense (DOD) to ensure that military dependents who have Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) retain access to critical services. Currently, military dependents with ASD receive coverage of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), evidence based behavior intervention, through TRICARE.

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Animal Welfare Enforcement Funding

Recognizing the interest in reducing federal spending, we believe careful decision making can yield savings while providing proper funding levels for specific accounts that are vitally needed to implement key animal welfare laws.

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Co-sponsor H.R.1797 to help end the tropical disease threat

While not officially classified as a neglected tropical disease (NTD), research and development of products to treat and prevent the spread of the tropical disease Zika has been neglected for decades. Now Zika is rapidly making its way across the Americas, as West Nile virus did a decade before and Ebola threatened to do two years ago. Once these diseases go global, they are no longer considered neglected, but why wait until the next one appears on the international scene to study them and enhance our preparedness?

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SUPPORT HUMAN RIGHTS IN AZERBAIJAN

The Government of Azerbaijan is one of the most repressive in Europe/ Eurasia – and for two years it’s run a severe crackdown on independent journalists, opposition politicians, and civil society groups. “In its latest report covering 2014, Freedom House rated Azerbaijan “Not Free”… [placing] it somewhere between China and Iran… Azerbaijan ranks fifth among the Committee to Protect Journalists’ 10 most censored countries. It is grouped by CPJ with Eritrea, Ethiopia, Vietnam, Iran, China, and Myanmar among the world’s 10 worst jailers of journalists.” This was the recent testimony of Nenad Pejic, Vice President at RFE/RL.

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