FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
August 28, 2019
Contact: Matt Baca (505) 270-7148
Attorney General Balderas Seeks
Congressional Support for Autism Services
Albuquerque, NM—Attorney General Hector Balderas today announced that he is joining a
bipartisan coalition of 47 attorneys general calling upon Congress to authorize the Autism CARES
Act of 2019. This legislation provides ongoing federal support for research into autism spectrum
disorders (“ASD”) and services to those affected by these conditions.
“We must protect vulnerable New Mexicans and provide them all of the services possible to ensure
their safety and well being,” said Attorney General Balderas. “I am calling on Congress to continue
supporting this critical research into autism spectrum disorders so that we can ensure those
impacted by it have every resource they need.”
A previous version of this legislation is set to expire on Sept. 30, 2019. The CARES Act of 2019
currently exists as H.R. 1058 in the U.S. House of Representatives and S. 427 in the U.S. Senate.
Congress began addressing autism in 2000 with the first enactment of the bill. The Autism CARES
Act of 2019 will continue Congress’ ongoing mission to ensure that those living with ASD receive
the necessary support and research.
Attached, see the coalition’s letter to Congress and the House and Senate versions of the CARES
Act of 2019.