Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Bush Signs Autism Bill

Amen!! Mark this date in history. Bush FINALLY does something right! Now, if he would only stop placating his unhinged out-of-touch base and open up funding for stem cell research. Oh well, two years isn't that long....unless of course you are suffering by one of the myriad of diseases that could possibly be cured via stem cell therapy.

The measure provides funding through 2011 to help the 1.5 million Americans who suffer from autism.

Since Bush took office in 2001, funding for autism research has increased from $56 million to $101 million, with $5.9 million going to study the factors that may put children at risk. The measure calls for early screening for the condition and to increase the number of people able to diagnose the condition.

"For the millions of Americans whose lives are affected by autism, today is a day of hope," Bush said in signing the measure, the Combating Autism Act of 2006.

"By creating a national education program for doctors and the public about autism, this legislation will help more people recognize the symptoms of autism. This will lead to early identification and intervention, which is critical for children with autism."