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Providing for Further Consideration of H.R. 4310, National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013

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Mr. BURTON of Indiana. When I was chairman of Government Reform and Oversight, we had hearings for about 2 years on the autism issue. And while I'm not going to speak on this particular motion, I would just like to say that it is a real tragedy that we are facing in this country. We used to have one in 10,000 people that were autistic--kids--and now it is 1 in 88. It is an absolute epidemic, and there's really not much of a recourse for the parents. These kids are going to live a normal life expectancy, and it's going to cost the taxpayers of this country and all the States a ton of money. And so we have to get a handle on this as quickly as possible.

So I appreciate the gentleman raising the issue. I'm not going to be able to support his position, but if I can work with you in any way to deal with this problem, I hope you'll contact me.

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