You all have done an amazing job getting your concerns across to some key senators who have been able to hold the Autism CARES bill, in order to work on some changes that could make a big difference in the lives of folks with autism and their families.
Autism Speaks has been asking people to call their senators and pressure them to get the bill passed. That’s because to them the passage of a bill, any bill, is what matters. We want something better, and we’re working hard to achieve that goal. We’re asking you to call your senators too, but we want you to give them a different message:
“The current bill won’t help our families or provide taxpayers the return they deserve on their investment in autism research. The APRC has proposed modest changes that would go a long way toward fixing this. Please ask Senator (your senator’s name) to call Majority Leader Harry Reid and ask him to work with the senators holding the bill to make the changes the APRC has requested.”
The Senate will not be in session for the month of August, so we really want everyone to get this message before Friday. If you can call within the next 48 hours, that would be terrific.
To find your senators and their phone numbers, go to this link: http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm, and choose your state from the dropdown box. It will select your states’ two senators and their phone numbers. If you happen to live in Washington DC, please call the Virginia senators.
Then please call Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid ((202) 224-3542) and ask him directly to work with the senators holding the bill to make the changes the APRC has requested.
Thanks for all you do!
~ The Thinking Moms’ Revolution and the APRC