Washington, DC - Congressman Jim Moran, Northern Virginia Democrat, today introduced legislation, the "Autism Understanding and Training In School Methodologies for Educators Act of 2012," or the "AUTISM Educators Act," to establish a pilot program to train teachers who work with children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Moran was joined at the bill announcement by original cosponsor Rep. Mike Doyle (D-PA) parents, children with ASD, and local officials from Arlington County and City of Alexandria Public Schools.
"This legislation is the product of a grassroots effort by parents, instructors, school officials and caring communities," said Rep. Moran. "Autism Spectrum Disorders are being diagnosed at an exploding rate. We have a responsibility to do everything in our power to provide the best education for our children."
"As a father of a special needs child, I know how important it is for parents to be able to provide them the best possible care," said Rep. Moran. "The health of our special needs military children should not suffer due to this loophole in the military retirement system. When health care costs for disabled kids can top $100,000 a year, the military needs to give parents the opportunity to plan for their special needs children's future."
The ad has been reported to be up in Clarendon Metro station. It is unclear if and how many ads are located at other Metro stops.
Rep. Moran's letter to WMATA can be found here: http://moran.house.gov/sites/m...
UPDATE by Lowell: ArlNow has some better photos of the ad.
UPDATE #2: Politico has picked up the story.
"The repeal of this law will return Virginia to being the nation's number one gun-running state, putting more guns into the hands of criminals and traffickers.
Moran's full statement regarding the payroll tax conference agreement:
"Extending a tax cut for the middle class by taking from the paychecks of middle class federal workers is not fair, nor does make sense.
"Under this agreement, new federal employees will see a nearly 400 percent increase in their contributions to their retirement - without an increase in their benefits. Let me be clear: without a corresponding increase in benefits, a larger contribution is simply a pay cut.
"By forgoing two years of pay raises, federal employees have already sacrificed more than $60 billion in lost income - the only constituency to have done so in the name of deficit reduction.
"This bill sends a signal to our federal workforce that we do not appreciate their hard work. In the next five years, nearly half of the federal workforce will be eligible for retirement. Only 6 percent of college graduates polled want to work for the government. The Federal Government should be doing everything it can to boost recruitment and retention efforts. This conference agreement does just the opposite and therefore I can't support it."
Congressman Jim Moran is a leading advocate for federal employees. Virginia's 8th District is home to more than 65,000 federal workers and where more than 110,000 show up to work.
"I welcome the announcement from Secretary Salazar, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management and the Obama Administration that the United States is moving forward on wind energy production off the Eastern shoreline, having cleared the environmental review process.
"The Komen Foundation's decision regarding Planned Parenthood is deeply troubling. As an organization dedicated to eradicating breast cancer, it's hard to understand how eliminating funding that provides hundreds of thousands of women with preventive screenings is in anyone's best interest.
"I call on the Foundation to reverse their decision and not let politics interfere with protecting women's health."
Thirty-nine years ago the Supreme Court issued its 7-2 decision in the Roe v. Wade case stating that abortion is a fundamental right under the United States Constitution. Sadly decades later we are still fighting everyday to preserve this fundamental women's right.
No woman expects or plans for an unintended pregnancy. Those women for whom the unexpected happens are put in a terrible position; the consequences are steep, no matter what they decide. And this decision should not be made or interfered with by the federal, state, or local government.
Last year, 92 anti-abortion anti-choice measures were passed into law across the United States, including seven measures passed in the Republican-controlled House of Representatives. One measure is Virginia's regulation, or "TRAP" law, to treat abortion clinics as ambulatory surgery centers instead of doctor's offices, as they have been classified. Clinics must now meet hospital-type standards on the size of rooms and widths of hallways, among other changes, possibly forcing closure of many clinics across the commonwealth. I was proud to join with women and men across the Commonwealth to stand against Governor McDonnell's endorsement of these extreme regulations.
"Today House Republicans reached a new low. I went down to the House floor to repeat yesterday's call by House Democrats for Republicans to return to their jobs and begin work on a full year extension of the payroll tax cut. Speaker Pro Tempore Robert Aderholt refused to recognize me on the floor and in a dramatic show of Republican authority, leadership cut off the microphone during the Pledge of Allegiance and kept them off afterward when I asked to be recognized.
"The 160 million Americans who need an extension of the payroll tax cut deserve to have their voices heard. The temporary extension expires in just a few weeks. The American people have a right to hear from Members of Congress on the House floor."