House approves autism, children's hospital bills

The House on Tuesday afternoon approved two bills aimed at increasing funding for a federal autism program and children's hospitals.

By voice vote, the House approved H.R. 2005, the Combating Autism Reauthorization Act. The bill reauthorizes a program at the Department of Health and Human Services to research autism.

Also by voice vote, members approved H.R. 1852, the Children's Hospital GME Support Reauthorization Act, which provides funding for children's hospital training programs.

The House adjourned just before 4:30 p.m., and is expected back at 6:30 p.m. for votes on three other votes on three other noncontroversial bills. One is H.R. 2646, providing funding for Veterans healthcare facilities, and the two others were debated earlier Tuesday.