(House of Representatives - April 25, 2013)

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  (Mr. MESSER asked and was given permission to address the House for 1

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minute and to revise and extend his remarks.)
  Mr. MESSER. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to recognize National Autism 
Awareness Month. We once lived in a world where polio was an epidemic 
that killed kids and left others with debilitating paralysis. 
Thankfully, medical and scientific advances largely have eliminated the 
threat from this and many other dreaded diseases and conditions. Yet 
our understanding of autism remains an unsolved puzzle.
  Mr. Speaker, autism affects too many children, including my nephew 
Trey, and strains families, as I know firsthand. It is time to commit 
ourselves as a Nation to solving this modern epidemic so autism can be 
prevented, treated, and cured tomorrow like polio is today.