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PUBLIC POLICY
ASM Policy efforts focus on communicating the importance of the microbial science to Congress, Federal Agencies and the Public.

ASM joins laboratory societies in two letters on the Palmetto Draft Local Coverage Determinations on Multiplex Nucleic Acid Amplified Tests for Respiratory and Gastrointestinal Panels.

The ASM calls upon Congress to continue to make available the
balance of FY 2015 Ebola emergency funding, and to work through the FY 2019 appropriations
process to create a robust public health emergency contingency fund that allows the United
States to respond rapidly to Ebola and other pandemics that threaten our homeland.

The ASM Office of Public Affairs has prepared a document explaining science-related spending in the fiscal year 2018 Omnibus Spending Bill.

ASM drafted comments to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services on Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments of 1988 (CLIA) personnel requirements and appropriate sanctions in situations where they determine that a laboratory has referred its proficiency testing samples to another laboratory.  ASM strongly recommends that all laboratory testing personnel meet the 24 semester hour science requirement for high complexity testing. 

The American Society for Microbiology issued the following statement in response to the President’s fiscal year (FY) 2019 budget released yesterday.

ASM signed on to a letter supporting increased 302b allocations for science research. The letter, signed by 95 businesses, universities, and science and engineering organizations, urges increases in CJS, E&W, and DOD science funding.

Check the latest update from HHS on what the shutdown means for the nation's top public health agencies. View the notice of activities to remain open and to be closed. 

ASM signed on to a letter in support of the Prevention and Public Health Fund. The letter was sent to congressional leadership on January 18th and was signed by 177 health and science groups.

Friday, 19 January 2018 12:47

Clinical Microbiology Issues Update - January 2018

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The January issue of the Clinical Microbiology Issues Update has been published by the Office of Public Affairs.

The American Society for Microbiology is in complete support of the National Institutes of Health lifting the funding pause on gain-of-function (GoF) experiments involving influenza, SARS, and MERS viruses. 

The ASM signed on to a letter to the director of the Office of Management and Budget encouraging the heads of all federal agencies to support the use of science in decision making and to support the scientists who produce the knowledge upon which the nation’s economy relies.

The ASM supports the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the importance of evidence-based science to inform policy decisions surrounding prevention and defending the country from public health threats.

The December issue of the Minority Microbiology Mentor has been published by the Committee on Microbiological Issues Impacting Minorities

Tuesday, 05 December 2017 11:25

ASM Urges Increased Funding for CDC

The ASM participated in a coalition letter urging Congress to provide at least $7.8 billion for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s programs as they work to develop a final FY 2018 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies Appropriations bill or other final FY 2018 funding legislation.

Monday, 27 November 2017 10:22

ASM Urges Increased Funding for AMR Programs

The ASM participated in a coalition letter urging Congress to increase funding for programs that address antimicrobial resistance (AMR) and to continue bipartisan support for AMR that reflects the US commitment to infection prevention, antimicrobial stewardship, surveillance and innovation.

ASM joins a letter to Congress opposing provisions in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (HR1) that will increase the financial burden for graduate students.

The ASM sent a letter to Congress as they debate H.R. 1, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act which would exclude tuition waivers and tuition exemptions from income for graduate students. 

The ASM participated in a coalition letter urging Congress to enact a bipartisan budget agreement that raises the spending caps and enables a $36.1 billion investment in National Institutes of Health in FY 2018.

The ASM participated in  a coalition  letter urging Congress to provide emergency supplemental funding for critical public health, healthcare and behavioral health services to address the ongoing crises in Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands and other states impacted by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria.

The ASM signed on to a letter to President Trump regarding the Administration’s immigration policies.  The letter stressed that the signed organizations think that the policies will reduce US science and engineering output and competitiveness.

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