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

Funding Alert: Contact Congress for Emergency Funding for Zika
The ASM has been working since February to urge congressional passage of a $1.9 billion emergency supplemental funding bill to respond to the Zika virus. The House and Senate passed Zika funding bills, but a conference agreement failed in the Senate over political controversy, stalling congressional passage of a final Zika funding bill before Congress left for the summer recess.  Please click the link above to contact your congressional delegation to urge immediate passage of a bipartisan emergency supplemental bill for Zika.

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Minority Microbiology Mentor Newsletter - September 2016

The September issue of the Minority Microbiology Mentor has been published by the Committee on Microbiological Issues Impacting Minorities (CMIIM)


August 31, 2016 - ASM Recommendations to the Presidential Campaigns and the New Administration

The ASM sent policy recommendations to strengthen science, technology and public health in the United States to the Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump presidential campaigns.


August 29, 2016 - ASM Letter Concerning UN Meeting on Antimicrobial Resistance

ASM sent a letter Samantha Power, the US Ambassador to the United Nations regarding the September 21 meeting of the UN General Assembly on antimicrobial resistance


ASM Urges Members to Support Petition Calling for United Nations to Collaborate to Combat Antimicrobial Resistance

The American Society for Microbiology will be participating in a September 21 meeting of the United Nations General Assembly to discuss how countries can cooperate to address antimicrobial resistance (AMR).  We urge ASM members to join the petition being circulated by IDSA on calling for the United Nations to...


July 27, 2016 - ASM Asks VA for Clarification on Proposed Advance Practice Registered Nurse Duty Changes

ASM comments focus on Advance Practice Nurses ability to perform laboratory testing


ASM Urges Congressional Action on Emergency Zika Funding

The ASM sent a letter to Majority Leader McConnell and Minority Leader Reid, Speaker Ryan and Minority Leader Pelosi urging action on Zika funding legislation.


Payment Determinations for Calendar Year 2017 for New Clinical Laboratory Tests

The ASM presented recommendations to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) at its annual Clinical Laboratory Fee Schedule public meeting determining payment levels for new tests for 2017.


NSABB Recommendations for the Evaluation and Oversight of Proposed GOF Research

The ASM sent an advisory to ASM members regarding the National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity (NSABB) recommendations for the evaluation and oversight of proposed Gain of Function Research of Concern (GOFROC)


May 24, 2016 - ASM Letter on DOE FY 2017 Appropriations

The ASM sent a letter to all members of the House of Representatives regarding DOE Provisions in House Amendment to S. 2012, the Energy Policy Modernization Act of 2016.


May 18, 2016 - ASM Supports $1.9 Billion Emergency Funding to Combat Zika

The ASM sent a letter to Congress supporting the full $1.9 emergency funding request to combat Zika.