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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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...


Minority Microbiology Mentor Newsletter - August 2016

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


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.


ASM Members Meet with Senate Appropriations Chair

ASM volunteer leaders have on been Capitol Hill advocating for funding for the microbial sciences and their messages have accelerated congressional action on funding to address the Zika threat.


ASM Acts to Counter Zika Virus Outbreak

A key role of a scientific association is to make the voices of its many individual members heard as a unified whole. Speaking on behalf of its 47,000 members worldwide, ASM has acted quickly to make the case to policy makers that we must take immediate and aggressive action against...