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

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ASM Thanks Senate Subcommittee for NIH $2 Billion Budget Increase

The ASM sent letters to Senators Roy Blunt and Patty Murray thanking the Senate Labor/HHS Subcommittee for proposing a $2 Billion budget increase for the National Institutes of Health.


Minority Microbiology Mentor Newsletter - June 2016

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



The ASM and and the Association of Public Health Laboratories jointly authored recommendations on the upcoming edition of Biosafety in Microbiological and Biomedical Laboratories (BMBL), which include the need for more clinical and public health representation in the document.


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.


Infectious Disease Laboratory Testing

ASM and PASCV have prepared a joint guidance document to update and assist clinical laboratory personnel in testing for Zika virus, based on patient risk.


e-Public Policy Update – May 2016

  The May issue of the e-Public Policy Update has been published by the ASM Office of Public Affairs. 


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.


May 11, 2016 – ASM Comments on Department of Labor Employee Exemptions Definitions Impact on Research

The ASM sent a letter to Howard A. Shelanski, Ph.D., Administrator, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget regarding the impact of the Department of Labor’s “Defining and Delimiting the Exemptions for Executive, Administrative, Professional, Outside Sales and Computer Employees” on research.


Minority Microbiology Mentor Newsletter - May 2016

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