Current Issues

TMS is currently following and/or taking action related to several legislative issues of importance to its membership.

Letter to Congressional Leaders on the Tax Cuts and Jobs Acts of 2017

TMS sent a letter to Paul D. Ryan, Speaker of the House of Representatives, and Kevin Brady, chair of the Committee on Ways and Means, expressing concern that, if enacted, H.R. 1, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, would detrimentally impact the fields in which we work by creating a barrier to entry into graduate-level educational institutions for advanced training and education in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields.

Read the message from TMS leadership.

Statement on U.S. Immigration and Visa Proclamation

TMS signed on to a letter as one of 87 professional, scientific, engineering, and education societies; national associations; and universities. The letter expressed concern to U.S. President Donald Trump about the September 24, 2017 White House Proclamation on visas and immigration and its potential to reduce U.S. science and engineering output to the detriment of the nation.

Read the message and view other signatories.

Congressional Hearing on Materials Science Research

View “Materials Science: Building the Future,” the hearing held by the Committee on Science, Space & Technology’s Subcommittee on Energy and Subcommittee on Research and Technology on June 28, 2017. The hearing focused on vital research in materials science and demonstrated examples of the broad economic benefit of investments in materials research.  

Letters to Budget and Appropriations Committees

Eight letters signed by 2017 TMS President David DeYoung and TMS Executive Director James J. Robinson were delievered to the Chairs and Ranking Members of the Budget and Appropriations Committees, in both the House and Senate. The letter asked these leaders to work with their colleagues to restore the proposed cuts to the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science and the National Science Foundation, as well as federal research support generally across the sciences.

Read the letter.

Letter to the President

TMS sent a letter to U.S. President Donald Trump, describing the importance of scientists being able to travel freely into and out of the United States for the purpose of sharing and peer review of science and scientific advancements for the benefit of the United States and the world community.

Read the letter.

Statement on U.S. Immigration and Visa System

TMS has joined 14 other engineering societies in issuing a statement to the U.S. president and Congress “to work with all interested parties to ensure that our country's visa and immigration systems maintain the flow of individuals and ideas upon which our country's prosperity and progress depend.” The other signatories on the statement are AAES, ABET, AIAA, AIChE, ANS, ASABE, ASCE, ASEE, ASME, HFES, IEEE-USA, OSA, SAE, and SPIE. The statement was delivered in February 2017.

Read the Message from America’s Engineering Associations.

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TMS encourages you to contact your congressional leaders to discuss legislation that impacts the work of scientists and engineers.

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