Current Issues

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

Letter to Leaders of the Senate and House Judiciary Committees

TMS is one of more than 30 organizations to sign on to a letter from the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) in support of the immigration provision in the America COMPETES Act that exempts STEM graduates with advanced degrees from green card caps and its inclusion in the conferenced competitiveness bill currently being negotiated in Congress. Read the full letter.

Letter to the U.S. Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP)

The TMS Public & Governmental Affairs Committee and the TMS Materials Innovation Committee collaborated on a letter to the OSTP to provide materials science information in response to President Biden’s intent to "refresh and reinvigorate" the national science policy for the next 75 years. President Biden is asking the OSTP to investigate areas that aim to accomplish this goal. Read the full letter.

TMS Position on Racial Justice for African Americans in the U.S.

TMS supports the identification and correction of policies, systems and any operational standards in U.S. academic, government or industrial institutions that negatively and disproportionately impact any racial group. The events of 2020 have highlighted significant opportunities still remain to address generational legacies of racial injustice and disadvantage still faced by African-Americans today. Read the Position Statement.

TMS Position Statement on Executive Order 13950: Combating Race and Sex Stereotyping

TMS has developed a position statement re-affirming the Society's commitment to advancing racial and gender inclusivity in science and engineering and calling for the repeal of this executive order. Read the full letter.

TMS Letter Opposing Changes to the International Student Visa Program

TMS submitted this letter outlining the potential impacts of proposed international student visa time limits, and requesting that these be withdrawn or extended to a common limit of no less than six years. Read the full letter.

Letter in Support of Federal Employee Training Programs Related to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

TMS is one of 50 organizations to sign this letter strongly urging the Administration to rescind its elimination of federal employee training programs related to diversity, equity and inclusion as specified in the Memorandum for the Heads of Executive Departments and Agencies issued September 4th, 2020 and the September 22nd Executive Order on Combating Race and Sex Stereotyping. Read the full letter.

Multi-Society Statement on Prevention of Nonimmigrant Students from Taking Online-Only Coursework

TMS is one of 45 organizations to sign this letter from the American Society for Engineering Education recommending retraction of the changes announced on July 6, 2020 by the Student and Exchange Visitor Program of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Read the full letter.

An Open Letter to the White House, Department of Homeland Security and Department of State

This letter, signed by TMS and more than 65 additional science and engineering organizations, respectfully requests that plans announced by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) on July 6, 2020 to modify the exemption to the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) be withdrawn immediately. Read the full letter.

TMS Statement and Actions Regarding Social Justice

TMS leaders commit to adding social justice for black Americans and underrepresented groups to our advocacy position when TMS leadership travels to Washington, D.C., to advocate on behalf of materials science and engineering to federal officials and elected representatives. Read the full letter.

View Issues Addressed by TMS in 2019

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View Issues Addressed by TMS in 2018

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View Issues Addressed by TMS in 2017

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TMS Advocacy Interests

  • Manufacturing, Advanced Manufacturing, and Manufacturing USA-the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation
  • No Institution of Unreasonable Barriers for U.S. Scientists and Engineers to Travel Freely or for International Scientists and Engineers to Enter the U.S. for the Purpose of Knowledge Exchange
  • STEM Education for K-12 to Fuel Economic Growth and Innovation
  • Diversity in Science & Engineering
  • Racial and Social Justice in Minerals, Metals & Materials
  • Scientific Conference Attendance and Participation for Federal Employees
  • Energy and Environmental Sustainability
  • Materials Innovation/Materials Genome Initiative
  • Rare Earth/Critical Materials/Natural Resource Utilization
  • Support for Basic Research in Science and Engineering
  • Strengthen and Stabilize Federal Agency Funding of DOE, NSF, NIST and National Laboratories

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