Government Relations Diary- June 2015

Catch up on some of the things we did in June.

Craig Fisher represented APA at a Firearm Injury/Gun Violence Prevention Public Health Partner Forum hosted by The Brady Campaign and The American Academy of Pediatrics on June 10.  In addition, Fisher attended the spring meeting of the National Board for Education Sciences on June 8; the meeting included a presentation by NIAAA Director George Koob on the nexus between student drug use and student academic achievement.  Fisher also covered the advisory council meetings of NICHD on June 4 and NIMH on May 29.  At the NIMH council, there was a call for a new working group on behavioral and social science research; stay tuned for details as they develop. 

Pat Kobor attended OBSSR’s 20th Anniversary events during the week of June 23, as well as a Friends of the National Institute on Aging meeting with NIA Director Richard Hodes and senior staff on June 15.

One June 9, 2015 Heather Kelly sent a message from APA to all U.S. Senators urging the lawmakers to support the McCain-Feinstein Anti-Torture Amendment, which was added to the FY 2016 defense authorization bill. The Senate passed the amendment on June 17th in a 78 to 21 vote. The bill passed the Senate and it is currently headed to conference with the House. Read APA's official press release here

In mid-June, Geoff Mumford attended the 77th annual meeting of The College on Problems of Drug Dependence in Phoenix, AZ.