Past Legislative Agenda

Priorities for the 112th Congress

(View the legislative agenda for the current Congress.)

The American Veterinary Medical Association's Governmental Relations Division (GRD) advocates the Association's policies and positions on federal legislative and regulatory issues that influence animal and human health and advance the veterinary medical profession. The pages linked below outline the Association's legislative agenda for the 112th Congress.

Issues:

View all 112th Congressional letters and testimony here.

AVMA Legislative Scoring System:

AVMA prioritizes how it will address bills or regulations when they are posed in Congress. The scoring system uses the following five rankings:

  • Active Pursuit of Passage: The bill or regulatory action will be placed on the AVMA legislative agenda for the current session of Congress, meaning it will be a high priority and more of AVMA’s human resources will be expended to pass the bill or adopt the regulation.

  • Active Pursuit of Defeat: The bill or regulation will be placed on the AVMA legislative agenda for the current session of Congress, meaning it will be a high priority and more of AVMA’s human resources will be expended to stop the bill from becoming law or the regulation from being adopted.

  • Support: The AVMA supports the bill or regulation; however, it is not a high priority and is not listed on AVMA’s legislative agenda for the current session of Congress. A low priority application of AVMA human resources should be expended on the bill or regulation. However, if asked, the AVMA is on record for supporting this bill or regulation.

  • Non-Support: The AVMA does not support the bill or regulation as written; it is not a high priority; and it is not listed on the AVMA legislative agenda for the current session of Congress. A low priority application of AVMA’s human resources should be expended on the bill or regulation. However, if asked, the AVMA is on record of not supporting the bill or regulation. If applicable and appropriate, the AVMA may identify areas of the bill or regulation that would need to be changed for support of the bill or regulation to be considered.

  • No Action: The AVMA makes no recommendation and/or does not have a position on the bill or regulation.

AVMA-GRD Contact Information:

Dr. Mark T. Lutschaunig, Director, 800-321-1473, ext. 3205

Gina G. Luke, Assistant Director, 800-321-1473, ext. 3204

Dr. Ashley Shelton Morgan, Assistant Director, 800-321-1473, ext. 3210

Dr. Whitney L. Miller, Assistant Director, 800-321-1473, ext. 3211

Stephanie Fisher, Program Manager and Policy Analyst, 800-321-1473, ext. 3208

Victoria Barq, Communications Manager, 800-321-1473, ext. 3213

AVMA-GRD Staff Lobbying Responsibilities