ESA Leaders Visit Capitol Hill
On September 16, 2013, ESA President Robert N. Wiedenmann, Vice President Frank G. Zalom, and Executive Director C. David Gammel met with a variety of legislative staff to discuss issues related to entomology.
The three met with the staff of Senator Richard Blumenthal (CT) and Representative Chris Smith (NJ) to discuss legislation related to Lyme disease and other tick-borne illnesses that has been sponsored by both congressmen. Their respective bills focus primarily on the human health side of disease management. However, ESA offered information on tick-management research as another critical element in the prevention of these diseases.
The ESA delegation also met with staff for Representative Mike Thompson (CA) about a new Invasive Species Caucus of which the representative is co-chair. The activities of the caucus to date have focused on aquatic invasive species, such as the quagga mussel, but after speaking with ESA leaders they are eager to work with the Society to share more information in Congress about invasive insect species as well.