July 15, 2015
House Nursing Caucus Co-Chair Lois Capps, RN, (D-CA) Urges Colleagues to Support H.R. 2713
Rep. Lois Capps, RN (D-CA) called upon her colleagues on both sides of the aisle to cosponsor the bipartisan Title VIII Nursing Workforce Reauthorization Act (H.R. 2713). This legislation is critical as it would reauthorize the Nursing Workforce Development programs (Title VIII of the Public Health Service Act) through Fiscal Year 2020. AACN sincerely thanks Rep. Capps for her work to champion this legislation alongside her Nursing Caucus Co-Chair, Rep. David Joyce (R-OH). Read More >>
July 14, 2015
August Recess: No Vacation from Advocacy
A Tool Kit
Beginning in 1791, Congress traditionally took the month of August off due to the oppressive heat and humidity along the Mid-Atlantic coast. In 1970, this tradition was converted to a legal recess. After Congress’ return to Washington, D.C. following Labor Day Weekend, there is a great deal of legislative activity, and Members have multiple priorities to address.
According to survey data, House members work an average of 59 hours/week during August Recess.¹ Much of this spent with constituents face-to-face as they reconnect with the citizens they represent back home. They meet with interest groups, individual constituents, and attend events in their state/district. Therefore, August Recess is an ideal time for advocates to participate in opportunities to meet with legislators. This toolkit outlines resources for effective advocacy when meeting with your Senators or Representative when they are home in your state/district. Read More >>
July 10, 2015
House of Representatives Passes the 21st Century Cures Act (H.R. 6)
On Friday, July 10, the House of Representatives passed by a vote of 344 to 77 the 21st Century Cures Act (H.R. 6). Introduced by Representatives Fred Upton (R-MI) and Diana DeGette (D-CO), the legislation is a comprehensive package that that aims to bolster the discovery and timely translation of biomedical research and devices to the public. Read More >>
June 25, 2015
FY 2016 Appropriations Updates
On June 25, the Senate Appropriations Committee approved by a vote of 16-14 their Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 Labor, Health and Humans Services, Education, and Related Agencies (LHHS-ED) bill. The bill proposes a set of cuts and increases to programs of interest, including cuts to the Title VIII Nursing Workforce Development programs and an increase to the National Institutes of Health. Read More >>
For FY 2016, Congress must determine funding levels for discretionary federal programs, including those for health care. For FY 2016, AACN and the Nursing Community, a coalition of 61 national professional nursing organizations, requested $244 million for the Title VIII Nursing Workforce Development programs and $150 million for the National Institute of Nursing Research, and supported strong funding for programs that further support education, research, the healthcare workforce, and public health infrastructure. Below highlights recent actions of the House and Senate in the appropriations process. For more information, visit AACN Appropriations Advocacy. AACN will continue to advocate for programs of interest throughout the appropriations process.
June 18, 2015
AACN Supports 21st Century Cures Act H.R. 6
AACN signed onto a letter of support sent by the Ad Hoc Group for Medical Research to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.
June 10, 2015AACN Supports H.R. 2713
AACN expresses great appreciation to Representatives Lois Capps (D-CA) and David Joyce (R-OH), co-chairs of the House Nursing Caucus, for introducing the Title VIII Nursing Workforce Reauthorization Act (H.R. 2713). Keeping America healthy demands an investment in the nursing workforce, including clinicians that provide direct patient care and the faculty who educate them. As the largest segment of the healthcare workforce, nurses are central to the team of providers who create, maintain, and promote a patient-centered healthcare delivery system. Read More >>
May 19, 2015
AACN Supports H.R. 1247 Improving Veterans Access to Quality Care Act of 2015
AACN sent letters of support to Reps. Sam Graves (R-MO) and Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) for introducing H.R. 1247 which would recognize APRNs as full practice providers in the Veterans Health Administration.
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