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Capitol Connection - May 3, 2016

05/04/2016
Title VIII Nursing Workforce Reauthorization Act
May 3, 2016

Thank You for a Successful 2016 #NLNVoices Day on the Hill!
Members of the NLN Board of Governors and the Public Policy Committee stormed Capitol Hill on April 27th for the #NLNVoices Day on the Hill. The NLN visited 35 Congressional offices to advocate for the following:
  1. Support $244 million in FY 2017 for HRSA’s Title VIII programs.
  2.   Cosponsor H.R. 2713, the Title VIII Nursing Workforce Reauthorization Act.(House only)
  3. Confirm Dr. Mary Wakefield as deputy secretary of the US Department of Health and Human Services. (Senate only)
  4. Visit your class/program/school.
While the board and committee met with Congress, NLN members joined in on the fun. A huge thank you to everyone who supported the #NLNVoices Day on the Hill Thunderclap and advocacy campaigns. Social media activity reached more than 90,000 people. Want to learn more about the #NLNVoices Day on the Hill? Check out the official #NLNVoices conversation to see all of the social media from April 27th. The NLN’s 2016 #NLNVoices Day on the Hill may be over, but you can still contribute to the conversation by including #NLNVoices in any of your Tweets.

Also, browse the NLN’s Public Policy and Advocacy pages to learn more about the NLN’s public policy priorities and activities.

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Picture 1 (top left) – Public Policy Committee (PPC) member Arlene Morris and board members Linda Moneyham and John Lundeen | Picture 2 (right) – Board members David Johnson and Launette Woolforde with NLN chief program officer Elaine Tagliareni | | Picture 3 (bottom left) – from left to right: board members Michael Newsome and Teresa Shellenbarger, Sam Schuiteman, legislative aide to Senator Debbie Stabenow, NLN secretary Joan Frey, and NLN board member Gail Baumlein | | Picture 4 (bottom middle) – NLN board member Michael Newsome, Representative Dave Brat, and NLN secretary Joan Frey


Congress Returns May 10 with Busy Agenda
When Congress returns to Capitol Hill on May 10th, it will have a full agenda of items including funding for the Zika virus, the opioid crisis, and the 2017 funding bills. Prior to this week’s recess, Congress left without closing a deal to provide more federal funding to fight the spread of the Zika virus. Earlier in the week, Senate negotiators appeared to be nearing an agreement to provide at least $1.1 billion for Zika. Additionally, the House will return to consider a series of bills addressing opioid abuse. The House bills lack provisions to improve and expand treatment services, a main focus of the Senate’s alternative legislation.

Despite Congress failing to pass a budget resolution before the April 15 deadline, the 2017 funding bills have started to move through the committee process in both the House and the Senate. Currently funding bills that are fairly non-controversial are moving forward first. The funding bill for the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education (LHHS) will most likely be one of the last funding bills to move in Congress this year as it is one of the more controversial funding bills. The LHHS funding bill includes funding for HRSA’s Title VIII nursing workforce development programs.

Who are the most (and least) popular senators in America?
Morning Consult asked 62,000 registered voters since January how they felt about their home-state senators. Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) tops the list while majority leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is at the bottom. Where do your Senators fall on the list?

The next edition of the Capitol Connection will be published on June 7, 2016.

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