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Senator Ron Wyden (OR-D) became the second member of the Senate to sign on as a co sponsor to S. 1205, The National Nurse Act of 2015. Senator Wyden is known to Oregonians as a senator who listens. He is committed to hearing all sides of an issue and looking for common sense, non-partisan solutions. This has won him trust on both sides of the aisle and put him at the heart of nearly every debate. According to his website, Wyden believes the nation’s biggest challenges can only be solved by what he calls “principled bipartisanship,” solutions that allow all parties to stay true to their respective principles and celebrate agreements. The NNNO is grateful to Senator Wyden for his support of the National Nurse Act of 2015, a common sense and logical solution to promoting health and wellness via a national nurse leader for public health.
The house version of the National Nurse Act, H.R. 379 gained an additional four co sponsors before Congress went into the long summer recess. Thank you to each of these members for their support.
Rep. Rodney Davis (R-IL-13) joined several members of the Illinois Congressional delegation in support of H.R. 379, The National Nurse Act of 2015. Rep. Davis is a member of the House Nursing Caucus. His wife, Shannon, is an advanced practice registered nurse. Now serving his second term in Congress, Rep. Davis has established himself as an effective lawmaker who is able to work with his colleagues on both sides of the aisle to pass legislation.
The Republican Co-Chair of the House Nursing Caucus, Rep. David Joyce (R-OH-14) became the 37th co-sponsor for H.R. 379. The 14 Congressional district of Ohio that Rep. Joyce represents has several world-class health care and research facilities including Summa, University of Akron polymer program, Cleveland Clinic, Case and University Hospitals and it’s crucial that these institutions have a voice in Washington. The nursing profession is especially dear to his family as his wife Kelly has been an RN at UH Geauga for the last 22 years and they have seen many times the critical role nurses play in their patients’ and patients’ families’ lives.
On July 14th, Rep. Doris Matsui (D-CA-6) joined the growing list of co sponsors for the National Nurse Act of 2015. Rep. Matsui has represented the city of Sacramento, CA and surrounding area for over one decade. She has been a long time member of the Energy and Commerce Committee and also serves on the Health Subcommittee as part of her responsibilities. Rep. Matsui is also one of the over 85 members of the House Nursing Caucus. She has worked tirelessly to improve access to high quality health care in her district and across the nation.
Another member to join in co sponsorship is Rep. Jim McDermott (D-WA-7), the senior member of the powerful Ways and Means Committee. Rep. McDermott additionally serves as the ranking member on the Subcommittee on Health and he too is a member of the House Nursing Caucus. Before serving in Congress, Rep. McDermott practiced for many years as a psychiatrist and he remains committed to improving America’s healthcare system.