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Thursday, April 14, 2016

National Nurse Act Moving Forward

"Some folks back home decided they wanted a law passed, so they called their local Congressman and he said, 'You're right, there oughta be a law.' Then he sat down and wrote me out and introduced me to Congress. And I became a bill, and I'll remain a bill until they decide to make me a law." Schoolhouse Rock

Co-sponsors are key to moving a bill forward. When members sign on to legislation they are indicating not only do they agree with the legislation, they are committed to its passage. A strong list of co sponsors often are the determining factor deciding whether a bill gets a vote or a bill that dies in committee. The National Nursing Network Organization and others are working to assure that the National Nurse Act of 2015 (HR 379) receives a committee hearing before the end of the 114th Congress. To date, H.R, 379, The National Nurse Act of 2015 has 71 co sponsors. This number includes 36 Republicans and 35 Democrats, demonstrating support from both sides of the political aisles. Thank you to the following House members who signed on to H.R. 379.

Rep. Diane Black (TN-6-R) is the third nurse in Congress to sign on as a co sponsor to H.R, 379, The National Nurse Act of 2015. Rep. Black’s real world experiences as a registered nurse have uniquely positioned her as a credible and effective leader on health care policy in Congress. She is a member of the Ways and Means House Committee and also serves on the House Nursing Caucus.

Rep. Tony Cardenas (CA-29-D) is the first Latino elected to represent the San Fernando Valley in the United States Congress. He is committed to improving health care and access for his constituents in the 29th Congressional District of California. Rep. Cardenas serves on the powerful Energy and Commerce House Committee and is also a member of the Health Subcommittee.

Rep. Richard Hudson (NC-8-R) is committed to working across the aisle to find solutions to create jobs, cut spending and keep our homeland secure, and he has demonstrated that can be done without compromising core principles. Rep. Hudson is also a member of the Energy and Commerce House Committee.

Rep. Raul Ruiz (CA-36-D) grew up in the community of Coachella, California, where both of his parents were farmworkers. He achieved his lifelong dream of becoming a physician through public education. He was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2012 and currently serves on the House Committee on Natural Resources and the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs.

Rep. Loretta Sanchez (CA-46-D) began her congressional career in January of 1997 and is currently serving her tenth term in the U.S. House of Representatives. She holds senior positions on the House Armed Services Committee and the House Homeland Security Committee. She is a member of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus and the House Nursing Caucus.

The National Nursing Network Organization Team—Thursday, April 14, 2016  

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