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Earlier this month S. 1205 The National Nurse Act of 2015 took a huge step forward, gaining two co sponsors from the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pension (HELP) Committee. Thank you to Senators Michael Bennet (CO-D) and Mark Kirk (IL-R) for signing on to S. 1205. We are grateful to have the support from both these esteemed members of Congress.
Senator Michael Bennet (CO-D) was elected United States Senator for Colorado in November 2010. Prior to his appointment to the Senate in 2009 and subsequent election to a full six year term in 2010, Senator Bennet served as Superintendent of Denver Public Schools where he led a bold and inclusive reform effort that improved student achievement, helped turn around failing schools, and brought a halt to a seemingly endless cycle of annual budget cuts. In his role on the Senate HELP Committee, Senator Bennet continues to take a leading role in working to improve our nation's health care system and making sure it works for Colorado families.
As the junior senator of Illinois, Senator Mark Kirk (IL-R) represents half a million residents employed in the health care sector, 143 hospitals, 24,300 active patient-care physicians and 126,000 licensed registered nurses. Senator Kirk’s mission has been to create a standard of care to optimize the entire rehabilitation system—by transforming the way researchers, doctors, therapists and hospitals care for patients with neurological disorders and injuries—to give others the opportunity to have the absolute best quality of care possible.