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Monday, April 17, 2017

H.R. 1651 National Nurse Act Making Progress in House of Representatives

H.R. 1651 National Nurse Act of 2017 Moving Forward

H.R. 1651 was introduced on March 21, 2017 by Representatives Eddie Bernice Johnson (TX-30-D) and Pete King (NY-2-R).

Thank you to these original co sponsors who agreed to be listed in the actual text of the bill at the time of introduction, providing an extra boost of validation as to the importance of this legislation:

Congressman Kevin Cramer (ND-At Large-R)

Congressman Eliot Engel (NY-16-D)

Congressman Gregg Harper (MS-3-R)

Congresswoman Jamie Herrera Beutler (WA-3-R)

Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-7-R)

Congressman David McKinley (WV-1-R)

Congressman Paul Tonko (NY-20-D)

Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky (IL-9-D)

Congressman Kurt Schrader (OR-5-D)

Congressman Don Young (AK-At Large-R)

In addition we say thank you to the following members who are now co sponsoring H.R. 1651:

Congressman Tony Cardenas (CA-29-D

Congresswoman Barbara Comstock (VA-9-D)

Congresswoman Doris Matsui (CA-6-D)

Congressman Bobby Rush (IL-1-D)

Congressman John Yarmuth (KY-3-D)

The success of the National Nurse Act depends on supporters and key stakeholders including the readers of this newsletter. Several nurses have already had person-to-person visits with their own elected officials to encourage their co sponsorship for H.R.

Pictured: Jean Marie Osborne DNP ANP-C, Margaret O'Donnell DNP ANP-BC FNP FAANP, Rep. Pete King (NY-2-R), Mary Koslap-Petraco DNP PNP-BC CPNP FAANP

Rep. King was very touched when these nurse practitioner leaders thanked him for his support of the National Nurse Act. He told them this was something that we need to do!

Pictured: Rep. Pete King and Melody Butler, BSN, RN

Also stopping by to thank Rep. King last month was Melody Butler, the Executive Director and Founder of Nurses Who Vaccinate, a supporting organization for the National Nurse Act.

Pictured: Mary McKinley MSN, RN, CCRN (Nurse Leader and Wife of Rep. McKinley); Elizabeth Baldwin, PNP,BC (Past President WVNA Toni DiChiacchio, DNP- APRN, BC (Current President WVNA); and Representative David McKinley (WV-1-R)

Congressman McKinley signed on as an original co-sponsor to H.R. 1651. It is great to have his support!

Take Five!! Each of you can make a difference in helping to pass H.R. 1651 National Nurse Act of 2017. Take 5 minutes to call or write to your elected Representative this week.

You can do this very easily by visiting the Take Action link on the National Nurse website. There is a great deal of helpful information to ensure your success. Please urge your elected member of Congress to sign on as a co-sponsor to H.R. 1651. The more calls, letters, and emails the elected officials receive from their own constituents, the more likely they are to join the growing list of co-sponsors.

If you are interested in making a personal appointment at your U.S. Representative’s district office please contact the NNNO Board for handouts and advice.

The National Nursing Network Organization Team—Monday, April 17, 2017  

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