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Monday, August 07, 2017

Status Report on The National Nurse Act (H.R. 1651 / S. 1106)

Since the National Nurse Newsletter was last distributed on May 16th, H.R. 1651 The National Nurse Act of 2017 has gained several additional co-sponsors. Currently there are 44 U.S. Representatives that have declared support; this list includes 22 Republicans and 22 Democrats, representing 22 states. This impressive list includes 21 out of the 56 members serving on the Energy and Commerce Committee. Twenty co-sponsors also sit on the House Nursing Caucus. Thank you to all those who have signed on-this is a true example of bipartisan support.

S. 1106, the Senate companion bill is now co- sponsored by Senator Ron Wyden (OR-D). Senator Wyden is the Ranking Member of the Senate Finance Committee and he also serves on the Senate Intelligence Committee. We are grateful and proud to have his support.

Elizabeth McPhee RN (NNNO Vice President); Dana Richter (Legislative Assistant in the Office of Senator Shelley Moore Capito); Teri Mills MS, RN, CNE (NNNO President); and Becky Bowers Lanier EdD, MSN, MPH, RN (NNNO Advocacy Team Member)

If your elected Representative or Senator has signed on to the National Nurse Act, please take the time to call their DC office and say THANK YOU! If you do not see their name listed under the Special Interest Tab on the News Link , please contact the NNNO Board so that we can provide you with tips to make your visits successful.

The NNNO has now heard from supporters living in California, Florida, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Oregon, Texas, and West Virginia who have taken the time to visit their US Representative and Senators’ district offices to ask that they sign on to this important legislation. Many of their stories are posted below. If you are not able to make a personal visit, please visit the Take Action Center to locate your Rep/Senator. Once you find this information there is a template letter you can copy, paste, edit slightly and send. Or if you wish to make a phone call, there is a script available to guide you.

The National Nursing Network Organization Team—Monday, August 07, 2017  

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