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Since the publication of the last National Nurse newsletter, tremendous progress has been made for the National Nurse Act, largely due to the activism of nurses and case managers from around the country. The National Nursing Network Organization [http://nationalnurse.org] is grateful to each and every one of you who have visited your own members of Congress, made telephone calls to their district and DC offices, and written follow up letters to request support for this legislation.
H.R. 1651 currently has 74 co-sponsors. This number includes 37 Republicans and 37 Democrats, making this bill one of the most bi partisan in all of Congress! Additionally, 31 out of the 55 members who serve on the Energy and Commerce Committee are in support. Among the House Nursing Caucus, 34 out of the 77 members have signed on to H.R. 1651. The bill has broad support from across the nation-U.S. Representatives from 28 states are co-sponsors, with the greatest number coming from California.
Special thanks to Representative Tulsi Gabbard (HI-2-D), Co-Chair of the House Nursing Caucus and a co-sponsor for H.R. 1651 for tweeting, “Nurses are the heart of our healthcare system, providing life-saving care with empathy in the most trying&stressful situations. We must empower our nurses nationwide&pass #NationalNurseAct to expand public health outreach&education, improve health literacy&more.”
Five Senators have now signed on to the Senate companion bill, S. 1106. Thank-you to Senators Shelley Moore Capito (WV-R)(co-lead for S. 1106); Ron Wyden (OR-D); Bernard Sanders (VT-I); Susan Collins (ME-R); and Michael Bennet (CO-D). It is noteworthy that Senators Sanders, Collins, and Bennet all serve on the Senate HELP Committee.
This is the perfect time to bring recognition and highlight the importance of the National Nurse Act as well as to urge your U.S. Representative and Senators to become co-sponsors to this bill. Please visit the Take Action link to locate your members of Congress. This page has a sample letter and telephone script to make it easy for you to become an advocate. If you would like to become involved with the campaign, please email the NNNO Board. We are here to help!