The 110th Congress adjourns with a mixed record on healthcare.
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Legislatively, 2008 was a good year for nursing. In many states, safe nurse staffing laws, mandatory overtime restrictions, and safe patient-handling legislation got the thumbs-up.
The August legislation that raised the debt ceiling was the first round in the government spending debate. Safety-net programs may be on the Congressional chopping block in the future.
The 112th Congress faces critical decisions on issues affecting healthcare
providers and patients. With so much at stake, now is the time to touch base
with your congressional representatives and ask them to support key legislation.
The Republicans now control the House of Representatives. No matter what policy objectives either party tries to enact, ANA will continue to ensure that the voice of nursing is heard in Congress.
ANA recently cohosted a Senate Nursing Caucus briefing to present final results from the 2008 National Sample Survey of Registered Nurses, and participated in a healthcare reform conference call with Michelle Obama.
As Congress nears the "fiscal cliff" and the so-called
sequester with its across-the-board spending cuts, ANA will continue to advocate for funding of programs important to nurses.
You can get directly involved in developing public health policy by submitting your comments on proposed government regulations to federal departments and agencies.
ANA pledges to work with new leaders of the 110th Congress. ANA seeks Nurses for its political action leader (N-PAL) program.
During the August Congressional recess, many elected officials will be available in their district offices. This is a great opportunity for nurses to meet with them and perhaps make an impact on legislation involving nursing issues.
ANA makes political endorsement based on a careful, nonpartisan process. Find out how ANA will decide which presidential candidate to endorse in 2008.