AACN's Washington Weekly

Published March 13, 2019

            

Spotlight

AACN Opposes President’s FY 2020 Budget Cuts to Health Care, Education, and Research

On Monday, March 11, the President’s Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 Budget:  A Budget for a Better America; Promises Kept. Taxpayers First was released. This budget proposal included devastating cuts to essential healthcare and higher education programs, such as the elimination of funding for nearly all Title VIII Nursing Workforce Development Programs with the exception the NURSE Corps, which was funded at $83 million. The budget also proposes nearly $5 billion in cuts to the National Institutes of Health, and a $23 million decrease for the National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR). The Department of Education also would receive a decrease of $8.5 billion in funding for FY 2020.

AACN is strongly opposed to the proposed cuts to Title VIII, NINR, and the Department of Education. Budgetary cuts of this magnitude directly and adversely impact the nursing workforce, nursing education, academic institutions, faculty, students, patients, and communities across the nation. AACN’s members, faculty, and nursing students depend on Title VIII funding for their loan repayment and training programs, which allows them to provide health care in underserved and rural areas. Funding for biomedical research is imperative in helping to improve health, cure diseases, and deliver quality care. Safeguarding the public is not only done through defense, but by supporting academic and public health efforts, such as Title VIII and NINR, as well.

AACN is encouraged to see that $80.2 billion was included to address veterans' health, where nurses and nursing students are on the frontlines providing care to our nation's veterans and families. AACN is also reassured in the continued funding to combat the opioid epidemic.

AACN remains committed to working with Congress to ensure that critical funding for Title VIII, NINR, and programs at the Department of Education are maintained and elevated if FY 2020 and beyond. AACN also looks forward to having deans and students reinforce this message at our Capitol Hill Day later this month. Read more in the FY 2020 HHS Budget-in-Brief and FY 2020 Department of Education Budget-in-Brief.

AACN Update

NCC and AARP/Campaign for Action Welcome 116th Congress

On March 7, AACN partnered with the Nursing Community Coalition and AARP/Campaign for Action to celebrate our Congressional Nursing Champions and welcome the 116th Congress. Nurses from across the nation united together in our commitment to advance health care through a nursing lens this Congress. Attendees were joined by three Members of Congress, including House Nursing Caucus Co-Chair Rep. David Joyce (R-OH), Vice Co-Chair Rep. Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR), and the newest nurse in Congress, Rep. Lauren Underwood (D-IL).