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AACN's Washington Weekly

Published September 25, 2019

Senate Releases FY 2020 Appropriations with Increases to Nursing Workforce and Research 

On September 18, the Senate Appropriations Committee released their Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies (LHHS-ED) funding Bill and Report, which includes:

  • TITLE VIII: $253.472 million, which is a $4 million and 1.60% increase over FY 2019 funding levels;
  • National Institutes of Health (NIH): $42.084 billion, which is a $3 billion and 7.68% increase over FY 2019 funding levels;
  • NINR: $172.417 million, which is a $9.425 million and 5.78% increase over FY 2019 funding levels.

The Senate’s LHHS-ED appropriation bill highlights the continued dedication and outreach from AACN members on the importance of funding these vital programs. While Congress is likely to pass a continuing resolution or CR ahead of the September 30 deadline, the last day of FY 2019, the strong support for nursing priorities in both the House and Senate puts us in a strong position as final FY 2020 funding levels are negotiated over the coming weeks. View the  AACN FY 2020 Funding Chart for these latest updates. 

AACN Attends Rally for Medical Research Hill Day

On September 19, AACN joined with more than 350 partner organizations to meet with Members of Congress and staff to Rally for Medical Research. Together, groups highlighted how medical research and funding for NIH is integral to innovation and finding cures. Throughout these conversations, AACN explained the importance of nurse scientists and what they are accomplishing at NINR. For more information about the Rally and opportunities to join next year, click HERE.

AACN Attends Discussion on Human Trafficking

On September 19, AACN attended a discussion on Human Trafficking: Increasing Health Care Provider Awareness. This event was hosted by Representative Roger Marshall (R-KS-01), who was joined by distinguished panelists, including:  Cindy McCain, Chair of the Human Trafficking Advisory Council at the McCain Institute and wife of former Senator John McCain; Katherine Chon, Senior Advisor on Human Trafficking at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; and Senator Martha McSally (R-AZ). The conversation centered on how healthcare providers can better care for and identify victims of human trafficking. Specifically, Katherine Chon discussed an initiative, the Stop, Observe, Ask, and Respond (SOAR) to Human Trafficking Training, which is designed to provide practitioners with education and skills to identify, treat, and respond appropriately to human trafficking. Watch the Facebook Live coverage of this briefing or read the press release about this event.


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