AACN's Washington Weekly

Published March 11, 2020


Join us for a Virtual Advocacy Day on Monday, March 23

Given the unfolding public health concern posed by the Coronavirus, AACN has cancelled the Deans Annual Meeting,  Student Policy Summit, and other March events  planned for Washington, DC. The events impacted include our in-person Spring Hill Day and Congressional Reception.

Despite these cancellations, AACN plans to host a “virtual” Advocacy Day on Monday, March 23, 2020, where AACN Advocates will have the opportunity to send messages to Capitol Hill about issues impacting academic nursing. To join us on our Virtual Advocacy Day, sign-up for alerts to become an AACN Advocate! By signing up, you will receive an email the morning of Monday, March 23 to send a message to your Members of Congress on priority issues. We look forward to having you join us virtually as we share a unified voice and elevate academic nursing!

Coronavirus Supplemental Spending Package Signed into Law

On March 6, President Trump signed H.R.6074, the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2020 into law. This legislation provides an initial $8.3 billion in emergency funding to fight the COVID-19 outbreak. Major provisions of this supplemental funding include:

  • $1 billion in loan subsidies to help small businesses and non-profit organizations that face financial losses caused by the coronavirus;
  • $2.2 billion for public health agencies to respond to the coronavirus;
  • $300 million to replenish the Infectious Diseases Rapid Response Reserve Fund;
  • More than $3 billion to develop vaccines, therapeutics, and diagnostics;
  • Nearly $1 billion to procure medical supplies and support healthcare preparedness and Community Health Centers.

AACN continues to monitor Congressional and Executive action in response to the coronavirus outbreak. For updates and new developments, please visit AACN’s website and follow us on twitter @AACNPolicy.

AACN Attends Nurses Organization of Veterans Affairs’ Event

On March 5, AACN joined with colleagues at the Nurses Organization of Veterans Affairs (NOVA) for their Advocacy Kick-Off event. Attendees heard from Representative Lauren Underwood (D-IL-14), along with Suzanne Miyamoto, Chief Executive Officer at the American Academy of Nursing, as they discussed the importance of caring for our nation’s veterans. In addition, Representative Underwood highlighted her legislation, H.R. 2401, the American Cures Act, which would adjust discretionary spending limits in funding for agencies such as the Department of Veterans Affairs, the National Institutes of Health, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for medical and prosthetics research program, among others.

For more information on NOVA and their legislative priorities click here.