AACN's Washington Weekly

Published July 08, 2020

House LHHS-ED Appropriations Subcommittee Advances FY 2021 Appropriations Bill

On July 7, the House Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, (LHHS-ED) and Related Agencies Subcommittee advanced their fiscal year (FY) 2021 appropriations bill, which provides funding increases to a number of AACN priorities including:

  • $96.4 billion in funding for the Department of Health and Human Services, a $1.5 billion increase over the FY 2020 enacted level
  • $47 billion in funding for the National Institutes of Health, which includes $42 billion in annual appropriations and $5 billion in emergency appropriations
  • $170.567 million in funding for the National Institute of Nursing Research, a $1.454 million increase over the FY 2020 enacted level
  • $73.5 billion in funding for the Department of Education, a $716 million increase over the FY 2020 enacted level
  • The bill would increase the maximum Pell grant to $6,495 per student in the 2021-2022 academic year, an increase of $150 over the FY 2020 enacted level.

More information can be found in the House LHHS-ED Subcommittee bill text and the bill summary.

AACN will continue to monitor the House appropriations process as the Full Committee considers this bill and further funding details, including allocations for Title VIII Nursing Workforce Development programs. For live updates on House and Senate appropriations activity, please follow us on Twitter @AACNPolicy.

CDC Releases Guidance on COVID-19 Testing for Colleges and Universities

On June 30, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released interim guidance for ways institutions of higher education can help protect students, faculty, and staff as they continue to combat the realities of COVID-19. As colleges and universities begin to reopen, safety remains a top priority. These CDC considerations are part of a larger strategic plan that includes five components: testing, promoting behaviors that reduce spread, maintaining a healthy environment, maintaining healthy operations, and preparation for when a person gets infected. It is important to note that this guidance is meant to supplement, not replace, federal, state, and local laws, rules, and regulations already put in place. For more information on CDC’s considerations, click here. For the latest COVID-19 updates from AACN visit the Advocacy and Policy COVID-19 Efforts webpage.

NINR Update: New Director Named and Opportunity to Explain What Nursing Research Means to You

On July 1, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) named Shannon Zenk, PhD, MPH, RN, FAAN, as the new Director of the National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR). Dr. Zenk brings a wealth of experience as a registered nurse, an educator, and a researcher with a strong background in addressing health disparities, a pressing issue we face as a nation today. AACN recognizes that scientific research and discovery are key to providing the best care possible and supports our current and future nurse researchers and scientists who are at the forefront of innovation.  As a longstanding supporter of NINR, AACN looks forward to working with Dr. Zenk as she assumes the Director role this fall. For more information and to read the press release, click here.

In addition to the announcement of a new Director, NINR has also launched an initiative to gain insight on what the future of nursing research holds and how nursing science can transform the health and well being of our global community. Submit your response by August 31 to tell NINR what nursing research means to you!

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