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AACN's Washington Weekly

Published January 13, 2021

The 117th Congress Commences: Impeachment Proceedings Underway

Newly elected and returning Senators and Representatives were officially sworn in on Sunday, January 3, 2021, marking the beginning of the 117th Congress. Democrats continue to have the majority in the U.S. House of Representatives with Nancy Pelosi (D-CA-12) re-elected as Speaker. In the Senate, and taking into account the results of Georgia’s run-off elections, there is a fifty-fifty split between Democrats and Republicans. Once Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris is sworn in, Democrats will lead with a slim majority, as the Vice President casts the tie-breaking vote in her role as President of the Senate. Given the horrific actions on Wednesday, January 6, Congress is currently considering impeachment proceedings. AACN will continue to monitor legislative activity as the 117th Congress gets underway.  

Deadline Approaching: Nursing Workforce Diversity Program

Apply today for the Nursing Workforce Diversity Program (NWD) administered by the Health Services and Resources Administration (HRSA).  The NWD program works to increase educational opportunities for individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds, including racial and ethnic minorities, underrepresented within the profession. Eligible applicants include schools of nursing, nursing centers, and other academic health centers. The deadline to apply is January 19, 2021; for more information on the program and eligibility, click here. For details on how AACN can provide the technical assistance required to participate in this program, click here.

Apply Now for the 2021 Nurse Corps Loan Repayment Program

The 2021 Nurse Corps Loan Repayment Program (Nurse Corps LRP) is now open for applications. Administered by HRSA, the program covers up to 85% of unpaid nursing education debt. Eligible applicants must be registered nurses, advanced practice registered nurses, or faculty. Recipients must work for at least two years in a Critical Shortage Facility or at an eligible school of nursing as faculty. Apply by February 25, 2021. Click here for more information.

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