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AACN's Washington Weekly

Published July 14, 2021

American Association of College of Nursing - Washington Weekly - Your Inside Track to Federal Policy

House Appropriations Subcommittee Advances Health and Education Spending Bill: Full Committee Markup Scheduled Thursday

On July 12, the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies (LHHS-ED) marked up its Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 spending bill, which includes significant increases in areas that impact academic nursing, such as: 

  • $200.782 million for the National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR), which is nearly a $25 million increase over FY 2021 levels;
  • $49 billion for the National Institutes of Health (NIH), which is $6.5 billion above FY 2021 levels;
  • $7.5 billion for the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), which is a $1.6 billion increase above FY 2021 levels;
  • $119.8 billion for the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), which is an increase of $22.9 billion above FY 2021 levels; and
  • $3.43 billion for higher education programs and $27.2 billion for student financial assistance. This is part of the overall $102.8 billion for the Department of Education outlined by the House LHHS-ED Appropriations Subcommittee.

We anticipate the committee report, which is expected to be released prior to the full Appropriations Committee Markup, to include Title VIII Nursing Workforce Development program funding levels. AACN will continue to closely monitor the appropriations process and keep our members updated. To watch the full Appropriations Committee Markup on Thursday, click here. For breaking news, please visit our Twitter account @AACNPolicy

President Signs Executive Order Promoting Competition in the Economy and Includes Healthcare Initiatives

On July 9, President Biden signed an Executive Order (EO) 14036 Promoting Competition in the American Economy. This EO aims to promote competition through 72 initiatives. The Administration will review current practices and policies that inhibit competition and promote faster economic growth through innovation, lower prices for families, and increase wages for workers. In addition, healthcare markets, non-compete clauses, and licensure restrictions will be evaluated and are of particular interest to AACN. We will continue to monitor developments of this EO. For more information, click here.

Federal Agency Guidance on Safe and Equitable Learning Environments

The Department of Education recently hosted the first discussion as part of their Equity Summit Series titled, “Building Equitable Learning Environments in Our Schools.” Panelists included First Lady Jill Biden, Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona, Deputy Secretary Cindy Marten, and other education leaders. Panelists discussed the critical need to return to campus safely and to ensure quality education is available to everyone, whether they are from rural, urban, or underrepresented communities. For more information on the Equity Summit Series, click here

Additionally, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently updated their guidance for institutions of higher education on how to reopen campuses safely. This updated guidance includes recommendations to prevent or slow the spread of COVID-19 and encourages vaccinations among students, faculty, and staff, as well as safety measures for those who are not vaccinated. To read more about the CDC’s updated guidance, click here.