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AACN's Washington Weekly

Published October 06, 2021

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

Federal Government Shutdown Adverted: Congress Passes and the President Signs CR

On September 30, the President signed a Continuing Resolution (CR) into law, which prevented a shutdown of the federal government. This action came as both the House of Representatives and Senate passed this bipartisan effort. The CR funds the federal government until December 3, 2021, giving Congress additional time to pass their fiscal year (FY) 2022 appropriations package. This bill also includes $28.6 billion for states recovering from recent hurricanes and natural disasters, as well as $6.3 billion to assist in the resettlement efforts of refugees from Afghanistan. For the current AACN Funding Chart for programs important to academic nursing, click here.

AACN Attends Virtual Event on COVID-19 and the Opioid Epidemic

On September 30, AACN attended a virtual webinar focusing on two public health threats: COVID-19 and the opioid epidemic. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) spoke at the event and urged the nation to get to the root cause of the opioid epidemic. Speakers further illustrated how these two health crises, COVID-19 and the opioid epidemic, intertwine. Additionally, Dr. Nora Volkow, Director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), recognized that a key concept in this fight against the opioid epidemic is looking at vulnerabilities and where more resources are needed. To watch the webinar, click here.

Update from HHS’ COVID-19 Health Equity Task Force Meeting

On September 30, AACN attended the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) COVID-19 Health Equity Task Force virtual meeting. At this convening, the taskforce voted to approve recommendations for mitigating inequities caused or exacerbated by COVID-19. Each department of the agency outlined their work and how they are collaborating to ensure their efforts are unified and impactful. To learn more about the task force, click here. To view the meeting and approved recommendations, click here.

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