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AACN Applauds Senate Appropriations Committee for Advancing Spending Bills that Would Sustain Funding for Nursing Education and Research

The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) applauds the Senate Appropriations Committee for advancing the Fiscal Year (FY) 2024 Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education (LHHS-ED) spending bill by a vote of 26-2. This bipartisan effort proposes a two million dollar increase in Title VIII Nursing Workforce Development Programs, or $302.472 million, in FY 2024.

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AACN Latest Advocacy & Policy Efforts


November 28: AACN sent a letter to U.S. Rep. Judy Chu (D-CA-28) thanking her for introducing the POST GRAD Act of 2023 (H.R.6077).

November 20: AACN sent a welcome letter to Dr. Monica Bertagnolli, the new Director of the National Institute of Health.

AACN Sign-Ons with Coalition Partners


February 15: AACN signed onto a letter to Congress in support of the reauthorization of the Dr. Lorna Breen Health Care Provider Protection Act (H.R. 7153/S. 3679).

February 13: AACN signed on a Nursing Community Coalition letter thanking Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR-01) for introducing the Nurse Faculty Shortage Reduction Act (S.2815/H.R.7002), would provide much needed grant funding to close the pay gap between faculty and clinical nurses.

February 5: AACN signed onto a letter opposing the House of Representatives’ proposed use of the Prevention and Public Health Fund (Prevention Fund) as an offset for H.R. 485, the Protecting Health Care for All Patients Act of 2023. 

January 31: AACN signed onto a Federation of Associations of Schools of the Health Professions (FASHP) letter expressing concerns with H.R.6951, the College Cost Reduction Act (CCRA). 

January 29: AACN signed onto a Health Professions and Nursing Education Coalition (HPNEC) letter to the House and Senate Appropriations Committee leadership urging Congress to provide at least $877.8 million in funding for the health professions and nursing workforce development programs under Title VII and Title VIII of the Public Health Service Act.  

January 25: AACN signed onto a Nursing Community Coalition (NCC) letter outlining opposition to H.R.3347/S.2070, the Protect Lifesaving Anesthesia Care for Veterans Act of 2023. H.R.3347/S.2070 would unnecessarily, and unjustifiably, restrict access for our CRNAs within the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), adversely impacting the health care of our nation’s veterans.

January 9: AACN signed onto a letter to Congressional Leadership requesting at least $302.472 million for Title VIII Nursing Workforce Development Programs and at least $197.693 million for the National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR) in fiscal year (FY) 2024, as outlined in the Senate Appropriations Committee passed bill. The letter urged Congress to avoid a long-term continuing resolution (CR) and fully fund these critical programs.

January 8: AACN signed onto a letter urging Congress to maintain the House and Senate set-asides for midwifery and nurse-midwifery education in any final FY 2024 Labor, Health and Human Services (LHHS) appropriations package. 

January 7: AACN signed onto a letter urging Congress to provide full funding for non-discretionary defense programs in FY2024.

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