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AACN is a nonpartisan organization that serves to educate and advocate for nursing education, research, and practice. AACN is a leader in securing sustained federal support for nursing education and research; shaping legislative and regulatory policy affecting nursing schools; and ensuring continuing financial assistance for nursing students.

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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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June 7: AACN signed on to an American Council on Education letter to Congress opposing the addition of the Bipartisan Workforce Pell Act and the Defending Education Transparency and Ending Rogue Regimes Engaging in Nefarious Transactions (DETERRENT) Act as amendments to the Servicemember Quality of Life Improvement and National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2025 (H.R.8070). 

June 5: AACN signed onto a Friends of the VA Medical Care and Health Research (FOVA) coalition letter to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) which outlined FY 2025 funding recommendations for VA research, facility repairs, and information technology (IT) improvements. 

June 3: AACN signed onto a letter to the House and Senate Appropriations Committees urging Congress to provide funding for CDC, NIH, and the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) to conduct research into firearm morbidity and mortality prevention.

May 31: AACN signed on to a letter urging the House Oversight and Accountability Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Pandemic to implement specific proposals to bolster our nation’s public health system and workforce. 

May 23: AACN signed onto a letter thanking the leadership of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee for the effort to reauthorize the Dr. Lorna Breen Health Care Provider Protection Act (S.3679/H.R.7153).


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