| Washington, DC — The National League for Nursing commends Congress for taking action to avoid a pre-Thanksgiving government shutdown by passing legislation (H.R. 3055) to extend funding for federal programs, including nursing education and research programs, at their fiscal 2019 appropriated levels through Dec. 20. Further, the League urges President Donald Trump to sign the measure into law without delay. The National League for Nursing, though, is disappointed that Congress and the administration were unable to reach agreement on providing funding for historically black colleges and universities, which lapsed in September.
“While we are pleased to see that funding for critical nursing workforce development, scholarship, and loan repayment programs will continue without disruption, we regret however that legislators weren’t able to provide crucial resources to support our nation’s historically black colleges and universities,” said NLN President Patricia S. Yoder-Wise, RN, EdD, NEA-BC, ANEF, FANOL, FAAN, professor and dean emerita at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center and president of the Wise Group.
“This funding lapse has underscored the need for Congress and the administration to come to a prompt agreement on funding for the remainder of fiscal year 2020 that will provide the resources and policies that nurses, nurse faculties, and schools of nursing need,” said NLN CEO Beverly Malone, PhD, RN, FAAN.
Increased funding for nursing workforce and research programs has earned strong bipartisan support in both chambers of Congress. The House included its Labor-HHS-Education spending bill in a four-bill “minibus” (H.R. 2740) passed in June that included a $10 million increase in fiscal 2020 funding for the Title VIII nursing workforce programs and an increase of almost $8 million for the National Institute for Nursing Research (NINR).
In September, Senate appropriators released a proposed fiscal 2020 Labor-HHS-Education funding bill that would provide a $4 million increase for Title VIII nursing programs and a nearly $9.5 million boost for NINR. For more information, visit the NLN Advocacy Action Center.
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