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NLN Capitol Connection - March 2018

Title VIII Nursing Workforce Reauthorization Act
March 6, 2018

Congress Reaches Budget Deal and Keeps Government Open Until March 23

The Senate has reached a bipartisan deal to increase the spending cap for non-defense discretionary funding (i.e. funding for programs the NLN supports) by at least $63 billion each year for two years. While this is not equal to the $90 billion in relief provided to the Department of Defense in the deal, both defense and nondefense spending caps will each be above the current spending caps. This will allow Congress to finalize 2018 funding for all federal programs and begin work on 2019 funding. Read more...

President Again Cuts Funding for Nursing

The President released his budget blueprint for fiscal year 2019 on February 12. Every year, the President is required to release a budget outlining the Administration's priorities. A presidential budget is non-binding and does not assign federal spending. Only Congress has the power to determine funding for federal programs which is why Congress usually ignores the presidential budgets.

There is good news and bad news for health programs in the President's 2019 budget. Read more...

State Election Primary Dates Start Today

If you live in Texas, you have the opportunity to vote in the state primary on March 6. Ballotpedia information on the Texas primary ballot is a great way to find out more information on the candidates running in the primary election. Ballotpedia is a nonpartisan online political encyclopedia that covers American federal, state, and local politics, elections, and public policy. This is a great resource for anyone interested in finding out who the candidates are and what is included on your election ballot. Learn more...

How to Register to Vote

There are as many reasons to vote as there are voters. Many people vote because they are for or against an issue or candidate. For others, voting is about ensuring high voter turnout in the community, which results in greater access to elected officials and more of a say in decisions affecting your community. Whatever your reason – you should register to vote if you have not already done so. Remember #NoVoteNoVoice. Learn more...

The next edition of the Capitol Connection will be published on April 3, 2018.

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