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AWHONN Communicates with the Administration and Members of Congress

 

AWHONN regularly interacts with Members of Congress, their staff, and key agency officials. Below is a selection of written communications to these important partners. For more information, please contact Kerri Wade, 202-261-2427.

 

 9/13/2016 AWHONN signs on to a letter to House and Senate appropriators urging them to provide funds to address the opioid epidemic as soon as possible.
 9/7/2016 AWHONN signs on to a letter to Senate appropriators urging them to reject any policy riders that would weaken FDA’s authority to regulate tobacco products.
 9/7/2016

AWHONN signs on to a letter to House appropriators urging them to reject any policy riders that would weaken FDA’s authority to regulate tobacco products.

 8/3/2016 AWHONN Advocates for Zika Funding.
 7/22/2016 Together with the Nursing Community, AWHONN writes to the Department of Veterans Affairs to support full practice authority for APRNs at VA Health facilities.
 7/12/2016 Together with the Nursing Community, AWHONN writes to Senators Merkley and Burr in Support of the Title VIII Nursing Workforce Reauthorization Act 
 7/13/2016  AWHONN sends a letter to House and Senate leadership imploring them to pass a bipartisan Zika package before recess.
 6/28/2016  AWHONN sent a letter to Rear Admiral Susan Orsega congratulating her on her appointment as Nurse Chief Professional Officer at the United States Public Health Service.
 6/28/2016  AWHONN sent a letter to House and Senate leadership expressing dismay at Congress’ failure to produce bipartisan legislation to combat Zika virus. 
 6/15/2016 AWHONN signs on to a letter to House Opioid Conferees in support of key policy provisions tat will address opioid misuse.
 6/8/2016  AWHONN signs on to a letter to all Senators urging them to oppose any amendments that would weaken the FDA’s authority to regulate tobacco products.
 6/8/2016  AWHONN signs on to a letter to Valerie Jarrett urging the Administration to direct all federal agencies to adopt an interim pregnancy accommodations policy.  
 5/20/2016  AWHONN sends a letter to all Members of Congress urging that that research into pregnancy and birth outcomes related to the Zika virus is included in any supplemental emergency funding bill for the National Institutes of Health.
 5/19/2016 Together with the Nursing Community, AWHONN sent a letter to Representative Johnson thanking her for introducing House Resolution 734 - Supporting the goals and ideals of National Nurses Week
 5/19/2016 Together with the Nursing Community, AWHONN sent a letter to Senators Wicker and Merkley thanking them for introducing Senate Resolution 467 - Supporting the goals and ideals of National Nurses Week
 5/18/2016  AWHONN sends a letter to all Members of the House of Representatives urging them to provide emergency supplemental funding to combat Zika virus at or near the President’s requested levels.
 5/13/2016  AWHONN sends a letter to all Members of the Senate encouraging them to support the greatest possible level of emergency supplemental funding to prepare for and respond to the Zika.
 5/9/2016  AWHONN signs on to a letter organized by the Nursing Community coalition to all Members of Congress in honor or Nurses Week
 5/4/2016 AWHONN signs on to a letter to House and Senate Appropriators in opposition to two proposals that would weaken the FDA’s authority to regulate tobacco products. 
 4/15/2016  AWHONN submits testimony to Senate Appropriators in conjunction with the Nursing Community coalition in support of $244 million for the Title VIII nursing workforce development programs and $157 million for the National Institute of Nursing Research in FY 2017
 4/15/2016  AWHONN submits testimony to House Appropriators in conjunction with the Nursing Community coalition in support of $244 million for the Title VIII nursing workforce development programs and $157 million for the National Institute of Nursing Research in FY 2017
 4/13/2016  AWHONN signs on to a letter to President Obama urging that a rule be finalized to regulate-cigarettes and cigars
 4/5/2016  AWHONN joins with the March of Dimes and others to support Funding to Combat the Zika Virus
 4/5/2016  AWHONN signs on to a letter organized by the Coalition to Advance Maternal Therapeutics in support of the Task Force on Research Specific to Pregnant Women and Lactating Women included
 4/4/2016  AWHONN signs on to a letter to House Appropriators in support of $210 million for the CDC’s Office on Smoking and Health in FY 2017
 4/4/2016  AWHONN signs on to a letter to Senate Appropriators in support of $210 million for the CDC’s Office on Smoking and Health in FY 2017
 4/4/2016  AWHONN signs on to a letter to Senate Appropriators in support of the authorized level of user fees for the FDA’s oversight of tobacco products
 4/4/2016 AWHONN signs on to a letter to House Appropriators in support of the authorized level of user fees for the FDA’s oversight of tobacco products
 3/21/2016  AWHONN signs on to a letter organized by HPNEC to House and Senate Appropriators in support of $524 million of the Title VII health professions and Title VIII nursing workforce development programs in FY 2017
 3/21/2016 AWHONN joins HPNEC to write to House and Senate appropriators in support of $524 million for the Title VII health professions and Title VIII nursing workforce development programs in FY 2017
 3/21/2016 AWHONN joins the Friends of Title V to write to House and Senate appropriators in support of $650 million for the Maternal and Child Health Services Block Grant in FY 2017
 3/14/2016 AWHONN signs on to a letter organized by the Friends of AHRQ to Senate appropriators requesting $364 million for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality in FY2017.
 3/10/2016 AWHONN signs on to a letter organized by the Friends of AHRQ to House appropriators requesting $364 million for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality in FY2017. 
 3/9/2016 AWHONN signs on to a letter organized by The Friends of NCHS to Senate appropriators requesting $170 million for the National Center for Health Statistics in FY2017.
 3/9/2016 AWHONN signs on to a letter organized by The Friends of NCHS to House appropriators requesting $170 million for the National Center for Health Statistics in FY2017.
 3/8/2016 Together with the Nursing Community AWHONN writes to Senator Merkley in support of the Veterans Healthcare Staffing Improvement Act
 3/3/2016 Together with Nursing Community, AWHONN wrote to Congressional appropriators in support of $244 million for the Nursing Workforce Development Programs in FY 2017.
 3/3/2016 Together with Nursing Community, AWHONN wrote to Congressional appropriators in support of $157 million for the National Institute of Nursing Research in FY 2017.
 3/1/2016 Together with the Friends of HRSA, AWHONN wrote to Congressional appropriators in support of $7.48 billion for the Health Research and Services Administration in FY 2017.
 2/22/2016 AWHONN along with over 600 organizations—representing the full range of stakeholders supporting the Departments of Labor; Health and Human Services; Education; and related agencies—urge Congressional appropriators to allocate as high a funding level as possible to these programs and services in the FY 2017 302(b) subcommittee allocations.
 2/12/2016 AWHONN supports President Obama’s emergency supplemental funding request to combat Zika.
 2/3/2016 Together with the Health Professions and Nursing Education Coalition, AWHONN thanks Member of Congress for their vote in support of the FY 2016 omnibus spending package.
 1/27/2016 AWHONN, as a member of The Patients’ Alliance for Drug Safety Protections, writes Congressional leaders in support of the Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategies (REMS) Program.
 1/13/2016 AWHONN, ACNM and others send a letter to the Comptroller General expressing concern that his recent appointments to the Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission (MACPAC) have omitted any representative of pregnant women
 1/6/2016 AWHONN along with 11 other organizations interested in newborn screening submit joint comments on the proposed changes to the Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects (the Common Rule).

 1/6/2016

AWHONN, March of Dimes, ACOG and other national organizations submit comments on the Common Rule.

12/8/2015

AWHONN and 54 other nursing associations submit testimony to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce regarding H.R. 2713, the Title VIII Nursing Workforce Reauthorization Act of 2015.

11/24/2015

AWHONN signs on to a letter to Senators in support of the nomination of Karen DeSalvo as Assistant Secretary for Health at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

10/28/2015 AWHONN signs on to a letter of all Members of Congress in support of the Family And Medical Insurance Leave (FAMILY) Act
10/27/2015  AWHONN sends Rep. Costello a letter of support for the Bringing Postpartum Depression Out of the Shadows Act
10/27/2015 AWHONN sends Rep. Clark a letter of support for the Bringing Postpartum Depression Out of the Shadows Act
10/15/2015 AWHONN signs on to a letter to Sen. Merkley in support of the  for the Veterans Health Care Staffing Improvement Act.
 9/17/2015

AWHONN signs on to a letter organized by the Health Professions and Nursing Education (HPNEC) to House and Senate Appropriators asking for robust funding for Titles VII and VIII in the final FY 2016 spending package.

 9/10/2015

AWHONN and more than 50 other healthcare organizations write to Representatives Rogers and Lowey in opposition to provisions in two House Appropriations bills that would significantly weaken efforts to protect children and reduce the disease, death, and economic tolls of tobacco use in the United States.

 9/10/2015

AWHONN AWHONN and more than 50 other healthcare organizations write to Senators Cochran and Mikulski in opposition to provisions in two House Appropriations bills that would significantly weaken efforts to protect children and reduce the disease, death, and economic tolls of tobacco use in the United States.

 9/8/2015

AWHONN joins the March of Dimes, ACOG, AAP and SMFM to write to every Member of the House in support of the Protecting Our Infants Act of 2015.

 8/26/2015

AWHONN writes in support the TREAT Act, a bill that would lift the current prescribing limit on buprenorphine.

 8/25/2015 AWHONN joins the AAP, March of Dimes and others to thank House and Senate Appropriators for funding for an alternative to the National Children's Study in the Senate and House Fiscal Year 2016 Labor, HHS, Education and Related Agencies Appropriations bills.
 8/14/2015 AWHONN partners with AAP, March of Dimes and others to submit comments on the proposed rule, "Antimicrobial Animal Drug Sales and Distribution Reporting".
 8/13/2015 AWHONN signs on to a letter to Senator Merkley thanking him for introducing an amendment that proposed to restore level funding for the Nursing Workforce Development programs during the Full Senate Appropriations Committee mark-up of the Fiscal Year 2016 Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education bill.
 8/13/2015 AWHONN signs on to a letter to Senators Hatch and Wyden in support of Mary Wakefield's, PhD, RN, nomination as Deputy Secretary of the United States Department of Health and Human Services.
 7/14/2015 AWHONN signs on to a letter of support for the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (H.R. 2654/S.1512).
 7/13/2015 AWHONN signs on to a letter organized by the Friends of AHRQ to Members of the Senate Appropriations Committee expressing disappointment in the 35%reduction in funding for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality in its fiscal year 2016 spending bill.
 7/7/2015

AWHONN partnered with 41 other healthcare organizations to write to Members of the House Appropriations Committee in opposition to Section 747 of the House Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies appropriations bill for fiscal year 2016. This rider would weaken the Tobacco Control Act and significantly limit FDA's authority to regulate e-cigarettes and little cigars.

 6/23/2015

AWHONN signs on to a letter organized by the Family Planning Coalition Members of the Senate Appropriation Committee expressing concerns about the significant cut to the Title X family planning program in the Senate Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies appropriations bill.

 6/23/2015 AWHONN signs on to a letter organized by the Family Planning Coalition to Members of the House Appropriations Committee expressing concerns about the elimination of the Title X family planning program in the House Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies appropriations bill.
 6/22/2015

AWHONN signs on to a letter organized by the Friends of AHRQ to Members of Congress in opposition to the FY2016 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies appropriations bill with a particular emphasis on the elimination of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

 6/10/2015

AWHONN signs on to a statement in support of the Title VIII Nursing Workforce Reauthorization Act.

 6/1/2015

AWHONN signs on to a letter to the Dr. Sui, Chair of the USPSTF, regarding recommendations on smoking cessation in adults and pregnant women .

 5/26/2015

AWHONN signed on to a letter in opposition to H.R. 2058, a bill that would exempt many tobacco products from the requirements for FDA review.

 5/15/2015

AWHONN joins with other healthcare professionals to express gratitude to the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and the Treasury for their guidance on contraceptive coverage.

 5/1/2015

AWHONN signs on to a letter House and Senate Appropriators requesting that the FY 2016 Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies appropriations bill includes the authorized level of user fees for the FDA's oversight of tobacco products.

 4/30/2015

AWHONN signs on to a letter to Senators Kirk and Baldwin and Representatives Burgess, Capps, and Duckworth in support of the Improving Access to Maternity Care Act (H.R. 1209/S. 628).

 4/20/2015

AWHONN signs on to a letter to House Appropriators expressing disappointment in the proposed fiscal year 2016 302(b) allocation for the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations bill.

 4/14/2015 AWHONN signs on to a letter to Mary Wakefield, PhD, RN, FAAN, congratulating her on her appointment as Acting Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
 4/13/2015

AWHONN signs on to a letter to Senators Kirk and Baldwin in Support of the Improving Access to Maternity Care Act (S. 628).

 4/13/2015

AWHONN signs on to a letter to Representatives Burgess and Capps in Support of the Improving Access to Maternity Care Act (H.R. 1209).

 4/8/2015

AWHONN signs on to a letter to Representatives Upton and Pallone expressing concern about legislative proposals that may force the sale of medicines carrying serious risks to generic marketers for clinical (bioequivalence) testing without sufficient safeguards to prevent harmful exposure.

 4/3/2015

AWHONN Signs On to testimony Submitted to the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies in support of Nursing Workforce Development Programs and the National Institute of Nursing Research.

 4/3/2015

AWHONN leads a coalition of 16 national nursing organizations in support of the Protecting our Infants Act. 

 3/24/2015 AWHONN signs on to a letter organized by the Friends of HRSA to House and Senate Appropriators recommending $7.48 billion for discretionary HRSA programs in in fiscal year 2016
 3/24/2015 AWHONN signs on to a letter organized by the Friends of the NCBDDD to House and Senate Appropriators in support of $123 million for the CDC's National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities in the fiscal year 2016.
 3/23/2015 AWHONN signs on to a letter organized by the Friends of AHRQ to Representatives Cole and DeLauro in support of $375 million for Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality in fiscal year 2016.
 3/23/2015

AWHONN signs on to a letter organized by the Friends of AHRQ to Senators Blunt and Murray in support of $375 million for Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality in fiscal year 2016.

 3/23/2015 AWHONN signs on to a letter organized by the Friends of NCHS to Representatives Cole and DeLauro in support of $172 million for the National Center for Health Statistics fiscal year 2016.
 3/23/2015 AWHONN signs on to a letter organized by the Friends of NCHS to Senators Blunt and Murray in support of $172 million for the National Center for Health Statistics fiscal year 2016.
 3/19/2015 AWHONN signs on to a letter organized by the Nursing Community to House and Senate Appropriators in support of $244 million for the Nursing Workforce Development programs and $150 million for the National Institute of Nursing Research in fiscal year 2016.
 3/18/2015

AWHONN signs on to a letter organized by the Health Professions and Nursing Education Coalition to House and Senate Appropriators recommending $524 million for Title VII health professions and Title VIII nursing workforce development programs in the fiscal year 2016.

 3/12/2015 AWHONN signs on to a letter to Sec. Burwell urging HHS to issue immediate guidance classifying pregnancy as a qualifying event for special enrollment in the marketplace.
 3/9/2015 AWHONN signs on to a letter organized by the Friends of Indian Health in support of legislation that would amend the tax code to exclude gross income amounts received under the Indian Health Service Loan Repayment Program and the Indian Health Professions Scholarships Program. 
 2/26/2015

AWHONN signs on to a letter to House and Senate leadership urging them to take action as soon as possible to provide a four-year funding extension for the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP).


 2/18/2015 AWHONN signs on to a letter to all Members of Congress and the President urging them to work together to replace sequestration with a balanced approach to deficit reduction. 
 1/30/2015 AWHONN signs on to a letter to the Comptroller General expressing concern over recent appointments to the Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission.
 1/28/2015 AWHONN partners with ACOG, SMFM and The Joint Committee to develop a clarifying statement which updates the definition of severe maternal morbidity.
 1/22/2015 AWHONN signs on to a letter organized by the Nursing Community coaltion to all Members of the U.S. House of Represetnatives congratulating them on their recent election.
1/22/2015  AWHONN signs on to a letter organized by the Nursing Community coaltion to all Members of the U.S. Senate congratualting them on their recent election.
 1/21/2015 AWHONN signs on to a letter to Dr. Collins and Director Donovan urging the NIH and the OMB to ensure that all funds associated with the recently-closed National Children's Study (NCS) be dedicated solely to undertakings consistent with NCS's goals and mission, as directed by Congress in the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015
1/21/2015  AWHONN signs on to a letter organized by the Nursing Community coaltion to Major General Wilmoth congratulating her on her recent Senate confirmation as Major General of the United States Army Reserves.

 

·         Sept 7 – AWHONN signs on to a letter to House appropriators urging them to reject any policy riders that would weaken FDA’s authority to regulate tobacco products.

 

·         Sept 13 – AWHONN signs on to a letter to House and Senate appropriators urging them to provide funds to address the opioid epidemic as soon as possible.

 

·         Sept 7 – AWHONN signs on to a letter to House appropriators urging them to reject any policy riders that would weaken FDA’s authority to regulate tobacco products.

 

·         Sept 13 – AWHONN signs on to a letter to House and Senate appropriators urging them to provide funds to address the opioid epidemic as soon as possible.

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