10/22/07 Stop amendment threatening Title VIII funding. Call your Senators TODAY, tell them to Vote NO on the Allard Amendment
The Senate is scheduled to vote at 5:30 this evening (10/22)
on an amendment that would diminish funding for nursing workforce development programs by 10%. Sen. Wayne Allard (R-CO) is sponsoring the amendment, which would impact all Title VIII Nursing Workforce Development programs except the Nurse Education Loan Repayment Programs.
- Title VIII programs --currently funded at $150 Million --are the only federal programs designed to address the nursing shortage. These programs are vital to support nursing students; invest in nursing faculty and education capacity; maintain advanced education programs; and direct nurses to critical shortage areas. (see document below for additional information)
- Now is time to increase, not cut funding for these vital programs that address the nursing shortage.
- The majority of the Senate agrees.
In April 51 Senators signed a letter to the Senate Appropriations Committee supporting a $50 million increase in funding for nursing workforce development programs.
WHAT YOU CAN DO
We need your help today to stop this dangerous amendment. Call your Senators through the Senate Switchboard at 202-224-3121. Urge them to protect nursing workforce development funding—tell them to vote NO on the Allard Amendment. Let us know how your call goes - e-mail ANA at firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know that you took action on this critical issue.