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        Request for Cosponsor(s)

Current Cosponsors: Joyce*, Matsui*, Davis*, Bonamici*, Meehan*,
Castor*, Gabbard*, Walz, Lipinski, Blumenauer,
Loebsack, Eshoo, David Young, DeFazio, Higgins,
Jackson Lee, Garamendi, Don Young, Pocan, Napolitano,
Capuano, Roybal-Allard, Engel, Jenkins, McKinley,
, Shea-Porter, Courtney, Beatty, Takano,
Pingree, Yarmuth, Rogers, Delaney, Aguilar,
, Ryan, McCollum, Rush, Danny Davis,
Wilson, Tonko, Langevin, Faso, Ruppersberger, Russell,
Peters, Raskin, Khanna, Comstock, Rice, Lofgren,
Slaughter, Barragan, Costello, Norton, Maloney,
Lewis, Gallego, Nolan, Heck, Schrader,
DeSaulnier, Moulton, Kilmer, Payne, Lujan,
Carson, Dingell, Johnson, Rooney, Chu, Butterfield,
Barbara Lee, Clarke, Fitzpatrick, Moore, Boyle,
Kihuen, Pascrell, Bacon, Blunt Rochester, Sablan,
Cohen, Sinema, Soto, Thompson, Cleaver, O’Rourke, Schakowsky,

Dear Colleague,

Please join us in securing the future of the Nursing Workforce Development Programs (Title VIII of the Public Health Service Act [42 U.S.C. 296 et seq]) by cosponsoring H.R. 959, the Title VIII Nursing Workforce Reauthorization Act of 2017. Administered through
the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), the Title VIII programs have supported the recruitment, retention, and distribution of highly-educated professionals who comprise our nation’s nursing workforce for more than 50 years. Between FY 2006
and 2012 alone, these programs have provided loans, scholarships, and programmatic support to over 450,000 nursing students and nurses.

An estimated 10,000 people are turning 65 years old per day, and that trend will continue until 2019. In addition to an aging population, America faces rising healthcare costs, prevalent chronic diseases, substance abuse issues, and provider shortages. In order
to meet this increased need for care, we need to grow the largest group of our health care providers—nurses. Title VIII programs bolster nursing education at all levels, from entry level preparation through graduate study, and provide support for institutions
that educate nurses for practice in rural and medically underserved communities. These programs are designed to address specific needs within the nursing workforce and America’s patient population, and are, therefore, a direct investment in the nation’s health.
The Title VIII Nursing Workforce Reauthorization Act of 2017 would ensure that these critical programs are available for years to come.

As our nation continues to explore avenues that will increase access to health care, lower costs, and improve the quality of health care, Title VIII programs present a viable solution to ensure that these goals are met. Therefore, we urge you to cosponsor this
bill. If you have any questions, please contact Anna Alburger in Representative David Joyce’s office at or Patrick Koetzle in Representative Tulsi Gabbard’s office at


David  Joyce                                                 Tulsi Gabbard
Co-Chair, Nursing Caucus                           Co-Chair, Nursing Caucus

Rodney Davis                                               Suzanne Bonamici
Vice-Chair, Nursing Caucus                        Vice-Chair, Nursing Caucus

Related Legislative Issues

Selected legislative information: Education, HealthCare, Labor

Related Bill Information

Bill Type: H.R.
Bill Type: 959
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