It was reported before Congress left Washington for the district work break that a deal had been reached by House and Senate leaders to fund the government through March and prevent a shutdown. The House and the Senate will have to vote in favor of a deal before a government shutdown will be adverted in September.
On Thursday, March 29th, ANA President, Karen Daley, testified before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies. President Daley’s testimony focused on Title VIII programs, and funding nurse managed health centers.
In recent weeks, most of the conversation in and around the nation’s capital has been the debt ceiling and the fiscal year 2012 budget. Will Congress raise the debt ceiling? Will President Obama and the House Republican Speaker John Boehner be able to work out an agreement they can sell to their parties? Will Congress approve a 2012 budget or end up doing continuing resolutions like the 2011 budget? How big will cuts be to Medicare/Medicaid? Will there be tax increases? Even as the different parties involved draw their lines in the sand, these questions need to be answered.