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.
It is that time of year again… the Congressional Budget Process time. Fortunately, this year does not have the headline-grabbing contention of last year’s potential government shut-down. Congress passed an Omnibus at the end of last year which funds the government until the end of the 2012 fiscal year. Unfortunately, the make-up of Congress has not changed. There are still strident factions in each party and each congress that have drawn lines in the sand that they won’t cross.
There is a saying in Washington, “a bill never dies.” This is generally true, a piece of legislation can be voted down and live another day attached to another bill as a “rider.” Additionally, most bills are reintroduced with each new Congress. But it can be said that the FY 2011 budget is now put to bed after a long and bumpy road.