On the Issues
Congresswoman Gabbard is a co-chair of the House of Representative’s Congressional Nursing Caucus.
U.S. Cadet Nurse Corp.
Congresswoman Gabbard is a cosponsor of (H.R. 2056). This legislation would recognize nurses who served as members of the United States Cadet Nurse Corps during World War II as veterans and will receive honorable discharges, medal privileges, and burial benefits for cemeteries administered under the Department of Veterans Affairs.
She has also cosponsored the Safe Staffing for Nurse and Patient Safety Act of 2018 (H.R. 5052) in the previous session of Congress. H.R. 5052 would have provided patient protection by establishing safe nurse staffing levels but was unable to pass in the House.
Congresswoman Gabbard cosponsored the Title VIII Nursing Workforce Reauthorization Act of 2019 (H.R. 728). This legislation would reauthorize nursing workforce development programs through fiscal year 2024. Title VIII provides the largest source of federal funding for nursing education.
The Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness and Advancing Innovation Act of 2019 (H.R. 269) is another bill that Congresswoman Gabbard has voted for. H.R. 269 would strengthen our nation’s emergency preparedness and response efforts and modernize the nation’s regulatory framework for over-the-counter (OTC) drugs.
Congresswoman Gabbard voted for the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act (H.R. 6) that became law in the previous session of Congress and is a cosponsor of the Mainstreaming Addiction Treatment Act of 2019 (H.R. 2482) during this session of Congress. One provision of H.R. 6 gives nurse practitioners and physician assistants permanent authorization to prescribe medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for opioid substance use disorder if they complete an education course to obtain a waiver from the Drug Enforcement Agency. It also gives clinical nurse specialists, certified registered nurse anesthetists, and certified nurse-midwives five-years authority to prescribe MAT if they obtain the same waiver. Meanwhile H.R. 2482 would eliminate the separate registration requirement for dispensing narcotic drugs in schedule III, IV, or V (such as buprenorphine) for maintenance or detoxification treatment.
She also introduced The Opioid Crisis Accountability Act of 2018 (H.R. 5782) in the previous session of Congress which would have prohibited and penalized illegal marketing and distribution of opioids, creating criminal liability for top company executives and requiring drug makers to reimburse a Health and Human Services led “Opioid Reimbursement Fund” for the negative economic impact of their products had the legislation passed.
Health Care Reform
Congresswoman Gabbard is a cosponsor of the Medicare for All Act of 2019 (H.R. 1384). This legislation would provide universal, single-payer, health care insurance to all Americans. Private insurance would be eliminated after a two-year transition period.
Tulsi Gabbard earned the financial support of the ANA-PAC in the past. Previous financial support from ANA-PAC does not indicate ANA’s endorsement of this candidate for President of the United States.