On behalf of more than 8,800 pediatric nurse practitioners and fellow pediatric-focused advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) who are its members, the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP) congratulates Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer for reaching an important bipartisan agreement to raise restrictive limits on federal spending for crucial government programs and for extending the reauthorization of funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) for another four years, ensuring the program’s funding through fiscal 2027 and preventing the program from being used as bargaining leverage in legislative negotiations. We look forward to working with Congress to eliminate the funding “cliff” that CHIP will face in fiscal 2028 under this agreement. NAPNAP has consistently supported congressional efforts to extend CHIP funding for the longest possible time, and this agreement is a truly historic bipartisan accomplishment. In addition, NAPNAP applauds the agreement to increase spending limits for domestic programs such as the vitally important and underfunded nursing workforce development programs under Title VIII of the Public Health Service Act. NAPNAP strongly supports this bipartisan agreement and urges Congress to pass it promptly to avoid a potential government shutdown and provide long-term stability for important federal programs.
Feb. 9, 2018