By Matthew Fitting, MPS; ANA Advocacy & Engagement Specialist
Since he was first elected to Congress in 2012, Rep. David Joyce (14th district) has worked tirelessly to advance the interests of Ohio nurses. As co-chair of the Congressional Nursing Caucus, Rep. Joyce has emerged as nursing’s go-to supporter on Capitol Hill, serving as the original sponsor on a number of bills critical to advancing the nursing profession.
This July, Joyce helped usher legislation supporting nurse workforce development and loan forgiveness through the House of Representatives. Last month, as Congress debated a comprehensive response to the opioid crisis, Joyce stood for expanded access to treatment, the nursing profession’s number one priority in the bill. The bill ultimately passed the House and Senate and awaits the President’s signature to become law. Additionally, last May the Congressman took a stand for patients with pre-existing conditions when he voted no on the American Health Care Act, rejecting a proposal that would have erased gains in access and coverage made under the Affordable Care Act.
The Congressman has also consistently worked to spend time with and hear directly from nurses, having participated in roundtables and discussions with the Northeast Region Ohio League for Nursing, the Greater Cleveland Nurses Association, and the Cleveland Council of Black Nurses, among others. As the husband of a nurse, the Congressman knows first-hand the responsibilities and challenges that those in the profession face every day and seeks to identify additional steps Congress can take to support nurses and protect patients.
In addition to being endorsed by the American Nurses Association, the Congressman was recently recognized by ANA and other allied nursing groups for his advocacy on nurses’ behalf, at an event on Capitol Hill where Rep. Joyce reaffirmed his commitment to moving the nursing profession forward. We thank the Congressman for his unwavering efforts to advance the most honest, ethical profession, and encourage ONA members to learn more about the Congressman at https://joyce.house.gov/.