On the campaign trail: Clinton stumps for Maffei

Nurses endorse Maffei

While Clinton’s endorsement of Maffei might not have bothered Buerkle, the backing of the American Nurses Association must have come as a blow, as Buerkle is herself a registered nurse.

The ANA’s Political Action Committee (ANA-PAC) instead chose to back Maffei because of his support of the Affordable Care Act, Social Security and Medicare.

“Maffei, a former congressman, will fight to protect and strengthen Medicare and Social Security,” ANA-PAC’s endorsement release said. “If elected, seniors who depend on these programs will have no bigger champion in Congress than Maffei.”

ANA-PAC also endorsed Congressman Bill Owens for the 21st Congressional District race, also citing his support of the ACA.

“These are great congressmen who will work hard for their constituents in Washington. Congressman Owens and former Congressman Maffei will continue to fight until health care is accessible to all Americans,” said ANA-PAC Chair Faith Jones, MSN, RN, NEA-BC. “Nurses need to know who has their back.”

Buerkle awarded for work with vets

Buerkle was recognized this week with the Disabled American Veterans Congressional Leadership Award. The award acknowledged her “steadfast support and tireless efforts to strengthen veterans’ programs and enact new legislation to empower all of America’s injured heroes to lead high-quality lives with respect and dignity.”

Buerkle serves as chairwoman of the Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Health. In that role, she provides oversight of the Veterans’ Health Administration on such topics as veterans’ suicide prevention, mental health care and prosthetics programs. According to a release, her work has resulted in improvements to the Federal Recovery Coordination Program and more timely and faithful implementation of the new caregiver assistance programs.

In response to a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report detailing sexual assault at VA health care facilities, Buerkle authored legislation to require the VA to correct safety and security problems that had left many veterans and VA employees vulnerable. The legislation, which President Obama signed into law, requires the VA to implement a comprehensive policy to prevent, monitor, report, and track sexual assaults and other safety incidents that occur at VA medical facilities in order to hold accountable those responsible.

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