Sep 22, 2016

U.S. Rep. Lois Capps Bids Farewell to Congress, Not to Nursing

U.S. Rep. Lois Capps of CaliforniaAfter 18 years, U.S. Rep. Lois Capps of California uses the recent renewal by Congress of legislation that improves people’s access to high-quality care by nurses as a springboard to say goodbye. (Capps announced her plan to retire early last year.)

In a column on The Huffington Post, Capps writes of being co-author of the bipartisan Title VIII Nursing Workforce Reauthorization Act just passed by a House committee, and emphasizes that far from being “just a nurse,” as some said when she took office, she was able to accomplish more precisely because she came in to Congress as a public health nurse.  She writes, “Simply put: nurses have a critical voice that must be heard.”

Above: Congresswoman Capps speaks at a reception held in her honor at the Campaign for Action Summit 2015 in Washington, D.C. Photo by Carolina Kroon/©AARP