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Bill would establish nurse staffing ratios

May 7, 2009

Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) yesterday introduced legislation (H.R. 2273) that would establish nurse-to-patient staffing ratio requirements in hospitals. Co-sponsors of the bill, which was referred to the House Energy & Commerce and Ways & Means committees, include Reps. Pete Stark (D-CA), Charles Rangel (D-NY), John Conyers (D-MI), Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX), Don Young (R-AK), Neil Abercrombie (D-HI), James McGovern (D-MA), Brad Sherman (D-CA) , Rosa DeLauro (D-CT), Keith Ellison (D-MN) and Tammy Baldwin (D-WI). The United American Nurses, AFL-CIO, is backing the bill.