The Legislative Process

Committees and subcommittees with jurisdiction over health legislation

Congress has several congressional committees which have primary jurisdiction over legislation pertinent to nursing and health care. Members of the committees are the most influential health legislators on Capitol Hill.

In the Senate:

In the House:

The path legislation bears is influenced by a host of factors, which include, but are not limited to formal hearings on an issue, informal contact with lawmakers, and finally by the degree of concern of individual members of Congress.  Lobbying activities, including the organized grassroots advocacy of the American Organization of Nurse Executives, may provide the turning point on a decision by a committee or an individual lawmaker.