Congress Ends Government Shutdown

The government shutdown ended yesterday evening after Senate Democrats and Republicans reached a deal on a short term funding package. The House quickly passed the legislation and sent it to the President's desk for a signature. The government shutdown began at midnight on Friday after members of the Senate could not break the 60-vote threshold necessary to pass a Continuing Resolution (CR) to keep the government open. 

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The Government Shuts Down Over Funding Bill

Last night at midnight, the United States Government shut down after the Senate failed to pass a Continuing Resolution (CR) to fund the government through February 16. The House of Representatives had passed the CR in a party line vote the day before, sending the bill to the Senate, where Members were unable to cross the 60-vote threshold necessary to pass the legislation.  

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Bipartisan Policy Center Releases Rural Health Report With Concerning Headlines

This morning, the Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) was joined by Senators Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) and Senator Mike Rounds (R-SD) to announce the release of a report on rural health titled, “Reinventing Rural Health Care: A Case Study of Seven Upper Midwest States.” The BPC worked with the Center for Outcomes Research and Education (CORE) to study the cost of care, the availability of care, and innovative payments methods for rural Midwest communities. We appreciate the work that the...

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NRHA announces newly-elected volunteer leaders

Leadership for the National Rural Health Association is secure for 2018 and beyond, thanks to recent elections for Board of Trustees and Rural Health Congress positions. NRHA members chose David Pearson as president-elect. Pearson, who recently joined the American Hospital Association as a regional executive representing members in Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas, will assume the duties of NRHA president in 2019.

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