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Nurses show support for Sen. Merkley's two new bills

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An army of nurses stood behind Oregon Sen. Jeff Merkley Friday morning to show their support for two new bills he introduced -- both having to do with nursing.

His wife is a nurse and he says it gives him a unique look into the needs to healthcare workers. Both bills aim to provide better support for nurses and other healthcare workers, and would designate a national nurse for public health.

The nurses at the rally Friday say America needs to take care of nurses, so they can take good care of their patients.

"If you think Congress is tough, believe me, you do not want to mess with a group of nurses," Teri Mills with the Oregon Nurses Association said. "Our pledge is to promote health, prevent illness, restore health, and alleviate suffering and this is not up for discussion."

The other big topic at hand was the American Healthcare Act working its way through the senate. Most nurses called for a move to a single-payer system.

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