I have learned that SA 3404 will get a vote this afternoon, possibly in the next hour. Nurses do not have access to a non-immigrant visa and the EB backlog means they must wait five years or more to enter the country. We have a severe nursing shortage in the US and recent studies link patient mortality rates to this shortage. The bill will provide temporary relief by making 61,000 green cards available to RNs. The bill number is SA3404 and is being offered as an amendment to the Labor-HHS appropriations bill. If you can call your Senator NOW, you might be able to make a difference in the bill passing. The phone numbers for each Senator are here.