From The Blog
December 2, 2013
In an opinion piece, Senator Harkin responds to some of the criticisms following the Senate’s vote to change the rules. On The Huffington Post blog, Harkin says that the framers never envisioned a 60 vote supermajority.
November 22, 2013
In this audio clip, Senator Harkin describes how he learned that President John F. Kennedy was assassinated, and how he rushed to a television to watch the news unfold.
November 13, 2013
Today, Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA), Chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, was joined by a bipartisan, bicameral group of lawmakers, Education Secretary Arne Duncan, and Save the Children Artist Ambassador Jennifer Garner to introduce a bipartisan plan to expand high-quality early learning programs for children from birth to age five. Early education advocates including parents, educators, and members of the law enforcement, military, and business communities also attended. Read more about the bill here and watch video from the event here.
October 30, 2013
Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA), a senior member and former Chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry will join the first public meeting of the Senate and House conference committee on the 2013 farm bill. The meeting takes place beginning at 2:30 pm ET/1:30 pm CT today, Wednesday, October 30, 2013, and will be held on the House side of the Capitol. Watch the proceedings live via the Senate Agriculture Committee website: http://www.agriculture.senate.gov/.
September 27, 2013
Senator Harkin released a report on the ‘ADA Generation’— the young men and women who have come of age since the Americans With Disabilities Act was enacted—that offers bold steps to improve workforce opportunities for these young Americans as they seek competitive employment. Harkin has set a goal of increasing the workforce participation of people with disabilities by more than 20 percent by 2015. This report comes as Senator Harkin joined Governor Branstad in announcing a forum: “Empowering Individuals with Disabilities through Employment” to discuss common goals and a pathway for advancing employment opportunities for Iowans with disabilities.
December 5, 2013
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) today issued the following statement after learning that Nelson Mandela had passed away:
November 25, 2013
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) released the following statement today in response to the announcement that a preliminary agreement has been reached between the United States and Iran to temporarily freeze Iran’s nuclear program.
November 21, 2013
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA), a leading advocate of rules reform in the Senate, today supported an effort to reform the rules and allow qualified nominees to get an up-or-down vote in the Senate. Harkin discussed his work on NPR’s All Things Considered yesterday.
November 20, 2013
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) today attended a Congressional ceremony in the U.S. Capitol honoring 25 Native American tribes with the Congressional Gold Medal. Among the tribes being honored was the Meskwaki tribe of Iowa. The Code Talkers Recognition Act of 2008 directed that medals be struck to honor the valor and dedication of Native American code talkers during World War I and World War II. Harkin was an original cosponsor of the Senate’s companion bill to legislation that later became law authorizing these medals.
November 15, 2013
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA), a strong proponent of the renewable fuel standard (RFS), released the following statement after learning of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed biofuel volume requirements for 2014 under the RFS.
Harkin, Senate Democrats Introduce Legislation to Expand Access to High- Quality Early Learning Programs
November 13, 2013
WASHINGTON, D.C.— Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA), Chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee—along with Senators Patty Murray (D-WA), Robert P. Casey, Jr. (D-PA), Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Chris Murphy (D-CT), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Mazie Hirono (D-HI), Chris Coons (D-DE), Tim Kaine (D-VA), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), and Ron Wyden (D-OR)—today introduced the Strong Start for America’s Children Act, legislation to expand access to high-quality early learning programs for children from birth to age five. Similar legislation was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives today by George Miller, senior Democrat on the House Education and Workforce Committee, and Rep. Richard Hanna (R-NY).
November 8, 2013
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) commended Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack for his announcement today that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will provide a total of $3,343,270 in grants and loans for 126 renewable energy and energy efficiency projects in Iowa. The funding is administered under the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP), which assists farmers and rural small businesses in employing energy efficiency or renewable energy technologies in their operations. Today’s investments include solar, geothermal, wind, flexible fuel pumps, and energy efficiency projects. Harkin, as the then-Chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, authored REAP in the 2002 farm bill and improved it in the 2008 farm bill. Harkin is now a senior member of the Agriculture Committee and of the Senate Appropriations subcommittee that funds USDA and rural energy initiatives.
November 7, 2013
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) today issued the following statement upon learning that the White House had formally nominated Kevin W. Techau for U.S. Attorney for Iowa’s Northern District. In March, Harkin recommended Techau to fill the vacancy made by Stephanie Rose, who was confirmed to serve as a U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of Iowa late last year. Techau’s nomination will now be sent to the Senate Judiciary Committee.
November 1, 2013
Each year, seniors in Iowa and across the country have an opportunity to adjust their Medicare health benefits for the coming year. This seven-week period known as Medicare Open Enrollment, offers beneficiaries a chance to customize their Medicare plans to suit their current health needs. This year, Open Enrollment begins on October 15th and runs through December 7, 2013. The enrollment period offers seniors a chance to get a jump start on selecting their health plans for 2014, and ensures they will receive essential plan details and membership cards before new coverage starts on January 1, 2014.
November 1, 2013
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) issued the following statement as millions of Americans, including over 400,000 in Iowa, are seeing their food assistance benefits reduced today. The reduction comes as Congress hammers out the difference between the Senate and House-passed farm bills and major funding differences over the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Harkin is a senior member and former chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committee, and is working to negotiate a new farm bill.
October 28, 2013
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) was recently awarded the Human Rights Award by the Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA) for his advocacy in the fight to end practices that violate international human rights laws. WOLA is a group that works to promote human rights, democracy, and social justice in Latin America and the Caribbean.
October 17, 2013
October 16, 2013
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) today issued the following statement in response to a short-term funding agreement reached by Senate negotiators that will keep the government open until January 15, 2014 and raise the debt ceiling until February 7, 2014. Harkin chairs the Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies and the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee.