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ILO Video Recognizes Harkin’s Decades-Long Fight to End Child Labor

April 10, 2014

Last night, at an event in the U.S. Capitol, the Internal Labour Organization (the ILO) honored Senator Harkin’s decades-long effort to end child labor around the world. The ILO is a United Nations agency that promotes rights at work, encourages employment opportunities, and enhances social protection. Watch the video here: http://bit.ly/1hDBUQN.

Status of Retired NIH Chimpanzees

April 2, 2014

During a LHHS subcommittee hearing today, Chairman Tom Harkin asked Dr. Francis Collins, MD, Ph.D, Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to provide a status report on retiring chimpanzees. Senator Harkin has actively worked to improve the care and treatment of research chimpanzees for the last two decades as Chair of the LHHS appropriations subcommittee and later the Chair of the Health Education Labor Pensions Committee.

Harkin Delivers Remarks at the Dedication of the Norman E. Borlaug Statue

March 25, 2014

Today, Senator Harkin joined members of the delegation to deliver remarks at the unveiling of a statue honoring Dr. Norman Borlaug at the U.S. Capitol. A native of Cresco, IA, Dr. Borlaug is known as the “Father of the Green Revolution” for his work to eradicate famine in developing countries around the world with his creation of disease resistant wheat. Borlaug is also the founder of the World Food Prize, and is one of only five people to have been honored with the Nobel Peace Prize, the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Congressional Medal of Honor. Click here to watch Senator Harkin’s remarks. A photo from the event is available here.

Don’t Delay, Sign Up Today!

March 19, 2014

With only a few days left to sign up for health coverage through the Affordable Care Act, Senator Harkin recorded a message to spread the word about open enrollment on the Health Insurance Marketplace. Iowans without health insurance can sign up for quality, affordable coverage until March 31. Already, more than five million Americans – including more than 15,000 Iowans – have signed up for health care plans through the marketplace. Thanks to the ACA, insurance companies now cover health services like doctor’s visits, prescription drugs, ambulatory care, and hospital stays. In addition, preventive care like cancer and cholesterol screenings are covered with no additional money out of pocket. For more information about signing up for a health insurance plan, visit www.healthcare.gov or call 1-800-318-2596.

Food Marketing in Schools the Product of Harkin’s Decades-Long Efforts to Promote Sound Nutrition

February 27, 2014

Senator Harkin today welcomed a USDA announcement prohibiting junk food marketing in schools, noting that the announcement builds on Harkin’s work over the years to promote the health and nutrition of our nation, especially among kids. Harkin raised the alarm about childhood obesity and its importance as a major public health issue decades ago and has since fought to promote these policies. This actuality is available here.