February 27, 2014
by Harkin Press Staff
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.
February 26, 2014
Harkin to Hold Hearing on the Economic Impact of Alzheimer’s in America; State of Research to Prevent the Disease
Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA), Chairman of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies (LHHS subcommittee), will hold a hearing this afternoon at 2:00 PM ET, to examine the economic impact of Alzheimer’s in America and assess the state of biomedical research related to prevention and treatment of the disease. Witnesses will include the Director of National Institute of Health Francis Collins, Former Congressman Dennis Moore, Director of the RAND Center for the Study of Aging Michael D. Hurd, and Celebrity Advocate Seth Rogen.
February 12, 2014
Today, Senator Tom Harkin—Chairman of the Senate Education Committee—unveiled new legislation calling for an end to the use of dangerous seclusion & restraints on students in schools. His investigation found that under current law, a family whose child has been injured, experienced trauma, or died as a result of the use of seclusion or restraints in school has little or no recourse through school procedures or the courts. To address the issue, Senator Harkin introduced the Keeping All Students Safe Act, which would prohibit these outdated practices and support positive behavioral interventions in our nation’s schools. The bill would help to create positive learning environments to ensure every classroom is a safe and supportive place for students and teachers alike. Read more about Senator Harkin’s investigation and the bill here.
January 30, 2014
Today, Senator Tom Harkin—Chairman of the Senate Pensions Committee—unveiled bold new legislation to tackle the growing retirement crisis and rebuild the private pension system. Harkin’s legislation, the Universal, Secure, and Adaptable (USA) Retirement Funds Act of 2014, comes at a time when the retirement income deficit has reached at least $6.6 trillion, leaving many Americans vastly unprepared for retirement. Harkin’s legislation would create a new type of privately-run retirement plan that combines the advantages of traditional pensions—including lifetime income benefits and pooled, professional management—with the portability and ease for employers of a 401(k). Read more about the bill.
January 16, 2014
On Thursday, January 16, 2014, the U.S. Senate approved H.R. 3547, the omnibus funding agreement. Senator Harkin, as Chairman of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies (LHHS), worked to include vital funding for health, education, and labor priorities. Summaries of various provisions of the bill and Senator Harkin’s floor speech and video can be found below.
January 8, 2014
In a speech on the Senate floor today, Senator Harkin commemorated the 50th anniversary of President Lyndon B. Johnson’s “War on Poverty" address by highlighting the progress made since that speech and urging Congress to continue working to expand opportunity for all Americans.
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.