November 22, 2013
by Harkin Press Staff
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.
August 8, 2013
PBS NewsHour Covers Senator Harkin’s Investigation Showing ADA’s Promise of Integration is Not Being Met for Many Americans with Disabilities
PBS’ NewsHour program reported on an investigation issued by Senator Harkin showing that the civil rights promises of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) are not being met for many individuals with disabilities. Senator Harkin’s report showed that many states are failing to live up to the integration mandate of the ADA, despite the Supreme Court’s ruling in Olmstead v. L.C. in 1999 that the unnecessary segregation of individuals with disabilities in institutions is a violation of the ADA. Watch the NewsHour segment below.
July 26, 2013
On July 26, 1990, the Americans with Disabilities Act became law—a landmark moment for civil rights in the United States. Senator Harkin spoke about the progress made since the passage of the ADA and what more can be done to make full equality for people with disabilities a reality.
July 25, 2013
On the 23rd Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, We Must Fulfill the Promise of Independent Living for All
This week, to commemorate the 23rd anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), we are celebrating amazing strides in expanding access and opportunities for people with disabilities. But let’s not overlook a glaring exception to this success story. More than 200,000 working-age Americans remain trapped in nursing homes and other institutions, separated from their families and communities, often against their wishes. This is a key finding of a year-long investigation by the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, which I chair.
June 4, 2013
Harkin, HELP Committee Democrats Introduce Bill to Prepare All Children for Success and Fix “No Child Left Behind”
Bill to Reauthorize ESEA Would Provide America’s Children with the Skills They Need to Prepare for College and Careers
April 17, 2013
Wednesday, April 17, 2013 - Due to the ongoing investigation into a suspicious letter recently mailed to the U.S. Senate, all mail to Capitol Hill has been halted. Mail in states offices is also not being opened at this time. The Washington, D.C. office is experiencing a higher than normal volume of calls. Concerned Iowans are being asked to please take a minute to use our web form or call any of Sen. Harkin’s state offices.
April 10, 2013
Elementary school students around the country participating in the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program, a Harkin-led effort in both the 2002 and 2008 farm bills, consumed 15 percent more fresh fruits and vegetables than students not participating in the program, according to a new study.
March 12, 2013
Harkin Amendment Will Offer Negotiated FY 13 Labor, Health, Education Bill to Continuing Appropriations Act
An amendment to the Continuing Appropriations Act of 2013 by Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) will increases funding for the NIH, child care, and education while staying within the current budget parameters. The amendment reflects the bipartisan compromise on the Fiscal Year 2013 Labor-HHS spending bill negotiated in December by Harkin and his Senate and House counterparts. Harkin is Chairman of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies.