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April 10, 2014

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

by Harkin Press Staff

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.


April 2, 2014

Status of Retired NIH Chimpanzees

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.

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March 25, 2014

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

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.

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March 19, 2014

Don’t Delay, Sign Up Today!

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.

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February 27, 2014

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

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.

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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.

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February 12, 2014

Harkin Unveils Report and Bill Addressing Dangerous Use of Seclusion & Restraints in Schools

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.

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January 30, 2014

Harkin Unveils Plan to Address Retirement Crisis, Reform Private Pension System

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.

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January 16, 2014

Summaries: Omnibus Agreement Funds Vital Health, Education, Labor Priorities

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.

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January 8, 2014

On 50th Anniversary of President Lyndon B. Johnson’s

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.

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December 2, 2013

Harkin Column: The Framers Never Envisioned a 60 Vote Supermajority

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.

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