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The Importance of a Strong Middle Class

As our nation prepares to honor American workers on Labor Day, Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee Chairman Tom Harkin issued a report on the decline of America's middle class and its long-term consequences for our economy. Harkin's report shows that the problems plaguing the middle class and the broader economy were not brought on just by this recession, but rather through a series of systematic policy decisions put into place over the past 40 years. The report concludes that rebuilding the middle class needs to be the primary focus of the Congress and that it can only be done by reversing these policy choices.


Read the full report, "Saving the American Dream: The Past, Present, and Uncertain Future of America's Middle Class" (PDF)


Praise for the Rebuild America Act

The Rebuild America Act

Des Moines Register: More jobs is best way to restore middle class

Harkin: It's Time to Restore the American Dream for Middle Class Families Introduces Bill to Create Jobs, Invest in America, and Restore Balance to Tax System

White House Fact Sheet: The American Jobs Act Impact For Iowa

Tom's editorial in the Des Moines Register: "Let's put America back to work"


Photos from the Harkin Mobile Office Middle Class Tour