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Harkin, HELP Committee Democrats Introduce Bill to Prepare All Children for Success and Fix “No Child Left Behind”
June 4, 2013
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.
Harkin Amendment Will Offer Negotiated FY 13 Labor, Health, Education Bill to Continuing Appropriations Act
March 12, 2013
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.
Harkin Commemorates 25th Anniversary of Gallaudet University’s “Deaf President Now” Movement on WAMU’s The Kojo Nnamdi Show
March 7, 2013
Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA)—sponsor of the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee—today commemorated the 25th anniversary of Gallaudet University’s "Deaf President Now" movement on WAMU’s The Kojo Nnamdi Show. Harkin, who at the time served as Chairman of the Senate Subcommittee on the Handicapped, sent a letter in support of the deaf community while the protests were ongoing in 1988.
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May 29, 2013
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) today announced that seven Iowa fire departments will receive a total of $292,675 from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program. The funds will be used to increase the effectiveness of fire operations and to support firefighter safety. Harkin is a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee and was a cosponsor of the legislation that authorized this program.
May 24, 2013
Washington, D.C. – Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) today issued the following statement today after announcing that Drake University in Des Moines will be the repository for the Congressional papers and materials documenting his nearly 40 years in the U.S. Congress:
May 21, 2013
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA), Chairman of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies, today issued the following statement after the House of Representatives Committee on Appropriations approved a 302(b) allocation for the House Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Subcommittee that is 22 percent below the current funding level.
May 15, 2013
WASHINGTON, DC – In an effort to protect taxpayers and shield college students from a sharp increase in federal Stafford loan interest rates, U.S. Senators Tom Harkin (D-IA), who chairs the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, and Jack Reed (D-RI), along with Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), are introducing a fully paid-for bill to ensure student loan interest rates for more than 7 million undergraduate students do not dramatically increase this year.
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