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Columns by Tom Harkin

3/7/2014
In Iowa’s Interest: A Plan to Shore Up Retirement Security for Iowans

2/21/2014
In Iowa’s Interest: Free Online Tax Preparation and Filing

2/5/2014
In Iowa’s Interest: Extending Unemployment Benefits Provides Much-Needed Assistance

1/10/2014
In Iowa’s Interest: January Brings Historic Health Care Benefits and Protections

5/14/2013
In Iowa’s Interest: Military Appreciation Month is a Time to Recognize Veterans’ Contributions

4/16/2013
In Iowa’s Interest: Carroll Native Outlines Importance of Health Insurance Coverage in Cancer Care

3/19/2013
In Iowa’s Interest: Bolstering the Middle Class is the Path to a Sustainable Future

3/11/2013
In Iowa’s Interest: Medicaid Expansion Is the Right Choice for Iowa

2/12/2013
In Iowa’s Interest: Continuing the Progress for Working Families

1/11/2013
In Iowa’s Interest: A Guide to the 57th Presidential Inauguration

12/19/2012
In Iowa’s Interest: Hands Off Medicaid!

12/4/2012
In Iowa’s Interest: Logging our 100,000th Constituent Case

11/7/2012
In Iowa's Interest: Celebrating Those Who Served

10/22/2012
In Iowa’s Interest: Taking Advantage of Medicare Open Enrollment

10/15/2012
In Iowa’s Interest: Doing Well by Doing Good – Employing People with Disabilities

7/9/2012
In Iowa’s Interest: What Does the Health Care Law Mean for My Family?

6/27/2012
In Iowa’s Interest: Iowans Will Benefit from the New Farm Bill

6/12/2012
In Iowa’s Interest: More Than 160,000 Medicare Beneficiaries Access Free Preventive Services under Health Reform

6/6/2012
In Iowa’s Interest: Exploring Bullying Prevention Policies

5/23/2012
In Iowa’s Interest: Protecting Veterans on the Battlefield and at Home

5/16/2012
In Iowa’s Interest: The Impact of the Stafford Loan Rate Hike on Iowa Students

4/18/2012
In Iowa’s Interest: Rebuild America Act will Strengthen Iowa’s Middle Class

3/20/2012
In Iowa’s Interest: Staying Safe in Unpredictable Weather

2/28/2012
In Iowa’s Interest: Stay Heart Healthy This Month! February is American Heart Month

2/21/2012
In Iowa’s Interest: New Data Proves Affordable Care Act is Saving Iowans on Prescription Drug Costs

2/6/2012
Q & A on: Free Online Tax Preparations

12/14/2011
In Iowa’s Interest: Strengthening Our Families – and Our Middle Class

11/17/2011
In Iowa’s Interest: Giving Thanks-And Giving a Hand to the Less Fortunate

11/14/2011
Q & A on the Overhaul of the No Child Left Behind Act and its Impact on Iowa

11/7/2011
In Iowa’s Interest: Recognizing Veterans’ Contributions During Military Families Appreciation Month

10/19/2011
In Iowa’s Interest: Medicare Open Enrollment and You

10/13/2011
In Iowa’s Interest:Raising Awareness During October, Breast Cancer Awareness Month

9/27/2011
In Iowa’s Interest: Seniors See More Affordable Health Care Under New Reform Law

9/12/2011
In Iowa’s Interest: A Helpful Resource for a New School Year

8/11/2011
In Iowa’s Interest: Celebrating 50 Years of the U.S. Senate Youth Program

7/22/2011
In Iowa’s Interest: Marking the 21st Anniversary of the ADA

6/16/2011
In Iowa’s Interest: New White House Rural Council Means Stronger Focus on Initiatives for Rural Iowa

5/13/2011
In Iowa’s Interest: Celebrating the Promise of Cancer Research

5/3/2011
In Iowa’s Interest: Celebrating Mom; Appreciating New Health Care Freedom

4/13/2011
Common Sense On: Using Social Media to Keep in Touch with Iowans

4/7/2011
In Iowa’s Interest: Creating Your Own Story at Your Library

3/30/2011
In Iowa’s Interest: Protecting Social Security

3/17/2011
In Iowa’s Interest: Health Reform Law Turns One

3/9/2011
In Iowa’s Interest: Honoring Women’s History Month and Fighting for a More Just Future

3/3/2011
Common Sense On: Applying to U.S. Military Academies

2/25/2011
Common Sense On: Free Online Tax Preparation & Filing

2/16/2011
In Iowa’s Interest: How My Office Can Help You

2/9/2011
In Iowa’s Interest: Black History Month a Time to Reflect and Look Forward

1/6/2011
In Iowa's Interest: 111th Congress Helped Strengthen Economy, Improve Lives of Working Families

12/17/2010
In Iowa's Interest: Just Before Christmas, Child Nutrition Bill Becomes Law

12/2/2010
In Iowa's Interest: Senate Passes Historic Food Safety Bill

11/18/2010
Harkin Floor Remarks on Food Safety

11/18/2010
In Iowa's Interest: The Holidays Are a Time for Joy and Compassion

11/16/2010
Harkin Speaks in Support of Paycheck Fairness

11/10/2010
In Iowa's Interest: Ensuring Our Veterans Receive the Benefits They Deserve

10/25/2010
In Iowa's Interest: Appreciating and Protecting Our Land and Resources

10/14/2010
In Iowa's Interest: New Resources for Combating Breast Cancer

10/7/2010
Statement of Chairman Tom Harkin (D-IA) At the HELP Committee Hearing "The Wobbly Stool: Retirement (In)security in America"

10/7/2010
Common Sense On: New Consumer-Friendly Improvements to www.HealthCare.gov

9/23/2010
In Iowa's Interest: Additional Promises of Health Reform Become Reality

9/16/2010
In Iowa's Interest: Providing Healthy School Meals for Our Kids

9/3/2010
In Iowa's Interest: Fighting for Iowa's Workers

8/19/2010
In Iowa's Interest: Saving Teacher Jobs and Improving Education

8/13/2010
In Iowa's Interest: Social Security Turns 75

8/4/2010
In Iowa's Interest: Celebrating Iowa's Community Health Centers

7/28/2010
Common Sense On: Improved Rules for Veterans' PTSD Claims

7/21/2010
In Iowa's Interest: Financial Reform Bill Will Benefit Main Street By Senator Tom Harkin

7/15/2010
In Iowa's Interest: Celebrating Twenty Years of the ADA

7/8/2010
Common Sense On: The New, Consumer-Friendly www.HealthCare.gov

6/30/2010
In Iowa's Interest: Honoring Our Service Members and Veterans this Fourth of July

6/25/2010
In Iowa's Interest: At Long Last, A New Patient's Bill of Rights

6/16/2010
Common Sense On: Preventing Medicare Fraud

6/9/2010
Common Sense On: Sun Safety

6/1/2010
Harkin Announces More Than $750,000 Coming to Iowa Valley Community College for Energy Research

6/1/2010
Harkin Announces $30,000 In Rural Development Funds for Kamrar

6/1/2010
Honoring America's Fallen

6/1/2010
Honoring America's Fallen

6/1/2010
Harkin Announces More Than $230,000 Coming to Improve Shenandoah Medical Center

5/26/2010
Common Sense On: Benefits for Medicare Recipients in Health Care Reform

5/19/2010
In Iowa's Interest: Celebrating National Bike Month

5/12/2010
Common Sense On: Enrolling in the Conservation Stewardship Program

5/5/2010
In Iowa's Interest: Keeping Our Teachers on the Job

2/22/2010
In Iowa's Interest: Helping Rural Schools Make the Grade

2/4/2010
In Iowa's Interest: Black History Month - Celebrating Progress and Looking Toward a More Just Future

1/7/2010
In Iowa's Interest: Senate Passes Landmark Health Reform

12/17/2009
In Iowa's Interest: 2009 - The Year in History

12/9/2009
In Iowa's Interest:Federal Government Extends Unemployment Insurance Benefits

10/8/2009
Common Sense On: Eating More Fruits and Veggies

9/23/2009
COMMON SENSE ON: STAYING WELL AND FIGHTING THE FLU

9/17/2009
Common Sense On Practicing Rural Roadway Safety This Week and All Year Long

8/5/2009
IOWA'S FARMERS MARKETS BOOST GOOD NUTRITION AND LOCAL FARMS

7/29/2009
The Americans with Disabilities Act: 19 Years of Progress

7/24/2009
Common Sense on: Energy Savings During the Summer Time

7/14/2009
Common Sense on: Sun Safety

7/7/2009
In Iowa's Interest: Five New Ways to Lower Your Student Loan Bill

6/30/2009
The American Dream Lives

4/21/2009
Common Sense on How to Avoid Economic Recovery Act Scams

4/16/2009
Celebrating Earth Day All Year Long

4/8/2009
Summer Volunteer Opportunities Now Available

3/31/2009
Honoring Public Radio in April, All Year Long

3/16/2009
TAX CREDITS THAT REWARD WORK

3/11/2009
Common Sense On: Spring Break Travel

3/2/2009
Dr. Seuss's Birthday a Reminder to Read to Kids

2/23/2009
President Obama Is Writing a New Chapter in Black History

11/10/2008
Keeping Faith with Our Veterans

10/7/2008
National 4-H Week Highlights Young People's Role in Agriculture

9/17/2008
FARM SAFETY AWARENESS IMPORTANT FOR ALL IOWANS

9/16/2008
Time Running Out to Apply for Disaster Assistance

8/7/2008
Restoring Confidence in Food Safety

7/24/2008
The Promise of the Americans with Disabilities Act

7/22/2008
Conservation Helps Iowa Farmers "Hold the Raindrop Where it Falls"

7/10/2008
Common Sense on Visiting our Nation's Capital

6/30/2008
Common Sense on Vital Medical Services Available for Flood Victims

6/26/2008
Common Sense on Properly Displaying the United States Flag

6/9/2008
Common Sense on Applying for Disaster Assistance

6/9/2008
Common Sense on Applying for Disaster Assistance

5/20/2008
In Iowa's Interest: The Meaning of Sacrifice

5/14/2008
Common Sense On: Interning in my Office

4/21/2008
Common Sense On: Applying to Be an AmeriCorps NCCC Member

4/14/2008
In Iowa's Interest: Welcome NCCC and New Local Volunteers

3/27/2008
Common Sense on: Tax Rebate Checks & the Economic Stimulus Package

3/20/2008
In Iowa's Interest: Protecting the Rights of Iowans with Disabilities

3/13/2008
In Iowa's Interest: Safer Products for Iowa Families

3/6/2008
Common Sense On: Applying to U.S. Military Academies

3/5/2008
In Iowa's Interest: Fresh Produce and A Fresh Outlook on Nutrition

2/29/2008
Common Sense On: Daylight Saving Time

2/26/2008
Food Safety First

11/21/2007
A Farm Bill Worth Fighting For

11/6/2007
HARKIN ANNOUNCES CONGRESSIONAL AGREEMENT FOR DOMESTIC PRIORITIES FUNDING BILL

11/5/2007
Taking Action to Honor Our Veterans

10/30/2007
Common Sense on Changing Medicare Prescription Drug Plans

10/30/2007
Investing in America's Priorities

10/10/2007
Reaching Out to Returning War Veterans

10/2/2007
Common Sense on the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program

9/27/2007
Restoring Consumer Confidence in America's Produce

8/27/2007
Helping Iowa Families Afford College

7/26/2007
Empowering Businesses to Help Iowans Lead Healthier Lives

7/12/2007
Keeping Promises, Making Progress

6/21/2007
Stamping Out Hunger

6/8/2007
High Gas Prices Are a Call to Action

5/23/2007
Providing Hope in the Fight Against Meth

5/14/2007
Common Sense on Legal Aid

5/14/2007
It's Time for Better Nutrition in Our Schools

5/7/2007
On Mother's Day, "Thank You" Is Not Enough

4/20/2007
No Retreat on Workplace Safety

3/31/2007
Common Sense on Obtaining a Passport

3/20/2007
Justice for Our Wounded Warriors

3/8/2007
Common Sense On: Congressional Internships

3/8/2007
Livestock Producers Deserve Fair Markets

2/23/2007
No Child Left Uninsured

2/23/2007
Common Sense on Foster Care

2/14/2007
Taking Prevention to Heart

1/30/2007
Common Sense on the Conservation Security Program

1/25/2007
Energizing Rural America

1/9/2007
Dr. King’s timeless call for unity

12/19/2006
Congress Salutes an Iowa Hero

12/19/2006
Common Sense On: Quitting Smoking

12/7/2006
A Bipartisan New Beginning

12/1/2006
Common Sense on Air Travel During the Holidays

11/29/2006
Reach Out to a Soldier

11/16/2006
Freedom from Want

11/14/2006
Common Sense on Thanksgiving Food Safety

10/31/2006
Common Sense on Obtaining Veterans' Military Medals

10/31/2006
Doing Right by Our Veterans

10/11/2006
Common Sense On: Breast Cancer Awareness

9/29/2006
Helping Seniors Out of the Donut Hole

9/20/2006
Buying "Bio" - Good for Iowa and America

8/30/2006
A Call to Preserve Labor’s Gains

8/25/2006
Shaping the Next Farm Bill

8/8/2006
The Iowa State Fair - A Blue Ribbon in Fun

7/28/2006
Common Sense on Keeping Kids Safe on the Internet

7/28/2006
Iowans’ Taste for the Freshest Food Boosts Local Farmers Markets

7/10/2006
Getting Serious about Biofuels

6/23/2006
The American Dream Lives

5/17/2006
Honoring America’s Fallen Heroes

5/2/2006
Common Sense on Reading Nutrition Labels

4/20/2006
Common Sense on Severe Storm Safety

4/20/2006
Celebrating Earth Day 2006

4/13/2006
Keeping Faith with Samantha

3/31/2006
Speaking Up for Human Rights

3/31/2006
Common Sense on Voter Registration

3/22/2006
Common Sense on: Obtaining a Social Security Card

3/15/2006
Smart Choices, Healthy Lives

3/10/2006
Celebrating the Contributions of Iowa Women

3/7/2006
Common Sense on Congressional Internships

3/2/2006
Common Sense on the World Trade Organization

2/24/2006
An Unconscionable Retreat in the War on Meth

2/21/2006
Common Senate on tax credits that help make Iowa’s businesses accessible to all

2/13/2006
Black Heroes Close to Home

2/8/2006
Taking Prevention to Heart

2/6/2006
Rebuilding main street, the heart of Iowa

1/26/2006
Medicare’s flawed prescription

1/13/2006
Dr. King’s Timeless Call for Unity

12/19/2005
When We Volunteer, Everybody Wins!

12/15/2005
Common Sense on Long-Term Care

12/7/2005
Common Sense on Healthy Living during the Holidays

12/7/2005
Take a Stand Against Drunk Driving

12/1/2005
You Can Afford College!

11/22/2005
Common Sense on Efficiently Heating your Home

11/15/2005
Fighting Avian Flu

11/10/2005
Common Sense on Tips for a Safe Turkey – And a Happy Thanksgiving

10/25/2005
Common Sense on Fire Safety

10/20/2005
Let’s Not Leave Iowans Out in the Cold

10/11/2005
Employing People with Disabilities: Doing Well by Doing Good

10/3/2005
Healthy Lifestyles: Iowans Show the Way

9/23/2005
Be Prepared

7/22/2005
Common Sense on: Sun Safety

7/19/2005
The Americans with Disabilities Act: 15 Years of Progress

6/28/2005
Saluting and Supporting Our Veterans

6/10/2005
Common Sense on Home Safety

6/3/2005
Active Communities, Healthy Iowans

5/27/2005
For Ethanol, the Future is Now

5/19/2005
Energize Your Life!

5/3/2005
How Congress Writes a Budget

4/27/2005
Access to Health Care: A Right, Not a Privilege

4/22/2005
Earth Day 2005

4/20/2005
Fighting Meth with Tanks-A-Lock

4/8/2005
Veterans Left Behind

4/5/2005
Common Sense on: Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) or Mad Cow disease

3/28/2005
Senator Tom Harkin Common Sense on: USDA Grants for Value-Added Businesses

3/14/2005
Iowa Agriculture: Full Steam Ahead

3/7/2005
Common Sense on: Soybean Rust

3/4/2005
Let’s Keep Social Security Strong

2/7/2005
Confronting the Meth Crisis

2/1/2005
Internships – An Insider’s View of Congress

1/26/2005
Biobased Products Make the Grade

1/19/2005
A New Year’s Wish for Wellness

1/10/2005
Dr. King's Message of Unity

1/10/2005
Tax Credits That Reward Work

12/15/2004
Common Sense On Avoiding Holiday Travel Troubles

11/14/2004
Hunger Amidst Plenty

11/12/2004
Reminders for Fellow Hunters

11/10/2004
Common Sense On: Quitting Smoking

10/27/2004
Breast Cancer Awareness Year Round

10/27/2004
Common Sense on: Flu Vaccines By Senator Tom Harkin

10/6/2004
Common Sense on the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program

10/1/2004
Reading, ’Riting, ’Rithmatic – and Don’t Leave Out Recreation

9/7/2004
Common Sense On: Voting

9/4/2004
Harkin Grants for Public Schools: Apply Now!

8/30/2004
Drinking and Driving – DON’T!

8/24/2004
Overtime Work Deserves Overtime Pay

8/19/2004
The Life You Save May Be Your Own

8/5/2004
Deficits Do Matter!

8/4/2004
Iowa State Fair – Blue Ribbon in Fun

7/16/2004
It's About Ability

6/24/2004
Flying the Flag on the Fourth

6/7/2004
Primer on Passports

6/2/2004
Providing Healthier Alternatives at School

5/17/2004
Honoring Fallen Heroes

5/13/2004
Eating Out, Eating Smart

5/7/2004
Common Sense on Severe Storm Safety

5/5/2004
Iowans Deserve Access to Affordable, Quality Health Insurance

5/3/2004
On Mother’s Day, “Thank You” Is Not Enough

4/27/2004
Common Sense on: Summer Savings at the Pump

4/9/2004
Equal Pay for Equal Work

3/16/2004
Smart Choices, Healthy Lives

3/10/2004
Celebrating Agriculture and Family Farms

3/2/2004
You Can Afford College!

2/18/2004
Winter Fitness – It’s Hot!

2/13/2004
Dr. King’s Dream is Our Dream

2/2/2004
Taking Prevention to Heart

1/29/2004
Fight Back Against Fraud

12/19/2003
Common Sense On: Healthy Living During the Holidays

12/12/2003
When We Volunteer, Everybody Wins!

12/4/2003
Take a Stand Against Drunk Driving

11/25/2003
Progress for Americans with Disabilities

11/20/2003
Common Sense on the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program

11/12/2003
Answering the Alarm for Iowa’s Firefighters

11/7/2003
Common Sense on Quitting Smoking

11/4/2003
Honoring America’s Veterans

10/28/2003
Don’t Nickle-and-Dime Our Troops!

10/21/2003
Common Sense On: Prevention Comes in Flu Shots

10/16/2003
Reminders for Fellow Hunters

10/10/2003
Common Sense On: Breast Cancer Awareness

10/9/2003
Harkin Grants for Public Schools: Apply Now!

9/20/2003
Meeting the Growing Security Needs of our Communities

9/1/2003
Ensuring Good Nutrition in Iowa Schools

8/1/2003
Exploring the Many Destinations of Iowa

7/21/2003
Americans with Disabilities Act: Strengthening Iowa’s Communities

6/26/2003
Food Safety Tips

6/18/2003
INDEPENDENCE DAY: HONORING THOSE WHO HAVE SERVED

4/18/2003
Iowa: Commemorating Earth Day Every Day

4/6/2003
Saluting the Men and Women of our Armed Forces

4/4/2003
Saluting the Contributions of Women

2/28/2003
Don’t Forget April 1 Farm Program Deadline

10/11/2002
Health Security for Rural America

10/4/2002
Protecting Women from Breast Cancer

9/27/2002
Extra Help for Rural Schools

9/20/2002
Preserving Stories of America’s Heroes

9/6/2002
9-11: America Remembers

8/27/2002
TEST NEWS ITEMPlease ignore

8/20/2002
Protecting Iowans from the West Nile Virus

8/2/2002
Investing in Lifesaving Medical Research

7/26/2002
Independent Living for Iowans with Disabilities

7/18/2002
Supporting Iowa's Family Caregivers

7/11/2002
Making College Loans More Affordable

6/25/2002
Honoring All of America's Veterans on Independence Day

6/11/2002
Iowa History in the U.S. Capitol

6/6/2002
Protecting Seniors from Fraud

5/31/2002
Farm Bill Energy Title

5/31/2002
Farm Bill Boosts Rural Economy

5/31/2002
Farm Bill Puts Iowa First

5/31/2002
New Farm Bill Boosts Conservation

5/20/2002
Honoring America's Veterans

5/13/2002
New Farm Bill Invests in Rural America

5/6/2002
Honoring Our Nation's Heroes

4/26/2002
Promoting Safe Motherhood

4/16/2002
Iowa's Women Deserve Equal Pay

4/11/2002
Packer Ownership Ban Good For Family Farmers

4/4/2002
Working for Safe and Drug Free Communities

3/26/2002
INVESTING IN IOWA'S TEACHERS AND NURSES

3/11/2002
Health Security for Rural and Small Town America

3/1/2002
Mammography - Is It Effective?

2/21/2002
Two September 11 Heroes

2/14/2002
Protecting Worker Pensions

2/6/2002
Health Care for Iowa's Veterans