WASHINGTON, D.C.—U.S. Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA), Chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, released the following statement after the Committee approved six bipartisan bills at an executive session today. Two of the bills – the Streamlining Claims Processing for Federal Contractor Employees Act and the School Access to Emergency Epinephrine Act— have previously passed the U.S. House of Representatives. If they are approved by the full Senate, they will go right to President Obama to be signed into law.
“I am encouraged by the legislation coming out of the HELP Committee – every initiative is a testament to what Congress can achieve when we work across party lines to enact meaningful legislation,” said Harkin. “These initiatives approved today will support a range of important programs in our hospitals, schools, in senior communities, and beyond. I thank Ranking Member Alexander and all of the members who made these bipartisan accomplishments possible.”
At an executive session today, the Committee approved: