Ranking Member's Press

11.19.14

Harkin, Alexander Applaud Passage of Bipartisan Ebola Treatments Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C.- Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA), Chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, and Ranking Member Lamar Alexander (R-TN) today applauded HELP Committee approval of the Adding Ebola to the FDA Priority Review Voucher Program Act. "As the U.S. continues to respond to Ebola, it is critical that we are doing all we can to get life-saving treatments to those impacted by the disease," Harkin said. "The bill approved today will help to accomplish that by … Continue Reading


11.19.14

Harkin Applauds Passage of Bipartisan Infant Health Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C.- Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA), Chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, today applauded HELP Committee approval of the Sudden Unexpected Death Data Enhancement and Awareness Act. "Every year tens of thousands of families suffer the unimaginable loss of a child due to stillbirth, sudden unexpected infant death, or sudden unexplained death in childhood. By passing the Sudden Unexpected Death Data Enhancement and Awareness Act, we are taking imp… Continue Reading


11.19.14

Harkin Applauds HELP Committee Approval of EEOC and Department of Labor Nominees

WASHINGTON, D.C.- Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA), Chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, today applauded HELP Committee approval of two Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) nominees, two Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission nominees, and a Department of Labor (DOL) nominee. "I am pleased that the HELP Committee approved these well-qualified nominees." Harkin said. "Equal opportunity, safe workplaces, and worker protections are essential … Continue Reading


11.17.14

Harkin, Alexander, Mikulski, Burr Applaud Senate Passage of Bipartisan Bill to Help American Families Access Safe, Affordable, and Quality Child Care

WASHINGTON, D.C.-U.S. Senators Tom Harkin (D-IA), Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), and Richard Burr (R-NC) today applauded Senate passage of the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) Act of 2014, a bipartisan reauthorization that will expand access to and improve the quality of child care for the more than 1.5 million children and families that benefit from the federal child care subsidy program. The law has been due for reauthorization since 2002. Harkin and Alexander … Continue Reading


11.17.14

Harkin Statement on PBGC Annual Report

WASHINGTON, D.C.-Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA), Chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, released the following statement today on the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation's (PBGC) 2014 Annual Report. Congress requires the agency to provide the Annual Report so that policymakers and the general public have a better understanding of the health of PBGC and the private pension system. The HELP Committee is responsible for the oversight of the PBGC. "For millions… Continue Reading


11.13.14

Harkin Applauds Passage of Bipartisan Bills Aimed at Preventing Skin Cancer and Strengthening Traumatic Brain Injury Programs

WASHINGTON, D.C.-Today, Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA), Chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, applauded Congressional passage of two bipartisan health bills: the Sunscreen Innovation Act and the Traumatic Brain Injury Reauthorization Act of 2014. Led by Harkin as chairman, both bipartisan bills were passed by the HELP Committee and the full Senate in September. With House passage today, both bills now head to the President's desk for his signature and are se… Continue Reading


11.13.14

Harkin: CDC Study Shows Decline in Youth Tobacco Consumption; Rise in E-Cigarette Use

WASHINGTON D.C. - Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA), Chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, today issued the following statement as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released the 2013 National Youth Tobacco Survey. The survey shows that tobacco use among young people is decreasing, while e-cigarette use among high school students has tripled between 2011 and 2013. "While it is encouraging to see that tobacco use is declining amongst America'… Continue Reading


11.13.14

Harkin Statement on Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Nominees

WASHINGTON, D.C.- Today, Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA), Chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, delivered the following statement at the HELP Committee hearing on two Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) nominees. The EEOC nominees include P. David Lopez, nominated to serve as General Counsel, and Charlotte Burrows, nominated to serve as a Member of the EEOC. Harkin praised the nominees, urging swift approval and emphasizing the important role the E… Continue Reading


11.12.14

Harkin Statement Regarding Efforts to Ensure A Fully Functioning National Labor Relations Board

WASHINGTON, D.C. -Today, Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA), Chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, released the following statement on today's announcement from the White House regarding the administration's withdrawal of Sharon Block's nomination to serve on the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). "It is truly unfortunate that Sharon Block, a dedicated public servant, will not have this opportunity to serve on the National Labor Relations Board at the presen… Continue Reading


11.12.14

Harkin, Alexander Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Help with Development of Ebola Treatments

WASHINGTON, D.C. -Today, Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA), Chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, and Ranking Member Lamar Alexander (R-TN), along with several other HELP Committee cosponsors introduced a bill to incentivize the development of treatments and vaccines for Ebola by adding the disease to the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) priority review voucher program, an initiative designed to help speed the development of new drugs for neglected tropical … Continue Reading


11.07.14

Harkin: October Jobs Report Shows Continued Positive Economic Growth

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA), Chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, today released the following statement on the October employment report showing that the economy added 214,000 jobs last month, with the national unemployment rate continuing to decrease, falling from 5.9 percent to 5.8 percent, its lowest point in six years. "The October jobs report represents yet another indication that our economy continues to grow and is moving in t… Continue Reading


10.30.14

Harkin, Durbin, Murphy, Cummings on Department of Education's Final Gainful Employment Rule and For-Profit Task Force Announcement

WASHINGTON, D.C.-U.S. Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA), Chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Chris Murphy (D-CT), and Representative Elijah Cummings (D-MD) today released the following statement regarding the Department of Education's final gainful employment rule: "As Chairman of the HELP Committee, I led a two-year investigation to determine if students attending for-profit colleges were being offered a path to gainful emp… Continue Reading


10.28.14

Harkin, Alexander Will Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Speed Development of Ebola Treatments

WASHINGTON, D.C. -Today, Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA), Chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, and Ranking Member Lamar Alexander (R-TN) announced their intention to introduce a bill to speed the development of treatments and vaccines for Ebola by adding Ebola to FDA's priority review "voucher" program, a program at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) designed to incentivize the development of new drugs for neglected tropical diseases. Currently Ebola is n… Continue Reading


10.24.14

Harkin Marks 20th Anniversary of Bill to Protect Consumers, Clarify Regulation for the Dietary Supplement Industry

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) released the following statement marking the 20th anniversary of the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994 (DSHEA) this week. The law, championed by Harkin and Senator Orin Hatch (R-UT), aimed to help the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) protect consumers from unsafe dietary supplements and boost FDA's accountability. "As more Americans take charge of their health, it is critical that we provide them access to safe, properly labeled … Continue Reading


10.07.14

Harkin Statement on Department of Labor Announcement Concerning Implementation of Home Care Labor Rule

WASHINGTON, D.C. -Today, Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA), Chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, released the following statement in response to the announcement that the Wage and Hour Division at Department of Labor will move forward with implementing the final rule to provide minimum wage and overtime protections under the Fair Labor Standards Act to home care workers, but will also institute temporary delays in administrative enforcement. The rule will go in… Continue Reading


10.07.14

Fourteen Attorneys General Support Harkin, Durbin, Cummings Bill to Improve Federal Oversight of For-Profit College Industry

WASHINGTON, D.C.-Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA), Chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, was joined by Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Representative Elijah Cummings (D-MD) today in announcing that fourteen Attorneys General from around the country have expressed support for their legislation to improve coordination between federal agencies that oversee the for-profit college industry. Given the financial collapse of Corinthian Colleges, Inc., which has left 7… Continue Reading


10.03.14

Harkin Calls for Omnibus Bill When Senate Returns

WASHINGTON, D.C. -Today, Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA), Chairman of both the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services and Education (the LHHS subcommittee) and the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, released the following statement calling for an Omnibus bill to provide sufficient resources to all federal agencies on the frontlines of controlling Ebola and other infectious diseases as well as lifting the post-sequester caps that return next … Continue Reading


10.03.14

Harkin: September Jobs Report Shows Continued Economic Growth

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA), Chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, today released the following statement on the September employment report showing that the economy added 248,000 jobs last month, with the national unemployment rate continuing to decrease, falling from 6.1 percent to 5.9 percent, its lowest point in six years. "Today's jobs report is a strong reminder that our economy is on the right track. With 55 straight months of j… Continue Reading


09.30.14

Harkin Statement On CDC Announcement of Ebola Case in Texas

WASHINGTON, D.C.-Today, Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA), Chairman of both the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee and the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services and Education (the LHHS subcommittee), released the following statement after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced that an individual who had traveled recently in Liberia has been diagnosed with Ebola in Dallas, Texas, the first Ebola case diagnosed in the Uni… Continue Reading


09.24.14

Democratic House, Senate Leaders Release New Report Identifying Hundreds of Tobacco, E-Cigarette Ads and Images in Magazines with High Teen Readership

WASHINGTON, D.C.-Today, Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA), Chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, joined seven House and Senate Democrats in releasing a new report that found that hundreds of tobacco advertisements and images glorifying smoking and e-cigarettes appear in magazines with large teen readerships. The report finds that "tobacco companies continue to glamorize smoking in advertisements in magazines with large youth readership" and that "magazines freq… Continue Reading

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