Ranking Member's Press

04.03.14

Harkin: New CDC Report Shows Alarming Spike in E-Cigarette Poisonings

WASHINGTON, D.C.-Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA), Chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, released the following statement today in response to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) showing that poison control centers reported a major spike in calls involving e-cigarette poisonings, increasing from one per month in September 2010 to 215 per month in February 2014. Poisoning from e-cigarettes involves the liquid containing nicotin… Continue Reading


04.03.14

Harkin, Durbin, Cummings: More Coordination Needed In Federal Oversight of For-Profit College Industry

WASHINGTON, D.C.-Today, U.S. Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA)-Chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee-and U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) introduced legislation that would improve coordination between federal agencies that oversee the for-profit college industry. Through the establishment of an interagency oversight committee, the Proprietary Education Oversight Coordination Improvement Act aims to improve enforcement of federal laws and regulations, while increa… Continue Reading


04.02.14

Harkin Statement on Senate Approval of Portia Wu to Serve as Assistant Secretary of Labor for Employment and Training

WASHINGTON, D.C.-Today, Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA), Chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, issued the following statement after Portia Wu was approved unanimously by the Senate to serve as the Assistant Secretary of Labor for Employment and Training. Wu was approved by the Senate HELP Committee in February 2014. "As the economic recovery continues, one of the most important things we can do to support American workers is to give them the tools and resourc… Continue Reading


04.01.14

Passage of Children’s Hospital Medical Education Bill Sends 13th Bipartisan HELP Bill to President’s Desk

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 U.S. House of Representatives approved the Children's Hospital GME Support Reauthorization Act(CHGME), sending the bill to President Obama's desk for signature. Harkin, Ranking Member Lamar Alexander (R-TN), and Committee Members Robert P. Casey, Jr. (D-PA), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), and Johnny Isakson (R-GA) led the effort t… Continue Reading


04.01.14

Harkin Statement on Senate Approval of Christopher Lu to Serve as Deputy Secretary of Labor

WASHINGTON, D.C.-Today, Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA), Chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, issued the following statement after Christopher Lu was approved unanimously by the Senate to serve as the Deputy Secretary of Labor. Lu was approved by the Senate HELP Committee in February 2014. "Helping ordinary working Americans is at the heart of the work the Department of Labor does every day, and thanks to the strong leadership of the Obama Administration we … Continue Reading


04.01.14

Harkin: More Than Seven Million Enrolled For Affordable, Quality Health Care

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 news that more than seven million Americans had enrolled in quality, affordable health coverage through the federal and state Marketplaces created under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) by yesterday's deadline. As Chairman of the HELP Committee, Harkin played a pivotal role in the passage of the ACA. "Today's enrollment numbers … Continue Reading


03.31.14

Harkin, Senate Democrats Urge Navy Secretary to Prohibit Tobacco Sales at Naval Bases, Aboard Ships

WASHINGTON, D.C.- In a letter to U.S. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus, Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA), Chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, joined a group of four other senators in urging the department to prohibit the sale of tobacco products at naval bases and aboard ships, a move the department is currently considering. Harkin was joined by U.S. Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Jack Reed (D-RI), and Sherrod Brown (D-OH). … Continue Reading


03.27.14

Harkin: Six Million … And Growing

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 news that more than six million Americans have enrolled in quality, affordable health coverage through the federal and state Marketplaces created under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). As Chairman of the HELP Committee, Harkin played a pivotal role in the passage of the ACA. "Today's enrollment numbers show us that the promise … Continue Reading


03.27.14

Statement of Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) At the HELP Committee Hearing: “Strengthening the Federal Student Loan Program for Borrowers”

"Today's hearing is the eighth in our series examining critical issues in postsecondary education as the Committee looks to reauthorize the Higher Education Act. The topic we will discuss today is of central importance, and will remain a primary focus of federal policy going forward: strengthening our federal loan programs to ensure they're working well for students and families. "Since the passage of the National Defense Education Act in 1958, the federal government has played a role in helpin… Continue Reading


03.26.14

White House Report: Women Make Up More Than Half of Workers Who Would Benefit From Harkin-Miller Proposal to Raise Minimum Wage to $10.10

WASHINGTON, D.C.-Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA), Chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, released the following statement today in response to a new report from the White House that highlights why the Harkin-Miller proposal to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 is important for women and how it will help reduce poverty among women and families, as well as help to make progress toward closing the gender pay gap. "Every day, millions of hardworking Americans are s… Continue Reading


03.25.14

Harkin, Six Senate Democrats Call on FDA to Regulate E-Cigarettes and Other Nicotine Delivery Products

WASHINGTON, D.C.-Amidst mounting evidence that the emerging market of new nicotine delivery products poses serious public health and consumer protection issues, Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA), Chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, joined six of his fellow senators today in calling on the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to move quickly to regulate the rapidly evolving market of e-cigarettes and other nicotine products, saying: "It's time for the FDA to stop… Continue Reading


03.25.14

Statement of Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) At the HELP Committee Hearing: “Teacher Preparation: Ensuring a Quality Teacher in Every Classroom”

"This is the seventh in a series of hearings to inform this committee's reauthorization of the Higher Education Act. The focus of today's hearing, teacher preparation, is profoundly important for all students, from the very youngest to our adult students. "Study after study shows that teacher quality is the decisive in-school factor in boosting student achievement. Today, we have too few students who have access to highly effective teachers - teachers who can help ensure that our low-income s… Continue Reading


03.25.14

Harkin: Allowing Private Employers to Limit Personal Health Care Decisions for Employees Would Set a Dangerous Precedent

WASHINGTON, D.C.-Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA), Chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, released the following statement today as oral arguments began at the Supreme Court in the cases of Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. and Conestoga Wood Specialties Corp. v. Sebelius. On the basis of the religious views of their owners, both corporations oppose giving women the freedom to access the contraceptive benefits provided under the Affordable Care Act. "Provid… Continue Reading


03.24.14

Harkin-Roberts Bill to Enable Charities and Cooperatives to Continue to Offer Pensions Clears Congress, Heads to President’s Desk

WASHINGTON, D.C.-Bipartisan legislation authored by U.S. Senators Tom Harkin (D-IA) and Pat Roberts (R-KS) that would make it easier for charities and cooperatives to continue to offer pensions to their employees has cleared both houses of Congress and will be signed into law by the President. The Cooperative and Small Employer Charity Pension Flexibility Act of 2013 will ensure that charitable and cooperative associations are not swept into the Pension Protection Act of 2006 (PPA) funding rules… Continue Reading


03.21.14

Harkin: Health Reform Has Brought $105 Million in Prescription Drug Savings, Free Preventive Services to Thousands of Iowa Seniors

WASHINGTON, D.C.- Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA), one of the authors of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), today applauded the news from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) that thousands of Iowa Medicare beneficiaries, including seniors and people with disabilities, have collectively saved more than $105 million on prescription drugs since the enactment of the health reform law. More than 414,000 Medicare beneficiaries in Iowa also received at least one free preventive service in 201… Continue Reading


03.21.14

Harkin, Coauthor of the Affordable Care Act, Marks Fourth Anniversary by Urging Iowans to Enroll Before March 31

WASHINGTON, D.C.- Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA), one of the authors of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), today commemorated the anniversary of the law's enactment by urging Iowans to enroll in quality, comprehensive health insurance coverage for 2014 before March 31. Already, more than five million Americans-including more than 15,000 Iowans-have signed up for health care plans through the Marketplaces. Earlier this week, Harkin released a public service announcement to help spread the word in Iowa ab… Continue Reading


03.21.14

Harkin: Civil Rights Data Demonstrates Need for Policies That Ensure High-Quality Education for All Students

WASHINGTON, D.C.-U.S. Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA), Chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, issued the following statement today after the Department of Education (ED) released its Civil Rights Data Collection for the 2011-2012 school year. Among other findings, ED's new civil rights data show widespread educational disparities in U.S. public schools, particularly for students with disabilities and students of color. Students with disabilities and students … Continue Reading


03.18.14

Harkin Joins 194 Members of Congress in Bicameral Letter Calling for Executive Order Protecting LGBT Workers from Workplace Discrimination

WASHINGTON, D.C.-U.S. Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA), Chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, today joined Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR) and Representative Jared Polis (D-CO) in sending a letter signed by 195 Senators and Representatives to President Barack Obama calling on him to issue an executive order banning contractors from receiving federal government contracts unless they have a policy prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender iden… Continue Reading


03.14.14

Harkin Statement on Department of Education’s Proposed Gainful Employment Rule

WASHINGTON, D.C.-U.S. Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA), Chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, today released the following statement regarding the Department of Education's proposed gainful employment rule: "I am grateful the Secretary moved forward with the re-regulation of this important rule. Based on what I've seen so far, however, I once again have serious concerns with this proposed rule's ability to protect students and taxpayers from costly programs th… Continue Reading


03.13.14

Child Care Bill is 17th Bipartisan HELP Committee Bill to Clear Senate in 113th Congress under Chairman Harkin's Leadership

MEMO The Child Care and Development Block Grant Act of 2014, passed by the U.S. Senate today, is the 17th bipartisan bill in the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee's jurisdiction to pass the Senate in the 113th Congress under Chairman Tom Harkin's leadership. Eleven of these bills have already been signed into law. These achievements are particularly significant in a Senate that has struggled as a result of Republican obstructionism. "The members of the HELP Committ… Continue Reading

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