Ranking Member's Press

11.01.13

HELP Committee-Led Effort to Improve Access to Emergency Epinephrine in Schools Heads to President’s Desk

WASHINGTON, D.C.-A bill to improve access to emergency epinephrine in schools-unanimously approved by the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee this week-has passed both chambers of Congress and will now go to the President's desk to be signed into law. HELP Committee Chairman Tom Harkin (D-IA), a sponsor of the measure, applauded the news in a statement today: "For a student with severe allergies, ready access to epinephrine can mean the difference between life and de… Continue Reading


10.31.13

Statement of Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) At the HELP Committee Hearing: “Attaining a Quality Degree: Innovations to Improve Student Success”

*As Prepared for Delivery* "Today's hearing is the second in our series to examine critical issues in postsecondary education as the Committee looks to reauthorize the Higher Education Act. The topic we'll discuss today is of great interest to policymakers and the public: innovation in higher education. Though we've spent time previously in this Committee discussing the role of innovation, much of that conversation has centered on college affordability. While college affordability is of para… Continue Reading


10.30.13

Harkin Hails Senate Passage of Bipartisan Legislation to Allow NIH to Support Retired Medical Chimpanzees

Senate HELP Committee Passed Legislation Unanimously Earlier Today; Harkin Has Also Supported Policy in His Role as Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee Overseeing NIH Funding WASHINGTON, D.C.-U.S. Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA), Chairman of the Senate HELP Committee, today hailed the Senate passage of bipartisan legislation that will ensure that chimpanzees owned or supported by the National Institutes of Health (NIH)-that are no longer used for medical research-can continue to receiv… Continue Reading


10.30.13

Harkin Applauds CDC Guidance on Managing Food Allergies in Schools

Food Allergy Guidelines are Required by the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act, Which Harkin Helped Author Just Today, Senate HELP Committee Approved Legislation to Improve Access to Emergency Epinephrine in Schools WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) today applauded new voluntary guidelines for schools and early care centers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) regarding the management of food allergies in schools. The voluntary guidelines are required by th… Continue Reading


10.30.13

Harkin Statement on HELP Committee Approval of Department of Education, EEOC Nominations

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 the HELP Committee approved two nominees-Michael Keith Yudin and James Cole Jr. - to serve at the Department of Education, and one nominee-Chai Feldblum- to serve at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). Yudin and Cole would serve as Assistant Secretary for Special Education and Rehabilitative Services and General Co… Continue Reading


10.30.13

Harkin Announces HELP Committee Passage of Six Bipartisan Bills

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 r… Continue Reading


10.29.13

Harkin Applauds Senate Confirmation of Richard Griffin to Serve as General Counsel to the National Labor Relations Board

WASHINGTON, D.C.-Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA), Chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, today issued the following statement after the Senate approved the nomination of Richard Griffin to serve as General Counsel to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). Griffin's nomination was cleared by the Senate HELP Committee in September. "The National Labor Relations Board is the guardian of rights enshrined in the National Labor Relations Act, including the right… Continue Reading


10.29.13

Senate Advances Nomination of Richard Griffin to Serve as General Counsel to the National Labor Relations Board

WASHINGTON, D.C.-Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA), Chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, today issued the following statement after the Senate voted to advance the nomination of Richard Griffin to serve as General Counsel to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). Griffin's nomination was approved by the Senate HELP Committee in September. "The NLRB is divided into two independent sides: the Board side which adjudicates and interprets the law, and the Gener… Continue Reading


10.29.13

Statement by Senator Tom Harkin on the Nomination of Richard Griffin as NLRB General Counsel

WASHINGTON, D.C.-Last night, Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA), Chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee delivered a speech on the floor of the Senate on the nomination of Richard Griffin to serve as General Counsel of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). Following is the full text of his remarks, as prepared for delivery. "Mr. President, today we are voting to proceed to consider the nomination of Dick Griffin to serve as General Counsel of the National Lab… Continue Reading


10.28.13

Harkin Welcomes Upcoming Senate Vote on Bipartisan Employment Non-Discrimination Act

WASHINGTON-Today, Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) released the following statement in response to an announcement by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid that the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), a bill that would prohibit workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, would soon come to the full Senate for a vote. Harkin, as Chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, oversaw the bipartisan passage of ENDA in the Committee this July.… Continue Reading


10.24.13

Recall of Sterile Products from Specialty Medicine Compounding Pharmacy Highlights Urgency of Compounding Legislation

WASHINGTON, D.C.-Yesterday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced a voluntary recall of certain sterile products supplied by Specialty Medicine Compounding Pharmacy in South Lyon, Michigan because "unidentified particulate matter was found floating in a sterile product from the same lot as products that may have been administered to patients at a Michigan hospital," according to the FDA. The agency is recommending that health care providers immediately discontinue the use of any … Continue Reading


09.28.13

Broad Range of Stakeholders Agree: Bipartisan, Bicameral Drug Quality and Security Act Will Improve Drug Safety, Should be Enacted As Soon As Possible

WASHINGTON, D.C.-A broad range of stakeholders has endorsed the Drug Quality and Security Act, legislation introduced by Senate and House health policy leaders this week to address high-risk drug compounding practices and secure the pharmaceutical supply chain. The bill would improve drug safety and help prevent a future public health crisis like the 2012 meningitis outbreak tied to the New England Compounding Center. Leaders for the Congressional health committees-Senate HELP Committee Chairma… Continue Reading


09.28.13

HELP Committee Members Call for Senate Passage of Drug Quality and Security Act

WASHINGTON, D.C.-A bipartisan group of Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee senators-Chairman Tom Harkin (D-IA), Ranking Member Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Senator Al Franken (D-MN), Senator Pat Roberts (R-KS), Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO), and Senator Richard Burr (R-NC)-today applauded the House passage of legislation to help ensure the safety of compounded drugs and to track all prescription drugs from the time they are manufactured to the moment they are picked up at t… Continue Reading


09.26.13

Harkin, Durbin, Rockefeller, Waxman, and Members of Congress Call on E-Cigarette Makers to Explain Marketing Tactics Targeting Kids

Use of new nicotine delivery devices is on the rise among children and teens WASHINGTON, D.C.-Following new information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) showing a dramatic increase in the use of e-cigarettes among children and youth, twelve members of Congress-including Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Chairman Tom Harkin (D-IA)-today called on nine e-cigarette makers to provide additional information regarding the sale, distribution, labeling, and m… Continue Reading


09.26.13

Harkin Unveils Report on the ‘ADA Generation,’ Offers Bold Steps to Improve Employment of Young People with Disabilities and Fully Realize the ADA’s Promise of Equality

Harkin Report Shines Spotlight on Barriers to Employment, Sets High Goal for Increasing Workforce Participation of the 'ADA Generation' WASHINGTON, D.C.-U.S. Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA), Chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, today released a report on the 'ADA Generation'-the young men and women who have come of age since the Americans With Disabilities Act was enacted-that offers bold steps to improve the employment of these young Americans as they seek … Continue Reading


09.25.13

Bipartisan Group of HELP Committee Senators Introduce Legislation to Address High-Risk Drug Compounding Practices and Secure the Pharmaceutical Supply Chain

WASHINGTON, D.C.-A bipartisan group of Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee senators-Chairman Tom Harkin (D-IA), Ranking Member Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Senator Al Franken (D-MN), Senator Pat Roberts (R-KS), Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO), and Senator Richard Burr (R-NC)-today announced that they have reached agreement with House health policy leaders on legislation to help ensure the safety of compounded drugs and to track all prescription drugs from the time they are ma… Continue Reading


09.25.13

Senate, House Health Policy Leaders Announce Bipartisan, Bicameral Legislation to Address High-Risk Drug Compounding Practices and Secure the Pharmaceutical Supply Chain

WASHINGTON, D.C. -Leaders from the Senate and House committees overseeing health policy today announced that they have reached an agreement on legislation to help ensure the safety of compounded drugs and our nation's pharmaceutical supply chain. This legislation, the Drug Quality and Security Act, reflects a bipartisan, bicameral effort to improve drug safety and help prevent a future public health crisis like the 2012 meningitis outbreak tied to the New England Compounding Center. "Plain and … Continue Reading


09.25.13

In Floor Speech, Harkin Defends Affordable Care Act Benefits

Congressional Republicans propose to reduce the deficit by - increasing deficits? WASHINGTON, D.C. - As the debate over funding of the government continues, Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA), Chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, today took to the floor of the U.S. Senate to make a strong defense of the Affordable Care Act. "This is the most inexplicable part of this debate," said Harkin. "Republicans have played the Washington stage for all it's worth over … Continue Reading


09.25.13

Harkin: New Health Insurance Marketplace Will Offer Health Care Choice and Affordability to Iowans

Iowa's Marketplace Will Offer Residents an Average of 39 Qualified Health Plan Choices WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) today released the following statement in response to a new report from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) showing that Iowa's soon-to-open health insurance marketplace, created as a result of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), will offer Iowans health insurance choice and affordability. The report from HHS indicates that individuals in Iowa… Continue Reading


09.24.13

Statement of Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) At the HELP Committee Hearing: “U.S. Efforts to Reduce Healthcare-Associated Infections”

*As Prepared for Delivery* "In the late 1970s, a group of researchers began to examine reports of patient deaths and injuries caused by anesthesia. They found wide variation in quality, and a disturbing incidence of medical errors, leading to 6,000 deaths or serious injuries annually. ABC's "20/20" news program covered the study, and the modern patient safety movement was born. "We are meeting today because, more than 30 years later, safety and quality in health care facilities remains a p… Continue Reading

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