Ranking Member's Press

09.30.10

New Harkin Report: For-Profit Colleges Offer High Debt, Few Diplomas

WASHINGTON, D.C. - A new report released today by Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee Chairman Tom Harkin (D-IA) reveals that more than half of students at many for-profit colleges will drop out within the first two years, most likely with significant loan debt. The companies themselves, however, are raking in record profits largely comprised of taxpayer dollars. The report concludes that under current law, for-profit schools can be extremely profitable while failing … Continue Reading


08.12.10

Senate Leaders Release Manager’s Package of The FDA Food Safety Modernization Act

August 12, 2010 Senate Leaders Release Manager's Package of The FDA Food Safety Modernization Act Six Senate leaders have been negotiating in good faith: Senate Health, Education Labor and Pensions Committee Chairman Tom Harkin (D-IA), Ranking Member Mike Enzi (R-WY), authors of The FDA Food Safety Modernization Act Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Judd Gregg (R-NH) and lead cosponsors Chris Dodd (D-CT) and Richard Burr (R-NC). The bill is supported by dozens of industry and consumer organizations i… Continue Reading


08.12.10

Senate Leaders Release Manager’s Package of The FDA Food Safety Modernization Act

August 12, 2010 Senate Leaders Release Manager's Package of The FDA Food Safety Modernization Act Six Senate leaders have been negotiating in good faith: Senate Health, Education Labor and Pensions Committee Chairman Tom Harkin (D-IA), Ranking Member Mike Enzi (R-WY), authors of The FDA Food Safety Modernization Act Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Judd Gregg (R-NH) and lead cosponsors Chris Dodd (D-CT) and Richard Burr (R-NC). The bill is supported by dozens of industry and consumer organizations i… Continue Reading


08.12.10

Statement of Chairman Tom Harkin (D-IA) on the Food Safety Manager's Package

STATEMENT OF CHAIRMAN TOM HARKIN (D-IA) ON THE FOOD SAFETY MANAGER'S PACKAGE WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA), Chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, today issued the following statement on the manager's package for The FDA Food Safety Modernization Act. Harkin has been working on a bipartisan basis with HELP Committee Ranking Member Mike Enzi (R-WY), authors of the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Judd Gregg (R-NH) and lead… Continue Reading


08.04.10

Following GAO Investigation on For-Profit College Recruiting, Chairman Harkin to Issue Document Request for 30 For-Profit Schools

WASHINGTON, D.C.  - Following the second oversight hearing of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, Chairman Tom Harkin (D-IA) today announced that he will initiate a document request to 30 companies operating for-profit schools.  The announcement came at the end of the Committee’s hearing today titled “For-Profit Schools: The Student Recruitment Experience.”  This is the second in a series of hearings conducted by the Committee to examine the federal investment in f… Continue Reading


08.04.10

At the HELP Committee Hearing

"This is the second in a series of hearings by this Committee focusing on the growing federal investment in for-profit colleges and universities. "This industry has grown at an extraordinary pace. Over the last ten years, enrollment has increased from 600,000 students to two million students. Federal financial aid to students at for-profits has ballooned from $4.6 billion a decade ago to more than $23 billion, today. The question is: what is driving the explosive growth in this industry? … Continue Reading


07.26.10

Chairman Harkin Holds a Panel Discussion on the 20th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act

Chairman Harkin holds a panel discussion on the 20th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, "The ADA -- Looking Back, Looking Ahead." Click here to view archive webcast of the panel discussion.… Continue Reading


07.23.10

Statement of Chairman Tom Harkin (D-IA) on New Education Department “Gainful Employment” Regulations

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) today issued the following statement after the U.S. Department of Education released proposed regulations on the definition of "gainful employment." "Preparing students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation" is used in the Higher Education Act as one of the eligibility requirements that most for-profit programs, and many less than two year non-profit programs, must meet to receive federal student aid. It is expected that the proposal wil… Continue Reading


07.21.10

At the HELP Committee Hearing “Treating Rare and Neglected Pediatric Diseases: Promoting the Development of New Treatments and Cures”

"Good morning, everyone. We meet today to discuss a profoundly important issue: the lack of effective treatments for rare and neglected diseases. "In addition to my role as chair of this committee, I also serve as chair of the Appropriations subcommittee that funds health initiatives. In that capacity, I have had no higher priority than to ensure appropriate funding for biomedical research into diseases such as cancer, heart disease and Alzheimer's. I am proud of my role in doubling fundi… Continue Reading


07.15.10

Harkin Statement on New DOL 401(k) Fee Disclosure Regulation

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA), Chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, released the following statement today regarding the Department of Labor's (DOL) new regulation on 401(k) fee disclosure. "I commend the Department of Labor for its efforts to shed light on excessive 401(k) fees. As more and more people rely on their 401(k) plans for retirement, it is crucial that workers have all the information they need to make sound investment deci… Continue Reading


07.14.10

Harkin Statement on Avandia FDA Advisory Panel Recommendation

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA), Chairman of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, released the following statement regarding a review by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) of potential risks associated with the drug AVANDIA (rosiglitazone maleate), which is a medication manufactured by GlaxoSmithKline to treat type 2 diabetes mellitus. FDA is evaluating data, submitted in August 2009, from a large, long-term clinical study called the Rosiglitazone Ev… Continue Reading


07.14.10

Harkin’s Vision of Preventive Care, Decades in the Making, Becomes Reality

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA), Chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, released the statement below following today's announcement that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will require new private health plans to cover evidence-based preventive services and to eliminate co-pays and deductibles for preventive care. Senator Harkin, who has championed the use of preventive health measures as a means to reduce health care costs for… Continue Reading


07.09.10

Harkin Applauds Creation of Committee to Focus on Criteria for Medically Underserved Communities

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA), Chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, applauded the appointment of a committee to review and update the criteria used to define Medically Underserved Populations (MUPs) and Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs). The formation of the committee was announced today by Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius, and was established by the Affordable Care Act, the health care reform bill. "The … Continue Reading


07.08.10

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07.07.10

Harkin Statement on the Appointment of Joshua Gotbaum to Head the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA), Chairman of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, released the following statement today after President Obama appointed Joshua Gotbaum as Director of the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC). Mr. Gotbaum's nomination was unanimously approved by the Senate HELP Committee in January of this year. "Today, American families are facing serious challenges in retirement. Leadership at the PBGC, whose mission is insuring and … Continue Reading


07.07.10

Harkin: FDA Takes the First Steps Toward Implementing Menu Labeling; Helping Consumers Make Healthy Choices

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA), Chairman of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, released the following statement regarding an announcement made today by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that it is opening a docket to solicit comments on how to proceed with the menu labeling requirements in the recently passed health reform bill, The Affordable Care Act. "By opening this docket to comment today, FDA is taking a significant step in our long-fought effo… Continue Reading


07.07.10

Harkin Welcomes Appointment of Donald Berwick to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA), Chairman of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, today issued the following statement after President Obama appointed Donald Berwick as Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. "Dr. Berwick is a recognized pediatrician, a talented Harvard professor and one of the nation's most respected voices for improving the health care delivery system. His work through the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI)… Continue Reading


06.30.10

Harkin: National Prevention, Health Promotion and Public Health Council Report Demonstrates Comprehensive Approach to Wellness

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA), Chairman of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, released the following statement today on the first report submitted to Congress by the new National Prevention, Health Promotion and Public Health Council. The Council was created under the recently passed health reform bill, The Affordable Care Act, and is a core component of the Prevention and Public Health title, which Harkin crafted. Today's report summarizes the actions t… Continue Reading


06.29.10

Statement of Chairman Tom Harkin (D-IA) at the HELP Committee Hearing to Examine the Continuing Needs of Workers and Communities Affected by 9/11

"I welcome everyone to this important hearing. Nine years ago this September, two planes were flown into the World Trade Center, and the twin towers fell. In a burst of flame and debris, nearly 3,000 people were killed. And all of our lives were changed forever. "We will never forget the images burned into our memories of people running in terror, covered head to toe in grey ash. We will never forget the brave heroes who were running in the opposite direction - the police and firefighters… Continue Reading

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