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Tom Harkin

Once Again, Inaction at the FDA, Now With a New Class of Drugs, Hurts Consumers

Paul Alexander | Posted 07.10.2014 | Politics
Paul Alexander

Recently, Phil DeLuca, a retired Long Island Railroad worker, was profiled on a national news television program. Suffering from a potentially fatal red blood cell deficiency, he receives a weekly shot of Procrit. Simple enough, but that shot costs a staggering $1,500, of which his co-pay is $196.

Fear Of Voting Grips Senate Democratic Chiefs

AP | ANDREW TAYLOR | Posted 06.27.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — A fear of voting has gripped Democratic leaders in the Senate, slowing the chamber's modest productivity this election season to a...

Tyler Kingkade

Senators Eye New Penalties For Colleges Mishandling Sexual Assault Cases

HuffingtonPost.com | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 06.27.2014 | College

WASHINGTON -- Multiple senators made it clear this week they believe the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights needs new ways to puni...

Senate Democrats Propose Huge Change For Private Student Loans

The Huffington Post | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 06.25.2014 | Politics

Legislation unveiled by Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) Wednesday as part of a larger higher education package would allow private student loans to be discha...

Senators Urge Ban On E-Cigarettes On Airplanes

Reuters | Posted 06.10.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON, June 10 (Reuters) - E-cigarette use should be banned on domestic flights and those to or from the United States, seven U.S. senators sai...

Why For-Profit Colleges Target Veterans

Alexandra Rice | Posted 06.03.2014 | College
Alexandra Rice

In recent years, for-profit colleges and universities (such as the University of Phoenix) have heavily recruited veterans to become students. These institutions have a vested financial interest in doing so.

Should Colleges Get Money From Banks To Steer Students Into Bank Accounts?

The Huffington Post | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 05.23.2014 | College

A group of lawmakers in both the House and the Senate presented legislation Thursday to prevent financial institutions from paying colleges and univer...

Joy Resmovits

Sweeping New Bill Seeks To Help Students With Disabilities, But It May Not Go Far Enough

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 05.23.2014 | Politics

The bipartisan overhaul of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act trumpeted in Washington, D.C. Wednesday includes provisions aimed to help stud...

Joy Resmovits

Here's One Thing The House Of Representatives Can Overwhelmingly Agree On

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 05.09.2014 | Politics

Even as some question the need to increase charter school funding, the U.S. House of Representatives -- in a rare show of bipartisanship -- voted to d...

Senate Appears Poised To Sink Minimum Wage Bill

Posted 06.30.2014 | Politics

By ALAN FRAM, The Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) -- Hemmed in by solid Republican opposition, the Senate seems ready to hand a fresh defeat to Pr...

Shahien Nasiripour

U.S. Knew Sallie Mae Cheated Service Members On Student Loans, But Renewed Contract Anyway

HuffingtonPost.com | Shahien Nasiripour | Posted 04.29.2014 | Politics

Federal investigators discovered evidence showing Sallie Mae cheated active-duty military service members on their federal student loans at least two ...

Why Are Many Members of Congress Among the Few Americans That Can Retire?

Jane White | Posted 06.22.2014 | Politics
Jane White

If we can't reform our system, we at least need to communicate to baby boomers that they need to stay at their decently-paying jobs at least another decade, rather than "retiring" and ending up taking part-time, benefit-less minimum-wage jobs to try to make ends meet.

More Probes, Oversight (And Dress Codes) for Predatory For-Profit Colleges

David Halperin | Posted 06.03.2014 | Business
David Halperin

The for-profit college industry is lobbying furiously to prevent the Obama Administration from issuing a strong "gainful employment" rule that would cut off aid to career training programs that consistently leave students with insurmountable debt.

Dave Jamieson

Tom Harkin Asks For One Last Raise Before Retirement

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 04.03.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Tom Harkin keeps a copy of a D.C. restaurant worker's paycheck in his Capitol Hill office. The Democrat likes to talk about it when...

Boosting Social Security Benefits

Max Richtman | Posted 06.02.2014 | Politics
Max Richtman

Momentum continues to build inside and outside the halls of Congress to reverse course on the single-minded quest to cut Social Security benefits which has dominated our political discourse for years.

Moderate Democrats Open To Lower Minimum Wage Hike

The Huffington Post | Dave Jamieson | Posted 04.01.2014 | Politics

Already facing heavy Republican opposition, congressional Democrats who support raising the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour now find themselves beatin...

Elizabeth Warren Grills Obama Administration On Sallie Mae Contract Renewal

Reuters | Posted 05.27.2014 | Politics

(Adds comment by Sallie Mae spokeswoman) By Elvina Nawaguna WASHINGTON, March 27 (Reuters) - U.S. lawmakers on Thursday ...

Democratic Senate Candidate Faces Harsh Criticism Over Farmer Comments

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 03.26.2014 | Politics

Rep. Bruce Braley (D-Iowa), who is running to succeed retiring Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), faced tough local coverage Tuesday after critical comments he...

Two Dozen Business Leaders To Storm Capitol Hill For Minimum Wage Increase

The Huffington Post | Shadee Ashtari | Posted 03.26.2014 | Politics

Two dozen of the nation’s top business leaders will gather on Capitol Hill on Wednesday and Thursday to rally support behind the Fair Minimum Wage A...

March: Women's History Month -- and the Winter of Our Retirement Discontent

Karen Friedman | Posted 05.25.2014 | Fifty
Karen Friedman

There's an old saying, "A woman's work is never done." We think that women should have a right to see that their work is done -- and they should have sufficient income to enjoy the fruits of their labors and to retire in dignity.

Ryan J. Reilly

Dem Senator Says Obama Civil Rights Nominee Would Have Been Confirmed If He Was White

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 03.06.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) took to the Senate floor Wednesday night to slam fellow senators for what he called their "shameful" vote to bl...

Dave Jamieson

How A Minimum Wage Boost Could Save $46 Billion

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 03.05.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- If Congress hikes the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour and ties it to inflation, it could reduce federal spending on food stamp benefits ...

Rick Perry Reveals When He'll Be 'More Interested In 2016'

The Huffington Post | Chris Gentilviso | Posted 03.01.2014 | Politics

Texas Gov. Rick Perry deflected 2016 presidential race questions in Iowa this week, insisting that his trip was to support Gov. Terry Branstad (R). ...

Joy Resmovits

These Students Want College Degrees, But They're Getting Left Behind

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 02.27.2014 | College

When he was a kid, Will Farrior was "just like your average child and student making A's and B's while participating in extracurricular activities," t...

Re-Learning Education

James Moore | Posted 04.28.2014 | Education
James Moore

For-profit and online education, however, are consistently under attack for costs and quality of education, and the inevitable question is whether a profit motive detracts from educational standards.