April 12, 2010
Luther College students, faculty and staff will have an opportunity to learn more about U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin’s objectives for federal programs and funding for higher education in his new role as chair of the HELP (Health, Education, Labor and Pensions) Committee Tuesday, April 27, at 2:30 p.m. in the Center for Faith and Life recital hall.
The session with Harkin’s staff member Linda Lucy is open to the public, and all members of the Winneshiek Community are invited to attend. There will be time allotted for a questions-and-answer session.
First founded in 1869 as the Committee on Education, HELP is currently comprised of three subcommittees that have a broad jurisdiction over our country’s health care, education, employment and retirement policies.
Additional subject matters that fall within the jurisdiction of the HELP committee include measures relating to aging, agricultural colleges, arts and humanities, child labor and numerous others. In recent news, the committee played an instrumental role in the passing of the landmark package of student lending reforms, increasing college affordability. The HELP Committee also played a significant role in passing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the Senate-passed comprehensive health reform measure.
Harkin is serving his fifth term in the Senate and is a member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, the Committee on Appropriations and the Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship.