Senate Democrats supported rule that led to insurance cancellations
October 31st, 2013
06:38 PM ET
9 months ago

Senate Democrats supported rule that led to insurance cancellations

Washington (CNN) - Senate Democrats voted unanimously three years ago to support the Obamacare rule that is largely responsible for some of the health insurance cancellation letters that are going out.

In September 2010, Senate Republicans brought a resolution to the floor to block implementation of the grandfather rule, warning that it would result in canceled policies and violate President Barack Obama’s promise that people could keep their insurance if they liked it.

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Filed under: Charles Grassley • Health care • Healthcare • Obamacare • Senate • Senate Democrats • Tom Harkin
Harkin endorses Obama's new path on Syria
September 15th, 2013
08:37 PM ET
11 months ago

Harkin endorses Obama's new path on Syria

(CNN) – Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, appears to be pleased with the latest developments in the effort to rid Syria of its chemical weapons

The senator, who was outspoken about his strong hesitation to give President Barack Obama congressional authorization for unilateral strikes, credited the president with the latest turn toward diplomacy.
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Filed under: Joe Biden • Syria • Tom Harkin
Progressive groups planning Social Security push
July 24th, 2013
12:35 PM ET
1 year ago

Progressive groups planning Social Security push

(CNN) – A coalition of progressive groups claiming to represent millions of Americans is planning a multi-state effort urging the expansion of Social Security benefits.

The Progressive Change Campaign Committee (PCCC) and Democracy For America (DFA say they will be joined by several other groups including MoveOn.org in putting out a series of TV and online ads planned for the near future.
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Filed under: Congress • Mark Begich • Senate • Social Security • Tom Harkin
Possible new candidate in key 2014 Senate battle
Democratic Sen. Tom Harkin will retire after his term is up, paving the way for a 2014 open Senate race in Iowa.
February 28th, 2013
11:33 AM ET
1 year ago

Possible new candidate in key 2014 Senate battle

(CNN) – Add a new name to what's shaping up to be one of the most crucial U.S. Senate showdowns next year.

Iowa Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds said Thursday that she's considering a bid for the seat of longtime Democratic Sen. Tom Harkin, who late last month announced that he wouldn't run in 2014 for a sixth term in office.
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Filed under: Iowa • Senate • Tom Harkin
No deadlock over headlocks
February 15th, 2013
02:38 PM ET
1 year ago

No deadlock over headlocks

(CNN) - They wrangle over nearly everything else, but members of Congress from both parties have found agreement on one topic: Olympic wrestling.

Senators and representatives from both parties stood in agreement Friday against the International Olympic Committee's decision to take wrestling to the mat, eliminating the sport from the games starting in 2020. They introduced resolutions urging the IOC to reinstate it and called on the United States Olympic Committee to "work actively to reverse this decision."
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Filed under: Al Franken • Chuck Grassley • Jim Inhofe • Sherrod Brown • Tim Walz • Tom Harkin
Vilsack not running for Senate in Iowa
February 15th, 2013
02:22 PM ET
1 year ago

Vilsack not running for Senate in Iowa

(CNN) – U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, a former two-term Iowa governor, will not seek retiring Democratic Sen. Tom Harkin's seat in 2014, according to Democratic officials.

Soon after Harkin announced his decision to retire at the end of his term, Vilsack's name was floated among others as a potential Democratic candidate for the seat.
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Filed under: Iowa • Senate • Tom Harkin • Tom Vilsack
Rep. Latham considering a run for Senate in Iowa
February 4th, 2013
08:09 PM ET
1 year ago

Rep. Latham considering a run for Senate in Iowa

(CNN) - Republican Rep. Tom Latham is mulling a run for Senate in Iowa to replace retiring Democrat Tom Harkin, but cautioned that "it's way early" to announce any decision.

Latham told reporters that fellow Iowa GOP Rep. Steve King's decision on whether he'll run for the seat will have no impact on his own deliberations.
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Filed under: Iowa • Senate • Steve King • Tom Harkin
Sen. Harkin, Iowa Democrat, won't seek 6th term
January 26th, 2013
11:42 AM ET
2 years ago

Sen. Harkin, Iowa Democrat, won't seek 6th term

(CNN) - Sen. Tom Harkin, a Democrat who has represented Iowa in the U.S. Senate since 1984, will not seek re-election in 2014.

"I have the privilege to be able to make this decision on my own terms, which not everyone can, and I'm deeply grateful to the people of Iowa that I do have that opportunity. I've been extremely fortunate," he said in a written statement, adding he does not "by any means plan to retire completely from public life at the end of this Congress."
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Filed under: Iowa • Tom Harkin
Harkin: Democrats unhappy; "We may object" to suggested deal
December 31st, 2012
11:13 AM ET
2 years ago

Harkin: Democrats unhappy; "We may object" to suggested deal

Washington (CNN) - Sen. Tom Harkin, a veteran Democrat and a leading liberal voice, told CNN Monday that he and other Democrats may try to block the fiscal cliff deal that's being furiously negotiated ahead of the year-end deadline.

"They think Republicans may object? We may object," Harkin told CNN.
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Filed under: Fiscal Cliff • Tom Harkin
Political Circus: Harkin's gaga for Lady Gaga
January 20th, 2011
01:32 PM ET
4 years ago

Political Circus: Harkin's gaga for Lady Gaga

Washington (CNN) - Politics is serious business - but not all of the time.

Harkin's 'Poker Face'

Democrats are learning that music sensation Lady Gaga's presence brings in a younger demographic, media coverage and lots of money. The Hill reports that Sen. Tom Harkin, a Democrat from Iowa, will be raising funds at a Gaga concert in February.
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Filed under: Lady Gaga • Political Circus • Tom Harkin
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