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Bipartisan law to improve compounded drug safety

Bipartisan law to improve compounded drug safety

WASHINGTON, Nov. 20 (UPI) -- One year after more than 60 died and 750 were sickened by fungal meningitis, the U.S. Senate passed a law to help ensure compound drug safety, officials say.

Senate to debate gay-rights job bill

WASHINGTON, Nov. 5 (UPI) -- U.S. House Speaker John Boehner says he opposes a Senate bill to be debated Tuesday outlawing workplace bias based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

Senate approves five NLRB nominees

WASHINGTON, July 30 (UPI) -- The U.S. Senate voted Tuesday to confirm five executive branch nominees to the National Labor Relations Board.
Officials to renew push for conversion to dollar coins

Officials to renew push for conversion to dollar coins

WASHINGTON, July 29 (UPI) -- Despite public resistance the push to convert to a $1 coin from a $1 bill is returning in the United States, proponents of the measure said.
Bipartisan Senate group strikes deal on federal student loan rates

Bipartisan Senate group strikes deal on federal student loan rates

WASHINGTON, July 18 (UPI) -- A bipartisan group of senators formally revealed a plan Thursday that would provide a long-term fix to student loan rates, setting a 8.25 percent ceiling.

Perez nomination as labor secretary advances in Senate

WASHINGTON, July 17 (UPI) -- The U.S. Senate Wednesday voted 60-40 to end debate on the nomination of Thomas Perez, clearing the way for his confirmation as secretary of labor.

Senate committee OKs ban on LGBT workplace discrimination

WASHINGTON, July 10 (UPI) -- A U.S. Senate committee Wednesday voted in favor of a bill banning workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.
Senate kills bill to reset student loan rate at 3.4 percent

Senate kills bill to reset student loan rate at 3.4 percent

WASHINGTON, July 10 (UPI) -- The U.S. Senate Wednesday failed to break a GOP filibuster, killing a bill that would have maintained a 3.4 percent interest rate on student loans for one year.

Stafford student loan rates on path to double next week

WASHINGTON, June 27 (UPI) -- Interest rates on some new federal student loans appear destined to double next week, U.S. senators say, with a Monday deadline looming.
Rep. King won't run for Senate seat being vacated by Harkin

Rep. King won't run for Senate seat being vacated by Harkin

DES MOINES, Iowa, May 4 (UPI) -- U.S. Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, will not run for the U.S. Senate seat now occupied by the retiring Democrat, Tom Harkin.
Entitlement cuts raise liberal hackles

Entitlement cuts raise liberal hackles

WASHINGTON, March 13 (UPI) -- U.S. President Barack Obama told House Republicans balancing the budget is not his top priority, lawmakers said after meeting with the president Wednesday.

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Senate Dems unveil sequester alternative

WASHINGTON, Feb. 14 (UPI) -- U.S. Senate Democrats Thursday presented a $110 billion alternative to the looming sequester that raises $55 billion in new revenue through the Buffett Rule.
Politics 2013: Is it 2014 already?

Politics 2013: Is it 2014 already?

It's never too early to look ahead to the 2014 midterm elections for the U.S. Congress -- and retirements could throw a couple of monkey wrenches into party challenges.
NICOLE DEBEVEC, United Press International

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Tom Harkin
Pennsylvania Sen. Arlen Specter (R) is greeted by Sen. Tom Harkin, D-IA, during a Senate Appropriations Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies Subcommittee hearing on the public health response to the Swine Flu on Capitol Hill in Washington on April 28, 2009. Specter announced today he is switching from Republican to Democrat. (UPI Photo/Roger L. Wollenberg)
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Thomas Richard "Tom" Harkin (born November 19, 1939) is the junior United States Senator from Iowa and a member of the Democratic Party. Harkin is currently the most senior junior senator. First elected to the Senate in 1984, Harkin was a candidate for his party's presidential nomination in 1992, and is currently chairman of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions.

Harkin was born in Cumming, Iowa. His father, Patrick Harkin, an Irish American was a coal miner and his mother, Frances, was a Slovene immigrant who died when he was ten. He still maintains his childhood house, where he and his five siblings were raised without hot running water or a furnace. He attended Dowling Catholic High School which is currently located in West Des Moines, Iowa. Harkin attended Iowa State University on a Navy R.O.T.C. scholarship and was a member of Delta Sigma Phi fraternity. He graduated with a degree in government and economics in 1962, and served in the United States Navy as an active-duty jet pilot from 1962 to 1967. Harkin was stationed at Naval Air Facility Atsugi in Japan, where he ferried aircraft to and from the airbase that had been damaged in the Vietnam War and in operational and training accidents. He was also stationed for a time at Guantanamo Bay, where he flew missions in support of U-2 planes reconnoitering Cuba. After leaving active duty in 1967, he spent three years in the Ready Reserves, and transitioned into the Naval Reserves in 1970. He retired in 1989 with the rank of commander.

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