Senator in position to guide oversight, creation, and funding of health care and research programs
Senator Tom Harkin of Iowa recently assumed the chairmanship of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, the position long held by the late Senator Edward M. Kennedy. The move gives Harkin, who will also continue to lead the Senate Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies (Labor-HHS) Appropriations Subcommittee, significant control over the oversight, creation and funding of health care programs and health research.
Harkin has been a leading voice on issues such as tobacco control and prevention, federal funding of stem cell research, biomedical research funding, and wellness and disease prevention.
As Congress continues to grapple with health care reform, Harkin will work closely with Senator Chris Dodd (D-Conn.), who led the HELP Committee during much of the year in Kennedy's absence, and who will continue to play a leading role as health care legislation moves to the Senate floor.
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