WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) today unveiled a new website documenting his record of legislative achievements and work on behalf of Iowans over a 40-year Congressional career. Since the day he entered Congress in 1975, Harkin has worked tirelessly to create a ladder of opportunity for Iowans, Americans, and millions more around the world.

Harkin has led the passage of some of the landmark laws of the past quarter-century. He has transformed the landscape for people with disabilities and created farm and renewable energy policy to ensure Iowa has one of the most vibrant economies and highest quality of life in the country. With the enactment of the Affordable Care Act, Harkin's leadership has made, for the first time, keeping Americans healthy and preventing illness a key part of the health care system.

The new website also looks at Harkin's 27 years of outstanding bipartisan leadership as Chairman of three Senate committees. As chair of the Labor, Health and Human Services Appropriations Subcommittee, Harkin has overseen the spending priorities for half of all non-security discretionary spending. His leadership has advanced issues from innovative scientific and medical research, to job training and early childhood education. As Chairman of the Agriculture Committee, he led two farm bills to enactment - each with overwhelming bipartisan votes. Similarly, the website documents the Harkin record as chair of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, passing 18 bills into law in the current Congress. Harkin's HELP Committee has been the most productive Senate committee during the least productive Congress in 60 years.

Harkin's many priorities over his career are united by the common goal of helping to make our country, and the world, more fair and just, and to ensure that every American has the chance to reach his or her potential. His work has ranged from distinctive achievements in the realm of international human rights, to the creation of new economic opportunities for Iowans. Harkin's leadership ensures that Iowa's workforce is healthy and well-educated, that quality infrastructure promotes a high quality of life, and that businesses and farmers have the infrastructure necessary to move their products quickly, safely, and affordably to markets.

Des Moines, IA - US Sen. Tom Harkin issued the following statement after the Iowa Senate debate tonight:

"Bruce Braley was the clear winner of tonight's debate. Bruce did a great job showing Iowans who he is and what he stands for - someone who grew up in small town Brooklyn, Iowa, worked hard to put himself through college, and has never forgotten where he's come from. Bruce showed a command of the issues that matter to Iowans and demonstrated clearly that he'll never stop working to stand up for Iowa in the US Senate."
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WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) today announced that 12 community health centers in Iowa have been awarded a total of $2,776,851 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to increase access to primary care ?services for Iowans. Harkin has been a staunch advocate of these centers and the services they provide through his dual role as both chair of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee and the Senate Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Subcommittee that funds community health centers.

"Community health centers are a critical part of Iowa's health care system and on the front lines of providing care to more than 181,000 Iowans every year," said Harkin. "I have long fought to support the creation of community health centers because I know these facilities provide crucial healthcare for Iowa families in need. I congratulate these centers on today's funding and I look forward to improving access to health care for Iowans who lack access to affordable, comprehensive health insurance."

The health centers listed below are expected to hire 61 additional workers who will assist an estimated 12,135 new patients in Iowa with services, including extending facility hours and new services such as oral health, mental and behavioral health, pharmacy, and/or vision services.

Throughout his career, Harkin has worked to expand community health centers in Iowa by providing vital resources to ensure that all Iowans have access to affordable, quality health care. Under Harkin's leadership, national funding for CHCs has tripled from $496 million in 1989 to $1.5 billion in 2014. Building on this long legacy of expanding annual funding for community health centers, Harkin also successfully included an $11 billion Community Health Centers Fund in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to significantly expand the number of sites that provide preventative health services and primary care in underserved communities across the nation.  During this time, Harkin's support has helped to increase the number of CHCs in Iowa from only 2 in 1989 to 14 in 2014.  These centers now serve Iowans at over 85 different clinics throughout the state.

Details of the funding are below:

All Care Health Center - $209,876

Community Health Center, Inc.- $298,818

Community Health Center of Fort Dodge, Inc. - $205,432

Community Health Centers of Southeastern Iowa, Inc. - $242,114

Community Health Centers of Southern Iowa, Inc. - $211,212

Crescent Community Health Center -$205,714

Greater Sioux Community Health Center, Inc. - $196,584

Linn Community Care - $200,702

Primary Health Care, Inc. - $299,292

Proteus, Inc. - $195,767

River Halls Community Health Center, Inc. - $246,132

Siouxland Community Health Center, $265,208


Two Years After Harkin Report Revealed Questionable Business Practices in For-Profit College Industry

Top Eight For-Profit Colleges Received $2.9 Billion in Post-9/11 G.I. Bill Funds Between 2009 and 2014 and Nearly 25 Percent of all Post-9/11 GI Bill Funds Last School Year; Seven of Top Eight For-Profit Colleges Receiving Post-9/11 G.I. Bill Benefits Are Under State or Federal Investigation


WASHINGTON, D.C.?Two years after a landmark investigation into the for-profit college industry revealed a host of serious problems, including poor student outcomes and high debt burdens, a new report by the majority staff of Chairman Tom Harkin's (D-IA) Senate HELP Committee shows that for-profit colleges are collecting billions of taxpayer dollars from veterans using their Post-9/11 G.I. Bill benefits. Although overall student enrollment has decreased at each of the eight top for-profit Post-9/11 G.I. Bill beneficiaries, their enrollment of veterans has dramatically increased?anywhere from 61 to 657 percent?during the same period.

The Post-9/11 G.I. Bill, which went into effect in 2009, provides veterans with up to $19,200 a year in education benefits for four years. The HELP Committee's new report raises concerns, given that the previous Committee investigation revealed that many for-profit schools utilize aggressive and often questionable marketing and recruiting tactics, provide programs of questionable value, and often cost far more than comparable programs offered at public schools.  These findings have provided the underpinnings of a nationwide series of investigations and lawsuits by dozens of state Attorneys General and federal enforcement agencies.

"More and more veterans are enrolling in high cost for-profit programs of questionable quality, while the share of veterans enrolling in community colleges and state universities is shrinking," Harkin said. "While the Post-9/11 G.I. Bill was designed to expand educational opportunities for our veterans and servicemembers, I am concerned that it is primarily expanding the coffers of the big corporations running these schools. It is evident that more needs to be done to ensure that veterans and servicemembers, who have sacrificed so much for our nation, are receiving a quality education?and that taxpayer dollars aren't wasted on shoddy programs.

"This report, including the findings that $186 million of veteran benefits were squandered and thousands of veterans will be impacted by the failure of Corinthian Colleges, must be a wake-up call for anybody concerned about our nation's veterans," Harkin added. "Eight institutions, nearly all of which are under investigation by federal and state law enforcement for questionable business practices, received almost a quarter of all Post-9/11 G.I. Bill dollars last year. It is clear that all stakeholders, and especially Congress, must take action to better protect our nation's military families."

"On too many basic measures of value, for-profit colleges fail to meet minimum standards.  The recent collapse of Corinthian Colleges should serve as a warning to students to think twice before enrolling in these schools and to taxpayers who are subsidizing these schools often up to 90% of their total revenue," said Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL), author of the Protecting Our Students and Taxpayers (POST) Act, which would include Post-9/11 GI Bill funding in the current federal 90/10 rule. "By leaving open a loophole that allows Post-9/11 GI bill funding to go unaccounted for, we are incentivizing for-profit education companies to aggressively market to and enroll veterans.  The results laid out in Chairman Harkin's report show that unfortunately these predatory tactics are working.  We need to close this loophole."

"Today's report should be a wake-up call to the federal government. It's a serious problem that Post-9/11 G.I. Bill dollars are often inflating these companies' revenues instead of actually providing a meaningful education to the men and women who earned those benefits. The Post-9/11 G.I. Bill should benefit our veterans and their families?not companies like Corinthian that's gotten $186 million in G.I. Bill funds but is now undergoing bankruptcy proceedings," said Senator Chris Murphy, a member of the HELP Committee. "The bottom line is that the federal government can't sit back and let some for-profit colleges get away with deceptive practices that rob our veterans of their education and military benefits in order to pad profits. We need to act now."

The investigation released today shows that taxpayers are paying twice as much for a veteran to attend a for-profit college as a public college.  For-profit colleges received $1.7 billion in Post-9/11 G.I. Bill benefits in the 2012-2013 school year, nearly as much as the total cost of the program just four years earlier. Eight of the top ten recipients of Post-9/11 G.I. Bill federal funds are large, publicly-traded companies that operate for-profit colleges. Those companies have received $2.9 billion in taxpayer dollars to enroll veterans in these schools over the past 4 years, including 23 percent?or $975 million?of all Post-9/11-G.I. Bill benefits in 2012-13.

Additional findings from the report include :

Veteran enrollment at for-profit colleges is skyrocketing relative to enrollment at public colleges, with for-profit colleges collecting billions in Post-9/11 G.I. Bill funds:

·         While the total number of veterans attending all colleges on the Post-9/11 G.I. Bill grew rapidly between 2009-10 and 2012-13, both the number of veterans attending for-profit colleges and the amount of benefits these colleges received increased more than in other sectors of higher education.
  • The percentage of veterans attending a public college declined from 62 percent in 2009 to just 50 percent in 2013.  During the same period, the percentage of veterans enrolling in for-profit colleges increased from 23 to 31 percent of total enrollees.

Taxpayers continue to fill the coffers of for-profit colleges: today's report revealed that many of these companies rely on a loophole and use these benefits to meet a requirement that they not receive more than 90 percent of revenues from the federal college aid programs. Programs at for-profit colleges are also often far more expensive than comparable programs at public schools:


  • Taxpayers are paying twice as much on average to send a veteran to a for-profit college for a year compared to the cost at a public college or university ($7,972 versus $3,914).
  • Some large companies that operate for-profit colleges appear increasingly dependent on continued receipt of Post-9/11 G.I. Bill funds to comply with the federal "90/10" requirement, designed to ensure the companies and the schools are not overly dependent on federal education resources. A loophole in federal law allows for-profit colleges to consider funds from the Post 9/11-G.I. Bill and the Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) on the "10 percent" side, as non-federal funds. However, at least four of the companies receive an estimated 43 to 63 percent of their "10 percent" revenues from Post-9/11 G.I. Bill benefits.
  • Amongst the top recipients of Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits is Corinthian Colleges, Inc.  Corinthian received $186 million in Post-9/11 G.I. Bill funds from 2009 to 2013, yet recently announced it was in such severe financial distress that it would close or sell all campuses.  In all, seven of the eight companies are currently under investigation by state attorneys general or federal agencies for deceptive and misleading recruiting or other possible violations of federal law.

Further, students at these for-profit colleges, as shown in Harkin's 2012 report, withdraw from school at a high rate, frequently take on significant debt, and are often left with meager job prospects that leave them unable to repay their loans:


  • The federal government does not currently track how veterans are performing at different colleges.  However, overall student outcomes provided by the companies to the HELP Committee for students enrolling between 2008 and 2009 demonstrate reason for concern.  Up to 66 percent of students who enrolled in the for-profit colleges currently receiving the most Post-9/11 G.I. Bill benefits withdrew in that school year without a degree or diploma.
  • Between 39 and 57 percent of the programs offered by four of the companies receiving the most Post-9/11 G.I. Bill benefits would fail to meet the proposed gainful employment rule thresholds, suggesting that the students who attend these institutions do not earn enough to pay back the debt they take on.

Harkin's HELP Committee led a two year investigation into the for-profit college industry, culminating with the release of For Profit Higher Education: The Failure to Safeguard the Federal Investment and Ensure Student Success, an extensive final report. The investigation found that for-profit colleges were the largest recipients of Post-9/11 G.I. Bill benefits and that many in the for-profit sector targeted veterans and servicemembers with manipulative and misleading marketing campaigns, offered educational programs that were far more expensive than comparable public programs, and failed to provide enrollees with necessary support services.

The final report similarly underscored the questionable value of many for-profit programs, revealing that the majority of associate's and bachelor's degree students at for-profit colleges left school with debt but no diploma, while those that did graduate were often unable to find employment that allowed them to pay back their often-sizeable student loan debt. The report showed that students at for-profit colleges accounted for nearly half of all federal student loan defaults.

The full report can be seen here. The appendices to the report can be seen here and here.


In case you missed it, the front page of today's Roll Call features a profile on Senator Harkin's work as HELP Committee Chairman to get a number of bipartisan bills to the President's desk.  In particular, the article says the following of Harkin's work:

The retiring five-term senator ? who hails from a vastly more productive era ? might seem at first blush an unlikely candidate to break through in the most dysfunctional Congress ever. Harkin is an unabashed Midwestern liberal. But he's also proved adept at reaching across the aisle on issues that don't always make the front pages ? such as the Workforce Investment Act reauthorization ? a major overhaul heading to the president's desk.

When the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act is signed by the President, as he has indicated he will do, it will be the fourteenth bill in the HELP Committee's jurisdiction under the leadership of Chairman Harkin to have become law in the 113th Congress.

The full article can be found here or below.


For more information, please contact Senator Harkin's Press Office at (202) 224-3254.

Harkin's HELP Committee Shows Off the Lost Art of Legislating

By Niels Lesniewski and Humberto Sanchez

July 15, 2014, 5:01 a.m.

Ask Sen. Tom Harkin about his committee's work this Congress and he's ready to rattle off a key statistic.

"Fourteen bills. More than any other committee in the Congress. Fourteen bills signed into law."

The retiring five-term senator ? who hails from a vastly more productive era ? might seem at first blush an unlikely candidate to break through in the most dysfunctional Congress ever. Harkin is an unabashed Midwestern liberal. But he's also proved adept at reaching across the aisle on issues that don't always make the front pages ? such as the Workforce Investment Act reauthorization ? a major overhaul heading to the president's desk.

To hear Harkin tell it, much of the opportunity for success comes from having an old-school legislator as a partner.

"First of all, I have a good ranking member in Lamar Alexander. While we disagree on things, we're able to work together and find common ground and get it done," the Iowa Democrat said. Alexander, who became the top Republican on the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee this Congress, learned the ropes under a fellow Tennessean, the late Majority Leader Howard Baker.

"That's just it. We just work. It takes work. It takes time," Harkin said last week, as leaders in both parties hailed the WIA.

It also takes discipline.

Harkin rejected the idea of adding an unemployment extension he and other Democrats supported to the re-authorization. "We worked five years on it and it's a good bill and we are not going to let it get screwed up by anything," Harkin said when the bill headed to the floor.

Alexander said the HELP committee has a history of focusing on areas where common ground between the parties can be achieved, including under the leadership of the previous chairman, the late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy.

"I'm proud of the progress we've made and I'll give Sen. Harkin a good deal of the credit," Alexander said. "Ideologically, we are very different, but we both know that our job is to get a result where we can. We have a huge jurisdiction. Sen. Kennedy used to say that we have about 40 percent of the jurisdiction of the Senate. And I think we've produced more legislation that has been reported to the floor and become law than any other committee."

The House cleared the workforce investment agreement with an overwhelming 415-6 vote on July 9.

"The Workforce Investment Act had been stuck, literally, for 10 years. And finally, especially due to the work of Sen. Murray and Sen. Isakson, it passed," Alexander said, lauding Sens. Patty Murray, D-Wash., and Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., for running point.

"I think what you saw was both of us sit down and work with our counterparts across the aisle to find common ground and achieve something that was really important to our country. And that is how we work," Murray said.

Alexander also highlighted the work of longtime committee members Barbara A. Mikulski, D-Md., and Richard M. Burr, R-N.C., who helped pass the Child Care Development Block Grant, which helps low-income families.

?"I think part of the solution is that we look for areas where we can get a result, and we have good participation from other members of the committee. It's not just a two-man show," Alexander said.

Other HELP Committee measures that have become law this Congress include a reauthorization of the toll-free number for the poison control center and promoting access to epinephrine pens in schools. Harkin has more he wants to get done before retiring, but getting his education agenda to move could be quite a struggle. There's more of a partisan divide on that issue than some others he's handled.

"I'm working on the higher education bill. I'll have it out in September. I don't know, maybe lame duck," Harkin said. "Maybe."

If he does, it might be testament to the relationships he's built.

"If I only dealt with my Republican colleagues only on an issue basis, I probably never would get anywhere," Harkin said then. "But I deal with them on a human basis, too."

Alexander said he had particular issues with the Democratic view on the Elementary and Secondary Education Act ? also known as No Child Left Behind.

"Like on kindergarten through the 12th grade, my view of the Democratic bill is that it creates a national school board. We simply don't agree so we had competing bills. On higher education, we may have some different opinions," Alexander said. "But where we can agree we'll work together."

But Alexander also pointed out his recent effort with Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., to simplify the process of applying for and receiving federal financial aid to attend college. Their bill would eliminate the current 10-page Free Application for Federal Student Aid and replace it with a simple, two-question postcard.

At a meeting of the National Governors Association on July 11, Alexander stood up and showed the current student aid form to demonstrate its length.

"Because it's a bipartisan effort, I think it has a much better chance of actually getting a result," Alexander told CQ Roll Call. "So we are not just interested in making speeches, we are interested in getting a result and where we can we will and where we can't, we'll lay those items aside and go on to something else."

Harkin's also continuing to focus on early learning legislation, pushing for floor time.

But his other baby, the appropriations bill that funds the departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, is stuck in a broader morass as Democrats seek to avoid contentious amendments.

Asked about the chances to consider that bill, Harkin said: "I have no idea. I really don't know."

"I think the CR that we have in September is going to be short-term, probably until December or something," Harkin said. "And then after we come back in the lame duck we'll work on a longer bill, and hopefully it will not be a CR, but it will actually be an omnibus."

And naturally, one that includes his bill.

When Harkin retires at the end of this Congress, Murray ? who has been bolstering her legislative bona fides this Congress ? could be in position to take his dual gavels at HELP and the appropriations subcommittee that funds the programs HELP oversees. But she declined to say whether she would.

"All those questions will be answered at some point, I am not ready [to] yet."


Letter follows the release of a national report showing children experience sudden, serious health ailments while working in tobacco fields, curing barns

WASHINGTON, D.C.–Seventeen U.S. Senators led by Tom Harkin (D-IA) today sent a letter to the ten largest tobacco companies urging them to prohibit child labor in their supply chain.  The letter comes on the heels of a new report by Human Rights Watch.  The report found that nearly three-quarters of the child tobacco workers in the four largest tobacco-producing states had experienced the sudden onset of serious symptoms, including nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, headaches, dizziness, difficulty breathing, skin rashes, and irritation to their eyes and mouths; while working on tobacco fields and in curing barns.  Many of these symptoms are consistent with acute nicotine poisoning.

In the letter, the lawmakers urged the companies to develop company policies and industry-wide standards that would include the following:

·         A prohibition on child labor anywhere in the tobacco supply chain, including any work in which children under age 18 come in direct contact with tobacco plants or dried tobacco leaves, including in countries where national laws provide lesser protections;

·         Provisions in all contracts with growers and suppliers that child labor is prohibited, including work by children under age 18 that brings them in direct contact with tobacco;

·         Provisions stipulating qualified third-party monitors to conduct regular inspections of suppliers during peak season when children are most likely to work, and ensure that their reports are made public."

·         Support for programs to prevent child labor in tobacco, including programs to support educational, recreational, and alternative skills building and vocational opportunities.

Noting that other major tobacco-producing countries, including India and Brazil, prohibit children under age 18 from working in tobacco, the Senators wrote, "We urge you, as the world's leading tobacco companies and tobacco leaf merchants, to take the steps outlined above to ensure that all children are protected from nicotine poisoning and other health hazards in tobacco production."

The letter was signed by Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Cory Booker (D-NJ), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Ben Cardin (D-MD), Bob Casey (D-PA), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Mazie Hirono (D-HI), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Ed Markey (D-MA), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Jack Reed (D-RI), Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Brian Schatz (D-HI), and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA).  It was sent to executives at Altria Group, Inc., British American Tobacco PLC, China National Tobacco, Imperial Tobacco Group PLC, Japan Tobacco Inc., Lorillard, Inc., Philip Morris International Inc., Reynolds American Inc., Alliance One International, Inc., and Universal Corporation.

A signed copy of the letter can be found here.

WASHINGTON, D.C.–Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) today issued the following statement after the U.S. Senate approved the bipartisan Veterans Care Act by a vote of 93 to 3. "I am very glad that the Senate took quick action on a plan to ensure that veterans are able to quickly access the medical care they deserve. This bill is a compromise and I hope it will bring new focus to addressing the current shortage of primary care doctors in the VA system that is at the root of the unacceptable wait times that the Veterans Health Administration audit documented earlier this week. I urge the U.S. House of Representatives to pass this critically needed measure to address the problems plaguing the VA system." ###

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) today announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has awarded a total of $695,741 to the Ankeny Regional Airport and the State of Iowa for various rehabilitation and planning projects. Harkin is a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee and the subcommittee that funds the DOT.

"Ensuring Iowa's airports have the resources they need to update, repair, or replace their facilities is important to maintain safety and efficiency of operations," said Harkin. "I am pleased that the Ankeny Regional Airport will receive this important investment and I look forward to the learning about the benefits of the Iowa state aviation transportation plan study."

Details of the funding are as follows:

Ankeny Regional Airport: $572,486 to improve the runway safety area.

State of Iowa: $123,255 to conduct a state system plan study.


Urges CHCs to Apply for $300 Million Fund made available through ACA

WASHINGTON, D.C.–Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) today released the following statement after the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced that it would make available up to $300 million through the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to Community Health Centers (CHCs) to expand services to underserved populations.  The funds will be used to help the nation's community health centers expand service hours, hire more medical providers, and add oral health, behavioral health, pharmacy, and vision services.

For more than a decade, Harkin has worked to expand CHC's in Iowa and around the country through his dual roles in the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, where he played a pivotal role in the Senate passage of the ACA, and as chair of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services and Education (the LHHS subcommittee) that funds health programs such as community health centers.

"Community health centers are a critical part of our nationwide health care system, providing essential health care services to thousands of Iowans every year," Harkin said.  "New funding made available through the Affordable Care Act will help these centers expand care to individuals and families in need, while adding good-quality jobs in our communities.  Between the Health Insurance Marketplace, which helped more than 29,000 Iowans enroll in health coverage for 2014, and expanded resources for CHCs, the ACA is helping bring affordable, quality health care to more Americans every day.  I encourage Iowa's community health centers to apply for this crucial funding and my office stands ready to assist CHCs throughout the process."

More information on this funding opportunity announcement can be found at www.grants.gov. Iowans can find a health center in their area at findahealthcenter.hrsa.gov.


'Climate change is real and this proposal is a major action to address it'

WASHINGTON, D.C.–Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) today issued the following statement on the proposed rule released today by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).  The proposal aims to reduce carbon pollution from existing power plants by 30 percent by 2030.  The draft rule will now will now go through an extensive public comment period and stakeholder feedback process before being finalized.

Harkin was an original cosponsor of the bipartisan Bingaman-Specter climate bill introduced in the Senate in 2007 and has been a long-time leader in the move toward clean, renewable fuels. He authored the first-ever energy title in the 2002 farm bill to promote the production and use of biofuels and biobased products,  and to support energy efficiency and renewable energy projects for farmers and rural small businesses.  The 2008 farm bill extended these energy programs, including the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) that has become hugely popular with farmers.   For background on Harkin's renewable energy work, click here.

"Today's announcement is a major step forward and I applaud the President and the EPA for this action.  Climate change is real, as we have seen by increased frequency of severe weather, in extended draughts and heat waves, in increases in heavy precipitation, and in flooding in Iowa and throughout the Midwest.  Today's proposed rule will deliver a significant reduction in carbon pollution from our largest single source, and thus it represents a major action to address climate change.

"The last time major Clean Air Act regulations on air pollution took effect on the power sector in the 1990's to limit emissions of sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxide, and carbon monoxide; we were told that compliance would be an economic disaster.  Yet, the regulation had the opposite effect.  Environmental firms and small businesses generated $282 billion in new revenue and $40 billion in exports and supported 1.6 million new jobs.  There was no significant impact on electricity prices.  We are hopeful of the same, positive outcome from today's announcement.

"We also know that renewables are rapidly expanding as effective and economic power supplies.  In Iowa, we get more than 25 percent of our electrical power from carbon pollution-free wind.  Moreover, our power companies have already begun to shut down some of the older, less efficient coal-burning power plants.

"What the Obama Administration is proposing is bold action.  It will take time to implement.  But I have no doubt that it is in the best interest of our climate and our country's future."