Sen. Harkin discusses legislative priorities for 2014

Dec 19, 2013

U.S. Senator Tom Harkin of Iowa says education and jobs will be among his priorities next year.

U.S. Senator Tom Harkin, D-IA

Harkin says he’s proud of the work done this year by the Senate’s Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, which he’s chairman of. Harkin says he’s already preparing that committee’s agenda for January.

"I have no higher priority next year than to pass the Strong Start for America’s Children Act. That’s my bill to expand access to high-quality, early learning programs for children from birth to age 5. I also hope to bring to the floor the bipartisan Workforce Investment Act, and my bill to expand employment opportunities, especially for young people with disabilities."

Harkin says he’ll also bring up legislation to raise the minimum wage to 10 dollars and 10 cents an hour. His comments came Thursday during Senator Harkin’s weekly press call.