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July 29, 2013

Harkin Aide in Knoxville Wednesday

Knoxville — Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) announced today that his aide, Amy Beller, will visit Marion County, Wednesday, July 31, 2013 to host a mobile office for local residents. 

This event will focus on The Healthy Families Act – an effort by Senator Harkin that would allow workers to earn paid sick leave. The event is part of a statewide tour Harkin staff will host to share ideas on how to improve economic security. The mobile office tour began last month in Indianola. Senator Harkin’s staff will visit all 99 counties during this tour. The media is invited to attend. 

“Congress has the ability through meaningful policies to improve economic security for working families in Iowa and across the country,” said Harkin. “Throughout the summer, my staff will visit each county and talk to Iowans about the ideas I am promoting to shore up retirement security, rebuild our manufacturing base, and ensure workers have access to paid sick leave and to a fair wage. I hope that Iowans will attend these events and share their ideas for policies that would help their families.” 

Senator Harkin, Chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, has introduced four initiatives his staff will discuss during the tour: Real Retirement Security: The Universal, Secure, and Adaptable (“USA”) Retirement Fund. USA Retirement Funds combine the advantages of traditional pensions – e.g., lifetime income benefits and pooled, professional management – with the portability and ease for employers of a 401(k). That will give middle class families the opportunity to earn secure retirement benefits that they take with them as they change jobs and that they cannot outlive. Importantly, USA Retirement Funds also make it simple for employers to offer a benefit without having to take on all of the risk and administrative burden. Allowing Workers to Earn Paid Sick Leave: The Healthy Families Act. 

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