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Letter to Senator Harkin Congratulating him on his appointment as Chair of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee

September 10, 2009

Dear Senator Harkin:

The National Education Association, representing 3.2 million educators across the nation, congratulates you on your appointment as Chair of the Senate Health, Labor, Education and Pensions Committee. 

NEA and the Iowa State Education Association have been honored to work with you from your first election to the U.S. House of Representatives and throughout your years in the House and Senate on a wide variety of issues of critical importance to educators and the students they serve.  Our members greatly appreciate your tireless efforts to secure full funding for the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act; increase resources for school construction to ensure a safe, modern learning environment for every student; provide all children access to the nutrition necessary for success in school; and guarantee all Americans access to affordable health care, as well as your unwavering and unparalleled support for America’s working families and organized labor. 

We are very pleased to have such a passionate advocate for our nation’s most vulnerable populations in this critical leadership role, particularly given the unprecedented health care and education challenges the Committee currently faces.  We look forward to continuing to work with you and offer our support as you take on this new role.

Dennis Van Roekel