Senator Tom Harkin was honored by the Suicide Prevention Action Network USA (SPAN USA) yesterday for his work in the Senate to help prevent suicide among our veterans, specifically with regards to the “The Joshua Omvig Veterans Suicide Prevention Act” (S. 479) which Senator Harkin introduced earlier this year.
During a break in tonight's "all-nighter" in the United States Senate, I was able to catch up with Senator Harkin outside the Capitol Building where he was able to write down a summary of his remarks and film a short video blog for DailyKos, MyDD, and BleedingHeartland which you can read and watch below:
Senator Tom Harkin took to the Senate floor yesterday to speak out in support of his own amendment with Sen. Dianne Feinstein to close the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay as well as express his support for the Levin-Reed amendment to redeploy troops from Iraq within 120 days and set a withdrawal deadline for most troops to be out of Iraq by April of next year.
Senator Tom Harkin posted a blog entry on Iowa’s Bleeding Heartland today to call Iowa progressives to action in response to the recent filibuster of Senator Jim Webb’s troop-protection amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act and renew calls to pressure Senate Republicans and President Bush to change course in Iraq:
Senate Republicans succeeded in a filibuster by refusing to end debate on Senator Jim Webb's S. 2012 which would have supported our brave service men and women by placing limits on National Guard and reserve deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan and mandate more downtime at home before they could be redeployed.
Senator Tom Harkin supported the bill and released this statement of support on Monday:
Several bloggers joined Sen. Tom Harkin on a conference call last night to discuss the launch of our new campaign website as well as the current issues that are facing Iowans and our country.
Bloggers such as Chris Woods of Iowa Independent and Bleeding Hearland, O. Kay Henderson of RadioIowa, and Gark at Popular Progressive have already posted entries about the launch of this new site, with Chris Woods writing the most comprehensive post so far:
Last week, we asked for your help as an important fundraising deadline approached. I was humbled by your response and I want to extend my personal and sincere gratitude.
Your assistance last week will help to strengthen our Democratic majority in the Senate. It will also help to ensure that I continue to serve the people of Iowa as Chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committee, where I am currently drafting the 2007 Farm Bill, one of many important measures that make a difference for our state and its citizens.
As a four-term U.S. Senator from Iowa, I am no stranger to the commitment and passion Iowans have for politics. It is a passion I share and is one of the reasons I have worked hard to maintain Iowa’s leadership status in electing our next president.
My wife, Ruth also shares my passion for political involvement, and like many Iowans, she feels feels a very personal responsibility to choosing the right person to support. Ruth recently made that personal decision and tonight plans to formally endorse her friend and one of her mentors,Hillary Clinton, for President of the United States.