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Open letter to readers: Today and tomorrow

By Lynda Waddington | 11.17.11

Wednesday was a difficult day for The American Independent News Network, which is the larger entity that operates The Iowa Independent. Our chief executive and founder announced two of our sister sites would close and their content would be moved to The American Independent.

ACS lockout continues; plan emerges to repeal sugar protections

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By Virginia Chamlee | 11.15.11

A recently introduced bill could have far-reaching impact on the U.S. sugar industry, including American Crystal Sugar, a farmer-owned cooperative that locked out 1,300 Midwest workers on Aug. 1.

Cain campaign: Farmers know more about regulations than EPA

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By Andrew Duffelmeyer | 11.15.11

The chairman for Herman Cain’s Iowa effort says the campaign “relied more on the word of farmers than Washington regulators” in deciding to run an ad containing claims the Environmental Protection Agency says are false.

Mathis wins, Democrats maintain Senate control

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By Lynda Waddington | 11.08.11

The Iowa Senate will remain under the control of a slim 26-25 Democratic majority when it reconvenes in January 2012.

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PR: Nation should work to address veterans’ challenges

By Press Release Reprints | 11.11.11

BRUCE BRALEY RELEASE — As US involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan ends, it’s more important than ever that our nation works to address the challenges faced by the men and women who fought there.

PR: Honoring veterans, help in hiring

By Press Release Reprints | 11.11.11

CHUCK GRASSLEY RELEASE — A difficult job market is challenging the soldiers, sailors and airmen who have protected America’s interests by serving in the Armed Forces.

PR: In honor of America’s veterans

By Press Release Reprints | 11.11.11

TOM LATHAM RELEASE — No one has done more to secure the freedom enjoyed by every single American than our veterans and those currently serving in the armed services.

PR: Honoring and supporting our nation’s veterans

By Press Release Reprints | 11.11.11

DAVE LOEBSACK RELEASE — Veterans Day is an opportunity to reflect on the service of generations of veterans and to honor the sacrifices they and their families have made so that we may live in peace and freedom here at home.

Harkin says he can’t support public option at risk of dooming reform bill

By Jason Hancock | 03.02.10 | 9:03 am

Even though he supports a public health insurance option being included in health care reform legislation, he would not vote for it in reconciliation if it could sink the entire bill, U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin said Monday during an interview on MSNBC.

Progressive host Ed Schultz asked Harkin point blank whether he would vote for the public option if it comes under reconciliation — a procedural move that bypasses the filibuster and only requires a majority vote.

U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin (Lauren Victoria Burke/WDCPIX.COM)

U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin (Lauren Victoria Burke/WDCPIX.COM)

“Look, Ed, you‘re talking to a guy who is for a single-payer system,” Harkin said. “And I‘m for a public option, always have been. But I know that Speaker [Nancy] Pelosi said yesterday, I guess, on one of the talk shows, that it‘s off the table, simply because of the vote arrangement that we have to do. She has to count votes in the House side. So we‘ve got a deal with this very delicately.”

Harkin said if the Senate were to add a public option to the bill through reconciliation it could potentially “sink the whole bill.” He repeatedly stated his claim that if the public option’s inclusion doomed the bill, he would not vote for it.

“There‘s a lot of other stuff in there I care very deeply about — getting rid of all of these pre-existing conditions, insurance rescinding these things, covering 30 million people, giving tax credits to low income so they can buy insurance, getting more competition out there,” Harkin said. “These are very important things to have for our country, and so I have to weigh all of that. And if we have a bill sent to us from the House, a reconciliation bill that does not have the public option in there, then if we were to do that, if we were to add it here, that would sink the whole bill.  And I don‘t want to sink this bill. I want to get this bill passed. I want it on Obama‘s desk and have him sign it.”

Harkin has been taking heat from progressive groups in recent days over his refusal to sign on to the plan to pass the public option through reconciliation. As of Monday, 30 senators have pledged to support the idea. A recent Research 2000 poll of Iowa voters found that 66 percent would favor using reconciliation to pass a health care reform bill, and 62 percent of Iowans favor health care reform with a public insurance option over the current Senate bill without it.

But the public option won’t be dead forever, Harkin said.

“I‘ll tell you this: If the public option is not in this bill — and it looks like it probably won‘t be because of the votes — that means we‘ll be back on it again, maybe even this year, maybe next year,” Harkin said. “But I‘m telling you, it‘s going to be coming back again and again and again. We are not giving up on it.”

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Comments

  • annawoods04

    If i would have been present in the situation where he simply refused for not voting in reconciliation if it could sink the entire bill, U.S. Sen. if he has got some particular and a valid reason behind not doing it then only he can be allowed to do so otherwise everyone is supposed to go ahead and vote.

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  • annawoods04

    If i would have been present in the situation where he simply refused for not voting in reconciliation if it could sink the entire bill, U.S. Sen. if he has got some particular and a valid reason behind not doing it then only he can be allowed to do so otherwise everyone is supposed to go ahead and vote.

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