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Harkin aide to visit Cherokee County

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Staff will collect ideas on how to rebuild the middle class in America

DES MOINES-- Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) announced today that his aide, Nathan Vander Plaats, will visit Cherokee County, Wednesday, August 3, from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at the Cherokee City Hall, to host a "listening post" for local residents. The event is part of a state-wide summer tour Harkin staff is hosting to hear directly from Iowans on how the economy is impacting families across the state. The listening tour, "Rebuilding America's Middle Class: Stories from Around Iowa," aims to collect ideas for rebuilding the middle class in America across all sectors -- from recent college graduates looking for employment to working Iowans needing to secure their retirement.

Senator Harkin's staff will visit all 99 counties during this tour. The media is invited to attend.

"As I travel in Iowa and across the country, I hear from more and more hardworking middle class families who feel that the American Dream is slipping away," said Harkin. "One thing is certain: there can be no sustainable economic recovery without the recovery of our middle class. This listening tour will collect ideas directly from the students, workers, near retirees, and all of those impacted by this economy."

The Iowa tour builds on Harkin's work in Washington to examine the impact of economic policies on the middle class. In May, Senator Harkin, as Chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, convened his first Committee hearing on this issue entitled, "The Endangered Middle Class: Is the American Dream Slipping Out of Reach for American Families?"

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