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ADVISORY: Sen. Harkin on Rebuilding the Middle Class
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ADVISORY: Sen. Harkin on Rebuilding the Middle Class

Washington, D.C. — On Wednesday, February 1, Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA), chairman of the Health, Education, Labor, & Pensions Committee, will join Center for American Progress President Neera Tanden for a discussion on rebuilding the middle class.

At the event Sen. Harkin will reflect on what he’s learned from the recent series of HELP Committee hearings and events on the decline of the middle class, and outline a policy agenda that puts the middle class first. In the coming months Sen. Harkin plans to introduce sweeping legislation that will rebuild America’s middle class through investments in areas like education and workforce training, our nation’s infrastructure, and manufacturing jobs, as well as securing pensions and ensuring college is affordable.

Sen. Harkin’s remarks will be followed by a panel of distinguished economists and policy analysts exploring how the middle class is a key engine of economic growth.


Featured speaker:
Senator Tom Harkin

Neera Tanden
, President, Center for American Progress

Featured panelists:
Heather Boushey, Senior Economist, Center for American Progress

Isabel Sawhill, Senior Fellow of Economic Studies, Brookings Institution

John Schmitt, Senior Economist, Center for Economic and Policy Research

Moderated by:
Michael Ettlinger
, Vice President for Economic Policy, Center for American Progress

February 1, 2012
9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Coffee will be served at 8:30 a.m.

Center for American Progress
1333 H St. NW, 10th Floor
Washington, DC 20005

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For additional information, please contact Katie Peters at 202.741.6285 or [email protected]

This is the second in a year-long series of events and publications on the importance of the middle class to our economy. Click here to review resources from our first event featuring Dr. Alan Krueger.