United States Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions

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The United States House of Representatives Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions is a standing committee of the U.S. Senate. It was created in an earlier form in 1869.[1]


The committee chair in the 112th Congress is Tom Harkin (D).


2011-2012 (112th Congress)

Democratic Party Democrats (12)

Republican Party Republicans (10)


Children and Families

Jurisdiction: Head Start, child care and child support such as the Child Care & Development Block Grant, the Family Medical Leave Act, National Service, women and children’s healthcare, and other issues involving children, youth, and families.[2]

Employment and Workplace Safety

Jurisdiction: workforce education and training, worker health and safety, wage and hour laws, and workplace flexibility.[2]

Primary Health and Aging

Jurisdiction: The Older Americans Act; elder abuse, neglect, and scams affecting seniors; long-term care services for older Americans, community health centers, The Health Resources and Services Act, oral health, health care disparities, Alzheimer's disease and family caregiving.[2]


According to the official Senate website, the jurisdiction of the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee includes the following:

  1. Measures relating to education, labor, health, and public welfare.
  2. Aging.
  3. Agricultural colleges.
  4. Arts and humanities.
  5. Biomedical research and development.
  6. Child labor.
  7. Convict labor and the entry of goods made by convicts into interstate commerce.
  8. Domestic activities of the American National Red Cross.
  9. Equal employment opportunity.
  10. Gallaudet University, Howard University, and Saint Elizabeth hospital.
  11. Individuals with disabilities.
  12. Labor standards and labor statistics.
  13. Mediation and arbitration of labor disputes.
  14. Occupational safety and health, including the welfare of miners.
  15. Private pension plans.
  16. Public health.
  17. Railway labor and retirement.
  18. Regulation of foreign laborers.
  19. Student loans.
  20. Wages and hours of labor
  21. Such committee shall also study and review, on a comprehensive basis, matters relating to health, education and training, and public welfare, and report thereon from time to time.


428 Senate Dirksen Office Building
Washington, DC 20510

Phone: 202-224-5375

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