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Across the aisle: Grassley gives Harkin birthday shout-out

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Sen. Tom Harkin turned 75 on Wednesday, and his Republican counterpart took to the Senate floor to wish him well.

Sen. Charles Grassley wished Harkin a happy birthday and complimented him on his 27 years of service to Iowa.

“Although our voting records may reflect night and day positions on public policy, you wouldn't see the light of day between us when we worked together on matters that matter most to Iowa, including natural disasters, such as the 2008 floods,” Grassley said. “I have no doubt my home state colleague will continue to champion the causes for which he has devoted a lifetime of service. To his credit, Tom's legacy reflects the priorities he set out to achieve decades ago: to make a difference for those on the down side of advantage.”

Harkin will be retiring from public office in a few weeks.

Republican Joni Ernst was elected to his seat, and will take it in January.

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