Press Releases

01.28.19

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Urges Trump Administration to Pay Federal Workers Affected by the Shutdown Immediately

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin joined a bipartisan group of her Senate colleagues, led by Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), in writing to Acting Director of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Margaret M. Weichert, urging the Trump administration to provide back pay for federal workers as soon as possible. The Senators write, "More than 800,000 federal workers have gone without pay because the government shutdown locked them out of their jobs or required them to w… Continue Reading


01.28.19

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Supports Back Pay Fairness Act to Reimburse Federal Workers — with Interest

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin today called for a Senate vote on the Back Pay Fairness Act, legislation she has cosponsored that would require federal workers who were impacted by the shutdown to receive their full back-pay plus any interest accrued. "Today, 800,000 workers nationwide and nearly 3,000 workers in Wisconsin are back at work and they will soon get their paychecks, but our work is not done for these workers who haven't been paid in over a month," said Senator Baldwin… Continue Reading


01.25.19

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Leads Resolution to Recognize Earned Income Tax Credit Awareness Day

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin today introduced a resolution to recognize Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) Awareness Day and highlight the financial benefits of this tax credit that promotes work and has helped lift millions of working families with children out of poverty. "The Earned Income Tax Credit gives our workers and families a financial boost, rewards hard work and helps grow our economy," said Senator Baldwin. "We know we need to do more to lift people up and out of pove… Continue Reading


01.24.19

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Calls for Investigation into Conditions of Detained Migrant Children

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin joined her Senate colleagues in calling on the federal Government Accountability Office's (GAO) Comptroller General to examine conditions for all children detained by the Customs and Border Patrol Agency (CBP). The Senators, led by Senators Bob Casey (D-PA) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), hope to prevent future tragedies like the deaths of Jakelin Caal and Felipe Alonzo-Gomez that occurred while in the agency's care. "We believe it is imperative that y… Continue Reading


01.24.19

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Demands Answers After DeVos, Whitaker End Civil Rights Guidance for School Discipline

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin signed a letter to U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos and Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker on the Trump administration's decision to rescind Obama-era guidance on school discipline. The guidance was issued to assist schools with administering school discipline policies without discrimination on the basis of race, color and national origin. The Trump administration rescinded the guidance in December. In their letter, the 65 members deman… Continue Reading


01.18.19

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Joins Colleagues to Reintroduce Resolution To Defend Constitutionality of Pre-Existing Condition Protections

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin joined her colleagues led by Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV), Jacky Rosen (D-NV), Bob Casey (D-PA), Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Patty Murray (D-WA) and Ron Wyden (D-OR) to reintroduce a Senate resolution that would authorize Senate Legal Counsel to defend Americans with pre-existing conditions against the Republican Attorneys General lawsuit that would put millions of Americans at risk of losing their health insurance. "No parent should have to lay awake at n… Continue Reading


01.17.19

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Reintroduces Bipartisan Legislation to Extend Community Health Center Funding

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin helped reintroduce the bipartisan Community Health Investment, Modernization, and Excellence (CHIME) Act, led by Senators Roy Blunt (R-MO) and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), to reauthorize community health center funding for five years. Senator Baldwin has been a strong advocate for reauthorizing funding for community health centers. "Wisconsin families rely on community health centers across our state for quality and affordable health care services, inc… Continue Reading


01.16.19

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Re-Introduces Expanded Legislation to Slow the Revolving Door Between Wall Street, Corporate America and Washington

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin and House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Chair Elijah Cummings (D-MD) today introduced the Executive Branch Conflict of Interest Act to slow the revolving door between corporate America, Wall Street and Washington, prohibit "government service golden parachute" bonus payouts and combat conflicts of interest. This legislation expands on Baldwin and Cummings' Financial Services Conflict Of Interest Act, first introduced in 2015, which aim… Continue Reading


01.11.19

Senate Passes Baldwin Supported Bill to Ensure Federal Workers Affected by Shutdowns Receive Retroactive Pay

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Twenty days into the federal government shutdown, the Senate yesterday unanimously passed a bipartisan bill cosponsored by U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin to ensure federal and other government workers impacted by the current federal government shutdown will receive their back pay. The Government Employee Fair Treatment Act, led by Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD), Susan Collins (R-ME), Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Mark Warner (D-VA), and Tim Kaine (D-VA), stipulates that all employees shall… Continue Reading


01.11.19

Given Changes in Tax Code, U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Asks Treasury Secretary Why Taxpayer Advocate Not Considered Essential Service during Government Shutdown

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin joined her Senate colleagues, led by Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member Ron Wyden (D-OR), to raise concerns regarding the impact of the government shutdown on services to taxpayers at the beginning of the first filing season under the new tax code. In a letter to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, the Senators asked why the Taxpayer Advocate Service, which directly helps more than 200,000 taxpayers resolve tax… Continue Reading


01.11.19

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Presses Trump Administration to Ensure Federal Contractor Employees Receive Pay

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin joined 33 Democratic Senators, led by U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), in writing to the Office of Management and Budget to urge them to direct federal agencies to work with contractors to provide back pay to compensate low- and middle-income contractor employees for the wages they have lost during the shutdown. Under their existing authority, federal contracting officers should use provisions that allow them to modify the terms of the contract … Continue Reading


01.11.19

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Cosponsors Legislation to Close Big Pharma Advertising Tax Loophole

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin, a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, joined legislation led by Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) that would prohibit pharmaceutical drug manufacturers from claiming tax deductions for consumer advertising expenses. Under current law, drug manufacturers are allowed to deduct the cost of advertising expenses from federal taxes. Drug companies have spent billions of dollars on consumer advertisements, inclu… Continue Reading


01.10.19

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Joins Legislation to Protect Federal Workers and Their Families from Losing Their Homes, Falling Behind on Bills During Shutdown

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin joined a group of lawmakers, led by Senator Brian Schatz (D-HI) and U.S. Representative Derek Kilmer (D-WA), in introducing the Federal Employee Civil Relief Act to protect federal workers and their families from foreclosures, evictions and loan defaults during a government shutdown. "The Trump shutdown is punishing federal workers, and contractors who are serving without pay. This legislation will protect these workers as their families face econom… Continue Reading


01.09.19

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Introduces Legislation To Allow Medicare To Negotiate Prescription Drug Prices And Lower Costs For Seniors

Legislation would allow Medicare to negotiate the best possible price of prescription drugs, to cut costs for nearly 43 million seniors enrolled in Medicare Part D Current law only allows for bargaining by pharmaceutical companies but bans Medicare from doing so WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin today joined Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) in reintroducing legislation to unleash the bargaining power of seniors for a better deal on prescription drug costs. The Empowering Medicare Se… Continue Reading


01.09.19

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Helps Introduce Background Check Expansion Act To Reduce Gun Violence

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin joined 40 of her Senate colleagues, led by Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT), in reintroducing the Background Check Expansion Act to expand federal background checks to all gun sales. Under current federal law, unlicensed or private sellers are not required to conduct a background check prior to transferring a firearm. 97% of Americans support comprehensive background checks. Research indicates that as many as a quarter of all gun sales in the United State… Continue Reading


01.08.19

U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin and Jerry Moran Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Expand Access to Chiropractic Health Care for Current and Former Military Personnel

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Jerry Moran (R-KS) today reintroduced bipartisan legislation to expand chiropractic health services for military retirees and members of the National Guard and Reserve. The Chiropractic Health Parity for Military Beneficiaries Act would require TRICARE to cover chiropractic services for all military service members, both active and retired, and non-activated reservists. Currently, health care programs through the U.S. Department of Defen… Continue Reading


01.04.19

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Joins Legislation Calling on President Trump, Future Presidential Nominees to Release Tax Returns

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin helped reintroduce the Presidential Tax Transparency Act, led by Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member Ron Wyden (D-OR), to require sitting presidents and presidential nominees to publicly release their tax returns. Senator Baldwin has previously supported similar proposals after then-presidential candidate Donald Trump broke his promise to release his tax returns. Revelations about Trump's own financial ties and his associates' ties to Russia hav… Continue Reading


01.04.19

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Presses VA for Answers on Misuse Of Suicide Prevention Funds

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin joined Senator Jon Tester (D-MT) and 19 of their colleagues to take the Department of Veteran's Affairs (VA) to task for misusing its resources for suicide prevention outreach. Following a report from the Government Accountability Office that poor leadership at the VA resulted in a misuse of resources and lackluster outreach efforts to at-risk veterans, the Senators are demanding a full accounting of the VA's budget for suicide prevention and menta… Continue Reading


12.21.18

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Introduces New Bipartisan Legislation to Boost Apprenticeships

EARNS Act would expand apprenticeship opportunities while supporting existing apprenticeship programs There are more than 22,000 registered apprenticeships programs that provide workers with the skills they need to succeed WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin, a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, today helped introduce bipartisan legislation to strengthen our nation's workforce and provide skilled jobs to workers through registered apprent… Continue Reading


12.20.18

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Calls on Trump Administration to Stop Pushing Health Insurance Plans that Weaken Pre-Existing Condition Protections

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin, Mark R. Warner (D-VA), Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) led a group of 38 Senators in calling on the Trump Administration to withdraw recent changes that make it easier for states to promote "junk" insurance plans. These health care plans typically lack protections for people with pre-existing conditions and would increase costs for millions of Americans. Under the Administration's new guidance, states could use federal subsidies … Continue Reading

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