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Senator Baldwin Applauds President Obama’s Action on Raising Minimum Wage

Washington D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin today praised President Obama for making a push to raise the federal minimum wage. In the State of the Union Address, the President will announce that he will use his executive authority to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 for those working on new federal contracts for services. The President will also propose working with Congress to pass the Minimum Wage Fairness Act, cosponsored by Senator Baldwin, which would increase the federal minimum wage for … Continue Reading


Senator Baldwin Announces New Legislation to Strengthen Economy through Investments in Job Training and Workforce Readiness for Clean Energy Jobs

Washington D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin today visited technical colleges across Wisconsin to announce her new legislation to help train the next generation of skilled-workers for jobs in clean energy. Baldwin visited Milwaukee Area Technical College, Lakeshore Technical College in Cleveland, and Northeast Wisconsin Technical College in Green Bay on Wednesday and will tour Mid-State Technical College in Wisconsin Rapids on Thursday. The Grants for Renewable Energy Education for the Nation (G… Continue Reading


Senator Tammy Baldwin Votes to Invest in Economic Growth

Washington D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin voted to prevent another costly government shutdown and replace harmful, automatic spending cuts with investments in what we need to create jobs and strengthen our economic recovery. The bipartisan bill passed the Senate (72-26) yesterday and the House (359-67) earlier this week with overwhelming support from both parties. "This bipartisan action is another step towards putting an end to Washington's drift from one crisis to the next," said Baldwin. … Continue Reading


Senator Baldwin Stands up for Wisconsin Manufacturers and Workers, Opposes Outdated “Fast Track”

Washington D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin today joined her colleagues in sending a letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid expressing concern about the prospect of renewing the Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) - better known as Fast Track - that lapsed in 2007. The Senate Finance Committee is holding a hearing on TPA on Thursday. They write, "As the TPA that was enacted over a decade ago is inadequate for addressing the complex trade agreements of the 21st century, it is clear that renewal… Continue Reading


U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Calls on President Obama to Accept Review Group Recommendations Addressed by Legislation she Introduced in November

Washington D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin today called on President Obama to accept recommendations made by his "Review Group on Intelligence and Communications Technology" that have been addressed by legislation she introduced, the Freedoms and Privacy Act of 2013, in November. "Over 10 years ago, I voted against the USA PATRIOT Act because I believed it would open the door to government overreach. We have now seen that secret, domestic surveillance programs at the National Security Agency h… Continue Reading


Senator Baldwin Applauds Senate Confirmation of Janet Yellen as Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System

Senator Tammy Baldwin released the following statement on the Senate Conformation Janet Yelled as Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System "I was proud to join a group of my Senate colleagues in July in encouraging President Obama to nominate Janet Yellen as Chairman for the Federal Reserve. I was pleased that the President nominated Ms. Yellen and I applaud the U.S. Senate for confirming her for this important position. "Few individuals have more influence upon the Unit… Continue Reading


Senator Baldwin Stands up for Jobless Wisconsinites Looking for Work

Washington D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin today voted for the Emergency Unemployment Compensation Extension Act, legislation she cosponsored, to restore and extend emergency unemployment benefits for three months. The procedural vote received bill bipartisan support in the Senate (60-37) and will move forward for a final vote. "I'm proud that we were able to come together in a bipartisan way and get this done," said Baldwin. "Restoring economic assistance for Americans who have lost their job… Continue Reading


Senator Baldwin Supports Bipartisan Legislation to Extend Unemployment Insurance for Nearly 24,000 Wisconsinites who Lost Coverage at the end of December

Washington D.C. - As the U.S. Senate prepares to vote on unemployment extension legislation Monday, Senator Tammy Baldwin is cosponsoring bipartisan legislation introduced by Senators Jack Reed (D-RI) and Dean Heller (R-NV) that would address the fact that 23,700 Wisconsinites lost Emergency Unemployment Compensation when Congress failed to act before the end of December. "Our nation's economy is moving forward but Wisconsin's economy continues to lag behind other states and far too many hard w… Continue Reading


Senator Baldwin Supports Military Retirement Restoration Act

Washington D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin has cosponsored the Military Retirement Restoration Act to safeguard military retirees from changes to cost of living adjustments (COLA) that were included in the bipartisan budget agreement the Senate passed before the end of the year. The legislation would eliminate a tax loophole for offshore corporations in order to restore funding for military retirement benefits to veterans under the age of 62. "This is a common sense measure built on the idea t… Continue Reading


Senator Baldwin Supports Bipartisan Unemployment Extension Legislation

Washington D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin announced today that she is supporting bipartisan legislation introduced by Senators Jack Reed (D-RI) and Dean Heller (R-NV) that would prevent the expiration of unemployment insurance for 1.3 million Americans, including 99,000 Wisconsinites who are out of work and looking for a job. "Our nation's economy is moving forward but Wisconsin's economy continues to lag behind other states and far too many hard working people are still looking for a job. Wi… Continue Reading


Senator Baldwin Advocates for Wisconsin Cranberry Growers

Washington D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin, a strong supporter of Wisconsin's agriculture economy and co-chair of the Congressional Cranberry Caucus, today led a letter to U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, advocating for Wisconsin cranberry growers, who in 2013 produced over half of the nation's crop and were the top cranberry producers in the country for the 19th consecutive year. "Wisconsin produces more cranberries than any other state. In a state that depends on agricul… Continue Reading


U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin's statement on the bipartisan budget agreement

"The bipartisan budget agreement isn't perfect, but it is progress that will help break this destructive pattern of drifting from one manufactured crisis to the next. If we hadn't reached this bipartisan compromise, we would have been left with a potential shutdown in January and continued uncertainty for our economy. This agreement rolls back the arbitrary cuts of sequestration that have slowed economic growth and cost our economy jobs and also builds on the $2.5 trillion in deficit reduction d… Continue Reading


Senator Baldwin Works to Strengthen Continued Investments in Wisconsin Shipbuilders and State Economy

Washington D.C. - The United States Senate will vote today to move forward on the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), the bill that governs United States Department of Defense for the upcoming year. The NDAA includes a provision that maintains support for the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) program, which employs thousands of Wisconsin workers and contributes millions of dollars to our state economy. Senator Baldwin has been a strong advocate for the LCS program for years and helped ensure inc… Continue Reading


Support Grows for Baldwin’s Bipartisan Legislation to Increase Efficiency in Healthcare Delivery, Reduce Costs

Washington D.C. - Major national health care organizations from across the political spectrum have added their support to the bipartisan Quality Data, Quality Healthcare Act, S.1758. The bipartisan bill, introduced recently by U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and John Thune (R-S.D.), increases the transparency of healthcare costs in Medicare - helping doctors, health systems, private insurers, and research institutions provide more efficient, higher quality healthcare and better patient outcom… Continue Reading


Senator Baldwin Calls on DOJ Inspector General to Investigate ATF Operations in Milwaukee

Today, Senator Baldwin sent a letter to U.S. Department of Justice's Office of the Inspector General (OIG) expressing her continued concerns about news reports regarding the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) tactics, methods and operations in Milwaukee. She called on the Inspector General to investigate tactics used by ATF agents thoroughly and to include a review of the most recent allegations in an OIG report so that appropriate reforms can be implemented at ATF. Read … Continue Reading


Baldwin, Merkley Introduce Legislation to Level the Playing Field for American Manufacturing

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Jeff Merkley (D-OR) have introduced new legislation that would crack down on unfair trade practices, level the playing field for American manufacturing companies, and help create middle class jobs. The Level the Playing Field in Global Trade Act would ensure that sub-standard wages, workplace safety practices, and environmental protections are properly accounted for as unfair subsidies by foreign countries when calculating American duties … Continue Reading


This is The Affordable Care Act: Up to 310,000 Wisconsin Children with Pre-Existing Conditions Can No Longer Be Denied Health Coverage

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin released figures highlighting the number of children in Wisconsin with pre-existing conditions who, thanks to the Affordable Care Act, will be protected from discrimination based on their health. Baldwin joined her Senate colleagues Senator Mazie Hirono (D-HI), Angus King (I-ME), and Tim Kaine (D-VA) at a press conference on Capitol Hill today to highlight the issue. As many as 2,489,279 non-elderly Wisconsinites have some type of pre-existing h… Continue Reading


U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Statement on Bipartisan Budget Act

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin today made the following statement regarding the Bipartisan Budget Act. "The bipartisan budget agreement isn't perfect, but it is progress that will help break this destructive pattern of drifting from one manufactured crisis to the next. This agreement is a fair bargain that invests in middle class families, reduces the deficit, and rolls back the arbitrary cuts of sequestration that have slowed economic growth and cost our economy jobs. It is importa… Continue Reading


Wisconsin Continues to Pay a Price for Failing to Strengthen BadgerCare through the Affordable Care Act

Washington, DC - Today, Senator Tammy Baldwin renewed her call for Governor Scott Walker to seize the opportunity to strengthen BadgerCare through the Affordable Care Act. "Wisconsin continues to pay a price for Governor Walker's insistence on putting politics ahead of what's best for our state," said Baldwin. "He has refused to accept an investment to strengthen our BadgerCare program and instead he continues to take Wisconsin down a fiscally irresponsible path that covers fewer people at a hi… Continue Reading


U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin and Edward Markey Preserve Public Access to Local Television Channels, Ensure Diversity of Programming

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Edward Markey (D-MA) today introduced the Community Access Preservation (CAP) Act, legislation to ensure public access to local television programming. "The 80-plus public, educational, and governmental access channels in the state of Wisconsin deliver invaluable public programming on a daily basis, commercial free and with the sole purpose of informing and educating our communities," said Baldwin. "As local budgets tighten and television d… Continue Reading

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