Press Releases

07.16.14

Senators Baldwin, Merkley to GAO: Do Trade Agreements Undermine “Buy American” Manufacturing Policy?

WASHINGTON - In a letter sent to the Government Accountability Office (GAO) this week, U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Jeff Merkley (D-OR) called for the investigative agency to open an inquiry into the impact of trade agreements on the U.S. federal government's domestic procurement preferences, known as "Buy American," and specifically the impact on U.S. manufacturing. The Senators urged the agency to update previous findings that trade agreements had not delivered sufficient commercial… Continue Reading


07.15.14

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Statement on Senate Appropriations Defense Subcommittee Funding Three Littoral Combat Ships

Washington D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin today made the following statement regarding the Senate Appropriations Defense Subcommittee funding three Littoral Combat Ships plus including $80 million in advanced procurement for a fourth ship for FY15. The full Senate Appropriations Committee will markup the FY15 Department of Defense Appropriations bill Thursday morning. "Wisconsin is home to one of the largest manufacturing sectors in the nation, including a strong shipbuilding industry with a… Continue Reading


07.10.14

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Supports Bipartisan Sportsmen’s Act to Boost Wisconsin’s Thriving Outdoor Recreation Industry, Expand Access and Opportunities for Hunters and Anglers

Washington D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin has cosponsored the Bipartisan Sportsmen's Act of 2014. A comprehensive package of legislation put together by Senators Kay Hagen (D-NC) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), the bill includes policies to enhance opportunities for hunting, fishing, and outdoor recreation; reauthorizes key conservation programs; and helps boost Wisconsin's outdoor recreation economy. The bill has over 45 cosponsors in the Senate. "Wisconsin has a strong tradition of hunting, fi… Continue Reading


06.30.14

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Statement on Supreme Court Decision against Women’s Health Care

Washington D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin today released the following statement on the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to allow some employers to withhold contraceptive services from their employees' health coverage. "I don't believe that bosses should dictate the personal health decisions of women. Women are more than capable of making their own decisions without consulting politicians or their employer. Today's ruling puts some bosses between women and basic health care benefits. It is now… Continue Reading


06.26.14

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Joins Colleagues in Call for Action to Stop Price Spikes Caused by Wall Street Oil Speculators

Washington D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin has joined her colleagues in support of legislation that gives federal regulators emergency power to stop Wall Street speculators from taking advantage of turmoil in Iraq to drive up oil prices and make hard-working Americans pay more for gasoline. The legislation, introduced by Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), would force the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, the federal agency that regulates oil markets, to use all of its authority, including it… Continue Reading


06.26.14

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Statement on the One Year Anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court Decisions on Marriage Equality and the Progress Across America Over the Last Year

Washington D.C. - On the one year anniversary of two landmark U.S. Supreme Court decisions on marriage equality, U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin released the following statement on the historic progress across America over the last year. "One year ago today, the U.S. Supreme Court issued decisions in two historic cases that overturned discrimination against gay and lesbian American citizens simply because of who they love. Wisconsin is now one of fourteen states that have had a marriage ban struck d… Continue Reading


06.26.14

Baldwin, Durbin, Brown, Reed, Warren, Sanders: Tax Credits Should Go To Companies That Invest In American Workers, Not Ship Jobs Overseas

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Jack Reed (D-RI), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), and Bernie Sanders (D-VT) introduced the Patriot Employer Tax Credit Act, a bill that would provide a tax credit to companies that provide fair wages and good benefits to workers while closing a tax loophole that incentivizes corporations to send jobs overseas. The loophole costs the U.S. Treasury approximately $50 billion each year at a time when outso… Continue Reading


06.25.14

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Votes for Bipartisan Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act

Washington D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin today joined her colleagues in support of the bipartisan Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), which passed the U.S. Senate by a strong majority, 95-3. Baldwin pressed to include in the bill provisions to address long-term unemployment and the gender pay gap. Originally passed in the late 1990's as the Workforce Investment Act, this important reauthorization has been overdue since 2003. "This bill is an important investment in Wisconsin's … Continue Reading


06.24.14

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Supports Strengthening Wisconsin’s Economic Security through Bipartisan Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act

Washington D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin has expressed her strong support for the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), bipartisan legislation expected to be up for a vote in the U.S. Senate on Wednesday. Baldwin pressed to include in the bill provisions to address long-term unemployment and the gender pay gap. Originally passed in the late 1990's as the Workforce Investment Act, this important reauthorization has been overdue since 2003. "This bill is an important investment in … Continue Reading


06.17.14

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Recognizes Wisconsin Recipients of Jefferson Awards for Public Service

Washington D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin today recognized three Jefferson Awards recipients from Wisconsin. The Jefferson Awards for Public Service are presented each year to Americans who strive to make a difference and build stronger communities. "These outstanding citizens represent the best of our great state," said Senator Baldwin. "Wisconsin is proud of their strong commitment to serving their communities. These exceptional Wisconsinites are role models for others who understand the v… Continue Reading


06.17.14

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Joins Colleagues in Introducing New Measure to Help Families Access Affordable Health Coverage

Washington D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin has joined her colleagues in support of the Family Coverage Act, a measure that will help families in Wisconsin and across the country access the tax credits in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to ensure they get the most affordable coverage possible. The legislation, introduced by Senator Al Franken (D-Minn.), would clarify ACA rules so that families whose employers offer them health coverage that is not affordable to their family can access tax credit… Continue Reading


06.16.14

Baldwin, Kind, Moore and Pocan Send Letter to U.S. Attorney General Asking for Federal Recognition of Same-Sex Married Couples in Wisconsin

Washington D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin, Congressman Ron Kind (WI-3), Congresswoman Gwen Moore (WI-4) and Congressman Mark Pocan (WI-2) have sent a letter to United States Attorney General Eric Holder asking that the same-sex couples in Wisconsin who have received marriage licenses be recognized for federal purposes. They write, "To date, same-sex couples across Wisconsin have received marriage licenses, and officials in counties throughout the state continue to issue licenses to eligible … Continue Reading


06.13.14

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Statement on Marriage Equality in Wisconsin

Washington D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin made the following statement on marriage equality in Wisconsin. "One year ago this month, the U.S. Supreme Court issued decisions in two historic cases that reflected the progress we have all witnessed across our country. The nation's highest court made a strong statement for equality and freedom, overturning discrimination against gay and lesbian American citizens simply because of who they love. Wisconsin is the twelfth state to see a marriage ban … Continue Reading


06.11.14

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Votes for Bipartisan Legislation to Bring Accountability to Department of Veterans Affairs, Hire Additional Doctors and Nurses to Cut Down on Wait times, and Update the VA’s Scheduling System to Improve Access to Health Services

Washington D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin today applauded her colleagues for their support for the bipartisan bill she cosponsored to bring accountability to the Department of Veterans Affairs and to expand access to veterans' health care. The legislation, put together by Senators Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and John McCain (R-Ariz.) passed the Senate 93-3. "Our brave men and women in uniform make great sacrifices on our behalf. I believe we have a shared responsibility to ensure that when they r… Continue Reading


06.11.14

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Statement on Student Loan Refinancing Vote in the Senate

Washington D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin released the following statement on today's vote (56-38) in the U.S. Senate on the Bank on Students Emergency Loan Refinancing Act. Baldwin is a cosponsor of the legislation, and while it received majority support, a minority of Republicans obstructed the bill from moving forward. The Department of Education estimates that about 25 million borrowers could benefit from refinancing under this legislation, including 515,000 Wisconsinites. "There is a deb… Continue Reading


06.10.14

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Co-Sponsors Student Loan Refinancing Legislation

Washington D.C. - As the U.S. Senate nears a Wednesday vote on student loan refinancing legislation, U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin is urging her colleagues to support the bill and help ease the debt burden on the 25 million federal student loan borrowers estimated to benefit from refinancing. The Bank on Students Emergency Loan Refinancing Act would allow borrowers with federal and private undergraduate loans at high interest rates to refinance at today's lower rates of 3.86 percent with no refina… Continue Reading


06.09.14

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Supports Bipartisan Compromise to Bring Accountability to the VA

Washington D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin today announced her support for a bipartisan bill to bring accountability to the Department of Veterans Affairs and to expand access to veterans' health care. The bill, put together by Senators Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and John McCain (R-Ariz.) is expected to be voted on in the Senate this week. "This bipartisan legislation includes solutions to improve the delivery of veterans' health care. Our veterans have served our country with honor and we owe it… Continue Reading


06.09.14

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Statement on Federal Court Decision on Marriage Equality in Wisconsin

Washington D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin made the below statement regarding the Federal Court Decision on Marriage Equality in Wisconsin. "Love is love, family is family, and discriminating against anyone's love, against anyone's family, is just plain wrong. Wisconsin can proudly say that discrimination doesn't just violate our values - it violates our Constitution. And now we can proudly say that marriage equality will be the law of the land in Wisconsin. "This federal court decision re… Continue Reading


06.04.14

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Focuses on College Affordability and Student Loan Refinancing at Senate Budget Hearing, Press Conference, Online Chat with Students, and Roundtable Dialogues on UW Campuses

Washington D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin is drawing attention to the student loan debt crisis in America and the urgent need to pass legislation to help ease the crushing burden of student loan debt that is holding back this generation and creating a drag on economic growth for our country. Today, Baldwin questioned witnesses at a Senate Budget Committee hearing focused on "The Impact of Student Loan Debt on Borrowers and the Economy". She advocated for new legislation to allow borrowers wi… Continue Reading


06.03.14

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Statement on Administration Announcement of Clean Power Plan

Washington D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin made the following statement regarding the Administration announcement of Clean Power Plan. "The question is not whether climate change is occurring, but how America is going to take it on. Let there be no doubt, global climate change is real, it is a fact that we must confront. Our Wisconsin economy faces a growing threat from climate change that demands action. The Clean Power Plan is a bold proposal that offers guidelines and the opportunity for… Continue Reading

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