Press Releases

05.12.20

Baldwin, Bipartisan Colleagues Call for Fairness for Farmers, Request DOJ Investigate Potential Illegal Practices by Beef Packers

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) joined a bipartisan group of her Senate colleagues, led by Senator Deb Fischer (R-NE), in writing a letter to the U.S. Department of Justice requesting that the department investigate potential anticompetitive activities in the highly concentrated beef packing sector. "Recent pricing discrepancies between fed cattle and boxed beef are pushing cattle producers and feeders to the brink…Cattlemen across America seriously question t… Continue Reading


05.12.20

Baldwin, Colleagues Call Out Trump Administration for Shortchanging Americans’ Direct Payments amid Pandemic

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and her colleagues, led by Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR), are calling on the Trump administration to fix a major error that has kept families with children across the country from receiving the full direct payment amount that they qualify for under Congress' Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Some families did not receive the $500 payment per dependent that they qualified for, and are now being told by the IRS to wait u… Continue Reading


05.11.20

Baldwin, Colleagues Introduce Legislation to Help Renters during the Coronavirus Pandemic

Bill Would Authorize $100 Billion for an Emergency Rental Assistance Program to Help Renters Stay Housed During and After the Pandemic Lawmakers Call for Legislation to Be Included In the Next Coronavirus Relief Package WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) joined her colleagues, led by Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, in announcing new legislation, the Emergency Rental Assistance and Rental Market Stab… Continue Reading


05.08.20

Baldwin, Murphy Lead Call Urging Trump Administration to Cover COVID-19 Related Medical Expenses for Those Enrolled in Junk Plans

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Chris Murphy (D-CT), both members of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, on Friday led eight Senate Democrats in urging the Trump administration to cover the COVID-19 treatment expenses for those enrolled in short term, limited duration insurance (STLDI) plans. These so-called junk plans, which are heavily promoted by the administration, often do not cover essential medical services and are leaving consumers… Continue Reading


05.08.20

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Announces Nearly $17 Million in Community Development Block Grant Funding for Wisconsin

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin today announced $16,938,176 in federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding for the State of Wisconsin's coordinated response to COVID-19 and the economic and housing impacts caused by it. This funding was included in the bipartisan Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act that was signed into law in March. The CARES Act included $5 billion total in CDBG funding. Today's announcement is the second round of funding for s… Continue Reading


05.08.20

Senator Baldwin Helps Introduce Bill to Expand Health Care Workforce to Meet Nationwide Challenges Highlighted by COVID-19

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) joined her colleagues, led by Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) and U.S. Representative Jan Schakowsky (D-IL-09), in introducing bicameral legislation to provide a historic investment in the National Health Service Corps (NHSC) and Nurse Corps programs to cover graduate education costs for more than 300,000 clinicians in order to help address existing health workforce shortages throughout our health care system. The COVID-19 pandemic … Continue Reading


05.07.20

Baldwin Joins Senate Democrats in Calling on VA to Develop COVID-19 Testing Strategy at Facilities Nationwide

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) joined 17 Senate colleagues, led by Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO), in calling on the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to ramp up Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) testing at VA facilities nationwide and establish a framework for a large-scale strategy for national testing. "In support of a nationwide testing strategy, VA can be a great asset in achieving the kind of testing scale-up necessary to safely open the economy successfully and s… Continue Reading


05.07.20

Permanent Buy America Provision from Senators Baldwin and Braun Passes Senate Committee

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works (EPW) has passed a permanent "Buy America" provision from Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Mike Braun (R-IN) that would rebuild America's crumbling drinking water infrastructure with American-made iron and steel. The bipartisan reform from Baldwin and Braun was included in drinking water legislation, the Drinking Water Infrastructure Act of 2020, that passed alongside water resources development legislation, America's Wate… Continue Reading


05.06.20

In Letter To President Trump, Baldwin, Schumer, Murray, And Senate Democrats Call Administration’s Testing Blueprint Insufficient, Insist Federal Government Must Release And Implement National Plan

In New Letter to President Trump, Senate Democrats Call For Increased Coronavirus Testing Capacity & Full Implementation of a National Strategic Plan to Allocate Funds, Increase Lab Capacity and Public Health Workforce Senate Democrats Say Trump Administration Must Ramp Up Testing Capabilities So That Every Person Who Needs A Test Can Get One; Set Expectations For Detailed Plan Required From Trump Administration By May 24th Deadline In Latest COVID-19 Package Baldwin, Schumer, Murray and … Continue Reading


05.06.20

Baldwin, Moore, Kind, Pocan Push for Expanded Food Assistance for Wisconsin in Coronavirus Relief Legislation

"As we face historic economic and social disruption during this pandemic, we must bolster the SNAP program and ensure access for those Wisconsinites who need food assistance." WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin and U.S. Representatives Gwen Moore, Ron Kind and Mark Pocan today called on Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer, Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy to prioritize the needs of participants in the Supplemental Nutrition Assista… Continue Reading


05.06.20

Baldwin Demands Answers from the Nation’s Largest Meat Processors on Failing to Protect Workers from COVID-19

5,000 workers in the meatpacking industry either have COVID-19 or have been forced to self-quarantine and 20 workers have died WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin today demanded answers from the CEOs of the nation's three largest meat processors, JBS USA Holdings, Smithfield Foods and Tyson Foods, on reports of unsafe working conditions and facilities failing to follow recommended safety guidelines to protect frontline workers. In Wisconsin, outbreaks at meat processing plants have … Continue Reading


05.05.20

Baldwin Joins Colleagues in Call for Tax Credit Expansion to Help Working Families During Coronavirus Economic Downturn

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) joined Senators Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Michael Bennet (D-CO), Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Ron Wyden (D-OR), along with 38 senators, in a letter to Senate leadership calling for a temporary expansion of the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and the Child Tax Credit (CTC) in the next coronavirus relief package. As the economic effects of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) are expected to last into next year, this would put money back in the pockets of … Continue Reading


05.05.20

Senator Baldwin to Trump Administration: Wisconsin Farmers Need Better Access to Paycheck Protection Program Now

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin is calling for action from the Trump administration to help Wisconsin farmers access the Small Business Administration's (SBA) Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). Senator Baldwin has heard from struggling family farmers that are falling through the cracks in the PPP because of how the program determines applicant eligibility. The PPP bases loans on either the business' payroll costs or its net earnings. Businesses that lost money in 2019 are allowed … Continue Reading


05.04.20

Baldwin Joins Colleagues in Push to Strengthen Food Assistance During COVID-19 Crisis

Senator is Urging Senate Leadership to Address Needs of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program in Next Coronavirus Relief Package WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) joined her colleagues in urging Senate leadership to support and strengthen the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). In a letter sent to Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, Baldwin urged her colleagues to address the needs of SNAP in the next coronavirus relief package… Continue Reading


05.04.20

BALDWIN, SENATE COLLEAGUES: TRUMP DECISION TO REOPEN MEAT PROCESSING FACILITIES WITHOUT CLEAR SAFETY STANDARDS PUTS WORKERS, NATION’S FOOD SUPPLY AT RISK

President Trump Used Defense Production Act to Compel Meat Processing Facilities to Reopen Despite Poor Health & Safety Record; Without Comprehensive Efforts to Ensure Health & Safety of Workers, Plants will Remain Significant Vector of Infection Senators: Facilities Should Reopen Only After they have Met All Health & Safety Guidelines Issued by OSHA and CDC WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin is urging President Trump to take immediate action to amend his Executive Order… Continue Reading


05.01.20

Baldwin Joins Bipartisan Group of Senators Urging USDA to Target Relief to Local Farmers in Finalized Coronavirus Food Assistance Program

Earlier this Month, Senators Outlined Steps that USDA Can Take to Ensure that CARES Act Relief Programs Reach Local Farmers Senators are Following up on Their Initial Request and Urging USDA to Ensure Provisions for Local Food Producers are Specifically Included in the Newly Created Coronavirus Food Assistance Program WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin joined a bipartisan group of senators, led by Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Susan Collins (R-ME), in urg… Continue Reading


05.01.20

Baldwin and Senate Colleagues Ask About Political Interference In COVID-19 Response Following Ouster of Vaccine Development Head

20 Democratic Senators write to Sec. Azar about concerns that political interference is hindering COVID-19 response efforts Trump Administration reportedly removed Dr. Rick Bright as head of BARDA due to his insistence on scientifically vetted treatments Recent reports also raise questions about whether other personnel chosen for key leadership roles had relevant qualifications Senators: "Our response to this crisis cannot be steady if its leadership is being constantly shuffled and if expert… Continue Reading


04.30.20

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Applauds U.S. Navy’s Selection of Wisconsin to Build New Ships

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin released the following statement applauding the U.S. Navy's announcement today that Wisconsin's Fincantieri Marinette Marine shipyard has been selected to build a class of up to 10 multimission guided-missile frigates (FFGs) for the Navy's FFG(X) program. "I take great pride in representing Wisconsin's shipbuilding industry because our workers have helped sustain America's security for generations, boasting a successful history of building ships for… Continue Reading


04.30.20

Baldwin, Murray, Heinrich, Democrats to Scalia: Do Your Job and Protect Workers Before Reopening the Economy

As the Trump Administration pushes to reopen economy, Senate Democrats insist that worker protections must come first In a letter to Labor Secretary Scalia, Democrats demand that OSHA put in place standards, guidance, enforcement, and outreach to protect workers Senators to Scalia: "In advance of states reopening, you have a responsibility to direct OSHA to take steps to ensure workers are protected, which will further protect public health." WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin, … Continue Reading


04.29.20

Senators Baldwin, Hawley Ask FTC to Open Antitrust Investigation into Meatpackers Amid Plant Closures

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Josh Hawley (R-MO) asked the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to open an antitrust investigation into the meatpacking industry. The industry is currently dominated by just a handful of large, multinational firms that have concentrated meat processing into fewer and fewer facilities, leaving America's food supply chain vulnerable to disruptions. In the bipartisan letter, the Senators note that the closing of three pork plants because… Continue Reading

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