Press Releases

03.26.20

Baldwin, Senate Colleagues Urge FDA to Change Discriminatory Blood Donation Policies to Combat Coronavirus Pandemic

As COVID-19 has spurred a nationwide blood shortage, the FDA continues to enforce discriminatory policies prohibiting many healthy gay and bisexual men from donating blood Senators: "We must take every possible step to secure our nation's blood supply in this critical time." WASHINGTON, D.C. - In the midst of a nationwide shortage of donated blood spurred by the coronavirus pandemic, U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Cory Booker (D-NJ) are leading a group of th… Continue Reading


03.26.20

Baldwin, Bipartisan Colleagues Request Full FY2021 Funding for Great Lakes Restoration Initiative

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin, a member of the bipartisan Senate Great Lakes Task Force, this week joined her colleagues in sending a letter to the Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Chairman Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Ranking Member Tom Udall (D-NM) to request at least $320 million in funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) in Fiscal Year 2021. GLRI is a successful, results-driven program that is designed to address the mos… Continue Reading


03.25.20

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Works to Pass Bipartisan Economic Stimulus Legislation to Support Wisconsin Families, Workers, Small Businesses, Hospitals and Our Health Care System

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin voted for bipartisan economic stimulus legislation that unanimously passed the Senate tonight. "We face a public health crisis that threatens our economy and this bipartisan response from the Senate supports families, workers, small businesses, hospitals, and our public health care system," said Senator Baldwin. "This is another strong step forward by Congress responding to the challenges we face in Wisconsin. We are all in this together, so we need… Continue Reading


03.24.20

Baldwin, Colleagues Introduce Bill to Sustain Rural Broadband Connectivity during Coronavirus Pandemic

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Kevin Cramer (R-ND), along with Tina Smith (D-MN), Dan Sullivan (R-AK), Steve Daines (R-MT), Doug Jones (D-AL), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Jon Tester (D-MT), John Barrasso (R-WY), Pat Roberts (R-KS), Jacky Rosen (D-NV), Todd Young (R-IN), and Gary Peters (D-MI), introduced the bipartisan Keeping Critical Connections Act to help small broadband providers ensure rural broadband connectivity for students and their families … Continue Reading


03.24.20

Baldwin Working to Provide Child Care and Elder Care to Health Care Workers to Help Respond to Coronavirus Outbreak

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) helped introduce legislation with Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Maggie Hassan (D-NH), Kamala Harris (D-CA), Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Jack Reed (D-RI) to assist health care workers with child and elder care so that they can continue to treat patients during the coronavirus, or COVID-19, pandemic. The Helping Health Care Workers Afford Child and Elder Care Act provides payments to eligible health care workers and lab technicians in need of child… Continue Reading


03.22.20

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Announces New Legislation to Scale Up Made in America Production of Medical Supplies and Personal Protective Equipment For Hospitals and Health Care Workers

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin announced new legislation to expedite the procurement of medical equipment, under the Defense Production Act (DPA), to combat the spread of coronavirus. Despite multiple announcements, President Donald Trump has not utilized the federal government's entire authority under DPA, so Baldwin's legislation would require the President to do so in order to quickly produce and ensure access to supplies, including Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), f… Continue Reading


03.21.20

Baldwin, Shaheen Call for No Junk Plans Act and Enrollment Assistance in Economic Stimulus Response Legislation

Legislation would overturn Trump's expansion of junk health insurance plans that don't provide comprehensive health care coverage "During an outbreak, it is critical that all Americans have access to the health care services they need." WASHINGTON, D.C. - As the coronavirus pandemic continues to spread throughout the United States, U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) are leading a letter to Senate leadership calling for the COVID-19 economic stimulus response legisla… Continue Reading


03.20.20

Baldwin, Colleagues Tell Trump to Immediately and Fully Use All Defense Production Act Authorities to Mobilize War-Scale Manufacturing Effort of Respirators, Ventilators, Test Kits, Other Medical Equipment

President has only invoked part of one title in Act, and refused to deploy Act's full powers to incentivize industry, retool private manufacturing capabilities; Senators also urge Trump to stop xenophobic references to COVID-19 WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin today joined 19 of her Senate colleagues in decrying President Donald Trump's partial invocation of the Defense Production Act (DPA), which ignored other key titles in the Act that provide essential tools for rapidly scalin… Continue Reading


03.20.20

Baldwin, Colleagues Press Trump Administration on Reports that DHS is Preparing Mass Deportation of Dreamers

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin joined her Congressional colleagues in pressing the Trump administration on reports that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is preparing mass deportations of Dreamers, young immigrants who grew up in the United States and know no other home. Many Dreamers have reported receiving notice that their deportation cases have recently been reopened. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) issued a statement confirming that DACA deportation cas… Continue Reading


03.20.20

In Midst of COVID-19 Pandemic, Baldwin, Colleagues Call on President Trump to End Efforts to Sabotage the Affordable Care Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin, a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, joined 19 of her colleagues in a letter calling on President Trump to reverse course on efforts to repeal, sabotage, or undermine health care coverage provided by the Affordable Care Act. In the letter, Baldwin and colleagues criticized the administration's efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act and put millions of Americans' health care at risk during a pandem… Continue Reading


03.20.20

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Introduces Loan Forgiveness Plan to Support Small Businesses Hurt By Coronavirus Pandemic

WASHINGTON, D.C. - As Congress considers economic stimulus legislation, U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin today introduced a plan to support small businesses hurt by the coronavirus pandemic. "The economic stimulus response from Congress must provide small businesses the federal resources they need to stay in business and get through this economic crisis," said Senator Baldwin. "My plan expands direct aid to small businesses so they have the resources they need to keep moving forward, and keep their w… Continue Reading


03.19.20

Baldwin Introduces Legislation to Ban Stock Buybacks, Put Workers on Boards Before Big Corporations Receive Stimulus Support

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin today introduced legislation that would require big corporations to stop doing stock buybacks and put workers on boards if they want economic stimulus support. "We need an economic stimulus response that puts workers first so that they can make it through this crisis," said Senator Baldwin. "I want to make sure that taxpayers aren't bailing out big corporations who will just turn around and spend it on stock buybacks that primarily benefit C-suite e… Continue Reading


03.19.20

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin and Representative Mark Pocan Introduce Legislation to Guarantee Coronavirus Testing Kits for American Servicemembers in Middle East

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin and Representative Mark Pocan introduced bicameral legislation to require the Defense Department to make testing kits for COVID-19 available to all American servicemembers deployed to the Middle East. Senator Baldwin and Representative Pocan received calls from Wisconsin military families concerned that Wisconsin Guard members deployed to Afghanistan were in areas with confirmed COVID-19 cases, and did not have testing kits available. On Marc… Continue Reading


03.18.20

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Requesting More Federal Resources from Trump Administration for Wisconsin Small Businesses during Coronavirus Crisis

WASHINGTON, D.C. - As the coronavirus continues to spread throughout the nation, U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin is urging the Small Business Administration (SBA) to approve Governor Tony Evers' request for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) declaration for Wisconsin small businesses to access the funding they need to stay in business. In her letter to SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza, Senator Baldwin stressed the importance of issuing an EIDL declaration for Wisconsin's 72 counties so small b… Continue Reading


03.18.20

Baldwin, Colleagues Call for Direct Cash Assistance to Help Americans Weather Economic Fallout of Coronavirus Outbreak

WASHINGTON, D.C. - As the economic fallout of the novel Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak escalates, U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and her Senate colleagues sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer outlining a bold new proposal to provide Americans with direct cash payments. "Over the course of just one week, most of America went from business-as-usual to a virtual shutdown. Workers have seen their hours cut or eliminated … Continue Reading


03.18.20

Baldwin Helps Introduce Updated Emergency Paid Leave; Small Business Support Legislation in Response to Worsening Coronavirus Crisis

PAID Leave Act builds on bipartisan agreement in the Families First Coronavirus Response Act to ensure U.S. has a federal paid leave policy Under new PAID Leave Act, all workers will be allowed to take advantage of 14 paid sick days and 12 weeks of paid family and medical leave Bill will fully and quickly reimburse employers for all paid sick days and paid leave in 2020 and 2021 WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin, a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensi… Continue Reading


03.17.20

Baldwin, Senate Democrats Urge President to Use Existing DPA Authority to Address Shortages of Medical Equipment Needed to Treat and Prevent Spread of COVID-19

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin joined her Senate colleagues in urging President Trump to use his existing authority to help address widespread shortages of medical equipment, as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak. In a letter led by Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), and Senator Ed Markey (D-MA), the Senators pushed the president to invoke the Defense Production Act of 1950 (DPA), which authorizes the president to strengthen domestic manufacturing ca… Continue Reading


03.17.20

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Supports Senate Action on Coronavirus Response Legislation

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin supports immediate Senate action to pass coronavirus response legislation. "This is an urgent public health emergency and the Senate needs to take action to support Wisconsin families, workers and small businesses. We need to pass legislation that provides free testing for everyone who needs a test so cost is not a barrier. Small and medium-sized businesses need financial help to provide workers with emergency paid family leave, including paid sick … Continue Reading


03.17.20

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Urges Judge Not to Exempt Billionaire Sackler Family from Legal Consequences

WASHINGTON, D.C. - One day before a hearing in the ongoing Purdue Pharma bankruptcy case, U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin is urging Judge Robert P. Drain not to shield the Sackler family, who made billions through their ownership and management of Purdue Pharma, from legal action for their role in its decades-long deceptive marketing campaign for addictive opioids. "We cannot effectively serve the public interest without investigating the Sackler family and therefore I ask that you modify the injunc… Continue Reading


03.13.20

Senator Baldwin Pushes for VA to Increase Protections for Veterans during Coronavirus Outbreak

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin sent a letter with Senator Jon Tester (D-MT) and 10 of their colleagues to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to ensure that the Veteran's Health Administration is taking appropriate measures to protect veterans from the spread of the novel coronavirus. The VA is the nation's largest health care system with 172 medical facilities and 1,241 outpatient sites, 9 million enrolled veterans, and employing more than 322,000 staff across the cou… Continue Reading

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