Press Releases

04.03.20

Senator Baldwin Calls on State Legislature to Eliminate Waiting Period for Laid-Off Workers Needing Unemployment Assistance in Wisconsin

WASHINGTON, D.C. - After Congress worked to expand unemployment insurance for laid-off American workers in response to the coronavirus pandemic, U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin and members of the Wisconsin Congressional Delegation are calling on Wisconsin State legislative leaders to eliminate the one-week waiting period, currently required under state law for recipients of unemployment assistance, to provide much-needed financial support to Wisconsin workers as quickly as possible and allow the Stat… Continue Reading


04.03.20

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Supports Legislative Fix that Would Provide Direct Relief Payments to Families with Older Children and Adult Dependents

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin helped introduce a legislative fix that would make dependents 17 and older count toward what a family gets in direct payments from the bipartisan coronavirus relief package signed into law last week. Under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, an economic stimulus payment of $1,200 per adult and $500 per child (under 17) will go to most taxpayers with incomes below $75,000 for single taxpayers and $150,000 for married taxpa… Continue Reading


04.02.20

Senator Baldwin, Colleagues Demand Expanded Internet Access for Low-Income Americans throughout COVID-19 Crisis

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin today joined a group of colleagues to demand better mobile internet service for low-income Americans impacted by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Improved internet access would help American families better work and learn from home and access vital telehealth resources. The federal Lifeline service program, administered by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), provides free and discounted voice, text and cellular internet service to… Continue Reading


04.02.20

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Statement on FDA Announcing Updated Blood Donation Policy

"Now more than ever, we must work to increase our nation's supply based on science and facts." WASHINGTON, D.C. - In the midst of a nationwide shortage of donated blood spurred by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today announced an updated blood donation deferral policy to allow more healthy gay and bisexual men to donate blood. The new policy lowers the 12-month deferral to a three-month deferral for men who have sex with men (MSM), and includes a commitment to gat… Continue Reading


04.01.20

Baldwin, Senate Colleagues Call for Social Security Recipients to Get CARES Act Direct Cash Assistance Without Having to File Tax Return

WASHINGTON, D.C. - While the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act that the president signed into law last week ensured that the Treasury Department had the authority to send automatic direct cash assistance to Social Security beneficiaries regardless of whether they file taxes or not, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released contradictory guidance earlier this week stating that Social Security beneficiaries would need to file tax returns in order to receive direct paymen… Continue Reading


04.01.20

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Blasts Trump for Blocking Millions of Americans from Accessing Affordable Health Insurance Amid Pandemic

WASHINGTON, D.C. - As the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic spreads and more Americans are struggling to make ends meet, the Trump administration is declining to throw them a lifeline by reopening enrollment in the Affordable Care Act's (ACA) federal exchanges. The decision not to reopen HealthCare.gov, which was first reported by Politico, will be a severe blow to Americans in about two-thirds of states that don't run their own exchanges, including Wisconsin, and instead use the federal exc… Continue Reading


04.01.20

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin: Wisconsin Small Businesses Can Start Applying For New SBA Loans To Help During Coronavirus Pandemic On April 3

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin today announced that applications for the Small Business Administration's (SBA) Paycheck Protection Loan Program are available now, and that starting on April 3, 2020, small businesses and sole proprietorships can apply for and receive loans to cover their payroll and other certain expenses through existing SBA lenders. Independent contractors and those who are self-employed can begin applying on April 10, 2020. "Wisconsin small businesses need help… Continue Reading


03.31.20

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Announces Over $37 Million in New Community Development Block Grants for Wisconsin

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin today announced $37,286,321 in new federal Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) for Wisconsin communities to rapidly respond 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 last week. The CARES Act included $5 billion total in CDBG funding. This initial round of funding is being allocated to states and l… Continue Reading


03.31.20

Baldwin Helps Deliver Support for Wisconsin Farmers and Rural Communities in Bipartisan CARES Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin worked to provide relief for Wisconsin farmers and rural communities in the bipartisan Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act that was signed into law last week. "We face a public health crisis that threatens our economy and I worked to deliver support for Wisconsin farmers and our rural communities. This bipartisan response from Congress will help provide economic aid to our agriculture economy in Wisconsin during extremely chal… Continue Reading


03.30.20

Baldwin Leads Wisconsin Congressional Delegation in Calling on FEMA to Support Governor Evers' Request for More Testing Supplies and Personal Protective Equipment for Wisconsin

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin today led every member of the Wisconsin congressional delegation in calling on FEMA Administrator Peter Gaynor to immediately support Governor Tony Evers' requests for additional testing supplies and personal protective equipment (PPE) for first responders and health care workers in Wisconsin. On March 28, after still not receiving many of the supplies previously requested from the federal government, Governor Evers asked FEMA for expedited processi… Continue Reading


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

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