Press Releases

03.11.20

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Votes for Resolution to Overturn DeVos Borrower Defense Rule

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin voted in favor of a Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution of disapproval - led by Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) - to overturn Department of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos' rewritten borrower defense rule that gutted essential protections for student borrowers and taxpayers. The resolution passed the full Senate with bipartisan support, 53-42, and now heads to the President for his consideration. "Secretary DeVos is siding with the predatory… Continue Reading


03.11.20

Baldwin, Democrats Push DeVos to Issue Clear Guidance for Schools and Families Following Widespread School Closures

Baldwin, Democrats push for DeVos to address school lunches, online learning, and federal financial aid and student loans Senators: "We urge the U.S. Department of Education to consider several serious issues related to school closure." WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), a member of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP), joined 32 of her Democratic colleagues in urging Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos to provide clarity and guidance for sch… Continue Reading


03.11.20

Baldwin Calls on Defense Department to Guarantee Access to Coronavirus Testing for American Servicemembers Abroad

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin today urged leadership of the U.S. Department of Defense and the National Guard to guarantee that American servicemembers stationed abroad, including members of the Wisconsin National Guard, have easy access to coronavirus testing. Wisconsin National Guard members are currently deployed to Afghanistan where there are confirmed cases of coronavirus. "Members of the Wisconsin Army National Guard 1st Battalion, 128th "Red Arrow" Infantry Regiment are p… Continue Reading


03.10.20

Baldwin, Colleagues Urge Trump Administration to Protect American Workers against COVID-19

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin, a member of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP), today joined her colleagues, led by Senators Bob Menendez (D-NJ) and Patty Murray (D-WA), in urging the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) to direct the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to issue a comprehensive Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) to protect American workers against the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. OSHA has the statutory authority to … Continue Reading


03.10.20

Baldwin Helps Introduce Historic Legislative Package to Address America’s Black Maternal Health Crisis

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin, a member of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP), helped introduce an historic legislative package to address the United States' urgent maternal health crisis. The Black Maternal Health Momnibus Act of 2020, led by Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) and Representatives Lauren Underwood (IL-14) and Alma Adams (NC-12), will build on existing maternal health legislation by filling gaps through nine new bills to comprehensi… Continue Reading


03.10.20

Baldwin Supports Bipartisan Legislation to Ensure Funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin is calling on the Senate to support the bipartisan Great American Outdoors Act to ensure essential federal funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) that will protect and preserve public lands for generations to come. This legislation will be considered by the full Senate this week and also provide a large funding boost to address deferred maintenance in our national parks and federal recreational lands. "Wisconsin has long been a nati… Continue Reading


03.09.20

In Response to Coronavirus, Baldwin Helps Introduce New Emergency Paid Sick Leave Legislation

New bill would immediately require employers to provide workers with 14 days of paid sick leave to be used during a public health emergency, including current crisis Outside of public health emergencies, legislation requires employers to provide seven days of accrued sick leave, building off Healthy Families Act WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin, a member of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP), joined her colleagues in introducing new, emergency … Continue Reading


03.05.20

Senator Baldwin Asks Scalia How He Plans to Protect Workers

CDC has urged businesses to plan for the coronavirus and its impact on workers Labor Committee Democrats ask Scalia to outline his plan to protect workers, especially workers on the front-line of coronavirus response, low-income workers, and workers who may not be able to work remotely "As businesses work to develop plans to respond to COVID-19, it is critical we ensure they are taking the best interests of workers into account" WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin joined fellow … Continue Reading


03.05.20

Baldwin Testifies at Senate Hearing on Protecting Workers against China’s Attempts to Undermine American Industries

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin today provided testimony to the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs in a hearing entitled, "Threats Posed by State-Owned and State-Supported Enterprises to Public Transportation." Baldwin discussed her bipartisan efforts to prevent federal funds from being used by transit agencies to purchase rail cars or buses manufactured by Chinese state-owned, controlled, or subsidized companies. In the hearing, Senator Baldwin said, "Wiscons… Continue Reading


03.05.20

Senator Baldwin Asks DeVos How She Plans to Protect Students, Teachers, School Staff

CDC has urged schools to prepare for the possible spread of coronavirus Education Committee Democrats ask DeVos to outline her plan for students, teachers, and other school staff, following her announcement of an Education Department coronavirus task force "We write to understand how the U.S. Department of Education is preparing for the possible spread of the virus and … how to best protect students, teachers, and other staff" WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin joined fell… Continue Reading


03.04.20

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Calls For Swift Passage of Bipartisan Coronavirus Funding Package

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee and the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP), called for swift passage of a bipartisan emergency supplemental funding agreement to respond to the novel coronavirus. Baldwin announced that with passage of the funding package, Wisconsin will be eligible for a minimum of $10.2 million in additional grant funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)… Continue Reading


03.04.20

Baldwin, Democrats to Azar: Trump Administration’s Health Care Sabotage Undermines Coronavirus Response

Amid coronavirus outbreak, Baldwin and 38 Democratic Senators urge the Trump administration to prioritize patients' access to care in order to promote public health Senators demand Trump reverse efforts to promote junk plans and undermine Medicaid, and commit to ensuring that any potential coronavirus vaccine is affordable for all Senators: "We are deeply concerned both by your refusal to commit that a potential vaccine for coronavirus will be affordable to anyone who needs it, and this Admini… Continue Reading


03.03.20

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Calls on Insurance Companies to Put People over Junk Plan Profits Amidst Coronavirus Concerns

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin is calling on eight insurance companies that sell junk insurance plans in Wisconsin to make sure people can get the information, testing and care they need related to the coronavirus. Last month, the Miami Herald reported on a Florida man who could be forced to pay thousands of dollars out-of-pocket after seeking care when he thought he might have contracted coronavirus while travelling in China. While the man ultimately tested negative for t… Continue Reading


03.02.20

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Advocates for Rural Broadband in Wisconsin

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) joined a bipartisan group of senators in urging U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue to expand access to rural broadband by adjusting requirements of the ReConnect program, which currently blocks rural communities across 19 states from accessing federal funding intended to support rural broadband deployment. In the letter led by Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR), the senators request Secretary Perdue to use his authority to broaden ReConnect eli… Continue Reading


02.27.20

U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin and Marco Rubio Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Ensure American Infrastructure is Built to Last

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Marco Rubio (R-FL) today introduced new bipartisan legislation to help local communities and private firms build stronger infrastructure that will withstand severe weather events. Senator Tina Smith (D-MN) is also cosponsoring the legislation. "In recent years, communities in Wisconsin have been hit particularly hard by severe weather events and flooding that has washed out roads, closed local businesses and damaged highways and bridges,… Continue Reading


02.26.20

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Continues Efforts to Reverse Trump Decision to Divert Funding From Wisconsin Manufacturers to Fund Border Wall

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin continued her efforts this week to prevent the Trump administration from diverting millions in federal funding intended for Wisconsin manufacturers in order to build part of President Trump's ineffective wall on the southwest border. Today, Senator Baldwin joined her Democratic colleagues to introduce the Restoring Military Priorities Act of 2020, which would reverse and restore the Department of Defense's (DoD) recent transfer of $3.8 billion to be… Continue Reading


02.26.20

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Helps Introduce Legislation to Reverse & Restore Military Funding After President Trump Repeatedly Raids Defense Department For His Border Wall

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, joined her Democratic colleagues to introduce the Restoring Military Priorities Act of 2020, which would reverse and restore the Department of Defense's (DoD) recent transfer of $3.8 billion to be used to build part of President Donald Trump's wasteful border wall. The legislation reduces DoD's transfer authority so that DoD cannot turn around and try to divert additional funding for President Trump'… Continue Reading


02.26.20

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Working to Prevent More Farm Bankruptcies in Wisconsin

Wisconsin currently leads the nation in farm bankruptcies U.S. farm bankruptcies are at an eight-year high WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) is working to give flexibility to local banks and credit unions to help fight the surge of farm bankruptcies in Wisconsin. As Wisconsin leads the nation in farm bankruptcies, local community financial institutions like banks and credit unions are restricted in their regulatory lending ability to farmers, even though they are uniquely… Continue Reading


02.25.20

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Announces More Than $1.3 Million to Support Senior Volunteer Services in Wisconsin

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin today announced that Wisconsin will receive $1,344,374 in funding from the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) that will support Senior Corps members serving the community with local organizations. "Wisconsinites are committed to serving their communities more than ever, and hundreds of thousands of men and women have answered the call to service. And those who serve not only have the opportunity to make a difference, they develop … Continue Reading


02.25.20

Senate Unanimously Passes Baldwin’s Bipartisan Bill to Support the Health and Wellbeing of Family Caregivers

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Senate unanimously passed bipartisan legislation Monday night authored by Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Susan Collins (R-ME) to support the health and wellbeing of family caregivers. The Lifespan Respite Care Reauthorization Act of 2019 now awaits consideration by the U.S. House of Representatives. This bipartisan bill would authorize $10 million annually for the Lifespan Respite Care program from fiscal year 2020 through fiscal year 2024. "Every day, family car… Continue Reading

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