Press Releases

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


03.13.20

Senator Baldwin Helps Introduce Bill to Expand Free Coronavirus Testing

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 legislation that would expand free tests to confirm coronavirus (COVID-19) infections. This effort is being led by Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR), Tina Smith (D-MN) Gary Peters (D-MI), Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), and Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member of the Senate HELP Committee. "In order to effectively combat the coronav… Continue Reading


03.13.20

Baldwin, Colleagues Introduce Bill to Provide Unemployment Assistance to Those Affected By Coronavirus

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In response to the coronavirus pandemic, U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin cosponsored legislation to provide federally-funded unemployment assistance to affected individuals. The Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Act would create a temporary unemployment compensation program to provide benefits to individuals who are unable to work because of the coronavirus. "We have to work together across party lines to expand unemployment benefits for workers and families that will help them get… Continue Reading


03.13.20

Baldwin, Senators Urge Trump Administration to Re-Open Affordable Care Act Enrollment

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In light of the ongoing outbreak of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and in an effort to ensure more Americans have access to affordable health care, U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and 24 other Senators are urging the Trump administration to open a special enrollment period to allow people without health insurance to purchase an ACA plan through the health insurance marketplaces. Currently, about 27.5 million Americans lack health insurance of any kind, and even more are under… Continue Reading


03.13.20

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Stands Up for Wisconsin Seniors with New Bipartisan Legislation

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin has introduced bipartisan legislation to protect seniors who have fallen victim to financial scams and ensure they can get paid back. The Edith Shorougian Senior Victims of Fraud Compensation Act or "Edith's Bill" would incentivize states to pay back senior victims of fraud through the Crime Victims Fund established by the Department of Justice. The legislation is cosponsored by Senators Bill Cassidy (R-LA) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT). Baldwin too… Continue Reading


03.12.20

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Helps Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Address Medical Supply Vulnerability Due to Coronavirus

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Amid the coronavirus outbreak, U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin, a member of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP), helped introduce the Commission on America's Medical Security Act, bipartisan legislation led by Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Lamar Alexander (R-TN) to safeguard America's medical supply chain and address shortages due to the United States' dependence on foreign-made medical equipment. Approximately 40 percent of finished drugs and 80… Continue Reading


03.12.20

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Cosponsors Legislation To End Rampant Outsourcing And Protect American Jobs

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin announced her support for the End Outsourcing Act, which would utilize the tax code and federal grants, loans and contracts to end the outsourcing of jobs overseas. The bicameral legislation introduced by U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and U.S. Representative Mark Pocan (D-WI) would prevent employers from deducting expenses related to outsourcing, deny certain tax breaks to outsourcing employers, and require federal agencies awarding contrac… Continue Reading


03.12.20

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Calls on USDA Secretary Perdue to Take Stronger Action for Wisconsin Dairy Farmers

More than 2,000 dairy farms in Wisconsin have gone out of business since President Trump took office Trump budget cuts will make things worse for Wisconsin farmers WASHINGTON, D.C. - As Wisconsin dairy farms continue to go out of business and the state leads the nation in farm bankruptcies, U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin, a member of the Senate Appropriations Agriculture Subcommittee, is calling on Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue to take immediate action to bring relief to Wisconsin dairy fa… Continue Reading


03.11.20

Senator Baldwin Joins Call For President Trump To Invoke Stafford Act And Consider Disaster Declarations To Utilize FEMA’s $40+ Billion In Disaster Relief Funds To Aid State & Local Gov’t Response To Growing Coronavirus Outbreak

In New Letter, Senators Urge President Trump To Immediately Consider Disaster Declarations That Allow FEMA To Utilize $40+ Billion Disaster Relief Fund To Aid State And Local Gov'ts Responding To Coronavirus Outbreak The Senators Emphasize That Use Of Funds Could Alleviate Strain On Local Gov'ts And Would Help Mitigate Disease Spread, Save Lives, And Protect Public Health And Safety WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin joined 35 Democratic Senators in sending a letter to President… Continue Reading


03.11.20

In Letter to Trump, Baldwin and Senate Democrats Call for Coronavirus Economic Response Focused on Helping Workers and Families Most Harmed

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today in a letter to President Trump, U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin and 33 Senate Democrats called for an economic stimulus package focused on helping working Americans and their families who will be most harmed by the outbreak and spread of COVID-19, the novel coronavirus in the United States. "The spread of COVID-19 will create economic ramifications that will affect individuals, families, and regions differently. While following social distancing guidelines may be important … Continue Reading


03.11.20

Baldwin, Democrats Push Labor Secretary to Advocate for Workers, Question DOL’s Absence from Task Force

As coronavirus continues to impact workers, Department of Labor still absent from the President's Coronavirus Task Force Baldwin, Democrats push Secretary of Labor Scalia for answers, urge him to advocate for workers Senators: "We call on you - as the lead federal government official responsible for the protection and advocacy of workers - to ensure response efforts incorporate both the immediate and long-term needs of workers." WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin and Patty Murra… Continue Reading


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

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