Press Releases

11.03.17

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Visits Washington County to Meet with Local Officials Working on the Frontlines of the Opioid Crisis

JACKSON, WI - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin visited Jackson today to meet with stakeholders, advocates and local officials from Washington County working on the frontlines of the opioid epidemic. At Elevate, Inc, a local community resource center dedicated to helping people struggling with drug abuse and addiction, Senator Baldwin had a dialogue about how the federal government can better help local communities. She was joined by representatives from the Washington County Heroin Task Force, Moraine… Continue Reading


11.03.17

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Urges Trump Administration to Support Additional Funding to Combat Opioid Epidemic

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin today sent a letter to President Donald Trump with Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Angus King (I-ME) and a group of 19 senators, calling on the President to support additional funding necessary to combat the opioid epidemic. Currently, the President's emergency declaration only makes about $57,000 available which fails to adequately address this epidemic. "We appreciate your formal declaration that the opioid epidemic is a National Public Health Eme… Continue Reading


11.02.17

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Introduces Legislation to Slow Revolving Door Between the Pharmaceutical Industry and Federal Agencies

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin has introduced new legislation that will slow the revolving door between the pharmaceutical industry and the federal agencies, including the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the Food and Drug Administration FDA), that are entrusted to keep patients and the public safe. "The pharmaceutical industry has a deep-rooted and strong influence in Washington and a revolving door between drug companies and government cannot undermine the safety of o… Continue Reading


11.01.17

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin, Representative Sean Patrick Maloney Lead Congressional Amicus Brief in Masterpiece Cakeshop Case

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Representative Sean Patrick Maloney (D-NY) announced the filing of an Amicus Brief in support of equal rights for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) community and other marginalized groups in Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission. A ruling for Masterpiece Cakeshop could create a "license to discriminate" allowing businesses to deny service to Americans, including LGBTQ people. Senator Baldwin and R… Continue Reading


11.01.17

Health Care Open Enrollment Starts Today

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Open Enrollment period for Marketplace health plans for 2018 starts today, November 1, and runs through December 15, 2017. Wisconsinites looking to enroll in a health insurance plan for next year can compare plans and sign up on Healthcare.gov, and returning enrollees can shop around for a more affordable plan that meets their needs. Many Wisconsinites will qualify for financial assistance such as tax credits to help make the cost of care more affordable. "This year, Wash… Continue Reading


10.27.17

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Joins Bipartisan Efforts to Protect Biofuel Production and Rural Wisconsin Jobs

WASHINGTON, D.C. - As the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) works toward finalizing its rule on biofuels volume requirements for 2018, U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin joins bipartisan efforts to call for a strong Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) in order to protect Wisconsin farmers and the agriculture economy. Senator Baldwin's actions come at a time when the Trump administration and EPA have sent confusing signals to industry, causing uncertainty for biofuels businesses, fuel retailers and farmer… Continue Reading


10.27.17

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Urges Trump Administration to Hold Drug Companies Accountable for Overpricing

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin today joined a group of colleagues in a letter led by Senator Gary Peters (D-MI) to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) expressing alarm over the department's decision to further delay implementation of a rule holding drug companies accountable for overcharging for prescription drugs. The final rule, which was announced in January by the Obama Administration, would give HHS greater authority to penalize pharmaceutical companies that knowi… Continue Reading


10.27.17

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Introduces Scenic Trails Parity Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin introduced the National Scenic Trails Parity Act to provide improved management and access to additional funding for Wisconsin's Ice Age and North Country National Scenic Trails. "The Ice Age and North Country Scenic trails are beloved by Wisconsinites, and provide opportunities for people across our state to enjoy the great outdoors. But these trails currently face unfair barriers when competing for federal resources," said Senator Baldwin. "I am… Continue Reading


10.26.17

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Supports Health Care Public Option Reforms

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin today announced her support for two public option proposals that would give Wisconsinites more choices for quality, affordable health care insurance coverage. "Washington has been consumed by a debate this year over partisan repeal efforts that would take people's health care away," said Senator Baldwin. "Instead of making things worse, I believe we should move forward to expand coverage and make health care more affordable, not more costly, and t… Continue Reading


10.26.17

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Statement on President Trump’s Opioid Announcement

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin released the following statement on President Trump's opioid announcement today: "I've seen firsthand how the opioid epidemic is devastating families and communities across Wisconsin. Washington must step up to be a stronger partner for local communities in this fight and President Trump's announcement fails to match words with action. In Wisconsin, the people working in our communities to combat this crisis need emergency investments for local prev… Continue Reading


10.26.17

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Demands Explanation for $2 Billion Missing From Commerce Secretary's Financial Disclosures

WASHINGTON, DC - Following a Forbes report revealing that Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross may have failed to disclose nearly $2 billion during his confirmation proceedings, six members of the Senate Commerce Committee wrote the Office of Government Ethics today seeking an explanation for how the financial assets could have been hidden from review. During his confirmation proceedings, Secretary Ross disclosed approximately $700 million in assets. Forbes has since valued Secretary Ross' total n… Continue Reading


10.26.17

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin, Representative Rosa DeLauro Introduce Legislation to Hold Workplace Harassers Accountable

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Representative Rosa DeLauro (D-CT-3) today introduced legislation to strengthen workplace harassment laws. The Fair Employment Protection Act restores protections for workers harassed on the job by supervisors and those with authority to direct people's day-to-day work. These protections were weakened by the U.S. Supreme Court's June 2013 decision in Vance v. Ball State University. DeLauro and Baldwin introduced similar legislation in the 11… Continue Reading


10.25.17

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Helps Introduce Legislation to Invest $45 Billion to Address Opioid Crisis

Senators call on President Trump to support the legislation, join in strengthening local prevention, treatment and recovery efforts Unlike partisan repeal plan, the legislation does not decimate Medicaid or serve as replacement for coverage WASHINGTON, D.C. - To strengthen our country's approach to combating the opioid epidemic and address some critical shortcomings, including the Administration's unwillingness to make a long-term investment in the fight, U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin today hel… Continue Reading


10.24.17

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Joins Bipartisan Coalition to Introduce USA RIGHTS Act to Reform Secretive Warrantless Spy Program

WASHINGTON, D.C.- U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin today joined Senator Ron Wyden, D-Ore., Senator Rand Paul, R-Ky., and a total of 11 senators to introduce the USA RIGHTS Act, which reforms a sweeping, secretive government spying program to protect the Constitutional rights of Americans, while giving intelligence agencies authority to target foreign terrorists, criminals and other overseas intelligence targets. "I believe we need to strengthen our counterterrorism efforts and protect the privacy an… Continue Reading


10.24.17

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Works for Buy American Standard with NDAA Conference Committee

WASHINGTON, D.C. - As the Senate-House Conference Committee works to complete the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year (FY) 2018, U.S Senator Tammy Baldwin is calling for critical Buy American requirements in defense procurement laws. In a letter to the conference committee led by Senator Baldwin and signed by 15 Senate colleagues, they write: "As you work to complete the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year (FY) 2018, we are writing to respectfully re… Continue Reading


10.23.17

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Joins Bipartisan Senate Great Lakes Task Force Letter to OMB Director Calling for $300 Million for Great Lakes Restoration Initiative in Next Year’s Budget

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin today joined Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Rob Portman (R-OH), co-chairs of the Senate Great Lakes Task Force, on a bipartisan letter to Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney calling for $300 million for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative to be included in the Fiscal Year 2019 budget request. Great Lakes Task Force Vice Chairs Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Todd Young (R-IN) and Task Force members Joe Donnelly (D-IN), Sherrod Bro… Continue Reading


10.23.17

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Requests Update on Drug Enforcement Law

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) has signed on to a letter to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) requesting information on the impact of the Ensuring Patient Access and Effective Drug Enforcement Act highlighted in a recent report from the Washington Post and "60 Minutes." The letter was led by Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Ed Markey (D-MA) and the Senators are working with the agencies to ensure they… Continue Reading


10.21.17

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Introduces Tax Reform to Support Small Business Start-Up Growth

For three years in a row, Wisconsin has ranked last in business start-up activity The Support Our Start-Ups Act provides tax relief for new business start-ups WASHINGTON, D.C. - For three years in a row, according to the Kauffmann Index, Wisconsin has ranked last in business start-up activity. Kaufmann's 2017 report notes that in the last year, Wisconsin experienced a decrease in start-up activity and no growth in entrepreneurship. Today at gener8tor in Milwaukee, U.S. Senator Tammy Bald… Continue Reading


10.20.17

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Cosponsors Bipartisan Legislation to Stabilize Health Insurance Market and Help Lower Costs for Wisconsin Families

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin has joined a group of 24 Senators - 12 Democrats and 12 Republicans - in support of bipartisan legislation to begin to stabilize the individual health insurance market, help lower premiums, improve the quality of care for families across Wisconsin and keep the federal debt from spiking $194 billion in 10 years. "This bipartisan legislation moves us in the right direction by beginning to help stabilize the market, lower costs and improve our health… Continue Reading


10.19.17

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Statement on Senate Budget Resolution

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin released the following statement on the Fiscal Year 2018 Budget Resolution voted on in the Senate tonight: "I believe Wisconsin families need a tax break and that's what I'm working for. But this budget resolution paves the way for a partisan tax proposal that favors big corporations and gives a majority of the tax breaks to the wealthiest 1 percent. I just don't think it's right to make Wisconsin's hardworking middle class families pay for it by bl… Continue Reading

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