Press Releases

12.18.19

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Gets the Job Done for Wisconsin Farmers in Government Funding Legislation

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin today announced two major successes for Wisconsin farmers and agriculture workers in the government funding agreement for Fiscal Year 2020. Baldwin worked to secure $20 million for her Dairy Business Innovation Initiative, as well as $10 million to provide our nation's farmers and agricultural workers with more mental health resources. Both of these investments for Wisconsin farmers are included in the government funding agreement that will be voted… Continue Reading


12.17.19

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Working for Wisconsin in National Defense Authorization

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin voted for the final version of the bipartisan National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2020 that includes a number of measures that deliver results for Wisconsin. The final version of this defense funding bill now heads to the President's desk for his signature. "I voted in favor of this bipartisan defense authorization legislation because it makes important investments to strengthen our national security and support our service members an… Continue Reading


12.17.19

Baldwin, Colleagues Call on Purdue Pharma to Cancel $1.3 Million Bonus for CEO

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin led 10 of her Senate colleagues in sending a letter to Purdue Pharma's Board of Directors, calling on them to cancel the reported $1.3 million bonus they are planning to give to Purdue Pharma CEO Craig Landau. Attorneys General from 24 states, including Wisconsin, have argued that Landau should not collect a bonus, and on Thursday, a bankruptcy judge is expected to issue a decision on whether the CEO can collect it. From the letter, the Senators wri… Continue Reading


12.17.19

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Secures Increase in Funding for Great Lakes Restoration Initiative

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, successfully secured $320 million for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative for Fiscal Year 2020, an increase of $20 million from FY19. The increased investment in GLRI is included in the government funding agreement that will be voted on in Congress this week. "Investments in the Great Lakes are an investment in the future of Wisconsin's economy. I am proud to have worked in a bipartisan way to inc… Continue Reading


12.13.19

Wisconsin Senators Provide Recommendations to White House for District Court Vacancy

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin and Ron Johnson announced on Friday their agreement to recommend to the White House four Wisconsinites for consideration to fill the vacancy on the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin created by the retirement of the late Judge Rudolph Randa. The candidates, Joseph Bugni, Samuel Hall, Jr., Brett Ludwig and Daniel Vaccaro, were recommended by a bipartisan federal nominating commission that the Wisconsin senators established i… Continue Reading


12.12.19

U.S. House of Representatives Approves Senator Baldwin’s Bipartisan Reform To Help Lower Prescription Drug Costs

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin's bipartisan FAIR Drug Pricing Act passed the U.S. House of Representatives. This bipartisan reform takes the first step in addressing skyrocketing prescription drug prices by requiring transparency for pharmaceutical corporations that plan to increase drug prices. Baldwin's legislation was included in H.R.3, The Elijah E. Cummings Lower Drug Costs Now Act, which passed the House by a vote of 230-192. "For too long, I've heard story after sto… Continue Reading


12.11.19

Baldwin, Sullivan, Tester, Daines Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Combat Veteran Suicide Crisis

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Dan Sullivan (R-AK), Jon Tester (D-MT), and Steve Daines (R-MT) introduced bipartisan legislation to expand community-based outreach that will help veterans access services to improve their health and wellness and prevent suicides. The number of veteran suicides nationwide continues to rise, and approximately 14 of the 20 veterans who die by suicide each day are not receiving care from the Veterans Health Administration. County Veteran Serv… Continue Reading


12.11.19

Baldwin’s Bipartisan Reform to Create Three-Digit Suicide Prevention Hotline Passes Commerce Committee

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation passed U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin's bipartisan reform to designate a three-digit phone number for a national suicide prevention and mental health crisis hotline and ensure states have the flexibility to strengthen local crisis call centers. "In America, we lose about 45,000 people every year to suicide, including more than 6,100 veterans, making it one of the leading causes of death in this country," said Se… Continue Reading


12.10.19

Senator Baldwin Leads Climate Crisis Committee Hearing on Building Community Resilience in the Face of Extreme Weather from Climate Change

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) led a hearing of the Senate Democrats' Special Committee on the Climate Crisis entitled, "Better, Stronger, Smarter: Building Community Resilience in a Future of Extremes." The special committee heard from local officials and national experts on how we can take action now to help communities rebuild after severe weather to be more resilient and better withstand future disasters. "Many communities in Wisconsin are focused on build… Continue Reading


12.09.19

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Statement on National Guard Bureau Report on Wisconsin National Guard

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin released the following statement today on the National Guard Bureau's Office of Complex Investigations (OCI) assessment of the Wisconsin National Guard's sexual assault protocols, reporting mechanisms, investigations and accountability measures: "I have a tremendous amount of respect for the service and sacrifice of our Wisconsin National Guard service members and I have worked for over a year to do right by courageous whistleblowers and brave survi… Continue Reading


12.06.19

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Delivers Weekly Democratic Address

"In May, the ENROLL Act passed the House of Representatives," said Senator Baldwin. "But since then, it's been sitting in Majority Leader McConnell's legislative graveyard because Senate Republicans have refused to give it a vote, pass it and get it done. They've made it clear they support Trump's efforts to make it harder for people to sign up for quality, affordable coverage." WASHINGTON, D.C. - As the open enrollment deadline for health insurance quickly approaches on December 15, U.S. Sen… Continue Reading


12.05.19

U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin and Dan Sullivan Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Prevent Overmedication Among Veterans

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Dan Sullivan (R-AK), a member of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee, introduced the Veterans Overmedication and Suicide Prevention Act, bipartisan legislation that would direct the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to conduct an independent expert study on the deaths of all veterans being treated at the VA who died by suicide or from a drug overdose in the last five years. "I have worked across party lines to hold the … Continue Reading


12.05.19

Baldwin, Rounds, Tester, Capito and Roberts Introduce Reform to Provide Affordable Housing for Volunteer Firefighters and First Responders

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Mike Rounds (R-SD), Jon Tester (D-MT), Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) and Pat Roberts (R-KS) today introduced bipartisan legislation to provide affordable housing opportunities for volunteer firefighters and first responders in order to help recruit and retain more volunteers, particularly in rural and under-served communities. According to the National Fire Protection Association's 2017 U.S. Fire Department Profile, 65 percent of firefighters… Continue Reading


12.02.19

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Announces Support for Legislation to Stop Veterans from Being Punished for VA Miscalculations

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin is cosponsoring bipartisan legislation to prevent the VA from charging veterans for its own accounting mistakes. The VA annually sends as many as 200,000 overpayment notices totaling thousands of dollars to veterans and their families, sending them into crippling debt and withholding future benefits payments until the debt is paid. These overpayments are often a result of the VA's own accounting errors, but the VA puts veterans and their families on… Continue Reading


11.27.19

Baldwin, Democrats Slam Trump Administration Over Latest Walk Back from Strong Tobacco Regulation

23 Democratic Senators call out President Trump for repeatedly putting companies' profits ahead of families' health and abandoning strong steps to address nicotine addiction After meeting with industry, Trump administration backed away from recent promise to ban all non-tobacco flavored e-cigarettes that had not undergone FDA review New data shows e-cigarette use has more than doubled among high school students, and more than tripled among middle school students WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sena… Continue Reading


11.22.19

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Calls for Action on Funding Gun Violence Research at CDC

Recent shootings across the U.S. underscore the need for action on this public health crisis WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin today joined 23 of her Senate colleagues in calling on leaders of the Appropriations Committee to include $50 million in funding for gun violence prevention research at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In the letter, the Senators point to the string of mass shootings that have occurred since they last wrote to urge funding for this vit… Continue Reading


11.21.19

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Applauds Senate Passage of Bipartisan Legislation to Rename New Richmond Post Office for World War II Veterans

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Senate passed bipartisan legislation today introduced by Senators Tammy Baldwin and Ron Johnson to honor Captain Robert C. Harmon and Private John R. Peirson, two New Richmond natives who were both killed during World War II. "Captain Robert Harmon and Private John Peirson paid the ultimate sacrifice while serving our country during World War II. These brave American heroes should have their service and sacrifice to our nation honored," said Senator Baldwin. "I'm pleased … Continue Reading


11.21.19

House of Representatives Approves Baldwin’s Reform to Protect Health Care and Social Services Workers from Workplace Violence

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, the House of Representatives passed U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin's legislation to protect health care and social services employees from workplace violence. After the vote, Baldwin joined Representative Joe Courtney (D-CT), who led the House companion legislation, as well as nurses, health care and social service professionals, and union leaders to celebrate this victory and call for action in the Senate. The Workplace Violence Prevention for Health Care and Social Servi… Continue Reading


11.21.19

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Calls Out Trump Administration’s Efforts to Promote Junk Plans Under Questionable Legal Authority

This comes in response to links on the HealthCare.gov website that re-direct customers to third-party online brokers that sell junk insurance plans on their websites. WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin and 22 Democratic Senators are calling for answers on the Trump administration's efforts to promote junk insurance plans to the American public during the Open Enrollment period for health insurance coverage. In a letter to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the I… Continue Reading


11.20.19

Baldwin, Brown, Menendez Lead Senators Urging Media Companies to Recognize Workers’ Unions

GateHouse-Gannett merger will combine two of country's largest newspaper chains WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Bob Menendez (D-NJ) led a group of his Democratic colleagues urging Gannett News and GateHouse to voluntarily recognize any union selected by a majority of workers in any GateHouse- or Gannett-owned newsroom. The anticipated GateHouse-Gannett merger could have significant impacts on the companies' newsrooms and their communities. Union rep… Continue Reading

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