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05.19.17

Senators Baldwin and Collins Introduce Lifespan Respite Care Reauthorization Act

WASHINGTON, D.C.- U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin and Susan Collins (R-ME) introduced the Lifespan Respite Care Reauthorization Act of 2017, bipartisan legislation to support the health and wellbeing of family caregivers. Their bipartisan bill would authorize $15 million per year over the next five years for the Lifespan Respite Care program, which allows full-time caregivers to take a temporary break from their responsibilities caring for aging or disabled loved ones. "Every day, family caregivers… Continue Reading


05.19.17

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin’s Bipartisan Legislation Supporting Maritime Industry Moves Forward

WASHINGTON, D.C. - This week, U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin, a member of the Senate Commerce Committee, introduced the Domestic Maritime Centers of Excellence Act to help address the critical need for trained workers in the maritime industry. The legislation would authorize the Maritime Administration (MARAD) to designate community and technical colleges with maritime training program as centers of excellence and allow the Administration to provide technical assistance and other support to these in… Continue Reading


05.18.17

Support for Small Shipyards and Maritime Communities in Wisconsin, Championed by Senator Baldwin, Passes Committee

WASHINGTON, D.C. -Last week, U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin, a member of the Senate Commerce Committee, introduced the Small Shipyards and Maritime Communities Act to reauthorize the Small Shipyard Grant Program through 2020. The bipartisan measure passed the Senate Commerce Committee today as a part of the Maritime Administration Authorization and Enhancement Act for FY2018. The Small Shipyard Grant Program provides assistance to small shipyards to make capital improvements and train workers to re… Continue Reading


05.18.17

Senators Baldwin, Markey, Menendez, Shaheen Call for Increased Federal Funding to Combat Opioid Epidemic

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Ed Markey (D-MA), Bob Menendez (D-NJ) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) led a group of 28 senators in calling for increased federal funding to help combat the opioid and illicit drug abuse epidemic. As opioid related fatal overdoses continue to grow across the country, the senators sent a letter to the Senate Appropriations Committee, urging them to include increased funding to combat the epidemic in the FY2018 Congressional budget. "We agre… Continue Reading


05.18.17

Senator Baldwin Supports Legislation that Takes Action on Student Debt Crisis

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin joined Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and 36 of their Senate colleagues in introducing the Bank on Students Emergency Loan Refinancing Act. The legislation would allow those with outstanding student loan debt to refinance at the interest rates offered to new federal borrowers in the 2016-2017 school year. A previous version of the bill was voted on in the 113th Congress, and every Senate Democrat and three Senate Republicans voted to move the bill f… Continue Reading


05.17.17

Senator Baldwin and Representative Bera Lead Effort to Support Working Students

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Representative Ami Bera (D-CA) are leading the effort in Congress to support students who work their way through school. "As I've traveled Wisconsin, I have heard firsthand from students and graduates struggling with the cost of higher education in America," said Senator Baldwin. "Making college affordable is one of the most important steps we can take toward building a strong path to the middle class for all Americans. Students who work … Continue Reading


05.17.17

Senators Baldwin and Moran Introduce Bipartisan VA Reform to Ensure Veterans Receive Care from Trusted Doctors

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Jerry Moran (R-KS) today introduced legislation to ensure our veterans receive care from trusted doctors in their communities. The bipartisan Veterans Acquiring Community Care Expect Safe Services (ACCESS) Act would protect veterans seeking care through VA community care programs, like the Choice Program, from being treated by doctors who have been fired or who are suspended from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). "It's common… Continue Reading


05.16.17

Senators Baldwin and McCain and Representative Schakowsky Introduce Reform Requiring Transparency in Prescription Drug Price Increases

The bipartisan FAIR Drug Pricing Act takes the first step to address skyrocketing prescription drug costs Drug corporations' aggressive increases in prescription drug prices are making lifesaving treatments unaffordable for families, taxpayers and the health care system WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and John McCain (R-AZ) and U.S. Representative Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) today introduced the FAIR Drug Pricing Act. The bipartisan and bicameral legislation takes the fir… Continue Reading


05.15.17

Senator Baldwin Urges Trump Administration to Hold China Accountable and Stand Up for American Workers

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin joined Senator Al Franken (D-MN) in urging the Trump Administration not to grant China "market economy" status-a move that would benefit Chinese corporations at the expense of American workers. In a letter, also signed by Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Sherrod Brown (D-OH), the Senators argued that the United States must strongly combat unfair foreign trade practices by China, and that naming China a market economy-which it clearly is not-would un… Continue Reading


05.15.17

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Calls on Trump Administration to Protect Worker and Retiree Pensions

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin joined a group of 14 Senators, led by Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), in outlining the importance of protecting pensions for workers and retirees. The Senators requested information from the Administration on its plan to address critical issues in the multiemployer pension system. "As you may know, millions of American workers and retirees - through no fault of their own - are at risk of losing a substantial portion of their pensions because their… Continue Reading


05.11.17

U.S. Senator Baldwin Leads Senators in Calling on President Trump to Immediately Make Clear His Position on Cost-Sharing Reduction Payments

WASHINGTON, D.C. - As President Trump pushes partisan health care repeal efforts, U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin today led a group of 13 Senators in calling on the President to immediately make clear his position on the future of the cost-sharing reduction payments and to restore certainty in the health care marketplace. "Your Administration's determination to undermine the benefits and coverage people have today with this partisan legislation is compounding uncertainty in the insurance market and … Continue Reading


05.11.17

Senators Baldwin, Collins’ RAISE Family Caregivers Act Clears Key Senate Hurdle

WASHINGTON, D.C.-The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee unanimously passed legislation introduced by U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Susan Collins (R-ME) to establish a national strategy to support family caregivers. The Recognize, Assist, Include, Support, and Engage, or RAISE Family Caregivers Act will now be considered by the full Senate. The RAISE Family Caregivers Act would direct the Secretary of Health and Human Services to develop and sustain a national strat… Continue Reading


05.11.17

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Helps Lead Introduction of Major Bipartisan Legislation to Reform the VA and Protect Whistleblowers

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) today joined Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL), Jon Tester (D-MT), Johnny Isakson (R-GA), Bill Nelson (D-FL), John McCain (R-AZ), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Jerry Moran (R-KS) in introducing the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act. The bipartisan legislation would reform the VA by better protecting whistleblowers and providing the VA Secretary with stronger measures to discipline and hold bad employees… Continue Reading


05.11.17

Senator Baldwin Announces Support for U.S. Trade Representative Nominee Lighthizer

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin announced she will vote for Robert Lighthizer, President Trump's nominee for U.S. Trade Representative. Senator Baldwin called on Lighthizer to take immediate action on restrictive Canadian dairy trade barriers and renegotiating NAFTA once he is confirmed. "In Wisconsin, there is an immediate need for the Trump Administration to follow through on the promises that have been made to our workers and dairy farmers. Our agriculture economy has been hur… Continue Reading


05.09.17

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Statement on the Firing of FBI Director Comey

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin released the following statement on President Trump's firing of FBI Director James Comey: "The President's firing of the FBI Director comes at a time when the agency is actively investigating whether members of President Trump's campaign colluded with Russia to influence the 2016 election. This law enforcement investigation must continue. "Russia attacked our democracy and the American people deserve answers. President Trump's decision to make this… Continue Reading


05.09.17

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Announces Legislation to Restore Retirement Security to 10 Million Americans

WASHINGTON, D.C. -U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin today introduced legislation to protect the pensions of up to 10 million workers and retirees. The Keep Our Pension Promises Act would reverse a provision passed in 2014 that could result in deep pension cuts for millions of retirees and workers in multi-employer pension plans. Senator Baldwin joined Senators Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.), Al Franken (D-Minn.), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Gary Peters (D-Mich.), … Continue Reading


05.09.17

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Joins Bipartisan Group of Senators in Calling for Farm Service Agency Loan Funding

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin joined a bipartisan group of 28 Senators, led by Senator Gary Peters (D-MI), in sending a letter to the Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture urging them to support robust funding for the Farm Service Agency's (FSA) loan programs. FSA provides direct loans and loan guarantees to help struggling family farmers start and maintain viable farming operations. "These loans are cost-efficient and work in tandem with private credit to serve farmers in … Continue Reading


05.08.17

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Joins Letter to FCC Chairman Highlighting Importance of Net Neutrality to Women Across America

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin joined a group of 14 Senators, led by Senators Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Maria Cantwell (D-WA), in sending a letter to Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai highlighting the importance of net neutrality to women across America and urging him to reconsider the proposal he outlined last month to roll back critical online consumer protections by dismantling current net neutrality rules. The letter was also signed by Catherine … Continue Reading


05.08.17

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Fights for Wisconsin in Bipartisan Omnibus Funding Deal

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin voted for bipartisan omnibus Fiscal Year 2017 appropriations legislation that passed the Senate. The legislation eliminated the threat of a government shutdown and funds the government through September 2017. Senator Baldwin fought to include a number of important investments in Wisconsin that were signed into law by President Trump. "I pleased that both parties could find agreement on keeping the government open. I voted for this bipartisan legisla… Continue Reading


05.08.17

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Leads Bipartisan Legislation to Redesign High School with Greater CTE Focus

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) joined Senators Tim Kaine (D-VA), Rob Portman (R-OH), Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) and Todd Young (R-IN) in introducing the bipartisan CTE Excellence and Equity Act to support re-designing the high school experience to include courses more relevant to the 21st century workforce to better prepare students for future careers. The legislation would invest in partnerships between school districts, employers, and institutions of higher education in … Continue Reading

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