Press Releases

06.01.17

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Statement on the Paris Agreement

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin released the following statement on the Paris Agreement: "Let there be no doubt, global climate change poses a growing threat to our planet, our country, our Great Lakes and Wisconsin. "Unfortunately, President Trump refuses to believe climate change is occurring, questioning sound science and calling it a 'hoax.' Backing out of the Paris Agreement now and turning our back on the rest of the world after years of strong U.S. leadership is bad for ou… Continue Reading


05.31.17

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Fights Budget Cuts to Rural Development in Wisconsin

President Trump's drastic budget cuts, coupled with plans to eliminate the USDA Under Secretary for Rural Development, would hurt small towns and rural communities USDA program invested over $556 million in rural Wisconsin communities in 2016 WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin sent a letter to President Trump expressing strong objections to proposed budget cuts to investments in rural Wisconsin. Last week, President Trump issued a budget proposal calling for drastic cuts … Continue Reading


05.30.17

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Fights to Restore Medicare Program to Help Seniors Eliminated in Trump’s Budget

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin, a member of the Senate Appropriations and Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committees, joined a group of 22 senators in demanding strong funding for the critical State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP). President Trump's budget proposal would eliminate this Medicare program for seniors and people with disabilities. In Wisconsin, the SHIP program helped 86,000 seniors, people with disabilities, and family caregivers last… Continue Reading


05.26.17

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin to President Trump on Proposed Medicaid Cuts: America's Veterans Deserve Better

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin wrote to President Trump raising grave concerns about his plans to gut Medicaid funding and slash investments in behavioral health research, and the impact on America's veterans. About 35,000 veterans in Wisconsin and nearly two million veterans across the country rely on Medicaid for their health coverage. The American Health Care Act, passed by the House of Representatives, would slash Medicaid by $834 billion and eliminate the Affordable Care Act… Continue Reading


05.26.17

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Introduces Legislation to Help Businesses Move Made In Wisconsin Goods to Market

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin introduced legislation to address challenges faced by Wisconsin businesses when shipping by rail. The Rail Shipper Fairness Act aims to reduce costs and improve service problems faced by a broad coalition of Wisconsin rail shippers, including farmers, manufacturers and utilities. "Our Wisconsin businesses need a quality and responsive railroad system to effectively get their goods to market," said Senator Baldwin. "In order to continue building a … Continue Reading


05.25.17

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Cosponsors Bipartisan, Bicameral Legislation to Assist Family Caregivers

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin today cosponsored the bipartisan, bicameral Credit For Caring Act, led by Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA), which would provide working family caregivers with a nonrefundable tax credit up to $3,000 to assist with out-of-pocket expenses related to caregiving. This bipartisan legislation seeks to aid those balancing full or part-time employment, while also taking on added financial responsibilities as a family caregiver supporting a loved one. This tax cred… Continue Reading


05.25.17

Bipartisan VA Accountability Reform One Step Closer to Senate Passage

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) joined Senators Johnny Isakson (R-GA), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Jon Tester (D-MT) and fellow cosponsors of the Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act in applauding the bipartisan committee passage of this VA reform legislation. The bipartisan legislation, which passed the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs by voice vote, would reform the VA by better protecting whistleblowers and providing the VA Secretar… Continue Reading


05.24.17

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Statement on CBO Score of House-Passed Health Care Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin released the following statement on the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) score of the health care bill passed by the House of Representatives: "Today, the CBO confirmed the House health care bill will make families pay more for less care and increase the number of people who are uninsured. Wisconsin families struggling with health care costs will see average premiums rise next year, older Wisconsinites will pay an age tax and those with pre-existin… Continue Reading


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

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