Press Releases

06.23.17

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Helps Introduce Legislation to Protect Servicemembers and Families from Financial Shams

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In an effort to better protect members of the military and their families from abusive financial practices, U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) joined Senators Jack Reed (D-RI), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), and several of their colleagues, in introducing the Military Consumer Enforcement Act. This legislation would empower the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) to oversee and enforce compliance with certain existing provisions of the Servicemember Civil Relief Act (SCRA). Th… Continue Reading


06.22.17

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Helps Introduce Legislation to Address Former Sexual Orientation Discrimination by State Department

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin today helped introduce legislation to correct the injustice perpetrated against approximately 1,000 people who were fired by the State Department in the 1950s and 60s because of their perceived sexual orientation. In what came to be known as the Lavender Scare, according to the State Department's Bureau of Diplomatic Security, employees were forced out on the ostensible grounds that their real or perceived sexual orientation rendered them vulnerable… Continue Reading


06.22.17

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Statement on the Senate Republican Health Care Repeal Plan

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin released the following statement on the Senate Republicans' health care repeal plan: "This issue is very personal to me because when I was young, I had a childhood illness and was branded as a child with a pre-existing condition. This is also very personal to the people of Wisconsin, and tonight families will lay awake wondering if the health care they have today will be there tomorrow. "For Wisconsin families struggling to get ahead, this repeal p… Continue Reading


06.16.17

Senators Call on President Trump to Keep His Buy American Pledge in NAFTA Renegotiation

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Jeff Merkley (D-OR) were joined by Senators Bob Casey (D-PA), Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Chris Murphy (D-CT), Gary Peters (D-MI), Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) today in calling on President Trump to keep his Buy American pledge by removing the government procurement chapter from NAFTA during renegotiation. "For years, we have supported strong Buy American policies because we believe that Amer… Continue Reading


06.15.17

Senator Baldwin to Health Secretary Price at Hearing: Why Do You Want to Take Away Coverage and Increase Costs for Wisconsinites Struggling with Opioid Addiction?

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin today questioned Health Secretary Tom Price at a hearing about partisan health care legislation that would end guaranteed health care protections, force families to pay more for less care, and make it harder to fight the opioid crisis Wisconsin. The opioid epidemic continues to grow at an alarming pace in Wisconsin. This weekend, during Vice President Pence's visit to promote health care repeal, the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner announced they… Continue Reading


06.15.17

Senators Baldwin and Portman Lead Bipartisan Effort to Improve Family Care Services for America’s Most Vulnerable Youth

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Rob Portman (R-OH) today, introduced bipartisan legislation to improve home-based health and mental health services for thousands of America's most vulnerable youth. The Family-Based Care Services Act increases access to quality care by clarifying Medicaid policy that directly affects children, including foster children, with special behavioral health needs and/or medical disabilities, as well as vulnerable children living with kinship an… Continue Reading


06.13.17

Senator Baldwin Continues Push for Bipartisan Reform to Address Skyrocketing Prescription Drug Prices at Hearing

Baldwin shared the stories of Wisconsinites struggling with prescription drug costs at Senate Health Committee hearing The Baldwin-McCain FAIR Drug Pricing Act would hold drug corporations accountable for drastic price hikes WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin highlighted her bipartisan reform to address skyrocketing prescription drug prices and shared the stories of Wisconsinites struggling with increasing prescription costs at a hearing today. Senator Baldwin discussed her FAIR Dr… Continue Reading


06.13.17

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Questions USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue at Agriculture Budget Hearing

Senator Baldwin asks Secretary Perdue about his plans to address restrictive Canadian dairy trade barriers and President Trump's USDA budget cuts that would hurt small towns and rural communities VIDEO: Watch Senator Baldwin questions Secretary Perdue WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin today questioned Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue at a Senate Appropriations Subcommittee hearing today on his plans to address restrictive Canadian dairy trade barriers, and President Trump's budg… Continue Reading


06.13.17

Senator Baldwin: Wisconsin Needs Investments, Not Cuts, in Workforce Development and Career and Technical Education

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin today called on President Trump to invest in workforce readiness programs, not cut them, as he has proposed in his budget. "I am pleased that the President is coming to Wisconsin to focus on a top priority of mine-job training and workforce readiness. There is bipartisan agreement that we need to do more so people have the skills they need to succeed, and businesses have the skilled workers they need to grow," said Senator Baldwin. "People are strug… Continue Reading


06.12.17

Wisconsin Senators Recommend U.S. Attorney Candidates to White House for Wisconsin’s Western District

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin and Ron Johnson announced Monday their agreement to recommend to the White House two Wisconsinites for consideration to fill the open U.S. Attorney position for the Western District of Wisconsin. The candidates, Scott Chester Blader and Gerald Roger Fox, were among those recommended by a bipartisan Federal Nominating Commission established by the Wisconsin senators to advance federal nominations, including vacant federal judgeships and U.S. Attorne… Continue Reading


06.10.17

Senator Baldwin to Vice President Pence: Why Do You Want Washington to Make Wisconsin Families Pay More for Less Care?

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin today called on Vice President Mike Pence to listen to Wisconsinites who would be forced to pay more for less care with the House-passed health care repeal legislation. Vice President Pence is visiting Milwaukee on Saturday to promote the partisan legislation with Governor Walker. "Working families in Wisconsin, who are already struggling to make ends meet, will be especially hard hit by this partisan legislation. Vice President Pence needs to expla… Continue Reading


06.09.17

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Fights to Protect LGBT Americans from Housing Discrimination

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Yesterday, U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin joined Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA) in introducing the Fair and Equal Housing Act of 2017, a bill that would add gender identity and sexual orientation to the classes protected from discrimination under the Fair Housing Act (FHA), to ensure equal housing opportunities for all Americans. U.S. Representative Scott Taylor (R-VA) introduced the original House version of this bill in early March of this year. The FHA only prohibits housing discrimi… Continue Reading


06.08.17

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Introduces Legislation to Protect Rights of Disabled Airplane Passengers

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) today was joined by Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Ed Markey (D-MA) to introduce the Air Carrier Access Amendments Act. The legislation would protect the rights of disabled airplane passengers and close service gaps that passengers with disabilities frequently encounter in air travel. Last year over 30,000 airplane passengers, including many disabled veterans, filed disability related compl… Continue Reading


06.08.17

Senators Introduce Legislation to Improve Affordable Care Act, Make Coverage More Affordable for Middle-Class Families

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) along with Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Kamala Harris (D-CA) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) today introduced legislation to improve the Affordable Care Act by eliminating the cliff that currently blocks many middle-class individuals and families from receiving financial help to purchase insurance through the Marketplace. "It's time to stop the partisan nonsense, take repeal off the table and work … Continue Reading


06.06.17

Bipartisan VA Accountability Reform Backed by Senator Baldwin Passes Senate

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) today 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 Senate passage of this bipartisan VA reform legislation. The bipartisan legislation, which passed the full Senate today by a voice vote, would reform the VA by better protecting whistleblowers and providing the VA Secretary with stronger… Continue Reading


06.06.17

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Questions Education Secretary Betsy DeVos at Hearing on Education Budget

Senator Baldwin pressed Secretary DeVos on budget cuts to career and technical education and college affordability VIDEO: Watch Senator Baldwin question Secretary DeVos WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin today questioned Education Secretary Betsy DeVos at a Senate Appropriations Subcommittee hearing on the Trump-DeVos education budget. Senator Baldwin, a member of the Senate Appropriations and Education Committees, challenged Secretary DeVos on how the proposed Department of Ed… Continue Reading


06.05.17

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Requests Robust Funding for Job-Training to Help Older Wisconsinites Return to the Workforce

Trump's FY 2018 budget proposes to completely eliminate the critical Senior Community Service Employment Program In 2016, the Wisconsin Senior Employment Program (WISE) received over $10.9 million in SCSEP funding to train 1,125 seniors WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin joined a group of 23 senators, led by Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT), in calling for robust funding for the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) - the only federal community service and work-based job t… Continue Reading


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

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