Press Releases

02.21.17

Baldwin, Senators Question Secretary of Defense on Reorganization of National Security Council

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin joined Senator Martin Heinrich (D-NM), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, in sending a letter to Secretary of Defense James Mattis requesting information on the recent reorganization of the National Security Council (NSC) to include President Trump's chief political strategist Steve Bannon as a regular attendee of NSC Principals Committee. "We are concerned that the unprecedented elevation of a political operative to the senior leaders… Continue Reading


02.16.17

Baldwin and Senators Demand Scott Pruitt Recuse Himself from All Issues Related to Lawsuits He Brought Against the EPA to Overturn or Weaken Clean Air and Water Pollution Rules

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin joined Senator Edward J. Markey (D-MA) and 28 other senators in calling on Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator nominee Scott Pruitt to recuse himself from participating in any matter related to litigation that he pursued against the EPA as Oklahoma Attorney General. In the letter, the senators specifically call on Mr. Pruitt to recuse himself from decisions on how the EPA will defend itself against the lawsuits he brought for as long … Continue Reading


02.16.17

Congressional Leaders Seek Release of American Pastor Unjustly Detained in Turkey

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin joined the leaders of the Senate Foreign Relations and House Foreign Affairs Committees today in sending a letter signed by 78 members of Congress to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdo?an seeking the unconditional release of American pastor Andrew Brunson, who has been unjustly detained in Turkey since October and denied regular and appropriate access to legal counsel and American consular services. The letter was led by Senators Bob Corker (R-TN) a… Continue Reading


02.15.17

Baldwin and Bipartisan Group of Senators Highlight Need for Quality Health Care in Rural America

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin joined Senators Roger Wicker (R-MS), Jon Tester (D-MT), Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Heidi Heitkamp, (D-ND) and 36 other senators in sending a letter today to Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Tom Price regarding health care in rural America. The letter emphasizes the importance of rural health-care providers and their critical role in rural communities. "As you take on this new leadership role at HHS, we request that you work wi… Continue Reading


02.15.17

Senators Call for Independent Prosecutor to Investigate Trump Officials’ Collusion with Russia and Apparent White House Cover-Up

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and a group of ten Senators led by Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) are calling on Attorney General Jeff Sessions to appoint an independent Special Counsel to investigate possible illegal communications between retired Lieutenant General Michael Flynn and representatives of the Russian government, as well as efforts by Flynn and other White House officials to conceal any wrongdoing. "An independent investigation is now necessary to determine… Continue Reading


02.14.17

U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin and Thom Tillis Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Support Job Creation for America’s Veterans

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Thom Tillis (R-NC) introduced bipartisan legislation today that would support job creation for America's veterans, the Boosting Rates of American Veterans Employment (BRAVE) Act. "America's veterans have bravely served our nation and we have a shared responsibility to make sure their service and sacrifice is honored," said Senator Baldwin. "The BRAVE Act is a bipartisan reform that can help reduce the unemployment rate for veterans and c… Continue Reading


02.13.17

Wisconsin Senators Renew Agreement on Wisconsin Judicial Commission and Call for Applications for U.S. Attorney Vacancies

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin and Ron Johnson renewed their agreement establishing the Wisconsin Federal Nominating Commission to advance federal nominations, including vacant federal judgeships and U.S. Attorney positions in Wisconsin. This process has already led to the confirmation of James Peterson in the Western District of Wisconsin and Pamela Pepper in the Eastern District of Wisconsin. The Commission shall consist of six Wisconsinites who are members of the Wisconsin S… Continue Reading


02.13.17

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Will Vote to Confirm David Shulkin as Secretary of Veterans Affairs

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin today released the following statement on her support for the confirmation of Dr. David Shulkin to be Secretary of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Dr. Shulkin currently serves as Under Secretary of Health for the VA and his confirmation vote will take place in the Senate on Monday night. "I will vote for Dr. Shulkin because I am confident he shares my commitment to make sure the VA is providing our nation's veterans and their families … Continue Reading


02.10.17

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Moves to Protect Scientists from Political Interference

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin, along with more than two dozen Democratic senators, introduced the Scientific Integrity Act to protect government scientists from political interference. The legislation comes in the wake of recent reports that Trump Administration officials had placed gag orders on employees at the EPA. "Attempts from politicians to prevent our scientists from sharing factual and independently discovered scientific findings are simply wrong and not acceptable in… Continue Reading


02.10.17

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Urges New FCC Chair to Reverse Decision Threatening Low-Income Americans’ Broadband Access

WASHINGTON, D.C. -U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin, a member of the Senate Commerce Committee and the Senate Broadband Caucus, joined a group of senators today urging Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai to reverse a recent decision that threatens low-income Americans' access to affordable broadband. Chairman Pai recently revoked the recognition of nine companies as providers for a critical program that has helped tens of millions of low-income Americans afford broadband service.… Continue Reading


02.10.17

Baldwin, Warren Seek Information On Goldman Sachs' Role In and Influence over Trump Administration Economic Policies

WAHSINGTON, D.C. - United States Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) today sent a letter to Lloyd Blankfein, Chairman and CEO of Goldman Sachs, calling on him to disclose the extent to which Goldman employees were involved in the drafting of two recent Executive Orders that will directly benefit the company. In addition, the Senators asked Mr. Blankfein to fully disclose any lobbying related to these executive orders and detail the profits Goldman Sachs expects to gain as t… Continue Reading


02.09.17

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Urges Secretary Tillerson to End Ambiguity and Hold Russia Accountable for Military Aggression in Ukraine

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin today joined a group of 13 senators, led by Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), in sending a letter urging Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to end recent ambiguity and affirm the United States' opposition to Russia's illegal annexation of Crimea and continued military aggression in eastern Ukraine. The Senators urged Tillerson to hold Russia accountable in his first days as Secretary of State, particularly through vigorous enforcement of current sanctio… Continue Reading


02.09.17

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Meets with Agriculture Secretary Nominee Sonny Perdue

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin today met with Agriculture Secretary nominee Sonny Perdue, former Governor of Georgia, to discuss the challenges and opportunities ahead for Wisconsin's farmers. "I'm pleased to have met with Governor Perdue today for a productive and positive discussion on strengthening Wisconsin's agricultural economy and our rural communities," said Senator Baldwin. "Today, we discussed the USDA's vital role in investing in rural communities and infrastructure, i… Continue Reading


02.08.17

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Demands Answers About Outrageous Price Hike For Lifesaving Anti-Overdose Drug

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin joined a group of thirty-one Senators, led by Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT), in demanding answers from a leading pharmaceutical company about the dramatic price hike for a life-saving medication used to respond to opioid overdoses. Recent reports unveiled that drug maker Kaléo Pharmaceuticals, which manufactures an easy-to-use injector device containing the overdose-reversing drug naloxone, raised its price from $690 in 2014, to $4,500 current… Continue Reading


02.07.17

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Renews Effort to Close the Rural Broadband Gap

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-W), a member of the Senate Commerce Committee, joined a bipartisan group of Senators in sending a letter to the new Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai asking him to prioritize mobile broadband deployment in rural and underserved areas. Specifically, the Senators are calling on the agency to move forward with Phase II of the Universal Service Fund's Mobility Fund (MFII), which is aimed at providing broadband service to these… Continue Reading


02.07.17

Baldwin, Sullivan Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Honor Vietnam Helicopter Crews

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Dan Sullivan (R-AK) introduced S. 315, the Vietnam Helicopter Crew Monument Act, bipartisan legislation which would direct the Secretary of the Army to place a small monument in Arlington National Cemetery honoring the nearly 5,000 helicopter pilots and crewmembers killed during the Vietnam War. Companion legislation was simultaneously introduced in the House by Representative Mark Amodei (R-NV). "Throughout the Vietnam War, brave and co… Continue Reading


02.06.17

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Joins Bipartisan Group of Senators Urging President Trump to Include Broadband in Any Infrastructure Initiative

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) joined Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), Angus King (I-ME), Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) and John Boozman (R-AR) and a group of 42 senators in urging President Trump to include broadband in any infrastructure initiative. "A broad agenda to promote broadband access will empower Americans living in every community - from urban city centers to rural towns - with economic opportunities that will jumpstart growth in jobs an… Continue Reading


02.03.17

Baldwin, Warren Call on NEC Director Cohn to Pay Full Taxes on Windfall Payments, Recuse Himself from All Decisions Affecting Goldman Sachs

WASHINGTON, D.C. - United States Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) today sent a letter calling on incoming National Economic Council (NEC) Director - and former Goldman Sachs executive - Gary Cohn to recuse himself from any decisions related to Goldman Sachs in light of the $284 million windfall he received upon entering President Trump's Administration. In addition, the senators called on Cohn to immediately pay in full the taxes that would have been due had he not enter… Continue Reading


02.03.17

Baldwin, Brown, Shaheen to Trump: Don’t Pull the Rug Out from Under States Fighting Opioid Crisis

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) today wrote to President Donald Trump warning that repealing the Affordable Care Act (ACA) with no replacement would pull the rug out from under local communities working to combat the opioid epidemic and could endanger millions of Americans just as they are getting treatment. Repeal threatens to cut $5.5 billion from states battling opioid addiction. A recent report from Harvard Medical School… Continue Reading


02.01.17

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Announces She Will Oppose the Confirmation of Rex Tillerson for Secretary of State

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin released the following statement announcing she will oppose Rex Tillerson's confirmation as Secretary of State: "Last Congress, I introduced legislation to slow the revolving door and ensure that our public servants are working for the public interest, not their former - or future - employers. I was inspired to introduce this legislation when I saw several Obama Administration appointees receive multimillion-dollar bonuses for leaving their jobs and… Continue Reading

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