Press Releases

10.04.19

Senators Baldwin and Blumenthal Call on Weight Watchers to Remove Dangerous Dieting App Targeted at Young Kids

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) wrote to the CEO of WW, formerly known as Weight Watchers, to call on the company to immediately pull Kurbo-its potentially harmful dieting app designed for children as young as eight years old-from the marketplace. Since the app was launched, numerous pediatric specialists and eating disorder experts have raised concerns that Kurbo's poor implementation and design, such as the inclusion of before-and-after photo… Continue Reading


10.03.19

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Urges Trump Administration to Protect Health Coverage for People with Pre-Existing Conditions

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin and 39 Senate Democrats, led by Senator Mark Warner (D-VA), are urging the Trump administration to protect individuals with pre-existing conditions by limiting the proliferation of "junk plans" - short-term insurance plans that can exclude coverage for essential benefits and provide no protections for Americans with pre-existing conditions. In their letter to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Centers for Medicar… Continue Reading


10.02.19

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Calls for Financial Certainty for Rural Counties

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) joined 30 of her Senate colleagues today requesting that any end-of-year legislation include at least a two-year reauthorization of the Payments in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) and the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act (SRS) programs. The SRS program was created to provide consistent and reliable funding for more than 775 rural counties and 4,400 schools located near national forests across the country. SRS helps pay for schoo… Continue Reading


09.27.19

Baldwin, Colleagues Press DOD OIG To Investigate Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative Funding That Was Held By Trump Administration

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin, a member of the Senate Appropriations Defense Subcommittee, joined her colleagues to call on the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) Office of the Inspector General (OIG) to review DoD's Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative funding appropriated by Congress, which was halted for a significant portion of the year by the Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), allegedly at the direction of the White House. "The delay would appear to have… Continue Reading


09.27.19

U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin and Thom Tillis Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Improve the Quality of Health Care for Veterans

Bipartisan bill would expand access to training and educational opportunities for future health professionals on veteran-specific health needs WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Thom Tillis (R-NC) today introduced the bipartisan Veterans-Specific Education for Tomorrow's Health Professionals (VET HP) Act that aims to better educate future health care professionals on the specific medical needs of veterans so they can provide the highest quality care to those who have serv… Continue Reading


09.26.19

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Calls for HELP Committee Hearing on Health Outbreak Connected to Vaping

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin, a member of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP), is calling for a hearing on the outbreak of severe lung disease connected to vaping. In a letter to Senate HELP Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA), Senator Baldwin emphasizes the increasing number of cases of this mystery illness that have been identified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and stresses… Continue Reading


09.26.19

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Supports Senate Resolution to Protect Americans with Pre-Existing Conditions

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin today announced her support for Senator Mark Warner's (D-VA) effort to force a Senate vote on a resolution to protect people with pre-existing conditions from another attempt by the Trump administration to gut the Affordable Care Act. Senator Warner filed a discharge petition on a Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution yesterday that would roll back the 1332 waiver rule, another Trump administration effort to sabotage Americans' health care and u… Continue Reading


09.25.19

Baldwin-Supported Funding to Expand Flight-Training Programs for Veterans Wins Committee Approval

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Federal funding supported by U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin to expand flight-training services for veterans to become commercial airline pilots passed the Senate Appropriations Committee last week. As a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Senator Baldwin successfully secured $1 million in federal funding in the Fiscal Year 2020 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act to increase opportunities for veterans seeking careers a… Continue Reading


09.25.19

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Introduces Bipartisan Legislation to Boost Protections for SEC, CFTC Whistleblowers

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin today joined Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Senators Joni Ernst (R-IA) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) to introduce the bipartisan Whistleblower Programs Improvement Act (WPIA) that would extend whistleblower protections to more individuals who report wrongdoing and violations of securities and commodities law. "If we strengthen and empower whistleblowers, we can do a better job of holding corporate America accountable," said Sen… Continue Reading


09.25.19

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Presses Trump Administration for Urgency on Addressing PFAS Contamination in Water

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin is calling on the Trump administration to respond more urgently to water contamination caused by harmful per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in order to protect human health. In her letter to Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Robert Redfield, Senator Baldwin is demanding more EPA research to make PFAS testing more accessible and affordable and more research… Continue Reading


09.24.19

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Statement on President Trump’s Nominee for Secretary of the U.S. Department of Labor

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin, a member of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP), released the following statement on her decision not to support President Trump's nominee for United States Secretary of Labor, Eugene Scalia: "I had an opportunity to meet with Mr. Scalia and participate in a Senate HELP Committee hearing on what I feel is a rushed nomination process. "The leader of the Department of Labor should be someone who has proven experience… Continue Reading


09.23.19

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Urges Trump Administration to Withdraw Proposal to Take Away Food Assistance from Millions of Americans

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin, a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, is raising serious concerns about the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) proposed rule to eliminate categorical eligibility, which would take food assistance away from millions of families currently participating in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). In a letter to Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, Senator Baldwin and 14 other Senate Dem… Continue Reading


09.19.19

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Gets the Job Done for Wisconsin Dairy Farmers

Wisconsin Selected to Receive $454,000 to Host the Midwest Regional Dairy Business Innovation Initiative Senate Agriculture Appropriations Legislation Includes Major Funding Increase for Baldwin's Dairy Business Innovation Program WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin today announced two major wins for Wisconsin dairy farmers and our agriculture economy through her Dairy Business Innovation Initiative which helps dairy businesses looking to get their start, grow their business, modern… Continue Reading


09.18.19

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Opposes Labor Department Proposal to Allow Government-Funded Discrimination against LGBTQ People, Women, and More

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin, a member of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pension (HELP), sent a letter to Acting Secretary Pizzella urging the Department of Labor to withdraw a proposed rule that would allow federal contractors and subcontractors to justify discrimination against women, LGBTQ people and members of certain religious groups on ideological grounds. The letter was led by Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Ranking Member of the HELP Committee, and wa… Continue Reading


09.17.19

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Warns That Pharmaceutical Mergers May Increase Drug Prices and Reduce Patient Access to Essential Medications

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In light of ongoing consolidation in the pharmaceutical sector, U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin joined her Senate colleagues in calling on the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to closely scrutinize pharmaceutical mergers that could increase prescription drug prices and reduce patient access to needed medications. In a letter to FTC Chairman Joseph Simons led by Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), the Senators raised concerns about the potential impact of these proposed transactions on pha… Continue Reading


09.17.19

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Supports Introduction of Legislation to Stop Use of Taxpayer Dollars at Trump Properties

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin today helped introduce the Heightened Oversight of Travel, Eating, and Lodging (HOTEL) Act to immediately stop the federal government from spending taxpayer dollars at properties owned by the President, Vice President and Cabinet officials. The legislation, led by Senator Gary Peters (D-MI), Ranking Member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, aims to prevent potential conflicts of interest and abuse of taxpayer dollars… Continue Reading


09.16.19

Following Request from U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin, CDC Activates Emergency Operations Center to Help Address Outbreak of Severe Lung Disease Connected to Vaping

Hundreds of Americans have been reported sick, including more than 30 Wisconsinites WASHINGTON, D.C. - Last week, U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin called for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to activate its Emergency Operations Center (EOC) to address the outbreak of severe lung disease connected to vaping, and today the CDC announced that they would do so. "My home state has been on the frontlines of this outbreak, from identifying the first cases to working with CDC to develo… Continue Reading


09.16.19

Baldwin, Johnson Reestablish Wisconsin Federal Nominating Commission

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin and Ron Johnson agreed to reestablish the Wisconsin Federal Nominating Commission to advance nominations for vacant federal judgeships and U.S. Attorney positions in Wisconsin during the 116th Congress. "The Wisconsin Federal Nominating Commission process is the right way forward. I am pleased to join Senator Johnson in moving forward in a bipartisan manner to advance the process of filling this judicial vacancy. I am confident that our commission … Continue Reading


09.11.19

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Urges CDC to Address Outbreak of Severe Lung Disease Connected to Vaping

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin is raising concerns to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) about the outbreak of severe lung disease connected to vaping in Wisconsin and throughout the nation. In her letter to CDC Director Dr. Robert R. Redfield, Senator Baldwin asks how the agency is supporting states in their response to this outbreak and urges the CDC to provide additional support, including activating an Emergency Operations Center (EOC), to address this publi… Continue Reading


09.11.19

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Demands Answers from Commerce IG on Reports of Suppression and Retaliation at NOAA

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), ranking member of the Commerce Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries and Coast Guard, and 13 Senate Democrats, led by Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D-HI), wrote to U.S. Department of Commerce Inspector General Peggy Gustafson demanding answers following recent reports of improper behavior at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA), including one that Commerce Department officials threatened to fire NOAA employees for contra… Continue Reading

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