Press Releases

04.13.16

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Supports IRS Reform Legislation to Simplify Filing for Taxpayers

WASHINGTON, D.C. - United States Senator Tammy Baldwin has cosponsored legislation introduced by Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) to simplify and decrease the costs of the tax filing process for millions of American taxpayers. This year, taxpayers will spend an average of 13 hours preparing and filing their returns, and will pay $200 for tax preparation services - a cost equal to almost 10 percent of the average federal tax refund. "American taxpayers are forced to spend too much time and mon… Continue Reading


04.12.16

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Requests Judiciary Committee Action on Nation’s Longest Standing Federal Court Vacancy

Calls on Chairman Grassley to advance nomination of Donald Schott to 7th Circuit Court at next Judiciary Committee hearing Nominee earned bipartisan, majority support from Wisconsin Judicial Commission and support from both Wisconsin Senators WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin sent a letter to Senate Judiciary Committee Charmain Charles Grassley (R-IA) requesting that he advance Donald Schott's nomination to the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit at the Ju… Continue Reading


04.12.16

Advocates from Across Wisconsin Join Senator Baldwin in Calling on Governor Walker to Immediately Restore Food Assistance to Thousands of Wisconsinites

Recent reports show poverty in Wisconsin has reached alarming levels More than 25 groups in Wisconsin call for action WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, a broad coalition of advocates, hunger relief providers, and religious and fraternal organizations sent a letter to Governor Scott Walker calling for him immediately restore food assistance to thousands of Wisconsinites. Last month, Senator Baldwin and U.S. Representatives Ron Kind (D-WI 3), Gwen Moore (D-WI 4) and Mark Pocan (D-WI 2) sent a letter to… Continue Reading


04.11.16

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Introduces Bipartisan Legislation to Make Naloxone Rescue Kits More Affordable and Accessible for Veterans

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Jerry Moran (R-KS) introduced bipartisan legislation today to make naloxone rescue kits more affordable and accessible to our nation's veterans. As a PBS Frontline report recently highlighted, America's veterans face greater risk amid the nation's opioid crisis. According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) system, veterans are more likely to die from accidental opioid overdoses than non-veterans. And, in 2014, more than 55,0… Continue Reading


04.08.16

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Meets with Students and Recent Graduates at UW-Eau Claire to Discuss New College Affordability Reform Legislation

EAU CLAIRE, WI - Today, U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin met with students and recent graduates at University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire to discuss the student loan debt crisis and reform legislation she has introduced to make college more affordable. Last month, Senator Baldwin officially introduced the In The Red Act, a major reform to address college affordability and put America on a path toward debt-free college. "Higher education should be a path to prosperity, not a path into suffocating debt. Bu… Continue Reading


04.07.16

Following Push from Senator Baldwin and Senate Democrats, Full Senate Passes Vital Amendment to FAA Reauthorization Bill to Strengthen Security at U.S. Airports

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Senate Democrats secured an amendment to the Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) Reauthorization bill to strengthen U.S. airport security, especially in non-secure "soft" target areas at airports like check-in and baggage claim areas. The amendment pushed and supported by Senator Baldwin, a member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, was endorsed by the Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson. It comes after the recent wave of terror attacks in … Continue Reading


04.06.16

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Champions Reform to Improve Palliative and Hospice Care

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin introduced a bipartisan reform to grow, improve and sustain the palliative care and hospice workforce to keep pace with patient need and help improve the well-being of Americans with life-threatening illnesses and their families. "I'm proud to lead the introduction of the Palliative Care and Hospice Education and Training Act to help grow and sustain our healthcare workforce to safeguard and improve the quality of care for the growing number of pati… Continue Reading


04.04.16

Bipartisan Reform Cosponsored by Senator Baldwin Passes Senate

Washington, D.C. - Bipartisan legislation cosponsored by U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin passed the U.S. Senate today. Last year, Senator Baldwin joined Senate Judiciary Committee members Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Chris Coons (D-DE), Jeff Flake (R-AZ), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Thom Tillis (R-NC) in introducing the Defend Trade Secrets Act. The bipartisan reform will help combat the loss of hundreds of billions of dollars each year in the United States to the theft of corporate trade secrets. The Defend Trade S… Continue Reading


03.29.16

COLUMN: Brokaw Act stands up to Wall Street raiders

This column orginally appeared in the Wausau Daily Herald, Appleton Post Crescent, Stevens Point Journal, and Fond du Lac Reporter on March 29, 2016. By U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin About a year before I was elected to the United States Senate in 2012, Wisconsin workers who helped build a paper company had their lives turned upside down. A wolf pack of hedge funds seized control of the legendary Wausau Paper company, expelled the company's executives and demanded short-term returns and stock b… Continue Reading


03.29.16

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Meets with Students at UW-Madison to Discuss New College Affordability Reform Legislation

MADISON, WI - Today, U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin met with students and graduates at University of Wisconsin-Madison to discuss the student loan debt crisis and reform legislation she has introduced to make college more affordable. Earlier this month, Senator Baldwin officially introduced the In The Red Act, a major reform to address college affordability and put America on a path toward debt-free college. "Higher education should be a path to prosperity, not a path into suffocating debt. But unf… Continue Reading


03.28.16

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Meets with Students at UWM to Discuss New College Affordability Reform Legislation

MILWAUKEE, WI - Today, U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin met with students and graduates at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee to discuss the student loan debt crisis and reform legislation she has introduced to make college more affordable. Earlier this month, Senator Baldwin officially introduced the In The Red Act, a major reform to address college affordability and put America on a path toward debt-free college. "Higher education should be a path to prosperity, not a path into suffocating debt. But… Continue Reading


03.22.16

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin and U.S. Representatives Ron Kind, Gwen Moore and Mark Pocan Call on Governor Walker to Immediately Restore Food Assistance to Thousands of Wisconsinites

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and U.S. Representatives Ron Kind (D-WI 3), Gwen Moore (D-WI 4) and Mark Pocan (D-WI 2) sent a letter to Governor Scott Walker calling on him to immediately restore food assistance to thousands of Wisconsinites by requesting and reinstating the federal waiver for 20 counties and 10 cities with high unemployment rates. Recent reports have concluded that poverty in Wisconsin has reached alarming levels and the highest rates in years in many par… Continue Reading


03.21.16

COLUMN: Let's reward hard work, not wealth

This column orginally appeared in the La Crosse Tribune on March 21, 2016. By U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin For 40 years, economic policies have rewarded large corporations and the wealthiest with the promise that their gains would "trickle down" to everyone else. It hasn't worked. Instead, we have faced sluggish growth and economic insecurity for more and more Americans. Today, we have a tax code that has been rigged by powerful interests to benefit corporations, millionaires and billionaires.… Continue Reading


03.17.16

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Supports Action on Bipartisan Legislation to Address Mental Health and the National Opioid Crisis

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin, a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, supported a legislative package to address mental health and opioid addiction that unanimously passed through the committee this week. "I'm proud to support this bipartisan action to move us forward in the fight to address our nation's substance use and opioid addiction crisis," said Senator Baldwin. "This is a multifaceted problem that needs a comprehensive approach to… Continue Reading


03.17.16

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Joins Senators Kaine, Portman and Capito to Introduce Bipartisan Career and Technical Education Legislation

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) joined Senators Tim Kaine (D-VA), Rob Portman (R-OH) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) to introduce the CTE Excellence and Equity Act, bipartisan legislation to support re-designing the high school experience by making courses more relevant to students' future careers. The bill would provide federal funding for partnerships between school districts, employers and institutions of higher education in Wisconsin and other states that integra… Continue Reading


03.17.16

U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin and Jeff Merkley Introduce Legislation to Strengthen Oversight of Activist Hedge Funds

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Jeff Merkley (D-OR) introduced legislation to increase transparency and strengthen oversight of activist hedge funds. The Brokaw Act is named for a small Wisconsin town that went bankrupt after an out-of-state hedge fund closed a paper mill that had provided good jobs to the town for over 100 years. The activist hedge fund bought up the legendary Wausau Paper Company, forced out its executives and demanded short-term returns like … Continue Reading


03.16.16

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Statement on the Passing of Tamara Grigsby

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin released the following statement on the passing of Tamara Grigsby: "I was deeply saddened to learn about the passing of Tamara Grigsby. Tamara committed her life to public service and making a difference in the lives of others. Through her work in the State Legislature, for Milwaukee Public Schools and Dane County, Tamara was a tireless champion and a voice for those who are too often forgotten. Although her time with us was too short, she leaves be… Continue Reading


03.16.16

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Statement on President Obama’s Nomination of Judge Merrick Garland to the United States Supreme Court

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin today released the following statement on President Obama's nomination of Judge Merrick Garland to the United States Supreme Court: "I am pleased that the President has done his job and offered a nominee with strong federal judicial experience. "I now plan to do my job by reviewing Judge Garland's experience and qualifications for our highest court. I also look forward to meeting with Judge Garland. I hope my Republican colleagues will do the sam… Continue Reading


03.15.16

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Introduces Major Reform Legislation on College Affordability

In The Red Act takes on the student debt crisis and puts America on a path to debt-free college Bill would allow refinancing of student loans, strengthen Pell Grants, make a new investment in community college and is paid for by closing special interest tax loopholes WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin today introduced the In The Red Act, a major reform to address college affordability and put America on a path toward debt-free college. The In The Red Act will allow student loan bo… Continue Reading


03.15.16

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin's New Legislation to Accelerate Water Technologies Receives Strong Support

WASHINGTON, D.C. - New legislation introduced Monday by U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin received strong support from The Water Council, the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District and National Association of Clean Water Agencies. "The time has come where we as a nation have to face up to the reality that we have some very pressing issues with respect to the water resources that we use to keep our manufacturers operating and our citizens safe," stated Dean Amhaus, President and CEO of The Water Coun… Continue Reading

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