Press Releases


U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Joins Colleagues to Call on State Department to Investigate Reported Persecution of LGBTQ People in Azerbaijan

WASHINGTON, D.C. - A bipartisan group of senators today called on Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to investigate news reports that authorities have conducted raids and detained people in Azerbaijan because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. In a letter to Tillerson, the senators called for the investigation following recent news reports of raids conducted in September in Azerbaijan's capital, Baku, when authorities detained more than 50 gay and transgender people. "We write to sh… Continue Reading


U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Introduces Bipartisan VA Reform to Stop Federal VA Funding from Being Transferred Away From Veterans to State General Fund

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin today joined Senators Jon Tester (D-MT) and Dean Heller (R-NV) to introduce bipartisan VA reform legislation to improve the Veterans Affairs State Veterans Home Programs. Senator Baldwin's legislation will stop the practice of federal State Home Per Diem funding being transferred away from veterans to state-government general funds. In Wisconsin, as has been reported by the media, according to the Legislative Audit Bureau, federal State Home Per Die… Continue Reading


U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin to Chairman Hatch: Let’s Keep President Trump’s Promise to Close Carried Interest Tax Loophole for Hedge Funds on Wall Street

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin sent a letter to Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT), the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Finance, urging him to keep President Trump's promise to close the carried interest tax loophole for hedge fund managers on Wall Street. Senator Hatch is expected to release the Senate Republicans' tax plan on Thursday. Senator Baldwin wrote: "President Trump has made a promise to the American people to close the carried interest tax loophole. He included the… Continue Reading


Senators Call on DOJ and HHS to Reverse Course and Continue to Prioritize LGBTQ Youth in Key Programs

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Bob Casey (D-PA) and Patty Murray (D-WA), joined by 18 of their colleagues, wrote letters to the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) urging the departments to ensure that key programs designed to serve homeless youth and children who are the victims of sexual exploitation and trafficking, continue to focus on the needs of LGBTQ youth. "During the campaign, President Trump said that he wo… Continue Reading


U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Joins Colleagues Urging Senate Finance Committee To Reject Tax Changes To 401(k)’s

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin today joined a group of colleagues in a letter led by Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) calling on the leadership of the Senate Finance Committee to reject changes to the tax system that would harm existing tax incentives for Americans to save for retirement. The letter comes as Senate Republicans are poised to release their own version of tax reform legislation later this week. Senate Republicans may be considering making changes to the incentives America… Continue Reading


U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin, Colleagues Introduce Legislation to Expand Services for LGBT Seniors

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin, along with Senators Michael Bennet (D-CO), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Edward Markey (D-MA) and Al Franken (D-MN) today introduced the LGBT Elder Americans Act to improve services available for older lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) adults. This legislation would build on the Older Americans Act to include LGBT seniors as a vulnerable population and permanently establish the National Resource Center on LGBT Aging. "We should guarantee all o… Continue Reading


U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Visits Washington County to Meet with Local Officials Working on the Frontlines of the Opioid Crisis

JACKSON, WI - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin visited Jackson today to meet with stakeholders, advocates and local officials from Washington County working on the frontlines of the opioid epidemic. At Elevate, Inc, a local community resource center dedicated to helping people struggling with drug abuse and addiction, Senator Baldwin had a dialogue about how the federal government can better help local communities. She was joined by representatives from the Washington County Heroin Task Force, Moraine… Continue Reading


U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Urges Trump Administration to Support Additional Funding to Combat Opioid Epidemic

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin today sent a letter to President Donald Trump with Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Angus King (I-ME) and a group of 19 senators, calling on the President to support additional funding necessary to combat the opioid epidemic. Currently, the President's emergency declaration only makes about $57,000 available which fails to adequately address this epidemic. "We appreciate your formal declaration that the opioid epidemic is a National Public Health Eme… Continue Reading


U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Introduces Legislation to Slow Revolving Door Between the Pharmaceutical Industry and Federal Agencies

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin has introduced new legislation that will slow the revolving door between the pharmaceutical industry and the federal agencies, including the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the Food and Drug Administration FDA), that are entrusted to keep patients and the public safe. "The pharmaceutical industry has a deep-rooted and strong influence in Washington and a revolving door between drug companies and government cannot undermine the safety of o… Continue Reading


U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin, Representative Sean Patrick Maloney Lead Congressional Amicus Brief in Masterpiece Cakeshop Case

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Representative Sean Patrick Maloney (D-NY) announced the filing of an Amicus Brief in support of equal rights for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) community and other marginalized groups in Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission. A ruling for Masterpiece Cakeshop could create a "license to discriminate" allowing businesses to deny service to Americans, including LGBTQ people. Senator Baldwin and R… Continue Reading


Health Care Open Enrollment Starts Today

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Open Enrollment period for Marketplace health plans for 2018 starts today, November 1, and runs through December 15, 2017. Wisconsinites looking to enroll in a health insurance plan for next year can compare plans and sign up on, and returning enrollees can shop around for a more affordable plan that meets their needs. Many Wisconsinites will qualify for financial assistance such as tax credits to help make the cost of care more affordable. "This year, Wash… Continue Reading


U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Joins Bipartisan Efforts to Protect Biofuel Production and Rural Wisconsin Jobs

WASHINGTON, D.C. - As the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) works toward finalizing its rule on biofuels volume requirements for 2018, U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin joins bipartisan efforts to call for a strong Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) in order to protect Wisconsin farmers and the agriculture economy. Senator Baldwin's actions come at a time when the Trump administration and EPA have sent confusing signals to industry, causing uncertainty for biofuels businesses, fuel retailers and farmer… Continue Reading


U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Urges Trump Administration to Hold Drug Companies Accountable for Overpricing

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin today joined a group of colleagues in a letter led by Senator Gary Peters (D-MI) to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) expressing alarm over the department's decision to further delay implementation of a rule holding drug companies accountable for overcharging for prescription drugs. The final rule, which was announced in January by the Obama Administration, would give HHS greater authority to penalize pharmaceutical companies that knowi… Continue Reading


U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Introduces Scenic Trails Parity Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin introduced the National Scenic Trails Parity Act to provide improved management and access to additional funding for Wisconsin's Ice Age and North Country National Scenic Trails. "The Ice Age and North Country Scenic trails are beloved by Wisconsinites, and provide opportunities for people across our state to enjoy the great outdoors. But these trails currently face unfair barriers when competing for federal resources," said Senator Baldwin. "I am… Continue Reading


U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Supports Health Care Public Option Reforms

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin today announced her support for two public option proposals that would give Wisconsinites more choices for quality, affordable health care insurance coverage. "Washington has been consumed by a debate this year over partisan repeal efforts that would take people's health care away," said Senator Baldwin. "Instead of making things worse, I believe we should move forward to expand coverage and make health care more affordable, not more costly, and t… Continue Reading


U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Statement on President Trump’s Opioid Announcement

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin released the following statement on President Trump's opioid announcement today: "I've seen firsthand how the opioid epidemic is devastating families and communities across Wisconsin. Washington must step up to be a stronger partner for local communities in this fight and President Trump's announcement fails to match words with action. In Wisconsin, the people working in our communities to combat this crisis need emergency investments for local prev… Continue Reading


U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Demands Explanation for $2 Billion Missing From Commerce Secretary's Financial Disclosures

WASHINGTON, DC - Following a Forbes report revealing that Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross may have failed to disclose nearly $2 billion during his confirmation proceedings, six members of the Senate Commerce Committee wrote the Office of Government Ethics today seeking an explanation for how the financial assets could have been hidden from review. During his confirmation proceedings, Secretary Ross disclosed approximately $700 million in assets. Forbes has since valued Secretary Ross' total n… Continue Reading


U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin, Representative Rosa DeLauro Introduce Legislation to Hold Workplace Harassers Accountable

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Representative Rosa DeLauro (D-CT-3) today introduced legislation to strengthen workplace harassment laws. The Fair Employment Protection Act restores protections for workers harassed on the job by supervisors and those with authority to direct people's day-to-day work. These protections were weakened by the U.S. Supreme Court's June 2013 decision in Vance v. Ball State University. DeLauro and Baldwin introduced similar legislation in the 11… Continue Reading


U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Helps Introduce Legislation to Invest $45 Billion to Address Opioid Crisis

Senators call on President Trump to support the legislation, join in strengthening local prevention, treatment and recovery efforts Unlike partisan repeal plan, the legislation does not decimate Medicaid or serve as replacement for coverage WASHINGTON, D.C. - To strengthen our country's approach to combating the opioid epidemic and address some critical shortcomings, including the Administration's unwillingness to make a long-term investment in the fight, U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin today hel… Continue Reading


U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Joins Bipartisan Coalition to Introduce USA RIGHTS Act to Reform Secretive Warrantless Spy Program

WASHINGTON, D.C.- U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin today joined Senator Ron Wyden, D-Ore., Senator Rand Paul, R-Ky., and a total of 11 senators to introduce the USA RIGHTS Act, which reforms a sweeping, secretive government spying program to protect the Constitutional rights of Americans, while giving intelligence agencies authority to target foreign terrorists, criminals and other overseas intelligence targets. "I believe we need to strengthen our counterterrorism efforts and protect the privacy an… Continue Reading

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