Press Releases

02.05.18

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Helps Introduce Legislation to Improve Rail Safety

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin has cosponsored the Safe Freight Act, introduced by Senator Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND), to require freight trains carrying cargo, including crude oil, to operate with at least two crewmembers on board. Having two crewmembers on board trains at all times allows for quicker action in preventing accidents from occurring and improves emergency responses. This is Senator Baldwin's latest effort to improve safety for Wisconsin communities near rail lanes. "The… Continue Reading


01.31.18

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Requests Government Accountability Office Review of Trump Administration's Failure to Meaningfully Address Opioid Epidemic

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin, a member of the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, joined a letter, led by Senators Patty Murray (D-WA) and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), to the Government Accountability Office (GAO) requesting a review of the actions taken by President Trump's Administration to address the opioid epidemic since it was declared a public health emergency. On October 26, 2017, when President Trump directed the Department of Health and Human Services… Continue Reading


01.29.18

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Leads Letter to President Trump: Any Infrastructure Plan Must Include Strong Buy American, Hire American Standards

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin led nine of her colleagues in sending a letter to President Trump urging him to put his words into action on rebuilding America's infrastructure with a plan that has strong buy American, hire American standards. "As you draft your infrastructure proposal, we encourage you to not only protect existing 'Buy America' laws, but to work with Congress to expand these protections and address coverage gaps," wrote the Senators in the letter. "In addition, n… Continue Reading


01.27.18

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Announces Guest for State of the Union Address

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin announced that Avery Smith, a heavy equipment operator from Little Suamico, Wisconsin, will join her for President Trump's State of the Union address on Tuesday. Mr. Smith, who has worked on infrastructure projects in Wisconsin for nearly two decades, will go to Washington and join Senator Baldwin's push for President Trump to put his words into action on rebuilding America's infrastructure with a plan that has strong buy American, hire American s… Continue Reading


01.24.18

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Opposes Nomination of Alex Azar to be Health and Human Services Secretary

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin, a member of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, will vote against the nomination of Alex Azar to be Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and today released the following statement: "In Wisconsin and across the country, health care premiums are going up because of the uncertainty and chaos created by the Trump Administration's repeated sabotage of our health care system over the last year. We need a… Continue Reading


01.24.18

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Meets with Trump Administration on Boosting Rural Development in Wisconsin

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin met with Anne Hazlett, Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), to share Wisconsin's priorities for rural development and urge the Trump administration to invest in our rural communities and include critical rural development priorities in the President's infrastructure plan. "I met with Anne Hazlett from the U.S. Department of Agriculture today to let her know how Washington can step up a… Continue Reading


01.23.18

U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin and Susan Collins Praise Signage of Bipartisan RAISE Family Caregivers Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Susan Collins (R-ME) are applauding yesterday's signage of the Recognize, Assist, Include, Support, and Engage (RAISE) Family Caregivers Act into law. This bipartisan law establishes a national strategy to support family caregivers across the country. The RAISE Family Caregivers Act directs the Secretary of Health and Human Services to develop and sustain a national strategy to recognize and support the more than 40 million family caregi… Continue Reading


01.22.18

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Votes to Open the Government and Get the Job Done on Bipartisan Solutions

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin released the following statement on her vote in the Senate today to open the government and get the job done on bipartisan solutions: "Enough with round after round of fighting. We now have an opportunity in the Senate to do right by the American people so we need to get to work and do it. "I will continue my bipartisan work to fully fund community health centers, children's health care and provide our local communities with the support they need t… Continue Reading


01.19.18

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Statement on the Senate Vote for a Four-Week Funding Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin released the following statement on the continuing resolution vote in the Senate tonight: "This four week spending bill simply kicks the can down the road and fails to get the job done for the American people. Congressional Republicans let funding for CHIP expire nearly four months ago, then gave permanent tax cuts to powerful corporations but they won't provide permanent funding for children's health care. This short-term bill gives tax breaks to b… Continue Reading


01.18.18

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Calls on President Trump to Provide Information on Political Appointees Serving in Key Drug Policy Positions

Letter to President Follows Report that 24-Year-Old with No Relevant Work Experience Served as Deputy Chief of Staff at the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy Senators Also Call on President to Nominate Qualified Individuals to Lead the Office of National Drug Control Policy and Drug Enforcement Administration WASHINGTON - Following reports that a 24-year-old with no relevant work experience served as Deputy Chief of Staff for the White House Office of National Drug Control Pol… Continue Reading


01.18.18

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Statement on S. 139, the FISA Section 702 Reauthorization

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin today released the following statement on S. 139, the FISA section 702 reauthorization: "I believe we need to strengthen our counterterrorism efforts and protect the privacy and freedoms of law-abiding Americans - we can and must do both but this legislation doesn't pass that test. "In 2001, I opposed the PATRIOT Act because I feared that government surveillance programs would cross the line and infringe on the privacy rights of Americans and that is exactly what ha… Continue Reading


01.17.18

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Introduces Legislation to Strengthen Pension Plans

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin, a member of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, today introduced the Pension Stability Act to generate new revenue to protect the pensions of more than 40 million workers and retirees-including the 25,000 workers and retirees in Wisconsin participating in the Central States Pension Fund. Current law requires banks convicted of financial crimes to seek a waiver from the Department of Labor in order to manage retirement plan f… Continue Reading


01.16.18

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Fighting for Wisconsin’s Dairy Farmers, Urges Senate Leadership to Strengthen Dairy Margin Protection Program

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In the face of difficult dairy market conditions in Wisconsin and across the country, U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Thad Cochran (R-MS) and Vice Chairman Pat Leahy (D-VT) urging them to protect the economic security of our nation's dairy farmers and update and expand the Dairy Margin Protection Program in the FY2018 Agriculture Appropri… Continue Reading


01.12.18

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Calls on President Trump To Renew The Opioid Public Health Emergency

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin joined colleagues in sending a letter to President Trump urging him to renew the opioid public health emergency declaration because of little action since its original declaration in October. The Senators wrote, in part, "On October 26, 2017, you declared a public health emergency with the goal of mobilizing federal resources and strengthening the federal response to the opioid epidemic. This emergency declaration expires on January 23, 2018. Unfort… Continue Reading


01.09.18

U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin and Susan Collins’ RAISE Family Caregivers Act Passes Congress

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) today applauded the passage of the Recognize, Assist, Include, Support, and Engage (RAISE) Family Caregivers Act in the U.S. Senate. Her bipartisan legislation to establish a national strategy to support family caregivers now heads to the president's desk for his signature. The RAISE Family Caregivers Act would direct the Secretary of Health and Human Services to develop and sustain a national strategy to recognize and support the more than 4… Continue Reading


01.08.18

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Joins Bipartisan Group in Pushing for Great Lakes Restoration Initiative in Canada

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin joined a bipartisan group of members of Congress in pushing for a Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) for the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River in Canada. In the United States, the GLRI has provided more than $2 billion for Great Lakes protection and restoration and has been instrumental in restoring freshwater ecosystems, spurring economic opportunity, and redeveloping waterfront communities. The impact of the GLRI could be amplified and lev… Continue Reading


01.04.18

U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin and Roy Blunt Lead Bipartisan Letter Urging Trump Administration to Prioritize Resources for Upper Mississippi River System Infrastructure Improvements

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin and Roy Blunt (R-MO) led a bipartisan group of Senators in sending a letter to Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney urging the administration to include sufficient funding in its FY 2019 budget request to continue preconstruction engineering and design for the Navigation and Ecosystem Sustainability Program (NESP). In addition, the Senators requested that the administration include that funding in the Army Corps of Engineers' 2018… Continue Reading


12.22.17

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Calls on President Trump to Sign Bipartisan Legislation Passed by Congress to Help Halt Flow of Illicit Fentanyl into the United States

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Bipartisan legislation cosponsored by U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin passed the Senate last night and she is calling on President Trump to quickly sign it into law. The INTERDICT Act, would provide U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) tools such as hi-tech chemical screening devices to help detect and interdict fentanyl and other illicit synthetic opioids "The growing crisis of fentanyl and opioid abuse is hurting families and taking lives at alarming rates both in Wisconsin … Continue Reading


12.22.17

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Joins Colleagues in Asking DEA, DOJ What Tools They Need To Combat Opioid Epidemic

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin joined her Senate colleagues this week in asking the Department of Justice (DOJ) and Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) what tools they need to most aggressively target the ongoing opioid epidemic. The letter follows a Washington Post/"60 Minutes" investigation into the impact of the Ensuring Patient Access and Effective Drug Enforcement Act on DEA's ability to combat opioid addiction, and subsequent testimony from DEA officials that the law needs… Continue Reading


12.22.17

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Calls for Hearings on Health and Education Challenges Facing Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands Following Hurricanes Irma, Maria

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin, a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, joined her colleagues in sending a letter to HELP Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-TN) to request that the Committee hold hearings to assess the challenges facing the health and educational systems of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands in the wake of Hurricanes Irma and Maria. Noting the extensive damage caused by the hurricanes to the islands' education and p… Continue Reading

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