Press Releases

12.22.15

Bipartisan Omnibus Big Win for Wisconsin Veterans

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin released the following statement after President Obama signed into law the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2016, which included several provisions Senator Baldwin championed on behalf of Wisconsin veterans and their families: "I was proud to usher in this legislation which rolls back devastating budget cuts to veterans and includes many reforms that I have fought for and support. As a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, I fought to inc… Continue Reading


12.21.15

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Statement on FDA Recommendations on Gay Men Blood Donation

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin released the following statement after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released final guidance that lifts the lifetime ban on blood donation for men who have sex with men (MSM) and implements a new policy requiring a year of abstinence prior to donating blood: "I am encouraged that the FDA swiftly finalized this guidance to move forward and revise the discriminatory lifetime ban on blood donations. However, this is just the first s… Continue Reading


12.18.15

Bipartisan Chemical Safety Reform Legislation Supported by Senator Baldwin Moving Forward

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin today applauded the fact that bipartisan chemical safety reform legislation is moving forward. The comprehensive legislation, the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, to overhaul the nation's broken chemical safety law cleared the Senate late Thursday and now heads back to the House for approval. "Reform is long overdue, and I am proud to support this bipartisan bill," Senator Baldwin said. "It's important that we advance pr… Continue Reading


12.18.15

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Champions “Made in America” Policy for Wisconsin Shipbuilding Suppliers

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, the United States Senate passed the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2016, which included a provision championed by U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, requiring the domestic manufacture of certain shipboard components, such as diesel engines, for the U.S. Navy's new oiler ship, one of which will be purchased in FY16 for $674 million. This provision will help ensure a level playing field for Beloit, Wisconsin-based Fairbanks M… Continue Reading


12.18.15

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Statement on Bipartisan Omnibus Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, released the following statement after the Senate passed the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2016, which now heads to the President's desk to become law: "As a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, I was proud to help usher in this bipartisan compromise which not only rolls back the harmful, arbitrary cuts we've seen due to the sequester, but does so in a fair, responsible, and balanced w… Continue Reading


12.18.15

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Statement on Bill to Make Permanent Critical Tax Breaks for Wisconsin Families and Students

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin released the following statement on the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes (PATH) Act, a tax extenders package which makes permanent critical provisions of the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), the Child Tax Credit (CTC) and the American Opportunity Tax Credit (AOTC). These provisions, which were set to expire in December 2017, provide critical relief for Wisconsin's families and college students. In Wisconsin, more than 301,000 children in 158,000 … Continue Reading


12.17.15

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Calls on President Obama to Reject Harmful Plan to Reduce LCS Program

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, released the following statements after media reports indicated that U.S. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter, as part of the Department of Defense Fiscal Year 2017 budget request, is proposing cuts to the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) program and the Frigate (FF) program that will follow LCS. The President will ultimately decide what is included in the Fiscal Year 2017 budget request, which will be r… Continue Reading


12.17.15

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Statement on 2-Year, Bipartisan Perkins Extension Heading to the President’s Desk to Become Law

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Led Bipartisan Coalition to Save Program after September 30 Expiration Baldwin: "A bipartisan solution that breaks the gridlock" WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin, a member of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, released the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives cleared a bipartisan compromise to extend the federal Perkins Loan Program. Senator Baldwin has led a bipartisan Senate coalition to reauthoriz… Continue Reading


12.16.15

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Statement on Purple Heart Award for Wisconsin Native Sergeant Carson Holmquist

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin released the following statement after the U.S. Navy today announced that the Purple Heart will be awarded to the family of Marine Sergeant Carson Holmquist, a Wisconsin native who was tragically killed in the July 16th terrorist attack in Chattanooga, Tennessee. "The bravery and service of Wisconsin native Marine Sergeant Carson Holmquist will never be forgotten. The Purple Heart recognizes that Sergeant Holmquist gave the ultimate sacrifice in def… Continue Reading


12.16.15

U.S. Senate Passes Bipartisan, 2-Year Perkins Loan Extension

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Led Bipartisan Coalition to Save Program after September 30 Expiration UW System President: "A significant victory for the students and families who are most in need of financial aid" WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin, a member of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, released the following statement after the U.S. Senate cleared a bipartisan compromise to extend the Federal Perkins Loan Program. Senator Baldwin has led a bipa… Continue Reading


12.15.15

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Calls on Department of Homeland Security to Immediately Require Social Media Background Checks as Part of Screening Process for all Foreigners Seeking American Visas

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin joined over 20 Senate Democrats in sending a new letter to Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson urging the agency to immediately require that social media background checks be a part of the screening process for all foreigners seeking an American visa. Senate Democrats also requested more information from the Department Homeland Security on the existing screening process, such as if the Agency faces any resource barriers to implement… Continue Reading


12.15.15

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Statement on U.S. Army Order to Resume JTLV Production at Oshkosh Defense

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin released the following statement today after the U.S. Army directed Oshkosh Defense to resume production of the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV). With the Government Accountability Office (GAO) dismissing a protest that halted production, Oshkosh Defense can resume progress on the $6.7 billion contract to construct nearly 17,000 vehicles. Senator Baldwin has been a champion for Oshkosh Defense in the Senate, supporting legislation to fund and move… Continue Reading


12.15.15

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Statement on Governor Walker’s $1 Billion “Missed Opportunity”

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin released the following statement after Wisconsin's nonpartisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau (LFB) released updated projections outlining how the State of Wisconsin could have saved over $1 billion in taxpayer money over six years by accepting available federal dollars to expand Wisconsin's BadgerCare program through the Affordable Care Act. According to LFB's projections, about 83,000 additional Wisconsinites would gain coverage through full expansion o… Continue Reading


12.09.15

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin’s Jason Simcakoski Memorial Act Moves Forward

Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee Unanimously Advances Baldwin Reforms to Full Senate Legislation would improve pain care at VA, provide stronger oversight, and address the problem of overprescribing practices Chairman Isakson: Baldwin bill one of the "great accomplishments" of the committee WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin today applauded the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs for passing an updated version of her Jason Simcakoski Memorial Opioid Safety Act, a bill aimed a… Continue Reading


12.09.15

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin’s Waterfront Revitalization Legislation Moves Forward

Supports local efforts to revive Wisconsin waterfronts and promote economic development Over 50 Wisconsin leaders, regional and national stakeholders endorse legislation WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin, a member of the Senate Great Lakes Task Force, applauded the passage of her Waterfront Community Revitalization and Resiliency Act through committee today. The legislation is aimed at boosting efforts to revitalize waterfront communities, including Wisconsin towns and cities al… Continue Reading


12.09.15

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin’s Education Reforms Clear Senate, Head to President’s Desk

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, the United States Senate voted 85-12 to approve a bipartisan, four-year education reform bill that includes several provisions championed by U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin, a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, aimed at streamlining testing, improving technology in the classroom, and strengthening career and technical education, among others. The Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015 (ESSA), which is a bill to rewrite the broken No Chil… Continue Reading


12.08.15

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin’s Bipartisan RAISE Family Caregivers Passes Senate

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin, a member of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, today applauded the passage of her bipartisan Recognize, Assist, Include, Support, and Engage, or RAISE Family Caregivers Act, by the United States Senate. Introduced with U.S. Senator Susan Collins (R-ME), the legislation would direct the Secretary of Health and Human Services to establish and sustain a National Family Caregiving Strategy to support family caregivers. The legis… Continue Reading


12.04.15

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Strongly Supports Reauthorization of Export-Import Bank

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin has released a statement after the U.S. Senate voted to reauthorize the Export-Import Bank through 2019. Due to opposition and inaction by the Republican majority in Congress, the Export-Import Bank was allowed to expire on June 30, 2015. This year, Senator Baldwin toured the state of Wisconsin, calling for a long-term reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank, despite opposition from Wisconsin Republicans such as Speaker Paul Ryan and Governor Sc… Continue Reading


12.03.15

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin’s Rail Safety Reforms Clear Senate, Head to President’s Desk

Baldwin thanks Wisconsin advocates, first responders, local officials, and concerned citizens for input and efforts on reforms Baldwin provisions improve safety, increase transparency, and require better communication between the railroads and local communities WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, the United States Senate voted 83-16 to approve a bipartisan, five-year transportation funding bill that includes several provisions championed by U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin aimed at increasing safety and trans… Continue Reading


12.03.15

Baldwin, Murphy Letter Prompts Army Investigation into Wrongful Discharge of Servicemembers with Mental Health Disorders

WASHINGTON -U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin, a member of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, today applauded the U.S. Army's announcement that they will conduct a thorough, multidisciplinary investigation into allegations that the Army has, since 2009, wrongfully dismissed more than 22,000 soldiers for misconduct after they returned from deployment and were diagnosed with mental health disorders. The Army's announcement comes less than one month after Senator Baldwin joined a… Continue Reading

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