Press Releases

11.05.15

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Introduces Fruit and Vegetable Access for Children Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin and Senators Ron Johnson, Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.), and Daniel Coats (R-Ind.) today introduced the Fruit and Vegetable Access for Children Act. The bipartisan legislation would expand the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program, which improves children's in-school snacks in schools districts with low-income families. The bill would allow the program to include all forms of fruits and vegetables, including fresh, frozen, canne… Continue Reading


11.05.15

Senators Introduce SAVE Benefits Act to Boost Social Security and Other Critical Benefits for Seniors, Veterans

Without legislation, Social Security recipients, veterans face rare, zero cost-of-living increase in 2016 Bill would end tax subsidies for million-dollar corporate bonuses to give 70 million Americans emergency relief WASHINGTON, DC - Today, United States Senators Tammy Baldwin, Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.), Patty Murray (D-Wash.), Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.), Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Bob Casey (D-Pa.), Sheldon Whitehou… Continue Reading


11.02.15

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Applauds Administration Announcement Giving Formerly Incarcerated a Fair Chance at Federal Employment

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin applauded today's announcement from the Obama Administration that aims to reduce potential discrimination against formerly incarcerated people in the hiring process for federal government employees. The announcement follows several states and cities that have been implementing "Ban the Box" polices to help people with records overcome the barrier to employment of having to "check the box" about a past felony conviction on a job application. In May, … Continue Reading


11.02.15

Baldwin Leads Bipartisan, Bicameral Effort Urging Robust Education Technology Funding in ESEA

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin, a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA), Congressman Dave Loebsack (D-IA), Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT), and 14 of their Congressional colleagues have sent a letter to House and Senate education leaders urging that a reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) maintain strong education technology provisions. The bicameral and bipartisan letter,… Continue Reading


10.31.15

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Tours Milwaukee Homeless Veterans Initiative

MILWAUKEE, WI - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin today visited the Milwaukee Homeless Veterans Initiative (MHVI) to tour the non-profit's headquarters and highlight efforts to support Wisconsin's veterans, including the Homeless Veterans Welcome Home Act. "The Milwaukee Homeless Veterans Initiative takes on the important and inspirational task of ensuring our veterans have the support networks and resources they need and deserve," said Senator Baldwin. "We have a shared responsibility to meet the nee… Continue Reading


10.30.15

Baldwin, Casey, Brown Take Action Against Childhood Poverty

New bill would set goal to eliminate child poverty in US in 20 years Wisconsin's child poverty rate ranks 21st in the nation WASHINGTON, DC - Today, U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin, Bob Casey and Sherrod Brown introduced the Child Poverty Act, which would establish a national target to reduce the number of children living in poverty in the United States - by half in the first 10 years, and completely eliminate in 20 years. According to bipartisan advocacy organization First Focus, in 2014, 18.1 … Continue Reading


10.30.15

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Statement on Bipartisan Budget

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin, a member of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committees, released the following statement regarding the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015: "For months, Senate Democrats called for bipartisan budget negotiations but Congressional Republicans ignored that call for compromise, so they have only themselves to blame for choosing a broken process and chaos that once again led us to the brink of a government default and shutdown. This bipartisan budget a… Continue Reading


10.29.15

Baldwin, Collins, Casey, Portman Lead Majority of Senate in Bipartisan Effort to Save Student Loan Program

Letter from 54 Senators urges Senate leadership to take up and pass bill to reauthorize Perkins Loan Program Critical lifeline for low-income students expired on September 30 WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Susan Collins (R-ME), Robert Casey (D-PA) and Rob Portman (R-OH) have sent a bipartisan letter, cosigned by a majority of the Senate, to Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Minority Leader Harry Reid urging them to take up and pass legislation to reauthorize the Perkin… Continue Reading


10.28.15

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Applauds USDA Investment in Wisconsin Energy Projects

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin today applauded a recent announcement from Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack that USDA is awarding nearly $1.5 million in grants that will help more than 25 rural small businesses and agricultural producers in Wisconsin reduce energy usage and costs in their operations. The funding is for energy efficiency improvements and/or renewable energy systems. Through the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP), USDA is financing more than 1,100 projects in … Continue Reading


10.27.15

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Urges USDA to Invest in Research to Support Wisconsin Farmers

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin led a call in support of research for local and regional crop varieties and animal breeds in an effort to strengthen American agriculture. In a letter to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack, Senator Baldwin was joined by a group of senators to highlight the need to invest in research into new varieties of plants and animal breeds to address the unique challenges faced by farmers in Wisconsin and across the country. "W… Continue Reading


10.27.15

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Statement on Obama Administration Efforts to Reduce Over-Testing in Schools

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin, a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, released a statement regarding an announcement that the Obama Administration would be working with states to reduce over-testing in schools and make testing smarter. The actions being taken by the Department of Education are consistent with legislation sponsored by Senator Baldwin. In January, Senator Baldwin introduced the "Support Making Assessments Reliable and Timely… Continue Reading


10.26.15

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Introduces Resolution to Honor Major Lisa Jaster

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin today introduced a resolution with Senator Ron Johnson honoring Army Reserve Major Lisa Jaster. Jaster, a Wisconsin native who has served in Iraq and Afghanistan, is the first Army Reserve woman and mother to graduate from the prestigious Army Ranger School. Jaster is now the third woman ever to graduate from Army Ranger School since the program was established in 1950. Senators Baldwin and Johnson's resolution recognizes and honors Jaster's impress… Continue Reading


10.26.15

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Announces $14.2 Million in Federal Funding for Milwaukee Streetcar Lakefront Line

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin announced that the City of Milwaukee has been awarded $14.2 million in TIGER (Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery) grant funds from the U.S. Department of Transportation's (DOT) for the Milwaukee Streetcar Lakefront Line. In May, Senator Baldwin sent a letter to U.S. DOT Secretary Anthony Foxx in support of the City of Milwaukee's TIGER grant application for construction of the Milwaukee Streetcar Lakefront Line. "This is a … Continue Reading


10.26.15

236,000 Wisconsinites to Face Massive Medicare Premium Hike Unless Congress Acts

Baldwin bill would prevent premium hike and keep financial burden off states State of Wisconsin will be forced to cover $29.3 million of the increase WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin today released detailed information regarding the direct impact that would be felt by Wisconsin residents if Congress does not prevent the looming massive Medicare Part B premium hike. Last week, Senator Baldwin joined Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member Ron Wyden and Senate Democrats in introduci… Continue Reading


10.22.15

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin and Senate Democrats Call on McConnell, Reid to Close Carried Interest Loophole

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin led a group of Senate Democrats in sending a letter to Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Minority Leader Harry Reid, urging both leaders to include a provision to close the carried interest loophole as part of a bipartisan budget agreement. Senator Baldwin was joined in sending the letter by Senators Jack Reed (D-RI), Al Franken (D-MN), Bernard Sanders (I-VT), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), and Sheldon W… Continue Reading


10.21.15

Bipartisan Baldwin Effort to Save Perkins Loans Obstructed Once Again in Senate

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin, a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, today went to the Senate floor for a second time to save the critical Federal Perkins Loan Program, which expired on September 30, 2015. Senator Baldwin took action with a "unanimous consent request" to fund the student loan program for one year, but Senator John McCain (R-AZ) objected on behalf of Senate Republican leadership. On September 30, Senator Baldwin led a bipartisan… Continue Reading


10.19.15

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Joins Effort to Prevent Spike in Medicare Premiums

Medicare Part B Premiums and Deductibles Set for Dramatic Rise Next Year without Congressional Action Bill Would Keep Premiums and Deductibles Affordable for Millions of Seniors WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin has joined Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member Ron Wyden and Senate Democrats in introducing legislation that would protect Medicare beneficiaries and states from a sharp rise in Part B premiums and deductibles in 2016. The Protecting Medicare Beneficiaries Act of 2015 ensure… Continue Reading


10.16.15

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin and U.S. Representative Mark Pocan Host Roundtable with Next Generation Researchers at UW-Madison

Baldwin and Pocan Highlight Bipartisan Next Generation Researchers Act PHOTOS: Baldwin and Pocan Joined by UW-Madison Researchers MADISON, WI - Today U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin and U.S. Representative Mark Pocan joined University of Wisconsin-Madison in hosting a roundtable with young and early-stage researchers at the Waisman Center. Senator Baldwin and Representative Pocan heard directly from early-career researchers, who are facing the worst funding for research in 50 years. Senator Baldwi… Continue Reading


10.09.15

Senators Baldwin, Kaine, Portman, Capito Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Create CTE Teacher Residency Programs

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Tim Kaine (D-VA) and Rob Portman (R-OH), Co-Chairs of the Senate Career and Technical Education (CTE) Caucus, along with U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), introduced the Creating Quality Technical Educators Act to expand the Higher Education Act's teacher residency grant program to help schools recruit and train high-quality CTE teachers. The Creating Quality Technical Educators Act would foster partnerships between high-needs second… Continue Reading


10.07.15

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Statement on National Defense Authorization Act

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin released the following statement after the Senate passed the FY16 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) by a vote of 70-27: "There are measures in this bill that I have worked to include and support, like provisions from my Military Facilities Force Protection Act and investments in military vehicles manufactured in Oshkosh, but Senate Republicans have pursued the wrong path of funding gimmicks that shortchange our military and their families. "This… Continue Reading

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