Press Releases

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


03.14.16

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Introduces New Legislation to Accelerate Water Technologies

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin today introduced new legislation, the Water Technology Acceleration Act, which would accelerate the development and deployment of water technologies to solve our most pressing water challenges, including lead safety, phosphorous reduction and treatment of bacteria and nitrates. "The Flint water crisis, where over 8,000 children were poisoned with lead and over 100,000 Americans remain without safe drinking water, is a historic failure of government … Continue Reading


03.11.16

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Announces Over $1.7 Million to Help Fight Opioid Epidemic in Wisconsin

WASHINGTON, D.C. - With drug overdose deaths on the rise in Wisconsin, U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin announced today that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded over $1.7 million dollars to community health centers in Wisconsin to help fight the opioid epidemic. The funding will expand the delivery of substance abuse services, including medication assisted treatment, with a focus on treatment of opioid use disorders. "This significant investment will help Wisconsin's communi… Continue Reading


03.11.16

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin: “The American people deserve a full and functioning Supreme Court – not an empty seat on the highest court in the land.”

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin today released the following statement on the partisan obstruction of action on a U.S. Supreme Court nomination: "It's the constitutional duty of the President to select a Supreme Court nominee and the Senate has the responsibility to give that nominee fair consideration with a hearing and a vote. "Our job is to fulfill our constitutional duties. Have Senate Republicans forgotten this? It appears the senior Senator from Wisconsin has. He suggested … Continue Reading


03.10.16

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Statement on Senate Approval of Bipartisan Reforms to Combat Opioid and Heroin Epidemic

WASHINGTON, D.C. - With drug overdose deaths on the rise in Wisconsin, U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin released the following statement after the United States Senate passed the bipartisan Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) of 2016 (S.524), legislation aimed at promoting a community-based response to heroin and other opioid addictions. Senator Baldwin, a cosponsor of CARA, supported the legislation today, which passed 94-1. During the debate, Senate Republicans rejected a bipartisan ame… Continue Reading


03.07.16

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Joins Introduction of Bill to Restore Medical Research Funding

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) joined U.S. Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and HELP Committee Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA) in introducing the National Biomedical Research Act with all of their Democratic colleagues on the Health, Education, Labor & Pensions (HELP) Committee. This legislation would increase funding for targeted biomedical research initiatives through a new, reliable funding stream supporting the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Food an… Continue Reading


03.04.16

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Calls for Bipartisan Effort in Senate to Restore the United States Supreme Court and 7th Circuit Court to Full Strength

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin today called on her Senate colleagues to work together in the spirit of cooperation and bipartisanship to address vacancies on the U.S. Supreme Court and 7th Circuit Court of Appeals, the longest-standing federal court vacancy in the country. On the Supreme Court vacancy, Senator Baldwin said, "It's the constitutional duty of the President to select a Supreme Court nominee and the Senate has the responsibility to give that nominee fair consideration… Continue Reading


03.03.16

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Forces Public Release of VA Office of Inspector General Reports, Releases Hold on Nominee

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin released the following statement in response to the VA Office of Inspector General (VA OIG) announcement that they are starting to release to the public investigative reports addressing wait time manipulations at VA facilities across the country: "Last week I placed a hold on President Obama's nominee for VA Inspector General and called for the Office of Inspector General to start releasing to the public investigative reports on wait time manipulati… Continue Reading


03.03.16

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Welcomes President Obama to Milwaukee

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Ahead of the upcoming sixth anniversary of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin today welcomed President Barack Obama to Milwaukee as the city celebrates winning the White House "Healthy Communities Challenge." Milwaukee finished first in the contest among 20 communities across the country competing to enroll the most uninsured residents during the ACA's open enrollment period for health coverage in 2016. "The Affordable Care Act is working for Wisconsin … Continue Reading


03.02.16

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Statement on GOP Obstruction of Investment to Combat Opioid and Heroin Epidemic

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin released the following statement after Senate Republicans rejected a bipartisan measure that would have provided emergency funding to address the heroin and opioid abuse epidemic that is devastating communities in Wisconsin and across the country. The provision would have provided $600 million to programs at the Department of Justice and the Department of Health and Human Services and was offered as an amendment to the bipartisan Comprehensive Addict… Continue Reading


03.01.16

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Introduces Investment in Fight Against Opioid and Heroin Epidemic

WASHINGTON, D.C. - With drug overdose deaths on the rise in Wisconsin, U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin has introduced an amendment to enact President Obama's budget request and provide for about $1.1 billion in new funding to address the prescription opioid abuse and heroin use epidemic. Senator Baldwin introduced the provision today as an amendment to the bipartisan Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act of 2016 (S.524), which is currently being considered by the full Senate. Consistent with the … Continue Reading


02.25.16

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Statement on Public Release of VA Office of Inspector General Reports

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin released the following statement in response to a USA Today story yesterday that reported the VA Office of Inspector General (VA OIG) has not released publically investigative reports addressing wait time manipulations at VA facilities across the country. "There is a bipartisan commitment in Congress to fix problems at the VA but we need better transparency from the Office of Inspector General. That's why I authored a reform that was recently… Continue Reading


02.25.16

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin and Representative Elijah Cummings Introduce Legislation to Hold Wall Street Accountable

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin and U.S. Representative Elijah Cummings today introduced legislation to hold Wall Street accountable. The Whistleblower Augmented Reward and Non-Retaliation Act (WARN Act) includes a number of Wall Street reforms to strengthen and empower whistleblowers in the financial industry. "In 2008, the reckless actions of Wall Street caused an economic collapse that touched every family and business in America. Wall Street was bailed out of this mess but the… Continue Reading


02.24.16

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Introduces Legislation to Fight Opioid Addiction from Prevention to Recovery

With Overdoses on the Rise, Baldwin Bill Would Implement Critical Prevention, Crisis, Treatment, and Recovery Efforts Opioids contributed to 45 percent of the 843 Wisconsin drug overdose deaths in 2013 WASHINGTON, D.C. - With drug overdose deaths on the rise in Wisconsin, U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin has introduced new legislation that would address the opioid addiction crisis from prevention to recovery. Every day, 44 people in the U.S. die from overdose of prescription painkillers, and many m… Continue Reading


02.12.16

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Congratulates Milwaukee on Winning the White House Healthy Communities Challenge

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin today congratulated the City of Milwaukee on winning the White House Healthy Communities Challenge. Milwaukee finished first in the contest among 20 communities across the country competing to enroll the most uninsured residents during the Affordable Care Act's (ACA) open enrollment period for health coverage in 2016. "I'm so proud that Milwaukee won the President's Healthy Communities Challenge. This award is an example of the strong dedication fro… Continue Reading


02.11.16

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Secures $3 Million in Railroad Safety Grants for Waukesha County

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin today announced that the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) has been awarded $3,000,000 by the United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) to improve safety and security for Waukesha County communities along rail lines carrying crude oil. In October, Senator Baldwin wrote a letter to US DOT Secretary Anthony Foxx, in support of this critical investment. "I have been sounding the alarm for two years on the need to put in place str… Continue Reading

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