Press Releases

09.21.15

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Announces Guest for Pope Francis’ Address to Joint Meeting of Congress

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin today announced that Reverend Willie Brisco will be her guest for Pope Francis' address to a joint meeting of Congress on Thursday, September 24. Reverend Brisco is President of the Milwaukee Inner-city Congregations Allied for Hope (MICAH) and Co-Vice President of WISDOM. "Reverend Brisco is a Wisconsin faith leader who is working every day in communities that face tough struggles and challenges. Pope Francis has provided moral leadership on the i… Continue Reading


09.17.15

U.S. Senators Baldwin and Merkley Stand Up for Manufacturers and 'Buy American' Standards in Trade Negotiation

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Jeff Merkley (D-OR) today sent a letter to United States Trade Representative Michael Froman, urging him to protect American manufacturers and 'Buy American' standards for government procurement as he negotiates the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). "As you continue to negotiate the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) we urge you to consider the impact that the agreement will have on 'Buy American' restrictions for federal, state, and local g… Continue Reading


09.17.15

Baldwin-Levin Bill to Close Carried Interest Loophole Would Raise More than $15 Billion

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and House Ways and Means Committee Ranking Member Sander Levin (D-MI) today issued the following statements after the non-partisan Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT) estimated that their bill to close the carried interest loophole, the Carried Interest Fairness Act, would raise $15.6 billion in revenue: "This non-partisan report makes clear that closing the carried interest loophole would allow us to invest in economic growth and strengthen the … Continue Reading


09.16.15

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Applauds President Obama’s Call to End Carried Interest Loophole

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) released the following statement after President Barack Obama today called for bipartisan work to repeal the carried interest tax loophole that has allowed wealthy investors to pay lower interest than average Americans. "Keeping this tax loophole, which leads to folks who are doing very well paying lower rates than their secretaries, is not in any demonstrable way improving our economy," President Obama said in remarks at a Business Roundtabl… Continue Reading


09.16.15

Baldwin, Vitter, Kaine Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Boost Maritime and Energy Jobs

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), David Vitter (R-LA) and Tim Kaine (D-VA) today introduced bipartisan legislation that would authorize creation of a new program to support capacity building to address the critical need for trained workers in the maritime and energy industries. The Maritime and Energy Workforce Technical Training Enhancement Act would establish centers of excellence programs in maritime and energy workforce technical training in addition to awarding competit… Continue Reading


09.16.15

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Announces VA Grants for Wisconsin to Prevent and End Veteran Homelessness

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin today applauded the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) after they announced over $3 million in awards for Wisconsin non-profits to help prevent and end veteran homelessness. The Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) Program grants will go to four Wisconsin non-profit organizations that provide veterans and their families' support and assistance: Center for Veterans Issues, Limited; Veterans Assistance Foundation, Inc.; Community Acti… Continue Reading


09.15.15

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Statement on FRA Letter Regarding Milwaukee 5th Ward Rail Bridge

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin released the following statement on a Federal Railroad Administration letter regarding the Milwaukee 5th Ward rail bridge: "I called for an inspection of the bridge in July and I'm pleased that has happened. The Federal Railroad Administration has reviewed Canadian Pacific's inspection reports and found the bridge satisfactory, however the fact remains that local government officials still do not have access to the inspection reports and they should. "The FRA's bridg… Continue Reading


09.15.15

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Applauds 2015 U.S. Conference on AIDS

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin released the following statement applauding the 2015 United States Conference on AIDS. This year's Conference was the largest in history and brought together over 3,000 leaders from across the country to focus on ending the HIV/AIDS epidemic. "The 2015 U.S. Conference on AIDS marks important progress in our fight to improve the health of our citizens and to end the HIV/AIDS epidemic in our country. I am heartened that health leaders from Wisc… Continue Reading


09.14.15

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Applauds Obama Administration Announcement on Simplified Financial Aid Process

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin released the following statement after the Obama Administration announced that the Department of Education will begin using prior-prior year data for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) in the next academic year. President Obama will be formally unveiling the changes at a town hall event with high school students in Iowa this afternoon. In June, Senator Baldwin led a letter to Secretary Arne Duncan urging him to use his authority t… Continue Reading


09.10.15

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Applauds Obama Administration Action to Help Reduce Wisconsin’s Rape Kit Backlog

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Baldwin released the following statement after Vice President Joe Biden and U.S. Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch today announced $41 million in grant awards to 20 jurisdictions to eliminate or reduce the number of untested sexual assault kits across the country, including $1.5 million for the Wisconsin Department of Justice. Today's announcement is part of an unprecedented partnership with the New York County District Attorney's Office (DANY) - whose own grant… Continue Reading


09.10.15

Booker, Baldwin, Members of Congress Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Give Formerly Incarcerated a Fair Chance at Federal Employment

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Cory Booker and Tammy Baldwin today introduced the Fair Chance Act, bipartisan, bicameral legislation that would give formerly incarcerated people a fairer chance at securing employment by prohibiting federal contractors and federal agencies from asking about the criminal history of a job applicant until an applicant receives a conditional offer of employment. Senators Booker and Baldwin were joined by U.S. Sens. Ron Johnson (R-WI), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), and Joni… Continue Reading


09.09.15

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Calls on Attorney General to Take “Immediate Steps” on Rape Kit Backlog

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Baldwin today sent a letter to U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch calling for the Department of Justice to take "immediate steps" after a recent USA Today investigation revealed at least 70,000 sexual assault kits remain untested nationwide, including more than 6,000 in Wisconsin. As a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Senator Baldwin supported the Fiscal Year 2016 Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, which included str… Continue Reading


09.09.15

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Applauds Obama Administration Investment in Wisconsin’s Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Efforts

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin applauded a federal investment from the Obama Administration in Wisconsin's prescription drug abuse and overdose prevention efforts. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has officially launched the new Prescription Drug Overdose Prevention for States program (PDO PfS) and Wisconsin will receive federal funding of $939,768 per year to advance prevention on multiple fronts. "With this federal investment from the Obama Administr… Continue Reading


09.09.15

Baldwin and Collins Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Strengthen America’s Commitment to the Next Generation of Researchers

WASHINGTON, D.C. - At a time when America's young researchers are facing the worst funding in 50 years, U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Susan Collins (R-ME) today introduced legislation to invest in the future of research, science, and innovation. The bipartisan Next Generation (NextGen) Researchers Act would create the "Next Generation Researchers Initiative" within the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Office of the Director to coordinate all current and new NIH policies aimed at prom… Continue Reading


09.01.15

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Statement on Plans to Improve Fifth Ward Rail Bridge in Milwaukee

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin released the following statement on Canadian Pacific's plans to make improvements on a rail bridge in Milwaukee's densely populated 5th Ward: "Last month, I heard concerns raised by Milwaukee citizens over a rail bridge that runs through downtown Milwaukee's 5th ward. I called on the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) to take immediate action. Shortly thereafter, to its credit, the agency began auditing Canadian Pacific's bridge inspection report… Continue Reading


08.25.15

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Statement on Oshkosh Defense Announcement

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin released the following statement after the Pentagon today announced that Oshkosh Defense will build the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV). Senator Baldwin has been a champion for Oshkosh Defense in the Senate, supporting legislation to fund and move the JLTV project forward. "Oshkosh Defense has long-provided our men and women in uniform with the safest and highest quality vehicles as they fight on an ever-evolving battlefield. I am proud of every… Continue Reading


08.21.15

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Tours Harley-Davidson Factory in Menomonee Falls

MENOMONEE FALLS, WI - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin today toured the Harley-Davidson Powertrain Operations - Pilgrim Road facility in Menomonee Falls to highlight the importance of manufacturing in Wisconsin's economy. "For decades in Wisconsin, we've worked to make things: paper, engines, tools, ships, and the world's best motorcycles," said Senator Baldwin. "Manufacturers like Harley-Davidson, which employs over 900 Wisconsin workers in this factory, have long been the backbone of our Wisconsin … Continue Reading


08.18.15

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Joins Celebration of Brule-St. Croix Forest Conservation Effort

BRULE-ST. CROIX FOREST, WI - Today U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin joined in a celebration of the completion of the largest recreational and timber land conservation project in Wisconsin history. Protected under a working forest conservation easement, the Brule-St. Croix Legacy Forest preserves important natural resources, globally significant pine barrens habitat and a variety recreational opportunities while maintaining sustainable timber operations that support local economies in Northwest Wisc… Continue Reading


08.14.15

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Announces New Northwest Regional Representative

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin announced that she has named Kelly Westlund as her new Northwest Regional Representative. Westlund, who lives in Ashland, brings public service experience to the position having served as City Councilwoman from 2011-2014. Prior to her time working for the City of Ashland, Westlund owned and operated a small business, and worked in the non-profit sector. "I share Senator Baldwin's strong commitment to public service and support for Wisconsin'… Continue Reading


08.07.15

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Statement in response to VA Inspector General Report on the Death of Marine Corps Veteran Jason Simcakoski at the Tomah VA Medical Center

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin released the following statement after the Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Inspector General Office released a healthcare inspections report regarding the death of Marine Corps veteran Jason Simcakoski at the Tomah VA Medical Center on August 30, 2014: "This report confirms that the Tomah VA physicians entrusted with Jason's care failed to keep their promise to a Wisconsin Marine and his family. I have all the evidence I need to conclude t… Continue Reading

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