Press Releases

11.21.17

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Seeks Answers from PNC Bank on Closing of Appleton Coated, Lost Jobs

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin is asking questions and seeking answers from PNC bank about its role in the closing of Appleton Coated in Combined Locks. "Today, 500 workers are without jobs in Combined Locks. Another 120 don't know if their next paycheck will be their last. The closure of Appleton Coated has affected the Fox Valley deeply, pulling millions of dollars in economic output from a region that has lost 1,300 jobs since August," said Senator Baldwin. "While restoring jo… Continue Reading


11.20.17

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Secures Funding for Wisconsin’s Great Lakes

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Senate Appropriations Committee today released the Fiscal Year 2018 Interior and Environment funding bill, which includes $300 million for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) that Senator Baldwin secured as a member of the committee. "The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative is critical for the health of our region, our communities, and our clean water resources. It helps us clean up polluted sites, restore water quality and combat invasive species," said Senator … Continue Reading


11.20.17

As COP23 Closes, U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Joins Senate Colleagues to Reaffirm Support for Paris Climate Agreement

WASHINGTON, D.C. - As the United Nations 23rd Conference of the Parties wraps up in Bonn, Germany, U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin joined a Senate Resolution, led by Senators Edward J. Markey (D-MA), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Jeff Merkley (D-OR), expressing U.S. support for the Paris climate agreement. The resolution highlights that fact that, despite President Donald Trump's intention to withdraw from the historic climate accord, the United States has experienced emissions reductions during a pe… Continue Reading


11.16.17

Joined By Retired Teamsters, U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Joins Senate and House Colleagues to Unveil New Legislation to Ensure 25,000 Workers and Retirees in Wisconsin Keep Their Earned Pensions in Full

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin joined Senate and House Democrats today to unveil new legislation - the Butch Lewis Act - to ensure Teamsters and thousands of other American retirees can keep the retirement they have earned so their families and livelihoods are not put at risk. "I am proud to be signed on to the Butch Lewis Act with Senator Brown and my colleagues," said Senator Baldwin. "This important legislation keeps our promise to workers and retirees, and fixes failing pensi… Continue Reading


11.15.17

Senators Baldwin, Capito, Moran, Manchin, Blumenthal and Tester Introduce Bipartisan VA Reform to Strengthen Opioid Safety in the VA Choice Program

WASHINGTON, D.C. -Today, U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), Jerry Moran (R-KS), Joe Manchin (D-WV), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and Jon Tester (D-MT) introduced bipartisan VA reform legislation, the Andrew White Veterans Community Care Opioid Safety Act, to strengthen opioid therapy safety and pain care through the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) community care programs, including through the VA Choice program. To improve opioid safety and care for our veterans, … Continue Reading


11.15.17

As NAFTA Renegotiations Move Forward, U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Leads Letter to Trump Administration Calling for Strong Protections for Workers

WASHINGTON, D.C. - As negotiations over a new North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) resume today, U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin has led 17 of her Senate colleagues in a letter to United States Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer calling for the Trump Administration to reverse the race to the bottom that has led to job losses and wage stagnation in the United States. The Senators wrote, "In advance of the fifth round of North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) negotiations in Mexico Cit… Continue Reading


11.15.17

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Helps Introduce The Consumer Privacy Protection Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin joined with her Senate colleagues, led by Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT), to introduce comprehensive consumer privacy legislation to protect Americans' sensitive personal information against cyberattacks and to ensure timely notification and protection when data is breached. The Consumer Privacy Protection Act of 2017 would require companies to take preventive steps to defend against cyberattacks and data breaches, and to quickly provide consumers wit… Continue Reading


11.14.17

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Joins Letter to FCC Chairman Raising Concerns Over Proposed Rule That Could Harm Rural Americans Who Depend on Landline Service

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin joined a group of Senators led by Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) in sending a letter to Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai raising concerns about a proposed rule that could harm rural consumers by undermining existing protections for landline service. The Accelerating Wireline Broadband Deployment by Removing Barriers to Infrastructure and Investment Report and Order lessens notifications to consumers about changes to the… Continue Reading


11.14.17

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Calls For Inspector General Investigation of Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin joined a group of six senators, led by Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), in calling on the Inspector General (IG) of the Commerce Department to open an independent inquiry into Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross' compliance with ethics requirements. Today's letter was also signed by U.S. Senators Maggie Hassan (D-NH), Cory Booker (D-NJ), Maria Cantwell (D-WA) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL). The Senators' letter details several areas of concern, including: … Continue Reading


11.13.17

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Announces Transportation Funding for Wisconsin Counties Affected by 2016 Floods

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin today announced more than $1.3 million in emergency relief transportation funding to help repair roads and communities damaged by storms and severe flooding in July and August 2016. This announcement comes after Senator Baldwin sent two separate letters last year calling on the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to make emergency relief funding available for the Wisconsin counties affected by significant flood damage. "Last year, we saw torrent… Continue Reading


11.10.17

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin’s Bipartisan VA Reform to Ensure Veterans Receive Care from Trusted Doctors Passes the Senate

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Jerry Moran (R-KS) bipartisan reform to ensure veterans receive care from trusted doctors in their communities passed in the Senate on Thursday by unanimous consent. The bipartisan Veterans Acquiring Community Care Expect Safe Services (ACCESS) Act will protect veterans seeking care through VA community care programs, like the Choice Program, from being treated by doctors who have been fired or who are suspended from the U.S. Department o… Continue Reading


11.10.17

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin to Equifax CEO: Provide Direct Notice to Each And Every American Consumer Impacted by Your Company’s Failures

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin sent a letter Thursday to Interim CEO of Equifax, Paulino do Rego Barros Jr., to express her dissatisfaction with Mr. Barros' answers at Wednesday's Commerce Committee hearing, which Senator Baldwin first called for in September. In the letter, Senator Baldwin wrote: "Once again, I urge you to ensure that every person whose data you believe was compromised is promptly and directly notified. This breach will have profound, long-lasting impacts on th… Continue Reading


11.09.17

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Gets the Job Done on Buy American Standard in National Defense Authorization Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The final fiscal year 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) released today by the House-Senate conference committee includes Buy American requirements that U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin fought for in the bipartisan legislation. "I fought for a Buy American policy that supports our manufacturers and our workers, as well as our national and economic security," said Senator Baldwin. "I'm proud to get the job done on this because when American taxpayer money is spent on our… Continue Reading


11.09.17

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Joins Bipartisan Group Calling on DOJ to Provide Guidance on Boosting Support for Forensic Labs in Efforts to Combat Opioid Epidemic

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin sent a bipartisan letter, led by Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and John Cornyn (R-TX), asking U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, to provide Congress with information detailing how the Department of Justice (DOJ) is supporting and prioritizing forensic science service providers across the nation as a part of a broader approach to combat the opioid epidemic. "The opioid crisis knows no boundaries; it reaches into homes in every community in ev… Continue Reading


11.09.17

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Co-Sponsors Reintroduction of Military and Veterans Education Protection Act with Groundbreaking Support from Veterans Service Organizations

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin supported the reintroduction of the Military and Veterans Education Protection Act, legislation she cosponsors that would close a loophole that allows for-profit schools to avoid having to secure at least 10 percent of their revenue from non-federal sources. "Our brave men and women in uniform make great sacrifices on our behalf. We have a shared responsibility to ensure that when they return home, they have access to the tuition benefits they … Continue Reading


11.08.17

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Joins Colleagues to Call on State Department to Investigate Reported Persecution of LGBTQ People in Azerbaijan

WASHINGTON, D.C. - A bipartisan group of senators today called on Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to investigate news reports that authorities have conducted raids and detained people in Azerbaijan because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. In a letter to Tillerson, the senators called for the investigation following recent news reports of raids conducted in September in Azerbaijan's capital, Baku, when authorities detained more than 50 gay and transgender people. "We write to sh… Continue Reading


11.08.17

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Introduces Bipartisan VA Reform to Stop Federal VA Funding from Being Transferred Away From Veterans to State General Fund

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin today joined Senators Jon Tester (D-MT) and Dean Heller (R-NV) to introduce bipartisan VA reform legislation to improve the Veterans Affairs State Veterans Home Programs. Senator Baldwin's legislation will stop the practice of federal State Home Per Diem funding being transferred away from veterans to state-government general funds. In Wisconsin, as has been reported by the media, according to the Legislative Audit Bureau, federal State Home Per Die… Continue Reading


11.08.17

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin to Chairman Hatch: Let’s Keep President Trump’s Promise to Close Carried Interest Tax Loophole for Hedge Funds on Wall Street

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin sent a letter to Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT), the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Finance, urging him to keep President Trump's promise to close the carried interest tax loophole for hedge fund managers on Wall Street. Senator Hatch is expected to release the Senate Republicans' tax plan on Thursday. Senator Baldwin wrote: "President Trump has made a promise to the American people to close the carried interest tax loophole. He included the… Continue Reading


11.08.17

Senators Call on DOJ and HHS to Reverse Course and Continue to Prioritize LGBTQ Youth in Key Programs

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Bob Casey (D-PA) and Patty Murray (D-WA), joined by 18 of their colleagues, wrote letters to the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) urging the departments to ensure that key programs designed to serve homeless youth and children who are the victims of sexual exploitation and trafficking, continue to focus on the needs of LGBTQ youth. "During the campaign, President Trump said that he wo… Continue Reading


11.07.17

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Joins Colleagues Urging Senate Finance Committee To Reject Tax Changes To 401(k)’s

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin today joined a group of colleagues in a letter led by Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) calling on the leadership of the Senate Finance Committee to reject changes to the tax system that would harm existing tax incentives for Americans to save for retirement. The letter comes as Senate Republicans are poised to release their own version of tax reform legislation later this week. Senate Republicans may be considering making changes to the incentives America… Continue Reading

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