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Health Care Open Enrollment Starts Today

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Open Enrollment period for Marketplace health plans for 2018 starts today, November 1, and runs through December 15, 2017. Wisconsinites looking to enroll in a health insurance plan for next year can compare plans and sign up on, and returning enrollees can shop around for a more affordable plan that meets their needs. Many Wisconsinites will qualify for financial assistance such as tax credits to help make the cost of care more affordable. "This year, Wash… Continue Reading


U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Joins Bipartisan Efforts to Protect Biofuel Production and Rural Wisconsin Jobs

WASHINGTON, D.C. - As the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) works toward finalizing its rule on biofuels volume requirements for 2018, U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin joins bipartisan efforts to call for a strong Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) in order to protect Wisconsin farmers and the agriculture economy. Senator Baldwin's actions come at a time when the Trump administration and EPA have sent confusing signals to industry, causing uncertainty for biofuels businesses, fuel retailers and farmer… Continue Reading


U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Urges Trump Administration to Hold Drug Companies Accountable for Overpricing

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin today joined a group of colleagues in a letter led by Senator Gary Peters (D-MI) to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) expressing alarm over the department's decision to further delay implementation of a rule holding drug companies accountable for overcharging for prescription drugs. The final rule, which was announced in January by the Obama Administration, would give HHS greater authority to penalize pharmaceutical companies that knowi… Continue Reading


U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Introduces Scenic Trails Parity Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin introduced the National Scenic Trails Parity Act to provide improved management and access to additional funding for Wisconsin's Ice Age and North Country National Scenic Trails. "The Ice Age and North Country Scenic trails are beloved by Wisconsinites, and provide opportunities for people across our state to enjoy the great outdoors. But these trails currently face unfair barriers when competing for federal resources," said Senator Baldwin. "I am… Continue Reading


U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Supports Health Care Public Option Reforms

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin today announced her support for two public option proposals that would give Wisconsinites more choices for quality, affordable health care insurance coverage. "Washington has been consumed by a debate this year over partisan repeal efforts that would take people's health care away," said Senator Baldwin. "Instead of making things worse, I believe we should move forward to expand coverage and make health care more affordable, not more costly, and t… Continue Reading


U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Statement on President Trump’s Opioid Announcement

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin released the following statement on President Trump's opioid announcement today: "I've seen firsthand how the opioid epidemic is devastating families and communities across Wisconsin. Washington must step up to be a stronger partner for local communities in this fight and President Trump's announcement fails to match words with action. In Wisconsin, the people working in our communities to combat this crisis need emergency investments for local prev… Continue Reading


U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Demands Explanation for $2 Billion Missing From Commerce Secretary's Financial Disclosures

WASHINGTON, DC - Following a Forbes report revealing that Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross may have failed to disclose nearly $2 billion during his confirmation proceedings, six members of the Senate Commerce Committee wrote the Office of Government Ethics today seeking an explanation for how the financial assets could have been hidden from review. During his confirmation proceedings, Secretary Ross disclosed approximately $700 million in assets. Forbes has since valued Secretary Ross' total n… Continue Reading


U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin, Representative Rosa DeLauro Introduce Legislation to Hold Workplace Harassers Accountable

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Representative Rosa DeLauro (D-CT-3) today introduced legislation to strengthen workplace harassment laws. The Fair Employment Protection Act restores protections for workers harassed on the job by supervisors and those with authority to direct people's day-to-day work. These protections were weakened by the U.S. Supreme Court's June 2013 decision in Vance v. Ball State University. DeLauro and Baldwin introduced similar legislation in the 11… Continue Reading


U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Helps Introduce Legislation to Invest $45 Billion to Address Opioid Crisis

Senators call on President Trump to support the legislation, join in strengthening local prevention, treatment and recovery efforts Unlike partisan repeal plan, the legislation does not decimate Medicaid or serve as replacement for coverage WASHINGTON, D.C. - To strengthen our country's approach to combating the opioid epidemic and address some critical shortcomings, including the Administration's unwillingness to make a long-term investment in the fight, U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin today hel… Continue Reading


U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Joins Bipartisan Coalition to Introduce USA RIGHTS Act to Reform Secretive Warrantless Spy Program

WASHINGTON, D.C.- U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin today joined Senator Ron Wyden, D-Ore., Senator Rand Paul, R-Ky., and a total of 11 senators to introduce the USA RIGHTS Act, which reforms a sweeping, secretive government spying program to protect the Constitutional rights of Americans, while giving intelligence agencies authority to target foreign terrorists, criminals and other overseas intelligence targets. "I believe we need to strengthen our counterterrorism efforts and protect the privacy an… Continue Reading


U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Works for Buy American Standard with NDAA Conference Committee

WASHINGTON, D.C. - As the Senate-House Conference Committee works to complete the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year (FY) 2018, U.S Senator Tammy Baldwin is calling for critical Buy American requirements in defense procurement laws. In a letter to the conference committee led by Senator Baldwin and signed by 15 Senate colleagues, they write: "As you work to complete the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year (FY) 2018, we are writing to respectfully re… Continue Reading


U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Joins Bipartisan Senate Great Lakes Task Force Letter to OMB Director Calling for $300 Million for Great Lakes Restoration Initiative in Next Year’s Budget

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin today joined Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Rob Portman (R-OH), co-chairs of the Senate Great Lakes Task Force, on a bipartisan letter to Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney calling for $300 million for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative to be included in the Fiscal Year 2019 budget request. Great Lakes Task Force Vice Chairs Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Todd Young (R-IN) and Task Force members Joe Donnelly (D-IN), Sherrod Bro… Continue Reading


U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Requests Update on Drug Enforcement Law

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) has signed on to a letter to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) requesting information on the impact of the Ensuring Patient Access and Effective Drug Enforcement Act highlighted in a recent report from the Washington Post and "60 Minutes." The letter was led by Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Ed Markey (D-MA) and the Senators are working with the agencies to ensure they… Continue Reading


U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Introduces Tax Reform to Support Small Business Start-Up Growth

For three years in a row, Wisconsin has ranked last in business start-up activity The Support Our Start-Ups Act provides tax relief for new business start-ups WASHINGTON, D.C. - For three years in a row, according to the Kauffmann Index, Wisconsin has ranked last in business start-up activity. Kaufmann's 2017 report notes that in the last year, Wisconsin experienced a decrease in start-up activity and no growth in entrepreneurship. Today at gener8tor in Milwaukee, U.S. Senator Tammy Bald… Continue Reading


U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Cosponsors Bipartisan Legislation to Stabilize Health Insurance Market and Help Lower Costs for Wisconsin Families

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin has joined a group of 24 Senators - 12 Democrats and 12 Republicans - in support of bipartisan legislation to begin to stabilize the individual health insurance market, help lower premiums, improve the quality of care for families across Wisconsin and keep the federal debt from spiking $194 billion in 10 years. "This bipartisan legislation moves us in the right direction by beginning to help stabilize the market, lower costs and improve our health… Continue Reading


U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Statement on Senate Budget Resolution

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin released the following statement on the Fiscal Year 2018 Budget Resolution voted on in the Senate tonight: "I believe Wisconsin families need a tax break and that's what I'm working for. But this budget resolution paves the way for a partisan tax proposal that favors big corporations and gives a majority of the tax breaks to the wealthiest 1 percent. I just don't think it's right to make Wisconsin's hardworking middle class families pay for it by bl… Continue Reading


U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Introduces Amendment to Prohibit Tax Cuts from Increasing the Deficit

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin has offered an amendment for the Fiscal Year 2018 budget votes that will happen in the Senate today. The Baldwin amendment would prohibit the Republican plan to cut taxes for millionaires and big corporations from increasing the deficit. "Wisconsin families need a tax break and that's what I'm working for. But this budget resolution fast tracks huge tax breaks for the wealthiest few, blows a huge hole in the deficit and puts Medicare and Medicaid on… Continue Reading


U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Advocates for Wisconsin Dairy and Buy America Priorities in NAFTA Renegotiation

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin today met with Canadian Ambassador to the United States David MacNaughton to discuss dairy trade and Buy America priorities as the NAFTA renegotiation process continues. "I was pleased to host Ambassador MacNaughton today for an important discussion on what NAFTA renegotiation talks mean for Wisconsin's dairy farmers and manufacturing workers," said Senator Baldwin. "I stressed the immediate need to address the restrictive Canadian dairy trade barri… Continue Reading


Senators Baldwin and Nelson Call on Department of Education to Act on Student Loan Debt Relief Scams

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Following the Federal Trade Commission's (FTC) announcement of the first federal-state law enforcement initiative to crack down on student loan debt relief scams, U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Bill Nelson (D-FL) continue to call for the Department of Education to also take action in addressing this growing problem. In a letter last month, Baldwin and Nelson led a group of 12 senators in calling on Department of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to take swift action in … Continue Reading


U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Takes on Rising Prescription Drug Prices at Health Committee Hearing

Bipartisan Baldwin-McCain FAIR Drug Pricing Act addresses pharmaceutical corporations that increase prescription drug prices Livestream of today's 10:00 AM ET / 9:00 AM CT hearing is available HERE WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin today will highlight her bipartisan FAIR Drug Pricing Act at this morning's Senate Health Committee hearing on the soaring price of prescription drugs. The FAIR Drug Pricing Act, introduced by Senators Tammy Baldwin and John McCain (R-AZ) in May, takes t… Continue Reading

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