Press Releases

06.03.15

Senator Tammy Baldwin Announces More Than $17.3 Million in AmeriCorps Funding for Wisconsin

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin, along with the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) CEO Wendy Spencer, announced more than $17.3 million in new grants for Wisconsin that will support AmeriCorps members serving the community with local organizations. The funding announced today includes $12 million in grants to Wisconsin nonprofits and $5.2 million in education scholarships for AmeriCorps members. In addition, the grants will leverage an additional $18.6 milli… Continue Reading


06.02.15

Senator Tammy Baldwin Statement on USA FREEDOM Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin released the following statement on the USA FREEDOM Act, which passed the Senate 67-32: "I voted against the PATRIOT Act more than a decade ago because I believed it would open the door to government overreach. Since then, we have seen that secret, domestic surveillance programs at the National Security Agency have crossed the line. "The USA FREEDOM Act makes important reforms, including putting an end to the government's bulk collection of Americ… Continue Reading


05.27.15

Senator Baldwin Joined by First Responders and Concerned Citizens in Milwaukee to Call for Action on Dangerous Oil Trains

MILWAUKEE, WI - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin today was joined at Beulah Brinton Park by local first responders and concerned citizens to highlight the dangers facing Milwaukee and surrounding communities as volatile oil train traffic increases and call for immediate action to increase rail safety in Wisconsin. Senator Baldwin's Crude-By-Rail Safety Act would set new standards for crude volatility, take unsafe tank cars off the tracks, and increase fines for violations. In addition, the legislatio… Continue Reading


05.26.15

Senator Baldwin Joined by First Responders and Concerned Citizens in La Crosse to Call for Action on Dangerous Oil Trains

LA CROSSE, WI - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin today was joined by local first responders and concerned citizens to highlight the dangers facing La Crosse and surrounding communities as volatile oil train traffic increases and call for immediate action to increase rail safety in Wisconsin. Senator Baldwin's Crude-By-Rail Safety Act would set new standards for crude volatility, take unsafe tank cars off the tracks, and increase fines for violations. In addition, the legislation would authorize fund… Continue Reading


05.22.15

Baldwin Provisions to Protect the Great Lakes and Strengthen Wisconsin’s Innovation Clears Major Senate Hurdle

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin, a member of the Senate Appropriations and Budget Committees, today applauded the inclusion of several of her provisions in the bipartisan FY16 Energy and Water Development funding legislation, which passed through the committee by a vote of 26-4. The spending bill now heads to the Senate floor. "I was proud to include several priorities in this legislation that work in part to protect our Great Lakes and strengthen Made in Wisconsin innovation," … Continue Reading


05.22.15

Baldwin Provisions to Increase Transparency, Improve Patient Safety at Tomah VAMC Clears Major Senate Hurdle

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin, a member of the Senate Appropriations and Budget Committees, today applauded the inclusion of several of her provisions aimed at addressing issues at the Tomah VAMC in the bipartisan FY16 Military Construction and Veterans Affairs (MilCon-VA), and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill, which passed the committee by a vote of 21-9. The spending bill now heads to the Senate floor. "I was proud to include several priorities in this legislation that r… Continue Reading


05.21.15

Baldwin, Murphy Lead Senators in Calling on Defense Secretary to Update Policies and Prevent Discrimination of Servicemembers Based on Sexual Orientation

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin and Chris Murphy (D-CT) led a bipartisan group of 22 senators in calling on U.S. Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter to update the equal opportunity policies across the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) and military services to prevent discrimination, harassment, or intimidation of service members based on sexual orientation. In their letter, the senators explained that the 2011 repeal of the discriminatory "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy enabled service mem… Continue Reading


05.21.15

Baldwin Joins Warren, Others to Question Education Department on Long-Delayed Investigation into Violations of Servicemembers’ Rights

WASHINGTON, DC - Today U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin joined Senators Elizabeth Warren (D- Mass.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Al Franken (D-Minn.), Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii), and Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) in sending a letter to the Department of Education (ED) seeking information about its long-delayed investigation into charges of systematic violations of servicemembers' rights by federal student loan servicers, including Navient. In the letter, the Senators note that one year af… Continue Reading


05.21.15

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Announces Support for Biomass Thermal Utilization Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin today announced her support for the bipartisan Biomass Thermal Utilization (BTU) Act which is led by Senator Angus King (I-ME) and would provide tax incentives to upgrade to clean, affordable biomass wood-pellet boilers. Under current law, thermal biomass systems do not qualify for investment tax credits for capital costs incurred in residential and commercial installations, unlike a host of other renewable energy technologies. The BTU Act would achi… Continue Reading


05.20.15

Baldwin Leads Efforts to Protect Wisconsin Manufacturers and Workers in Trade Proposal

WASHINGTON, D.C. -U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin has taken steps to improve a trade proposal currently being debated in the Senate by filing amendments to the Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and Accountability Act of 2015 to help bolster labor standards, increase manufacturing jobs and wages in Wisconsin, and crack down on illegal trade practices. On Tuesday, Senator Baldwin took to the Senate floor to outline her concerns over the current trade negotiations and highlight how her amendment… Continue Reading


05.19.15

Baldwin Applauds ACA Special Enrollment Period Final Numbers

From March 15 to April 30, 147,000 consumers signed up for coverage through HealthCare.gov using the tax special enrollment period In February, Baldwin called on HHS to establish a special enrollment period open to uninsured who paid 2014 tax penalty, but missed open enrollment period that ended February 15 WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin released the following statement after the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced over 147,000 individuals signed… Continue Reading


05.19.15

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Statement on the Tomah VAMC 30 Day Plan

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin made the following statement regarding the 30-Day Plan released by the Tomah VA Medical Center: "These are positive administrative steps going forward but there are ongoing investigations and the unfinished business of holding people accountable for the problems at the Tomah VA. There is still a lot of work to do and I expect more from the VA to make sure the problems and tragedies at the Tomah VA never happen again. I am continuing my work o… Continue Reading


05.19.15

U.S. Senators Baldwin and Franken Introduce Trade Bill Amendment to Level the Playing Field for American Manufacturers

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Al Franken (D-MN) introduced an amendment to the Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and Accountability Act of 2015 to ensure American manufacturers and their workers are able to compete on a level playing field. The amendment allows the United States to continue to enforce existing trade laws, including trade remedies that allow for anti-dumping and countervailing duties on imports that are unfairly subsidized or dumped in domestic… Continue Reading


05.14.15

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Applauds Progress on Overtime Protections for Middle Class Workers

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin applauded progress on efforts to support Wisconsin's middle class and boost incomes of working families by strengthening overtime protections for salaried workers. "Too many Americans are working longer and harder yet they are still struggling to get ahead," said Senator Baldwin. "I'm encouraged to see continued progress on this effort to strengthen overtime protections that respect and reward hard work. Working families in Wisconsin deserve a fair… Continue Reading


05.12.15

Baldwin Statement on New FDA Guidance on Gay Men Blood Donation

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin released the following statement after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released draft guidance that lifts the lifetime ban on blood donation for gay men and proposes a policy requiring a year of abstinence prior to donating blood. The public will have 60 days to comment on the draft policy, and the FDA will later issue final guidance. "I am encouraged that the FDA is moving forward with guidance that will revise the discriminator… Continue Reading


05.12.15

Baldwin Introduces Bill to Protect Grieving Parents from Job Loss

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin joined Senator Jon Tester (D-MT) to introduce legislation to protect grieving parents from losing their jobs in the event of their child's death. The Parental Bereavement Act would amend the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) to give parents up to 12 weeks of unpaid, but job-protected, time off of work to cope with the death of a child. FMLA currently allows parents to take extended leave for the birth of a child, adoption, and to care for fami… Continue Reading


05.11.15

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Supports Legislation to Help Veterans Through Disability Claims Appeals Process

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin announced her co-sponsorship of legislation introduced today by Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) to help improve the quality and consistency of U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) disability claims appeals and help address the VA's oldest pending claims. Specifically, the bill would improve and expand pro bono legal services for veterans during their appeals process, and provide the Secretary of Veterans Affairs with additional authority to… Continue Reading


05.11.15

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Announces New Wisconsin State Director

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin announced that she has named Janet Piraino as her new Wisconsin State Director. Piraino most recently worked as State District Director for U.S. Congressman Mark Pocan. With thirty years of public service experience, Piraino has previously served as State Director for U.S. Senator Russ Feingold; Chief of Staff for Congressman Tom Barrett; and Chief of Staff for Madison Mayor Dave Cieslewicz. "I share Senator Baldwin's strong commitment to pu… Continue Reading


05.08.15

Baldwin Applauds Removal of Research Ban on HIV Organ Donation

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin applauded a final rule issued by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) that instructs the Organ Procurement Transplantation Network (OPTN) to accept organs from individuals known to be HIV-positive. The organs will be available for transplantation only into individuals who are infected with HIV before receiving such organs and who are participating in clinical research. This final rule comes as a result of the bipartisan HIV Organ… Continue Reading


05.08.15

Baldwin and Markey Preserve Public Access to Local Television Channels, Ensure Diversity of Programming

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Edward J. Markey (D-MA) have reintroduced the Community Access Preservation (CAP) Act, legislation to ensure public access to local television programming. "The 80-plus public, educational, and governmental access channels in the state of Wisconsin deliver invaluable public programming on a daily basis, commercial free and with the sole purpose of informing and educating our communities," said Senator Baldwin. "As local budgets tighten a… Continue Reading

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