Press Releases

09.28.15

Support Grows for Baldwin-Levin Tax Reform Legislation

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and House Ways and Means Committee Ranking Member Sander Levin (D-MI) today announced growing support for tax reform legislation they have introduced to end the carried interest loophole that has allowed wealthy investors to pay lower interest than average Americans. In June, Senator Baldwin and Ranking Member Levin introduced the Carried Interest Fairness Act of 2015. The legislation would end the carried interest loophole and ensure that inco… Continue Reading


09.28.15

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin: House Inaction on Export-Import Bank Reauthorization Costing Wisconsin Jobs

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin today renewed her call for the Republican majority in the House of Representatives to stop stalling reauthorization of U.S Export-Import (Ex-Im) Bank. Senator Baldwin's call for action comes as GE Power & Water announced it plans to stop manufacturing gas engines in Wisconsin and blamed the Waukesha closure on the House of Representatives not reauthorizing the Ex-Im Bank. At the end of July, the U.S. Senate passed reauthorization of the Ex-Im… Continue Reading


09.24.15

Baldwin, Portman, Casey, Collins Introduce Bipartisan Resolution in Support of Federal Perkins Loan Program

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Rob Portman (R-OH), Robert P. Casey, Jr. (D-PA) and Susan Collins (R-ME) today introduced a Senate resolution expressing support for the continuation of the Federal Perkins Loan program, which is set to expire on September 30, 2015, the end of the fiscal year. The Federal Perkins Loan is a low-interest loan which helps undergraduate and graduate students with demonstrated financial need meet the costs of higher education. Senators Baldwin, C… Continue Reading


09.23.15

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin: “More must be done to change the status quo.”

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin, a member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, attending a hearing this week titled, "Improving VA Accountability: Examining First-Hand Accounts of Department of Veterans Affairs Whistleblowers." The hearing examined whistleblower claims involving the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the process by which the VA Inspector General's Office (VA IG) and Office of Special Counsel (OSC) review such claims. "As I have seen in… Continue Reading


09.22.15

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Stands Up for Wisconsin Students, Leads Efforts to Address Access to Affordable Higher Education

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin today introduced two bills to address student debt and college affordability in America. Senator Baldwin led efforts in the Senate to support students who work their way through school and students enrolled in Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs. "I have heard firsthand from students and graduates struggling with the cost of higher education in America. Student loan debt is holding back an entire generation and creating a drag on economic … Continue Reading


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

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