Press Releases

09.15.17

U.S. Senators Baldwin, Portman, Casey and Collins Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Save Perkins Loan Program

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Rob Portman (R-OH), Bob Casey (D-PA) and Susan Collins (R-ME) have introduced bipartisan legislation to extend the federal Perkins Loan Program for two years. This popular and effective campus-based financial aid program that benefits many low-income undergraduate students is set to expire on September 30. Unless Congress acts, approximately 1,500 colleges and universities across the country will not be able to make these low-interest loans… Continue Reading


09.14.17

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Continues to Press for Answers Following Equifax Data Breach

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Following calling the Senate Commerce Committee to hold a hearing on the Equifax data breach, Senator Baldwin continued to press for answers this week on behalf of the millions of American consumers harmed by the Equifax breach. "Washington needs to step up right now on behalf of the 143 million Americans whose personal identifying information may have been compromised," said Senator Baldwin in an interview on MSNBC this week. In addition to calling for a hearing, Senator Ba… Continue Reading


09.12.17

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Fighting to Pass Buy America NDAA Amendment to Support Defense Workers

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin is fighting to pass her Buy America amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). Senator Baldwin's Supporting America's Defense Workers Act would prevent the elimination of critical Buy America standards in the NDAA. "My amendment is a commonsense Buy America policy that supports our manufacturers and our workers, as well as our national and economic security," said Senator Baldwin. "I have bipartisan support, including President Trum… Continue Reading


09.11.17

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Calls on President Trump to Keep His Promise and Close Carried Interest Tax Loophole

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin today called on President Trump to make good on his pledge to close the carried interest tax loophole and act on her Carried Interest Fairness Act. "I believe our goal for tax reform must be reducing taxes on small businesses to spur economic growth and cutting taxes on working class Americans so people can keep more of what they earn," Senator Baldwin wrote. "Tax reform cannot leave working families behind - it needs to help them get ahead. If you … Continue Reading


09.11.17

Baldwin Demands Action and Answers on Opioid Crisis Since Trump Administration Announcement of Intent to Declare National Emergency

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin joined Senator Edward J. Markey (D-MA) and eight other Senators in calling on President Donald Trump to take immediate action on the opioid crisis and answer specific questions about the President's overdue promise to declare the epidemic a national emergency. In July, the Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis, created by President Trump, provided a number of recommendations to help address the opioid crisis, including d… Continue Reading


09.08.17

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Calls for Senate Commerce Committee to Hold Hearing on Equifax Data Breach

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin today called on leaders of the Senate Commerce Committee to hold a hearing on the Equifax data breach. "I write today to urge you to hold a hearing on an issue impacting the lives of millions of Americans - the recently reported data breach at Equifax, one the nation's largest consumer credit reporting agencies," wrote Senator Baldwin, a member of the Commerce Committee. "American consumers deserve answers about this breach and the actions of Equifa… Continue Reading


09.08.17

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Introduces Legislation to Support Wisconsin Workers

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin today introduced the Worker Owned Wealth Act to help Wisconsin workers get ahead by providing employees with tools and resources to become co-owners of the businesses where they work. Senator Baldwin announced the new legislation at Sentry Equipment, an employee-owned Made in Wisconsin manufacturer in Oconomowoc. "We must do more to reward hard work and raise incomes for working families," said Senator Baldwin. "Wisconsin has a rich history of empl… Continue Reading


09.07.17

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Statement on VA Inspector General Report of Tomah VA Medical Center Dental Practices

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin today responded to the release of the VA Office of Inspector General (VA OIG) report on improper dental infection control practices at the Tomah VA Medical Center (VAMC). In December 2016, Senator Baldwin raised concerns with VA VISN 12 and the VA OIG about reports that a dentist at the Tomah VAMC did not adhere to VA standards for equipment sterilization. "Veterans being treated by a dentist at the Tomah VA were put at risk because standards were … Continue Reading


09.05.17

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Statement on President Trump’s Announcement to End DACA Program for Dreamers

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin released the following statement in response to President Trump's announcement that he will end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program: "Putting the DACA program in place was the right thing to do and it has worked for the past five years. President Trump's decision ends this protection and breaks a promise we have made to nearly 800,000 young people who are either students, serving in our military, or are working in a job contrib… Continue Reading


09.01.17

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Statement on Trump Administration’s Plan to Slash Health Insurance Outreach Funding

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin, a member of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP), released the following statement after the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced that it would cut funding for the Health Insurance Marketplace Navigator program, insurance outreach, and enrollment education and assistance for the 2018 enrollment period by 90 percent. "I am deeply troubled by the Trump Administration's plan to slash funding for heal… Continue Reading


08.31.17

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Introduces Bipartisan Legislation to Strengthen Oversight of Predatory Hedge Funds

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and David Perdue (R-GA) have introduced the Brokaw Act, bipartisan legislation to increase transparency and strengthen oversight of predatory activist hedge funds. "This bipartisan legislation updates Depression-era rules to address the financial abuses being carried out by activist hedge funds who promote short-term gains at the expense of workers, taxpayers and local communities," said Senator Baldwin. "The Brokaw Act will increase trans… Continue Reading


08.29.17

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Statement on VA Inspector General Report of the William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital in Madison

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin today responded to the release of the VA Office of Inspector General (VA OIG) report on scheduling delays in diagnostic studies at the William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital in Madison (Madison VAMC). "I pushed for an investigation into delays at this Madison facility because our veterans deserve to receive safe and timely care from the VA. The findings in this report are concerning because these delays in providing care to our veterans a… Continue Reading


08.24.17

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Announces Funding to Expand NorthLakes Community Clinic in Ashland to Combat Opioid Epidemic

ASHLAND, WI - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin returned to Ashland today to announce funding to expand NorthLakes Community Clinic and combat the opioid epidemic. "One year ago today, I sat down with local leaders for a discussion about how Ashland County is fighting the opioid epidemic. It was clear that Washington needed to step up and be a stronger partner by investing in local prevention, treatment and recovery efforts," said Senator Baldwin. "Today, I'm excited to announce that NorthLakes Commun… Continue Reading


08.23.17

President Trump Signs Baldwin-Backed Bipartisan Legislation to Overhaul VA Appeals Process Into Law

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin applauded President Trump signing the Veterans Appeals Improvement and Modernization Act of 2017 into law. Senator Baldwin had joined Senators Johnny Isakson (R-GA), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and 29 other Senators as cosponsors of the legislation, which will overhaul the current process for veterans' appeals at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).The VA's current appeals process is in desperate need of updating, and nearly half a million v… Continue Reading


08.23.17

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Statement on VA Inspector General Report of Zablocki VA Medical Center Opioid Prescribing Practices

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin today responded to the release of the VA Office of Inspector General (VA OIG) report on opioid prescribing practices at the Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center in Milwaukee requested by Senator Baldwin and Congresswoman Gwen Moore (D-WI-04). Following whistleblower reports at the Zablocki VA, Senator Baldwin pushed for this VA OIG inspection. The report found that a provider at the VA facility had questionable prescribing practices and recommended… Continue Reading


08.21.17

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Helps Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Increase Water Efficiency

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin helped introduce bipartisan legislation, led by Senator Tom Udall (D-NM), to increase water efficiency in homes and improve water conservation efforts. The Water Efficiency Improvement Act of 2017 authorizes the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) WaterSense program, a voluntary public-private partnership that has helped transform the market place for water-efficient products and services. Products earn the WaterSense label they use at least 20% … Continue Reading


08.19.17

After Charlottesville Attack, Baldwin and Twenty-Three Senators Press DHS on Trump Administration’s De-emphasis of Domestic Terrorism Efforts

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In the wake of the deadly attack stemming from a far-right demonstration in Charlottesville, U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin and a group of 23 other Senators are pressing the Department of Homeland Security on questions arising from the Trump Administration's apparent de-emphasis on protecting Americans from domestic terrorism, especially the Administration's apparent decision to de-emphasize combating far-right extremism. The Senators, led by Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT), questi… Continue Reading


08.18.17

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Applauds Congressional Passage of Bipartisan Legislation to Overhaul VA Appeals Process

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin applauded the congressional passage of the Veterans Appeals Improvement and Modernization Act of 2017. Senator Baldwin is a cosponsor of the bipartisan legislation, which seeks to overhaul the current process for veterans' appeals at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The VA's current appeals process is in desperate need of updating, and nearly half a million veterans are in limbo because of the VA's existing backlog. Between fiscal year 2015 … Continue Reading


08.18.17

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Urges Full Federal Review of Back Forty Mine Project on Wisconsin-Michigan Border

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin today urged federal agencies to conduct a full review and assume permitting authority from the state of Michigan on the Back Forty mine project. In a letter to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (ACOE), Senator Baldwin expressed concerns with the Canadian company Aquila Resources, Inc's proposed Back Forty mine project and the impact it will have on Wisconsin, as well as the natural resources shared by … Continue Reading


08.15.17

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Demands Answers from Trump Administration Following Repeated Actions to Undermine, Sow Confusion Around Anti-Discrimination Protections in Health Care

Under Secretary Price, HHS continues to remove guidance, delay enforcement of Section 1557; Secretary Price has failed to respond to questions from Senate Democrats In new letter, Baldwin and Senate Democrats say Secretary Price is sending "concerning signals" about whether Trump Administration will protect individuals against discrimination WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin joined a group of 15 Senate Democrats, led by Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), in calling again on Health and … Continue Reading

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