Press Releases

06.29.15

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Tours Appvion in Appleton

Export-Import Bank facilitates global exports for Appleton manufacturer Day before reauthorization deadline, Baldwin brings attention to the importance of Export-Import Bank for Wisconsin manufacturing economy WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin visited Appvion, Inc. in Appleton, the day before the Export-Import Bank is set to expire due to inaction by the Republican Majority in the Senate. The innovative Wisconsin manufacturer has created economic growth with the support of… Continue Reading


06.26.15

Baldwin Statement on Supreme Court Ruling on Same-Sex Marriage

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin released the following statement on today's Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage: "Love is love, family is family, and discriminating against anyone's love, against anyone's family, is simply wrong. America can proudly say that discrimination doesn't just violate our values - it violates our Constitution. And now we can proudly say that marriage equality will be the law of the land. "Today's ruling by the United States Supreme Court is a huge … Continue Reading


06.26.15

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Supports Resolution Designating June 2015 National PTSD Awareness Month

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin announced the Senate unanimously passed the bipartisan resolution designating June 2015 as National Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Awareness Month and June 27 as National PTSD Awareness Day. "After two, decade-long wars, our veterans and their families are facing many difficult challenges including post-traumatic stress, as well as mental illnesses, addiction and physical injuries," said Senator Tammy Baldwin. "The scars of combat are both se… Continue Reading


06.25.15

Sen. Baldwin, Rep. Levin Introduce Bill to Close Carried Interest Loophole

WASHINGTON - Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and House Ways and Means Committee Ranking Member Sander Levin (D-MI) today introduced the Carried Interest Fairness Act of 2015. The legislation would end the carried interest loophole and ensure that income earned managing other people's money is taxed at the same ordinary income tax rates as that of the vast majority of Americans. In the Senate, Senator Baldwin was joined in introduction by Senators Al Franken (D-MN), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Richar… Continue Reading


06.25.15

Bipartisan Group of Senators Call on President Obama to Take Action on VA Inspector General

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, a bipartisan group of United States Senators, led by U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), sent a letter to President Barack Obama, urging him to nominate an Inspector General (IG) for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) as soon as possible to help rebuild the trust that was lost "through systematic failures in accountability and transparency" at the Department. In addition to Senator Baldwin, the letter was signed by U.S. Senators Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), Cory Booker… Continue Reading


06.25.15

Baldwin Statement on Supreme Court Ruling on the Affordable Care Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin released the following statement on today's Supreme Court ruling on the Affordable Care Act: "Congressional Republicans pushed a politically motivated lawsuit to repeal health care for millions of Americans. They lost and the American people won. Over 6 million people would have had their premium tax credits repealed; including 166,000 Wisconsinites, but this decision protects their health care security. "The Affordable Care Act is working to provi… Continue Reading


06.24.15

VIDEO: U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Holds Press Conference on Bipartisan VA Reform Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin today held a press conference on the Jason Simcakoski Memorial Opioid Safety Act, bipartisan VA reform legislation aimed at providing safer and more effective pain management services to our nation's veterans. Senator Baldwin was joined by the Simcakoski family, veterans service organizations and health care organizations. The press conference was held prior to Senator Baldwin's appearance at the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee, where the Jason Si… Continue Reading


06.23.15

VIDEO: Senators Baldwin and Capito Deliver Remarks on Bipartisan VA Reform Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, United States Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) delivered remarks on the Senate floor regarding the introduction of the Jason Simcakoski Memorial Opioid Safety Act, bipartisan VA reform legislation aimed at providing safer and more effective pain management services to our nation's veterans. WATCH a video of Senator Baldwin's remarks here and Senator Capito's remarks here. "Today I ask the rest of my colleagues to join us in working to con… Continue Reading


06.22.15

Answering Call from Baldwin, Kaine and Portman, Obama Announces CTE Scholars Program

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, President Barack Obama signed an executive order recognizing U.S. Presidential Scholars in Career and Technical Education (CTE). The announcement came in response to a bipartisan letter from U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin, Tim Kaine, and Rob Portman urging the White House to expand the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program to commend the efforts of students who have chosen CTE pathways. Baldwin, Kaine, and Portman, co-chairs of the Senate Career and Technical Education Caucus… Continue Reading


06.22.15

Baldwin, Capito Introduce Bipartisan VA Reform Legislation

Jason Simcakoski Memorial Opioid Safety Act would provide VA with the tools it needs to address the problem of overprescribing practices and providing safer and more effective pain management services to our nation's veterans Baldwin and Capito joined in introduction by Senators Blumenthal, Brown, Hirono, Johnson, Kaine, Manchin, Markey, Moran, Murray, Sanders, and Tester WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) introduced the Jason Simcakosk… Continue Reading


06.19.15

Support Grows for Jason Simcakoski Memorial Opioid Safety Act

Endorsements include veterans service organizations and medical professionals Jason Simcakoski Memorial Opioid Safety Act would provide VA with the tools it needs to address the problem of overprescribing practices WASHINGTON, D.C. - As she prepares to introduce the Jason Simcakoski Memorial Opioid Safety Act, today U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin announced growing support for her legislation aimed at providing safer and more effective pain management services to our nation's veterans. In just a … Continue Reading


06.18.15

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Champions the Keep Our Pension Promises Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin today signed on as an original cosponsor of a bill that reverses deep pension cuts for retirees and workers in multi-employer pension plans. The Keep Our Pension Promises Act will protect the pensions of up to 10 million Americans. "We should respect the hard work of American workers and make sure the promises made to them are kept," said Senator Baldwin. "A secure retirement is a central pillar of economic security for the middle class." The Kee… Continue Reading


06.18.15

Baldwin Statement on Defense Appropriations Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin released the following statement after the Senate failed to advance the Department of Defense (DoD) Appropriations Act, 2016: "As a member of the Appropriations Committee, I was able to ensure the FY 2016 Defense Appropriations bill includes important funding that supports Wisconsin's manufacturing economy and our servicemembers. "However, this defense bill is inflated with one-year budget gimmicks and locks in deep and automatic cuts to investmen… Continue Reading


06.18.15

Baldwin Statement on the FY16 National Defense Authorization Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin released the following statement after the Senate passed the FY16 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) by a vote of 71-25: "Unfortunately Senate Republicans have pursued the wrong path of funding gimmicks that shortchange our military and their families. I also cannot support this legislation because it includes unnecessary restrictions on the Littoral Combat Ship program, which could lead to breaks in production of these ships made at Marinett… Continue Reading


06.16.15

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Announces Major Veterans Legislation to Combat Opioid Abuse

Jason Simcakoski Memorial Opioid Safety Act would provide VA with the tools it needs to address the problem of overprescribing practices "The overreliance on opioids has resulted in getting our veterans hooked instead of getting them the help they deserve." WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Baldwin today announced her plans to introduce major legislation aimed at providing safer and more effective pain management services to our nation's veterans. On August 30, 2014, U.S. Marine Veteran Jason S… Continue Reading


06.15.15

U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin and Maria Cantwell Tour Prolitec, Inc. in Milwaukee

Milwaukee Small Business Grows and Creates Jobs with Export-Import Bank Investments Senators Call for Reauthorization of Export-Import Bank Before June 30 Deadline MILWAUKEE, WI - U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Maria Cantwell (D-WA) toured Prolitec, Inc. in Milwaukee on Monday, June 15, 2015. The innovative Wisconsin small business has created jobs and economic growth with the support of Export-Import Bank investments. Unless Congress takes action, the Export-Import Bank is set to ex… Continue Reading


06.11.15

Baldwin Introduces NDAA Amendment to Increase Transparency at the VA Office of Inspector General

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin has introduced an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2016 aimed at increasing transparency at the VA Office of Inspector General (OIG). Based on an amendment Senator Baldwin included in the Inspector General Empowerment Act (S. 579), this amendment would change current law to ensure that when the VA OIG completes a report, it is promptly shared with the VA Secretary, Congress, and the public. "Today's amendmen… Continue Reading


06.11.15

Baldwin Introduces NDAA Amendment to Prohibit Warrantless Government Searches

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin has introduced an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2016 that would prohibit the government from conducting warrantless reviews of the content of Americans' email and other communications under Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA). While that provision was intended to be used to only monitor foreign nationals, the National Security Agency (NSA) has admitted that it searches data obt… Continue Reading


06.10.15

Baldwin Part of Bipartisan Effort to Improve Planning Options for Patients with Advanced Illness

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin, a member of the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, and a bipartisan coalition led by Senators Mark R. Warner (D-VA) and Johnny Isakson (R-GA), introduced legislation today designed to give people with serious illness the freedom to make more informed choices about their care, and the power to have those choices honored. The Care Planning Act of 2015 creates a Medicare benefit for patient-centered care planning for people with … Continue Reading


06.10.15

Baldwin Helps Launch New Legislation to Expand Access to Affordable Over-the-Counter Birth Control

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin, a member of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, has joined the committee's Ranking Member, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), in launching the Affordability is Access Act, a new bill that would build on contraception coverage access in the Affordable Care Act by ensuring that when the FDA approves birth control pills for over the counter use, they will be covered without cost sharing and without the need for a prescription. The le… Continue Reading

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