Press Releases

02.26.15

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin to Education Department: Stop Profiting Off Student Loans and Fulfill Congressional Directives to Help Struggling Borrowers

WASHINGTON, DC -Noting that "(i)t is not the job of the Department of Education to maximize profits for the government at the cost of squeezing students who are struggling to get an education," U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) joined Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), and Edward J. Markey (D-MA) in sending a letter asking the U.S. Department of Education to "implement the directives it has been given by Congress to ensure that… Continue Reading


02.26.15

Baldwin Joins Efforts to Extend Critical Retraining Benefits for Workers Who Lose their Job to Foreign Trade

WASHINGTON, D.C. - With critical retraining assistance for workers who lose their job due to foreign trade set to expire in September, U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) has joined Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) to introduce a bill to extend and improve Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA). Since 2009, more than 13,000 Wisconsin workers were served through TAA. Last year alone, TAA covered over 2,000 Wisconsin workers and pumped $27 million worth of training dollars into the state to help trade displa… Continue Reading


02.26.15

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Joins Bipartisan Effort to Stop Asian Carp

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), a member of the Senate Great Lakes Task Force, joined a bipartisan group of senators led by Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) to introduce legislation to stop Asian carp and other invasive species from entering the Great Lakes, which put thousands of jobs at risk. Invasive species pose a grave threat to the Great Lakes ecosystem and the region's $7 billion recreational fishing and $16 billion recreational boating industries. The Defending… Continue Reading


02.26.15

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Receives ‘Friend of Farm Bureau’ Award

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin has received the 'Friend of Farm Bureau' award from the Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation. Senator Baldwin, a member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, was given the award based on her advocacy for agriculture during the previous congressional session. Senator Baldwin receives the 'Friend of Farm Bureau' award from the Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation on Wednesday, February 25th "It is an honor to receive the 'Friend of Farm B… Continue Reading


02.24.15

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Joins Efforts to Improve Support for First Responders Following Crude Train Derailments

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin today cosponsored legislation to improve emergency preparedness and training for first responders and provide needed support to help emergency personnel better respond to hazardous incidents, such as crude oil train derailments and other hazmat situations. The Railroad Emergency Services Preparedness, Operational Needs, and Safety Evaluation (RESPONSE) Act was introduced by Senator Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND). "Oil trains have become a common sight passing … Continue Reading


02.23.15

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Stands Up for Wisconsin Beer, Brats and Cheese

Washington D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin continued her efforts to protect Wisconsin and American dairy and cheese producers, meat manufacturers and brewers from trade initiatives that would change the common names for meats, cheeses, and beers Wisconsinites enjoy every day. Senator Baldwin called on the U.S. Senate Finance Committee to reject any efforts that would restrict the ability of Wisconsin producers to use the generic names that they have used for generations. "Wisconsin has a long… Continue Reading


02.20.15

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Applauds Action on Special ACA Enrollment Period

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) released the following statement after the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) today announced that individuals who were uninsured in 2014, and subject to the individual responsibility payment in states with a federal Marketplace, would be granted another chance to enroll in 2015 coverage under the Affordable Care Act. This will increase access to affordable insurance by allowing these uninsured individuals the chance to enroll… Continue Reading


02.16.15

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Leads Letter to HHS Calling for Special ACA Enrollment Period

WASHINGTON, D.C. - On Friday, U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) led a letter to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia Burwell, asking the agency to grant individuals who were uninsured in 2014, and subject to the individual responsibility payment, another chance to enroll in 2015 coverage under the Affordable Care Act. "To help ensure a smooth transition this year, we encourage the Administration to create a special enrollment period to allow these uninsured indivi… Continue Reading


02.13.15

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Calls on U.S. Department of Justice to Conduct Criminal Investigation into Tomah VA

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) has sent a letter to U. S. Attorney General Eric Holder requesting that the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) launch an immediate investigation into allegations of criminal wrongdoing at the Tomah Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC) in Tomah, Wisconsin. "I am writing to request that the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) launch an immediate investigation into allegations of criminal wrongdoing at the Tomah Veterans Affairs Medical Center in T… Continue Reading


02.13.15

Baldwin, Kaine and Portman Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Improve Career Readiness in Schools

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Tim Kaine (D-VA) and Rob Portman (R-OH), co-chairs of the Senate Career and Technical Education (CTE) Caucus, introduced the Career Ready Act of 2015, legislation that would help ensure students are college and career-ready by strengthening school counseling programs and encouraging states to keep track of career readiness factors implemented in school districts. The Career Ready Act of 2015 amends the Elementary and Secondary Schools Act (… Continue Reading


02.12.15

Senators Baldwin, Stabenow and Kirk Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Protect and Restore the Great Lakes

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Mark Kirk (R-IL), members of the Senate Great Lakes Task Force, today led a group of Great Lakes senators in introducing bipartisan legislation to authorize a comprehensive approach to clean up and restore the Great Lakes. The Great Lakes Ecological and Economic Protection Act (GLEEPA) would help communities combat invasive species, speed cleanup of contaminated sediments from old industrial sites, protect fragile… Continue Reading


02.11.15

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Statement on Administration's Proposed AUMF

"Over two months ago, in December, I called on President Obama to submit for Congressional consideration a proposed Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF) specific to the war against ISIL. This debate is long overdue, and I'm pleased the President has taken this step; however, I believe Congress must ask tough questions and work together to improve the President's proposal. I'm concerned that the vague language of the Administration's draft proposal may leave the door open to putti… Continue Reading


02.11.15

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Raises Concerns about VA Mismanagement and the Veterans Health Administration’s Lack of Oversight of Individual VA Facilities

At Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing, Baldwin highlights problems at Tomah VA as clear example of how systemic failure of VA management and oversight harms patient care U.S. Comptroller General cites "lack of compliance with existing policies" and "inadequate oversight and accountability" Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) attended a hearing of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee and highlighted problems at the Tomah VA… Continue Reading


02.11.15

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Statement on Oak Creek Officers Receiving Medal of Valor

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) released the following statement after two Oak Creek, Wisconsin officers were presented the Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor in a ceremony earlier today. Retired Lieutenant Brian Murphy and Officer Savan "Sam" Lenda of the Oak Creek Police Department were honored by Vice President Joe Biden and Attorney General Eric Holder for their courage during the deadly Sikh Gurdwara shooting in August 2012. Baldwin is scheduled to meet with Lieutenan… Continue Reading


02.11.15

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Introduces Bill to Increase Student Achievement through Technology Education

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, today introduced legislation to help schools, districts, and states transform learning systems by utilizing innovative technology. The Enhancing Education Through Technology (EETT) Act would support educators in using technology to increase college and career readiness, help school districts build a technology infrastructure to ensure schools take full advantage of… Continue Reading


02.11.15

Baldwin, Alexander Introduce Supercomputing Legislation to Make U.S. Safer and More Competitive

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Lamar Alexander (R-TN) today introduced bipartisan legislation that would jumpstart research into exascale supercomputing that they said is "critical to U.S. competitiveness and national security." The ExaSCALE Computing Leadership Act of 2015 would create research partnerships between universities and the U.S. Department of Energy's national labs to develop and build two exascale supercomputers, with the goal of having a computer system… Continue Reading


02.10.15

Senators Baldwin and Portman Lead Bipartisan Effort to Improve Foster Care Services for America’s Most Vulnerable Youth

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Rob Portman (R-OH) have introduced bipartisan legislation to improve foster care services for thousands of America's most vulnerable youth. The Family-Based Foster Care Services Act increases access to quality care by clarifying Medicaid policy that directly affects foster children with special behavioral health needs and/or medical disabilities, as well as vulnerable children living with kinship and biological caregivers. "The Family-Ba… Continue Reading


02.10.15

Baldwin, Women Senators Urge Judiciary Committee to Hold Hearing on Sex Trafficking

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin joined all the women senators in urging the Senate Judiciary Committee to hold a hearing on sex trafficking in the United States. The senators wrote: "Human trafficking is a $32 billion criminal enterprise, making it the second largest criminal industry in the world behind the drug trade. According to the Department of Justice, 83 percent of sex trafficking victims in the United States are American citizens." They added: "A hearing would pro… Continue Reading


02.10.15

Senator Baldwin Applauds President’s Budget Proposal for Including Support for Wisconsin’s Timber Economy

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin, member of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committees, applauded the inclusion of a fix for the broken wildfire suppression funding system and support for Wisconsin's timber and paper industry in President Obama's Fiscal Year 2016 budget proposal. "Our forests and the timber industry in northern and central Wisconsin are facing a number of challenges that need to be addressed," said Baldwin. "I applaud the President for including this effort to… Continue Reading


02.10.15

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Applauds $1 Million in USDA Grants to Train Beginning Wisconsin Farmers

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin applauded the U.S Department of Agriculture (USDA) announcement of a combined $1 million in grants to two Wisconsin organizations that implement programs to train beginning farmers, the Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship in Seymour and Growing Power in Milwaukee. "Our strong agricultural tradition is a driver of economic growth and these grants are an opportunity to boost our agriculture economy by ensuring the next generation of farmers can get their sta… Continue Reading

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