Press Releases

03.10.15

Baldwin Introduces NextGen High Schools Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) introduced the Next Generation (NextGen) High Schools Act, a bill to help high schools that enroll traditionally underserved students in the development and implementation of comprehensive, evidenced-based reform. Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA) joined Baldwin in introducing today's legislation. Currently, one-fifth of all students and nearly one-third of all students of color fail to graduate from high school on time, if at all. Unless high … Continue Reading


03.09.15

Baldwin, Thune Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Reduce Costs and Increase Efficiency in Healthcare Delivery

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and John Thune (R-SD) today introduced bipartisan legislation that increases the transparency of healthcare costs in Medicare-helping doctors, health systems, private insurers and research institutions provide more efficient, higher quality healthcare and better patient outcomes. "Medicare is the single largest payer of healthcare services in the country, spending over $600 billion each year. But we know very little about what we are paying … Continue Reading


03.09.15

Baldwin, Kind Urge President to Take Immediate Action on Dangerous Oil Trains

In letter to President Obama, Baldwin and Kind express frustration after the Administration missed January 15 deadline to release final rules to address oil train accidents "The danger facing Wisconsin communities located near rail lanes has materialized quickly." WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and U.S. Representative Ron Kind (D-WI) sent a letter to President Obama urging the Administration to take immediate action and issue final guidance to address oil train sa… Continue Reading


03.05.15

Baldwin, Durbin Introduce Expansion of VA Caregivers Program that Would Help Thousands More Veterans and their Families

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) announced the introduction of the Veterans Affairs (VA) Family Caregivers Expansion and Improvement Act, a bill that would open the VA Family Caregivers Program to all eligible veterans who were severely injured while serving our country. The Family Caregivers Program provides home health training, peer support, and a small financial stipend to caregivers of severely injured veterans. The caregivers also have access to … Continue Reading


03.04.15

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Legislation on Strengthening Inspectors General Clears Senate Hurdle

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, during a business meeting of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, a bipartisan amendment authored by U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) was unanimously approved. The provision would amend the Inspector General Empowerment Act of 2015, which Senator Baldwin has cosponsored, to require all Office of Inspector General (OIG) reports that make recommendations as a result of investigations, audits or other activities to be sent directly to the he… Continue Reading


03.03.15

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Introduces Bipartisan Legislation to Improve Maternal Care Access in Underserved Areas

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) today introduced the Improving Access to Maternity Care Act, which aims to reduce maternity care shortages by identifying areas lacking maternal health professionals to help incentivize providers to practice in these underserved and often rural areas. Babies born to mothers who received no prenatal care are three times more likely to be low birth weight, and are five times more likely to die than babies whose mothers received care. According t… Continue Reading


03.03.15

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Joins Bipartisan Effort to Boost Wisconsin Nursing Programs

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin introduced the Making the Education of Nursing Dependable for Schools (MEND) Act. This bipartisan legislation addresses a technical issue regarding the way the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) funds hospital-based nursing programs and ensures that our primary care workforce is prepared for the growing demand for health services. Senator Baldwin joined U.S. Senators Rob Portman (R-OH) and Sherrod Brown (D-OH), as well as U.S. Se… Continue Reading


02.26.15

VIDEO: As Trade Talks Continue, Baldwin Speaks Out on U.S. Trade Policy

WASHINGTON, D.C. - As trade talks continue in the Senate, today U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) joined a group of senators dedicated to fair trade in speaking on the Senate floor to discuss their priorities related to U.S. trade policy. "The interests of Wisconsin's workers are being represented in these negotiations by unelected officials in the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative," said Baldwin. "And I am here to let these negotiators know that Wisconsinites don't want more of the same … Continue Reading


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

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