Press Releases

02.06.15

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Joins Efforts to Establish Health Care Equity for Military Women, Dependents

(Washington, DC) - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, has joined Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) to re-introduce legislation, the Access to Contraception for Women Servicemembers and Dependents Act of 2015, which would update current Department of Defense's (DoD) policy on contraceptive coverage and family planning counseling. The bill would bring health care provided by the military in line with current law for civili… Continue Reading


02.05.15

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Joins Bipartisan Effort to Grow America’s Craft Beer Industry

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) has joined a bipartisan effort in the United States Senate, led by Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Susan Collins (R-ME), to reintroduce S. 375, The Small Brewer Reinvestment and Expanding Workforce Act or Small BREW Act that will stimulate regional economies nationwide with a reduction in the excise tax on each barrel of beer brewed by small brewers. The bill also changes the threshold definition of a small brewer to better reflect modern pr… Continue Reading


02.04.15

VIDEO: U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Reiterates Call for Clean Homeland Security Funding Bill

WATCH video of Baldwin's hearing remarks here. Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) attended a hearing of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee entitled, "Deferred Action on Immigration: Implications and Unanswered Questions." At the hearing, Baldwin acknowledged that the deferred action programs are an important first step in trying to address part of our broken immigration system, but questioned the intentions of the hearing as Senate Republicans try … Continue Reading


02.04.15

Baldwin, Ribble Secure $2 Million Payment from Army Corps of Engineers to Wisconsin

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and U.S. Representative Reid Ribble (R-WI08) released the following statements after the United States Army Corps of Engineers included the $2 million it owes to the State of Wisconsin for the Fox River Lock in its Fiscal Year 2015 Work Plan unveiled this week. "I'm pleased the Army Corps of Engineers will be making good on its debt to the taxpayers of Wisconsin. I thank Congressman Ribble for his bipartisan partnership in seeing this throug… Continue Reading


02.03.15

VIDEO: U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Calls for Clean Homeland Security Funding Bill

WATCH video of Baldwin's remarks here. Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), a member of the Senate Appropriations and Homeland Security Committees, spoke on the Senate floor today urging her colleagues to take up and pass the clean Department of Homeland Security (DHS) appropriations funding bill (S. 272) that Appropriations Vice Chairwoman Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) and Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) introduced last week. Today, Senate Republicans attempted to pass a DHS appropria… Continue Reading


02.03.15

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Statement on Clay Hunt SAV Act

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), a member of the Senate Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Subcommittee, released the following statement after the Senate voted to pass the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans (SAV) Act by a vote of 99-0. Baldwin is a cosponsor of the legislation, which now heads to President Obama's desk for signature. "With an estimated 22 veterans committing suicide each day, the Clay Hunt SAV Act is a step in the rig… Continue Reading


02.02.15

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Calls for Increased Funding for Harbor Maintenance, Great Lakes Navigation Projects

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin, member of the Senate Great Lakes Task Force, urged the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to direct additional funding to Great Lakes navigation projects. In a bipartisan letter to Jo-Ellen Darcy, Assistant Secretary of the Army (Civil Works) and Lt. General Thomas Bostick, Commanding General of the Army Corps of Engineers, Senator Baldwin, along with 10 Senate colleagues, called for additional resources to address the backlog of dredging and maintenance … Continue Reading


02.02.15

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Statement on President’s Budget Proposal

(Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), member of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committees, released the following statement on President Obama's Fiscal Year 2016 budget proposal. "Budgets are statements of our values and our priorities as Americans. For me and for the people of Wisconsin, that means rewarding hard work and investing in stronger economic growth and security for the middle class, and not just for those at the top. I believe that we must build a stronger pa… Continue Reading


01.30.15

Baldwin, Warren Honor January as “National Blood Donor Month"

(Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) have introduced a Senate resolution to honor January as "National Blood Donor Month." U.S. Representatives Mike Quigley (IL-05), Barbara Lee (CA-13) and Joe Heck (NV-03) also introduced this resolution in the House of Representatives. Throughout the country, more than 39,000 blood donations are needed every day. "National Blood Donor Month" encourages eligible donors to give blood, which helps save lives by ensu… Continue Reading


01.30.15

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Earns Appointment to Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin has announced that she has been named to serve on the U.S. Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies. The Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture is responsible for deciding how the federal government spends money on strengthening American farming, spurring rural development, maintaining food safety, and more. "I am proud to be named to the Senate Appropriations Subcommi… Continue Reading


01.30.15

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Announces Appointments to Senate Appropriations Subcommittees

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin has announced that she has been named to serve on five U.S. Senate Appropriations Subcommittees. The Senate Appropriations Committee, considered to be one of the most powerful on Capitol Hill, is responsible for deciding how the federal government spends money. "I am proud to be named to these Senate Appropriations Subcommittees and I look forward to bringing our Wisconsin values to the national conversation about how we invest in moving our economy f… Continue Reading


01.30.15

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Introduces Bill to Increase Federal Investment in Research

(Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), member of the Senate Appropriations and Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committees, has joined Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Sherrod Brown (D-OH) in introducing the Medical Innovation Act, a bill that would boost funding for critical medical research. The legislation would require large pharmaceutical companies that break the law and settle with the federal government to reinvest a small percentage of … Continue Reading


01.29.15

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Statement on Keystone Vote

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) today released the following statement after voting against Senate passage of legislation to approve the Keystone XL pipeline. The Senate approved the measure by a vote of 62-36. "Congress should not be in the business of approving individual pipelines, and I have serious concerns about the precedent this vote has set. If constructed, Keystone XL oil would flow from Canada, through American communities, and would be exported to other countrie… Continue Reading


01.29.15

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Calls for a Clean Homeland Security Funding Bill

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Ranking Member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Subcommittee on Federal Spending Oversight and Emergency Management (FSO) and member of the Senate Committee on Appropriations, joined a full Democratic caucus effort this week calling on Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to pass a clean bill that funds the Department of Homeland Security for the remainder of the fiscal year. The letter was signed by forty-five Senators, including… Continue Reading


01.29.15

As VA Investigation Begins in Tomah, U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Calls on U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to Conduct Broad and Detailed Examination

Washington, D.C. - As the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) investigation into the Tomah VA Medical Center (VAMC) gets underway, U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin has sent a letter to VA Interim Under Secretary for Health and lead investigator, Dr. Carolyn Clancy, calling for the VA to address a number of serious concerns over the course of their examination regarding allegations of improper opiate prescribing practices and abuse of administrative authority at the facility. In the letter, Senat… Continue Reading


01.28.15

Senator Baldwin Continues Fight for Wisconsin’s Timber Economy

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin cosponsored a bipartisan bill to fix the broken system for funding wildfire suppression and support Wisconsin's timber and paper industry. The Wildfire Disaster Funding Act, introduced by Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Mike Crapo (R-ID), will overhaul federal wildfire policy to boost funding for forest management and treat the largest wildfires as natural disasters. "Our forests and the timber industry in northern and central Wisconsin are facing a n… Continue Reading


01.25.15

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin: "We can do better for Wisconsin Veterans"

Our men and women in uniform have made incredible sacrifices on our behalf and we all have a shared responsibility to ensure that when they return home, our veterans and their families are provided the care and support they need. Problems at our Tomah VA Medical Center have been in the news recently, so I wanted to take this opportunity let people know about my efforts to address the problems and put solutions in place for our Wisconsin veterans. When my office was first contacted by a constitu… Continue Reading


01.22.15

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Calls for Senate Hearing on VA’s Improper Prescribing Practices

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin today called for a Senate hearing to address the failure of the Department of Veterans Affairs to stop improper prescribing practices at the Tomah VA Medical Center. In a letter to the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs Chairman and Ranking Member, Baldwin noted the extremely troubling reports of over-medication and associated abuse of administrative authority at the Tomah VA and the need to immediately examine the use of opioids across the entire… Continue Reading


01.21.15

Baldwin, Blumenthal Re-Introduce Legislation to Protect Access to Reproductive Care

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, ahead of the 42nd anniversary of the landmark Roe v. Wade decision, U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) re-introduced the Women's Health Protection Act of 2015. With 33 original cosponsors, this "historic pro-choice bill" would prohibit states from chipping away at women's reproductive rights. "In my home state of Wisconsin and in states across the country, politicians have been standing firmly between women and their doctors by enacting a … Continue Reading


01.21.15

NCLB: Baldwin and Brown Introduce Bill to Streamline Testing in Schools

WASHINGTON, DC - This week, as the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee examines fixing "No Child Left Behind," Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Sherrod Brown (D-OH) have introduced the "Support Making Assessments Reliable and Timely" (SMART) Act in order to eliminate low-quality and unnecessary assessments from our nation's classrooms. Representatives Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR) and Ryan Costello (R-PA) are leading the legislation in the House of Representatives. "This co… Continue Reading

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