Press Releases

09.16.14

Baldwin Leads Career and Technical Education Briefing on Skills Training and the Needs of the 21st Century Workforce

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin, as co-chair of the Senate Career and Technical Education (CTE) Caucus, joined her fellow co-chairs U.S. Senators Tim Kaine (D-VA) and Rob Portman (R-OH) to kick off a public briefing and panel discussion on the current opportunities and challenges in aligning skills training with the needs of the 21st century workforce. Baldwin recently introduced the CTE Opportunity Act to extend eligibility for federal student loans to short-term career and techni… Continue Reading


09.15.14

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Statement on Republican Obstruction of Paycheck Fairness Act

Washington D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin today voted to support the Paycheck Fairness Act, legislation that addresses the issue of gender-based pay discrimination. More than 50 years after the passage of the Equal Pay Act, working women still take home 77 cents for every dollar their male colleagues earn for doing exactly the same work. Today, Republicans in the U.S. Senate voted for the second time this year to block the legislation from moving forward. "I'm disappointed that my Republican… Continue Reading


09.12.14

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Stands up for Wisconsin Students, Introduces New Legislation to Address Access to Affordable Higher Education

Washington D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin has introduced two bills to address the larger issue of student debt and college affordability. The legislation targets students who work their way through school and students enrolled in Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs. Baldwin recently traveled across Wisconsin, meeting with students and recent graduates who are struggling with the cost of a higher education. "Student loan debt is holding back an entire generation and creating a drag … Continue Reading


09.10.14

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Statement on President Obama's Address to the Nation on the Administration's Strategy to Counter the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL)

Washington D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin made the below statement following President Obama's address to the nation on the Administration's strategy to counter the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). "It was important for the President to lay out clearly the nature of the threat to American interests and how we are going to work with a broad coalition of international partners, including Arab partners in the immediate region, and the Iraqi government to deal with this threat before… Continue Reading


09.09.14

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Announces $300,000 in TIGER Grant Funding for Madison Transportation Project

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin announced that the City of Madison has been awarded $300,000 in TIGER grant funds for the UrbanFootprint Transit-Oriented Development Station Area Planning Initiative. "In order for us to grow the economy and create good paying jobs here at home, we must invest in 21st century Wisconsin infrastructure," said Baldwin. "The UrbanFootprint Initiative will set the stage for the expansion of the Bus Rapid Transit system in Madison, remove transportation … Continue Reading


09.08.14

Legislators Urge Secretary Burwell to Reevaluate Discriminatory, Inconsistent Blood, Organ and Tissue Donation Policies

Washington D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Tom Harkin (D-IA) and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (D-IL) led a letter to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia Burwell expressing continued concern regarding current policies governing blood, organ, and tissue donation by men who have sex with men (MSM) and requesting an update on the Department's progress in reassessing the policies. Legislators wrote to Secretary Sebelius… Continue Reading


09.04.14

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Statement on 7th Circuit Court Ruling for Marriage Equality in Wisconsin

Washington D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin released the following statement today on the unanimous decision by the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals to uphold a previous Federal Court ruling for marriage equality in Wisconsin. "Today's decision is yet another affirmation that discrimination doesn't just violate our Wisconsin values - it violates our Constitution and marriage equality will be the law of the land in our state. It is simply wrong for Governor Walker and Attorney General Van Hollen to… Continue Reading


09.04.14

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Applauds Obama Administration Action on Special Enrollment Period for 38,000 Wisconsinites Dropped from BadgerCare under Governor Walker’s Plan

Washington D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin applauded an announcement by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to grant Wisconsin a special enrollment period in the federal Marketplace for the 38,000 low income, working Wisconsinites whose BadgerCare coverage was terminated by Governor Walker. Last week, Baldwin sent a letter to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and asked Administrator Marilyn Tavenner to immediately grant a special enrollment period in… Continue Reading


09.04.14

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Calls for Senate Action on Student Loan Debt Crisis and Announces New Legislation to Address Higher Education Affordability

Washington D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin is traveling the state Thursday and Friday to meet with students to discuss the student loan debt crisis and college affordability. Baldwin is calling for the U.S. Senate to take up the Bank on Students Emergency Loan Refinancing Act, legislation she has cosponsored, when they return to session next week. "Student loan debt is holding back an entire generation and creating a drag on economic growth for our country," said Baldwin. "I'm calling on my … Continue Reading


09.02.14

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Calls for Special Enrollment Period for 38,000 Wisconsinites Dropped from BadgerCare Under Governor Walker’s Plan

Washington D.C. - On Friday, U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin asked the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Marilyn Tavenner to immediately grant a special enrollment period in the federal Marketplace for the 38,000 Wisconsinites who lost their BadgerCare coverage under Governor Walker's plan to reject a federal investment in Wisconsin's BadgerCare program through the Affordable Care Act. On July 16th, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services released a report showing th… Continue Reading


08.20.14

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Visits Sturgeon Bay, Tours Local Businesses Creating Jobs with Support from Export-Import Bank Investments

Washington D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin today visited two Sturgeon Bay businesses that have been helped by Export-Import Bank investments. Both Marine Travelift and Dan's Fish, Inc. have created local jobs and economic growth for the community with support from the Bank. Baldwin supports reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank, which the Senate is expected to consider when they return this fall. Unless Congress takes action, the Export-Import Bank is set to expire September 30, which wi… Continue Reading


08.20.14

U.S Senator Tammy Baldwin: Walker Plan Is Not Working for Wisconsin

Washington D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin today called on Governor Walker to account for the 38,000 Wisconsinites who he terminated from BadgerCare coverage and who now face a coverage gap. On July 16th, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services released a report that revealed Walker's plan to terminate BadgerCare coverage for approximately 63,000 Wisconsinites has resulted in a gap in coverage. Health care policy experts project that many of these Wisconsinites formerly served under Badg… Continue Reading


08.19.14

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Visits Marinette Marine

Washington D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin today visited Marinette Marine to tour the shipyard and meet with Marinette Marine Corporation President and CEO, Jan Allman, and Lockheed Martin Vice President of Littoral Ship Systems, Joe North. Baldwin is a strong supporter of the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) program, which employs thousands of Wisconsinites and helps meet our national security needs. Jan Allman, President and CEO of Marinette Marine Corporation, said "Senator Baldwin has been a t… Continue Reading


08.15.14

Senator Tammy Baldwin Calls for Stop to Postal Service Cuts

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin and a bipartisan group of her colleagues called for a one-year moratorium on U.S. Postal Service plans to close mail processing plants and slow down first-class mail delivery. A letter signed by 51 senators said Congress should block a proposal by Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe to close up to 82 mail processing plants, slow mail services and eliminate up to 15,000 jobs. The letter, drafted and circulated by Senator Baldwin along with Senators B… Continue Reading


08.01.14

U.S. Senator Baldwin Votes for Veterans Affairs Reform Legislation That Passes Senate with Strong Bipartisan Support

Washington D.C. - Last night, U.S Senator Tammy Baldwin voted for bipartisan reform legislation to bring accountability to the Department of Veterans Affairs and to expand veterans' access to timely and quality health care. "Our brave men and women in uniform make great sacrifices on our behalf. I believe we have a shared responsibility to ensure that when they return home, they have access to the care they need and the benefits they've earned and deserve," said Senator Baldwin. "Today we took … Continue Reading


07.31.14

Baldwin, Franken, Portman Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Help Prevent Future Propane Shortages

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), Al Franken (D-Minn.), and Rob Portman (R-Ohio) introduced bipartisan legislation to address the root causes of propane shortages like the one that hit families, farmers, and businesses across the Midwest and other parts of the country this past winter. The bipartisan group of Senators introduced the Propane Supply and Security Act, which will prevent shortages by improving propane supply and price information, coordinating response… Continue Reading


07.30.14

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Votes for Bring Jobs Home Act

Washington D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin voted today for the Bring Jobs Home Act, legislation she cosponsored that would close a corporate tax loophole and help bring American jobs back to Wisconsin. Senate Republicans voted to obstruct the legislation, supporting the corporate tax loophole that rewards outsourcing. "Our tax policy and economic development efforts should not provide tax breaks for shipping jobs overseas, they should support job creation in Wisconsin," Baldwin said. "Wisco… Continue Reading


07.30.14

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Applauds Announcement that Wisconsin Seniors have Saved Over $202 Million on Prescription Drugs Costs Under Affordable Care Act

Washington D.C. - On the 49th anniversary of the signing of Medicare and Medicaid into law, U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin applauded a new report from U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that shows Medicare beneficiaries in Wisconsin have saved $202,883,257 on prescription drugs as a result of the Affordable Care Act. "The Affordable Care Act is working for Wisconsin and thanks to the reforms we put in place four years ago, we have made prescription drugs more affordable and lowered out o… Continue Reading


07.29.14

Baldwin’s Efforts to Address VA Medical Staff Shortage Included in Bipartisan Compromise to Reform the VA

Washington D.C. - A provision modeled after U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin's bill to help address the serious physician shortage within the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has been included in the bipartisan, comprehensive VA reform compromise to bring accountability to the VA and expand access to veterans' health care. "I offered legislation to strengthen our VA health care workforce by increasing residency positions. So I am pleased that a provision modeled after my legislation has been inclu… Continue Reading


07.24.14

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Introduces Bill to Address VA Medical Staff Shortage

Washington D.C. -U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin has introduced legislation to help address the serious physician shortage within the VA that keeps veterans waiting far too long for care. "We must address the underlying issue of the serious physician shortage at the VA in order to address the unacceptable wait times our veterans are experiencing," said Baldwin. "My bill helps ensure that the VA has the tools to create and sustain a robust health care workforce so that we can guarantee our veterans … Continue Reading

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