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U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Introduces Bipartisan Reform to Protect Veterans from Identity Theft

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) today introduced a bipartisan reform to protect veterans from potential identity theft. The Veterans' Identity Theft Protection Act, cosponsored by U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-KS), would require the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to stop using Social Security account numbers to identify individuals in all information systems used by the VA. A news investigation in Wisconsin revealed that the Social Security numbers of hundreds of Wi… Continue Reading


In Response to Attacks in Orlando, Senate Democrats Unveil New Proposal to Fully Fund Dept. of Justice Programs that Protect All Americans from Discrimination, Strengthen Enforcement of Civil Rights and Hate Crime Laws and Prevent Targeted Attacks Driven by Hate

New Baldwin-Mikulski-Hirono Amendment Would Boost Funding For Department Of Justice Civil Rights Division And Community Relations Service And Expand Programs Aimed At Preventing, Investigating, and Prosecuting Hate Crimes And Enforcing Federal Civil Rights Laws Just Yesterday, Senate Democrats Announced A Proposal To Fully Fund The FBI & Boost Grants That Give Local Law Enforcement Around The Country Resources To Train Against Active Shooters Senate Democrats: We Must Do All We Can to Keep… Continue Reading


U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Calls for Renewed Congressional Effort to Close “Terror Gap”

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin today called for a renewed effort to close the "terror gap." Last November, Senator Baldwin cosponsored the Denying Firearms and Explosives to Dangerous Terrorists Act of 2015 to give the Department of Justice authority to prevent a known or suspected terrorist from buying firearms or explosives, which would close this gap. The legislation was introduced by Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Representative Peter King (R-NY). "We must address a seri… Continue Reading


U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Named to Senate- House Conference Committee on Zika Virus Response and MilCon-VA Funding

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, has been named to the Senate and House Conference Committee to move several appropriations bills forward in Congress. Senator Baldwin will be one of 19 senators who will work with the House on a number of pressing issues, including funding to combat the Zika Virus threat. Senator Baldwin will also have an opportunity to advance a number of VA reforms she fought to include in the Senate's FY2017 Milita… Continue Reading


In Wake of Orlando Shooting, Baldwin Cosponsors Legislation Banning Those Convicted of Hate Crimes From Owning Guns

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin announced she has joined Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) as a cosponsor of legislation that would keep guns out of the hands of those who commit criminal acts based on hate. The Hate Crimes Prevention Act would prohibit the purchase, possession or shipment of a firearm by anyone convicted of a misdemeanor hate crime or who received a hate crime sentence enhancement, and prohibit the sale of firearms to anyone reasonably suspected to be guilty of a misdemean… Continue Reading


U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Statement on National Defense Authorization Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin released the following statement after the Senate passed the FY17 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) today by a vote of 85-13: "Today, I voted in favor of the FY17 NDAA, which, while imperfect, makes investments in a strong military to protect and defend our national security, supports our servicemembers and their families, and boosts our Made in Wisconsin economy. "There are measures in this bill that I have worked to include and support, s… Continue Reading


U.S. Senator Baldwin, U.S. Representatives Quigley and Lee Statement on Blood Donor Ban in Light of Pulse Nightclub Mass Shooting

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), along with U.S. Representatives Mike Quigley (IL-05) and Barbara Lee (CA-13), released the following statement regarding the tragic mass shooting at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) blood donation deferral policy for men who have sex with men (MSM): "The resiliency of the American people is always magnified after a tragedy, and we are witnessing that compassion as Floridians rally around the peop… Continue Reading


U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Statement on Historic Tragedy in Orlando

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin released the following statement on her Facebook page in response to the historic tragedy in Orlando: "As a nation, we have all witnessed a historic tragedy in Orlando. As we offer our thoughts and prayers, we also must come to terms with the fact that they are not enough. This was not only a horrific attack on the LGBT community, it was an attack on the freedoms we all hold dear. The question now for America is are we going to come together and sta… Continue Reading


U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Statement on Vote for Reed-Mikulski Amendment to Invest in a Safe and Strong America

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin released the following statement after Senate Republicans voted to reject the Reed-Mikulski Amendment, which would have maintained parity between defense and non-defense spending by making strong investments to respond to the heroin and opioid crisis, the Zika virus, the lead contamination crisis in Flint, and more: "Today's vote was about fairness and priorities. I believe that if we are going to provide more funding for the Pentagon, we should als… Continue Reading


U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin and Senate Democrats Announce New Legislative Package and #WeThePeople Campaign to Reform Government and Ensure It Works for All Americans, Not Just Special Interests

#WeThePeople will hold the government more accountable, amend the Constitution to end unlimited campaign contributions and reform the lobbying laws to limit special interest influence New legislative package also includes Senator Baldwin's legislative reform to end golden parachutes for executives joining government service, stop revolving door between Wall Street and government WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin joined Senate Democrats today to announce a new legislative reform… Continue Reading


Baldwin and Democrats Urge Defense, State Departments to Protect Servicemembers, Civil Servants and their Families in Zika-Affected Areas

Newly-released Pentagon report found that 11 servicemembers, 4 dependents, and 2 retirees have been infected with the Zika virus since January Democrats call for increased collaboration to protect troops, foreign and civil service officers Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin and 21 Senate Democrats sent a letter to the Department of State and Department of Defense encouraging the agencies to collaborate on policies that prioritize the health and welfare of servicemembers, civil ser… Continue Reading


Bipartisan Chemical Safety Reform Legislation Supported by Senator Baldwin Heads to President’s Desk

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin applauded the passage of bipartisan chemical safety reform legislation in the U.S. Senate today. The comprehensive legislation, the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, to overhaul the nation's broken chemical safety law passed the House last month and now heads to the President's desk to be signed into law. "Reform is long overdue, and I am proud to support this bipartisan bill," said Senator Baldwin. "It's important that … Continue Reading


U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Supports Bipartisan Provision to Prevent the Addition of Red Tape to Defense Medical Research

Provisions included in the National Defense Authorization Act would strangle the Department of Defense's Congressionally-Directed Medical Research Program with red tape that would slow or halt research aimed at combating diseases and conditions that affect service members and their families The Baldwin-supported amendment would nullify the red tape provision and allow the DOD's medical research program to continue conducting life-saving research WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin… Continue Reading


U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Statement on Speaker Ryan’s Poverty Ideas

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin released the following statement today in response to Speaker Paul Ryan's announcement of House Republican ideas about poverty: "It's good news that Speaker Ryan and House Republicans are acknowledging the need for Washington to act on combating poverty, however Americans living in poverty deserve better than recommendations and a promise to wait for Donald Trump to solve this problem. "In the Senate, I will soon be introducing bold legislation to … Continue Reading


U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Supports Introduction of Student Tax Relief Act

Legislative reform would protect defrauded students from being taxed on their forgiven loans WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin is supporting new legislation, the Student Tax Relief Act, that would protect defrauded student borrowers from being taxed on their forgiven loans. The legislation follows actions by the U.S. Department of Education to protect defrauded students at 100 Corinthian Colleges across the country, including Everest College in Milwaukee, and ensures that borrowe… Continue Reading


U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Applauds U.S. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez’s Announcement of Investment to Grow Apprenticeship Programs in Wisconsin

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin today applauded the U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez's announcement of $200,000 in ApprenticeshipUSA State Accelerator Grant funding to expand and expedite apprenticeship programs in Wisconsin. The announcement was made during Senator Baldwin's and Secretary Perez's visit to Milwaukee Area Technical College today, where they highlighted the role that apprenticeships play in strengthening the workforce and economic development in the Milwaukee … Continue Reading


Baldwin, Manchin, Klobuchar, Shaheen, King, Heitkamp Introduce Budgeting for Opioid Addiction Treatment Act

The LifeBOAT Act would establish reliable funding to expand access to substance abuse treatment WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Joe Manchin (D-WV), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Angus King (I-ME), and Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) today introduced the Budgeting for Opioid Addiction Treatment Act (LifeBOAT), which would establish a permanent funding stream to provide and expand access to substance abuse treatment. "Fighting this nationwide epidemic is a shared resp… Continue Reading


U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Calls for Increased TSA Funding to Help Address Long Wait Times, Ensure Security

TSA funding down nearly $250 million since 2011 even though TSA screened 40.7 million more passengers over past year WASHINGTON, DC -U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin has called for increased TSA funding to help address long wait times and better ensure passenger safety. In a letter to the Senate Appropriations Committee last week, Senator Baldwin and 22 of her Senate colleagues, called for additional funding to help ensure adequate staffing levels, reinforce screening efforts, and help expand securi… Continue Reading


Bipartisan VA Reform Passes Senate, Prevents Doctors Once Fired or Suspended by VA from Treating Veterans

Bipartisan amendment authored by U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin, Jerry Moran and Thom Tillis closes loophole WASHINGTON, D.C. - A bipartisan VA reform to ensure veterans receive care from trusted doctors in their communities passed the U.S. Senate today. U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Jerry Moran (R-KS) and Thom Tillis (R-NC) introduced the amendment to protect veterans seeking care though VA community care programs, like the Choice Program, from being treated by doctors who have been fired… Continue Reading


U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Votes for Bipartisan Emergency Funding to Combat Zika Virus

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin today voted for emergency funding to combat the Zika virus. The U.S. Senate approved the bipartisan funding measure, which would authorize $1.1 billion to fight the spread of the Zika virus, as well as raise awareness, expand access to family planning services, and accelerate development of a vaccine. "The Zika virus has been linked to many health problems, but most notably a terrible birth defect," said Senator Baldwin. "Congress has a responsibili… Continue Reading

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