Press Releases

03.11.19

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Urges Inclusion of Contractor Back Pay in Upcoming Disaster Package

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin joined a bipartisan group of 38 Senators in urging the inclusion of back pay for federal contract workers impacted by the government shutdown in the upcoming disaster relief package. While federal workers harmed by the government shutdown have since been compensated for their lost wages, federal contract employees - including janitorial, food, and security services workers - who were furloughed or forced to accept reduced work hours have not. In a bi… Continue Reading


03.07.19

U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin and John Cornyn Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Protect Veterans’ Economic Security

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and John Cornyn (R-TX) today introduced the bipartisan Honoring American Veterans in Extreme Need (HAVEN) Act (S. 679) to protect the economic security and well-being of veterans and their families who rely on disability benefits and may be experiencing financial hardship. Under current bankruptcy law, disability benefits paid by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and Department of Defense (DoD) are included in the calculation of a debt… Continue Reading


03.06.19

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Joins Senator Schatz and Congressman Pocan in Reintroducing Legislation To End Student Loan Debt Crisis

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin joined Senator Brian Schatz (D-HI) and U.S. Representative Mark Pocan (D-WI) in reintroducing the Debt-Free College Act, legislation that will reverse the growing student debt crisis in the United States. The bill restores a path to affordable college by providing states incentives through matching grants to increase investments in public higher education and provide students with debt-free college. If signed into law, the Debt-Free College A… Continue Reading


03.06.19

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Calls on Chairman Graham to Hold Judiciary Committee Hearings on Gun Violence Prevention Legislation

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin joined 37 of her Senate colleagues in calling on Senator Lindsay Graham (R-SC), Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, to hold hearings on universal background checks legislation. Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Bipartisan Background Checks Act. Senator Baldwin and her colleagues helped introduced the Senate counterpart bill, the Background Check Expansion Act, which is currently pending in the Senate Judiciary Committee… Continue Reading


03.06.19

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Introduces Legislation to Protect Rights of Disabled Airplane Passengers

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin today reintroduced her Air Carrier Access Amendments Act to protect the rights of disabled airplane passengers, improve air travel safety and close service gaps that passengers with disabilities frequently encounter in air travel. Companion legislation was introduced in the House of Representatives today by Congressman Jim Langevin (D-RI). "We need to break down the barriers that individuals with disabilities and our veterans face when they travel,"… Continue Reading


03.05.19

U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin and Joni Ernst Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Improve Transportation Access for Workers and Families

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Joni Ernst (R-IA) today introduced bipartisan legislation to improve transportation access and help break down barriers for workers and families getting to jobs, local businesses and health care services. The Connecting Opportunities through Mobility Metrics and Unlocking Transportation Efficiencies (COMMUTE) Act provides data to states and local governments to measure accessibility to local businesses and important destinations, and info… Continue Reading


03.01.19

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Helps Introduce Legislation to Ensure Child Care for All

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin, a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, introduced legislation to ensure affordable, high-quality child care for working middle class families and those living paycheck to paycheck. The Child Care for Working Families Act, led by Senators Patty Murray (D-WA), Bob Casey (D-PA) and Mazie Hirono (D-HI), would address the current early learning and care crisis by ensuring that no family under 150 percent of state … Continue Reading


02.28.19

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Helps Introduce Bipartisan Legislation To Expand Work Opportunities for Student Veterans

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin helped introduce the bipartisan Hire Student Veterans Act, led by Senator Jacky Rosen (D-NV), to expand the existing Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) in ensuring that all student veterans using their GI Bill benefits can take advantage of valuable paid internships or part-time work opportunities while in school. "America's veterans have bravely served our nation and we have a shared responsibility to help them transition to a good paying job after… Continue Reading


02.26.19

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Introduces Bipartisan Reform to Ensure Coverage for Children Born with Congenital Anomalies or Birth Defects

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Joni Ernst (R-IA), Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) today reintroduced bipartisan legislation to ensure health insurance coverage for needed treatment and procedures for individuals born with congenital anomalies or birth defects. The Ensuring Lasting Smiles Act would close a coverage gap to ensure that health plans cover medically necessary services related to a patient's anomaly or birth defect, including any serious dental a… Continue Reading


02.22.19

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Demands Answers from the FTC on Weak Enforcement of “Made in USA” Labeling Standards

Companies that Labeled Foreign Products, Often Imported from China, as "Made In USA" Continue to Evade Monetary Penalties & Have Not been Required to Admit Fault Senators Demand Increased Transparency & Stronger Enforcement of Standards to Protect American Manufacturers WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Chris Murphy (D-CT) demanded answers this week from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) on its commitment to enforcing "Made in the USA" l… Continue Reading


02.21.19

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Calls on FCC to Improve Broadband Coverage Maps

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin joined a bipartisan group of her Senate colleagues in urging Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai to create a public feedback mechanism that would allow consumers and states to help inform broadband coverage maps and report any lack of broadband access to the FCC. The Senators write, "While we are glad the FCC is trying to address some of the issues with their mapping through the ongoing Form 477 proceeding, this alone will not … Continue Reading


02.20.19

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Introduces Bipartisan Legislation to Help Wisconsin Craft Breweries Create Jobs and Grow Their Business

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin has reintroduced bipartisan legislation to help craft breweries create jobs and grow our Made in Wisconsin economy. The Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act would permanently cut taxes and modernize outdated regulations for brewers, as well as cider makers and distillers, to further promote job creation in each industry. "Wisconsin craft beer makers are small businesses that create jobs and help grow our economy, so we need to make it eas… Continue Reading


02.15.19

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Helps Reintroduce Legislation to Combat Opioid Abuse

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin helped reintroduce the Budgeting for Opioid Addiction Treatment Act (LifeBOAT Act), led by Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), to establish a permanent funding stream that will provide and expand access to substance abuse treatment. "I've met with local health officials, law enforcement and those who have lost loved ones throughout Wisconsin, and it's clear Washington must do more to be a strong partner in supporting local prevention, treatment and recovery… Continue Reading


02.15.19

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Raises Opposition to Trump CFPB’s Payday Predator Protection Plan

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin joined a group of 47 Senators, led by Senators Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Sherrod Brown (D-OH), in opposing the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's (CFPB) new attempt under the Trump administration to gut its own payday protection rule. "Repealing this rule provides a green light to the payday lending industry to prey on vulnerable American consumers," write the Senators in a letter to Trump-appointed CFPB Director Kathy Kraninge… Continue Reading


02.15.19

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Helps Reintroduce Legislation to Create State Public Health Care Option

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin helped reintroduce the State Public Option Act, bicameral legislation led by Senator Brian Schatz (D-HI) and Representative Ben Ray Luján (D-NM), to create a Medicaid-based public health care option to strengthen the Affordable Care Act (ACA) by providing Americans with a new high-quality, low-cost choice when purchasing health insurance. "Wisconsinites have sent a clear message to Washington that they want us to work together to expand acces… Continue Reading


02.14.19

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Statement on EPA PFAS Plan

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin released the following statement on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) Action Plan, which does not set a drinking water standard for dangerous PFOA and PFOS chemicals: "The EPA should not delay setting an enforceable drinking water standard and this plan falls short of taking the swift action that is needed. These chemicals are a serious health threat right now and the EPA needs to take stronger act… Continue Reading


02.14.19

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Introduces Legislation to Protect Americans with Pre-existing Conditions

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin introduced the Protecting Americans with Pre-existing Conditions Act, with Senators Mark Warner (D-VA), Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), that would prevent the Trump Administration from promoting junk health insurance plans that lack protections for people with pre-existing conditions and would increase costs for millions of Americans. This comes after Senators Baldwin, Warner, Cardin and Shaheen led a group of 38 Senators last year in ca… Continue Reading


02.13.19

U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin, Debbie Stabenow and Sherrod Brown Introduce Legislation to Expand Medicare and Reduce Health Care Costs

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin, Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Sherrod Brown (D-OH) today introduced the Medicare at 50 Act to give people between the ages of 50 and 64 years old the option of buying into Medicare. Millions of Americans who are approaching retirement or are being forced to retire early due to layoffs or mandatory retirement face increasing health care needs and rising costs. "Wisconsinites have sent a clear message to Washington that they want us to work together t… Continue Reading


02.12.19

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Works to Reauthorize Permanent Funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin worked to pass bipartisan legislation, the Natural Resources Management Act, which reauthorizes permanent funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). The legislation passed the Senate today and also includes improvements to the North Country National Scenic Trail and requires the development of strategic plans for reducing the presence of invasive species on federal lands and in federal waters. "Wisconsin has long been a national leader… Continue Reading


02.12.19

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Statement on U.S. Attorney General Nominee, William Barr

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin released the following statement on her decision not to support President Trump's nominee for United States Attorney General, William Barr: "I was encouraged that the President selected a serious nominee with public service experience and I welcomed the opportunity of meeting with Mr. Barr. I take my responsibility to consider this nomination very seriously because it comes at an unprecedented time in our nation's history. There is an ongoing crimin… Continue Reading

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