Press Releases

02.18.21

Baldwin, Merkley, Booker Announce Senate Introduction of Landmark, Urgently Needed LGBTQ Rights Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) today joined Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR) and Cory Booker (D-NJ) to announce the upcoming Senate introduction of the Equality Act-historic, comprehensive legislation to ban discrimination against LGBTQ Americans, just as religious, racial, and gender discrimination are illegal everywhere in the United States. The announcement coincided with the bill's introduction by Representative David Cicilline in the U.S. House of Representatives. The Hous… Continue Reading


02.18.21

Baldwin, Shaheen Lead Colleagues in Calling for Increased Opioid and Substance Use Disorder Funding in President Biden’s Budget Proposal

As COVID-19 Continues to Increase Isolation and Stress, Senators Ask President Biden to Prioritize Increased Federal Funding to Combat Addiction Crisis WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) are leading their Senate colleagues in urging President Biden to request robust funding and increase the federal investment in our nation's response to the ongoing opioid and substance use disorder (SUD) epidemic. The COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically alte… Continue Reading


02.17.21

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Leads Colleagues to Call on Biden Administration to Fully Fund Community Development Block Grant Program

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today led her colleagues in calling on the Biden administration to prioritize funding for the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program, which funds local community development initiatives that support jobs, housing, infrastructure, and public services for millions of Americans, in his upcoming budget proposal. The Trump administration repeatedly tried to eliminate the CDBG program, but Senato… Continue Reading


02.17.21

Baldwin, Thune, Kind Lead Bipartisan Push to Make More Farmers and Ranchers Eligible for Paycheck Protection Program Loans

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and John Thune (R-SD), as well as Congressman Ron Kind (D-WI), are leading a bipartisan group of their colleagues in urging the U.S. Department of Treasury and the Small Business Administration (SBA) to issue new clarifications that would ensure more farmers and ranchers are eligible for loans through the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). Baldwin, Thune and Kind are joined in this bipartisan effort by Senators Joni Ernst (R-IA) and John Hoev… Continue Reading


02.12.21

House Committee Approves Baldwin-Murphy Legislation to Expand American Production of Pandemic Supplies

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Financial Services included legislation authored by Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Chris Murphy (D-CT) in their budget reconciliation package to provide a $10 billion investment to rapidly expand domestic manufacturing of pandemic supplies. This funding will support President Biden's executive action and his American Rescue Plan to fully utilize the Defense Production Act (DPA) to accelerate manufacturing and delivery of testin… Continue Reading


02.12.21

House Committee Approves CDC Funding Championed by Baldwin to Track Coronavirus Variants

Committee Approves $1.75 Billion for CDC to Expand and Improve Genetic Sequencing for Coronavirus Variants Provisions from Baldwin's Tracking COVID-19 Variants Act Included in Legislation Passed Out of Committee WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin applauded the inclusion of language from her Tracking COVID-19 Variants Act in the budget reconciliation legislation that passed the House Energy and Commerce Committee on Thursday. Baldwin's reform aims to dramatically scale up our nation… Continue Reading


02.12.21

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Will Chair Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, and Food and Drug Administration

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin announced that she has been named the new Chair of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies. "Every day, America's farmers wake up early and go to work to support an agriculture economy that families rely on in rural communities across our country. I know this because I have seen it firsthand representing America's Dairyland in the Senate. Our farmers work … Continue Reading


02.11.21

Baldwin, Colleagues Will Reintroduce COVID-19 in Corrections Data Transparency Act

Lawmakers urge leadership to include portions of Federal Correctional Facilities COVID-19 Response Act and COVID-19 in Corrections Data Transparency Act in the upcoming COVID-19 relief package WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) will join the reintroduction of the COVID-19 in Corrections Data Transparency Act, bicameral legislation that would require the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP), the United States Marshals Service (USMS), and state governments to collect and publicly… Continue Reading


02.10.21

Baldwin, Braun, Whitehouse and Brown Lead Senate Introduction of Bipartisan Medicaid Reentry Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Mike Braun (R-IN), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Sherrod Brown (D-OH) are leading the Senate introduction of the bipartisan Medicaid Reentry Act, legislation expanding access to addiction treatment and other health services for Medicaid-eligible individuals 30 days before their release from jail or prison. The bipartisan legislation is also being re-introduced in the House of Representatives by Congressmen Paul Tonko (D-NY-20) and Michael Tu… Continue Reading


02.08.21

U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin, Jeff Merkley and Representative Gwen Moore Introduce Legislation to Diversify the Perinatal Workforce and Improve Access to Maternity Care

The Perinatal Workforce Act is Part of the Black Maternal Health Momnibus Act of 2021 that Addresses the U.S. Maternal Health Crisis WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), a member of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) and Jeff Merkley (D-OR), along with U.S. Representative Gwen Moore (D-WI) today introduced legislation to improve access to maternity care and grow and diversify the perinatal health workforce. The Perinatal Workforce Act establis… Continue Reading


02.05.21

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Introduces American Opportunity Accounts Act

Growing Momentum for "Baby Bonds" With Re-Introduction of Landmark Legislation to Combat the Growing Racial Wealth Gap Earns Support from Milwaukee County Executive David Crowley WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) joined Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley (MA-07) to reintroduce the American Opportunity Accounts Act, legislation seeking to create a national program commonly referred to as "Baby Bonds." This groundbreaking bill will create a federal… Continue Reading


02.05.21

U.S. Senator Baldwin Introduces Legislation to Protect Workers’ Right to Organize and Make our Economy Work for Everyone

Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act will help build a fairer, more inclusive economy Legislation addresses growing income inequality by strengthening federal laws that protect workers' right to join a union and negotiate for higher wages and better benefits WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin, a member of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP), joined Democrats in the Senate and House to introduce the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO)… Continue Reading


02.04.21

Baldwin, Cassidy, Shaheen Introduce Bill to Close Orphan Drug Loophole

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) introduced bipartisan legislation today to close the orphan drug loophole that drug companies use to keep competition off the market and rake in profits. A drug company can get seven years of market exclusivity if it proves to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) a new drug would not be economically viable without that exclusivity. If granted, that exclusivity persists for seven years ev… Continue Reading


02.04.21

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin and Representatives Ami Bera and Scott Peters Introduce New Bicameral Legislation to Track Coronavirus Variants

Tracking COVID-19 Variants Act Supports President Biden's American Rescue Plan With Investment in CDC WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and U.S. Representatives Ami Bera, MD (D-CA) and Scott Peters (D-CA) are today introducing bicameral legislation to dramatically scale up our efforts to track coronavirus variants. The U.S. is currently conducting sequence-based surveillance of approximately 0.3 percent of coronavirus cases, lagging far behind other nations. It is critical … Continue Reading


02.04.21

Baldwin, Senate Dems Introduce Resolution Denouncing Imminent And Pervasive Threat of Domestic Terrorism, Violent White Supremacists, Neo-Nazis, Anti-Government Militias & Fringe Conspiracy Theories - Including QAnon - to America’s Values and Democratic Institutions

New Resolution Also Calls On The FBI And Intelligence Community To Conduct Immediate Interagency Review Of The Growth of Such Groups In The US And Coordination With Foreign Actors Senate Democrats' Resolution Follows The Deadly January 6th Domestic Terrorist Attack On The Capitol That Directly Resulted In The Death Of U.S. Capitol Police Officer Brian D. Sicknick WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin joined a group of her Senate colleagues to introduce a resolution expressing the Sen… Continue Reading


02.03.21

Baldwin, Colleagues Introduce Medical Bankruptcy Bill Amid Raging Pandemic

WASHINGTON, D.C. - With millions of Americans kicked off their health insurance in the middle of a raging pandemic, U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) are introducing legislation to ease the burden on those forced into bankruptcy because of unforeseen medical expenses or the economic impacts of the public health emergency. The Medical Bankruptcy Fairness Act of 2021 addresses the potential fo… Continue Reading


02.02.21

U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin and Chris Murphy Introduce Legislation to Expand American Production of Pandemic Supplies

Baldwin-Murphy Bill Would Support President Biden's Action to Use the Defense Production Act to Scale Up National Production of Medical Supplies WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Chris Murphy (D-CT) today introduced legislation to provide a $10 billion investment in rapidly expanding the domestic manufacturing for pandemic supplies. This funding will support President Biden's executive action and his American Rescue Plan to fully utilize the Defense Production Act (DPA) … Continue Reading


01.29.21

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Helps Reintroduce Bipartisan Paycheck Fairness Act to Close Gender Wage Gap

Every Democrat in Congress is an Original Cosponsor; Legislation Among President Biden's Gender Equality Priorities Baldwin: "Now is the time to level the playing field and give women a fair shot at getting ahead because they deserve equal pay for equal work." WASHINGTON, D.C. - In recognition of the 12th anniversary of the signing of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act into law, U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin joined every Democrat in Congress, led by Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) and Congresswoman Ros… Continue Reading


01.29.21

Baldwin, Thune Push to Make More Farmers Eligible for Second Paycheck Protection Program Loans

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and John Thune (R-SD) are urging the U.S. Department of Treasury and the Small Business Administration (SBA) to make more farmers eligible for the second round of PPP funds. They are asking the Treasury Department and SBA to issue guidance excluding Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) payments from farmers' and ranchers' 2020 gross receipts for purposes of obtaining a second loan through the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). "Recogni… Continue Reading


01.28.21

U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin and Bill Cassidy Lead Bipartisan Resolution to Recognize Earned Income Tax Credit Awareness Day

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Bill Cassidy (R-LA) today introduced a bipartisan resolution to recognize tomorrow, January 29, 2021 as Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) Awareness Day and highlight the financial benefits of this tax credit that promotes work and has helped lift millions of working families with children out of poverty. "For many years, the Earned Income Tax Credit has provided our workers and families a financial boost that rewards their hard work and he… Continue Reading

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