Press Releases

06.16.14

Baldwin, Kind, Moore and Pocan Send Letter to U.S. Attorney General Asking for Federal Recognition of Same-Sex Married Couples in Wisconsin

Washington D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin, Congressman Ron Kind (WI-3), Congresswoman Gwen Moore (WI-4) and Congressman Mark Pocan (WI-2) have sent a letter to United States Attorney General Eric Holder asking that the same-sex couples in Wisconsin who have received marriage licenses be recognized for federal purposes. They write, "To date, same-sex couples across Wisconsin have received marriage licenses, and officials in counties throughout the state continue to issue licenses to eligible … Continue Reading


06.13.14

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Statement on Marriage Equality in Wisconsin

Washington D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin made the following statement on marriage equality in Wisconsin. "One year ago this month, the U.S. Supreme Court issued decisions in two historic cases that reflected the progress we have all witnessed across our country. The nation's highest court made a strong statement for equality and freedom, overturning discrimination against gay and lesbian American citizens simply because of who they love. Wisconsin is the twelfth state to see a marriage ban … Continue Reading


06.11.14

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Votes for Bipartisan Legislation to Bring Accountability to Department of Veterans Affairs, Hire Additional Doctors and Nurses to Cut Down on Wait times, and Update the VA’s Scheduling System to Improve Access to Health Services

Washington D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin today applauded her colleagues for their support for the bipartisan bill she cosponsored to bring accountability to the Department of Veterans Affairs and to expand access to veterans' health care. The legislation, put together by Senators Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and John McCain (R-Ariz.) passed the Senate 93-3. "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 r… Continue Reading


06.11.14

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Statement on Student Loan Refinancing Vote in the Senate

Washington D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin released the following statement on today's vote (56-38) in the U.S. Senate on the Bank on Students Emergency Loan Refinancing Act. Baldwin is a cosponsor of the legislation, and while it received majority support, a minority of Republicans obstructed the bill from moving forward. The Department of Education estimates that about 25 million borrowers could benefit from refinancing under this legislation, including 515,000 Wisconsinites. "There is a deb… Continue Reading


06.10.14

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Co-Sponsors Student Loan Refinancing Legislation

Washington D.C. - As the U.S. Senate nears a Wednesday vote on student loan refinancing legislation, U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin is urging her colleagues to support the bill and help ease the debt burden on the 25 million federal student loan borrowers estimated to benefit from refinancing. The Bank on Students Emergency Loan Refinancing Act would allow borrowers with federal and private undergraduate loans at high interest rates to refinance at today's lower rates of 3.86 percent with no refina… Continue Reading


06.09.14

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Supports Bipartisan Compromise to Bring Accountability to the VA

Washington D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin today announced her support for a bipartisan bill to bring accountability to the Department of Veterans Affairs and to expand access to veterans' health care. The bill, put together by Senators Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and John McCain (R-Ariz.) is expected to be voted on in the Senate this week. "This bipartisan legislation includes solutions to improve the delivery of veterans' health care. Our veterans have served our country with honor and we owe it… Continue Reading


06.09.14

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Statement on Federal Court Decision on Marriage Equality in Wisconsin

Washington D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin made the below statement regarding the Federal Court Decision on Marriage Equality in Wisconsin. "Love is love, family is family, and discriminating against anyone's love, against anyone's family, is just plain wrong. Wisconsin can proudly say that discrimination doesn't just violate our values - it violates our Constitution. And now we can proudly say that marriage equality will be the law of the land in Wisconsin. "This federal court decision re… Continue Reading


06.04.14

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Focuses on College Affordability and Student Loan Refinancing at Senate Budget Hearing, Press Conference, Online Chat with Students, and Roundtable Dialogues on UW Campuses

Washington D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin is drawing attention to the student loan debt crisis in America and the urgent need to pass legislation to help ease the crushing burden of student loan debt that is holding back this generation and creating a drag on economic growth for our country. Today, Baldwin questioned witnesses at a Senate Budget Committee hearing focused on "The Impact of Student Loan Debt on Borrowers and the Economy". She advocated for new legislation to allow borrowers wi… Continue Reading


06.03.14

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Statement on Administration Announcement of Clean Power Plan

Washington D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin made the following statement regarding the Administration announcement of Clean Power Plan. "The question is not whether climate change is occurring, but how America is going to take it on. Let there be no doubt, global climate change is real, it is a fact that we must confront. Our Wisconsin economy faces a growing threat from climate change that demands action. The Clean Power Plan is a bold proposal that offers guidelines and the opportunity for… Continue Reading


05.30.14

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Statement on the Resignation of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki

Washington D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin made the following statement on the resignation of Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki. "I am deeply troubled by the interim report from the VA Inspector General. It is simply unacceptable that inappropriate scheduling practices have been found to be systemic at veterans' hospitals across the country. While this investigation moves forward it is vitally important that the Department of Veterans Affairs increase their oversight to ensure that … Continue Reading


05.29.14

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Calls on President Obama to Establish Career and Technical Scholars Program

Washington D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) has joined her colleagues U.S. Senators Tim Kaine (D-VA) and Rob Portman (R-OH), co-chairs of the Senate Career and Technical Education (CTE) Caucus, to urge President Obama to establish a Presidential Career and Technical Scholars Award program to better recognize and value the efforts of American students who have chosen CTE pathways. "We urge you to create, by Executive Order, a Presidential Career and Technical Scholars program," the Senat… Continue Reading


05.23.14

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Statement on Senate Armed Services Committee Authorization of Three Littoral Combat Ships

Washington D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin made the following statement regarding the Senate Armed Services Committee passage of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which authorizes funding for three Littoral Combat Ships (LCS). The bill will now go to the Senate floor for a vote. The House has already passed their version of the NDAA, which authorized two LCS. "Wisconsin is home to one of the largest manufacturing sectors in the nation, including a strong shipbuilding industry wit… Continue Reading


05.22.14

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Supports Investments in Wisconsin's Water Infrastructure

Washington D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin today voted to strengthen America's waterways and ports, make critical investments in our nation's infrastructure and support our economic recovery. The Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA), authorizes funding to renew the nation's locks and dams, provides harbor and river maintenance, assists with flood protection, and restores key environmental areas. The legislation passed the Senate with strong bipartisan support, 91-7. Having passed… Continue Reading


05.22.14

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Testifies Before International Trade Commission, Stands Up for #MadeinWI Manufacturing Economy

Washington D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin delivered testimony this morning at a hearing of the International Trade Commission (ITC) on behalf of a Wisconsin manufacturer, Felker Brothers of Marshfield. The purpose of Baldwin's attendance at the hearing was to highlight the importance of the stainless pipe industry and to address an important trade matter that impacts Felker, a leading manufacturer of stainless steel piping products and fabricated piping systems that employs 200 people. The M… Continue Reading


05.22.14

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Calls on Governor Walker to Report on his Transition of 62,776 Wisconsinites off BadgerCare and into Affordable Care Act Marketplace

Washington D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin today called on Governor Scott Walker to publically release the results of his plan to remove 62,776 Wisconsinites from BadgerCare and move them seamlessly to coverage in the Affordable Care Act's Health Insurance Marketplace. In a letter to Walker today, Baldwin said, "According to your latest figures, as a result of the plan you pursued, almost 63,000 vulnerable Wisconsinites will be losing their BadgerCare coverage. However, the announcement on … Continue Reading


05.14.14

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Stands up for Wisconsin Students and Families, Supports New Legislation to Give them a Fair Shot at an Affordable Higher Education

Washington D.C. - At a press conference today with her Senate colleague, U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin announced her support for new legislation to give everyone a fair shot at affording a college education. Specifically, the new bill will allow borrowers that have both federal and private undergraduate loans at interest rates - nearly 8 percent, 9 percent, and sometimes 14 percent and higher - to refinance at today's lower rates of 3.86 percent with no refinancing fees. This new legislation to mak… Continue Reading


05.12.14

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Statement on the Passing of Former Governor Patrick Lucey

Washington D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin made the following statement on the passing of former Governor Pat Lucey. "Pat Lucey was a genuine Wisconsin progressive who was committed to working across party lines and advancing the Wisconsin Idea. A prime example of what Wisconsinites deserve from their elected officials, Governor Lucey dedicated his life to public service and had a deep respect for carrying on our proud Wisconsin tradition of working together to move our state forward. My thou… Continue Reading


05.08.14

WISCONSIN SENATORS APPLAUD CONFIRMATION OF JUDGE PETERSON

Washington, D.C. - Senators Ron Johnson and Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin made the following remarks on the nomination of James D. Peterson to the Western District of Wisconsin: Johnson said, "I appreciate all the hard work of those serving on our federal nominating commission, and I thank my colleague, Sen. Baldwin, for working with me on creating a successful bipartisan process. The result is the selection of a well-qualified jurist, James D. Peterson, who will serve the nation and the people of … Continue Reading


05.06.14

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Joins Colleagues to Introduce Legislation Giving Students a Fair Shot at an Affordable Education

Washington D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin today joined her colleagues in support of the Bank on Students Emergency Loan Refinancing Act, legislation authored by Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), which would allow those with outstanding student loan debt to refinance at the lower interest rates currently offered to new borrowers. "Making college affordable is one of the most important steps we can take toward building a strong path to the middle class for all Americans," said Senator Baldwin… Continue Reading


05.01.14

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Praises Announcement that 139,815 Wisconsinites Have Enrolled in Private Health Insurance Because of the Affordable Care Act

Washington D.C. - Today, the Obama Administration announced that 139,815 people in Wisconsin have signed up for quality, affordable private health insurance because 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, 139,815 Wisconsinites have signed up for private health insurance coverage through the marketplace," Baldwin said, "Even Governor Walker, who has opposed the Affordable Care Act and who continues to … Continue Reading

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