Press Releases

05.01.15

Baldwin Statement on Crude by Rail Final Rules

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin released the following statement after the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) announced its Final Rule on High Hazard Flammable Trains (HHFT) Rulemaking (also known as the "Crude by Rail Rule"): "Today the Department of Transportation and the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration released much-anticipated final rules to update safety standards governing the transportation of crude oil by rail. While I am glad that the Ad… Continue Reading


04.30.15

Baldwin Introduces Raise the Wage Act to Help Wisconsin Workers, Economy

Legislation would increase federal minimum wage to $12 per hour by 2020 The Raise the Wage Act would boost wages for an estimated 677,000 Wisconsin workers, nearly a quarter of the state's workforce WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin joined other Senate Democrats in introducing a bill to raise the minimum wage to $12 by 2020 to help more families make ends meet, expand economic opportunity, and help build an economy that works for all families, not just the wealthiest few. T… Continue Reading


04.30.15

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Leads Call for Accountability on Risky Wall Street Compensation Practices

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin today led a call to prohibit compensation practices that incentivize excessive risk-taking beneficial to Wall Street in the short-term, but damaging to the long-term growth and health of the economy and middle class. In a letter joined by nine other senators, Senator Baldwin urged financial leaders in the United States to finalize the overdue mandatory rules included in section 956 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. "F… Continue Reading


04.29.15

MILWAUKEE OIL TRAINS: Baldwin Statement for the Record

City of Milwaukee Common Council Public Works Committee Baldwin: "Without our consent or even notification, Wisconsin has become one of the busiest routes for dangerous oil train traffic in the nation." MILWAUKEE, WI - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin submitted the following statement for the record as part of today's Milwaukee Common Council's Public Works Committee meeting focusing on "the use of rail lines within the City of Milwaukee for the transport of Bakken crude oil." Senator Baldwin has… Continue Reading


04.29.15

Senators Baldwin and Coons Kick Off “Manufacturing Jobs for America” Campaign

Wisconsin, Delaware Senators launch effort to pass bipartisan, pro-manufacturing bills During the last Congress, eight MJA bills were enacted into law WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Chris Coons (D-DE) kicked off the "Manufacturing Jobs for America" (MJA) campaign at an event in Washington, D.C. hosted by Third Way. The MJA campaign began last Congress, when Senator Coons led a coalition of 27 Senators to introduce 36 manufacturing bills, half of which were strongly … Continue Reading


04.28.15

Baldwin Secures Independent Review of VA’s Opioid Prescribing Practices

WASHINGTON, D.C. - As a result of U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin's efforts, the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans (SAV) Act now contains direction to include a review of opioid prescribing practices as part of a larger, independent examination of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) mental health care and suicide prevention programs. In February, Senator Baldwin sent a letter to the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs requesting the inclusion of this provision in the committee… Continue Reading


04.24.15

Baldwin Champions Efforts to Promote Wisconsin’s National Scenic Trails

Legislation provides strong support for Wisconsin's Ice Age and North Country National Scenic Trails VIDEO: Baldwin Calls for support of Wisconsin's National Parks and Trails WASHINGTON, D.C. - In honor of National Park Week, U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin has championed two bills to improve and protect National Scenic Trails in Wisconsin. Senator Baldwin also participated in the National Park Service and National Park Foundation's "Find Your Park" social media campaign with a video calling for… Continue Reading


04.23.15

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Supports ‘Homeless Veterans Welcome Home Act’ to Provide Support for Veterans Transitioning Into Permanent Housing

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) has cosponsored the Homeless Veterans Welcome Home Act of 2015, legislation introduced by U.S. Senators Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) to establish a national pilot program to provide furniture, household items, and other assistance to help homeless veterans as they transition into permanent housing. "We have a shared responsibility to meet the needs of veterans who served our nation and who are experiencing homelessness. Ve… Continue Reading


04.23.15

Baldwin Statement on Loretta Lynch Confirmation

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin issued the following statement after the Senate voted to confirm the nomination of Loretta Lynch to be the next Attorney General of the United States by a vote of 56-43: "At a time when America is facing serious terrorist threats, dangerous crime, and an ongoing need to make sure our civil rights laws are strongly enforced, I am very disappointed that Senate Republicans played politics with Loretta Lynch's nomination and our nation's safety and secu… Continue Reading


04.23.15

Baldwin, Merkley Introduce Bill to Require Federal Transportation Projects to Use Made-in-America Materials

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Jeff Merkley (D-OR) have introduced the Invest in American Jobs Act, legislation to create good-paying American jobs and strengthen U.S. manufacturing by requiring federally-funded transportation projects to use American steel, iron and manufactured products whenever possible. Currently, similar requirements - known as "Buy America" standards - exist for key aspects of highway and water infrastructure, but many projects do not fall under… Continue Reading


04.16.15

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Statement on Trade Promotional Authority Legislation

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin issued the following statement on today's announcement of trade promotion authority (TPA) legislation introduced by U.S. Senators Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Ron Wyden (D-OR) and U.S. Representative Paul Ryan (R-WI): "Instead of handing over fast-track authority to the Administration, Congress should be increasing oversight of unfair trade deals that stack the deck against American workers. These agreements have been negotiated behind closed doors with n… Continue Reading


04.16.15

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Statement on Bipartisan Legislation to Fix “No Child Left Behind”

Major education bill features several Baldwin-authored provisions Committee chairman calls Baldwin's SMART Act amendment a "significant contribution" to overall legislation WASHINGTON, D.C. -U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin, a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, released the following statement after the committee voted unanimously by a vote of 22-0 to pass the Every Child Achieves Act of 2015 (ECAA), which is a bipartisan bill to rewrite the broken No Chil… Continue Reading


04.16.15

Baldwin Announces Support for American Innovation Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. -Today, U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) announced her support for the American Innovation Act, legislation introduced by Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL). With a decline in federal scientific research threatening Wisconsin's standing as a leader in discovery and innovation and our global competitiveness, this legislation will put funding for basic research on a consistent, steady growth path over the next decade by providing annual budget increases of 5 percent - over and above infl… Continue Reading


04.16.15

Baldwin, Markey and Nadler Introduce Legislation to Level the Playing Field for American Visual Artists

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Ed Markey (D-MA) and Congressman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) introduced legislation to level the playing field for visual artists in the United States by establishing copyright protections for their intellectual property. "Our quality of life is improved when artists and arts organizations can make valuable contributions to our communities in Wisconsin and across the country," said Senator Baldwin, who serves on the National Council … Continue Reading


04.15.15

Baldwin Healthcare Data Provision Included in Medicare Payment Modernization Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin applauded the Senate's bipartisan passage of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (H.R. 2) by a vote of 92-8, which repeals Medicare's Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula and modernizes Medicare payments to incentivize high-quality, low-cost care for seniors across the country. The legislation also includes the critical reforms called for in Baldwin's bipartisan Quality Data, Quality Healthcare Act, which would increase the tran… Continue Reading


04.15.15

Baldwin Votes for Investments in Wisconsin Community Health Centers

WASHINGTON, D.C. -U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin has voted for legislation that passed the Senate last night that includes a two year extension of funding for Community Health Centers through fiscal year 2017. "Wisconsin community health centers are an essential part of our health care system and provide high-quality services Wisconsinites. Without this continued investment in the Community Health Center fund established by the Affordable Care Act, many health centers in Wisconsin would have had t… Continue Reading


04.15.15

Baldwin Statement on Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin released the following statement after the Senate passed legislation to reauthorize the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) by a vote of 92-8. "This agreement is far from perfect and I am disappointed that only four Republicans supported an amendment that I cosponsored to further extend investments in CHIP for four years. But I am pleased that we were are able to pass a two year extension of CHIP that will preserve effective, low-cost… Continue Reading


04.14.15

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin: The Affordable Care Act is Working for Wisconsin

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin released the following figures highlighting how the Affordable Care Act is working for Wisconsin: In Wisconsin, 207,349 consumers selected or were automatically re-enrolled in quality, affordable health insurance coverage through the Marketplace as of Feb. 22. Nationwide, nearly 11.7 million consumers selected a plan or were automatically enrolled in Marketplace coverage. Gallup recently announced that the uninsured rate in Wisconsin i… Continue Reading


04.14.15

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Joins Bipartisan Group of Lawmakers to Introduce Critical Reauthorization of James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. - After nearly a decade long fight to stand by our first responders who answered the call of duty on September 11th, Congress finally fulfilled its moral obligation in late 2010 and provided our 9/11 heroes with the health care and financial compensation they deserved by passing the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act. With the Zadroga bill's two critical programs - the World Trade Center (WTC) Health Program and the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund - set to e… Continue Reading


04.14.15

Baldwin, Vitter, Sensenbrenner, Conyers Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Protect American Inventors

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, United States Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and David Vitter (R-LA), along with United States Representatives Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI) and John Conyers, Jr. (D-MI), introduced bipartisan legislation to restore the effective one-year protection, known as the "grace period," for inventors who publicly disclose discoveries prior to filing a patent application on those discoveries. The Grace Period Restoration Act corrects an unintended oversight in the Leahy-Smith America… Continue Reading

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