Press Releases

04.13.15

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Introduces Legislation to Strengthen Afterschool Programming

Afterschool and Workforce Readiness Act will improve college and career-readiness of high school students Over 121,000 Wisconsin students participate in afterschool programs WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Co-Chair of the Senate Career and Technical Education (CTE) Caucus, introduced the Afterschool and Workforce Readiness Act to strengthen America's afterschool programming by ensuring students are college and career-ready upon graduation from high school. "There… Continue Reading


04.13.15

Baldwin Leads Senate Effort to Improve High School Graduation Rates

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) is leading an effort to call for robust funding in next year's budget to support programs aimed at improving high school graduation rates and the rigor of high school coursework. "With increasing numbers of jobs requiring some level of postsecondary education beyond high school, failure to graduate from high school makes it increasingly unlikely that high school dropouts will find good jobs in our changing economy," wrote Baldwin in a letter sent to senate appr… Continue Reading


04.13.15

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Calls for Strong Funding for Marine Sanctuaries

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin has called for strong investments in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) Marine Sanctuaries Program. National Marine Sanctuaries are underwater-protected areas that help promote public awareness of local marine heritage, scientific research, exploration and educational programs. Robust funding for the Marine Sanctuaries program will help position this system to grow and serve more communities across the country. "The Nationa… Continue Reading


04.10.15

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Calls for Investments for First Responders Following Crude Train Derailments

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin has called for robust investments to help Wisconsin's first responders be better prepared for crude oil train derailments. In a letter to U.S. Senate Appropriators, Senator Baldwin noted the recent increase in oil train derailments illustrates the need for increased funding for programs that firefighters have used to prepare for the growing threat of crude oil train shipments passing through Wisconsin. "First responders in small communities in Wisco… Continue Reading


04.10.15

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Urges Restored Funding for Career and Technical Education Grant Program

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Co-Chair of the Senate Career and Technical Education (CTE) Caucus, has joined a Senate effort to make a strong investment in the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act (Perkins) by restoring funding for the State Grant program to the pre-sequestration level of $1.23 billion. The group of 31 senators are advocating for the much-needed investment in next year's budget. "Perkins CTE programs provide a substantial return on investm… Continue Reading


04.10.15

Baldwin Joins Senate Effort to Support Seniors

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) has joined a Senate effort to call for a significant increase in funds to support expanded access to meals, transportation, family caregiver support and other programs for seniors funded by the Older Americans Act. The group of 33 senators, led by Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT), wants a 12 percent increase in support for senior programs and are advocating for the much-needed investment in next year's budget. "The demand for these programs is … Continue Reading


04.10.15

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Applauds Federal Oil Train Safety Recommendations

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin today applauded the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) for issuing urgent recommendations to remove the most dangerous tank cars from crude oil service. The NTSB recommendations call for an aggressive schedule to replace or retrofit the current rail car fleet with better protection against fires. Senator Baldwin has introduced legislation that also calls for an aggressive schedule to immediately halt the use of older-model tank cars and add… Continue Reading


04.08.15

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Continues Fight for Wisconsin Shipyards

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin continued her advocacy for Wisconsin's small shipyards with a bipartisan call for funding of the Small Shipyard Grant Program. In a letter joined by Senator Bill Cassidy (R-LA) to U.S. Senate appropriators, Senator Baldwin urged for funding for the grant program that helps small shipyards increase efficiency and capacity for shipping products made in America. "This important program helps to modernize America's small shipyards and repair facilities,… Continue Reading


04.07.15

Senators Baldwin and Markey Lead Group of Senators to Combat Prescription Drug Abuse Crisis

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Edward Markey (D-MA) led a group of 16 Senators in a letter urging for increased funding for critical prescription drug abuse prevention, treatment and research programs at the Department of Health and Human Services. In the letter to U.S. Senate appropriators, the senators request the nation's response to the prescription opioid and heroin-related abuse and overdose epidemic to be strengthened through additional funding in fiscal year (F… Continue Reading


03.31.15

Wausau: U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Tours Northcentral Technical College and Bull Falls Brewery

WAUSAU, WI - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin today toured Northcentral Technical College and Bull Falls Brewery in Wausau. At Northcentral Technical College, Senator Baldwin met with faculty and students to tour the campus and discuss their manufacturing programs. Senator Baldwin highlighted her efforts to make higher education more affordable and help advance Wisconsin's technical colleges. Senator Baldwin has supported action to tackle the national student debt crisis and signed on as an original… Continue Reading


03.31.15

La Crosse: U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Tours Western Technical College and Pearl Street Brewery

LA CROSSE, WI - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin today toured Western Technical College and Pearl Street Brewery in La Crosse. At Western Technical College, Senator Baldwin met with faculty and students for a roundtable and tour of the campus. Senator Baldwin toured the construction site of the new Integrated Technology Center and attended a public career fair. Throughout the visit, Senator Baldwin discussed the school's manufacturing programs, as well as her efforts to make higher education more aff… Continue Reading


03.30.15

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Attends Joint Field Hearing on Tomah Veterans Affairs Medical Center

TOMAH - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin today attended the joint field hearing on the Tomah Veterans Affairs Medical Center. The field hearing, "Tomah VAMC: Examining Quality, Access, and a Culture of Overreliance on High-Risk Medications," was held by the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs and the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. Senator Baldwin and fellow members of Congress heard from families of veterans treated at the medical center and others with insight into … Continue Reading


03.26.15

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Continues Efforts to Make College More Affordable

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin today introduced an amendment to the Senate budget resolution that would make two years of community college free for high-achieving students throughout the country. The cost of the program is offset by implementing the 'Buffett Rule', which ensures that millionaires and billionaires pay their fair share in taxes. In January, Baldwin introduced legislation to establish the 'Buffett Rule,' the Paying a Fair Share Act. "Making technical and community … Continue Reading


03.25.15

Baldwin, Cantwell, Murray, and Feinstein Introduce Oil Train Safety Legislation

Bill would set new standards for crude volatility, take unsafe tank cars off the tracks, and increase fines for violations Baldwin and Cantwell hold Capitol Hill press conference unveiling legislation (AUDIO, VIDEO) WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Maria Cantwell (D-WA), Patty Murray (D-WA), and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) introduced legislation that would set strong new safety standards for trains hauling volatile crude oil, to better protect American communities alo… Continue Reading


03.24.15

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Introduces Bill to Help Businesses Move Made In Wisconsin Goods to Market

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin today introduced legislation to address challenges faced by Wisconsin businesses when shipping by rail. The Rail Shipper Fairness Act aims to reduce costs and improve service problems faced by a broad coalition of Wisconsin rail shippers, including farmers, manufacturers and utilities. "Our Wisconsin businesses need a quality and responsive railroad system to effectively get their goods to market," said Senator Baldwin. "In order to continue buildin… Continue Reading


03.23.15

Baldwin, 20 Other Senators Call for Crude-by-Rail Safety Investments

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin today joined a letter with 20 other Senators calling on the Senate Appropriations Committee to support robust investment for a Safe Transportation of Energy Products program to address increasing safety concerns related to the transportation of Bakken crude and other energy products. The Senators also called for increased funding for crude-by-rail safety efforts conducted by agencies such as the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), Pipeline and Ha… Continue Reading


03.23.15

Baldwin and Senate Democrats Mark Affordable Care Act Anniversary, Decry Efforts to Roll Back Progress

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Chris Murphy (D-CT), Charles E. Schumer (D-NY), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Barbara Boxer (D-CA), and Ben Cardin (D-MD) marked the fifth anniversary of the day President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act into law. At a time when the law's successes are undeniable, Republicans are pushing radical budget proposals that would: Invalidate health coverage for over 11 million Americans who signed up th… Continue Reading


03.20.15

Baldwin Stands Up for Wisconsin Brewers with the Fair BEER Act

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin introduced the Fair Brewers Excise and Economic Relief Act of 2015 (Fair BEER Act) to comprehensively reform the federal beer tax imposed on brewers and help boost Wisconsin's breweries. The Fair BEER Act will promote further growth in the industry and encourage continued investment and job creation through broad excise tax reforms. "Our breweries are vital to our state's Made In Wisconsin economy and our heritage," said Senator Baldwin. "Wisconsin … Continue Reading


03.19.15

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Calls on Congress to Act on Children’s Health Insurance

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin today urged her congressional colleagues to pass legislation that would extend the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) until 2019, preserving effective, low-cost health insurance for thousands of Wisconsin children. Without Congressional action, CHIP will expire in September and up to 74,569 Wisconsin children could be at risk of losing coverage and middle class families could be forced to pay hundreds of more dollars for health care coverage.… Continue Reading


03.19.15

Baldwin Supports Action to Tackle Student Debt Crisis

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin signed on as an original cosponsor of the Bank on Students Emergency Loan Refinancing Act, introduced by U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA). The legislation would allow those with outstanding student loan debt to refinance at the interest rates that were approved last year for new borrowers. A previous version of the bill was voted on in the 113th Congress, and every Senate Democrat and three Senate Republicans voted to move the bill forward, falli… Continue Reading

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