Press Releases

08.01.13

Senators Urge President Obama to Set Target for Health Care Cost Savings

Washington, DC - As the Obama Administration continues working to implement the Affordable Care Act, U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), Charles E. Schumer (D-NY), and Chris Murphy (D-CT) today led a letter calling on President Obama to set a specific cost-savings target to help focus federal efforts and to give the general public a clearer sense of the savings potential. The Senators write, "With so many voices in Washington calling for cuts to Medicare and Medicai… Continue Reading


08.01.13

WISCONSIN SENATORS RECOMMEND JUDICIAL NOMINEES TO WHITE HOUSE FOR WISCONSIN’S WESTERN DISTRICT COURT

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Ron Johnson and Tammy Baldwin announced today their agreement to recommend to the White House three Wisconsinites for consideration to fill the open U.S. Federal District Judgeship for the Western District of Wisconsin. The candidates, Michael R. Fitzpatrick, James D. Peterson, and John W. Vaudreuil were among those recommended by a bipartisan Federal Nominating Commission that the Wisconsin Senators established in April to move federal nominations forward, inclu… Continue Reading


08.01.13

Senator Tammy Baldwin’s Resolution Remembering the One Year Anniversary of the Tragic Violence at the Sikh Temple in Oak Creek Passes U.S. Senate

Washington D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin's resolution to remember the one year anniversary of the tragic shooting on August 5, 2012 at the Sikh Temple in Oak Creek unanimously passed the Senate late last night. Baldwin was joined in offering the resolution by U.S. Senators Ron Johnson (R-WI), Chris Coons (D-DE), John Cornyn (R-TX) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY). Text of the U.S. Senate Resolution follows: Remembering the anniversary of the tragic shooting on August 5, 2012, at the Sikh Tem… Continue Reading


07.31.13

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Supports Strengthening Wisconsin’s Workforce

Washington D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin today voted in favor of the Workforce Investment Act of 2013, S. 1356, which passed out of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee with bipartisan support. Originally passed in the late 1990's, the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) has been overdue for reauthorization since 2003. The bill will now move to the Senate floor. "I am proud to join a bipartisan effort that today moved to invest in America's workforce, strengthening ou… Continue Reading


07.31.13

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Delivers Senate Floor Speech on Containing Health Care Costs

Washington D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin delivered remarks on the floor of the United States Senate last night where she focused on the need to continue building upon the reforms in the Affordable Care Act to lower health care costs by rewarding quality coverage instead of the quantity of coverage. These efforts are producing impressive results in Wisconsin which Baldwin highlighted in her floor speech. In particular, she shared reforms embraced by the Pharmacy Society of Wisconsin; Marshfie… Continue Reading


07.25.13

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Champions Efforts to Protect and Preserve Wisconsin’s National Parks

Washington D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin today participated in a Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources hearing on funding the National Parks system for the next century. A new member of the committee, Baldwin was appointed to the National Parks Subcommittee this week. "I believe that prudent investments in our National Parks and public lands are crucial for economic development in local communities, essential for outdoor recreation and education and in the spirit and intention of… Continue Reading


07.24.13

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Delivers Senate Floor Speech on Student Loans

Washington D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin today delivered remarks the floor of the United States Senate regarding today's debate and votes on student loan legislation. Baldwin announced her support for the Reed-Warren Amendment, which would provide greater certainty and lower interest rates for students and middle-class families, "The Reed-Warren amendment, which I proudly co-sponsor, would propose a lower cap to protect student borrowers," Baldwin said. She also voiced her strong opposition… Continue Reading


07.18.13

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Votes to Confirm Tom Perez as Secretary of Labor

Washington D.C. -- U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin, member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, today made the following statement regarding the Senate confirmation of Thomas Perez as Secretary of the U.S. Department of Labor. Mr. Perez was confirmed, 54-46. "Tom Perez is a dedicated public servant whose strong commitment to preserving the American dream and keeping it in reach for middle class families will make him a strong Secretary of Labor. His life experiences a… Continue Reading


07.17.13

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Joins Bipartisan Majority Voting for Senate Confirmation of Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Director Richard Cordray

Washington D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin joined a bipartisan majority in the U.S. Senate to confirm Richard Cordray as the Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) by a vote of 66-34. "Richard Cordray's confirmation is long overdue and good news for Wisconsin families. I'm pleased to join a bipartisan majority of the U.S. Senate that was able to work across the aisle and move this nomination forward," said Baldwin. "Director Cordray has earned a reputation as somebody who … Continue Reading


07.16.13

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Introduces Transportation Bill Supported by Wisconsin Business Community

Washington D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin introduced legislation that has broad support from Wisconsin's business community to allow trucks currently operating on Highway 41 in Wisconsin to continue to use the highway once it has been converted to a federal Interstate. The bipartisan bill, sponsored by Senator Baldwin and Senator Ron Johnson, would grandfather in the current weight limits on Wisconsin's portion of U.S. Highway 41 before the highway becomes part of the federal Interstat… Continue Reading


07.11.13

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Introduces Small Business Innovation Act to Invest in Economic Growth

Washington D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin introduced the Small Business Innovation Act of 2013 to help fuel small business job creation and economic growth that is so desperately needed in Wisconsin. The legislation, Baldwin's first bill in the U.S. Senate, will help provide startup businesses the capital they need to grow their companies and create jobs. "Our "Made in Wisconsin" work ethic and entrepreneurial spirit needs to be supported and strengthened. That is why I am introducing… Continue Reading


07.10.13

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Statement on Bipartisan Passage of Employment Non-Discrimination Act through Senate HELP Committee

Washington D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin released the following statement on her vote for the Employment Non-Discrimination Act of 2013 (ENDA), S. 815, which passed out of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee today with bipartisan support. The Employment Non-Discrimination Act of 2013 would prohibit employers from firing, refusing to hire, or discriminating against those employed or seeking employment, on the basis of their perceived or actual sexual orientation … Continue Reading


07.09.13

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Congratulates Innovative Wisconsin Leader Dr. Jeff Thompson

Washington D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin today congratulated Dr. Jeff Thompson, CEO of Gundersen Health System of La Crosse, Wis., for being selected by President Obama as one of 11 "Champions of Change" who are working to strengthen public health in a changing climate. Dr. Thompson is being recognized at the White House this morning for his visionary leadership in environmental stewardship for health care organizations. Under his leadership, Gundersen is poised to become energy independent … Continue Reading


06.27.13

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Votes for Bipartisan Immigration Reform

Washington D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin released the following statement on her vote for bipartisan immigration reform and U.S. Senate passage of S. 744, the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act. "Our immigration system is broken and I believe we need to fix it for all Americans. My Senate colleagues and I have worked across party lines and come a long way to find common ground on a long-term solution that fixes our broken immigration system once and for … Continue Reading


06.27.13

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Joins Democratic Effort to Get the Job Done and Prevent Student Loan Interest Rate Hike on July 1

Washington D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin has joined a group of her Democratic Senate colleagues to put forward a commonsense bill that prevents student loan interest rates from doubling on July 1. "Wisconsin families and students cannot afford to have student loan interests rates double. This is a common sense solution that is built on fairness. By closing a special interest tax loophole we can ensure college affordability and strengthen the economic security of Wisconsin families and studen… Continue Reading


06.26.13

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin's Statement in Response to Supreme Court Decisions on Marriage Equality Cases

"The debate over marriage equality is about fairness - about whether gay and lesbian Americans deserve to be treated just like their family members, their friends, and their neighbors. It's about opportunity - about whether every American gets to dream the same dreams, chase the same ambitions, and have the same shot at success. And it's about freedom -the freedom to love, the freedom to commit, the freedom to build a family. Most of all, it's about whether the progress our country has made will… Continue Reading


06.25.13

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Statement on Supreme Court's Decision on Voting Rights Act

Washington, D.C.-US Senator Tammy Baldwin released the following statement on the Supreme Court's decision on the 1965 Voting Rights Act: "For nearly 50 years, the Voting Rights Act has helped secure the right to vote for millions of citizens. I am deeply troubled by today's Supreme Court decision to gut a fundamental provision of the law that protects Americans against voting discrimination and helps ensure a fair and equal voting process. This decision turns back the clock on the most funda… Continue Reading


06.21.13

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Appointed to Energy and Natural Resources Committee

Washington D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin has been appointed to serve on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. The Committee oversees energy production, innovation and technology issues through the U.S. Departments of Energy and Interior, while also holding responsibility for stewardship of public lands and forests managed by Department of the Interior and the U.S. Forest Service. "This opportunity will allow me to support Wisconsin's leadership in the areas of bioenergy, ener… Continue Reading


06.21.13

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Marks 50th Anniversary of Small Business Week by Honoring Wisconsin Small Business Award Winners

Washington D.C. -U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin, who was recognized this week as a "Hero of Main Street" by the National Retail Federation, marked National Small Business Week by applauding the work of Wisconsin entrepreneurs and small business owners, and recognizing U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) award winners from the Badger State. "Wisconsin's small businesses are the engines of our local economies," said Senator Baldwin. "It's critical that we provide them the support and tools they … Continue Reading


06.19.13

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Focuses on Sequester Impact on Wisconsin Senior Programs

Washington D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin today highlighted the impact of sequestration on Wisconsin seniors at the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee's Subcommittee on Primary Health and Aging hearing on the Older Americans Act. For FY 2013, sequestration would reduce funding for Wisconsin's Meals on Wheels program by five percent. "The Older Americans Act has been a nearly 50-year-old promise-enacted in the same year as the creation of Medicare-that seniors in o… Continue Reading

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