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U.S. Senators Baldwin, Coons, Markey fight discrimination against those with HIV/AIDS

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Chris Coons (D-DE), and Ed Markey (D-MA) introduced legislation aimed at helping end stigma, discrimination, and stereotypes that negatively impact Americans living with HIV/AIDS. The Repeal Existing Policies that Encourage and Allow Legal ("REPEAL") HIV Discrimination Act would require an interagency review of federal and state laws that criminalize certain actions by people living with HIV. "Despite great advances in treatment, education… Continue Reading


U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin and Lisa Murkowski Introduce Bipartisan Digital Coast Act to Aid Shoreline Communities

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) introduced bipartisan legislation, the Digital Coast Act, to help coastal communities better prepare for storms, cope with varying water levels, and strengthen coastal economic development planning efforts. "Wisconsin's Great Lakes are a great asset for our quality of life and also for our long-term economic security. Our shoreline communities face a variety of challenges to keep their harbors open, their waters cle… Continue Reading


U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Supports Effort to Stop Terrorists from Buying Firearms, Explosives

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin cosponsored the Denying Firearms and Explosives to Dangerous Terrorists Act of 2015 to give the Department of Justice authority to prevent a known or suspected terrorist from buying firearms or explosives. "We must address a serious national security and public safety weakness and close this loophole that allows a known or suspected terrorist to swiftly pass a firearms or explosives background check and obtain a dangerous weapon," said Senator Baldw… Continue Reading


U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Joins Bipartisan Group of Senators in Introducing VA Patient Protection Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin, a member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction and Veterans Affairs (MilCon/VA), has joined a bipartisan group of Senators, led by U.S. Senator Mark Kirk (R-Ill.), in introducing the VA Patient Protection Act to force the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to address reports of abuse of veteran patients and to punish VA managers who ignore, intimidate and retaliate against whistleblowers. "More must be done to change t… Continue Reading


Support Grows for Bipartisan Baldwin Effort to Save Perkins Program

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin, a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, is continuing her efforts to reauthorize the federal Perkins Loan Program as 53 organizations and 535 colleges and universities, led by the American Council on Education, call on congressional leaders to pass a one-year extension of the critical student loan program. Senator Baldwin is leading a bipartisan Senate coalition to reauthorize the program, which expired on Sep… Continue Reading


U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Calls for Increased Flexibility for Wisconsin Dairy Farmers in Transportation Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin joined U.S. Senators Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), Al Franken (D-Minn.), Kelly Ayotte (D-N.H.), Jim Risch (R-Idaho), and Angus King (I-Maine) in calling for flexibility for America's dairy farmers in the recently-passed Surface Transportation bill. The senators sent a letter to bipartisan leaders on the conference committee asking that the final bill allow bulk milk trucks to carry m… Continue Reading


24 Senators Urge White House to take Executive Action to Reduce Gun Violence

Baldwin, Murphy, Blumenthal, 21 Senate Democrats call on White House to close loophole in face of Congressional inaction Urges President Obama to take "executive action that could save lives" WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin joined U.S. Senators Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), who led the group of 24 senators, in calling on President Barack Obama to investigate and pursue all possible options under his executive authority to reduce gun violence.… Continue Reading


Sen. Baldwin, Rep. Levin, Patriotic Millionaires Urge Congress to Close Carried Interest Loophole

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and House Ways and Means Committee Ranking Member Sander Levin (D-MI) today joined Patriotic Millionaires - a group of more than 200 wealthy Americans dedicated to addressing our nation's economic inequality - in calling on Congress to close the carried interest loophole and strengthen the economy. WATCH a video of the event here. In June, Sen. Baldwin and Rep. Levin introduced the Carried Interest Fairness Act, legislation that would close the car… Continue Reading


U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin’s Bipartisan RAISE Family Caregivers Act Moves Forward

More than 50 national and state advocacy groups have joined in support of bipartisan legislation Bill passes out of committee and moves to Senate floor WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin, a member of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, today applauded the passage of her bipartisan Recognize, Assist, Include, Support, and Engage, or RAISE Family Caregivers Act, by the committee unanimously by voice vote. Introduced with U.S. Senator Susan Collins (R-ME), the… Continue Reading


U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Calls on SEC to Tighten its Rules Governing Stock Buybacks and Increase Transparency of Executive Pay

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, in a speech on short-termism, or "quarterly capitalism," U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin called on the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to strengthen its oversight of stock buybacks and increase the transparency of executive compensation. "For 40 years, economic policies have rewarded Wall Street and the wealthiest with the promise that their gains would 'trickle down' to everyone else. It hasn't worked. Instead we have faced sluggish growth and economic insecurity … Continue Reading


Wisconsin Medical Society Supports Senator Baldwin’s Bipartisan VA Reform Legislation

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin today announced that the Wisconsin Medical Society is supporting bipartisan VA reform legislation she has introduced that is aimed at providing safer and more effective pain management services to our nation's veterans. "The Wisconsin Medical Society appreciates Senator Baldwin's leadership in introducing the Jason Simcakoski Memorial Opioid Safety Act and is proud to support the bill. There is an opioid public health crisis in Wisconsin and through… Continue Reading


U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Statement on Vote for National Defense Authorization Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin released the following statement after the Senate passed the FY16 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) by a vote of 91-3: "I am pleased that this defense bill has been improved by removing one-year budget gimmicks that could have led to cuts to investments in cybersecurity and counterterrorism that are critical to our national security. I also support this legislation because there are measures in this bill that I have fought to include, like p… Continue Reading


U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Statement on Vote for MilCon/VA Appropriations Act of 2016

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin released the following statement after voting for the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies Appropriations Act of 2016, which passed the Senate 93-0. "I am voting for this legislation because it rolls back devastating budget cuts to veterans and includes many reforms that I have fought for and support. As a member of the Appropriations Committee, I fought to include provisions in this legislation that would improve transpa… Continue Reading


U.S. Senator Baldwin Calls for Conference Committee to Take Action on Rail Safety Reforms

WASHINGTON, D.C. - As U.S. House and Senate negotiators get to work on a long-term federal transportation compromise, U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin is calling on the House and Senate conference committee to include several oil train provisions she has championed to increase safety and transparency along Wisconsin's oil train routes. This past weekend, two trains carrying hazardous materials derailed in Wisconsin, making it clear that reforms are needed now more than ever. "I have been sounding the… Continue Reading


Baldwin, Blumenthal Call for VA Inspector General Investigation into Security of Veterans’ Personal Information

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin, a member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee (HSGAC) and the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Subcommittee, and Senator Richard Blumenthal, Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs, have called for a formal investigation by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Office of Inspector General (OIG) into whether adequate safeguards are in place within the VA to protect veterans' p… Continue Reading


U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Joins Call for Full Investigation into Wrongful Discharge of Servicemembers with Mental Health Disorders

WASHINGTON -U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin, a member of the Health, Education, Labor and Pension (HELP) Committee, has joined U.S. Senators Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Jon Tester (D-Mont.), Ed Markey (D-Mass.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Gary Peters (D-Mich.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), and Tim Kaine (D-Va.) in calling on the U.S. Army to conduct a full U.S. Army Inspector General investigation into recent… Continue Reading


U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Introduces Fruit and Vegetable Access for Children Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin and Senators Ron Johnson, Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.), and Daniel Coats (R-Ind.) today introduced the Fruit and Vegetable Access for Children Act. The bipartisan legislation would expand the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program, which improves children's in-school snacks in schools districts with low-income families. The bill would allow the program to include all forms of fruits and vegetables, including fresh, frozen, canne… Continue Reading


Senators Introduce SAVE Benefits Act to Boost Social Security and Other Critical Benefits for Seniors, Veterans

Without legislation, Social Security recipients, veterans face rare, zero cost-of-living increase in 2016 Bill would end tax subsidies for million-dollar corporate bonuses to give 70 million Americans emergency relief WASHINGTON, DC - Today, United States Senators Tammy Baldwin, Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.), Patty Murray (D-Wash.), Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.), Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Bob Casey (D-Pa.), Sheldon Whitehou… Continue Reading


U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Applauds Administration Announcement Giving Formerly Incarcerated a Fair Chance at Federal Employment

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin applauded today's announcement from the Obama Administration that aims to reduce potential discrimination against formerly incarcerated people in the hiring process for federal government employees. The announcement follows several states and cities that have been implementing "Ban the Box" polices to help people with records overcome the barrier to employment of having to "check the box" about a past felony conviction on a job application. In May, … Continue Reading


Baldwin Leads Bipartisan, Bicameral Effort Urging Robust Education Technology Funding in ESEA

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin, a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA), Congressman Dave Loebsack (D-IA), Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT), and 14 of their Congressional colleagues have sent a letter to House and Senate education leaders urging that a reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) maintain strong education technology provisions. The bicameral and bipartisan letter,… Continue Reading

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