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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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

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