Press Releases

06.16.20

Baldwin, Cassidy Push to Protect Seniors From Scams in Next COVID-19 Relief Package

WASHINGTON, D.C. - As recent reports show that American seniors are being targeted by COVID-19 scammers, U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) are urging Senate leadership to include in the next relief package their bipartisan legislation to protect seniors who have fallen victim to financial scams and ensure they can get paid back. "Edith's Bill" would incentivize states to pay back senior victims of fraud through the Crime Victims Fund established by the Department … Continue Reading


06.15.20

In New Letter To Secretary Mnuchin And SBA Administrator Carranza, Baldwin, Senate Democrats Call For Urgently-Needed Improvements To Streamline And Simplify Current, Onerous Process For Smaller Businesses Applying For PPP Loan Forgiveness

In New Letter To Treasury Sec. Mnuchin And SBA Admin. Carranza, All 47 Senate Democrats Urge The Administration To Streamline And Simplify The PPP Loan Forgiveness Process To Ensure The Smallest And Most Underserved Businesses Are Able To Easily Apply Senate Democrats Say Burdensome, Time-Consuming, And Costly Forgiveness Process Hurts The Resource-Strapped Small Businesses, Including Minority-Owned Businesses That Have Faced Long-Standing Economic And Process Fairness Challenges Even Before C… Continue Reading


06.12.20

Baldwin, Colleagues Demand Answers on Misguided Labor Department Decision Supporting Private Equity

Senators Concerned with Information Letter Released by the Labor Department That Fuels Model of Destruction-for-Profit, Does Not Put American Workers First Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin joined a group of her colleagues in demanding answers after the Department of Labor's (DOL) misguided decision to issue an Information Letter under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), pitting predatory private equity investment returns against American workers. In a lett… Continue Reading


06.11.20

Baldwin, Colleagues: Trump Administration is Worsening Educational Disparities in Tribal Schools Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin, a member of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP), joined her Democratic colleagues in a letter to David Bernhardt, U.S. Secretary of the Interior, and Betsy DeVos, U.S. Secretary of Education, regarding the impacts of COVID-19 on Bureau of Indian Education and Tribal college and university students. The letter, led by Senators Tom Udall (D-NM) and Patty Murray (D-WA), asked Bernhardt and DeVos to explain how their Dep… Continue Reading


06.11.20

Baldwin Joins Klobuchar, Smith, and Senate Colleagues to Reiterate Call for Investigation into Racially Discriminatory and Violent Policing at Minneapolis Police Department

After George Floyd murdered by a Minneapolis police officer, the lawmakers called for a federal investigation into racially discriminatory and violent policing at the Minneapolis Police Department On June 7, Attorney General Barr appeared on Face the Nation saying, "I don't think necessarily starting a pattern or practice investigation at this stage is warranted." WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin joined Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Tina Smith (D-MN) to follow up on … Continue Reading


06.10.20

Following Baldwin’s Request, Department of Labor Inspector General to Conduct Audit of OSHA’s Actions During COVID-19 Pandemic

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, along with Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Tim Kaine (D-VA), Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Bob Casey (D-PA) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), today applauded the Department of Labor (DOL) Office of Inspector General's decision to review the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA) actions during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. DOL has decrease… Continue Reading


06.09.20

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Introduces Bipartisan Legislation to Improve Paycheck Protection Program for Agricultural Producers

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and John Thune (R-SD) today introduced legislation that would revise the way producers calculate their Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan award. PPP was created by Congress in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act to help small businesses retain their employees and cover other qualifying business expenses, and it provides forgivable loans to small businesses under 500 employees, totaling 2.5 times their average mo… Continue Reading


06.08.20

Senator Baldwin to Trump Administration: We Need Answers Now on Oversight and Distribution of Hydroxychloroquine

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin is raising questions with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) about their oversight and distribution of hydroxychloroquine, including the distributions made to states and cities from the Strategic National Stockpile (SNS). On April 14, 2020, FEMA confirmed that the SNS sent out 19.1 million tablets of hydroxychloroquine to cities around the country to be distributed a… Continue Reading


06.08.20

Senator Baldwin Joins Senators Booker and Harris, Congressional Black Caucus in Introducing the Justice in Policing Act of 2020

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) joined Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Kamala Harris (D-CA), as well as Congressional Black Caucus Chair Karen Bass (D-CA) and House Judiciary Committee Chair Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), in introducing the Justice in Policing Act of 2020, the first-ever bold, comprehensive approach to hold police accountable, change the culture of law enforcement and build trust between law enforcement and our communities. "The pain people are expressing through p… Continue Reading


06.05.20

Baldwin, Lawmakers Call for Greater Federal Resources to Support Nursing Homes during COVID-19 Crisis

Lawmakers: current "piecemeal policies do not amount to the coordinated, national action plan that is necessary to save lives" WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin today joined more than 100 Senate and House colleagues led by Senators Bob Menendez (D-NJ) and Bob Casey (D-PA), and Congressmen Bill Pascrell, Jr. (NJ-09) and Jimmy Panetta (CA-20) to push the Trump Administration for greater federal resources and guidance to support nursing homes and long-term care (LTC) facilities through… Continue Reading


06.04.20

Baldwin, Blumenthal, Colleagues Introduce Legislation to Limit Unchecked Presidential Authority Under the Insurrection Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. - After President Trump threatened to deploy U.S. military troops to "dominate" demonstrators protesting police brutality, U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) helped introduce legislation to restrict the President's authority under the Insurrection Act, and will work to include it in the upcoming National Defense Authorization Act to ensure that the military is not weaponized by the President to suppress Americans' free expression. The CIVIL Act, led by Senator Richard Blumenthal… Continue Reading


06.04.20

Senator Baldwin, Colleagues Introduce $50 Billion Bill to Address Child Care Crisis

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin, a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, joined her colleagues to introduce the Child Care is Essential Act to address the child care crisis exacerbated by coronavirus through creating a $50 billion Child Care Stabilization Fund. The legislation will provide grant funding to child care providers to stabilize the child care sector and support providers to safely reopen and operate. The legislation is led by Sena… Continue Reading


06.04.20

Senator Baldwin Questions FDA on Regulation and Oversight of Hydroxychloroquine

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin is raising questions with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) about their regulation and oversight of hydroxychloroquine, including the FDA's Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) issued on March 28, 2020. Hydroxychloroquine is approved by the FDA for the prevention and treatment of malaria, as well as certain autoimmune conditions such as lupus and rheumatoid arthritis. It is not, however, approved for the treatment of COVID-19. While no FDA-approve… Continue Reading


06.03.20

Baldwin, Bennet, Blumenthal, Casey, and Brown Lead 16 Senators in Urging Defense Department to Refrain from Using U.S. Military to Suppress Nationwide Protests

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Wisconsin U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin and U.S. Senators Michael Bennet (D-CO), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Bob Casey (D-PA), and Sherrod Brown (D-OH) with 16 of their colleagues sent a letter to U.S. Department of Defense Secretary Mark Esper and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Mark Milley voicing grave concerns over President Donald Trump's recent threat to invoke the Insurrection Act in response to nationwide protests calling for justice for George Floyd a… Continue Reading


06.03.20

Baldwin, Kind, Moore, Pocan Call on Secretary Perdue to Provide Answers for Wisconsin’s Dairyland

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin joined U.S. Representatives Ron Kind (WI-03), Gwen Moore (WI-04) and Mark Pocan (WI-02) in sending a letter to Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue pressing for answers on how contracts are awarded through USDA's Farmers to Families Food Box Program. In May, USDA announced it was awarding $1.2 billion in contracts out of the $3 billion program, which is meant to support farmers struggling with food supply chain disruptions by purch… Continue Reading


06.02.20

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Supports Senate Resolution Supporting Constitutional Right To Peacefully Protest & Condemning President Trump’s Order To Tear Gas Peaceful Protesters Outside The White House Last Night

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin announced her support for a new Senate resolution introduced by Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY). The Senate resolution affirms the constitutional rights of Americans to peaceably assemble, exercise freedom of speech, and petition the government for redress of grievances must be respected; that violence and looting are unlawful, unacceptable and contrary to the purpose of peaceful protests; and that Congress condemns the Presiden… Continue Reading


06.02.20

Baldwin & Pocan to FEMA: “We Need Better Emergency Management for Wisconsin Now.”

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin and Congressman Mark Pocan (WI-02) sent a letter to Peter Gaynor, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator, detailing continued problems with the amount and usability of medical and testing supplies FEMA has delivered to Wisconsin. FEMA's support is critical to Wisconsin's ability to respond to the coronavirus. But, without adequate personal protective equipment (PPE) and supplies from the federal government, Wisconsin will be left ev… Continue Reading


06.01.20

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin: “With this veto, President Trump is siding with the predatory, for-profit colleges that seek to defraud our students and veterans.”

Trump vetoes bipartisan Congressional Resolution overturning DeVos Borrower Defense Rule DeVos' rule eliminates more than $11 billion in relief to defrauded borrowers and guts critical borrower protections WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) today released the following statement after President Donald Trump vetoed a bipartisan Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution of disapproval (H.J.Res. 76) to overturn the U.S. Department of Education's 2019 Borrower Defense rule that g… Continue Reading


05.29.20

Baldwin, Colleagues Call for Investigation into Racially Discriminatory and Violent Policing at Minneapolis Police Department

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) joined Minnesota Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Tina Smith (D-MN), along with 25 colleagues, in calling on the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice (DOJ) to conduct an investigation into the patterns and practices of racially discriminatory and violent policing in the Minneapolis Police Department (MPD). Baldwin, Klobuchar and Smith were joined by Senators Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Ed Markey (D-MA), Tom Ca… Continue Reading


05.28.20

Baldwin, Colleagues Call for Inspector General Audit of OSHA's Inadequate Enforcement Amid Growing Worker Illnesses and Deaths During COVID-19 Pandemic

Despite Heightened Risk for Workers, Agency Has Drastically Reduced Investigation and Enforcement Activities During Crisis WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin today joined Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Tim Kaine (D-VA), Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Robert P. Casey, Jr. (D-PA) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) to write to the Department of Labor's (DOL) Office of Inspector General requesting an audit of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA) handling of inspections and citat… Continue Reading

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