Press Releases

01.11.19

Senate Passes Baldwin Supported Bill to Ensure Federal Workers Affected by Shutdowns Receive Retroactive Pay

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Twenty days into the federal government shutdown, the Senate yesterday unanimously passed a bipartisan bill cosponsored by U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin to ensure federal and other government workers impacted by the current federal government shutdown will receive their back pay. The Government Employee Fair Treatment Act, led by Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD), Susan Collins (R-ME), Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Mark Warner (D-VA), and Tim Kaine (D-VA), stipulates that all employees shall… Continue Reading


01.11.19

Given Changes in Tax Code, U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Asks Treasury Secretary Why Taxpayer Advocate Not Considered Essential Service during Government Shutdown

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin joined her Senate colleagues, led by Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member Ron Wyden (D-OR), to raise concerns regarding the impact of the government shutdown on services to taxpayers at the beginning of the first filing season under the new tax code. In a letter to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, the Senators asked why the Taxpayer Advocate Service, which directly helps more than 200,000 taxpayers resolve tax… Continue Reading


01.11.19

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Presses Trump Administration to Ensure Federal Contractor Employees Receive Pay

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin joined 33 Democratic Senators, led by U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), in writing to the Office of Management and Budget to urge them to direct federal agencies to work with contractors to provide back pay to compensate low- and middle-income contractor employees for the wages they have lost during the shutdown. Under their existing authority, federal contracting officers should use provisions that allow them to modify the terms of the contract … Continue Reading


01.11.19

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Cosponsors Legislation to Close Big Pharma Advertising Tax Loophole

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin, a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, joined legislation led by Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) that would prohibit pharmaceutical drug manufacturers from claiming tax deductions for consumer advertising expenses. Under current law, drug manufacturers are allowed to deduct the cost of advertising expenses from federal taxes. Drug companies have spent billions of dollars on consumer advertisements, inclu… Continue Reading


01.10.19

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Joins Legislation to Protect Federal Workers and Their Families from Losing Their Homes, Falling Behind on Bills During Shutdown

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin joined a group of lawmakers, led by Senator Brian Schatz (D-HI) and U.S. Representative Derek Kilmer (D-WA), in introducing the Federal Employee Civil Relief Act to protect federal workers and their families from foreclosures, evictions and loan defaults during a government shutdown. "The Trump shutdown is punishing federal workers, and contractors who are serving without pay. This legislation will protect these workers as their families face econom… Continue Reading


01.09.19

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Introduces Legislation To Allow Medicare To Negotiate Prescription Drug Prices And Lower Costs For Seniors

Legislation would allow Medicare to negotiate the best possible price of prescription drugs, to cut costs for nearly 43 million seniors enrolled in Medicare Part D Current law only allows for bargaining by pharmaceutical companies but bans Medicare from doing so WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin today joined Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) in reintroducing legislation to unleash the bargaining power of seniors for a better deal on prescription drug costs. The Empowering Medicare Se… Continue Reading


01.09.19

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Helps Introduce Background Check Expansion Act To Reduce Gun Violence

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin joined 40 of her Senate colleagues, led by Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT), in reintroducing the Background Check Expansion Act to expand federal background checks to all gun sales. Under current federal law, unlicensed or private sellers are not required to conduct a background check prior to transferring a firearm. 97% of Americans support comprehensive background checks. Research indicates that as many as a quarter of all gun sales in the United State… Continue Reading


01.08.19

U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin and Jerry Moran Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Expand Access to Chiropractic Health Care for Current and Former Military Personnel

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Jerry Moran (R-KS) today reintroduced bipartisan legislation to expand chiropractic health services for military retirees and members of the National Guard and Reserve. The Chiropractic Health Parity for Military Beneficiaries Act would require TRICARE to cover chiropractic services for all military service members, both active and retired, and non-activated reservists. Currently, health care programs through the U.S. Department of Defen… Continue Reading


01.04.19

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Joins Legislation Calling on President Trump, Future Presidential Nominees to Release Tax Returns

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin helped reintroduce the Presidential Tax Transparency Act, led by Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member Ron Wyden (D-OR), to require sitting presidents and presidential nominees to publicly release their tax returns. Senator Baldwin has previously supported similar proposals after then-presidential candidate Donald Trump broke his promise to release his tax returns. Revelations about Trump's own financial ties and his associates' ties to Russia hav… Continue Reading


01.04.19

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Presses VA for Answers on Misuse Of Suicide Prevention Funds

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin joined Senator Jon Tester (D-MT) and 19 of their colleagues to take the Department of Veteran's Affairs (VA) to task for misusing its resources for suicide prevention outreach. Following a report from the Government Accountability Office that poor leadership at the VA resulted in a misuse of resources and lackluster outreach efforts to at-risk veterans, the Senators are demanding a full accounting of the VA's budget for suicide prevention and menta… Continue Reading


12.21.18

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Introduces New Bipartisan Legislation to Boost Apprenticeships

EARNS Act would expand apprenticeship opportunities while supporting existing apprenticeship programs There are more than 22,000 registered apprenticeships programs that provide workers with the skills they need to succeed WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin, a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, today helped introduce bipartisan legislation to strengthen our nation's workforce and provide skilled jobs to workers through registered apprent… Continue Reading


12.20.18

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Calls on Trump Administration to Stop Pushing Health Insurance Plans that Weaken Pre-Existing Condition Protections

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin, Mark R. Warner (D-VA), Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) led a group of 38 Senators in calling on the Trump Administration to withdraw recent changes that make it easier for states to promote "junk" insurance plans. These health care plans typically lack protections for people with pre-existing conditions and would increase costs for millions of Americans. Under the Administration's new guidance, states could use federal subsidies … Continue Reading


12.20.18

In Major Victory for American Consumers and Organic Farmers, Baldwin’s Legislation to Combat Fraudulent Organic Imports Heads to the President’s Desk

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin's legislation to combat fraudulent organic imports that unfairly undercut American farmers and mislead consumers passed Congress last week with overwhelming bipartisan support as part of the 2018 Farm Bill. The legislation now heads to the President to be signed into law. "Wisconsin is home to more than 1,200 organic farms, and they are a strong driver of our state's agricultural economy," said Senator Baldwin. "Our farmers work extremely hard to ma… Continue Reading


12.19.18

Major Criminal Justice Reform Legislation Cosponsored By Senator Baldwin Passes Senate

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin voted in favor of the bipartisan criminal justice reform bill that passed the Senate this week with overwhelming support (87-12). The legislation cosponsored by Senator Baldwin, the First Step Act, includes reforms to America's prison and sentencing system to reduce recidivism, save taxpayer dollars and promote safe communities. "This bipartisan legislation is an important step in the right direction to keep our communities safe and make the crimin… Continue Reading


12.18.18

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin’s Bipartisan Reform to Provide Mental Health Resources for Farmers Included in 2018 Farm Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin's bipartisan reforms to provide our nation's farmers with critical support and mental health resources was included in the final 2018 Farm Bill that passed Congress last week with overwhelming bipartisan support. The legislation now heads to the President to be signed into law. In April, Senators Baldwin and Joni Ernst (R-IA) introduced the Facilitating Accessible Resources for Mental health and Encouraging Rural Solutions for Immediate Response to … Continue Reading


12.15.18

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Statement on Federal Court Ruling to Dismantle the Affordable Care Act and Repeal Protections for People with Pre-Existing Conditions

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin released the following statement in response to the federal court ruling in the lawsuit supported by the Trump Administration and filed by 20 states, including the State of Wisconsin, that would dismantle the Affordable Care Act and threaten guaranteed health care protections for people with pre-existing conditions. "Wisconsin should have never signed on to this lawsuit and Scott Walker has not only broken his promise to protect people with pre-exis… Continue Reading


12.14.18

Wisconsin’s Agriculture Leaders Commend Senator Baldwin’s Work Doing Right by Farmers

Bipartisan Farm Bill includes Baldwin reforms to support Wisconsin's agriculture economy Wisconsin farmers call Baldwin's reforms a "much improved safety net for family dairy farmers," cheesemakers call it a "much-needed boost to the American dairy industry" WASHINGTON, D.C. - Farmers and cheesemakers, farm groups and rural stakeholders are sharing their strong support for Senator Baldwin's bipartisan reforms that were included in the 2018 Farm Bill that passed Congress this week with overwhe… Continue Reading


12.13.18

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Joins Colleagues to Help Protect People’s Personal Data Online

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin joined 15 of her Senate colleagues in introducing new legislation to protect people's personal data online. The Data Care Act, led by Senator Brian Schatz (D-HI), would require websites, apps and other online providers to take responsible steps to safeguard personal information and stop the misuse of users' data. "Far too many times, we have seen online providers fail to meet their users' expectations about how their personal data will be collected,… Continue Reading


12.13.18

Senator Baldwin to Pfizer: Why Does $11 Billion in Corporate Tax Breaks Result in Prescription Drug Price Hikes for Families?

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin wrote to the CEO of Pfizer this week, calling on them to provide an explanation after the pharmaceutical company announced that they intended to increase the costs of 41 prescription drugs starting in January. Major drug companies have drastically raised prices for top-selling drugs over the past five years, in some cases more than doubling prices. This is despite increased sales and company profits. "I am disappointed that your company has decided … Continue Reading


12.11.18

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Applauds Senate Passage of Bipartisan Farm Bill That Includes Major Investments for Wisconsin Farmers and Rural Communities

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin today voted in favor of the final bipartisan Farm Bill and praised the Senate for passing the legislation with overwhelming bipartisan support. The final 2018 Farm Bill includes several key priorities authored by Baldwin to support Wisconsin farmers and help boost Wisconsin's agriculture economy. The legislation now must pass the House of Representatives before being sent to the President to be signed into law. "Wisconsin farmers are a key driver … Continue Reading

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