Press Releases

03.13.20

Baldwin, Senators Urge Trump Administration to Re-Open Affordable Care Act Enrollment

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In light of the ongoing outbreak of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and in an effort to ensure more Americans have access to affordable health care, U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and 24 other Senators are urging the Trump administration to open a special enrollment period to allow people without health insurance to purchase an ACA plan through the health insurance marketplaces. Currently, about 27.5 million Americans lack health insurance of any kind, and even more are under… Continue Reading


03.13.20

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Stands Up for Wisconsin Seniors with New Bipartisan Legislation

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin has introduced bipartisan legislation to protect seniors who have fallen victim to financial scams and ensure they can get paid back. The Edith Shorougian Senior Victims of Fraud Compensation Act or "Edith's Bill" would incentivize states to pay back senior victims of fraud through the Crime Victims Fund established by the Department of Justice. The legislation is cosponsored by Senators Bill Cassidy (R-LA) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT). Baldwin too… Continue Reading


03.12.20

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Helps Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Address Medical Supply Vulnerability Due to Coronavirus

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Amid the coronavirus outbreak, U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin, a member of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP), helped introduce the Commission on America's Medical Security Act, bipartisan legislation led by Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Lamar Alexander (R-TN) to safeguard America's medical supply chain and address shortages due to the United States' dependence on foreign-made medical equipment. Approximately 40 percent of finished drugs and 80… Continue Reading


03.12.20

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Cosponsors Legislation To End Rampant Outsourcing And Protect American Jobs

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin announced her support for the End Outsourcing Act, which would utilize the tax code and federal grants, loans and contracts to end the outsourcing of jobs overseas. The bicameral legislation introduced by U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and U.S. Representative Mark Pocan (D-WI) would prevent employers from deducting expenses related to outsourcing, deny certain tax breaks to outsourcing employers, and require federal agencies awarding contrac… Continue Reading


03.12.20

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Calls on USDA Secretary Perdue to Take Stronger Action for Wisconsin Dairy Farmers

More than 2,000 dairy farms in Wisconsin have gone out of business since President Trump took office Trump budget cuts will make things worse for Wisconsin farmers WASHINGTON, D.C. - As Wisconsin dairy farms continue to go out of business and the state leads the nation in farm bankruptcies, U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin, a member of the Senate Appropriations Agriculture Subcommittee, is calling on Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue to take immediate action to bring relief to Wisconsin dairy fa… Continue Reading


03.11.20

Senator Baldwin Joins Call For President Trump To Invoke Stafford Act And Consider Disaster Declarations To Utilize FEMA’s $40+ Billion In Disaster Relief Funds To Aid State & Local Gov’t Response To Growing Coronavirus Outbreak

In New Letter, Senators Urge President Trump To Immediately Consider Disaster Declarations That Allow FEMA To Utilize $40+ Billion Disaster Relief Fund To Aid State And Local Gov'ts Responding To Coronavirus Outbreak The Senators Emphasize That Use Of Funds Could Alleviate Strain On Local Gov'ts And Would Help Mitigate Disease Spread, Save Lives, And Protect Public Health And Safety WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin joined 35 Democratic Senators in sending a letter to President… Continue Reading


03.11.20

In Letter to Trump, Baldwin and Senate Democrats Call for Coronavirus Economic Response Focused on Helping Workers and Families Most Harmed

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today in a letter to President Trump, U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin and 33 Senate Democrats called for an economic stimulus package focused on helping working Americans and their families who will be most harmed by the outbreak and spread of COVID-19, the novel coronavirus in the United States. "The spread of COVID-19 will create economic ramifications that will affect individuals, families, and regions differently. While following social distancing guidelines may be important … Continue Reading


03.11.20

Baldwin, Democrats Push Labor Secretary to Advocate for Workers, Question DOL’s Absence from Task Force

As coronavirus continues to impact workers, Department of Labor still absent from the President's Coronavirus Task Force Baldwin, Democrats push Secretary of Labor Scalia for answers, urge him to advocate for workers Senators: "We call on you - as the lead federal government official responsible for the protection and advocacy of workers - to ensure response efforts incorporate both the immediate and long-term needs of workers." WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin and Patty Murra… Continue Reading


03.11.20

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Votes for Resolution to Overturn DeVos Borrower Defense Rule

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin voted in favor of a Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution of disapproval - led by Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) - to overturn Department of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos' rewritten borrower defense rule that gutted essential protections for student borrowers and taxpayers. The resolution passed the full Senate with bipartisan support, 53-42, and now heads to the President for his consideration. "Secretary DeVos is siding with the predatory… Continue Reading


03.11.20

Baldwin, Democrats Push DeVos to Issue Clear Guidance for Schools and Families Following Widespread School Closures

Baldwin, Democrats push for DeVos to address school lunches, online learning, and federal financial aid and student loans Senators: "We urge the U.S. Department of Education to consider several serious issues related to school closure." WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), a member of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP), joined 32 of her Democratic colleagues in urging Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos to provide clarity and guidance for sch… Continue Reading


03.11.20

Baldwin Calls on Defense Department to Guarantee Access to Coronavirus Testing for American Servicemembers Abroad

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin today urged leadership of the U.S. Department of Defense and the National Guard to guarantee that American servicemembers stationed abroad, including members of the Wisconsin National Guard, have easy access to coronavirus testing. Wisconsin National Guard members are currently deployed to Afghanistan where there are confirmed cases of coronavirus. "Members of the Wisconsin Army National Guard 1st Battalion, 128th "Red Arrow" Infantry Regiment are p… Continue Reading


03.10.20

Baldwin, Colleagues Urge Trump Administration to Protect American Workers against COVID-19

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin, a member of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP), today joined her colleagues, led by Senators Bob Menendez (D-NJ) and Patty Murray (D-WA), in urging the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) to direct the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to issue a comprehensive Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) to protect American workers against the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. OSHA has the statutory authority to … Continue Reading


03.10.20

Baldwin Helps Introduce Historic Legislative Package to Address America’s Black Maternal Health Crisis

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin, a member of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP), helped introduce an historic legislative package to address the United States' urgent maternal health crisis. The Black Maternal Health Momnibus Act of 2020, led by Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) and Representatives Lauren Underwood (IL-14) and Alma Adams (NC-12), will build on existing maternal health legislation by filling gaps through nine new bills to comprehensi… Continue Reading


03.10.20

Baldwin Supports Bipartisan Legislation to Ensure Funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin is calling on the Senate to support the bipartisan Great American Outdoors Act to ensure essential federal funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) that will protect and preserve public lands for generations to come. This legislation will be considered by the full Senate this week and also provide a large funding boost to address deferred maintenance in our national parks and federal recreational lands. "Wisconsin has long been a nati… Continue Reading


03.09.20

In Response to Coronavirus, Baldwin Helps Introduce New Emergency Paid Sick Leave Legislation

New bill would immediately require employers to provide workers with 14 days of paid sick leave to be used during a public health emergency, including current crisis Outside of public health emergencies, legislation requires employers to provide seven days of accrued sick leave, building off Healthy Families Act WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin, a member of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP), joined her colleagues in introducing new, emergency … Continue Reading


03.05.20

Senator Baldwin Asks Scalia How He Plans to Protect Workers

CDC has urged businesses to plan for the coronavirus and its impact on workers Labor Committee Democrats ask Scalia to outline his plan to protect workers, especially workers on the front-line of coronavirus response, low-income workers, and workers who may not be able to work remotely "As businesses work to develop plans to respond to COVID-19, it is critical we ensure they are taking the best interests of workers into account" WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin joined fellow … Continue Reading


03.05.20

Baldwin Testifies at Senate Hearing on Protecting Workers against China’s Attempts to Undermine American Industries

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin today provided testimony to the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs in a hearing entitled, "Threats Posed by State-Owned and State-Supported Enterprises to Public Transportation." Baldwin discussed her bipartisan efforts to prevent federal funds from being used by transit agencies to purchase rail cars or buses manufactured by Chinese state-owned, controlled, or subsidized companies. In the hearing, Senator Baldwin said, "Wiscons… Continue Reading


03.05.20

Senator Baldwin Asks DeVos How She Plans to Protect Students, Teachers, School Staff

CDC has urged schools to prepare for the possible spread of coronavirus Education Committee Democrats ask DeVos to outline her plan for students, teachers, and other school staff, following her announcement of an Education Department coronavirus task force "We write to understand how the U.S. Department of Education is preparing for the possible spread of the virus and … how to best protect students, teachers, and other staff" WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin joined fell… Continue Reading


03.04.20

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Calls For Swift Passage of Bipartisan Coronavirus Funding Package

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee and the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP), called for swift passage of a bipartisan emergency supplemental funding agreement to respond to the novel coronavirus. Baldwin announced that with passage of the funding package, Wisconsin will be eligible for a minimum of $10.2 million in additional grant funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)… Continue Reading


03.04.20

Baldwin, Democrats to Azar: Trump Administration’s Health Care Sabotage Undermines Coronavirus Response

Amid coronavirus outbreak, Baldwin and 38 Democratic Senators urge the Trump administration to prioritize patients' access to care in order to promote public health Senators demand Trump reverse efforts to promote junk plans and undermine Medicaid, and commit to ensuring that any potential coronavirus vaccine is affordable for all Senators: "We are deeply concerned both by your refusal to commit that a potential vaccine for coronavirus will be affordable to anyone who needs it, and this Admini… Continue Reading

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