Press Releases

02.15.19

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Helps Reintroduce Legislation to Combat Opioid Abuse

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin helped reintroduce the Budgeting for Opioid Addiction Treatment Act (LifeBOAT Act), led by Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), to establish a permanent funding stream that will provide and expand access to substance abuse treatment. "I've met with local health officials, law enforcement and those who have lost loved ones throughout Wisconsin, and it's clear Washington must do more to be a strong partner in supporting local prevention, treatment and recovery… Continue Reading


02.15.19

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Raises Opposition to Trump CFPB’s Payday Predator Protection Plan

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin joined a group of 47 Senators, led by Senators Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Sherrod Brown (D-OH), in opposing the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's (CFPB) new attempt under the Trump administration to gut its own payday protection rule. "Repealing this rule provides a green light to the payday lending industry to prey on vulnerable American consumers," write the Senators in a letter to Trump-appointed CFPB Director Kathy Kraninge… Continue Reading


02.15.19

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Helps Reintroduce Legislation to Create State Public Health Care Option

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin helped reintroduce the State Public Option Act, bicameral legislation led by Senator Brian Schatz (D-HI) and Representative Ben Ray Luján (D-NM), to create a Medicaid-based public health care option to strengthen the Affordable Care Act (ACA) by providing Americans with a new high-quality, low-cost choice when purchasing health insurance. "Wisconsinites have sent a clear message to Washington that they want us to work together to expand acces… Continue Reading


02.14.19

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Statement on EPA PFAS Plan

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin released the following statement on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) Action Plan, which does not set a drinking water standard for dangerous PFOA and PFOS chemicals: "The EPA should not delay setting an enforceable drinking water standard and this plan falls short of taking the swift action that is needed. These chemicals are a serious health threat right now and the EPA needs to take stronger act… Continue Reading


02.14.19

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Introduces Legislation to Protect Americans with Pre-existing Conditions

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin introduced the Protecting Americans with Pre-existing Conditions Act, with Senators Mark Warner (D-VA), Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), that would prevent the Trump Administration from promoting junk health insurance plans that lack protections for people with pre-existing conditions and would increase costs for millions of Americans. This comes after Senators Baldwin, Warner, Cardin and Shaheen led a group of 38 Senators last year in ca… Continue Reading


02.13.19

U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin, Debbie Stabenow and Sherrod Brown Introduce Legislation to Expand Medicare and Reduce Health Care Costs

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin, Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Sherrod Brown (D-OH) today introduced the Medicare at 50 Act to give people between the ages of 50 and 64 years old the option of buying into Medicare. Millions of Americans who are approaching retirement or are being forced to retire early due to layoffs or mandatory retirement face increasing health care needs and rising costs. "Wisconsinites have sent a clear message to Washington that they want us to work together t… Continue Reading


02.12.19

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Works to Reauthorize Permanent Funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin worked to pass bipartisan legislation, the Natural Resources Management Act, which reauthorizes permanent funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). The legislation passed the Senate today and also includes improvements to the North Country National Scenic Trail and requires the development of strategic plans for reducing the presence of invasive species on federal lands and in federal waters. "Wisconsin has long been a national leader… Continue Reading


02.12.19

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Statement on U.S. Attorney General Nominee, William Barr

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin released the following statement on her decision not to support President Trump's nominee for United States Attorney General, William Barr: "I was encouraged that the President selected a serious nominee with public service experience and I welcomed the opportunity of meeting with Mr. Barr. I take my responsibility to consider this nomination very seriously because it comes at an unprecedented time in our nation's history. There is an ongoing crimin… Continue Reading


02.11.19

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Supports Legislation to Protect America’s National Monuments from Unlawful Attacks

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) joined more than 100 of her Congressional colleagues in reintroducing legislation to protect America's treasured national monuments against the Trump administration's relentless attacks on public lands. The America's Natural Treasures of Immeasurable Quality Unite, Inspire, and Together Improve the Economies of States (ANTIQUITIES) Act of 2019, led by Senator Tom Udall (D-NM), reinforces Congress' clear intent in the Antiquities Act of 1906: … Continue Reading


02.08.19

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Helps Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Combat Rising Prescription Drug Prices

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin helped reintroduce bipartisan legislation to combat anticompetitive practices used by some brand-name pharmaceutical and biologic companies to block entry of lower-cost generic drugs. The Creating and Restoring Equal Access to Equivalent Samples (CREATES) Act would deter pharmaceutical companies from blocking cheaper generic alternatives from entering the marketplace. "I've heard from countless Wisconsinites who can't afford the rising costs of t… Continue Reading


02.08.19

U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin and Todd Young Reintroduce Legislation to Ensure American Students Remain Globally Competitive

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Todd Young (R-IN) reintroduced their bipartisan legislation to reauthorize Title VI of the Higher Education Act. The Advancing International and Foreign Language Education Act will ensure that American students have access to quality international and foreign language education programs that meet the needs of our nation and help our students remain globally competitive. "Wisconsin is home to world class universities and our inter… Continue Reading


02.07.19

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Leads Legislation to Boost Apprenticeships in Wisconsin

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin is reintroducing her legislation to invest in public-private partnerships, boost apprenticeship programs for workers and help close the skills gap in Wisconsin. "In Wisconsin, I've seen how public-private partnerships can best address the workforce readiness challenges we face," said Senator Baldwin. "This legislation will scale up our apprenticeship programs and provide more people with the skills they need to succeed. If we invest in public-privat… Continue Reading


02.07.19

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Introduces Legislation to Make Prescription Drugs More Affordable for Seniors on Medicare

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin, a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, introduced legislation with Senators Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) to make prescription drugs more affordable for seniors on Medicare. The Medicare Negotiation and Competitive Licensing Act would authorize the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) to negotiate drug prices and, if drug companies refuse to negotiate in good faith, to enable the Secre… Continue Reading


02.06.19

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Calls on Pharmaceutical Companies to Explain Skyrocketing Insulin Prices

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, joined her colleagues to call on executives at Eli Lilly, Novo Nordisk, and Sanofi- the three insulin manufacturers in the U.S.-demanding information about rising insulin costs and questioning the companies that recently decided to raise prices for the life-saving drug even further. "According to the World Health Organization, insulin is an essential medicine, m… Continue Reading


02.04.19

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Helps Reintroduce Legislation to Halt Trump Administration Policy of Separating Children from their Parents at the Border

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin joined her Senate colleagues, led by Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), to reintroduce legislation to keep immigrant families together by preventing the Department of Homeland Security from taking children from their parents at the border. The Keep Families Together Act (S. 292) was developed in consultation with child welfare experts to ensure the federal government is acting in the best interest of children. The bill allows immigrant children to be … Continue Reading


02.04.19

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Announces Guest for State of the Union Address

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin today announced that retired educator Diane Whitcraft from Webster, Wisconsin, will join her for President Trump's State of the Union address on Tuesday. Diane has Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and had been taking the same medication for more than 23 years. The price of her prescription therapy jumped year after year, and her out of pocket costs were threatening to drain her savings. In 2017, knowing she could no longer afford her medication, Diane made … Continue Reading


02.01.19

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Announces More Than $21 Million to Repair Roads and Bridges in Wisconsin Communities Damaged by Severe Storms and Flooding

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin today announced more than $21 million in U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Emergency Relief federal funding to repair roads and bridges damaged by last year's severe storms and flooding in communities across Wisconsin. Last summer, torrential rain and severe flooding damaged roads and bridges, homes and businesses across Wisconsin. "I saw firsthand the damage to our roads and bridges and I spoke to Wisconsinites who were concerned that their c… Continue Reading


01.30.19

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Announces More Than $3 Million in Education and Training Grants for Wisconsin Youth

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin today announced more than $3 million in U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) YouthBuild grant funding for three Wisconsin organizations to better connect at-risk youth to employment and training opportunities. As a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Senator Baldwin worked to secure funding for DOL's YouthBuild program in strengthening our workforce and creating career pathways for young Wisconsinites. The DOL grants were awarded to Employ Milw… Continue Reading


01.30.19

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Helps Reintroduce Paycheck Fairness Act to Close Gender Wage Gap

Paycheck Fairness Act would strengthen and close loopholes in the Equal Pay Act of 1963 and ensure women are paid what they deserve Bill introduction comes 10 years after President Obama passed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, marking an important step in the fight to end the gender wage gap WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin today helped reintroduce the Paycheck Fairness Act, led by Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) and Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-03), to address the issue of gend… Continue Reading


01.29.19

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Supports Legislation to Make Sure Federal Contract Workers Hurt by Shutdown Receive Their Paychecks

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin cosponsored legislation to secure back pay for the federal contractor employees who went without pay during President Trump's recent government shutdown. The Fair Compensation for Low-Wage Contractor Employees Act, led by Senator Tina Smith (D-MN), would help low-wage federal contractor employees-including janitorial, food and security services workers-who have been furloughed or forced to accept reduced work hours as a result of the government shutd… Continue Reading

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