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U.S. Senator Baldwin and U.S. Representative Kind Seek River and Wetland Protections As BNSF Seeks Track Expansion

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and U.S. Representative Ron Kind (D-WI) sent a letter today requesting that the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) require BNSF Railway to complete an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) prior to their planned track expansion through the City of La Crosse and along the La Crosse River Marsh. They write, "We urge you to require an EIS to determine whether water quality, vegetation, wildlife, and navigation of the La Crosse River Ma… Continue Reading


U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Statement Regarding FDA Announcement on Discriminatory Blood Donation Policy

Senator Tammy Baldwin issued the following statement on the announcement by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that it will propose a change to its blood donation policy for gay and bisexual men from a lifetime ban to one requiring a year of abstinence prior to donating blood and will take steps to implement a national blood surveillance system. "I am encouraged that the Obama Administration has taken this step forward because I have long fought to revise this outdated policy that is m… Continue Reading


U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Statement on Volcker Rule Delay

Washington D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin released the following statement today on the Federal Reserve's decision to delay a portion of the Volcker Rule: "Yesterday, the Federal Reserve gave Wall Street an early Christmas present when it delayed a part of the Volcker Rule for two years. That rule, a key provision in Wall Street reform legislation that passed Congress over four years ago, prevents banks from using taxpayer-insured money to make risky investments, in this instance private equ… Continue Reading


Senator Baldwin Questions Trans-Pacific Partnership Provisions That Would Make it Harder to Prevent Financial Crises

Washington, D.C. - In a letter sent to United States Trade Representative (USTR) Michael Froman on Wednesday, U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Edward J. Markey (D-MA) raised concerns about provisions that may be included in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) that would make it harder for Congress and regulatory agencies to prevent future financial crises. The senators specifically highlighted concerns about provisions related to the investor-state dispute settleme… Continue Reading


U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Applauds Investments in Wisconsin Research, Science and Innovation

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin today praised the fact that the bipartisan Omnibus Appropriations Bill for Fiscal Year 2015 will invest $30.3 billion in the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Groundbreaking research supported by the NIH alone adds more than $800 million per year to our state's economy. The legislation will help support the efforts of research leaders like University of Wisconsin-Madison, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and Medical College of Wisconsin. For fis… Continue Reading


U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Statement on the Obama Administration’s Cuba Policy Announcement

Washington D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin released the following statement today regarding President Obama's announcement of changes to the United States' diplomatic relations with Cuba and the release of Alan Gross: "This is a historic and positive step forward where President Obama has asserted American leadership to chart a new course and reestablish diplomatic relations with Cuba. More than 50 years of U.S. policy to isolate Cuba has not achieved our national security objectives, created… Continue Reading


U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Votes for the Tax Increase Prevention Act

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin voted for the Tax Increase Prevention Act (H.R. 5771) a bipartisan tax package that passed the U.S. Senate 76-16. The bill renews about 50 tax benefits that expired at the end of 2013, or are set to expire this year, retroactively for one year through 2014. The bipartisan compromise also includes legislation Baldwin co-sponsored in the Senate. The Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act, establishes for the first time tax-free savings accounts f… Continue Reading


U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin: Congress Funds Great Lakes Restoration Initiative at $300 Million

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin today applauded the fact that Omnibus Appropriations bill for Fiscal Year 2015 will support $300 million in funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI). "The Great Lakes are a great asset for our quality of life in Wisconsin but also for our long term economic security," Baldwin said. "The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative has helped our communities clean up their rivers, restore fish habitat and make the Great Lakes healthier for eve… Continue Reading


U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Pushes SEC to Move Forward on Rule Disclosing CEO-to-Worker Pay Ratios

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin joined a group of U.S. Senators today in sending a letter to Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Chair Mary Jo White urging the agency to forge ahead with a final rule requiring public companies to disclose their CEOs' total compensation compared to rank and file workers as directed by the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform Act of 2010. The letter was led by Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and also signed by Senators Jack Reed (D-RI); Elizabeth Warre… Continue Reading


Senators Baldwin and Coburn Applaud Commitment to Enhance Access to HIV Drugs in Developing Countries

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Tom Coburn (R-OK) sent a letter applauding AbbVie Inc.'s recent agreement with the Medicines Patent Pool (MPP) to enhance affordable access to HIV treatments for children in developing countries. The Senators expressed support for negotiations earlier this year and are now commending the licensing agreement for two World Health Organization-recommended medicines for children that will allow the drugs to be made at a lower cost for pediatr… Continue Reading


U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Supports Bipartisan Guarding Our Great Lakes Act

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin has cosponsored the Guarding Our Great Lakes Act, bipartisan legislation designed to protect the Great Lakes from the threat of invasive Asian carp. In announcing support for the legislation, Senator Baldwin issued the following statement: "The Great Lakes are a great asset for our quality of life in Wisconsin but also for our long term economic security. However, the future of our Great Lakes is under threat from invasive species like the Asian Car… Continue Reading


Legislators Call on HHS to End Discriminatory Blood Donation Policy, Implement Risk-Based Policies

Washington D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), and Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), and Representatives Mike Quigley (D-Ill.) and Barbara Lee (D-Calif.), led a letter with 75 of their congressional colleagues calling on Secretary of Health and Human Services Sylvia Burwell to replace the outdated and discriminatory lifetime ban on blood donations from men who have sex with men (MSM) with a policy based on individual risk factors. The legislators expressed deep con… Continue Reading


U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Statement on Bipartisan Omnibus Appropriations Bill

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin released the following statement on the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act of 2015: "This is not the time for another government shutdown. The American people have had enough of Washington's dysfunction. They want us to do our job and work together to get the job done. Since the Budget Committee, on which I serve, crafted a bipartisan agreement that ended last year's government shutdown and paved the way for a cease-fire on recen… Continue Reading


U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Earns Appointment to Appropriations Committee

Washington, DC - Today, U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin announced that she has been named to serve on the U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations. The Senate Appropriations Committee, considered to be one of the most powerful on Capitol Hill, is responsible for deciding how the federal government spends money. "I am proud to be named to the Senate Appropriations Committee and I look forward to bringing our Wisconsin values to the national conversation about how we invest in moving our economy forwar… Continue Reading


U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Applauds Pentagon Decision to Support Wisconsin Shipbuilding Economy

Washington D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin applauded Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel's announcement that the Pentagon has decided to select a modified Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) as the Navy's next small surface combatant (SSC). "I fought hard to sustain the original production plan for a 52 ship class and I applaud Secretary Hagel's announcement to do just that," Senator Baldwin said. "This is great news for Wisconsin's shipbuilding industry because there will be no production break a… Continue Reading


U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Statement on the Nomination of Antonio Weiss to Treasury

Washington D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin released the following statement today announcing her opposition to the nomination of Antonio Weiss for U.S. Department of the Treasury Under Secretary for Domestic Finance: "I do not believe Mr. Weiss is the right nominee to push for strong oversight of Wall Street and protect the interests of Main Street as Under Secretary for Domestic Finance. Based on his record and qualifications as a Wall Street investment banker I don't have confidence that he… Continue Reading


U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Calls for Action to Prevent International Violence and Discrimination Against Women

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin sent a letter to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to call for action to help prevent international violence and discrimination against women and girls. Sent during the "16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence," the letter expresses deep concerns for the continued violation of the fundamental human rights of women and girls around the world and urges Secretary Kerry to prioritize a country's treatment of women and girls in our diplomatic r… Continue Reading


Baldwin Gets Job Done on Transportation Measure to Support Wisconsin’s Economy

Washington D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin announced today that a transportation bill she introduced is included in the Omnibus Appropriations legislation moving through Congress this week. Baldwin's measure, which has broad support from Wisconsin's business and agriculture community, will allow trucks currently operating on Highway 41 in Wisconsin to continue to use the highway once it is converted to a federal Interstate. The House is expected to vote on the appropriations bill on Thursday … Continue Reading


Senators Baldwin and Schatz Call on President Obama to Submit a Proposed Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF) Specific to ISIL

Washington D.C. - U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Brian Schatz (D-HI) are calling on President Obama to immediately submit for Congressional consideration a proposed Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF) specific to the war against ISIL. In a letter sent to the President today, Baldwin and Schatz write, "The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) threatens U.S. national interests, representing a direct threat to American personnel in Iraq and to the stability of Iraq, S… Continue Reading


U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Gets the Job Done on Transfer of Badger Army Ammunition Plant Land

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin announced today that an effort she has championed in Congress will finally be resolved with a provision in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). Senator Baldwin's provision in the NDAA, a major step forward for the project started in 1997, will transfer Badger Army Ammunition Plant land and allow it to be put to its agreed upon reuse. "I have been working on this since I first entered Congress, so I take great pride in bringing people toget… Continue Reading

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