Press Releases


Baldwin, Murphy Lead Senators in Calling on Defense Secretary to Update Policies and Prevent Discrimination of Servicemembers Based on Sexual Orientation

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin and Chris Murphy (D-CT) led a bipartisan group of 22 senators in calling on U.S. Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter to update the equal opportunity policies across the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) and military services to prevent discrimination, harassment, or intimidation of service members based on sexual orientation. In their letter, the senators explained that the 2011 repeal of the discriminatory "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy enabled service mem… Continue Reading


Baldwin Joins Warren, Others to Question Education Department on Long-Delayed Investigation into Violations of Servicemembers’ Rights

WASHINGTON, DC - Today U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin joined Senators Elizabeth Warren (D- Mass.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Al Franken (D-Minn.), Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii), and Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) in sending a letter to the Department of Education (ED) seeking information about its long-delayed investigation into charges of systematic violations of servicemembers' rights by federal student loan servicers, including Navient. In the letter, the Senators note that one year af… Continue Reading


U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Announces Support for Biomass Thermal Utilization Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin today announced her support for the bipartisan Biomass Thermal Utilization (BTU) Act which is led by Senator Angus King (I-ME) and would provide tax incentives to upgrade to clean, affordable biomass wood-pellet boilers. Under current law, thermal biomass systems do not qualify for investment tax credits for capital costs incurred in residential and commercial installations, unlike a host of other renewable energy technologies. The BTU Act would achi… Continue Reading


Baldwin Leads Efforts to Protect Wisconsin Manufacturers and Workers in Trade Proposal

WASHINGTON, D.C. -U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin has taken steps to improve a trade proposal currently being debated in the Senate by filing amendments to the Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and Accountability Act of 2015 to help bolster labor standards, increase manufacturing jobs and wages in Wisconsin, and crack down on illegal trade practices. On Tuesday, Senator Baldwin took to the Senate floor to outline her concerns over the current trade negotiations and highlight how her amendment… Continue Reading


Baldwin Applauds ACA Special Enrollment Period Final Numbers

From March 15 to April 30, 147,000 consumers signed up for coverage through using the tax special enrollment period In February, Baldwin called on HHS to establish a special enrollment period open to uninsured who paid 2014 tax penalty, but missed open enrollment period that ended February 15 WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin released the following statement after the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced over 147,000 individuals signed… Continue Reading


U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Statement on the Tomah VAMC 30 Day Plan

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin made the following statement regarding the 30-Day Plan released by the Tomah VA Medical Center: "These are positive administrative steps going forward but there are ongoing investigations and the unfinished business of holding people accountable for the problems at the Tomah VA. There is still a lot of work to do and I expect more from the VA to make sure the problems and tragedies at the Tomah VA never happen again. I am continuing my work o… Continue Reading


U.S. Senators Baldwin and Franken Introduce Trade Bill Amendment to Level the Playing Field for American Manufacturers

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Al Franken (D-MN) introduced an amendment to the Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and Accountability Act of 2015 to ensure American manufacturers and their workers are able to compete on a level playing field. The amendment allows the United States to continue to enforce existing trade laws, including trade remedies that allow for anti-dumping and countervailing duties on imports that are unfairly subsidized or dumped in domestic… Continue Reading


U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Applauds Progress on Overtime Protections for Middle Class Workers

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin applauded progress on efforts to support Wisconsin's middle class and boost incomes of working families by strengthening overtime protections for salaried workers. "Too many Americans are working longer and harder yet they are still struggling to get ahead," said Senator Baldwin. "I'm encouraged to see continued progress on this effort to strengthen overtime protections that respect and reward hard work. Working families in Wisconsin deserve a fair… Continue Reading


Baldwin Statement on New FDA Guidance on Gay Men Blood Donation

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin released the following statement after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released draft guidance that lifts the lifetime ban on blood donation for gay men and proposes a policy requiring a year of abstinence prior to donating blood. The public will have 60 days to comment on the draft policy, and the FDA will later issue final guidance. "I am encouraged that the FDA is moving forward with guidance that will revise the discriminator… Continue Reading


Baldwin Introduces Bill to Protect Grieving Parents from Job Loss

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin joined Senator Jon Tester (D-MT) to introduce legislation to protect grieving parents from losing their jobs in the event of their child's death. The Parental Bereavement Act would amend the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) to give parents up to 12 weeks of unpaid, but job-protected, time off of work to cope with the death of a child. FMLA currently allows parents to take extended leave for the birth of a child, adoption, and to care for fami… Continue Reading


U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Supports Legislation to Help Veterans Through Disability Claims Appeals Process

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin announced her co-sponsorship of legislation introduced today by Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) to help improve the quality and consistency of U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) disability claims appeals and help address the VA's oldest pending claims. Specifically, the bill would improve and expand pro bono legal services for veterans during their appeals process, and provide the Secretary of Veterans Affairs with additional authority to… Continue Reading


U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Announces New Wisconsin State Director

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin announced that she has named Janet Piraino as her new Wisconsin State Director. Piraino most recently worked as State District Director for U.S. Congressman Mark Pocan. With thirty years of public service experience, Piraino has previously served as State Director for U.S. Senator Russ Feingold; Chief of Staff for Congressman Tom Barrett; and Chief of Staff for Madison Mayor Dave Cieslewicz. "I share Senator Baldwin's strong commitment to pu… Continue Reading


Baldwin Applauds Removal of Research Ban on HIV Organ Donation

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin applauded a final rule issued by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) that instructs the Organ Procurement Transplantation Network (OPTN) to accept organs from individuals known to be HIV-positive. The organs will be available for transplantation only into individuals who are infected with HIV before receiving such organs and who are participating in clinical research. This final rule comes as a result of the bipartisan HIV Organ… Continue Reading


Baldwin and Markey Preserve Public Access to Local Television Channels, Ensure Diversity of Programming

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Edward J. Markey (D-MA) have reintroduced the Community Access Preservation (CAP) Act, legislation to ensure public access to local television programming. "The 80-plus public, educational, and governmental access channels in the state of Wisconsin deliver invaluable public programming on a daily basis, commercial free and with the sole purpose of informing and educating our communities," said Senator Baldwin. "As local budgets tighten a… Continue Reading


Senate Unanimously Passes Baldwin-Supported Bipartisan Bill to Renew Lifesaving Bulletproof Vest Grant Program

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Senate has unanimously approved legislation to reauthorize the lifesaving Bulletproof Vest Partnership Grant Program, authored by Senators Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC), and supported by Senator Tammy Baldwin. This bill would extend for five years the matching grant program that helps members of law enforcement purchase lifesaving bulletproof vests. The program has helped 13,000 state and local law enforcement agencies throughout the country purchase mor… Continue Reading


Senators Urge USDOT to Immediately Strengthen Oil Train Disclosure Rule

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Maria Cantwell (D-WA), Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Robert P. Casey, Jr. (D-PA), Richard Durbin (D-IL), Al Franken (D-MN), Patty Murray (D-WA) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) sent a letter urging U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) Secretary Anthony Foxx to enact stronger disclosure requirements on railroads regarding shipments of highly flammable Bakken crude oil. The letter was sent on the same day as a derailment in Wells County, Nort… Continue Reading


Baldwin to HHS: Women Should Have Full Access to All FDA-Approved Contraception

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin, a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, has joined Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA) and 37 Senate Democrats in sending a letter to Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell following reports that insurers are failing to cover forms of contraception approved by the FDA, as required under the Affordable Care Act, and failing to provide women with accurate information about th… Continue Reading


Baldwin Says Republican Budget Rewards Those at the Top

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Last night, U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin, a member of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committees, took the Senate floor to highlight the harmful impact the Republican budget will have on Wisconsin's economy and middle class. Yesterday, the Senate adopted the Republican's non-binding budget blueprint, which has already passed the House of Representatives, by a vote of 51-48. This proposal will now serve as an outline for Congressional spending priorities in the coming year. … Continue Reading


With Republican Budget Slashing Funding for Local Law Enforcement, Baldwin Urges Full Funding for Vital Byrne Justice Assistance Grant

Republican Budget Agreement Could Reduce Funding for Critical Police Department Grant Program by $24 Million The Byrne Justice Assistance Grant Program Has Helped More than 600 Police Departments Nationwide Utilize Police Camera Technology WASHINGTON, D.C. - With a Republican budget agreement that could cut funding by $24 million for a critical grant program that helps police departments utilize body cameras and other innovative technology, U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin joined Senator Sherrod B… Continue Reading


Baldwin Presses for Strong Avian Flu Response

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin has joined a Senate effort to ensure strong support to test for and help limit the spread of Avian flu. According to the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection, Wisconsin now has 10 total cases of H5 Avian flu as of this week. The Centers for Disease Control has determined that this particular viral strain is a low threat to human health and the food supply. In a letter to key Senate appropriators, the group of seven Sena… Continue Reading

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