Press Releases

11.14.13

Statement from U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin on Governor Walker’s New BadgerCare Proposal

Washington DC - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin made the following statement regarding Governor Walker's new BadgerCare proposal. "I supported building a Wisconsin-made, state-based Health Insurance Marketplace for individuals and small businesses and I joined others in encouraging the Walker Administration to take that path. State-run marketplaces are working across the country and enrolling people but Governor Walker chose to rely on the federal government's website. In fact, 74 percent of the enro… Continue Reading


11.14.13

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Introduces Freedoms and Privacy Act of 2013

Washington DC - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin today introduced the Freedoms and Privacy Act of 2013, legislation that strengthens transparency, oversight and accountability on National Security Agency domestic surveillance. "Over ten years ago, I voted against the USA PATRIOT Act because I believed it would open the door to government overreach. We have now seen that secret, domestic surveillance programs at the National Security Agency have crossed the line," Baldwin said. "I believe that we must… Continue Reading


11.13.13

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Stands up to Attacks on Women’s Freedoms, Introduces the Women’s Health Protection Act of 2013

Washington D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin today joined her colleagues Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and U.S. Representatives Judy Chu (D-CA-27), Marcia Fudge (D-OH-11), and Lois Frankel (D-FL-22) to introduce the Women's Health Protection Act of 2013, legislation that will protect the constitutional, reproductive rights of women to make their own, private health decisions. "In Wisconsin and in states across the country, politicians have been standing between women… Continue Reading


11.12.13

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Offers Solutions to Governor Walker on his Plan to Move Wisconsinites off BadgerCare and Into ACA Marketplace

Washington D.C. - As a result of Governor Scott Walker's decision to reject an opportunity to strengthen Wisconsin's BadgerCare program through a federal partnership and investment, an estimated 77,000 Wisconsinites will lose their health insurance coverage on January 1, 2014 unless they enroll in the federal Health Insurance Marketplace created by the Affordable Care Act (ACA) by December 15. Today, U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin sent a letter to Governor Scott Walker raising concerns about Walker… Continue Reading


11.07.13

Statement of U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin on President Obama’s Nomination of James D. Peterson for the United States District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin

Today, President Barack Obama nominated James D. Peterson for the United States District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin. U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin released the following statement: "I applaud the President's nomination of James D. Peterson to serve as a Federal District Court Judge for the Western District of Wisconsin. Mr. Peterson will make an outstanding federal judge, and his nomination marks an important step forward in filling a judgeship that has been vacant for nearly six… Continue Reading


11.07.13

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Statement on Bipartisan Senate Passage of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act

Washington D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin today made the below statement following the Senate's vote to pass the Employment Non-Discrimination Act of 2013 (ENDA) with strong bipartisan support, 64-32. Baldwin is an original cosponsor of the legislation with Senators Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Mark Kirk (R-IL), Tom Harkin (D-IA), and Susan Collins (R-ME). "I couldn't be more proud of the bipartisan effort to pass the Employment Non-Discrimination Act. Today, America took a strong step forward and… Continue Reading


11.05.13

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Announces FEMA Assistance to Firefighter Grant Applications Now Open

Washington D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin today announced that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has opened the application process for the Fiscal Year 2013 Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFG). The application period will close on Friday, December 6, 2013. The grants are available to help fire departments and nonaffiliated Emergency Management Service organizations meet their firefighting and emergency response needs. The AFG Pr… Continue Reading


11.04.13

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Delivers Senate Floor Speech on Bipartisan Employee Non-Discrimination Act

Washington D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin today delivered remarks on the floor of the United States Senate regarding this afternoon's upcoming vote to move forward in considering the Employee Non-Discrimination Act of 2013 (ENDA). Baldwin is an original cosponsor of the legislation with Senators Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Mark Kirk (R-IL), Tom Harkin (D-IA), and Susan Collins (R-ME). "Every American deserves the freedom to work free of discrimination," said Baldwin. "And passing the Employment N… Continue Reading


11.01.13

Baldwin Joins Bipartisan Group of Colleagues Urging HHS to Release Winter Heat Aid

Washington, D.C - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin today joined a bipartisan group of 40 Senators calling on the Obama Administration to release federal heating aid funds in an effort to help millions of Americans who are struggling with their energy bills. The bipartisan group of Senators sent a letter to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius urging her to release Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) funds as quickly and at as high a level as pos… Continue Reading


10.30.13

At First Meeting of Budget Conference Committee, Senator Baldwin Calls for Fair Bargain that Creates Economic Growth

Washington, D.C - At the first meeting of the Budget Conference Committee, U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin, a member of the Senate Budget Committee, called for a bipartisan budget resolution that produces a fair bargain for the American people that puts progress ahead of politics and creates economic growth. Click here for video of Senator Baldwin's statement. Budget Conference CommitteeOpening Statement as delivered of Senator Tammy Baldwin Well I've heard some real notes of agreement, including … Continue Reading


10.29.13

U.S. Senator Baldwin Co-Sponsors Bipartisan USA FREEDOM Act

Washington DC - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin today announced her support as an original co-sponsor of USA FREEDOM Act, bipartisan legislation that that seeks to restore Americans' privacy rights by ending the government's dragnet collection of phone records and requiring greater oversight, transparency, and accountability with respect to domestic surveillance authorities. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI), Chairman of the Crime and … Continue Reading


10.29.13

U.S. Senator Baldwin Joins Manufacturing Jobs for America Effort

WASHINGTON - A group of 22 U.S. Senators has come together to launch a campaign to get Washington to refocus on manufacturing jobs. The Manufacturing Jobs for America initiative aims to build bipartisan support for legislation that will modernize America's manufacturing sector, help American manufacturers grow and create jobs, and assist American workers in getting the skills to succeed in the next generation of manufacturing jobs. The effort has been launched around four organizing principles:… Continue Reading


10.28.13

Senator Baldwin Joins Colleagues to Protect Food Stamps for Wisconsin Children, Families, Seniors in Farm Bill Conference

Washington, DC - Ahead of the first public meeting of the Senate and House 2013 Farm Bill conference committee this Wednesday, U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin joined a coalition of 38 Senators, led by Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), urging the conferees to fight against harmful cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). The Senators also urged the conference committee to reject all eligibility changes that would prevent millions of children, seniors, and families facing a consta… Continue Reading


10.25.13

Senator Baldwin Leads Bipartisan Letter to Strengthen Economic Security for Dairy Farmers

Washington D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin today led a bipartisan letter with her colleagues Senators Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), Susan Collins (R-ME), Al Franken (D-MN), Angus King (I-ME), Bernie Sanders (D-VT), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Chris Murphy (D-CT), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Jack Reed (D-RI), Ben Cardin (D-MD), and Robert Casey (D-PA) urging the Farm Bill Conference Committee to consider extending the current Milk Income Loss Contract (MILC) program until a new dairy pro… Continue Reading


10.22.13

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Puts Focus on a Budget that Invests in Economic Growth

Washington D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin, who has been appointed to serve on the Budget Conference Committee, visited the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus to highlight the need for both parties to focus on a bipartisan budget that invests in economic growth. "It's time for both parties to work together, find common ground, and pass a responsible budget that invests in economic growth," said Baldwin, "One thing we should be able to agree on is the need to pass a budget that creates jobs… Continue Reading


10.17.13

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Appointed to Bipartisan Budget Conference Committee

Washington D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin has been appointed to work on the bipartisan budget conference committee. Yesterday, Baldwin voted for bipartisan legislation that passed the U.S. Senate (81-18), the U.S. House of Representatives (285-144), and was signed by President Obama to end the shutdown, open the government, and prevent a government default. This agreement also paved the way for convening a conference where Democrats and Republicans can work together on a budget resolution. "… Continue Reading


10.16.13

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Supports Bipartisan Agreement to End Shutdown and Pay our Bills

"I support the bipartisan Senate plan to end the shutdown, open the government, pay our bills and prevent a government default. This bipartisan compromise will provide our economy with the stability and certainty it desperately needs and it is my hope that it will break this destructive pattern in Washington of drifting from one manufactured crisis to the next. "Now is the time for both parties to work together to pass a responsible budget that invests in the middle class, strengthens our econom… Continue Reading


09.26.13

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Delivers Floor Speech Calling For an End to Political Games

Washington D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin today delivered a speech on the floor of the United States Senate focused on the importance of putting an end to the political games being played in Congress that are creating crisis to crisis governing, uncertainty for our economy, and economic insecurity for Wisconsin families and businesses who are working hard to move our recovery forward. Baldwin also called for both parties to work across party lines to pass a responsible budget that creates job… Continue Reading


09.25.13

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin: “Affordable Care Act is providing more choices and quality health insurance options for Wisconsin”

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin released the following statement on a new report released today by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) which finds that in Wisconsin, consumers will see increased competition in the Health Insurance Marketplace, leading to new and affordable choices for consumers. "Today's HHS report shows that the Affordable Care Act is providing more choices and quality health insurance options for Wisconsin," said Baldwin. "This report also shows … Continue Reading


09.23.13

Senator Baldwin to Walker: “Now is the time to take responsibility and help ensure that Wisconsin families and businesses receive the quality health coverage that they deserve.”

Washington D.C. - As a result of Governor Scott Walker's decision to reject an opportunity to strengthen Wisconsin's BadgerCare program through a federal partnership, an estimated 92,000 Wisconsinites will receive letters from Walker's administration today telling them that someone in their household will be dropped from the BadgerCare coverage they have relied on. Today, Senator Tammy Baldwin sent a letter to Governor Walker calling on him to take responsibility for the path he has taken and e… Continue Reading

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