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Senator Baldwin Continues Fight for Wisconsin’s Timber Economy

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin cosponsored a bipartisan bill to fix the broken system for funding wildfire suppression and support Wisconsin's timber and paper industry. The Wildfire Disaster Funding Act, introduced by Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Mike Crapo (R-ID), will overhaul federal wildfire policy to boost funding for forest management and treat the largest wildfires as natural disasters. "Our forests and the timber industry in northern and central Wisconsin are facing a n… Continue Reading


U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin: "We can do better for Wisconsin Veterans"

Our men and women in uniform have made incredible sacrifices on our behalf and we all have a shared responsibility to ensure that when they return home, our veterans and their families are provided the care and support they need. Problems at our Tomah VA Medical Center have been in the news recently, so I wanted to take this opportunity let people know about my efforts to address the problems and put solutions in place for our Wisconsin veterans. When my office was first contacted by a constitu… Continue Reading


U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Calls for Senate Hearing on VA’s Improper Prescribing Practices

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin today called for a Senate hearing to address the failure of the Department of Veterans Affairs to stop improper prescribing practices at the Tomah VA Medical Center. In a letter to the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs Chairman and Ranking Member, Baldwin noted the extremely troubling reports of over-medication and associated abuse of administrative authority at the Tomah VA and the need to immediately examine the use of opioids across the entire… Continue Reading


Baldwin, Blumenthal Re-Introduce Legislation to Protect Access to Reproductive Care

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, ahead of the 42nd anniversary of the landmark Roe v. Wade decision, U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) re-introduced the Women's Health Protection Act of 2015. With 33 original cosponsors, this "historic pro-choice bill" would prohibit states from chipping away at women's reproductive rights. "In my home state of Wisconsin and in states across the country, politicians have been standing firmly between women and their doctors by enacting a … Continue Reading


NCLB: Baldwin and Brown Introduce Bill to Streamline Testing in Schools

WASHINGTON, DC - This week, as the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee examines fixing "No Child Left Behind," Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Sherrod Brown (D-OH) have introduced the "Support Making Assessments Reliable and Timely" (SMART) Act in order to eliminate low-quality and unnecessary assessments from our nation's classrooms. Representatives Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR) and Ryan Costello (R-PA) are leading the legislation in the House of Representatives. "This co… Continue Reading


Casey, Baldwin: GOP Amendment Could Endanger U.S. Shipbuilding Jobs, Outsource Work Being Done by American Workers to Foreign Countries

Amendment Would Repeal Jones Act Requirement That Goods Shipped Between U.S. Ports Be Carried By Only American-Made, Owned And Operated ShipsAmendment Could Cause Companies To Build Ships In Foreign Countries Putting At Risk Thousands Of Jobs Around The Country, Including Jobs At Wisconsin And Pennsylvania Shipyards And Ports, And Aboard VesselsU.S. Maritime Administration Study: Shipbuilding Industry Employs 400,000 and Contributes $36B to Economy Every Year Washington, DC- U.S. Senators Bob… Continue Reading


SOTU: U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Statement on State of the Union Address

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin released the following statement on President Obama's State of the Union address tonight: "Tonight the President focused squarely on how we need to move our economy forward and strengthen the middle class. While we have made a lot of progress coming back, in large part due to the President's policies, going forward both parties in Congress need to work on continued progress instead of partisan politics. "We need to have both parties focused on crea… Continue Reading


U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Calls for Oil Rail Car Safety Rule to be Finalized

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin today urged the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and the U.S. Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) to finalize a rule to increase oil tank car safety after the agencies missed their deadline. The agencies were required by law to have completed the rule by January 15, 2015. "While I appreciate the agencies' thoroughness when drafting in this important rule, every day we wait to finalize this rule is a day in which out… Continue Reading


Baldwin, Murray and Cantwell Place Wager on NFC Championship

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisc.), Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) wagered local beer and cheese from their respective states as the Seattle Seahawks prepare to face the Green Bay Packers in Sunday's NFC Championship game at CenturyLink Field in Seattle. Senators Murray and Cantwell have offered Rainier and Red Hook beer and Cougar Gold cheese from the Washington State University creamery, while Senator Baldwin has staked New Glarus Spotted Cow b… Continue Reading


U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Statement on New Investigation into Tomah VA Prescribing Practices and Abuse of Administrative Authority

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin released the following statement after the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs announced it has launched an immediate investigation into allegations of over-medication and a hostile, retaliatory work environment at the Tomah VA Medical Center. The high-level investigation will be conducted by the Veterans Health Administration and the Office of Accountability Review. On Tuesday, Senator Baldwin sent a letter to Secretary Robert McDonald regard… Continue Reading


SOTU: Water Council CEO to Join Baldwin at State of the Union

Washington, D.C - Today, U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin announced that Dean Amhaus, President and CEO of The Water Council, will join her as a guest at President Obama's State of the Union address on Tuesday, January 20, 2015. Headquartered in Milwaukee, The Water Council aims to establish the region as the World Water Hub for water research, economic development, and education through their convening of leaders in the fresh water research community and water-related industries. "Containing over on… Continue Reading


U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Statement on House Vote to Weaken Financial Reforms

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin released the following statement today on H.R. 37, which will weaken Wall Street financial reforms and further delay the Volcker Rule: "Today I call on my colleagues in the House of Representatives to oppose H.R. 37, a bill to weaken important financial reforms included in the Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, also known as Dodd-Frank. The painful lessons of the financial crisis are still fresh in the minds of many working families in … Continue Reading


Packers Win and So Does Baldwin

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) made good on a friendly wager with U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) after the Green Bay Packers defeated the Dallas Cowboys 26-21 in the NFL Second Round Playoffs on Sunday, January 11, 2015. Senator Cruz graciously treated Senator Baldwin to Blue Bell ice cream and Shiner Bock beer. "The Packers have left few to question who really holds the title of 'America's Team,'" said Senator Baldwin. "I appreciate Senator Cruz's courage to bet agai… Continue Reading


U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Calls for “Immediate Action” from Secretary McDonald on Tomah VA

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin sent a letter to U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald regarding recent "extremely troubling" reports of improper opiate prescribing practices and "abuse of administrative authority" at the Tomah VA Medical Center. In her letter, Senator Baldwin requests that Secretary McDonald take immediate action to conduct a comprehensive investigation of the facility. Senator Baldwin also raises concerns with reports of an administ… Continue Reading


Senators Baldwin and Whitehouse Reintroduce “Buffett Rule” Legislation

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) led a group of 16 Senators in introducing legislation to require America's top earners to pay a fair share in taxes. The Paying a Fair Share Act would help ensure that multi-million-dollar earners pay at least a 30 percent effective federal tax rate, and would generate over $70 billion in revenue over ten years. In 2012, Senator Baldwin served as the lead sponsor of this legislation, also known as the "Bu… Continue Reading


U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Applauds President Obama’s Proposal to Make Community College More Affordable

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin today applauded President Obama's proposal to make two years of community college free for high-achieving students throughout the country. "Making technical and community colleges affordable is one of the most important steps we can take toward building a strong path to the middle class for all Americans," said Baldwin. "Student loan debt is holding back an entire generation and creating a drag on economic growth for Wisconsin and our country. I'm e… Continue Reading


U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Statement on the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin released the following statement after the U.S. Senate passed the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act (TRIA) by a vote of 93-4. The bill now heads to the President's desk for his signature. "With this bipartisan legislation, we are restoring the long-term security our economy and the American people deserve. TRIA serves as a crucial backstop and will give confidence to Wisconsin's small businesses and taxpayers alike. However, I am disappointed with Republ… Continue Reading


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

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