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WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin today joined 27 of her colleagues, led by Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) in a letter to Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai, expressing concern over reports that bots filed hundreds of thousands of comments to the FCC during the net neutrality policymaking process and calling on the Chairman to delay the planned December 14th vote to roll back net neutrality rules until an investigation of the state of the record is conducted.
“A free and open Internet is vital to ensuring a level playing field online, and we believe that your proposed action may be based on an incomplete understanding of the public record in this proceeding,” wrote the Senators. “In fact, there is good reason to believe that the record may be replete with fake or fraudulent comments, suggesting that your proposal is fundamentally flawed.”
“Without additional information about the alleged anomalies surrounding the public record, the FCC cannot conduct a thorough and fair evaluation of the public’s views on this topic, and should not move forward with a vote on December 14, 2017,” the Senators continued.
“The FCC must invest its time and resources into obtaining a more accurate picture of the record as understanding that record is essential to reaching a defensible resolution to this proceeding,” the Senators concluded.
In addition to Senators Baldwin and Hassan, the letter was signed by Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Bernie Sanders (D-VT), Ed Markey (D-MA), Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Michael Bennet (D-CO), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Gary Peters (D-MI), Patty Murray (D-WA), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Ron Wyden (D-OR), Mazie Hirono (D-HI), Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Jack Reed (D-RI), Ben Cardin (D-MD), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Mark Warner (D-VA), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Tim Kaine (D-VA), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Angus King (I-ME), Al Franken (D-MN) and Cory Booker (D-NJ).
“I think we need to make our tax system simpler and fairer for hard working Wisconsin families, small businesses and manufacturers, but this partisan legislation fails to do that. This is largely a tax giveaway to the wealthiest few, big corporations and Wall Street while millions of middle class families will get a tax hike. We should do right by Wisconsin’s middle class families and reward their hard work, but this legislation rewards the top 1% and Republicans have put people’s health care on the chopping block to pay for it. That’s not right and it’s not fair.”
FOLLOWING SENATOR BALDWIN’S PUSH FOR HEARING, SENATE COMMERCE COMMITTEE CALLING EQUIFAX TO TESTIFY ON DATA BREACH
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Following U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin’s push for a hearing on the Equifax data breach, the Senate Commerce Committee will call representatives of Equifax to testify on their actions.
“Since I called for a hearing on the Equifax data breach last month, we have continued to see more and more troubling news about the actions of Equifax,” said Senator Baldwin. “Our hearing will allow Americans to get the answers they deserve about the breach, the botched response of Equifax following the breach and the actions of Equifax executives before this breach was made public.”
In addition to calling for a hearing, Senator Baldwin continued to press for answers on behalf of the millions of American consumers harmed by the Equifax breach. Senator Baldwin joined efforts to push for Equifax to end the use of forced arbitration clauses and investigate the Equifax executive stock sales. Senator Baldwin also joined a bipartisan group of 36 Senators in asking the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the Department of Justice (DOJ), and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to investigate the sale of nearly $2 million in Equifax securities held by high-level Equifax executives shortly after the company learned of a massive cybersecurity breach.
Senator Baldwin also helped introduce the Freedom from Equifax Exploitation (FREE) Act to give control over credit and personal information back to consumers. The legislation would prevent credit reporting agencies from profiting off of consumers' information during a freeze, enhance fraud alert protections, and provide the opportunity for consumers to receive an additional free credit report following the Equifax data breach. The legislation would also force Equifax and the other credit reporting agencies to refund any fees they charged for credit freezes in the wake of the Equifax data breach.
The Senate Commerce Committee hearing will also include representatives from Yahoo!, following the announcement that 3 billion accounts were compromised in a previously disclosed breach.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin today announced a $300,000 grant to combat the opioid epidemic in Kenosha County. The Department of Justice award to Kenosha County will help support a new approach in connecting overdose survivors with treatment services.
“I’m pleased to announce this new investment to help combat the opioid epidemic in Kenosha County,” said Senator Baldwin. “Together, we can take on this epidemic and increase access to prevention, treatment and recovery services.”
The grant will help the Kenosha County Department of Human Services implement the Kenosha County Opioid Overdose Reduction Project, which builds upon the Wisconsin Prescription Drug/Opioid Overdose-Related Deaths Prevention Project (WI-PDO) to utilize peer specialists to link overdose survivors with treatment. Additionally, the project will also create a community education campaign about opioid abuse, harm reduction and abuse treatment alternatives.
The grant was awarded through the Department of Justice’s Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Site-based Program, which is funded because of the passage of the 21st Century Cures and the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA), bipartisan legislation supported by Senator Baldwin.
U.S. SENATOR BALDWIN INTRODUCES LEGISLATION TO GIVE WISCONSINITES THE CHOICE TO BUY INTO MEDICARE AT 55
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), and five other Senators introduced the Medicare at 55 Act, which provides an option for people between the ages of 55 and 64 to buy into Medicare. There are 41 million Americans between the ages of 55 and 64, and millions of them are burdened by high insurance premiums, unaffordable deductibles and limited options.
“Wisconsinites have sent a clear message to Washington that they want us to work across party lines to make health care more affordable, not more costly,” said Senator Baldwin. "Our legislation offers a choice for millions of older Americans to buy more affordable, quality health care coverage. For people between the ages of 55 and 64, this is a high quality option that can help reduce health insurance costs and increase competition.”
“People between the ages of 55 and 64 often have more health problems and face higher health care costs but aren’t yet eligible for Medicare," said Senator Stabenow. "If you live in Michigan, are 58 years old, and are having a hard time finding coverage that works for you, this bill will let you buy into Medicare before you turn 65. Our legislation is one way we can work together on a bipartisan basis to lower health care and prescription drug costs."
“Giving people more quality choices at reasonable prices is something we can all agree on – that’s what letting Ohioans buy into Medicare is all about,” said Senator Brown. “This is a simple solution for folks who are 55 and can’t get healthcare through work, or those who are ready to retire but aren’t yet eligible for Medicare.”
People in the 55-64 age group face unique health challenges and especially high health care costs. The average person in this age group pays more than $1,200 in annual out-of-pocket costs and is at a greater risk of suffering from chronic conditions such as diabetes or arthritis and medical emergencies such as heart attack and stroke.
Under the Medicare at 55 Act, an individual between the ages of 55 and 64 who buys into Medicare would receive the same benefits and protections as an individual enrolled under Medicare parts A, B, and D.
U.S. Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Jack Reed (D-RI), and Al Franken (D-MN) co-sponsored the legislation.
U.S. SENATOR TAMMY BALDWIN STATEMENT ON HELP COMMITTEE ANNOUNCEMENT TO HOLD HEARINGS ON STABILIZING AND STRENGTHENING THE INDIVIDUAL HEALTH INSURANCE MARKET
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin, a member of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP), released the following statement after HELP Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA) announced yesterday that the Committee would hold hearings beginning the week of September 4th on the actions Congress should take to stabilize and strengthen the individual health insurance market so that Americans will be able to buy insurance at affordable prices in the year 2018.
“The people of Wisconsin have sent a clear message that they want us to work across party lines to make things better, not worse. Now is the time to work together to make things better by stabilizing the health insurance market and making health care more affordable. I strongly believe that if both parties look past the partisan debate in Washington, we can find common ground.
“The Trump Administration continues to play politics by threatening to withhold critical cost-sharing payments that help lower costs for more than 110,000 Wisconsinites. Health care providers need certainty and all they have gotten from President Trump are threats to create chaos and disrupt our health care system.
“I have cosponsored legislation to stabilize the health insurance Marketplace and provide certainty with cost-sharing payments that lower health insurance costs for people. We should be working to advance these and other policies, and I applaud Senators Alexander and Murray for providing leadership and bringing us together to work across party lines on solutions that work for the American people.”
U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin speaks out against Trump proposed ban of Transgender Americans in military.
U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin today released the following statement on last night’s U.S. military strikes in Syria:
“The Assad regime’s latest use of chemical weapons against the Syrian people is reprehensible and violates international law. The United States has taken a measured response, but I am concerned by the lack of a clear and comprehensive strategy for Syria and the region. I believe that the Administration must work with Congress as an equal partner regarding any additional military action and communicate its long-range goals and plans to the American people.”
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U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Announces Over $12 Million to Repair Roads and Bridges Damaged in Summer Flooding in Northern and Western Wisconsin
U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin today announced $12,245,540 in Emergency Relief (ER) Funding and Emergency Relief for Federally Owned Roads (ERFO) Funding from the Department of Transportation to repair roads and bridges damaged by last summer’s severe storms and flooding in northern and western Wisconsin.
“I saw firsthand the damage to our roads and bridges and I spoke to many homeowners who were concerned that their communities would not have the resources they needed to repair and rebuild after last summer’s flooding,” said Senator Baldwin. “Today, I’m happy to announce more than $12 million will go towards helping northern and western Wisconsin communities come back stronger than ever.”
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U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Cosponsors Legislation to Strengthen Existing Buy America Standards and Create More Jobs at Home
U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) continued her efforts to promote strong Buy America standards by cosponsoring the Make It In America Act. This legislation, authored by Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), closes loopholes in the current Buy American law so the federal government is spending American tax dollars to buy products made in America. This Act also holds federal agencies accountable for how they spend taxpayer dollars.
The Buy American Act, which was passed in 1933, gives priority to American companies when the federal government purchases goods. However, the current law has numerous exemptions.
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