U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Statement on Bipartisan Budget
"This bipartisan budget agreement is far from perfect but it can provide some much needed certainty for our economy by preventing the ongoing Republican threats of a government default and shutdown."
Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin, a member of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committees, released the following statement regarding the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015:
“For months, Senate Democrats called for bipartisan budget negotiations but Congressional Republicans ignored that call for compromise, so they have only themselves to blame for choosing a broken process and chaos that once again led us to the brink of a government default and shutdown. This bipartisan budget agreement is far from perfect but it can provide some much needed certainty for our economy by preventing the ongoing Republican threats of a government default and shutdown.
“This budget agreement restores investments in both our national and economic security, ensuring that every dollar of investment in defense is matched by a dollar of investment in a stronger economy and middle class. Increasing incomes for working families and investing in stronger economic growth are my top priorities so I support this bipartisan budget because it will strengthen investments in education, job training, research and innovation, and rebuilding our bridges, roads and ports. These investments can help us create jobs and improve the incomes of families struggling to get ahead.
“I have been fighting to pass legislation that would prevent a premium hike for Wisconsin seniors so I’m also pleased that this agreement protects many seniors from a massive increase in Medicare premiums, in addition to, strengthening Social Security Disability Insurance.
“I believe we can do better going forward. This was a missed opportunity to address the fact that for too long our tax code has been rigged by powerful interests to benefit millionaires and billionaires. As a result we have an economy that rewards only those at the top, while the incomes of ordinary Americans have flat lined. As Wisconsin’s economy lags behind and middle class families live paycheck to paycheck, hedge fund managers on Wall Street continue to get tax breaks. That’s not fair and it needs to change. I will continue my fight to advance tax reform legislation I have introduced to end the carried interest loophole. This loophole allows Wall Street millionaires and hedge fund managers to pay a lower tax rate than many truck drivers, teachers and nurses. We need to eliminate this loophole to make sure those at the top are paying their fair share so we can invest in an economy that works for everyone, not just the wealthy few.”
Mentioned in This Press Release
Recent Press Releases by U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin - Page 5
Following Senator Baldwin’s request, the delayed Brandon Road Study has been made public
"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."
U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Statement on HELP Committee Announcement to Hold Hearings on Stabilizing and Strengthening the Individual Health Insurance MarketAug 2nd, 2017 by U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin
"The people of Wisconsin have sent a clear message that they want us to work across party lines to make things better, not worse."
Legislation would help Wisconsin banks lend millions to small businesses, first-time homebuyers
In the Midst of Wisconsin’s Transportation Crisis, U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Secures Federal Infrastructure FundingJul 31st, 2017 by U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin
As a member of the Appropriations Committee, Senator Baldwin helped reverse President Trump’s proposed budget cuts to Wisconsin infrastructure
CDBG funding has helped Wisconsinites communities create jobs, promote local economic growth, and support senior citizens
U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Introduces Health Care Amendment to Protect Americans with Pre-Existing ConditionsJul 26th, 2017 by U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin
"I’ve heard from Wisconsinites with pre-existing conditions who are scared that the protections they have today won’t be there tomorrow if Republicans pass repeal legislation."
President Trump’s proposed budget cuts would have hurt small towns and rural communities in Wisconsin
U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Calls on President Trump to Push for Action on Buy America Legislation during “Made in America Week”Jul 17th, 2017 by U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin
The Made in America Water Infrastructure Act requires that 100 percent American-made iron and steel is used in water infrastructure projects funded by the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund.
On one-year anniversary of the passage of the Jason Simcakoski Memorial and Promise Act, bipartisan veterans appropriations legislation passes committee with full funding for Baldwin reform
After years of allowing skyrocketing opioid production, agency last year heeded senators’ call to lower quota
The Trump Administration is causing chaos in the health insurance marketplace by refusing to commit to payments provided by the ACA