Tammy Baldwin
Press Release

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin: “We must prepare for the unthinkable.”

Baldwin calls for federal government action to assist first responders in their tireless efforts to respond to emergency situations and keep Americans safe

By - Feb 2nd, 2016 12:12 pm

WASHINGTON, D.C. – At the request of U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin, today the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs (HSGAC) held a hearing titled, “Frontline Response to Terrorism in America” in order to examine the local response to the recent terror attacks as well as explore how first responders across the country are preparing for such attacks in the future. The hearing also highlighted lessons learned and areas that need improvement when coordinating with federal agencies during emergencies.

“Like many of my colleagues, I have heard from my constituents about their very real fears of being attacked in their communities. These concerns are not unwarranted,” said Senator Baldwin during today’s hearing. “We must prepare for the unthinkable…My hope is that when we leave here today, we have specific actions the federal government can take to assist first responders in their tireless efforts to respond to emergency situations and keep Americans safe.”

VIDEO: Senator Baldwin’s opening remarks at today’s hearing.

During the hearing, Senator Baldwin highlighted the safety concerns expressed by Wisconsinites and Americans throughout the country as they relate to the recent terrorist attacks and explored ways that the federal government can better assist local first responders in today’s threat environment. Senator Baldwin questioned the witnesses in order to understand the challenges that local jurisdictions face in preparing for terrorists attacks, particularly attacks against soft targets. Senator Baldwin also highlighted security concerns related to the safety of trains transporting hazardous materials.

Senator Baldwin also referenced the recently planned mass shooting at a Masonic temple in Milwaukee that was thwarted by law enforcement, “We were fortunate in this case, as we have been in others, in preventing the attack.  However, there will undoubtedly be more attempts to disrupt our way of life.  We must remain vigilant and ensure that our first responders have what they need to prevent attacks and respond to them if they do occur.”

In a December letter to the HSGAC Chairman, Senator Baldwin and North Dakota Senator Heidi Heitkamp emphasized the importance of examining the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) work with first responders, state and local law enforcement, individuals and communities to prepare for coordinated terrorist attacks.

Today’s hearing featured testimony from Everest, Wisconsin Chief of Police Wally Sparks, who discussed the importance of coordinated training and information sharing with federal, state and local first responders. The committee also heard from New York City Police Commissioner Bill Bratton and others.

VIDEO: Senator Baldwin questions witnesses at today’s hearing.

Press Releases by Tammy Baldwin - Page 2

Tammy Baldwin

Baldwin, McCain, Schakowsky Introduce Reform Requiring Transparency in Prescription Drug Price Increases

The bipartisan and bicameral FAIR Drug Pricing Act takes the first step to address skyrocketing prescription drug costs

Tammy Baldwin

Senators Raise Concerns About Mylan’s EpiPen Price Hike and Expanded Patient Assistance Program

Patient assistance program allows company to increase drug prices while passing costs onto insurance companies and consumers

Tammy Baldwin
Tammy Baldwin

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Supports Grant for University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Educational Opportunity Center

$236,900 in TRIO funding will help expand opportunity for disadvantaged and underrepresented students

Tammy Baldwin

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Applauds Over $800,000 from the EPA for Great Lakes Restoration

The five communities awarded grants were Algoma, Ashland, Manitowoc, Two Rivers and Wind Point.

Tammy Baldwin

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Renews Call for Investments from Washington to Fight Wisconsin’s Opioid and Heroin Epidemic

“It’s time for Washington to act by providing funding for prevention, treatment and recovery efforts.”

Tammy Baldwin

Veterans’ Organizations Announce Support for U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin’s Bipartisan Legislation to Support Job Creation for Veterans

The bipartisan BRAVE Act receives support for creating incentives for businesses to employ our veterans

Tammy Baldwin

Support Grows for U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin’s Stronger Way Act

Bold legislation to fight poverty with real solutions garners support from leaders in Wisconsin and across the country

Tammy Baldwin

President Obama Signs Senator Baldwin’s Bipartisan VA Reforms into Law

VA reforms from Jason Simcakoski Memorial Opioid Safety Act become law

Tammy Baldwin

After Request from U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin, U.S. Department of Transportation Announces $2.75 Million for Emergency Repairs to Roads in Northern Wisconsin

After devastating flooding, Senator Baldwin toured northern Wisconsin communities to help coordinate emergency response to the disaster

Tammy Baldwin

U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin and Cory Booker Introduce Bold Legislation to Fight Poverty with Real Solutions

A national partnership to support transitional jobs programs, tax reforms that make work pay

Tammy Baldwin

Homeland Security Measures Supported by Senator Baldwin Pass Senate and Move to the President’s Desk

Common sense security measures will help keep Americans safe

Newer Releases - Older Releases

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>