U.S. Rep. Tammy Baldwin has served in the House since 1999, supporting or opposing bills based on what best serves the needs of the majority of her constituents.
Baldwin was a lead sponsor of the Buffet Rule, which would require millionaires and billionaires to pay their fair share of taxes and help reduce the deficit by tens of billions of dollars.
When she first took office, Baldwin voted against repealing the Glass-Steagall Act, which had been enacted during the Great Depression to keep banks from engaging in risky practices. She believed letting Wall Street and big banks write their own rules would be disastrous for the economy and the 2007 financial crisis that led to our current recession proves she was right.
Baldwin supports making quality education available for everyone so America can compete in a global economy and she opposed the increase in interest rates on student loans.
Baldwin worked for passage of the Affordable Care Act, which took away the arbitrary power of insurance companies to refuse insurance because of “pre-existing conditions.” This meant that women could be charged 50 percent more in premiums because if they had a Caesarean section or had been a victim of domestic violence or sexual assault, that was considered a “preexisting” condition. Obamacare will now make it possible for seniors to enjoy more prescription drug coverage as it eliminates the “doughnut hole” and will save seniors millions of dollars in out-of-pocket costs.
Baldwin is committed to fiscal responsibility based on an agenda of responsibility and fairness. his is just the opposite of those who would make cuts in education, health care, Medicare and Social Security while the wealthiest 1 percent get tax cuts. She is strongly opposed to placing this tax burden on middle class families and seniors.
Shey is committed to protecting Social Security and against privatizing it, which would turn our money over to the same Wall Street speculators who destroyed the economy. Further, she is working to retain Medicare as we have it now and not dumping the burden of cost on to our younger generations. Medicare, as is, presently affects about 930,000 Wisconsinites.
Lastly, Baldwin believes in fairness and equality. She supported our present Hate Crime Act, has introduced the Respect For Marriage Act, sponsored the repeal of the outdated “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” Act, the Employer Non- Discrimination Act and reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act.
Sadly, there are those who wish to do nothing more than push our advances back to the 19th century.