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U.S. Sen. Baldwin: Tammy Tuesdays: July 2, 2024

Hi folks! Welcome back to Tammy Tuesdays, our weekly update email on Tammy’s work and the big fights she’s taking on for Wisconsin families.

Tammy knows that there’s more that unites us than divides. She understands that Wisconsin’s middle-class families all want good paying jobs, affordable health care, and the same freedoms their parents and grandparents had. 

Read below for highlights of what Tammy worked on this week:

Two Years Without Roe

Last Monday marked the two-year anniversary of the Dobbs decision that overturned Roe v. Wade and sent our country 49 years back in time. In Wisconsin, we were sent 173 years back, a time that predates the Civil War and decades before women had the right to vote. Since then, Wisconsinites have been living in legal limbo with abortion inaccessible in 69 of 72 counties. 

Since this devastating reversal of decades long precedent, Tammy has been standing side by side with Wisconsinites in the fight to take back our freedoms. Last Monday, Tammy hosted a roundtable with reproductive justice advocates to mark two years since the Dobbs decision overturned Roe v. Wade and discuss how she’s working to restore reproductive rights in Wisconsin and across the country. Right now, Tammy is leading the charge to codify the right to choose into federal law through her Women’s Health Protection Act, because women, not politicians, should make their own health care decisions. And until the right to choose is codified, Tammy is also supporting legislation that will ensure Wisconsinites can get the health care they need as soon as they need it. Just last month, Tammy introduced legislation that would enshrine contraception and IVF access into federal law, which builds on her previous efforts to pass legislation that would ensure women from states with abortion bans can travel for reproductive health care and protect the doctors who provide such care. Tammy is the fighter Wisconsin women can always count on to restore and defend our freedoms. 

Read Tammy’s op-ed on the two-year anniversary of the Dobbs decision HERE

Investing in Wisconsin’s Infrastructure 

Tammy knows that if we want our communities to last for future generations, we need to invest in our infrastructure. With a strong record of making sure Wisconsinites have access to clean water, safe roads to travel on, and reliable high-speed internet, Tammy is committed to putting Wisconsin’s communities first.

Last week, Tammy was proud to secure $25 million to build a new downtown Appleton Transit Center, which will also include an affordable housing component. The new transit center will ensure everyone can get where they need to go safely, make public transportation more convenient, and put housing within reach for more Wisconsinites—all while creating good-paying jobs. Improving Wisconsin’s infrastructure is always going to be a top priority for Tammy because it supports good paying jobs and keeps Wisconsin’s communities going strong.

Celebrating the Ninth Anniversary of Same-Sex Marriage

When the Supreme Court overturned Roe and sent us fifty years into the past, they also signaled they were coming after same-sex and interracial marriages next. Tammy took action and brought 12 Republicans on board with Democrats to pass the Respect for Marriage Act, which protects same-sex and interracial marriages in every corner of the country. Now, LGBTQ+ Americans across the country can sleep at night knowing their marriage is safe and no right-wing extremist can tear their family apart.                      

And last Wednesday, Tammy celebrated the ninth anniversary of the landmark Obergefell v. Hodges decision that legalized same-sex marriage at a press conference with End Citizens United and the first same-sex couple to be married in Dane County. As our nation’s first openly gay senator, Tammy didn’t run to make history, she ran to make a difference. And she is proud to see the difference she has made to make Wisconsin a safer and more inclusive place for everyone who calls our state home.

Investing in Public Safety

Tammy knows that if we want to keep our communities safe, we have to invest in public safety. That’s why last year, Tammy helped secure nearly $90 million for statewide public safety efforts to keep Wisconsin’s communities safe. 

Tammy is proud to be building on these efforts by working alongside the Wausau Fire Department to create an apprenticeship program to get more young people into the firefighting industry and keep Wisconsin’s communities safe. On top of that, Tammy is working hard to pass her landmark job training legislation that would scale up Wisconsin’s apprenticeship programs and provide more people with the skills they need to succeed, including Wisconsinites who are interested in pursuing public safety careers. Public safety is always going to be a top priority for Tammy, and she’s going to keep working hard to ensure our communities have the critical public safety investments  and resources they need.

Wrapping Up Dairy Pride Month

To wrap up Dairy Pride Month, Tammy is excited to announce the USDA’s commitment of $12 million in federal funding for four dairy innovation centers, including the Dairy Business Innovation Alliance (DBIA) run by the Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association (WCMA) and the Center for Dairy Research (CDR). The Dairy Business Innovation Act, which Tammy championed in the 2018 Farm Bill, has already directed $165 million to aid farmers and processors. With approximately $3 million allocated to DBIA, the program will enhance product research, development, technical assistance, education, and grants across the Midwest. The past, present, and future of Wisconsin includes our dairy industries, and Tammy’s working hard to keep it that way.

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