Tammy stops in Fond du Lac on campaign trail
U.S. Senate candidate Tammy Baldwin paid a visit to Fond du Lac’s Democratic headquarters Saturday on a campaign trail that led through Milwaukee, Madison, Beaver Dam and Oshkosh.
“Even people with jobs are struggling,” she said. “There’s no extra income for a college fund or enough to have a secure retirement.”
An advocate for universal health care, Baldwin said parents across the country can rest assured knowing their children will not be denied health insurance because of a sickness or pre-existing medical condition. She said she is proud to have authored an amendment that allowed for coverage of children to be on a parent’s health care plan up to the age of 26.
“I was raised by my grandparents and when I was 9 I had a serious illness and was in the hospital,” she observed. “When the bills came due they realized grandchildren weren’t covered so they had to pay out of pocket. Later, when they tried to find insurance for me, they couldn’t find it at any price. I grew up believing this should never happen to anybody.”
Her approach to tackling the nation’s budget deficit is through economic growth and bringing U.S. troops home from Afghanistan.
“I believe we have nation-building to do. We have to be serious about getting our budget back in balance,” she said.
Her travels through the state have led to talks with key business leaders and tours of technical colleges. Wisconsites want a level playing field in a global marketplace, she said.
Along with Rep Reid Ribble, R-Sherwood, Baldwin recently introduced the China Hurts Economic Advancement Thru Subsidies Act (CHEATS) that would reverse a Dec. 19 federal appeals court ruling that the U.S. Commerce Department had no legal authority to impose countervailing tariffs on subsidized imports from countries such as China and Vietnam with non-market economies,.
She said that U.S. companies already are at a disadvantage because of Chinese practices that violate international trade law. China provided more than $33.1 billion in subsidies to its paper industry from 2002-09, she said, and during that period supplanted the U.S. as the world’s largest producer of paper and paper products.
“American manufacturers deserve our full support in combating China’s relentless pattern of international trade law violations,” Baldwin said. “The simple fact is (that) China cheats.”