Sheldon's Highest Legislative Priorities

  • Promoting Quality, Affordable Health Care

    Every Rhode Islander deserves high-quality, affordable health care.  The Affordable Care Act brought health insurance to millions of Americans, but there is still work to be done to lower costs and improve results.  We need to build on the ACA and protect and strengthen Medicare and Medicaid to ensure that Rhode Islanders are healthy and financially secure.

  • Economic Opportunity and Shared Prosperity

    Too many families do not feel financially secure, despite working hard every day.  I am fighting to ensure economic security for all Rhode Islanders and to give our children a world-class public education, including the opportunity to go to college without taking on crushing debt.

  • Acting on Climate Change and Protecting Our Environment

    As a member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works and cofounder of the Senate Climate Action Task Force, I'm fighting for smart solutions to address climate change and position Rhode Island as a leader in the clean energy economy.  I also helped form the bipartisan Senate Oceans Caucus to protect our ocean and coasts for generations to come.

  • Keeping America Safe and Honoring Those Who Served

    Our government's most sacred responsibility is keeping Americans safe.  As the son and grandson of Foreign Service officers, I recognize that the United States is, and must remain, a great force for peace in the world.  That means working alongside our international partners and using all of our strengths, from our economy to our military, to build a safer and more secure future.  The U.S. is increasingly under threat from hackers and other criminals online, and protecting Americans from cyberattacks, disinformation, and other forms of internet-enabled foreign interference must be a national security priority.

  • Strengthening Our Justice System and Democracy

    As former Attorney General and United States Attorney for Rhode Island, I am committed to supporting law enforcement officers, reforming our criminal justice system, and ensuring that all Americans have fair access to our courts.  Serving on the Senate Judiciary Committee, I have worked on commonsense measures to address the opioid scourge, strengthen gun safety laws, update sentencing in the federal prison system, and protect the sacred right to vote.  I have also led the fight to fix our broken campaign finance system to prevent powerful interests from anonymously influencing our elections, and have worked to highlight the threat posed to our national security by foreign kleptocrats – leaders who use their power for personal profit – and their U.S.-based enablers.