Press Releases


Whitehouse Calls for DOJ Inspector General Investigation of Trump Automaker Antitrust Inquiry

Whistleblower testimony and evasive responses from Trump Justice officials raise serious questions about weaponizing DOJ to scuttle California fuel economy agreement

Today, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) called on the Justice Department Inspector General to investigate the aborted federal antitrust investigation of four automakers' agreement with the state of California over auto fuel emissions standards. Citing last week's hearing in the House Judiciary Committee featuring whistleblower testimony from a former top Antitrust Division official, Whitehouse points to a range of troubling conduct by Attorney General Bill Barr's Justice Department and yet-una… Continue Reading


Reed & Whitehouse Cosponsor Bill to Make Juneteenth a Federal Holiday

Senators back effort to designate June 19 a national holiday commemorating the end of slavery in the United States

Today, U.S. Senators Jack Reed (D-RI) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) cosponsored the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act. This legislation would designate Juneteenth as a permanent holiday to commemorate the end of slavery in the United States. The bill would also establish a Juneteenth Federal Holiday Commission to encourage ceremonies and activities in celebration of the holiday throughout the nation. Juneteenth commemorates the arrival of the news of emancipation and the freedom of sl… Continue Reading


Harvard Journal on Legislation Publishes Whitehouse Article on Dark Money Capture of U.S. Courts

In new article, Whitehouse calls on Congress to address lack of transparency in the federal judiciary

READ THE FULL ARTICLE HERE Washington, DC - Today, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) released an article published in the latest edition of the Harvard Journal on Legislation that details corporate interests' capture of our federal judiciary and proposes a range of legislative solutions to counter it. In Dark Money and U.S. Courts: The Problem and Solutions, Whitehouse traces the history of corporations' campaign to wrest control of the courts by funneling anonymous "dark money" through a comp… Continue Reading

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In the News


Is Your Trade Group Blocking Climate Action?

Climate change is catastrophic for the economy. Moody's recently warned that climate change will cause $69 trillion in economic damage globally by 2100, even with warming held to only 2 degrees Celsius. In May, the European Central Bank warned of climate risks to the economy, asset values, and financial stability; the longer we wait, the ECB reported, the more it will cost to protect ourselves. Almost 30 central banks have made similar warnings. This is the cliff fossil fuel companies are drivi… Continue Reading


Whitehouse Comes to Dinner: Chariho Hosts Roundtable with Democratic Senator

RICHMOND - Residents, state officials and local government officials from Charlestown, Richmond, Hopkinton and Westerly gathered at Chariho High School Wednesday evening to eat pasta and meatballs and pose their questions to Rhode Island's junior senator, Democrat Sheldon Whitehouse. About 80 people attended the community dinner, an informal event that Whitehouse has held often throughout the state. "I will speak very, very briefly, and then we'll go to questions and answers," Whitehouse told … Continue Reading


Fixing our highways: Providence Journal Editorial

It's not often that business and labor leaders gather to rally for the same cause, but they did last Wednesday as Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., stood on the grounds of a major road-building company and urged Congress to help Rhode Island and other states fix their roads and bridges. Senator Whitehouse has added language to a highway finance bill, with the goal of helping states tackle particularly expensive projects. One example, familiar to many Rhode Islanders, is a planned reconstruction … Continue Reading

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Time to Wake Up: Blaring Economic Alarms

As-prepared for delivery

Mr./Mdm. President, I rise today, for number 268, to urge colleagues here in the Senate: wake up, and see the looming danger we face from climate change. Look at recent climate effects in our Southern Hemisphere. The most devastating wildfires anyone can remember have ripped across Australia, burned more than a fifth of Australia's forests, destroying thousands of homes, killing an estimated 1 billion animals, and making a day of breathing air in Sydney like smoking 37 cigarettes. In the oce… Continue Reading


Time to Wake Up: The Chamber Knew

As-prepared for delivery.

Mr./Mdm. President, I am here today for the 267th time to call this chamber to wake up to the threat of climate change. Let me dive right in with a report from over 30 years ago that was presented to a major conference here in Washington, D.C. On the first page, it reads: Increases in atmospheric concentration of carbon dioxide (CO2) and other key gases . . . that are opaque to portions of the infrared spectrum result in the "greenhouse effect" or global warming. When short wavelength infrare… Continue Reading


Time to Wake Up: Dwindling Catches

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Mr./Mdm. President, I come to again raise an alarm about the massive carbon pollution we are dumping into our natural world, and to tell the stories of two ocean creatures suffering from that pollution. We may mock or ignore these creatures, these lesser creatures so far down the food chain from us, but we are fools to ignore the message of what is happening to them. Matthew 25:41 admonishes, "as you did it to one of the least of these . . . , you did it to me." So we ought not mock and igno… Continue Reading

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Trump's coronavirus response proves Congress once again needs its own science advisers

With an administration in power that mocks and disparages science - at the bidding of big special interests and for its own perceived political gain - it falls to Congress to ensure that our government is listening to science. But right now, Congress itself often doesn't act on the best available scientific knowledge - in no small part because of a fateful decision by Congress two and a half decades ago that cut off the flow of high quality, nonpartisan science to inform its decisions. Until t… Continue Reading


Moot Points, Gun Laws and the Supreme Court

The Journal’s editorial board would like to blame us for the failure of a major 2nd Amendment challenge at the Supreme Court.

The Journal's editorial board joined Justice Samuel Alito to blame us for the failure of a major Second Amendment challenge at the Supreme Court ("The Chief Justice Ducks on Gun Rights," April 28). The Justice alleges that we somehow "manipulated" the court. That's rich, in light of the right-wing dark-money machine surrounding the court. New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v. City of New York was the product of what the National Rifle Association-a major Republican donor, gun indus… Continue Reading


The corrupt tax provision in the CARES Act: Rep. Doggett & Sen. Whitehouse

In a bill meant to provide relief to millions of Americans in need, those making millions were the ones who really benefited.

As Americans battled the human and economic devastation of COVID-19, Congress sent rapid relief out to families, our health sector, small businesses and our economy. The most recent relief bill, the CARES Act, enjoyed wide bipartisan support and will help if implemented effectively. But tucked into its 880 pages were Republican-inserted tax provisions. The more we've learned about their immense cost and the few that they benefit, the clearer it is that they have to go. These costly tax breaks … Continue Reading

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