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04.09.21

RI Delegation Announces $724K EDA Grant for 401 Tech Bridge to Support Economic Recovery

Grant from CARES Act-created challenge will boost local Blue Economy sector

Providence, RI - U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse and Congressmen Jim Langevin and David Cicilline today announced that 401 Tech Bridge has received $724,674 from the Economic Development Administration's (EDA) Scaling Pandemic Resilience Through Innovation and Technology (SPRINT) Challenge. The SPRINT Challenge was created last year by the CARES Act with the aim of harnessing America's entrepreneurial talents to address the economic and health risks caused by the coronavirus pande… Continue Reading


04.08.21

Whitehouse, Doggett Welcome Treasury Tax Plan to Keep Jobs & Profits in America

Proposal tracks Whitehouse-Doggett legislation to prevent outsourcing and generate significant revenue to fund infrastructure overhaul

Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Congressman Lloyd Doggett (D-TX) welcomed the U.S Treasury Department's new Made in America Tax Plan, a proposal containing central components of Whitehouse and Doggett's No Tax Breaks for Outsourcing Act. The Biden administration American Jobs Plan, released last week, proposes to generate revenue by closing loopholes and incentives in the tax code that send jobs and profits overseas. The new Treasury tax plan fleshes out those proposals in greater detail. … Continue Reading


03.31.21

Senators Sound Alarm Over SCOTUS Case Threatening Constitutional Protection for Dark Money

Whitehouse and 14 Senate colleagues file brief in AFPF v. Rodriquez; Case opens the door to guaranteeing billionaires and corporations the right to drown democracy in unlimited anonymous spending

READ THE FULL BRIEF HERE Washington, DC - Senator Sheldon Whitehouse and 14 colleagues filed a brief with the U.S. Supreme Court today in Americans for Prosperity Foundation v. Rodriquez, a case that opens the possibility of constitutional protection for anonymous "dark money." The challenge before the Court is the latest move in a campaign by powerful special interests to cement their influence over government following the 2010 Supreme Court decision in Citizens United v. FEC. The senators wa… Continue Reading


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In the News

01.31.20

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


09.03.15

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


07.05.15

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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Speeches

03.23.21

Sen. Whitehouse Remarks on Dark Money and the DISCLOSE Act

Mr. WHITEHOUSE. Mr. President, I pick up where Senator Van Hollen left off because, when he was fighting for the DISCLOSE Act in the House, I was the manager of that bill on the floor here in the Senate. It would do something very simple. If you are spending more than $10,000 in an election, we ought to know who you are. That is pretty easy. It is not going to rope in lots of small donors. It will get the big interests who are out there trying to control our democracy and hide who they are whil… Continue Reading


03.15.21

Nomination of Debra Anne Haaland

Mr. WHITEHOUSE. Madam President, I am here to say a few words on behalf of Deb Haaland to be Secretary of the Interior. There is something wonderfully beautiful and symmetrical about her appointment to this position because of the Department of the Interior's role supervising America's public lands. Well, of course, before America's public lands were America's public lands, they were Native American lands, and Deb Haaland will be the first Native American to serve in any President's Cabinet and… Continue Reading


01.27.21

Time to Wake Up 279: Finale

Mr. WHITEHOUSE. Mr. President, I am particularly glad to see the senior Senator from New Mexico presiding on what, for me, is a sentimental moment, because he has been such a terrific friend and colleague and advocate in the battle of climate change. I am here today because, at last, it is time to say farewell to my battered ``Time to Wake Up'' image board here and to a run of more than 275 weekly climate speeches. It has been one of the Senate's longer runs, I believe, but I think it is time t… Continue Reading


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Op-Eds

03.22.21

How Right-Wing Dark Money Is Trying to Kneecap the Biden DOJ

A shadowy group is fighting DOJ appointees Vanita Gupta and Kristen Clarke. Their crime? Their desire to use their skills to defend Americans’ right to vote.

Someone is targeting Biden Justice Department nominees Vanita Gupta and Kristen Clarke with attacks. Why? Both nominees hold exceptional records as litigators and civils rights activists. The respect they've earned extends beyond the civil rights movement and progressives to law enforcement and leading conservatives. They ought to be consensus picks. But pull back the curtain, and strategy and motive take shape. Gupta and Clarke are poised to use their skills to defend Americans' right to vote,… Continue Reading


01.27.21

Following US Capitol attack, we senators must investigate fellow members of Congress — and follow the money

We need to understand what took place that day. We need to understand who was behind the tide of disinformation that led to the insurrection, and we need to understand who orchestrated the deadly actions that took place.

My first signal that things were seriously awry was when Capitol Police officers brought a badly shaken colleague to shelter in my Capitol hideaway. "They're in the building," she said. Shortly after, I was evacuated as the United States of America lost control of its Capitol to a violent pro-Trump mob intent on stopping the constitutional process of certifying the presidential election. Five people died in the Jan. 6 attack. We need to understand what took place that day. We need to understand… Continue Reading


01.12.21

Credibility Crisis: 'Dark Money' Influence Could Soon Become a Constitutional Right

The nation faces a dark money crisis as anonymous influence spreads malicious disinformation and corrupts and disrupts our politics. And now a case coming before the court could lock in dark money influence as a constitutional right.

The Supreme Court faces a credibility crisis. This crisis intensifies after nearly $100 million in anonymous funding-known as "dark money"-entered the confirmation fights of the last three justices. At the same time, the country faces a dark-money crisis as anonymous influence spreads malicious disinformation and corrupts and disrupts our politics. And now a case before the court could lock in dark money influence as a constitutional right. Big donors have reason to smile. The Republican majori… Continue Reading


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