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RIPTA Gets $900,000 Federal Grant to Develop & Advance Transit Solutions for ‘Band of Demand’ Corridor from Central Falls to Warwick

New federal grant will help RIPTA study and plan public transit options along High-Capacity Transit Corridor from Central Falls to Warwick & new infusion of federal dollars through the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act could help RI turn big ideas on transit into reality

PROVIDENCE, RI - In an effort to improve mass transit in Rhode Island, plan for the future, and support the development of the Metro Providence High-Capacity Transit Corridor, U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse and Congressmen Jim Langevin and David Cicilline secured a new $900,000 federal grant to help the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA) develop plans for a transit corridor to connect Central Falls to Warwick via Providence. This High-Capacity Transit Corridor initiat… Continue Reading


Whitehouse Statement on Federal Reserve Selections

Providence, RI - Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) released the following statement on President Biden's selection today of Jerome Powell and Lael Brainard to be the Federal Reserve's Chair and Vice Chair respectively. "The Federal Reserve faces the colossal task of guarding our financial system and economy from the systemic financial and economic risks posed by climate change. Myriad financial experts warn that the economic losses stemming from climate change could dwarf the losses of the hous… Continue Reading


Whitehouse and Murkowski Introduce Bill Focused on Blue Carbon Ecosystems

Ecosystems provide environmental benefits, sequester atmospheric carbon

Senate Oceans Caucus Co-Chairs U.S. Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) have reintroduced the Blue Carbon for Our Planet Act, legislation focused on conserving, restoring, and understanding coastal blue carbon ecosystems. Blue carbon ecosystems-which include mangroves, tidal marshes, seagrasses, and kelp forests-provide a buffer from storm- or wave-driven coastal erosion, improve water quality, and serve as habitat for juvenile fish while also removing carbon from the o… 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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Scheme Speech 9: Amicus Flotillas

Mr. WHITEHOUSE. Mr. President, I rise today for now the ninth time to unmask the rightwing, dark money scheme to capture our Supreme Court. I say ''capture'' in the sense of regulatory capture, an Agency capture-a well-known phenomenon. Today, I turn to an important tool of the scheme's apparatus: the orchestrated amicus curiae brief. So, first things first, amicus-or friend of the court-briefs are an important instrument in our judicial system. They help those who aren't parties to a case to … Continue Reading


The Scheme 8: Tu Quoque (You Too)

Mr. WHITEHOUSE. Mr. President, I rise today to discuss again the scheme by rightwing donor interests to capture and control our Supreme Court, just like big industries have captured and controlled regulatory agencies through history. In these speeches, I have covered the origins, motivations, and central players in the scheme; and, today, I am here to respond to a little bit of counterprogramming from the scheme. So, obviously, Job 1, if you have captured an agency, is to pretend it is not cap… Continue Reading


The Scheme Speech 7: Brett Kavanaugh

Mr. WHITEHOUSE. Madam President, I return to the Senate floor to again discuss the scheme to capture our Supreme Court; in this case, it will be through the lens of how recent Justices got on the Court. And I will choose Brett Kavanaugh. I think we all remember the famous list-the Federalist Society list-that Donald Trump promised to follow in Supreme Court appointments. The first interesting thing about Brett Kavanaugh is that he was not on the list of candidates that Donald Trump had offered … Continue Reading

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How Russian Hackers Helped Expose the Right-Wing Dark Money Corrupting Our Courts

Paid-for amicus briefs are the tip of an iceberg of wealthy right-wing donors paying to secure in the federal judiciary rules they cannot accomplish through democratic elections.

A piece of news that came out on the same day that the Supreme Court heard arguments in a case-at the center of what the NRA has bluntly termed the Republican justices' "project" to overturn gun safety- revealed how deep the rot goes. The news came from Russian hackers on the dark web. According to reporting by The Trace, the hackers unearthed a document suggesting that the NRA paid a lawyer more than $500,000 to advocate on its behalf through "the Independence Institute." This included filing … Continue Reading


Justice Alito complains, but the evidence is clear: This Supreme Court was built by dark money

Alito wants us to believe everything is going great at the Supreme Court. And so it is — for big Republican donors

Justice Samuel Alito wants desperately for us to believe that everything is just fine at the Supreme Court. Indeed, in his view the court is a victim. Before an audience at Notre Dame on Sept. 30, Alito denounced "unprecedented efforts to intimidate the court." He aimed his outrage at the media, at leading legal academics, and at people like me who are concerned about, as he put it, the Supreme Court "deciding important issues in a novel, secretive, improper way in the middle of the night, hidd… Continue Reading


Fighting climate change means putting our coasts on par with our mountains

Setting coastal and inland needs against each other is wrong

It's hard to find states more different than New Mexico and Rhode Island. One is big, the other small; one is landlocked mountain ranges and high desert, the other seaside coast. But both count on a healthy, clean environment, and each presents wondrous natural beauty. So we both fight tirelessly to defend that environment as climate dangers mount. Whether the worsening danger is wildfires or coastal flooding, we recognize the importance of dedicated federal funding to conserve that beauty for … Continue Reading

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