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Whitehouse, Blumenthal, Hirono Call Out Special Interest Push to Tear Down CFPB in Supreme Court Brief

Senators highlight corporate special interest campaign to undermine protections for Americans’ health, safety, and welfare

Today, U.S. Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), and Mazie Hirono (D-HI) submitted a friend-of-the-court brief in a major Supreme Court challenge to the constitutionality of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). The senators highlight the damage that unbridled corporate power can do to Americans' health, safety, and welfare, and document the sweeping campaign by corporate interests to capture and control regulatory agencies - and now the courts themselves - … Continue Reading


Whitehouse Statement on Opening of Impeachment Trial

U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) today issued the following statement regarding the opening of an impeachment trial in the Senate: "Today is a solemn day, as the Senate prepares to carry out the serious duty that the Founding Fathers charged us with. Every senator has just sworn an oath to 'do impartial justice.' That oath can only be upheld if the Senate allows the witnesses and evidence necessary to get to the truth about the acts charged in the impeachment." ###… Continue Reading


Whitehouse, Schatz, Heinrich Press Major Institutional Investors about Marathon Petroleum’s Anti-Climate Lobbying

Blackrock, JPMorgan Chase, State Street, and Vanguard all claim to support climate action, yet are the largest shareholders of one of the most anti-climate companies

In letters sent today, Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Brian Schatz (D-HI), and Martin Heinrich (D-MN) pressed the four largest shareholders in oil refiner Marathon Petroleum-Blackrock, JPMorgan Chase, State Street, and Vanguard-about Marathon's relentless lobbying against climate action, particularly its efforts to unwind fuel efficiency standards for automobiles. The senators ask what the firms know about Marathon's anti-climate lobbying efforts, and for the firms to use their positions a… Continue Reading

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In the News


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


Whitehouse Keeps Climate Change Front and Center

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse has been a familiar sight the past few years, standing on the Senate floor beside a "Time To Wake Up" placard and talking to a nearly empty chamber. It's set to happen again Monday evening, when the Rhode Island Democrat delivers his 100th weekly floor speech on climate change. Since April 2012, Whitehouse has devoted a considerable amount of time and energy to the practice. He said the repetition helps him keep his facts straight - so he's ready to throw down and debat… Continue Reading

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Time to Wake Up: 7 Charts

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Mr./Mdm. President, Grist did an article recently about climate change, with images. I grabbed a few, and added a few. They give a pretty good overview of the mess we're in on climate change. The most devastating wildfires anyone can remember are ripping across Australia. Those fires have destroyed thousands of homes; killed an estimated 1 billion animals; and made a day of breathing air in Sydney the equivalent of smoking 37 cigarettes. Why? According to the Australian Bureau of Meteoro… Continue Reading


Time to Wake Up: 2019 in Review

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Mr./Mdm. President, here we are in 2020 and I am still coming to the floor to try to wake this chamber up to the perils of climate change. Pathetic. Why do I have to be doing another of these speeches? Why don't we heed the warnings of our foremost scientists, of our military, of top financial institutions, of our own home-state universities? What does it take to get our attention here? Why is the fossil fuel industry's unlimited dark money still flooding our politics? Why are the biggest lob… Continue Reading


Time to Wake Up: Methane and the Captured EPA

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We're rapidly running out of time to protect our future, and that of our children and grandchildren, from worsening climate upheaval. America ought to be taking every measure available to rein in greenhouse gas emissions, from legislative action, to legal action, to diplomatic action, to regulatory action. But we're not, because of corruption. Regulatory action means enforcing the laws on the books. We have a Clean Air Act that requires the Environmental Protection Agency to stop dangerous p… Continue Reading

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Climate change and dark money

The earth is spinning toward climate catastrophe. The international community has about a decade to take the steps necessary to avoid breaching the 1.5 degrees Celsius safety zone that the scientific community has established. It will take American leadership to achieve that goal, which means not only bold action in Congress, but meaningful leadership from the president, our allies around the globe, and leadership from powerful forces like major corporations. Unfortunately, much of corporate Am… Continue Reading


The unglamorous job of federal budgeting

OPINION - It is no secret that a vast majority of Americans disapprove of the job Congress is doing. Too often our political debates are characterized by hyperpartisanship, rather than achieving meaningful outcomes for the American people. Nowhere is this problem more acute than when it comes to our inability to address our country's unsustainable fiscal course. Our current budget process is broken, as evidenced by mounting debt and deficits, a patchwork of temporary spending bills, government … Continue Reading


R.I. hospitals should coordinate, not split themselves apart

Once the hard feelings of the recent failed hospital merger abate, we need to get back to work improving health-care delivery in Rhode Island. Competition works in much of the economy, but not so well in health care; not when you're brought to the emergency room unconscious; not for complicated illnesses; not for people managing multiple conditions. Rhode Island has invested a lot of effort into building the elements of a smart, coordinated system to serve patients, especially in the areas of d… Continue Reading

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