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09.23.20

Senate Democrats Release New Report Detailing How Health Care and Reproductive Rights are at Risk with New Supreme Court Vacancy

The first issue-based report released as part of Senate Democrats’ Captured Courts Project; “Courts are the linchpin of the Republican anti-health care and anti-choice agenda.”

Today, U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Mazie Hirono (D-HI) and Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) released a new report on how Americans' health care is at risk because of the new Supreme Court vacancy following the tragic death of Justice Ginsburg. In the first in a series of Captured Courts reports focused on issues, Senate Democrats… Continue Reading


09.22.20

Reed & Whitehouse Call for Investigation into Trump Admin’s Political Interference in COVID-19 Response

Following barrage of alarming instances of Trump Admin meddling in scientific work, Reed & Whitehouse introduce STOP Act to form non-partisan task force task to examine communications between the White House, HHS, & other health agencies

In an effort to prevent the Trump Administration from suppressing scientific findings and impeding scientific work by agencies like the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), U.S. Senators Jack Reed (D-RI) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) today joined Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), and 30 of their Senate Democratic colleagues in introducing the Science and Transparency Over Politics (STOP) Act. This … Continue Reading


09.22.20

Whitehouse Testifies on the Right-Wing Capture of Our Courts

Special interest campaign already underway to jam Trump nominee into Ginsburg seat

Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), a senior member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, testifies today at 2 p.m. before the House Judiciary Committee Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property & the Internet about how Republicans and their special interest backers are packing our courts with extremist, partisan judges and what that means for an independent judiciary and the rule of law. Whitehouse will also address how the massive dark money campaign seeking to capture our courts will in… 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

09.22.20

Time to Wake Up 272: Business Roundtable vs. Corporate Inaction

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Mr./Mdm. President, I rise today for the 272nd time to discuss the defining issue of our age: climate change. This is a good news/bad news speech. Let's start with the good news. Big news this week on business support for carbon pricing. Remember that IMF pegs fossil fuel subsidy at $600 billion per year in the US, so the market is dramatically tilted to favor fossil fuel. Carbon pricing helps set that right. Economics 101, really. So carbon pricing makes a lot of sense. What happened? The BR… Continue Reading


09.15.20

Time to Wake Up: Recent Reports

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Mr./Mdm. President, I rise for the 271st time to call this chamber's attention to two reports on the defining issue of our generation. As I speak, wildfires devour the American West, and consume American lives: in East of Salem, Oregon, two people dead in a scorched vehicle; in Butte County, California, three dead, overrun by a fast-moving fire; in Ashland, a 1-year-old boy; almost the entire town of Malden, Washington burned down. Half a million Oregonians evacuated due to fire; one out of ten… Continue Reading


09.09.20

Time to Wake Up: Ocean Warnings

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Mr./Mdm. President, I rise today for the 270th time to call this chamber to action on the issue of climate change. The world is in the clutches of a pandemic disease that touches, directly or indirectly, virtually every human being on the face of the earth. It is costing us in lives, money, and immeasurable human pain. It didn't have to be this way. We could have been better prepared. President Trump was left a detailed playbook from his predecessor, but he ignored it. Trump did away with key … Continue Reading


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Op-Eds

07.08.20

Crashing coastal property values and the economic fallout of climate change

Climate change is already impacting New England coastal property. Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island have already lost $403 million in coastal property value.

Climate change has taken hold here in New England. From the White Mountains to Narragansett Bay, there have been more frequent heat waves; native wildlife and plants are shifting north; and there have been troubling upticks in climate-related ailments like tick-borne diseases and asthma. But nowhere is climate change more apparent than along the coast, where warming and acidifying waters and rising sea levels are taking a toll, disrupting fisheries and eroding coastal marshes and beaches. These… Continue Reading


05.15.20

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


04.29.20

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


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