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04.19.19

Whitehouse Statement on Redacted Mueller Report

Providence, RI - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, has released the following statement regarding the redacted version of the Mueller report: " My initial reactions are: The redacted report details an alarming account of Russian interference in our elections - one of sufficient magnitude, touching 120 million Americans and involving massive thefts of campaign information, to have tipped the close election in Trump's favor. Russia may have chosen ou… Continue Reading


04.12.19

Whitehouse Joins Warren in Reintroducing Legislation to Simplify Tax Filing and Save Families Money

Taxpayers spend an average of 11 hours preparing and filing tax returns and pay $200 for tax preparation services

U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) has joined Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), along with Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) to reintroduce the Tax Filing Simplification Act to ease the tax filing process for millions of American taxpayers and reduce their costs. Las… Continue Reading


04.12.19

Reed, Whitehouse Announce Confirmation of Wing Chau as RI U.S. Marshal

U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse today announced the confirmation of native Rhode Islander and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) Senior Special Agent Wing Chau for Unites States Marshal for the District of Rhode Island. Upon Reed and Whitehouse's recommendation, the White House nominated Chau last August, and then renewed the nomination in the 116th Congress. The full Senate approved the nomination yesterday. Chau replaces outgoing U.S. Marshal Jamie Hai… Continue Reading


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In the News

10.31.16

Comey Violated Important Principle by Disclosing Emails Investigation to Congress

As a former attorney general of my state, and a former United States attorney, it is perplexing for me to try to understand FBI Director James Comey's conduct in the agency's investigation of emails related to Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton. We prosecutors lived by principles that he seems to have violated: Don't discuss investigations, whether or not they are ongoing. Don't volunteer evidence you haven't charged. And don't engage with legislators. I had a hard-and-fast rule … Continue Reading


12.02.15

Why Republicans Continue to Deny Climate Science

Republicans in Congress and on the campaign trail are digging themselves into quite a hole. Climate change is both a critical issue for our world's security and sustainability, and a key political issue that could help decide who wins the White House in 2016. And yet Republicans continue to deny climate science, dismiss the urgency of action, or exaggerate the costs of the President's plans to address it. To read the full article, click here.… Continue Reading


09.28.15

The Many Sins of ‘Citizens United’

Our politics is awash in cash. Super PACs supporting presidential candidates have banked more than $250 million through June 30-nearly 10 times more than at this point in the 2012 cycle. "Dark money" from anonymous donors is also surging (dark to us, of course; you can bet the candidates know). The political network of Charles and David Koch has said that it plans to spend as much as $900 million in the 2016 election cycle, raised mostly from undisclosed donors. "For that kind of money, you cou… Continue Reading


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Speeches

04.09.19

Time To Wake Up: Rising Carbon Dioxide Levels

As prepared for delivery

Mr. President, I am here for my usual climate speech. The Presiding Officer has seen this increasingly battered poster many times before. We have had an interesting period in the Senate recently with respect to climate change, and I would like to take a moment to comment on it. Before I do that, I think it is important to kind of frame the backdrop of what is going on and why this matters. This is the measurement of carbon dioxide levels on Earth. This goes back 400,000 years-no agriculture, n… Continue Reading


03.28.19

Whitehouse Remarks on Reforming the Senate Budget Process

Nobody is tasked to look at our deficit and our debt. Theoretically, it’s us, but we’re not set up to actually do that.

Mr. Chairman, thank you very much. I remember very fondly my days of innocence when I came to the Budget Committee and thought that a deficit neutral reserve fund actually did anything and experienced a glow of satisfaction when I got one passed. Obviously, I've learned better over the years. So what this amendment focuses on, I think there is bipartisan agreement on, which is the need for reform of the budget committee. We are now fully meaningless. We do two things. We do this, which is an ex… Continue Reading


03.27.19

Whitehouse Remarks on the Senate Budget Process

I think there are lots of ways we can try to work together to make this a meaningful exercise again. If not, we should just jettison this stupid committee.

Mr. Chairman, here we go again. In a bipartisan tradition, we are here on a budget that is little more than a messaging document for the majority party. To amplify on Senator Kaine's remarks, there are actually about 40 seats in this room and there are now about one, two, three, four, five, six, seven people sitting in them. There's the world's smallest press table over there with the world's most bored press corp. reporting on the world's most useless hearing. And we've gotten ourselves into th… Continue Reading


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Op-Eds

12.30.18

Taxing Carbon Emissions

Senator Sheldon Whitehouse writes that “the savings from avoiding climate catastrophe are immense.”

To the Editor: I must respectfully disagree with my friend John Barrasso's Op-Ed article ("Cut Carbon Through Innovation, Not Regulation," nytimes.com, Dec. 18). First, the referendum result in Washington State looked like more relentless campaigning by the fossil fuel industry against climate action; without that industry onslaught, the carbon tax referendum there would probably have passed. Second, a carbon tax is not "expensive," except maybe for fossil fuel interests, as in our proposals … Continue Reading


12.19.18

Mergers should protect R.I. patients

We both remember when Rhode Island's major banks were headquartered here in Rhode Island. They kept management decision-making and high-paying jobs in the state while supporting local law firms, accountants, and other service providers. Bank executives provided a strong core of local civic leadership. When the banks merged out of state, it weakened the economic ecosystem. One of the best-known buildings in downtown Providence is a vacant former bank building. The same thing could happen in heal… Continue Reading


12.19.18

Stop Losing: A Senator’s Battle Plan for Beating the Right

World War II gave us flamboyant American heroes like George Patton and Douglas MacArthur, but Winston Churchill's favorite American general was the quiet, wise, efficient George C. Marshall, whom he called the "organizer of victory." Victory has traits. Victory must be organized. Organization requires strategy, preparation, tactics, training, and teamwork. Brave and able troops have been slaughtered throughout history in failures of organization. Losing has traits, too. As Democrats, we offer … Continue Reading


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