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08.09.22

RIPTA Gets $22.37 Million Federal RAISE Grant to Electrify Aquidnick Island Bus Service

NEWPORT, RI -- The days of diesel-powered buses rolling along Aquidneck Island streets are numbered, thanks to a new federal RAISE grant to procure 25 new clean-energy electric buses and recharging infrastructure. Today, U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse and Congressmen Jim Langevin and David Cicilline announced a new $22,370,800 federal Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability & Equity (RAISE) grant for the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA). Thi… Continue Reading


08.07.22

Whitehouse Votes for Inflation Reduction Act to Lower Energy and Health Care Costs for Rhode Islanders and Bend Emissions Curve

Whitehouse contributed major bill components to fight climate change

U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse today joined all 50 Senate Democrats and Vice President Harris in voting to pass the Inflation Reduction Act, landmark legislation that will lower energy and health care costs for Rhode Islanders, and drive down the emissions causing the climate crisis. As a budget reconciliation measure, the Inflation Reduction Act was approved by a simple majority in the Senate and now heads to the House of Representatives, where it is expected to pass. "Our Inflation Reductio… Continue Reading


08.07.22

Whitehouse Votes for Historic Climate Legislation

Inflation Reduction Act will significantly bend emissions curve

U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), one of the Senate's leading climate champions, issued the following statement after all 50 Senate Democrats voted to the pass the Inflation Reduction Act: "This historic bill makes major investments in reducing the carbon emissions that are responsible for climate change. From cracking down on methane to making homes and vehicles more energy efficient to greatly expanding carbon capture, I'm proud to have shaped major climate components of the Inflation … Continue Reading


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In the News

06.06.22

How Dark Money Fueled The Jan. 6 Insurrection — And Why We Can't Find It

Shadowy "war games" for what happened on Jan. 6 began months earlier — but we still don't know who paid for them

In September 2020, a dark-money group called the Rule of Law Defense Fund convened a meeting in Atlanta of staffers from the fund's corporate sibling, the Republican Attorneys General Association (RAGA). Their purpose was to run "war games," to be ready in the event Donald Trump lost reelection in November. A little over three months later, the same group would help to assemble the mob before the White House on Jan. 6, 2021. This wasn't an isolated incident. Shadowy preparations like these bega… Continue Reading


02.22.22

‘The Scheme’: a senator’s plan to highlight rightwing influence on the supreme court

Sheldon Whitehouse spent nine years rousing the Senate to act on climate change. Now he’s set his sights on the changes at the supreme court

The US Senate is not a crowded, rambunctious place like Britain's House of Commons or other more lively legislative bodies around the world. Members are accustomed to speaking among row after row of empty desks, unheckled by absent colleagues. This has not deterred Senator Sheldon Whitehouse from stepping into the arena to champion urgent causes. For almost nine years the Democrat took to the Senate floor every week the chamber was in session to demand that attention be paid to the climate cris… Continue Reading


02.04.22

This senator thought he had given his 279th and final speech on climate change. He was wrong.

With climate action stalled, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse is reviving his "Time to Wake Up" speeches.

A little over a year ago, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, a Democrat from Rhode Island, stood on the Senate floor looking exuberant. To his right was his trademark green sign - a picture of the Earth and "TIME TO WAKE UP" in large capital letters. The senator, a longtime climate activist, was celebrating what he thought would be a milestone: his 279th and final speech urging the country to take action on global warming. President Joe Biden, who had campaigned aggressively on the subject of climate c… Continue Reading


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Speeches

07.19.22

Sen. Whitehouse Testifies on his DISCLOSE Act in a Senate Rules Committee Hearing

Thank you Chair Klobuchar and Ranking Member Hagerty for inviting me to testify on the DISCLOSE Act. Twelve years after Citizens United, Americans know something is deeply amiss in our democracy. Huge majorities see America headed in the wrong direction. Fifty-eight percent of voters say our government needs major reforms or a complete overhaul. Only 25 percent of Americans say they have confidence in the Supreme Court. They see government actually erasing rights on which generations of Am… Continue Reading


07.19.22

Whitehouse Delivers Opening Remarks in Judiciary Committee Hearing on Seizing Russian Oligarchs’ Illicit Assets to Aid Ukraine

I'd like to start by thanking Chair Durbin for his invaluable support for today's hearing on how we can use asset forfeiture of Russian oligarchs' assets to aid Ukraine, and for his efforts to hold Russia accountable for its crimes against Ukraine and humanity. Thank you also to Ranking Member Grassley for your leadership and efforts to root out corruption, fraud, and abuse at home and abroad. And I've been honored to work with Senator Graham and Senator Bennet on this draft bill that we're wo… Continue Reading


07.13.22

The Scheme 16 - The Hothouse and West Virginia v EPA pt. 2

Mdm. President, I rise today now for the 16th time to call out the dark-money Scheme to capture and control our Supreme Court. The last time I rose to shine a light on this Scheme, I sounded a warning about a case then pending at the Supreme Court called West Virginia v. EPA. I discussed how The Court That Dark Money Built was primed to smash through precedent and weaponize fringe legal theories to deliver for the Scheme's big donors. I am sorry, but not surprised, to report that the Supreme … Continue Reading


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Op-Eds

04.20.22

Cutting Back the Dangerous Levels of Corporate Power

We Americans today are frogs, in a slowly heating pot of corporate political power. It's time to pay attention. Our Constitution provides no role for corporate entities in the governance of America. Why would it? A corporate entity is a legal fiction, with neither morals nor soul. Corporate political power was not even a topic in the Constitutional Debates, nor of the Federalist Papers. The first words of our Declaration of Independence are "We the People." Our greatest president in our darkest… Continue Reading


04.14.22

Seize Russian yachts, jets and Picassos. Then use the money to help Ukraine.

We've introduced legislation that would give President Joe Biden the authority to seize Russian assets and give increased support to Ukraine.

The split screen is stomach-turning: In Ukraine, Vladimir Putin's rockets fall on fleeing refugees, missiles gash occupied apartment buildings and hospitals, and civilians huddle in metro stations as bombs fall above. Outside Ukraine, mega-yachts ferry Russian oligarchs between tropical islands, private jets shuttle them to ski vacations and priceless art adorns the walls of their villas. Putin's enablers - and even members of his family - live abroad in laundered luxury off the wealth they st… Continue Reading


02.17.22

In the federal court wars, the right has jumped through a dark-money looking glass

When Supreme Court vacancies occur, a Republican dark-money operation swings into action. Now, an anonymously funded right-wing group is airing an ad aimed at the yet-to-be-picked nominee to replace retiring Supreme Court Justice Stephen G. Breyer. The group alleges that liberal dark-money interests will guide President Biden's choice. The music is ominous, the central claim false, and the hypocrisy thick. In nature, some creatures develop ingenious defenses. The squid, for instance, can squir… Continue Reading


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