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10.05.22

CRMC Nets $206,000 NOAA Grant to Examine RI’s Shoreline Public Access Needs

WAKEFIELD, RI - The Rhode Island Coastal Resources Management Council (RI CRMC) has designated 235 rights-of-way to the shore under its program since 1978, working with municipalities, non-profits, and individual citizens to provide protection for these shoreline public access points against time, neglect, and other forces. In recent years, however, it has become clear that the distribution of those ROWs is uneven, and more attention to improving shoreline access for all Rhode Islanders is warra… Continue Reading


10.04.22

Senators Offer Russian Asset Seizure Legislation Tracking Biden Administration Call for New Authority

Responding to a request from the Biden administration earlier this year, the bipartisan legislation would streamline the seizure and sale of Russian oligarch assets to benefit the people of Ukraine. Bipartisan group of Senators call for asset seizure measure to be included in National Defense Authorization Act renewal

Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Michael Bennet (D-CO), Jim Risch (R-ID), and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) have offered bipartisan legislation to empower U.S. authorities to seize high-priced assets of Russian President Vladimir Putin's oligarchs, and to put the proceeds from the sale of those assets toward aid for the Ukrainian people. The legislation includes authorities requested by President Biden in his comprehensive plan to hold Russian oligarchs and elites accounta… Continue Reading


10.04.22

$1.5M Federal Grant to Help Jamestown Housing Authority with Urgent Heating Upgrades at Pemberton Apartments

JAMESTOWN, RI - Today, U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse and Congressman David Cicilline announced that the Jamestown Housing Authority is getting $1,488,677 in federal funding to make emergency heating and electrical renovations for residents of Pemberton Apartments in Jamestown. Reed, Whitehouse, and Cicilline advocated for the emergency federal grant, which is administered by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The federal funds will help speed up repair… 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

09.13.22

Scheme 18: Leonard Leo’s $1.6 Billion Payday

This is the 18th time that I have come to the floor to expose the dark money scheme that has captured and controlled our Supreme Court. Over the last 2 years, I have, over and over, exposed how dark money operatives, working from the shadows, have installed Supreme Court Justices handpicked-handpicked-by the minions of far-right donors. I have exposed the key front groups through which this Court-packing operation is driven and the tactics that the schemers have used to hide the dark money donor… Continue Reading


09.07.22

Time to Wake Up 285: Executive Beast Mode

Mr. President, I will proceed with my trusty, battered ''Time to Wake Up'' chart and my-I don't know-280-something speech. For once, I can start with some good news, which is that the Democrats, at last, passed a climate-focused reconciliation bill this year. This is a huge step and essential, given the cascade of harms climate change is already inflicting: wildfire in Yosemite National Park, billions of dollars in flood damage; Europe broils in heat wave; extreme heat led to ''brutal'' rise in… Continue Reading


08.02.22

Scheme 17: Captive Court

Madam President, every once in a while, life gives you a wonderful coincidence. The wonderful coincidence this evening is that I have had the pleasure of listening to Senator SANDERS describe what happens to a country when billionaires are able to secretly exert immense political power and drive democracy away from its foundations and into the service of the billionaires. The remarks I am here to give are about how they do it-the technique for infiltration and influence of our democracy by the … 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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