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12.07.22

After Widespread Fossil Fuel Lobbying at COP27, Whitehouse, Cardin, & Markey Call for UN Climate Conferences to Require Corporate Participants to Provide Audited Climate Political Influencing Statements

More than 600 fossil fuel lobbyists descended on COP27 in Egypt last month

U.S. Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Ben Cardin (D-MD), and Ed Markey (D-MA) have sent a letter to the United Nations Secretary General António Guterras calling on the United Nations to require sponsors and participants at future climate conferences to provide audited corporate climate political influencing statements. Last month, the three senators traveled together to Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt to observe the twenty-seventh Conference of the Parties (COP), which also attracted more tha… Continue Reading


12.07.22

Whitehouse Secures Major Oceans Policy Wins in NDAA

Provisions in must-pass defense bill will boost the blue economy, improve marine health, and enhance understanding of our oceans

U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) released the following statement today on the inclusion of several major oceans provisions in the FY2023 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The defense bill will accelerate maritime technology innovation, improve ocean and coastal mapping, protect marine mammals, and harden our defenses against pirate fishing, among other important provisions. "I'm pleased to announce the inclusion of a comprehensive oceans package in this year's must-pass NDAA," … Continue Reading


12.06.22

RI Delegation Announces $1.25 Million for Resiliency Upgrades Along Woonasquatucket River

City of Providence and Woonasquatucket River Watershed Council receive grants from Whitehouse-created National Coastal Resilience Fund

Providence, RI - U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse and Congressmen Jim Langevin and David Cicilline today announced that the City of Providence and the Woonasquatucket River Watershed Council have been awarded two grants totaling $1.25 million to strengthen resiliency and improve water and habitat quality along the Woonasquatucket River watershed. The federal grant comes from the National Coastal Resilience Fund, which was developed by Whitehouse to restore and strengthen the natur… Continue Reading


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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


11.20.21

This member of Congress wants everyone to know about the 'dark money scheme' that's 'captured' the Supreme Court

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse is fighting to end the "dark money" that he says is plaguing the Supreme Court. The Rhode Island Democrat is referring to private groups using anonymous donations to advance their interests at the highest court.

For the ninth time this year, Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse gave a speech this week blasting right-wing anonymous donors whom he believes have "captured" the Supreme Court and "built" its current 6-3 conservative majority. "Our Supreme Court is awash in dark money influence," the Rhode Island Democrat said on the Senate floor on Tuesday. "The American people may not be able to see all of the rot, but they can see enough to know that something is rotten over there across First Street at that court." … Continue Reading


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Speeches

11.30.22

Scheme Speech 19: “Operation Higher Court” and the Supreme Court Ethics Crisis

Mr. President, I rise today for the 19th time to discuss the dark money scheme to capture and control our Supreme Court. These themed speeches have covered a lot of ground, and if they have shown one thing, it is that the capture of the Supreme Court didn't happen overnight. It took years of planning and hundreds of millions in dark money dollars to turn our highest Court into a delivery system for far-right special interests. Slowly but surely, these special interests engulfed our Supreme Court… Continue Reading


11.16.22

Time to Wake Up 286: COP27

Mr. WHITEHOUSE. Madam President, I rise today for my 286th ''Time to Wake Up'' speech, in this case to report back from the United Nations' 27th Conference of the Parties, or COP, the annual meeting where the nations of the world work to combat climate change. The Paris Agreement, for instance, sprang from the COP. Senators CARDIN, MARKEY, and I went to this year's COP in Egypt. Speaker PELOSI led a separate House delegation, and President Biden traveled there with a large executive branch dele… Continue Reading


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


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Op-Eds

11.24.22

The Case for Mandating Climate-Risk Disclosure

The US Securities and Exchange Commission is considering a proposal to require some companies to disclose information relating to the risks they face from climate change. But the agency is coming under pressure to scrap or water down the proposal because of a recent Supreme Court decision.

Climate change is usually thought of as an environmental problem. But it also poses serious threats to businesses, investors, and the financial system. In the United States, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is currently considering a proposal that would require certain publicly traded companies to disclose information relating to the risks they face from climate change. Troublingly, the agency is coming under increasing pressure from a range of politicians and business interests who… Continue Reading


11.04.22

We've Made Big Steps in Fighting Climate Change. Here's What's Next

This summer, a political miracle occurred. Against powerful opposition and long odds, despite being written off by pundits, and by the narrowest of margins, we passed the biggest American climate action ever. The Inflation Reduction Act is predicted to push us from 25 percent to 40 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by the end of the decade, and put the United States within striking distance of our emissions reduction targets. While this is the most we've ever done, it's still not en… Continue Reading


11.03.22

Our Bill Might Be the One Thing That Can Stop Putin

During the closing weeks of September's legislative session, the House passed a bipartisan bill to sanction nearly 200 close cronies of Putin. The bill comes on top of President Biden's aggressive actions to freeze the assets of hundreds of top Russian oligarchs and officials connected to Putin and his war in Ukraine. We strongly support these steps. But their effectiveness is limited by a huge gap in our sanctions efforts: You can't freeze accounts and assets when you don't know where they are… Continue Reading


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