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02.22.18

Both Sides of the Aisle Want Better Roads and Ports

by James Inhofe and Sheldon Whitehouse

During his State of the Union address, President Trump called for a broad bipartisan infrastructure package, pledging to improve the nation's infrastructure and invest in the future. If you believe the news reports on partisan bickering in Washington, this bipartisan approach might seem impossible. But we know that it can, and will, happen. We serve on the Senate's Environment and Public Works Committee, which has jurisdiction over most infrastructure bills. Its members include staunch conserva… Continue Reading


02.22.18

Trump is in the back pocket of billionaires

by Sheldon Whitehouse

(CNN) In his State of the Union address, President Donald Trump said, "We have gone forward with a clear vision and a righteous mission -- to make America great again for all Americans." However, behind the scenes, President Trump is not calling all of the shots. While he golfs and tweets and watches cable news, several disturbingly powerful billionaires are pulling the levers and winning special treatment. So, who is behind the curtain? Carl Icahn, the billionaire investor, was brought in as… Continue Reading


10.31.16

Comey Violated Important Principle by Disclosing Emails Investigation to Congress

by Sheldon Whitehouse

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

by Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse

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’

by Sheldon Whitehouse

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


09.03.15

Whitehouse Comes to Dinner: Chariho Hosts Roundtable with Democratic Senator

by Cynthia Drummond

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


05.18.15

Whitehouse Keeps Climate Change Front and Center

by Matthew Fleming

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse has been a familiar sight the past few years, standing on the Senate floor beside a "Time To Wake Up" placard and talking to a nearly empty chamber. It's set to happen again Monday evening, when the Rhode Island Democrat delivers his 100th weekly floor speech on climate change. Since April 2012, Whitehouse has devoted a considerable amount of time and energy to the practice. He said the repetition helps him keep his facts straight - so he's ready to throw down and debat… Continue Reading


01.12.15

Senator Whitehouse hopes compromise will close tax loopholes used by large corporations

by Tom Mooney

PROVIDENCE - With tax reform one issue that congressional Republicans and Democrats might agree on this year, U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse announced Monday his plans to introduce three bills aimed at making the super rich pay more through a "fairer" tax system and closing loopholes that allow some corporations to avoid paying any tax. Whitehouse, a Democrat, said the three measures, which target "some of the worst excesses in the tax code," could raise more than $310 billion over 10 years for s… Continue Reading

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