Press Releases

12.05.19

Senators Whitehouse & Warren Call for Reforms to Eliminate Big Pharma Kick-Back Schemes Via Patient Assistance Programs

Washington, DC - United States Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), member of the Senate Finance Committee, and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, wrote to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Acting Inspector General Joanne Chiedi raising concerns about abuse of charitable Patient Assistance Programs (PAPs) by pharmaceutical companies. PAPs are largely funded by pharmaceutical companies and set up as independent cha… Continue Reading


12.04.19

Whitehouse Recognized by American Society of Landscape Architects

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse was today recognized by the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) with the Olmsted Medal for environmental leadership. Representatives of ASLA's national and Rhode Island chapters presented the award to Whitehouse in his Washington D.C. office this morning. "It's an honor to accept the Olmsted Medal from the American Society of Landscape Architects," said Whitehouse, a leading champion in Congress for addressing climate change. "Lan… Continue Reading


12.02.19

Whitehouse Files Supreme Court Brief in ‘Bridgegate’ Case

Washington, DC - Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee and a former Rhode Island Attorney General and U.S. Attorney, filed a friend-of-the-court brief last week in the "Bridgegate" case pending before the Supreme Court. Whitehouse argues in favor of federal laws and juries to protect the public from the corrupting influence of powerful special interests spending unlimited amounts of money to control the levers of Americans' government. "[A] jurisprudence… Continue Reading


11.26.19

Whitehouse, Duckworth, Van Hollen, and Merkley Blast Trump EPA Methane Rule as Giveaway to Fossil Fuel Industry

Washington, DC - Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), and Jeff Merkley (D-OR) are taking the Trump Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to task for dramatically rolling back standards for methane emissions from oil and gas facilities, calling Trump's methane proposal the product of a captured agency. In an official comment on the Trump administration's methane rule, the senators lay out how the proposal would benefit oil and gas companies at the … Continue Reading


11.26.19

Whitehouse, Leahy Share New Information Implicating Justice Department Official in False Statements

Washington, DC - Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Patrick Leahy (D-VT) have shared with the U.S. Department of Justice's Office of Professional Responsibility a Justice Department letter correcting statements by John Gore, former Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General of the Civil Rights Division. The Justice Department letter confirms that Gore was not truthful in a sworn declaration in ongoing open records litigation between the Department and a watchdog group. The senators also s… Continue Reading


11.21.19

Whitehouse, Markey Cheer Completion of Energy Storage Plans

Washington, DC - Today, Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Edward J. Markey (D-MA) issued a statement on the approval by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) of several grid operators' plans to incorporate cutting-edge energy storage technology into America's electric grids. "Thank you to the Commission for heeding our calls to finalize the grid operator plans and this important rule, and also for fending off polluters' attempts to weaken that rule. This helps forward-thinking … Continue Reading


11.21.19

Whitehouse Bill Would Promote Sustainability on College Campuses

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Jacky Rosen (D-NV), Cory Booker (D-NJ), and Jeff Merkley (D-OR) today introduced legislation to expand environmental sustainability initiatives on college and university campuses. "Colleges and universities have an important role in making their communities greener and more sustainable," said Whitehouse. "We need to make sure higher education institutions have the resources to invest in building effective sustainability initiatives." "… Continue Reading


11.21.19

Whitehouse, Cornyn Introduce Bill to Recognize Former Inmates Who Are Successfully Rehabilitated

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and John Cornyn (R-TX) today introduced the Recognizing Education, Employment, New Skills, and Treatment to Enable Reintegration (RE-ENTER) Act, which would allow federal judges to issue a Certificate of Rehabilitation to acknowledge an eligible offender who has successfully reintegrated into society. These certificates can help formerly incarcerated individuals find jobs and housing and help prospective employers or landlords determine wheth… Continue Reading


11.20.19

Ahead of Travel Season, Whitehouse and Markey Introduce Legislation to Rein in Unfair Airline Fees

Washington, D.C. - Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) today joined Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) and Congressmen Steve Cohen (TN-09) and Jesús "Chuy" García (IL-04) to introduce the Forbidding Airlines from Imposing Ridiculous (FAIR) Fees Act, legislation that would prohibit airlines from charging fees, including cancellation, change, and bag fees, that are not reasonable and proportional to the costs of the services actually provided. The bill also directs the Department of… Continue Reading


11.18.19

Whitehouse, McSally, Booker, Portman Introduce Bill to End Cosmetics Animal Testing

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Martha McSally (R-AZ), Cory Booker (D-NJ), and Rob Portman (R-OH) today introduced legislation to end cosmetics animal testing and the sale of animal-tested cosmetics in the United States. The Humane Cosmetics Act would phase out the sale of any cosmetic products developed using animal testing and make it unlawful to conduct cosmetic animal testing in the U.S. "There are plenty of cost-effective and accurate ways to gauge the safety of … Continue Reading


11.18.19

DEM Wins Coastal Resilience Grant for Quonochontaug Pond from Whitehouse-Created Program

Providence, RI - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse today announced that the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) has received a $75,000 award from the National Coastal Resilience Fund developed by Whitehouse to restore and strengthen the natural infrastructure that protects coastal communities. DEM will use the funding to advance resiliency efforts along the shore of Quonochontaug Pond, a salt pond partially located in the towns of Charlestown and Westerly. "Quonnie Pond is … Continue Reading


11.18.19

New England Senators Urge Grid Operator to Consider Larger Role for Clean Energy in Market

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Jack Reed (D-RI), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Ed Markey (D-MA), Chris Murphy (D-CT), and Angus King (I-ME) today penned a letter to ISO New England (ISO-NE) calling on the regional grid operator to pursue changes to the energy markets consistent with the ambitious clean energy goals set by each of the New England states. The letter requests that all relevant energy stakeholders and state off… Continue Reading


11.14.19

Reed, Whitehouse Join Senate Democrats in Introducing House-Passed Violence Against Women Act

Washington, DC - Senators Jack Reed (D-RI) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) have joined Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and every Senate Democrat in introducing companion legislation to the House-passed Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act. The bill, which would reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) through 2024, preserves advancements made in previous reauthorizations and includes a number of additional improvements to the current law. "This is lifesaving legislation that helps… Continue Reading


11.13.19

Save Our Seas 2.0 Act Advances Through Final Senate Committee

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, U.S. Senators Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), and Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) applauded the passage of the Save Our Seas 2.0 Act (introduced in whole as S. 1982) through the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. The Save Our Seas 2.0 Act was introduced in June to address the plastic debris crisis threatening coastal economies and harming marine life. Portions of the bill previously passed through the Senate Environment and Public Work… Continue Reading


11.08.19

Senator Whitehouse Delivers Weekly Democratic Address

Washington, DC - After President Trump, Senate Majority Leader McConnell, and other top Republicans celebrated the confirmation of extreme, far-right conservative judges this week, Senator Whitehouse (D-RI) delivers this week's Weekly Democratic Address. In the address, Senator Whitehouse explains that the Senate has become a legislative graveyard under Majority Leader McConnell's leadership because Republicans are more focused on packing the courts with the president's partisan judges than vot… Continue Reading


11.06.19

New $25M Federal BUILD Grant to Help Drive Washington Bridge Repairs Forward

PROVIDENCE, RI - The projected $70 million project to rehabilitate the Washington Bridge's westbound span is getting a major boost thanks to a new $25 million federal BUILD grant, announced today by U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse and U.S. Representatives Jim Langevin and David Cicilline. The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) will receive the federal Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation. Thi… Continue Reading


10.31.19

Senators Whitehouse and Enzi Offer Bipartisan Reforms to Fix Broken Budget Process

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senate Budget Committee member Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Committee Chairman Mike Enzi (R-WY) today introduced bipartisan legislation to fix the federal government's broken budget process. The Bipartisan Congressional Budget Reform Act would provide a more orderly, deliberative budget process focused on long-term fiscal planning. It would end the brinksmanship surrounding the debt limit and encourage bipartisan collaboration in tackling our growing debt and deficits… Continue Reading


10.30.19

Whitehouse Statement on Democrats’ Resolution to Protect Consumers from Junk Insurance Plans

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) has issued the following statement about today's vote on a resolution that would have overturned a Trump administration rule expanding junk insurance plans that don't require insurance companies to protect people with pre-existing health conditions or cover basic care: "The Trump administration, aided by Republicans in Congress, is steadily working to take us back to the dark ages for patients when insurance companies could discriminate ag… Continue Reading


10.29.19

Special Committee on the Climate Crisis Holds Hearing on Dark Money and Climate Change

Washington, DC - On Tuesday at the U.S. Capitol, Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Brian Schatz (D-HI) led a hearing of Senate Democrats' Special Committee on the Climate Crisis entitled, "Dark Money and Barriers to Climate Action." Leading academics and good government watchdogs testified to special committee members about the effect of anonymous funding of climate obstruction and what can be done to fight it. Witnesses touched on how congressional oversight could be used to uncover the … Continue Reading


10.23.19

Whitehouse, Cotton, Colleagues Introduce Resolution Honoring Beirut Bombing Victims

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-Rhode Island), along with Senators John Tom Cotton (R-AR), John Cornyn (R-Texas), Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Doug Jones (D-Alabama), Jacky Rosen (D-Nevada), Tammy Duckworth (D-Illinois), Thom Tillis (R-North Carolina), Chris Coons (D-Delaware), Bob Casey (D-Pennsylvania), Marco Rubio (R-Florida), and Johnny Isakson (R-Georgia) introduced a resolution that would designate today as a national day of remembrance for members of the United States Armed F… Continue Reading

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