Press Releases

07.16.18

Whitehouse Statement on Trump Helsinki Summit Comments

Washington, DC - Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) released the following statement on President Donald Trump's comments at today's summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, Finland: "The president just stood next to the authoritarian ruler of a hostile power and blamed the state of our bilateral relationship on American 'foolishness.' He refused to hold Russia accountable for interference in the 2016 election, and refused to credit the analysis of the U.S. intelligence commun… Continue Reading


07.13.18

RI Fire Departments Awarded $515k for New Equipment & Protective Gear

CUMBERLAND, RI - Today, U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse and Congressman David Cicilline announced a total of $515,034 in federal funding to help three Rhode Island Fire and Rescue Departments purchase life-saving equipment and upgrade their communications and protective gear. Three local fire departments in Cumberland, Lime Rock, and Pawtucket have been awarded federal grants for new equipment that will help them save more lives through the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (… Continue Reading


07.13.18

RI Fire Departments Awarded $515k for New Equipment & Protective Gear

CUMBERLAND, RI - Today, U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse and Congressman David Cicilline announced a total of $515,034 in federal funding to help three Rhode Island Fire and Rescue Departments purchase life-saving equipment and upgrade their communications and protective gear. Three local fire departments in Cumberland, Lime Rock, and Pawtucket have been awarded federal grants for new equipment that will help them save more lives through the Federal Emergency Management Agency's … Continue Reading


07.13.18

Whitehouse Statement on Indictment of Russian Intelligence Officers

Washington, DC - Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Ranking Member of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism, released the following statement on the indictment of a dozen Russian intelligence officers for conspiring to disrupt the 2016 election: "It has long been clear that the Russian government hacked and leaked emails during the 2016 presidential campaign. The President's willingness to ignore this - even the findings of his own intelligence community - raises red flags, a… Continue Reading


07.12.18

Whitehouse, Democrats Challenge Republican Attack on NSF Climate Grants

Washington, DC - Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) led 18 senators in introducing a resolution establishing a sense of the Senate that the National Science Foundation (NSF) should be able to share critical climate science from federal agencies with the public. The resolution follows an unprecedented attack by four Senate Republicans on an NSF grant program that helps to educate TV meteorologists around the country about the science of climate change. Joining Whitehouse in introducing the reso… Continue Reading


07.12.18

Whitehouse Demands Judiciary Committee Hearing on Family Separation

Washington, D.C. - Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) has joined Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii) and seven Senate Democrats to urge Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) to convene an oversight hearing on family separation and the Trump administration's haphazard plan to reunite immigrant children with their parents. Whitehouse and Hirono are members of the Judiciary Committee. The senators' letter to Chairman Grassley follows a troubling call last week with Secretary… Continue Reading


07.10.18

Whitehouse Leads DPCC Hearing on Protecting Workers’ Rights in Wake of Janus

Washington, DC - In the wake of the Supreme Court's sharply anti-union 5-4 decision in Janus v. AFSCME and immediately following the announcement of Brett Kavanaugh as President Donald Trump's nominee for the Supreme Court, the Democratic Policy and Communications Committee (DPCC) held a hearing on Tuesday about the corporate-backed campaign to take away working Americans' rights and the vast public support and growing energy for unions across the country. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) join… Continue Reading


07.10.18

Whitehouse to Urge Colleagues to Vote ‘No’ on Former Alfa Bank Lawyer Benczkowski to Lead DOJ Criminal Division

Washington, DC - This evening, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee and a former federal prosecutor, will take to the Senate floor to speak out against the confirmation of Brian Benczkowski to lead the Criminal Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. Citing Benczkowski's troubling connections to Alfa Bank, a Russian bank tied to Vladimir Putin and the Trump Organization, and a glaring lack of experience in criminal law, Whitehouse will call for his c… Continue Reading


07.09.18

Whitehouse Statement on Kavanaugh Nomination for SCOTUS

Washington, DC - Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, released the following statement regarding the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to be an Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court: "The American people can't help but think the system is rigged when, in case after case, a 5-4 partisan majority develops such a pattern of decisions in favor of Republicans at the polls and big business, well, everywhere. This past term alone, Justice Roberts's 5-4 majo… Continue Reading


07.06.18

Whitehouse Marks Third Anniversary of Pope Francis’ Environmental Encyclical

Providence, RI - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse today released the following statement as the Vatican marks the third anniversary of Pope Francis' environmental encyclical, Laudato Si: "At a time when too many American politicians openly deny basic scientific facts about our changing climate, I am grateful for Pope Francis' international leadership and wisdom." said Whitehouse. "On this third anniversary of his encyclical, Pope Francis' calls for truth in public debate and care for our shared… Continue Reading


07.05.18

Whitehouse Statement on Pruitt Resignation

Washington, DC - Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), a member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, released the following statement on the resignation of Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt after a long string of ethical scandals: "That this took so long shows how high the Trump administration's tolerance is for corruption and sleaze. The sad part is that it was the cascade of little sleazy acts that brought Pruitt down, not his overarching corruption by … Continue Reading


07.05.18

Whitehouse Encourages Rhode Islanders to Apply for New Coastal Resilience Funding

U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) today encouraged local governments and organizations to apply for funding from the National Coastal Resilience Fund, a significant new source of federal investment to restore, increase, and strengthen natural infrastructure that protects coastal communities, while improving wildlife habitats. Whitehouse wrote the legislation creating the fund, which was originally authorized as the National Oceans and Coastal Security Fund. "Senator Kennedy and I designed… Continue Reading


06.30.18

Farm Bill Passes Senate with Whitehouse Provision to Support Aquaculture

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) has voted in support of the 2018 farm bill ("Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018"), which includes a key provision advocated for by Whitehouse to support the aquaculture industry's growth. The farm bill passed the Senate in an 86 to 11 vote yesterday evening. "Rhode Island shellfish farmers produce some of the best oysters in the country," said Whitehouse. "I'm proud that the Senate has adopted our suggestions to give this sustainable … Continue Reading


06.29.18

U.S. Senate Passes Bill to Name Bristol Post Office for Local Fallen Hero Andrew McKenna

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse announced that the U.S. Senate voted to honor the late Army First Sergeant P. Andrew McKenna, a Green Beret who made the ultimate sacrifice for his country, by passing legislation last night to name a U.S. Post Office in Bristol as the "First Sergeant P. Andrew McKenna Jr. Post Office." Sergeant McKenna was 35 years old when he was killed in action during an insurgent attack on August 7, 2015 in Afghanistan while fighting to… Continue Reading


06.28.18

Carbon Utilization & Biogas Legislation Clears Senate

Washington, DC - Important provisions of carbon utilization and biogas legislation introduced by Senators Michael Bennet (D-CO) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) passed the Senate today as part of the farm bill. The provisions are based on parts of Bennet and Whitehouse's Carbon Utilization Act. The legislation would allow emerging carbon utilization technologies, such as carbon capture, utilization, and sequestration (CCUS) and biogas production, to access U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) re… Continue Reading


06.28.18

Senators Call for Action on DISCLOSE Act

Washington, DC - Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Ron Wyden (D-OR), Tom Udall (D-NM), Edward J. Markey (D-MA), and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) wrote to Senate Rules Committee Chairman Roy Blunt (R-MO) to call for a hearing on the DISCLOSE Act, legislation to shine a light on unlimited secret spending in American elections. Whitehouse has led all Senate Democrats in introducing the legislation while similar legislation was introduced in the House. Despite strong support for the legislation and n… Continue Reading


06.27.18

Whitehouse Statement on Justice Kennedy Retirement

Washington, DC - Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, released the following statement regarding the announcement of the retirement of Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy: "On the heels of another Supreme Court term defined by a Republican 5-4 majority delivering big wins for right-wing and corporate interests, Justice Kennedy's retirement should be a wake-up call to anyone who cares about equality and justice for all. With decisions like we've seen … Continue Reading


06.27.18

Democrats Introduce the DISCLOSE Act of 2018

Washington, DC - Today, as a growing share of Americans believe special interests have undue influence in government, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Congressman David Cicilline (D-RI) led all Senate Democrats and 145 Democratic Members of the House of Representatives in introducing legislation to shine a light on the unlimited, secret spending flooding American elections. Whitehouse and Cicilline's updated DISCLOSE Act would require organizations spending money in federal elections to di… Continue Reading


06.27.18

Whitehouse Statement on SCOTUS Janus Decision

Washington, DC - Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), a member of the Senator Judiciary Committee, released the following statement on the Supreme Court's decision in Janus v. AFSCME today: "We appear to have reached a point where litigants appearing before the Supreme Court in certain matters can anticipate victory or defeat because of the identity of the parties, not the merits of the case. The solicitation of this case by one of the right-wing Justices, the special-interest-funded 'faux litig… Continue Reading


06.26.18

Time to Wake Up: Pruitt the Great Deregulator

Mr. WHITEHOUSE. Mr. President, as I rise for my 209th ``Time to Wake Up'' climate change speech, I return to a familiar subject: disgraced Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt. Not that long ago, I was here discussing the baker's dozen of ethical scandals swirling around Pruitt. From his $43,000 ``cone of silence'' phone booth to the millions he spent on a 20-person security detail, to his lights-and-sirens escapades, to fancy DC restaurant Le Diplomate, Pruitt has come to… Continue Reading

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