January 3, 2019

Whitehouse Sworn In for Third Term in U.S. Senate

Priorities for 116th Congress include lowering health care costs, curbing special interests, addressing climate change

Washington, D.C. – As the 116th Congress gaveled into session today, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse was sworn in for a third term representing the people of Rhode Island in the United States Senate.

“It is an honor to serve as a voice for Rhode Islanders in the Senate,” said Whitehouse.  “I’m going to keep working hard to build on the progress we’ve made improving health care and investing in the Ocean State.  With a Democratic House, the new Congress promises much-needed oversight, and opportunities to address climate change, dark money, infrastructure, drug pricing, and college debt relief.  But the first step needs to be reopening the federal government which Republicans, who until today controlled both chambers of Congress and the White House, decided to shutter.”

Whitehouse advanced major priorities for Rhode Island in his second term.  In recent years, Whitehouse authored and passed bipartisan laws to reform the criminal justice and juvenile justice systems, curb the opioid addiction crisis, protect coastal communities from climate change, and clean up plastic debris in the oceans.


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