Press Releases

07.02.20

Whitehouse Calls for DOJ Inspector General Investigation of Trump Automaker Antitrust Inquiry

Washington, DC - Today, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) called on the Justice Department Inspector General to investigate the aborted federal antitrust investigation of four automakers' agreement with the state of California over auto fuel emissions standards. Citing last week's hearing in the House Judiciary Committee featuring whistleblower testimony from a former top Antitrust Division official, Whitehouse points to a range of troubling conduct by Attorney General Bill Barr's Justice Depar… Continue Reading


07.02.20

Reed & Whitehouse Cosponsor Bill to Make Juneteenth a Federal Holiday

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, U.S. Senators Jack Reed (D-RI) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) cosponsored the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act. This legislation would designate Juneteenth as a permanent holiday to commemorate the end of slavery in the United States. The bill would also establish a Juneteenth Federal Holiday Commission to encourage ceremonies and activities in celebration of the holiday throughout the nation. Juneteenth commemorates the arrival of the news of emancipation and … Continue Reading


07.02.20

Harvard Journal on Legislation Publishes Whitehouse Article on Dark Money Capture of U.S. Courts

READ THE FULL ARTICLE HERE Washington, DC - Today, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) released an article published in the latest edition of the Harvard Journal on Legislation that details corporate interests' capture of our federal judiciary and proposes a range of legislative solutions to counter it. In Dark Money and U.S. Courts: The Problem and Solutions, Whitehouse traces the history of corporations' campaign to wrest control of the courts by funneling anonymous "dark money" through a comp… Continue Reading


07.01.20

Congressional Delegation Announces $8,433,558 to Enhance Rhode Island Emergency Preparedness

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse, along with Congressmen Jim Langevin and David Cicilline, announced that the state will receive $8,433,558 in federal funding from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to improve public safety and bolster Rhode Island's emergency preparedness efforts. These federal funds are targeted to help Rhode Island government agencies and organizations prepare for, respond to, and recover from regional and national emergencies, disasters, and… Continue Reading


07.01.20

Whitehouse Introduces Bipartisan Legislation to Increase Access to Telehealth Services for Substance Use Disorder Treatment

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Rob Portman (R-OH) have introduced the bipartisan Telehealth Response for E-prescribing Addiction Therapy Services (TREATS) Act to support the expansion of telehealth services for substance use disorder treatment. The bill would build upon previous federal action to waive regulatory restrictions for accessing care during the COVID-19 pandemic. While the temporary waivers provide a necessary reprieve for patients so they can continu… Continue Reading


06.29.20

Whitehouse Slams SCOTUS 5-4 Decision in CFPB Case

Washington, DC - Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, released the following statement today on the Supreme Court's 5-4 decision eroding the independence of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). Whitehouse led a friend-of-the-court brief in the case calling out the special interest campaign to achieve today's outcome. "The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau lives on, though it shall no longer have an independent single Director. Seila Law… Continue Reading


06.29.20

Whitehouse Presses Oil Corporations on Lobbying for Coronavirus Giveaway Worth Billions to Industry

Washington, DC - Today, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) sent letters to Marathon Petroleum, ExxonMobil, Conoco Philips, Denbury Resources, and the Koch Companies requesting information on the corporations' lobbying for a major corporate giveaway in COVID-19 relief legislation. The loophole has allowed the companies to claim tax benefits worth hundreds of millions of dollars based on losses that had nothing to do with the COVID-19 pandemic. Combined, oil companies have claimed nearly $2 billi… Continue Reading


06.17.20

Following SCOTUS Ruling, Reed & Whitehouse Seek to Bring Equality Act to a Vote

WASHINGTON, DC - While the U.S. Supreme Court issued a landmark decision this week extending employment protections to gay, lesbian, and transgender Americans in the workplace, Congress still needs to take additional steps to ensure equal protection under the law in other key areas. Today, U.S. Senators Jack Reed (D-RI) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) joined with 44 colleagues in urging Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) to bring the Equality Act to the Senate floor for a vote. The Se… Continue Reading


06.16.20

Whitehouse Joins Bipartisan Call for Permanent Expansion of Telehealth Beyond COVID-19 Pandemic

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) has joined U.S. Senators Brian Schatz (D-Hawai'i) and Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) and a bipartisan group of 29 senators in calling for the expansion of telehealth services during the COVID-19 pandemic to be made permanent. Previous COVID-related legislation allowed Medicare beneficiaries to utilize telehealth services, and freed up more types of health care providers to provide telehealth for the first time. Those measures are set to expir… Continue Reading


06.16.20

RI Wins Landmark $65 Million Federal Grant to Overhaul Route 146

Providence, RI - U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse and Congressmen Jim Langevin and David Cicilline today announced that the Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) has been awarded a landmark $65 million federal grant to overhaul Route 146. The Infrastructure for Rebuilding America Grant, also known as an INFRA Grant, will fund the replacement of multiple bridges along the Route 146 corridor, the reconfiguration of the interchange at Sayles Hill Road, and the repaving of… Continue Reading


06.12.20

Reed & Whitehouse Call on Trump Admin to Simplify PPP Loan Forgiveness

WASHINGTON, DC - In an effort to make it easier for Rhode Island small businesses to apply for federal loan forgiveness, U.S. Senators Jack reed and Sheldon Whitehouse today joined all 45 of their Democratic and Independent Senate colleagues in sending a letter to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Small Business Administration (SBA) Administrator Jovita Carranza calling for urgently needed improvements to streamline and simplify the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan forgiveness applicat… Continue Reading


06.12.20

Senators Introduce Bill to Combat Impacts of Climate Change

WASHINGTON, DC- Surrounding Capitol Hill Ocean Week, Senate Oceans Caucus co-chairs U.S. Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) today introduced legislation focused on protecting and utilizing blue carbon. The Blue Carbon for Our Planet Act highlights the habitats that continue to remove carbon out of our atmosphere, helping to combat the impacts of climate change. Blue carbon refers to carbon dioxide that is naturally captured and stored by the world's ocean and coastal e… Continue Reading


06.10.20

Whitehouse, Reed Call for Federal Support for Local Chambers of Commerce and Tourism Boards During COVID-19 Crisis

Washington, D.C. - With small businesses in need of local chambers of commerce and tourism initiatives more than ever, U.S. Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Jack Reed (D-RI) are calling on Senate leaders to amend the CARES Act to allow small 501(c)(6) nonprofit organizations to participate in the U.S. Small Business Administration's (SBA) Paycheck Protection Program. Organizations that would become eligible for a forgivable federal loan to cover payroll and overhead expenses during the CO… Continue Reading


06.10.20

Whitehouse Presses Antitrust Head for Answers on Politicized Investigation of California Fuel Economy Agreement

Washington, DC - Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) is pressing Assistant Attorney General Makan Delrahim, who leads the Department of Justice's Antitrust Division, for complete answers about the origins of the Trump administration's now-closed and highly political antitrust investigation into California's agreement with four automakers on vehicle emissions standards. The antitrust investigation was launched in close succession with tweets from President Trump attacking California's vehicle emi… Continue Reading


06.09.20

Reed & Whitehouse Urge Trump Admin to Crack Down on Unemployment Scammers & Help Protect Americans from Being Exploited by Overseas Crime Rings

WASHINGTON, DC - In an effort to protect taxpayers, crack down on criminals, and prevent bogus bank transfers from wiring hundreds of millions of dollars to fraudulent accounts, U.S. Senators Jack Reed (D-RI) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) are urging the Trump Administration to step up efforts to identify, halt, and prosecute unemployment insurance (UI) fraud and claw back stolen funds. Since March, 42.7 million people -- including over 200,000 Rhode Islanders -- have filed applications for unem… Continue Reading


06.09.20

Whitehouse Marks 248th Anniversary of Gaspee Raid with Virtual Retelling

Washington, D.C. - On this the 248th anniversary of the night bold Rhode Island colonists set the British Royal Navy's HMS Gaspee ablaze on Narragansett Bay, U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse is teaming up with Pawtuxet Rangers Commanding Officer Col. Ronald Barnes for a virtual retelling of the story of the Gaspee Affair. While the burning of the Gaspee was one of the events that helped spark the American Revolution, it remains relatively unknown outside Rhode Island. The Gaspee Affair took pla… Continue Reading


06.05.20

Reed & Whitehouse: Trump’s Latest Environmental Rollbacks Could Generate More Money for Lawyers Than Fishermen

PROVIDENCE, RI -- U.S. Senators Jack Reed (D-RI) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) today issued the following joint statement in response to the Trump Administration's announcement that it is removing environmental protections for national marine monuments in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of New England: "If President Trump had done his job and taken the threat of COVID-19 more seriously, our fishermen and our nation would be better positioned to weather this pandemic. Once again, President Tr… Continue Reading


06.04.20

Whitehouse Applauds PPP Fixes, Calls for Simplification of Loan Forgiveness Process for Small Businesses

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) today applauded Senate passage of legislation to better align the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) with the needs of small businesses, and called for additional changes to the program to simplify the loan forgiveness process for small borrowers. The Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act now awaits the President's signature to be signed into law. "Congress has taken a significant step to fine-tune the Paycheck Protection Program t… Continue Reading


06.04.20

Whitehouse Marks Moment of Silence for George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse this morning gathered with members of the Senate Democratic Caucus at the U.S. Capitol for a moment of silence to commemorate the lives of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor, and to stand in solidarity with Americans peacefully objecting to racial injustice across the country. "Our country is at a crossroads. A nation reeling from a pandemic and an economic catastrophe that have disproportionately affected communities of color is mo… Continue Reading


06.04.20

Growing Climate Solutions Act set to be introduced in U.S. Senate

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Mike Braun (R-IN), Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) will introduce the Growing Climate Solutions Act, which will break down barriers for farmers and foresters interested in participating in carbon markets so they can be rewarded for climate-smart practices. The bill has the support of the American Farm Bureau Federation, National Corn Growers Association, Environmental Defense Fund, McDonald's, Microsoft, and ove… Continue Reading

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