Press Releases

10.20.21

Whitehouse Blasts Republican Vote to Protect Dark Money, Restrict Voting Rights

Washington, DC - Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, author of the DISCLOSE Act to rid American democracy of anonymous dark-money influence, released the following statement on Senate Republicans' vote moments ago to block Senate debate on the Freedom to Vote Act-a bill containing the DISCLOSE Act and a range of important voter protections. "Today, Republicans had a shot to rid our politics of the dark-money influence that Americans hate, and to stand up for basic voting rights. Instead, they again sid… Continue Reading


10.19.21

Whitehouse Introduces Resolution Declaring October 2021 ‘National Youth Justice Action Month’

Washington, DC - Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) introduced in the Senate today a bicameral, bipartisan resolution declaring October 2021 "National Youth Justice Action Month." The resolution acknowledges the possible collateral consequences that youth under 18 face when they are treated like adults, and encourages the Department of Justice's Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention to implement fully Whitehouse's Juvenile Justice Reform Act of 2018. Representatives Tony Cá… Continue Reading


10.15.21

Whitehouse Statement on SCOTUS Commission Interim Report

Washington, DC - Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Chair of the Senate Judiciary Courts Subcommittee, released the following statement regarding the interim report of the Presidential Commission on the Supreme Court of the United States: "This report is a disappointment to anyone who'd hoped for a hard-hitting effort to address the Supreme Court's deep troubles. From this report, you would never know: (a) that the last three Supreme Court vacancies were filled through the efforts of a private… Continue Reading


10.08.21

Whitehouse Applauds Global Deal to Address Offshore Corporate Tax Avoidance

Washington, DC - Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Chair of the Senate Finance Subcommittee on Taxation and IRS Oversight, applauded the major reform of the international tax system led by the Biden administration and signed today by more than 130 countries. The deal establishes a 15 percent minimum corporate tax rate and requires major global businesses to pay taxes in countries where their goods or services are sold. Whitehouse issued the following statement. "This historic global agreement … Continue Reading


10.07.21

Whitehouse, Inhofe Reintroduce RIME Act to Help Manufacturers Train Next Generation Workforce

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Jim Inhofe (R-OK) reintroduced a bipartisan proposal to help small businesses equip the next generation of manufacturers with the technical skills required for the job. The Retain Innovation and Manufacturing Excellence (RIME) Act would establish a pilot program to allow businesses to retain retiring employees long enough to train a replacement and transfer their institutional knowledge - tackling a growing challenge for manuf… Continue Reading


10.07.21

Whitehouse Statement on New Report Detailing Trump & Allies’ Pressure on Department of Justice to Overturn the 2020 Election

Washington, DC - Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), a senior member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, released the following statement on new testimony and a Judiciary Committee staff report, "Subverting Justice: How the Former President and his Allies Pressured DOJ to Overturn the 2020 Election," which the Committee issued today. "These findings show just how close Donald Trump and his lackeys came to crashing through the guardrails of our democracy. To boost Donald Trump's election lies, Jef… Continue Reading


10.06.21

Federal Delegation Announces $6.1 Million for Capital Improvements at RI Community Health Centers

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse and Congressmen Jim Langevin and David Cicilline today announced that eight community health centers have received a total of more than $6.1 million from the American Rescue Plan to make capital improvements aimed at better serving Rhode Island patients. "Our community health centers have been on the frontlines of this pandemic and they play an essential role in protecting public health. This federal aid will strengthen Rhode Isl… Continue Reading


10.06.21

Whitehouse Welcomes Monalisa Dugué as New Chief of Staff

Washington, DC - Today, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) welcomed Monalisa Dugué as the new Chief of Staff for his Senate office. Dugué arrives from the House Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security, where she served as Deputy Chief Counsel since 2016. Whitehouse released the following statement: "I'm thrilled Monalisa is joining us. She brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to our team. She's a proven leader, who shares my commitment to a rewarding and posi… Continue Reading


10.01.21

RI Delegation Secures $1.1 Million in American Rescue Plan Act Funding for ServeRI Programs

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse and Congressmen Jim Langevin and David Cicilline today announced that ServeRI will be receiving $1.1 million in American Rescue Plan Act funding to strengthen national service in Rhode Island and provide relief for organizations and communities disproportionately impacted by the pandemic. Specifically, this federal funding will provide Rhode Island with additional flexibility and resources to boost living allowances for AmeriCorp… Continue Reading


09.30.21

Whitehouse, Portman Continue Recovery Leadership with Introduction of Excellence in Recovery Housing Act

Washington, DC - Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Rob Portman (R-OH)-authors of the groundbreaking Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) and CARA 2.0 laws-have introduced the Excellence in Recovery Housing Act, to boost the availability of housing nationwide for those in recovery from substance use disorder. The framework for this bipartisan legislation was included in CARA 3.0 and would help to expand the supply of recovery housing, coordinate the government's efforts to provide… Continue Reading


09.29.21

Senators Unveil New Captured Courts Report on Texas Assault on Reproductive Rights

Washington, DC - Senate Democrats, led by Democratic Policy and Communications Committee (DPCC) Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Senate Judiciary Courts Subcommittee Chairman Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), released a new report in their Captured Courts series on the corrosive effect of a Supreme Court controlled by dark-money interests on women's reproductive freedom. The new report focuses on the "shadow docket" ruling by Republican appointees to the Court that permitted Texas's S.B.8 anti-ab… Continue Reading


09.28.21

Reed & Whitehouse Applaud Biden’s Nomination of Zachary Cunha to be Next U.S. Attorney for Rhode Island

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse today applauded President Joe Biden's decision to nominate current Assistant U.S. Attorney Zachary A. Cunha, chief of the civil division for the United States Attorney's office, to be the next U.S. Attorney for Rhode Island. Reed and Whitehouse recommended Cunha to the White House in May. "We fully support President Biden's nomination of Zachary Cunha to be Rhode Island's next U.S. Attorney. Mr. Cunha already has an outstanding r… Continue Reading


09.28.21

REDUCE Act Gains Steam Ahead with Support from Major Environmental Groups

Washington, DC - Today, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) heralded support from a wide array of environmental groups for his bill with Congressman Tom Suozzi (D-NY) to create a powerful new incentive to recycle plastic, and to help end the flood of plastic waste that is overwhelming vital ecosystems and threatening public health. Whitehouse and Suozzi's Rewarding Efforts to Decrease Unrecycled Contaminants in Ecosystems (REDUCE) Act would impose a 20-cent per pound fee on the sale of new, or "vi… Continue Reading


09.28.21

Whitehouse Statement on Senate Republicans’ Vote for Default

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse this evening issued the following statement after Senate Republicans unanimously voted against proceeding to a measure to keep the government open and pay the nation's previously incurred debt: "Senate Republicans put a two trillion dollar tax cut for the wealthy on the national credit card under former President Trump. Now that the bill is coming due, they won't even allow a vote on paying for it. I'm optimistic Democrats will find a way to ma… Continue Reading


09.27.21

RI Delegation Secures $500,000 to Prevent Childhood Lead Exposure

RHODE ISLAND -- U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse and Congressmen Jim Langevin and David Cicilline today announced that the Rhode Island Department of Health will be receiving $500,000 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to reduce lead exposure in children. Specifically, the Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program funding will support increased lead testing and reporting among high-risk children, improved data collection and surveillance, tailored and commu… Continue Reading


09.24.21

U.S. Senate Designates September 19-25 National Estuaries Week

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse today announced that the U.S. Senate has designated September 19 through September 25, 2021 as National Estuaries Week in a resolution unanimously approved earlier this week. The resolution, sponsored by Whitehouse and seventeen colleagues from both sides of the aisle, recognizes the importance of coastal and estuarine regions to the national economy and reaffirms the Senate's commitment to protecting and restoring the important natural resource… Continue Reading


09.22.21

Reed & Whitehouse Announce $4.2 Million to Support Victims of Crime

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse announced that the U.S. Department of Justice's (DOJ) Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) has awarded grants from the Crime Victims Fund (CVF) worth $4.2 million to enhance State Victim Compensation payments that provide financial assistance to victims of crime, including victims of domestic violence, child and elder abuse, and human trafficking. Using fines and monetary penalties against criminal defendants who lost at trial,… Continue Reading


09.15.21

Whitehouse Thanks U.S. Women Gymnasts for Testimony on FBI Handling of Larry Nassar Investigation

Washington, DC - Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) thanked members of the U.S. Women's Gymnastics Team for coming forward to tell their stories in the Senate Judiciary Committee today. "I want to compliment all of our witnesses for the stunning clarity and grace of your testimony here. Your quest for accountability is 100 percent justified, and thank you for pursuing it. We will endeavor to help you in that pursuit," Whitehouse said. "It is astonishing and disturbing how many adults let you dow… Continue Reading


09.14.21

Whitehouse Cheers Inclusion of DISCLOSE Act in New Government Ethics & Elections Bill

Washington, DC - Today, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), a senior member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, released the following statement on Senate Democrats' compromise ethics and elections bill announced today. The bill includes Whitehouse's DISCLOSE Act, to require organizations spending money in federal elections to disclose their donors, allowing the American people to see who is attempting to sway their elections and gain control over their government. "The backbone of this proposal … Continue Reading


09.07.21

RI Delegation Secures $1.8 Million for Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE) to Strengthen Youth Mental Health

RHODE ISLAND -- U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse and Congressmen Jim Langevin and David Cicilline today announced that the Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE) will be receiving $1.8 million in federal funding to strengthen youth mental health. Funded through the Department of Health and Human Services' Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), this funding will be used to increase awareness of mental health issues among students, provide training f… Continue Reading

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