Press Releases

01.09.19

Whitehouse, Blunt Introduce Bipartisan Budget Reform Bill

Washington, DC - Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Roy Blunt (R-MO) introduced bipartisan legislation today to reform the congressional budget process, to encourage working across the aisle, and to create a path to sustainable debt levels. The bill continues the work the two senators did on the Joint Select Committee on Budget and Appropriations Process Reform last Congress. "It was an honor to work with members of both chambers from both parties toward long-overdue budget reform. Now, I… Continue Reading


01.08.19

Whitehouse Statement on President Trump’s Immigration Address

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse this evening released the following statement regarding President Donald Trump's address to the nation: "This President does not have a lot of credibility when it comes to identifying crises. The most pressing crisis facing America tonight is that of the many hundreds of thousands of federal workers who are trying to figure out how they're going to pay for food, rent, and health care. The top priority of President Trump and Leader McConnell n… Continue Reading


01.03.19

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

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 opportuniti… Continue Reading


12.29.18

Whitehouse Statement on the Passing of Bishop Mulvee

Providence, RI - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse today released the following statement on the passing of former Providence Bishop Robert Mulvee: "Bishop Mulvee was quite involved in community policing issues during my years in law enforcement, and we came to know and trust each other. He was always a wise, patient and kindly voice, and in all our personal dealings he was warm, honorable and sincere. I am saddened by his passing." ###… Continue Reading


12.21.18

Whitehouse Statement on Partial Government Shutdown

Washington, DC - Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) issued the following statement on the looming shutdown of parts of the federal government following President Donald Trump's rejection of the stopgap spending bill passed with broad bipartisan support in the Senate: "The American people want leaders to do their jobs and govern with a steady hand. But President Trump has upended the agreement he reached with his own party, threatening the paychecks of hundreds of thousands of Americans less tha… Continue Reading


12.21.18

Milestone Whitehouse Bills to Overhaul Criminal Justice and Juvenile Justice Systems Become Law

Washington, DC - Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) today attended a ceremony at the White House for the signing of two landmark bills to improve the federal criminal justice and juvenile justice systems. Whitehouse has worked for years on the First Step Act and the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Reauthorization Act, which both passed Congress in recent days with significant bipartisan support. "Rhode Island's success improving outcomes for youth offenders and adults in the crimina… Continue Reading


12.21.18

Whitehouse Attends Signing of Landmark Criminal Justice Reform Bill

Washington, DC - Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Senate Judiciary Committee member and long-time criminal justice reform champion, attended the signing at the White House today of the First Step Act to improve the federal criminal justice system. Whitehouse's landmark criminal justice reform bill is now law. "Years of bipartisan work, and the contributions of countless Americans fighting to reform our criminal justice system, brought us to this moment. I am proud to be part of it," said Wh… Continue Reading


12.20.18

Whitehouse Statement on Resignation of Defense Secretary Mattis

Washington, DC - Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) issued the following statement on the announcement of the resignation of Secretary of Defense James N. Mattis: "As Trump drives away the grownups in the room, there is cause for genuine concern. I thank and honor Secretary Mattis for a lifetime of service. We should mark his closing words about respect for allies, clear-eyed awareness about adversaries and competitors, and the value of an international order that supports our security, prospe… Continue Reading


12.20.18

Senate Passes Whitehouse, Alexander, Murray, Gardner Bill That Allows Families to Answer 22 FAFSA Questions With Just One Click

Washington, DC - The United States Senate last night passed bipartisan legislation introduced by Senate education committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-Wash.), Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) and Senator Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) that will allow the nearly 20 million students that complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) each year to answer at least 11 and up to 22 questions on the form with just one click. The bill will allow student… Continue Reading


12.20.18

Whitehouse, Portman, Udall, Burr, and Coons Praise Senate Passage of DELTA Act to Protect the Okavango River Delta

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Rob Portman (R-OH), Tom Udall (D-NM), Richard Burr (R-NC), and Chris Coons (D-DE) today praised the Senate passage, by unanimous consent, of the Defending Economic Livelihoods and Threatened Animals (DELTA) Act, legislation that encourages the U.S. to develop a strategy to protect the Okavango River Delta in southern Africa. The House of Representatives passed the bipartisan bill earlier this year. The legislation will now head to the pre… Continue Reading


12.19.18

Whitehouse Statement on Bill to Avoid Government Shutdown

Washington, DC - Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) released the following statement on Senate passage tonight of legislation to fund the federal government through February 8 and avert a partial government shutdown: "Democrats gave President Trump not one, but multiple options for funding the government through the entire year. All the Republicans could come up with after pointless brinksmanship is a seven-week plan. But the American people want their government open. We just passed a bill t… Continue Reading


12.19.18

Senators Whitehouse and Hatch Introduce Rodchenkov Anti-Doping Act

Washington, DC -Helsinki Commissioner Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (RI) and Sen. Orrin Hatch (UT) today introduced the Rodchenkov Anti-Doping Act. Named for Russian whistleblower Dr. Grigory Rodchenkov, the bipartisan legislation establishes criminal penalties on individuals involved in doping fraud conspiracies affecting major international competitions. Earlier this year, Helsinki Commissioners Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (TX-18) and Rep. Michael Burgess (TX-26) introduced the Rodchenkov Anti-Doping Ac… Continue Reading


12.19.18

Whitehouse & Inhofe Introduce Bill to Help Train Next Generation of Manufacturing Workers

Washington, DC - Today, Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and James Inhofe (R-OK) introduced the Retain Innovation and Manufacturing Excellence Act, to help businesses train the next generation of manufacturing workers. The senators' bipartisan bill would establish a pilot program to allow businesses to retain retiring employees long enough to train replacement workers - tackling a major challenge for manufacturing companies. "Manufacturers tell me one of their biggest challenges is handing d… Continue Reading


12.18.18

Landmark Whitehouse Criminal Justice Reform Bill Clears Senate

Washington, DC - Senate Judiciary Committee member and long-time criminal justice reform champion Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) cheered passage tonight of his bipartisan First Step Act, to improve the federal criminal justice system. Whitehouse first introduced a central component of the First Step Act in 2013 with Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) to reduce the rate of re-offense among federal inmates, along with other important reforms. That legislation was later merged with sentencing reform l… Continue Reading


12.18.18

$2 Million Coming to Newport for Mental Health Services

Pawtucket, RI - U.S. Senator Jack Reed (D-RI), U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), and U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (D-RI-01) today announced that the Newport County Community Mental Health Center (NCCMHC) is receiving $2,000,000 in federal funds to meet the needs of 24,500 residents over the next two years. All four members of Rhode Island's Congressional Delegation advocated for this federal funding earlier this year in a letter to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Admi… Continue Reading


12.17.18

Senators: Pruitt Conflicts, Industry Capture of Trump Administration Renders EPA’s Proposed Methane Rule Invalid

Washington, DC - Former Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt lacked a sufficiently open mind to legally preside over changes to vital protections against the powerful greenhouse gas methane; his involvement in the proposal to tear down those protections violated federal ethics rules; and that proposal amounts to an egregious hand-over of an agency's rulemaking authority to an industry the same agency regulates. That is what Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Chris V… Continue Reading


12.17.18

Bill to Name Saunderstown Post Office for Fallen Army Captain Matthew J. August Gets Trump’s Stamp of Approval

Washington, DC - A bill to name the U.S. Postal Service facility located at 20 Ferry Road in Saunderstown, Rhode Island, as the "Captain Matthew J. August Post Office," after a North Kingstown native killed in action in Iraq, has been signed into law by President Trump. Rhode Island native Matthew J. August, a decorated U.S. Army Captain, was killed on January 27, 2004 while leading the 1st Engineer Battalion, 1st Infantry Division attached to the 82nd Airborne on a mission outside Baghdad, Ira… Continue Reading


12.17.18

Senators Whitehouse and Markey: Trump Administration is the Most Anti-Climate, Anti-Environment in American History

Washington, DC - Senators Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), Chairs of the Senate Climate Change Task Force, today released a report detailing the numerous anti-climate and anti-environment actions the federal government has taken since President Trump took office. The agency-by-agency review reveals how key federal agencies, taking cues from the fossil fuel industry, have rolled back almost 50 critical Obama-era actions and advocated for the expansion of oil, gas, and c… Continue Reading


12.17.18

Whitehouse, Cicilline Mark Passage of Landmark Juvenile Justice Legislation

Pawtucket, RI - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Congressman David Cicilline (D-RI) today joined children's advocates and young adults who interacted with the juvenile justice system to mark the passage of the landmark Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Reauthorization Act of 2018. The reauthorization of the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act was sponsored in the Senate by Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Charles Grassley (R-IA) to secure new protections fo… Continue Reading


12.14.18

Whitehouse Statement on Texas Ruling Striking Down ACA

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), a member of the Senate Finance Committee, released the following statement on the ruling tonight by a federal judge in Texas striking down the Affordable Care Act: "Republicans' legal crusade against the Affordable Care Act is a political stunt, but a dangerous one that puts health coverage and vital health protections for millions of Americans at risk. Tonight's ruling won't take effect immediately, and the Texas judge is far from the l… Continue Reading

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