Press Releases

01.27.11

Senators Reed and Whitehouse Gain New Committee Roles

WASHINGTON, DC- Today, Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse were awarded new committee responsibilities that will benefit Rhode Island's families and the state's economy. Reed will serve on the Appropriations Committee, which approves funding for all domestic and defense discretionary programs totaling over $1 trillion each year, and the Armed Services Committee, which oversees national security policy and defense programs important to Aquidneck Island businesses as well as the Newport Nav… Continue Reading


01.26.11

Whitehouse Applauds Fraud Prevention Efforts

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse today commended the joint efforts of the Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Justice to crack down on fraud and abuse in America's health care system. A report released Monday showed that the joint effort resulted in the recovery of more than $4 billion in taxpayer dollars in fiscal year 2010. "As we continue working to address our long-term budget deficit, identifying and attacking cases of fraud in our health care sys… Continue Reading


01.26.11

Whitehouse: Mercury Report Highlights Need for Action

Washington, DC - A startling study released today by Environment America reveals that mercury poisoning is a prevalent and increasing problem. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) today released the following statement in reaction to the study: "This study should set off warning bells across the United States," said Whitehouse. "Not only is the health of every Rhode Islander threatened due to unrestricted mercury pollution in our atmosphere, but our vital fish populations are at risk. EPA's pla… Continue Reading


01.25.11

Sheldon's Statement on President’s State of the Union Address

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) issued the following statement following President Obama's State of the Union address: "President Obama sent a signal to Rhode Islanders that he is focused on growing our economy and putting Americans back to work, and laid out his vision for ensuring long-term American prosperity. "With too many Rhode Islanders still out of work, last week I called on President Obama to articulate his strong support for our manufacturing industry, as wel… Continue Reading


01.25.11

Whitehouse Introduces Legislation to Keep Jobs in America

Washington, DC - With manufacturers in Rhode Island and across the country struggling in the wake of the recession, U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) today introduced legislation to support the manufacturing sector and keep good jobs in America. Whitehouse's Offshoring Prevention Act would close a costly tax loophole that rewards companies for moving factories overseas. The legislation is cosponsored by Senators Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Dick Durbin… Continue Reading


01.21.11

Leader of RI Manufacturing Organization to Join Whitehouse for State of the Union Address

Providence, RI - This month, U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse has been visiting local manufacturers as part of a "Making It in Rhode Island" tour to hear about the economic challenges they face and to discuss his plan to keep jobs in the state. As he continues fighting to help Rhode Island businesses grow, Whitehouse today announced that Leslie Taito, CEO of the Rhode Island Manufacturing Extension Service (RIMES), will be his guest at President Obama's State of the Union address next Tuesday. … Continue Reading


01.21.11

Whitehouse Urges President to Increase Support for American Manufacturers

Providence, RI - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse is urging President Obama to affirm his support for domestic manufacturers during next week's State of the Union address. In a letter to the president, Whitehouse highlighted the importance of the manufacturing industry to Rhode Island's economy and proposed ways to preserve and create jobs. "From addressing unfair currency manipulation that benefits Chinese producers to providing greater access to capital for U.S. companies, there is much we ca… Continue Reading


01.19.11

Whitehouse Outlines Legislation to Keep Jobs in America

Providence, RI - Continuing his "Making it in Rhode Island" tour, U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse today outlined legislation he plans to introduce next week to support the state's manufacturing sector and keep good jobs in Rhode Island. The Offshoring Prevention Act would close a perverse tax loophole that rewards companies for moving factories overseas. "As I travel around Rhode Island, I've heard from local businesses who are proud to provide good jobs for their community, and who want to ke… Continue Reading


01.14.11

Reed, Whitehouse, Langevin Announce $300,000 for Johnston and Coventry Fire Departments

Washington, D.C. - In an effort to enhance Rhode Island's emergency response preparedness, U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse and U.S. Representative Jim Langevin today announced that the Johnston and Coventry fire departments will receive over $300,000 in Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) through the Department of Homeland Security. The Johnston Fire Department will receive $151,200 to purchase seven new, state-of-the-art 12-lead cardiac monitors. These new lifesaving heart mo… Continue Reading


01.11.11

Whitehouse Commends Gulf Spill Commission

Washington, D.C. - Senator Sheldon Whitehouse commended the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling today for releasing a frank assessment of the causes of the Deepwater Horizon blowout, and recommending a broad spectrum of reforms to prevent future environmental and human disasters. "Sadly, today's report by the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling confirms what we suspected - that this was an entirely preventab… Continue Reading


01.11.11

Whitehouse Announces Manufacturing Agenda in Pawtucket

Pawtucket, RI - During the second stop on his "Making it in Rhode Island" tour, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) today released his manufacturing jobs plan at North East Knitting in Pawtucket. Continuing his efforts to support local businesses, Whitehouse outlined his legislative priorities for the next Congress. During his tour today, Whitehouse heard about the competition North East Knitting is experiencing from Central America and China. Two provisions in his plan, ending tax benefits for c… Continue Reading


01.08.11

Whitehouse Visits Bristol Manufacturing Company

Providence, RI - As Congress begins a new term, U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse will continue his focus on issues and legislation important to Rhode Island manufacturers. Yesterday, he visited Composite Energy Technologies in Bristol to hear about their work. "My first priority is to keep fighting to get our economy back on track. That means bringing new business to our state, but it also means supporting existing companies and keeping good jobs here," said Whitehouse. "I was pleased to hear… Continue Reading


12.23.10

President Signs Whitehouse, Cornyn Bill to Crack Down on Foreign Criminal Assets

Washington, DC - President Obama has signed the Preserving Criminal Assets for Forfeiture Act into law. Introduced by two members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and John Cornyn (R-TX), the bill would make it easier to freeze the assets held in the United States by foreign criminals. In doing so, the legislation will cut down on the funds available for international criminals to further their enterprises. It will also encourage foreign countries to assist th… Continue Reading


12.23.10

Whitehouse Welcomes EPA Efforts to Reduce Greenhouse Emissions from Power Plants

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) released the following statement today regarding the US Environmental Protection Agency's announcement that the agency plans to set performance standards to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from power plants and refineries in 2011 and 2012: "I commend Rhode Island and the other states that have pushed EPA for nearly ten years to set carbon dioxide performance standards for power plants and refineries. Although the Clean Air Act requires EPA… Continue Reading


12.22.10

Whitehouse: Repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” Marks Historic Win for Equality

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) issued the following statement today after President Obama signed legislation to repeal the law banning gay men and women from serving openly in the military: "Requiring gay and lesbian servicemembers to hide who they are went against the principles of integrity and responsibility on which our military stands. President Obama's action today marks an historic win for equality and civil liberties, and also for our proud military as we conti… Continue Reading


12.21.10

$400,000 Grant Awarded to Warwick Fire Department

Washington, DC - The Warwick Fire Department has been awarded $414,620 in federal funds to purchase new Self-Contained Breathing Apparatuses (SCBA) for the entire station, a new filing station, and related equipment. U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse wrote a letter in July to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) supporting the grant request. The upgrades will bring the Warwick Fire Department into compliance with current national standards. "Our firefighters are the invaluable first lin… Continue Reading


12.21.10

Reed & Whitehouse Help Restore LIHEAP Funds & Pell Grants

WASHINGTON, DC - The U.S. Senate today voted 79-16 to pass a short-term funding measure, known as a Continuing Resolution (CR) which will keep the government running through March 4, 2011. The bill would maintain fiscal year 2010 funding for most programs, but also includes an additional $1.25 billion for the Low Income Housing Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) and $5.7 billion to maintain the maximum award for Pell grants. U.S. Senators Jack Reed (D-RI) and Sheldon Whitehouse, who both voted… Continue Reading


12.18.10

Whitehouse Statement on ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ Vote in Senate

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse released the following statement today after the Senate voted to repeal the law banning gay men and women from serving openly in the military. Whitehouse cosponsored legislation to repeal 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell.' "For an institution founded on integrity and accountability, requiring brave, loyal and highly trained soldiers to lie about or disguise their sexual orientation was wrong, as Admiral Mullen and Secretary Gates have eloquently explained… Continue Reading


12.17.10

Whitehouse Statement on Obama Administration Scientific Integrity Policy

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) released the following statement today regarding the Obama Administration's new guidance for improving scientific integrity in federal government decision-making: "I applaud the Obama Administration for their ongoing commitment to scientific integrity. The recommendations released today will help ensure that when federal agencies are making decisions about public health, worker safety, energy, and the environment, those decisions are base… Continue Reading


12.16.10

Whitehouse Urges President to Ramp Up Foreclosure Efforts

Washington, DC - In a meeting yesterday evening with President Obama, U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) personally delivered a letter to urge the Administration to "retool foreclosure prevention efforts." The letter, which also featured the story of a Riverside, RI resident who struggled to obtain a mortgage modification, asked the President to support bankruptcy court foreclosure mediation programs such as one currently used in Rhode Island. "These programs simply require the servicer to… Continue Reading

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