Press Releases

01.15.10

Whitehouse Statement on Earthquake in Haiti

"My thoughts and prayers today are with the people of Haiti as they struggle to overcome this devastation, and with the many Rhode Islanders who have friends and family there. The United States is taking swift action to provide relief on the ground, and we will continue to do all we can to save lives and to help Haiti rebuild in the wake of this devastating tragedy." ###… Continue Reading


01.13.10

Whitehouse Visits Clean Water Project Funded by Economic Recovery Bill

Providence, RI - As Rhode Island and the nation struggle to create local jobs and maintain a clean water infrastructure, U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) today visited a Providence facility preparing to begin construction to dramatically expand its capacity to reduce pollution in Narragansett Bay. Whitehouse was at the Narragansett Bay Commission's Field Point facility in Providence to learn about their efforts to reduce nitrogen discharges into the Bay in order to prevent algae blooms th… Continue Reading


01.12.10

Reed and Whitehouse Visit Recovery Act Construction Site, See Economic Revitalization at Work in Johnston

Johnston, RI - U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse today visited a local construction site where funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) is being used to help improve local infrastructure, create jobs, and bring businesses back to a once blighted stretch of Hartford Avenue. The investment of $3.5 million in Recovery Act dollars to upgrade the roadway and install fiber optics and new traffic lights will help improve road safety, ease traffic flow, and allow the … Continue Reading


01.06.10

RI Delegation Announces $3.7 Million Recovery Act Funding to Promote Green Job Growth

WASHINGTON, DC -- In an effort to help create green jobs and boost Rhode Island's construction and manufacturing industries, Rhode Island's Congressional delegation today announced that the Providence Plan's Building Futures program will receive $3.72 million in Recovery Act funding to launch an Energy Training Partnership. This grant will enable Building Futures to prepare approximately 1,600 hundred Rhode Islanders for careers in energy efficient-construction and renewable-power industries ove… Continue Reading


12.24.09

Whitehouse Statement on Senate Passage of Health Care Bill

Washington, D.C. - "After nearly a year of debate and discussion, the U.S. Senate today passed landmark legislation to reform our broken health care system: the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. "This historic legislation will make health insurance available to more than 30 million Americans now without coverage, lower costs for individuals who already have coverage and for small businesses, improve the quality of our care, and lower our nation's long term budget deficit. And for Rhod… Continue Reading


12.23.09

Reed, Whitehouse Announce Stimulus Funds to Increase Broadband Internet Access in Rhode Island

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Jack Reed (D-RI) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) today announced that the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation (RIEDC) will receive approximately $1.5 million in federal funding to expand broadband internet services in Rhode Island. The funding is provided by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), which Reed and Whitehouse supported. "Expanding broadband services to more Rhode Islanders is a smart investment in our state's infrastructure and t… Continue Reading


12.18.09

Whitehouse Statement on Copenhagen Summit

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) released the following statement regarding today's developments at the UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen: "Since taking office in January President Obama has worked quickly to reverse eight years of American neglect of climate change, and his constructive engagement with other world leaders today in Copenhagen moves us further forward. The productive discussions between the U.S. and China give hope that they and other large emit… Continue Reading


12.14.09

Whitehouse Applauds Senate Leadership Commitment to Closing Medicare “Donut Hole”

Washington, D.C. - During the health care debate on the Floor of the United States Senate today, Majority Leader Harry Reid committed to closing the Medicare "donut hole" gap in prescription drug coverage, an announcement welcomed by Senator Sheldon Whitehouse. Making sure seniors have access to affordable prescription drug coverage has long been a top priority for Senator Whitehouse. "During my travels throughout the state, I have met countless seniors who are frustrated and confused by the P… Continue Reading


12.14.09

Congress Approves Millions for RI that Reed and Whitehouse Secured in 2010 Consolidated Appropriations Act

WASHINGTON, DC - The U.S. Senate yesterday approved 57-35, a year-end appropriations bill that U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse said will provide critical federal support for a wide range of projects and programs throughout Rhode Island. The legislation passed the U.S. House of Representatives 221-202 on December 10 and will now go to the President's desk to be signed into law. "This has been a difficult fiscal year, but I am pleased to have secured these crucial investments to he… Continue Reading


12.10.09

Senators Push for Reduction in the Volume of Excessively Loud Television Commercials

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) introduced legislation that would require the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to regulate the volume of television advertisements. The Commercial Advertisement Loudness Mitigation (CALM) Act of 2009 (S. 2847) co-sponsored by Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY), would require the volume of television advertisements to be no louder than the volume of the program during which the advertisements appear. "Every day millions of Americans are … Continue Reading


12.09.09

Whitehouse Amendment to Health Care Bill Would Help Families Struggling with Medical Debt

Washington, DC - As the Senate continues to debate landmark health care reform legislation, U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) has filed an amendment to the legislation to help the many American families burdened by the costs of illness and injury. The amendment, which is modeled after Whitehouse's Medical Bankruptcy Fairness Act introduced earlier this year, would make the bankruptcy process less costly and more accessible for people bankrupted by medical bills. "Many families in Rhode Is… Continue Reading


12.09.09

Whitehouse to Chair Cyber Security Task Force

Washington, D.C. - The U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence has established a Cyber Security Task Force to evaluate cyber threats to the United States and issue recommendations to the U.S. intelligence community, as appropriate. The bipartisan task force will be chaired by U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), and will also include Senators Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) and Olympia Snowe (R-ME). "I'm honored to have been chosen by Chairman Feinstein to lead this task force," said Whitehous… Continue Reading


12.08.09

Senators Urge President to Put Americans to Work Rebuilding Our Crumbling Infrastructure

Washington, DC - As the President and Congress continue to examine new ways to create jobs, a group of 24 U.S. Senators today urged President Obama to focus these efforts on rebuilding our nation's infrastructure. In a letter to the President, the Senators argued that their states have "significant, documented infrastructure repair needs" which present a prime opportunity for job creation. The letter was signed by Senators Whitehouse, Leahy, Levin, Kerry, Harkin, Wyden, Durbin, Reed, Landrieu,… Continue Reading


12.08.09

Whitehouse Statement on EPA’s Greenhouse Gas Finding

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse released the following statement regarding the Environmental Protection Agency's official conclusion that greenhouse gas emissions pose a threat to human health: "For eight years, the Bush Administration did everything in its power to avoid regulating greenhouse gas emissions as pollutants, even after the Supreme Court ordered EPA to determine whether greenhouse gases pose a danger to public health and the environment. The EPA under the Obama A… Continue Reading


12.07.09

Whitehouse Introduces Amendments to Increase Funding for Local Hospitals

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) has filed two amendments to the Senate's health care reform bill, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, to help a pair of local hospitals get their fair share of federal funding designated for teaching hospitals. "Teaching hospitals offer new doctors invaluable experience working with patients, and the federal government has long recognized that additional funding helps make these residency programs possible," said Whitehouse. … Continue Reading


12.03.09

Whitehouse Introduces Amendment to Health Care Reform Bill

Washington, DC - Senator Whitehouse today filed an amendment to the Senate health care bill expressing the Sense of the Senate that surpluses generated by this bill for the Social Security trust fund be reserved for Social Security, and that savings for the long term insurance program created by the CLASS Act be reserved for that program. The Congressional Budget Office estimates that this bill would reduce the deficit by $130 billion in the first 10 years, and roughly $650 billion in the secon… Continue Reading


11.21.09

In Senate Speech, Whitehouse Speaks in Favor of Making Affordable Health Care a Reality for All Americans

Washington, D.C. - As the Senate continues the debate on legislation to reform the nation's broken health care system, U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) spoke today on the Senate floor in favor of making quality, affordable health care a reality for all Americans and noted the extreme similarities between Senate Republicans' and the health insurance industry's opposition to reform. Full text of Whitehouse's remarks, as prepared for delivery, is below.------------------------------- Madame… Continue Reading


11.21.09

Statement of Senator Whitehouse on Senate’s Successful Vote to Move Health Care Reform Legislation Forward

Washington, D.C. - "During the course of our national debate on health care reform, I heard from thousands of Rhode Islanders online through my health care storyboard, at my community dinners, and at meetings and main street visits. I hear their urgent call for health care reform. The Senate's move to a full debate of comprehensive health care reform is a major step toward the enactment of legislation that will dramatically increase health care coverage, improve health care quality, and reduce … Continue Reading


11.16.09

Legislation Introduced in Senate and House to Better Manage Prison Population Growth

Washington, D.C. - United States Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), John Cornyn (R-TX), and Patrick Leahy (D-VT) introduced today the Criminal Justice Reinvestment Act of 2009 to help states and localities better understand how to manage the growth in prison and jail populations and increase public safety. The legislation would authorize grants to analyze criminal justice trends and to design and implement policies to better manage prison spending. Congressmen Adam Schiff (D-CA) and Dan Lungr… Continue Reading


11.13.09

Whitehouse Hears from Local Homeowners About The Housing Market Crisis

Warwick, RI - As millions of American homeowners continue to struggle against the tide of home foreclosures, U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) heard from Rhode Island homebuyers and realtors yesterday about the recession's impact on the local housing market. Whitehouse hosted a roundtable discussion at The Rhode Island Association of Realtors in Warwick. Whitehouse stressed to the participants the importance of the $8,000 first-time homebuyer tax credit established last year and expanded t… Continue Reading

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