Press Releases

03.11.09

Whitehouse Statement on Meeting with President Obama on Budget

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), a member of the Senate Budget Committee, attended a meeting at the White House with President Obama and Budget Committee Democrats this afternoon to discuss the President's budget proposal and the pressing fiscal needs of the country. "President Obama's budget sets the right course, investing in both our nation and our people. From reforming our health care system to curbing global warming to ensuring that every child has access to a q… Continue Reading


03.10.09

Congress Approves Omnibus Appropriations Bill to Fund Vital Ongoing Education, Health Care, Infrastructure Investments in Rhode Island

WASHINGTON, DC -The U.S. Senate today passed a $410 billion consolidated appropriations bill to help strengthen our economy, keep the government working for the remainder of fiscal year 2009, and make critical investments in America's future. U.S. Senators Jack Reed (D-RI) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) voted for final passage of the bill. The bill includes: · $66.5 billion for education to help students succeed in the classroom, up from $62.1 billion in fiscal year 2008; · $55 … Continue Reading


03.09.09

Obama’s Move to Restore Confidence in Science Long Overdue, Whitehouse Says

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), a member of the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee who last year excoriated the Bush Administration for putting politics before science, said today that President Obama's new policy on the use of science in federal decisionmaking will restore the American people's faith in government and help put national environmental and regulatory policy back on the right track. "Politics should never trump science, especially when o… Continue Reading


03.06.09

RI Law Enforcement to Get $9.4 Million Boost in Federal Funding

WASHINGTON, DC - In an effort to prevent and reduce crime across the state, Rhode Island's Congressional delegation today announced that cities and towns throughout the state will receive $9.4 million in federal funds through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. State law enforcement officials will receive $5.7 million in federally provided funds and cities and town police departments will receive $3.7 million in Byrne Justice Assistance Grant funds which are appropriated by the U.S. Con… Continue Reading


03.06.09

Whitehouse Supports Push for Protected Status for Liberians

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) joined Senator Jack Reed (D-RI) and five other senators today in a letter asking President Obama to protect Liberians living in the United States from being forced to depart when their Deferred Enforced Departure status expires on March 31, 2009. "Liberians who have been living in Rhode Island and around the country for years shouldn't be forced to pack their bags in just a few short weeks and return to a country in distress," said White… Continue Reading


03.05.09

Senate Bill Would Outlaw Notorious Voter Suppression Tactic

Washington, D.C. - Political operatives would be unable to challenge a person's right to vote (or register to vote) based solely on unreliable information if a Senate bill introduced today becomes law. U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), along with Senators Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Russ Feingold (D-WI), Bill Nelson (D-FL), John Kerry (D-MA), Charles Schumer (D-NY), Tom Harkin (D-IA), Chris Dodd (D-CT), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), and Sherrod Brown (D-OH) again offered legi… Continue Reading


03.05.09

Whitehouse Praises New Intelligence Committee Investigation Into Bush Administration Detention and Interrogation Program

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, today expressed strong support for Chairman Dianne Feinstein (D-CA)'s announcement that the Committee will launch an investigation into the Bush Administration's program to detain and interrogate terror suspects. "This inquiry will be a powerful step towards correcting America's tragic trespass into the dark side," said Whitehouse, a former U.S. Attorney and Attorney General for R… Continue Reading


03.05.09

Whitehouse Shares Rhode Islanders’ Health Care Stories with President Obama

Washington, D.C. - For the past month, Rhode Islanders have been sending U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) their personal stories of frustration, worry, and heartbreak over a health care system that too often let them down. Today, Whitehouse shared a few of those stories with someone whose voice will be critical in the unfolding push for health care reform: President Barack Obama. Whitehouse joined President Obama, health care providers, businesses, and other Members of Congress at a Whit… Continue Reading


03.04.09

Whitehouse, Kennedy Bill Designates School Social Work Week

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and U.S. Congressman Patrick Kennedy (D-RI) are working to honor the contributions of school social workers to our country's young people by designating this week, the first week in March, as School Social Work Week. "As Rhode Island's Attorney General, I saw first-hand the enormous change that supportive, involved adults can make in students' lives through the after-school and mentoring programs we built at Oliver Hazard Perry Middle … Continue Reading


03.03.09

Whitehouse Applauds $10.7 Million for RI Transportation Projects

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) praised President Obama's announcement today that the U.S. Department of Transportation will release a total of $26.6 billion in funding from the economic recovery bill passed last month to jump-start transportation projects all over the country. The funds announced today include more than $10.7 million for projects in Rhode Island. "This is a down payment on our commitment to put Rhode Islanders back to work and invest in our infrastru… Continue Reading


02.27.09

Whitehouse Statement on President’s Plan to Bring Troops Home from Iraq

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse reacted today to President Obama's plan to end combat operations in Iraq by 2010: "I believe the President's decision to set a date to bring our troops home from Iraq is an encouraging step in the right direction," said Whitehouse. "As Rhode Islanders know, I have been working hard to end the war in Iraq, and have consistently pressed to bring our troops home as quickly and safely as possible." ###… Continue Reading


02.26.09

Snowe, Whitehouse Introduce Bill to Strengthen FBI Investigations of White-Collar Crimes

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Olympia J. Snowe (R-Maine) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) today introduced legislation to strengthen the Federal Bureau of Investigation's (FBI) financial crime investigation unit by hiring 1,000 new agents dedicated to white-collar crimes. The "FBI Priorities Act," which authorizes $150 million in each of the next five years for the expansion, mirrors the steps taken by the FBI following the September 11th terrorist attacks in which approximately 1,000 agents we… Continue Reading


02.26.09

EPW Members to Focus on Global Warming Provisions in Budget

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, today made the following remarks regarding the role of EPW Committee Members who also serve on the Budget Committee: Senator Boxer said: "I have asked my EPW colleagues who serve on the Budget Committee to take the lead on this portion of the Budget that deals with cap and trade, and I am pleased that they have agreed to play that role." Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD), Bernie Sanders… Continue Reading


02.26.09

President’s Budget Sets the Right Course, Whitehouse Says

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), a member of the Senate Budget Committee, commented today on President Obama's first budget proposal, for Fiscal Year 2010: "When Rhode Island families set their budgets every year, they have to make tough, honest choices - and this year, the federal government has finally done the same. "President Obama's budget sets the right course as we weather economic crisis, and makes responsible down payments on our future. This plan invests in… Continue Reading


02.24.09

Whitehouse Applauds President’s Plan to Rebuild Economy, Reform Health Care System

Washington, D.C. - Responding to President Obama's address to a joint session of Congress tonight, U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) expressed confidence in the President's plan: "Over and over again, I've heard from Rhode Islanders worried about their jobs, their retirement, their stressed family budgets, or how they'll afford it if a child or an elderly parent gets sick. For eight years, the Bush Administration turned a deaf ear. But tonight, for families all across this country who lo… Continue Reading


02.23.09

Whitehouse’s Call for Health Care Stories Draws Statewide Response

Washington, D.C. - Just days after U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) unveiled an online Health Care Storyboard for Rhode Islanders to share their stories about our broken health care system, more than 60 responses have already come in from all across the Ocean State. Reflecting a broad spectrum of ages and backgrounds, the stories are a powerful testament to the urgent need for reform. Today, Whitehouse took to the Senate floor to read some of these messages, making these Rhode Islanders'… Continue Reading


02.20.09

Rhode Island Medical Student Who Struggled to Find Health Care Will Join Whitehouse at Obama’s First Address to Congress

Washington, D.C. - A Rhode Island medical student living with Crohn's disease - and who faces challenges finding affordable health care in the future - will attend President Barack Obama's first address to Congress Tuesday evening as the guest of U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI). Lauren Goddard, a medical student at Brown University, will watch President Obama's speech Tuesday from the Visitor's Gallery of the House of Representatives. The President has pledged to make affordable, access… Continue Reading


02.16.09

Durbin, Whitehouse Seek Status of Report on Torture Authorizations at the Department of Justice

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) sent a letter today to H. Marshall Jarrett, head of the Department of Justice's Office for Professional Responsibility (OPR), asking about the status of OPR's investigation of Justice Department attorneys who provided legal advice regarding waterboarding and other abusive interrogation techniques. "Our intelligence professionals should be able to rely in good faith on the Justice Department's legal advice. This g… Continue Reading


02.13.09

Whitehouse Joins Congressional Trip to Israel, Syria

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) will leave this evening for an official congressional delegation visit to Israel, Syria, and Austria from February 13-21. While overseas, Whitehouse will meet with U.S. and foreign leaders and attend the 8th Annual Winter Meeting of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE)'s Parliamentary Assembly. "For decades, the conflict in the Middle East has been among America's most difficult foreign policy challenges," said… Continue Reading


02.12.09

Whitehouse Authors Bill to Recoup Billions in Bailed-Out Banks’ Executive Pay

Washington, D.C. - As the Obama Administration unveiled stricter limits on future executive compensation as part of its plan to shore up the nation's shaky financial sector, U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) introduced legislation to help taxpayers recoup billions of dollars in deferred compensation already on the books at banks that receive, or have already received, taxpayer assistance under the federal bailout program. The Wall Street Journal estimated that banks receiving bailout funds… Continue Reading

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