Press Releases

04.17.09

Whitehouse Commends EPA for Moving Forward With Review of Threat Posed by Global Warming

Providence, RI. - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) today released the following statement applauding the Obama Administration and Environmental Protection Agency for quickly moving forward with an endangerment finding detailing the consequences to public health and welfare from greenhouse gas pollution. The endangerment finding responds to the landmark 2007 U.S. Supreme Court opinion in Massachusetts v. EPA confirming the Agency's authority under the Clean Air Act to regulate carbon dioxi… Continue Reading


04.16.09

Whitehouse Praises Decision to Release OLC Torture Memos

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), a member of the Senate Intelligence and Judiciary Committees who has been a leading critic of the Bush Administration's use of torture, today applauded the Obama Administration's decision to release legal memoranda on interrogation drafted by the Justice Department's Office of Legal Counsel. Whitehouse said today: "I'm glad the Obama Administration has released these opinions. Seeing them will help Americans fully appreciate the abjec… Continue Reading


04.15.09

New Legislation Would Increase Funds for Bradley Residency Program

Providence, RI - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and U.S. Congressman Patrick Kennedy (D-RI) are introducing legislation to help Bradley Hospital get its fair share of federal funding designated for teaching hospitals. Bradley is one of the few children's psychiatric hospitals that trains physicians in residencies in child and adolescent psychiatry, pediatrics, and general psychiatry. Most pediatric teaching hospitals receive payments to cover the extra costs associated with taking on r… Continue Reading


04.13.09

Reed and Whitehouse Announce Recommendation of Justice O. Rogeriee Thompson to the U.S. First Circuit Court of Appeals and John J. "Jack" McConnell to the U.S. District Court for Rhode Island

PROVIDENCE, RI - United States Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse today announced they have recommended that President Barack Obama nominate Rhode Island Superior Court Justice O. Rogeriee Thompson to the U.S. First Circuit Court of Appeals and attorney John J. "Jack" McConnell to the U.S. District Court in Providence. "After an open process to solicit qualified applicants followed by extensive interviews and careful deliberation, we have recommended that President Obama nominate Rhode I… Continue Reading


04.10.09

Reed and Whitehouse to Host Academy Day 2009

WARWICK, RI -- In an effort to inform Rhode Island students about opportunities to attend our nation's military service academies, requirements for admission, and the appointment process, U.S. Senators Jack Reed (D-RI) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) will host United States Service Academy Day 2009 at the Community College of Rhode Island's Knight Campus, in Warwick on Saturday, April 25th at 0900 hours. This informational seminar is open to all high school students and their parents throughout R… Continue Reading


04.09.09

RI Receives Nearly $3 Million to Reduce Diesel Emissions, Clean Up Underground Oil Tanks

Providence, RI - Rhode Island will receive nearly $3 million in federal environmental funding to promote programs to reduce diesel emissions and clean up petroleum leaks from underground storage tanks, the state's Congressional delegation announced today. "This federal funding will help put people to work, protect public health, and restore critical environmental cleanup efforts. We need to ensure that families, communities, and businesses have safe, clean air and drinking water. This federal… Continue Reading


04.07.09

Reed, Whitehouse & Kennedy Announce $398K Grant for School Counseling Demonstration Program in Central Falls

Pawtucket, RI - Senator Jack Reed, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, and Congressman Patrick Kennedy announced today that the Central Falls School District has been selected to receive a $398,625 federal grant for a school counseling demonstration program. The funding will be used to hire four new certified guidance counselors for elementary schools in the Central Falls school district, effective September 2009. Currently, there are no guidance counselors at the elementary level in Central Falls. T… Continue Reading


04.03.09

Reed & Whitehouse Announce $4.2 Million to Upgrade Federal Buildings in Providence

PROVIDENCE, RI -- The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) submitted a spending proposal to Congress today highlighting the public building projects it plans to accomplish with funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009. U.S. Senators Jack Reed (D-RI) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), who both supported the ARRA, announced that two key Rhode Island projects, totaling over $4.2 million, are included in the GSA's renovation plans: Providence Courthouse: $3,932,000John… Continue Reading


03.31.09

Durbin, Whitehouse Seek Additional Information Regarding Justice Department Investigation of Torture Authorizations

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Assistant Senate Majority Leader Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) sent a letter today to the Justice Department, inquiring about an internal investigation of attorneys who provided legal advice regarding waterboarding and other abusive interrogation techniques. Today's letter is in response to revelations that former Justice Department officials Jay Bybee, John Yoo, and Steven Bradbury, the targets of the internal investigation, were given the opport… Continue Reading


03.31.09

Delegation Announces $14.5 Million in Federal Funding for Local Energy Efficiency and Conservation Projects

Washington, DC - Rhode Island's Congressional Delegation today announced that communities throughout the state will receive over $14.5 million in flexible federal funding to improve energy efficiency in building and transportation projects. Funding for the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) Program passed as part of the American Economic Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. The federal aid may be used by states, cities, towns, and tribes for a host of energy saving activi… Continue Reading


03.27.09

Rhode Island Seniors to Get Boost From Recovery Bill

Washington, D.C. - Vice President Joe Biden has announced that seniors and disabled Americans currently on Social Security or SSI will begin receiving economic recovery payments of $250 each starting in May. In January, U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) asked Senate leaders to consider a temporary increase in Social Security benefits as part of the economic recovery legislation, emphasizing that fixed incomes and reliance on costly prescription drugs make older and disabled Americans parti… Continue Reading


03.26.09

Congressional Delegation Announces Federal Funds for RI Veterans

Washington, DC - Rhode Island's Congressional Delegation announced today that $1.4 billion in federal funds will be made available under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act for veterans and veteran facilities. With these federal funds, the Veterans Administration will make a one-time payment of $250 to eligible veterans. The delegation also announced that the Providence VA Medical Center will receive $11 million for renovations and modernization projects, and the Rhode Island Veterans Ho… Continue Reading


03.26.09

Senate Committee Votes to Prioritize Oceans and Coastal Areas in Federal Budget

Washington, D.C. - The Senate Budget Committee today passed an amendment sponsored by U.S. Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Ben Cardin (D-MD), and Jeff Merkley (D-OR) to support investments in America's oceans and coasts as part of the Senate's proposed FY 2010 budget resolution. "For us in the Ocean State, protecting our marine and coastal ecosystems isn't just a priority - it's a mission," said Whitehouse, a member of the budget panel who also sits on the Senate Environment and Public Work… Continue Reading


03.26.09

Whitehouse-Stabenow Budget Amendment Supports Unemployment Assistance and Job-Creating Legislation

Washington, D.C. - The U.S. Senate Budget Committee today passed a bipartisan amendment to the FY 2010 budget resolution, sponsored by U.S. Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), supporting additional assistance to the millions of Americans facing unemployment during difficult economic times. Senators Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) cosponsored the measure. "For millions of Americans looking for a job today, the challenges seem almost insurmountable," W… Continue Reading


03.26.09

Whitehouse Joins Health, Consumer Advocate Coalition to Push for Health Delivery System Reform

Washington, D.C. - For the millions of Americans battling cancer, diabetes, stroke, or cardiovascular disease, their lives and their health depend on health care that is high-quality, efficient, and cost-effective. But too often in America's health care system, that's not the kind of care they're getting. As momentum builds for comprehensive health care reform, U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) helped bring together a coalition of major national health and consumer advocacy organizations … Continue Reading


03.26.09

Feingold, Whitehouse Amendment to Reduce Wasteful Spending Included in Budget

Washington, D.C. - Today, the Senate Budget Committee overwhelmingly supported an amendment to the Senate budget resolution offered by committee members Senator Russ Feingold (D-WI) and Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) to reduce wasteful spending within the Department of Defense. The Feingold-Whitehouse amendment would redirect $100 million in funds toward reforms like recovering erroneous payments to contractors or restructuring acquisition programs that are at high risk of failing. Accordi… Continue Reading


03.25.09

Kennedy, Kerry, Frank, McGovern, Whitehouse, Reed, Kennedy Commend Passage of Bill to Protect Taunton River Under The National Park Service’s “Wild & Scenic” Program

Washington, DC - Senators Edward M. Kennedy, John F. Kerry, Sheldon Whitehouse and Jack Reed, and Representatives Barney Frank, James P. McGovern and Patrick J. Kennedy today commended the House of Representatives for the passage of legislation to support the protection and community-based management of Taunton River as part of the Wild & Scenic River system. The legislation passed the Senate in January, and will now be sent to President Obama for his signature. Senator Kennedy said, "Taunto… Continue Reading


03.25.09

Kerry, Alexander Introduce Medicare Patient IVIG Access Act to Ease Lifesaving Treatment

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators John Kerry (D-Mass.), a senior member of the Finance Committee, and Lamar Alexander (R - Tenn.), a senior member of the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, today introduced legislation that will allow Medicare beneficiaries to access life-saving treatment for immune system disorders. Senators Ron Wyden (D - Org.), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), and Sam Brownback (R-Kan.) are original cosponsors. The Medicare Patient IVIG Access Act will protect the s… Continue Reading


03.25.09

Amtrak to Invest $3.4 Million in Federal Funding to Tighten Rail Security, Upgrade Facilities in RI

WASHINGTON, DC - More than $3.4 million in Amtrak funding is coming to Rhode Island for security improvements and facility upgrades, U.S. Senators Jack Reed (D-RI) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) announced today. The funding is part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, which both Senators supported. "Amtrak is a key link for our state's economy to the rest of the Northeast. Ensuring we maintain that connection and have the best possible service is important to Rhode Island's e… Continue Reading


03.24.09

RI Defense Installations Receive Reinvestment Act Funding

WARWICK, R.I. - The Rhode Island Congressional Delegation today announced $15.4 million for military construction and facility improvement projects across the state. The funding is part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, which all four members of the Delegation supported. "In the short term this federal funding means jobs. In the long term it invests in Rhode Island's military bases and improves operational support for our troops," said U.S. Senator Jack Reed, a member of both the… Continue Reading

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