Press Releases

02.13.21

Whitehouse Statement on Final Vote in Second Trump Impeachment

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) released the following statement on his vote today to convict former president Donald Trump on the article of impeachment for incitement to insurrection: "The House managers did a masterful job. They presented a complete and vivid case that spanned Donald Trump's cultivation of his stolen election lie, the incitement of his mob, and the deadly harm his mob perpetrated. They recounted the bravery and pain of the people who defended us. They… Continue Reading


02.12.21

Senators Call Out Dark-Money Influence Behind SCOTUS Labor Case

READ THE BRIEF HERE Washington, DC - Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Cory Booker (D-NJ), and Alex Padilla (D-CA) filed a brief today in Cedar Point Nursery v. Hassid, a major Supreme Court challenge to labor unions' ability to organize agricultural workers. The senators point to the raft of anonymously funded pro-corporate groups that have helped to guide the case to the Court, and are now lobbying the justices for an outcome that would not on… Continue Reading


02.12.21

Whitehouse Statement on Conclusion of Impeachment Presentations

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) released the following statement tonight upon conclusion of House managers and defense counsels' presentations in the second impeachment of former president Donald Trump: "The House managers presented a disciplined, vivid, and damning case that followed the arc of Trump's months-long recruitment and incitement of his mob. They brought to life again the fear, violence, and bravery in the halls of the Capitol that day, and presented new deta… Continue Reading


02.12.21

Whitehouse, Baldwin, Braun, and Brown Lead Senate Introduction of Bipartisan Medicaid Reentry Act

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Mike Braun (R-IN), and Sherrod Brown (D-OH) today announced the Senate introduction of the bipartisan Medicaid Reentry Act, legislation expanding access to addiction treatment and other health services for Medicaid-eligible individuals 30 days before their release from jail or prison. Federal statute currently prohibits any form of federal health coverage for incarcerated individuals except under very limited circum… Continue Reading


02.11.21

Reed & Whitehouse Announce Selection Process for U.S. Attorney, U.S. Marshal, & RI State Director of the Farm Service Agency

PROVIDENCE, RI -- In response to inquiries regarding federally appointed U.S. Department of Justice and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) positions in Rhode Island, U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse today outlined their process for ensuring that there is a talented pool of highly-qualified applicants for the positions of U.S. Attorney, U.S. Marshal, and Rhode Island State Director of the Farm Service Agency. All interested applicants should send a cover letter and resume via e … Continue Reading


02.09.21

Whitehouse Statement on Beginning of Second Trump Impeachment Trial

Washington, DC - Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) released the following statement today on the beginning of the second impeachment trial of former president Donald Trump in the Senate: "My Republican colleagues cannot make excuses for avoiding impeachment. The former president incited violent insurrection to obstruct constitutional duties of a coequal branch of government. He must be held to account. That is why I look forward to a full and fair impeachment proceeding. The House managers will… Continue Reading


02.09.21

Senators Call on Solicitor General to Reverse Position in SCOTUS Case Threatening Constitutional Protection for Dark Money

Washington, DC - Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), a senior member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and Dick Durbin (D-IL), Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, led Judiciary Democrats in calling on the Biden administration to reverse the Department of Justice's position in Americans for Prosperity Foundation (AFPF) v. Becerra, a First Amendment challenge before the Supreme Court. The senators warn the Biden Justice Department that the case could lead Trump-appointed right-wing justices … Continue Reading


02.04.21

Whitehouse Supports Quick, Robust COVID-19 Relief Effort

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), a member of the Senate Budget Committee, is applauding the use of the budget reconciliation process to deliver urgently needed relief to Rhode Island families during the COVID-19 pandemic: "Too many Rhode Island families are grieving a loved one lost to COVID-19, and too many are on the edge of a financial abyss. Our public health response and our economy are at a tipping point, and the danger is in not doing enough. We are moving ahead w… Continue Reading


02.03.21

Whitehouse, Warren Urge Yellen to Review IRS Enforcement of Dark Money Groups

Washington, DC - Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), a member of the Senate Finance Committee, and Elizabeth Warren, a member of the Senate Banking and Finance Committees, wrote to Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen today to call for stronger IRS enforcement of important rules governing political activity by nonprofit organizations. The lack of enforcement has enabled special interests to skirt campaign finance laws to spend enormous sums of anonymous "dark money" in federal elections. Republican e… Continue Reading


02.03.21

Whitehouse Signals Support for Regan at EPA

Washington, DC - Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), a senior member of the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee, announced his support for the nomination of North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality Secretary Michael Regan to be Environmental Protection Agency Administrator following Mr. Regan's EPW hearing today: "Mr. Regan showed he is ready for the tough battles ahead. Simply turning the page on the Trump administration isn't enough to tackle the monumental challenges… Continue Reading


02.02.21

120 Democrats Call for Repeal of GOP Tax Giveaway in Next COVID Relief Package

Washington, DC - Today, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Representative Lloyd Doggett (D-TX), Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Representative Rosa DeLauro (D-CT), and Representative Steve Cohen (D-TN) led a group of 120 total Democratic members of Congress to urge House and Senate leadership to repeal a massive tax giveaway for a small number of extremely wealthy taxpayers that Republicans slipped into must-pass pandemic-relief legislation last year. The members call for funds to flow to American… Continue Reading


02.02.21

Whitehouse & Colleagues Introduce Medical Bankruptcy Bill Amid Raging Pandemic

Washington, D.C. - With millions of Americans newly kicked off their health insurance in the middle of a pandemic, U.S. Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA),Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) are introducing legislation designed to ease the burden on Americans forced into bankruptcy because of unforeseen medical expenses or public health-related shutdowns. The Medical Bankruptcy Fairness Act of 2021 addresses the potential for an infl… Continue Reading


02.01.21

Whitehouse-Murkowski Bill Would Advance Understanding of Oceans, Great Lakes, and Coasts

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), co-chairs of the bipartisan Senate Oceans Caucus, have introduced legislation to advance data collection of the Great Lakes, oceans, bays, estuaries, and coasts. The Bolstering Long-Term Understanding and Exploration of the Great Lakes, Oceans, Bays, and Estuaries Act, or BLUE GLOBE Act, would accelerate technology innovation, plan for a stronger maritime workforce, and develop a better understanding of the Blu… Continue Reading


01.27.21

TODAY: Whitehouse to Deliver Final ‘Time to Wake Up’ Speech

STREAM THE SPEECH HERE Washington, DC - Today, at ~4 p.m. on the Senate floor, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) will deliver his final "Time to Wake Up" speech on the urgent need for climate action. Alongside his trademark green poster, Whitehouse has delivered his climate speeches virtually every week the Senate has been in session for nearly nine years. Now, with a new administration committed to climate action and Democratic majorities in both houses of Congress, Whitehouse will draw his tr… Continue Reading


01.25.21

Reed & Whitehouse Call for Congressional Gold Medal to Be Awarded to Officer Eugene Goodman for Heroism on Jan. 6

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Jack Reed (D-R.I.) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) have introduced bipartisan legislation to award Capitol Police Officer Eugene Goodman the Congressional Gold Medal to honor his heroic actions on January 6, 2021. Goodman confronted rioters in the Capitol, delaying their access to the Senate chamber and protecting the lives of those inside. "Officer Goodman is a hero whose courage and quick thinking saved lives. He has our sincere thanks and is deserving of this h… Continue Reading


01.22.21

Portman, Shaheen, Capito, Whitehouse Introduce Bipartisan Drug-Free Communities Pandemic Relief Act to Combat Ongoing Drug Crisis

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, U.S. Senators Rob Portman (R-OH), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) introduced the bipartisan Drug-Free Communities Pandemic Relief Act in order to provide flexibility to Drug-Free Communities (DFC) coalitions during the COVID-19 pandemic by temporarily allowing the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) the authority to waive the program's local matching requirements if the grantee is unable to meet them due to the … Continue Reading


01.21.21

Senators File Ethics Committee Complaint Regarding Colleagues’ Role in Jan. 6 Insurrection

Washington, DC - Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Ron Wyden (D-OR), Tina Smith (D-MN), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Mazie Hirono (D-HI), Tim Kaine (D-VA), and Sherrod Brown (D-OH) lodged today a complaint with the Senate Ethics Committee concerning the behavior of Senators Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Josh Hawley (R-MO) related to the deadly insurrection at the U.S. Capitol on January 6. As the senators note, the Senate has the exclusive power to determine whether the members' actions violated Senate et… Continue Reading


01.20.21

Whitehouse Supports Biden Plan to Fully Utilize Defense Production Act, Increase Supply of Necessary Medical Equipment and Supplies

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) today joined Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Chris Murphy (D-CT) in a letter to President-Elect Joe Biden, supporting his incoming administration's plan to quickly utilize all available authorities under the Defense Production Act (DPA) to rapidly increase the production and stockpiling of medical, testing and protective equipment supplies. Since the beginning of the pandemic, Senate Democrats have been calling on the Trump Administratio… Continue Reading


01.20.21

Whitehouse Statement on Inauguration of President Biden

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) today issued the following statement after Joe Biden was sworn in as the 46th President of the United States: "I was filled with hope as I watched President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris being sworn in this afternoon. With President Biden in the Oval Office and Democrats in control of Congress, the work begins immediately to make significant progress on the issues that matter to Rhode Islanders. "Our work is cut out for us. T… Continue Reading


01.20.21

Whitehouse Cheers DC Circuit Decision Striking Down ACE Rule, Urges Ambitious Action on Biden Replacement Rule

Washington, DC - Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), a senior member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, released the following statement on the U.S Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit's decision striking down the Trump administration's "Affordable Clean Energy" (ACE) rule: "The DC Circuit's decision recognized the Trump administration's new rule for what it was: a scam. Trump's polluter toadies at the EPA never meant to replace the Clean Power Plan with something effective; … Continue Reading

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