Press Releases

04.15.08

Whitehouse: Rhode Islanders Should Take Time to Talk with Family About End-of-Life Medical Decisions

Washington, D.C. - Rhode Islanders should set aside time to talk with their families about how they wish to be cared for at the end of life, U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) said today. Whitehouse cosponsored a bipartisan resolution (S.J. Res. 29) supporting the goals and ideals of National Health Care Decisions Day, which will be recognized for the first time on April 16, 2008. "End-of-life medical decisions are undoubtedly among the most challenging subjects a family will ev… Continue Reading


04.15.08

Reed and Whitehouse Announce $130,000 for Prisoner Reentry Initiative

WASHINGTON, DC - In an effort to help female ex-offenders find jobs and transition back into the community, U.S. Senators Jack Reed (D-RI) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) today announced that the Rhode Island Department of Corrections (RIDOC) will receive a two-year $134,434 federal award for its Prisoner Reentry Initiative. This federal funding will be used by RIDOC to provide sentenced female offenders with job placement assistance, job retention, and job coaching as well as mentorin… Continue Reading


04.15.08

At Cambodian New Year, Whitehouse, Reed Introduce Resolution Honoring “Killing Fields” Survivor Dith Pran

Washington, D.C. - As Rhode Island's Cambodian community celebrates Cambodian New Year, U.S. Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Jack Reed (D-RI) today introduced a Senate resolution honoring Dith Pran, one of the most dedicated and outspoken advocates for human rights in Cambodia. Pran was the photojournalist whose heroism during the genocide perpetrated by the Khmer Rouge regime was documented in the Academy Award-winning 1984 film "The Killing Fields." He passed away on March 30th after a … Continue Reading


04.10.08

President Bush Must Begin Bringing Troops Home from Iraq, Whitehouse Says

Washington, D.C. - President Bush's refusal to say when American troops will come home from Iraq leaves America less safe and adds to the already-immense burdens facing service members and their families, U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) said today. Whitehouse, a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence who traveled to Iraq a year ago, reiterated his belief that an announcement that the United States plans to redeploy its forces is the strongest weapon at our dispo… Continue Reading


04.10.08

EPA Must Review Legal Process to Root Out Political Influence, Whitehouse Tells Nominee

Washington, D.C. - The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) must undertake a thorough, comprehensive review of the process by which the agency makes decisions to determine whether Bush administration officials have put political considerations above science and the law, U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) said today at a confirmation hearing for the nominee to be EPA's general counsel. "The fact that the courts of the United States have felt compelled to characterize the position… Continue Reading


04.09.08

Eligible Rhode Islanders Should File for Earned Income Tax Credit, Whitehouse Urges

Washington, D.C. - With the April 15th tax filing deadline now less than a week away, U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) encouraged Rhode Islanders who may be eligible for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) to file for this important tax benefit. Whitehouse urged those who have not yet filed a return or are unsure of their eligibility for the credit to call 1-800-829-1040 for information on free tax preparation services, available across Rhode Island through an Internal Revenue … Continue Reading


04.07.08

Rhode Island to Receive $1.8 Million to Clean Up Brownfields

WASHINGTON, DC - In an effort to protect the health and well being of Rhode Islanders and redevelop former industrial sites, U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse today announced $1.6 million to help clean up brownfields in communities across the state. A brownfield site is property where expansion or redevelopment is complicated by the presence or potential presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant, or contaminant. Woonsocket, Providence Community Health Centers, Rhode I… Continue Reading


03.31.08

Whitehouse Says America Needs a New HUD Secretary Who Will Put Homeowners First

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) issued the following statement in response to the resignation today of Alphonso Jackson, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD): "Secretary Jackson's resignation amidst allegations of corruption shows once again the culture of the Bush Administration putting cronyism and partisanship before responsible governance. From 'Heckuva Job, Brownie' to former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales to Jackson,… Continue Reading


03.08.08

Whitehouse: Bush Veto of Torture Ban Endangers Troops, Damages America's Moral Standing

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee and cosponsor of a measure that would ban the use of waterboarding and other extreme interrogation techniques by America's intelligence agencies, responded today to President Bush's announcement that he has vetoed the bill: "Unfortunately, President Bush has once again refused to send the clear message the world awaits that the United States of America does not torture. "The House and Senat… Continue Reading


03.06.08

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

Washington, D.C. - The Senate Budget Committee today unanimously passed an amendment sponsored by U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) to support investments in America's oceans and coasts as part of the Senate's proposed FY 2009 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 Works (EPW) Committee. "We need to do… Continue Reading


03.06.08

Senate Budget Committee Approves Bipartisan Stabenow-Whitehouse Health IT Amendment

Washington, DC - Improved health information technology, including better-integrated records for service members returning home from Iraq and Afghanistan, won inclusion in the Senate's budget resolution today with the passage of a bipartisan amendment sponsored by U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI). The measure, which creates a reserve fund supporting widespread adoption of health information technology and accepted best practices in clinical settings, was cospons… Continue Reading


03.06.08

Senate Committee Passes Budget Targeting Economy, Veterans

Washington, D.C. - The budget resolution passed today by the Senate Budget Committee will increase funding for veterans, schools, and transportation infrastructure and provide for a second economic stimulus package to help working families facing continued financial hardship, U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) said today. Whitehouse, a member of the panel, voted to approve the measure, an annual resolution setting funding parameters and priorities for the federal government that was reported… Continue Reading


02.27.08

Senate Committee Considers Whitehouse Bill on Voting Rights

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) testified today before the Senate Rules and Administration Committee on legislation he has introduced that would combat a voter-suppression tactic called "vote caging." The Caging Prohibition Act (S. 2305), introduced last November, would, among other things, prohibit "vote caging." Caging is a voter suppression tactic in which a campaign sends mail marked "do not forward" or "return to sender" to a targeted group of voters - often mi… Continue Reading


02.27.08

Whitehouse Slams Bush Official’s Stonewalling on Pollution Controls

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) sharply questioned the Bush administration's top environment official at a Senate committee hearing today on his refusal to answer questions about his denial of a request by California, Rhode Island and other states to set tough restrictions on pollution. Documents released yesterday by Senator Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee, appear to show that EPA Administrator Stephen L.… Continue Reading


02.22.08

Durbin and Whitehouse: Justice Department is Investigating Torture Authorization

Washington, DC - In response to a request by U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), the Justice Department has announced it has launched an investigation of the role of top DOJ officials and staff attorneys in authorizing and/or overseeing the use of waterboarding by U.S. intelligence agencies. The investigation is being carried out by the Justice Department's Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR), which is responsible for investigating employees of the DOJ who… Continue Reading


02.21.08

Whitehouse Earns High Marks from National Environmental Group

Washington, D.C. - A national environmental advocacy organization has given U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) one of its highest ratings for his strong voting record in support of environmental initiatives last year. The League of Conservation Voters (LCV) rated members of Congress on their support for legislation to combat global warming and promote energy efficiency in votes last year. Whitehouse's 93 percent score in the 2007 Environmental Scorecard placed him in the top 20 percent of… Continue Reading


02.19.08

Whitehouse: New Tax Form Should Help Seniors Claim Rebate

Washington, D.C. - A simplified tax form released today by the Internal Revenue Service will help Rhode Island seniors take advantage of rebates offered under new economic stimulus legislation, U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) said. Under the new law, the federal government will provide rebate checks, starting at $300, to low- and middle-income Americans, including seniors living on Social Security benefits and disabled veterans or their survivors. But Whitehouse, a member of… Continue Reading


02.13.08

Whitehouse Applauds Enactment of Aid to Seniors

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) issued the following statement today on economic stimulus legislation that will provide $300-$600 in rebates to most households, including seniors living on Social Security. President Bush signed the bill into law this afternoon. "The economic stimulus bill signed by the President today will provide badly-needed help to hundreds of thousands of Rhode Islanders - people who, in tough economic times, have stretched their budgets to pay f… Continue Reading


02.13.08

Senate Passes Ban on Torture Cosponsored by Whitehouse

Washington, D.C. - The U.S. Senate today passed legislation banning the use of torture by U.S. interrogators, a measure cosponsored by U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.). Whitehouse, a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, fought to include the provision in the House-Senate conference report, and praised today's vote as a clear sign that "the strength of America is the force of its ideals." "Torture is ineffective, unnecessary, andwrong, and it's dangerous to all those wh… Continue Reading


02.12.08

Senate Approves Whitehouse Measure Safeguarding Privacy Against Government Spying

Washington, D.C. - During its consideration of reforms to a federal law that sets restrictions on when the government can spy on Americans, the U.S. Senate today passed an amendment sponsored by U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) that significantly strengthens judicial oversight and safeguards the privacy rights of innocent Americans who are not targeted for surveillance. "The Bush administration unilaterally assumed extraordinary authority to tap Americans' phones and to invade Americans… Continue Reading

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