Press Releases

12.14.07

Amidst Mortgage Crisis, Senate Passes Bill to Aid Homeowners

Washington, D.C. - Rhode Island families at risk of high mortgage payments or foreclosure got some much-needed help in Washington today as the Senate approved legislation strengthening federal homeowners' insurance aimed at middle- and low-income homebuyers. With the security of Federal Housing Administration (FHA) insurance, lenders can give reasonable mortgage rates to homebuyers who otherwise might be pushed into the subprime market. U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R… Continue Reading


12.06.07

Whitehouse Cosponsors Amendment Prohibiting Torture

Washington, D.C. - An amendment cosponsored by U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) that effectively bans CIA interrogators from using torture has been adopted by the Congressional Intelligence Committees as part of an intelligence funding bill for 2008. The measure, which would prohibit members of the intelligence community from using any interrogation technique beyond those authorized in the Army Field Manual, was sponsored by Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and also cosponsored by S… Continue Reading


12.05.07

U.S. Senate Passes Resolution to Help Aid Rhode Island Fishermen

Washington, D.C. - The Senate late last night unanimously passed a resolution cosponsored by Senator Jack Reed (D-R.I.) and Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), urging the Secretary of Commerce to reconsider a previous decision and declare a commercial fishery failure for groundfish fishermen in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Maine, and New Hampshire. This action will help provide immediate disaster assistance to the region. Senator John Kerry (D-Mass.) sponsored the resolution; Sena… Continue Reading


12.05.07

Whitehouse Secures Protections for Coastal Communities in Bipartisan Global Warming Bill

Washington, D.C. - The Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee voted today to incorporate amendments sponsored by U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), aimed at protecting coastal communities in Rhode Island and across the country, into a bipartisan bill to counter the impact of global warming. Whitehouse also successfully fought for provisions safeguarding wildlife and marine ecosystems. "Rising temperatures around the globe could bring higher sea levels, more powerful stor… Continue Reading


12.04.07

Whitehouse Statement Opposing Peru Free Trade Agreement

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) issued the following statement today on his vote against legislation that would implement a free trade agreement with Peru: "It is clear that our previous free trade agreements - including NAFTA and CAFTA - have led to the loss of millions of American manufacturing jobs. Our free trade policy is broken and we should refrain from passing further agreements until we address the flaws that have cost so many hard-working Am… Continue Reading


12.04.07

Whitehouse Chairs Hearing to Investigate Barrier to E-Prescribing

Washington, D.C. - The Senate Judiciary Committee today explored a major barrier to improved health outcomes and cost savings in the health care system - the federal prohibition on electronic prescribing of controlled substances. The hearing was chaired by U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), a former prosecutor and strong advocate for health information technology. "Health information technology's potential for better-coordinated care, reduced medical errors, and increased patient satisfa… Continue Reading


11.26.07

Whitehouse Applauds $10 Million Grant for Brown Study of Long-Term Health Care Quality

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) today congratulated Brown University on its receipt of a $10 million grant from the National Institute on Aging to conduct research on the quality of long-term health care in this country. "Long-term care is a critical part of our health care infrastructure, improving the lives of millions of Americans every day. This grant represents not only an awareness of the importance of long-term care services in our aging society, but also a st… Continue Reading


11.26.07

Whitehouse Decries GOP Filibuster of Bill to Bring Troops Home

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) commented today on Senate Republicans' filibuster of legislation that, if enacted, would begin redeploying U.S. troops from Iraq: "Over and over again, we've pressured President Bush to change course in Iraq and take action to begin redeploying American troops. And over and over again, this President and Republicans in Congress have stood in the way. "Today was no different. Today, unbelievably, Senate Republicans filibustered a bill … Continue Reading


11.26.07

Whitehouse Continues Fight to Repair Flaws in Medicare Drug Program

Providence, R.I. - Over lunch with North Providence seniors today, U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), a member of the Senate Committee on Aging, announced he has cosponsored a pair of bills designed to correct serious flaws in the Medicare Part D prescription drug program. "I've met so many Rhode Island seniors who struggle to pay for the prescription drugs they need," said Whitehouse. "Between the Bush administration's misplaced priorities and big drug companies out to protect their sky… Continue Reading


11.08.07

Congress Overrides Bush Veto, Enacts New Support for Estuary Habitat Restoration

Washington, D.C. - Congress today overrode President Bush's veto of legislation championed by U.S. Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) and Jack Reed (D-R.I.) to support the restoration of coastal and marine ecosystems in Rhode Island and across the country. Today marks the first time Congress has overridden a veto by this President. The Estuary Restoration Act (ERA) will now become law as part of the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA), a bipartisan measure originally passed in September. T… Continue Reading


11.08.07

Whitehouse Statement on Mukasey Confirmation Vote

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee and a former U.S. Attorney and Rhode Island Attorney General, issued the following statement this evening on the Senate's vote on the nomination of Michael B. Mukasey to be Attorney General. "I voted against the nomination of Michael Mukasey because I believe this nation had the chance to present the world a moment of clarity on what we stand for. America's strength comes from its ideals. We … Continue Reading


11.06.07

Senators Urge EPA to Approve Northeast Mercury Plan and Enhance National Mercury Pollution Standards

WASHINGTON, D.C -U.S. Senators Olympia J. Snowe (R-ME), Patrick Leahy (D-ME.), Judd Gregg (R-NH), John Sununu (R-NH), Bernard Sanders (I-VT), Susan Collins (R-ME), Joseph Lieberman (I-CT), Jack Reed (D-RI), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Christopher Dodd (D-CT) sent a letter to Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Stephen Johnson this week to approve the Northeast Regional Mercury Total Maximum Daily Load cleanup plan. As part of the plan, the region requires enhanced federal guidelines … Continue Reading


11.05.07

Senate Bill Would Outlaw “Caging” as Voter Suppression Tactic

Washington, D.C. - Challenging a person's right to vote because a letter sent to him or her was returned as undeliverable would be illegal under a Senate bill introduced today. U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) joined 12 other senators to unveil legislation aimed at preventing the practice of "voter caging," a long-recognized voter suppression tactic which has often been used to target minority voters. "In America, we believe that the right of an eligible voter to cast his or her vote i… Continue Reading


10.30.07

Whitehouse Addresses Latino Youth Summit

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) addressed the first-ever Latino Youth Summit, a two-day event that brought together Hispanic students from around the country to discuss issues important to them and their families. "As I look out at a very intelligent, energetic and motivated group of young people, I hope that, before too long, some of you are sitting where I am today," Whitehouse said. Whitehouse, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee and the Senate Hispanic Ta… Continue Reading


10.24.07

Senators Applaud Coast Guard's Final Determination that Weaver's Cove LNG Plan is Unsafe

PROVIDENCE, RI - The U.S. Coast Guard today announced that Weaver's Cove Energy's navigation and safety plan is "unsuitable," effectively blocking the proposed Liquified Natural Gas terminal proposed for Weaver's Cove in Fall River. In a letter to the company, Captain Roy A. Nash, Commanding Officer of the United States Coast Guard wrote: "My ultimate recommendation is that the waterway from near Sandy Point, Prudence Island, Rhode Island at approximate position 41° 36' 21"N, 071° 18' 1… Continue Reading


10.18.07

Lead Paint in Homes a Serious Health Risk for Children, Whitehouse Says

Thank you, Madam Chairman, for convening this hearing. Under your leadership, this Committee has focused intently on the ways in which we influence our environment and how we can be better stewards of the world around us - from cleaning up pollution in our air and water, to reversing the devastating damage caused by global climate change. We do this to preserve and protect; to preserve the natural resources on which we and future generations will depend, and to protect families from changes in … Continue Reading


10.17.07

Whitehouse Sponsors Global Warming Bill Aimed at Wildlife Protection

Washington, D.C. - Calling global warming the single greatest threat to the world's natural environment, U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) today announced new legislation calling for a national strategy to address the threat of climate change to America's wildlife. A member of the Senate Committee on the Environment and Public Works (EPW), Whitehouse said that global warming has already begun to have a severe and lasting impact on wildlife populations and marine ecosystems in Rhode Islan… Continue Reading


10.09.07

Whitehouse, Former RI AG, Praises AEP Clean Air Settlement

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), who as Rhode Island's Attorney General joined the 1999 federal lawsuit against American Electric Power (AEP), praised today's $4.6 billion settlement to require AEP to cut pollution at its 16 power plants. "This is an historic victory for clean air and the health and safety of the people of Rhode Island," Whitehouse said. "I'm proud that Rhode Island was part of the original lawsuit against American Electric Power, br… Continue Reading


10.03.07

Whitehouse: President's Veto of Children's Health a Stunning Rejection of America's Priorities

Washington, D.C. - In the wake of President Bush's veto of the Children's Health Insurance Program, the federal initiative that helps fund RIteCare and other children's health programs across the country, U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) issued the following statement: "More than almost any other issue, the Rhode Islanders I've met are worried about health care. "President Bush's veto of the children's health care program is a stunning rejection of one of America's … Continue Reading


10.02.07

Democrats, Local Officials Discuss Importance of Funding Local Law Enforcement Programs as Crime Rates Rise

Washington, DC-Senate Democrats joined local officials at a press conference today to discuss the importance of funding local law enforcement and policing initiatives. The Senate will begin debating the Commerce-Justice-Science Appropriations bill this week, and will seek to support important programs to fight crime in our schools and communities after years of cuts by the Bush Administration. "With violent crime on the rise for the first time in 15 years, President Bush cut state and local law… Continue Reading

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