Press Releases

09.27.07

Whitehouse to President Bush: Do Not Veto Children's Health Care

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) issued a statement today on the Senate's passage of legislation to renew and improve the Children's Health Insurance Program, the federal initiative that helps fund RIteCare and other children's health programs across the country. The bipartisan legislation provides $35 billion over five years to bring health insurance coverage to about ten million children in need, including up to 6,600 in Rhode Island. "For the Rhode Islanders I've … Continue Reading


09.26.07

Reed and Whitehouse to Host Academy Day 2007

WARWICK, RI -- On Saturday, Oct. 13, 2007, at 0900 hours, U.S. Senators Jack Reed (D-RI) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) will host United States Service Academy Day 2007 at the Community College of Rhode Island's Knight Campus, in Warwick. This informational seminar is open to all high school students throughout Rhode Island interested in learning about the requirements and procedures for seeking a Congressional nomination and obtaining an appointment to one of the United States Servic… Continue Reading


09.24.07

Whitehouse Statement in Memory of Representative Paul Crowley

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) today issued this statement on the news that Representative Paul Crowley, of Newport, passed away this morning: "Paul Crowley put Rhode Island's children first - and built a legacy of achievement for our schools that will endure for generations. Newport, the city he loved, and the Ocean State, whose people he served unselfishly and with great integrity, are less today because he is no longer with us. Sandra and I offer our deepest cond… Continue Reading


09.24.07

Whitehouse, Reed Win Support for Estuary Habitat Restoration

Washington, D.C. - Congress today passed 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, the senators announced. The Estuary Restoration Act (ERA) passed as part of the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA), a bipartisan bill that authorizes nearly $21 billion for essential flood control, navigation, and ecosystem restoration projects. A member of the … Continue Reading


09.21.07

Whitehouse: Senate GOP Minority Again Blocks Sensible Strategy to Bring Troops Home

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) issued the following statement today on the Senate's vote on a measure that would begin redeploying American troops from Iraq in 90 days. The amendment to the Defense Authorization Act (H.R. 1585) was offered by Senate Armed Services Committee chairman Carl Levin (D-Mich.) and Senator Jack Reed (D-R.I.) "I share Rhode Islanders' frustration at President Bush's failure to change course in Iraq. That's why I've voted for every measure th… Continue Reading


09.20.07

Whitehouse Bill, a Step to Repair Politicization at Justice Department, Overwhelmingly Passes Senate Committee

Washington, D.C. - In a bipartisan, 13-2 vote, the Senate Judiciary Committee today approved legislation authored by U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) aimed at restoring a critical safeguard against political interference at the Department of Justice, a step Whitehouse said would help "restore Americans' confidence" in the Department in the wake of the controversial tenure of Attorney General Alberto Gonzales. The bill, S. 1845, deals with the rules governing communications between the W… Continue Reading


09.20.07

RI Veterans Cemetery Receives $5.7 Million Upgrade

WASHINGTON, DC - In an effort to provide our veterans with a fitting final resting place, U.S. Senators Jack Reed (D-RI) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) today announced that the state of Rhode Island will receive $5,732,027 to improve the Rhode Island Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Exeter. This grant, which is awarded by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will provide for upgrades such as the design of a master plan for future expansion, a new administration building, and a new front entrance … Continue Reading


09.19.07

Whitehouse Joins Cranston Family in Fight to Cure Genetic Disease

Washington, D.C. - In an effort to combat the leading genetic cause of death in children under the age of two, U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) has cosponsored legislation to accelerate research into spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), a disease that affects the Calise family of Cranston and thousands of others across the country. The Spinal Muscular Atrophy Treatment Acceleration Act (S. 2042) would rapidly advance treatments for SMA, a hereditary disorder that destroys nerves controlling vo… Continue Reading


09.18.07

Whitehouse Congratulates Newporter on Prestigious Arts Award

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator and National Council on the Arts member Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) delivered the keynote address today at a ceremony honoring Nicholas Benson of Newport, the first Rhode Islander to receive a prestigious national award for folk and traditional arts. Benson, a third-generation stone letter carver and calligrapher, was recognized this morning along with eleven other recipients of the 2007 National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)'s National Heritage Fellowship. "On be… Continue Reading


09.10.07

Whitehouse on Petraeus Iraq Report: Time for Troops to Come Home

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) commented today on the long-awaited report by General David Petraeus on the Bush administration's "surge" strategy in Iraq: "It's time to send a clear signal to Iraq and the rest of the world that we are bringing our troops home. We're facing a simple question: is it in our country's best interests for our troops to remain in Iraq? From everything I've seen and heard, the answer is no - and for that reason, it's time to begin a rapid, … Continue Reading


09.07.07

Whitehouse Votes To Increase Funding for Pell Grants

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) voted today to pass legislation raising Pell Grant awards, the federal student aid program that makes it easier for students from low-income families to afford a college education. The College Cost Reduction and Access Act (H.R.2669) also reduces interest rates for student borrowers and provides incentives for students to pursue employment in the public sector. "No student who wants to learn should be prevented from attending college b… Continue Reading


08.30.07

Woonsocket, Warwick Mentoring Programs Awarded Federal Grant

Providence, R.I. - An initiative that connects at-risk children in Warwick and Woonsocket with adult mentors who can make a positive difference in their lives is getting an infusion of federal funds, U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) announced today. The Rhode Island Mentoring Partnership will receive $185,537 from the U.S. Department of Education for mentoring programs for Warwick and Woonsocket students in grades 4-8. "When I was Attorney General, I saw first-hand the enormous change … Continue Reading


08.29.07

On Second Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, Whitehouse Calls for Commitment to Rebuilding

Providence, R.I. - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) issued the following statement today, on the second anniversary of Hurricane Katrina: "When I traveled to New Orleans earlier this year, and flew over the Lower 9th Ward, I witnessed block after block of demolished and vacant houses, as far as the eye could see. Two years after Hurricane Katrina struck, the Bush administration still has not kept its promise to rebuild this great American city - and that's disgraceful. "We must rebuild… Continue Reading


08.27.07

Sheldon Whitehouse Statement on Resignation of Attorney General Gonzales

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), a former United States attorney and member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, today issued the following statement on the resignation of Attorney General Alberto Gonzales:"It's been clear for months that Alberto Gonzales's resignation is in the best interest of the country. This is also good news for the Department of Justice, but a great deal of work remains to be done to restore Americans' confidence in this great Departm… Continue Reading


08.13.07

Sheldon Whitehouse Statement on Karl Rove's Resignation

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) released the following statement today on the resignation of Karl Rove: "Karl Rove leaves behind an administration whose relentless pursuit of partisan political gain, at the expense of the principles of justice, our nation's security, and the rule of law, have seriously damaged our credibility at home and around the world. Americans still have significant questions about Mr. Rove's role in the firing of several U.S. attorneys and deci… Continue Reading


08.10.07

R.I. Senators Praise Denial of LNG Facility Permit

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Jack Reed (D-R.I.) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) praised today's decision by the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) to deny a dredging permit to Weaver's Cove Energy, LLC. The agency said the company's application to dredge 230,000 cubic yards of sediment from the federal navigational channel in Mount Hope Bay was "incomplete and insufficient.""This news is a positive development for opponents of this proposal, and I hope the … Continue Reading


08.02.07

Whitehouse Applauds Passage of Ethics Reform Bill

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) released the following statement on the Senate's passage today of the Honest Leadership and Open Government Act of 2007. "Americans changed the Senate so we would change Washington - and today we've done just that, passing sweeping legislation to reform ethics and lobbying rules that represents the most far-reaching such change in a generation. "Rhode Islanders, and all Americans, deserve to know that they - not the special … Continue Reading


07.31.07

Anti-Global Warming Measure Passes Senate Committee

Washington, D.C. - The Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee has approved legislation pushing the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to allow states to set strict limits on pollution from cars, U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) announced. Whitehouse, a committee member, is a cosponsor of the bill, designated S. 1785. "Rhode Islanders are committed to taking common-sense, concrete steps to cut greenhouse gas emissions - but years of stonewalling and delay by the Bush admi… Continue Reading


07.26.07

Senators Schumer, Feinstein, Feingold, Whitehouse Call On Solicitor General to Appoint Special Counsel to Investigate Potential Perjury by Attorney General

Washington, DC - Today, Senators Charles E. Schumer (D-NY), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Russell Feingold (D-WI) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) called for the appointment of a special counsel to investigate possible wrongdoing by the Attorney General, originating with his statements regarding the removal and replacement of several United States Attorneys, in addition to his testimony before Congress regarding the Terrorist Surveillance Program (TSP.) In a letter to Paul D. Clement, Solicitor General … Continue Reading


07.25.07

Reed, Whitehouse Seek to Protect Wetlands in Rhode Island and Nationwide

WASHINGTON, DC - In an effort to protect Rhode Island's wetlands and rivers and strengthen our nation's environmental laws, U.S. Senators Jack Reed (D-RI) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) today joined with Russ Feingold (D-WI) and several Senate colleagues in introducing the Clean Water Restoration Act. This bill will help protect wetlands and other aquatic ecosystems, which play an important role in absorbing flood-waters, preventing pollution from reaching our rivers and streams, and providing cr… Continue Reading

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