Press Releases

04.30.07

Leahy, Whitehouse Seek Transparency in U.S. Attorneys Probe

WASHINGTON (Monday, April 30) - Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Senator and former U.S. Attorney Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), a member of the panel, today urged Solicitor General Paul D. Clement to make the results of a Department of Justice investigation into the unprecedented firing of several United States Attorneys available to Congress and the public. "The results of the investigation will only be useful if they are accessible to Congress and to the public," t… Continue Reading


04.27.07

Whitehouse Meets Cumberland Student Recognized at National Science Competition

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) met this week with Providence College student Joshua Malouin of Cumberland, R.I., whose project on cellular biology could have implications for cancer research. Malouin, a sophomore biology student, was one of 80 students selected by the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) to participate in a poster session on Capitol Hill. "I want to applaud Joshua for his outstanding achievement," Whitehouse said. "I believe investm… Continue Reading


04.26.07

Whitehouse Praises Senate Passage of Iraq Bill Setting Goal for Redeployment

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) today released the following statement: "Today, once again, the Senate has demonstrated our commitment to a new direction in Iraq - and once again, America is waiting to see whether this President will heed the calls of the people he serves to change course and bring our troops home. "I was proud to vote today for a measure that not only ensures our troops have the resources they need, but also requires President Bush to… Continue Reading


04.26.07

Whitehouse Statement Commemorating Anniversary of Vermont Civil Unions Law

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, issued the following statement commemorating the 7th anniversary of the legal recognition of civil unions in Vermont. "Seven years ago Vermont took a courageous step forward for civil rights in this country through the civil unions law," said Whitehouse. "I'm proud of the efforts of Rhode Island's gay community in their fight for equal marriage in our state, and I'll do all I can i… Continue Reading


04.24.07

Whitehouse: Armenian Genocide Must Never Be Repeated

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Whitehouse (D-R.I.) today released the following statement commemorating Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day: "The only way to prevent crimes against humanity in the future is to shine light on the past. I'm proud to support the Senate's efforts to recognize the tragedy that befell the Armenians for what it was - a genocide that must never, ever be repeated." Whitehouse is a cosponsor of Senate Resolution 106, which calls on the President to ensure that … Continue Reading


04.22.07

On Earth Day, Whitehouse Calls for Action on Climate Change

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), a member of the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee, today released the following statement: "For the first time in many years, on this Earth Day our leaders in the United States Senate understand the dangers we face from unchecked climate change. The long-term effects of global warming, including the prospect of a dramatic increase in sea levels, could be devastating to our state. "I support legislation that would pu… Continue Reading


04.19.07

Whitehouse Illustrates Change in Policy on Contacts Between Justice Department, White House

Washington, D.C. - At a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee, U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) illustrated the dramatic change, under the Bush administration, in the policy governing initial contact between the Department of Justice and the White House on pending criminal investigations or cases (excluding matters of national security). See below for reproductions of the charts Whitehouse displayed. The policy that preceded the Bush administration is illustrated on t… Continue Reading


04.12.07

Whitehouse Backs Senate Effort to Strengthen Hate Crime Statute

Washington, D.C. - Citing the need to give local law enforcement stronger tools to prosecute hate crimes, U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, today added his support to new legislation that will include sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and disability status as part of the federal hate crimes statute. "Crimes of hate are unacceptable and should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law," said Whitehouse. "I'm proud to … Continue Reading


04.11.07

In Meeting with Bush, Whitehouse Urges New Direction in Iraq

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) met with President Bush today to share firsthand the concerns of thousands of Rhode Islanders who believe we need a change of course in Iraq. Whitehouse recently traveled to Iraq as a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. "Rhode Islanders, and people throughout the country, have sent a clear message to this administration: it's time for a new direction in Iraq," Whitehouse said. "Today, I had the chance t… Continue Reading


04.10.07

Whitehouse Shares Westerly Girl's Story in Push for Stem Cell Research

Washington, D.C. - Sharing the story of Lila Barber, a 12 year old girl from Westerly, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) today illustrated the hope stem cell research can offer in a speech on the Senate floor in favor of legislation to expand federal funding for stem cell research. Whitehouse met Lila two weeks ago. She was diagnosed two years ago with osteosarcoma, a cancerous bone condition, and last year underwent cadaver bone transplant surgery. The procedure saved her leg and… Continue Reading


04.06.07

Whitehouse, in Charlestown, Speaks Out for Conservation

Providence, R.I. - Emphasizing the importance of preserving Rhode Island's wilderness spaces, U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) visited the Kettle Pond Visitor Center and YMCA Camp Watchaug this week to learn more about the sites and discuss ways to help them grow. "Our open spaces and our wilderness spaces are under more pressure than almost anywhere," said Whitehouse, a member of the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee. "It merits, and will take, a significa… Continue Reading


04.05.07

Whitehouse Tours Hispanic Small Businesses

Providence, R.I. - Tuesday, U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), a member of the Senate Democratic Hispanic Task Force, toured Hispanic small businesses on Providence's Broad Street. The tour gave Whitehouse an opportunity to meet directly with constituents and hear from them about the issues on their minds, from the war in Iraq to securing a better education for young people in the community. "I look forward to continuing to work with the vibrant and growing Latino community i… Continue Reading


04.03.07

Whitehouse Raises Awareness of Tax Relief for Working Families

Providence, R.I.- With the income tax filing deadline just two weeks away, today U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) joined the John Hope Settlement House and representatives from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to offer free tax preparation assistance and advice to working families. The event was driven by an effort to raise awareness of the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), which last year went unclaimed by more than 13,000 eligible Rhode Islanders. "Working families have earned these … Continue Reading


03.29.07

Senate Passes Bill Requiring Redeployment from Iraq

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) voted with a majority of the Senate today to pass legislation that would compel President Bush to begin redeploying American troops from Iraq within four months, with a goal of having all combat troops out of the country by March 31, 2008. "The Senate has heard the concerns and deep dissatisfaction of the American people at our course in Iraq, and we have committed to a new direction," Whitehouse said. "When I was in Iraq a few weeks a… Continue Reading


03.27.07

Whitehouse Joins Decisive Senate Vote Setting Date for Iraq Redeployment

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) today joined a majority of the Senate to pass a budget that forestalls deep cuts proposed by President Bush and increases funding for critical national priorities such as health care for children and veterans. Senate Concurrent Resolution 21 passed this afternoon by a vote of 52-47. "The Senate passed a budget that puts the needs of working families first," Whitehouse said. "The budget proposed by the President serves the wealthiest Am… Continue Reading


03.23.07

Whitehouse Votes to Pass Budget that Funds America's Priorities

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) today joined a majority of the Senate to pass a budget that forestalls deep cuts proposed by President Bush and increases funding for critical national priorities such as health care for children and veterans. Senate Concurrent Resolution 21 passed this afternoon by a vote of 52-47. "The Senate passed a budget that puts the needs of working families first," Whitehouse said. "The budget proposed by the President serves the wealthiest Am… Continue Reading


03.22.07

Whitehouse Votes to Authorize Subpoenas for Rove, Others in Probe of U.S. Attorney Firings

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) today voted to authorize the Senate Judiciary Committee to issue subpoenas to compel Karl Rove and several other Bush administration officials to testify on the controversial firings of eight U.S. Attorneys late last year. Whitehouse, a former U.S. Attorney of Rhode Island, sits on the Judiciary Committee and has been actively involved in the Senate's investigation of the firings. "It's important that America hear from… Continue Reading


03.20.07

Reed, Whitehouse Introduce Legislation to Help Rhode Island Federal Workers

WASHINGTON, DC - In an effort to ensure that Rhode Island's federal employees receive equal pay for equal work, U.S. Senators Jack Reed (D-RI) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) today introduced legislation to include Rhode Island in the Boston federal wage area. The Rhode Island Federal Worker Fairness Act of 2007 would merge the Narragansett Bay wage area with the Boston, Massachusetts wage area to provide Rhode Island federal wage workers with pay equity in the region. "Each year, Rho… Continue Reading


03.20.07

Former U.S. Attorney Whitehouse Praises Legislation to Reverse Politicization of U.S. Attorneys' Offices

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), who served as U.S. Attorney for Rhode Island from 1994-1998, voted today in support of legislation to close the loophole used by the Bush administration as part of its efforts to fire several U.S. Attorneys last year, a move widely criticized as having been motivated by partisan politics rather than genuine concerns over the job performance of the prosecutors involved. "My experience firmly convinces me that the administration of just… Continue Reading


03.17.07

Whitehouse Travels to Iraq on Senate Fact-Finding Mission

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) is in Iraq this weekend to assess the situation on the ground there as part of an official congressional delegation visit. Whitehouse and his colleagues will participate in meetings with soldiers, military leaders, and Iraqi officials. During their return trip, the group plans to visit the Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, where soldiers who have been injured in Iraq and Afghanistan receive treatment. The facility is located near Rams… Continue Reading

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