Press Releases

03.23.09

Additional Food Stamp Funding Headed to Rhode Island

Washington, D.C. - The Rhode Island Congressional Delegation today joined with the URI Feinstein Center for a Hunger Free America to announce that on April 1, Rhode Islanders receiving benefits from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) will receive a boost in their monthly benefits. As part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, the nearly 100,000 current SNAP recipients will see a permanent increase in their benefits ranging from $2 to $24 per month. SNAP (form… Continue Reading


03.23.09

Whitehouse Praises Confirmation of Lubchenco to Lead NOAA

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) today released the following statement praising the Senate's confirmation of Jane Lubchenco to be Administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA): "The Senate's confirmation of Jane Lubchenco to lead NOAA continues the much needed restoration of science in federal decisionmaking that has begun to take place under President Obama. "Administrator Lubchenko has been especially outspoken on the need for public po… Continue Reading


03.20.09

Reed & Whitehouse Applaud Obama Decision to Extend Liberians Stay in U.S.

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, after the White House announced that President Obama is extending Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) status for the several thousand Liberians who have lived legally in the United States since 1991 and were facing a deportation deadline of March 31, 2009, U.S. Senators Jack Reed (D-RI) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) issued the following statement: "I am pleased that President Obama is extending Deferred Enforced Departure for Liberians living legally in the United States. … Continue Reading


03.18.09

Whitehouse Congratulates Rhode Islander Cynthia Giles on EPA Nomination

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), a member of the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee, commented today on President Obama's nomination of Cynthia Giles to be the Environmental Protection Agency's Assistant Administrator for Enforcement and Compliance Assurance. Giles currently serves as Vice President and Director of Conservation Law Foundation's Rhode Island Advocacy Center. "I have known and worked with Cynthia for years, and have seen firsthand her le… Continue Reading


03.18.09

Senators Introduce Bill to Protect Elderly from Predators in the Long-Term Care Workforce

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Herb Kohl (D-WI), Chairman of the Senate Special Committee on Aging, and Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) were pleased to introduce today the Patient Safety and Abuse Prevention Act to prevent those with criminal histories from working within long-term care settings by creating a comprehensive nationwide system of background checks. The legislation would expand a highly successful three-year pilot program, spearheaded by Kohl and authorized under the 2003 Medicare Moderni… Continue Reading


03.18.09

RI to Receive $485K in Federal Aid for Senior Nutrition Assistance

Washington, DC - With rising food costs and the economic downturn increasing demand for senior nutrition services, Rhode Island's Congressional Delegation today announced the state will receive a $485,000 boost for senior nutrition programs under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009. The federal funds will provide meals to seniors in need of food and restore nutrition services that have been cut. "No one should ever go hungry and this $485,000 in additional federal assist… Continue Reading


03.17.09

In Letters to Administration Officials, Whitehouse Shares Rhode Islanders’ Outrage Over AIG Bonuses

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) wrote today to Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and National Economic Council Director Lawrence Summers to convey Rhode Islanders' anger over AIG's recent payment of $165 million in bonuses after the company had received billions in federal aid. "As I travelled across Rhode Island this past weekend, I was greeted at every stop by constituents enraged over AIG's recent payment of $165 million in bonuses to the very scoundrels in its fi… Continue Reading


03.16.09

Whitehouse Renews Push to Support Investments in Distressed Communities

Providence, RI - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) will reintroduce legislation to authorize federal funding for the Community Safety Initiative (CSI), which has led efforts to curb violence and build healthy neighborhoods in Rhode Island by transforming crime-prone properties into affordable housing, successful businesses and community space. Whitehouse made the announcement today at a roundtable meeting with residents and community leaders at the Polish National Home construction site in… Continue Reading


03.16.09

Grant Applications Now Available For COPS Hiring Recovery Program

Washington, DC -- Rhode Island's Congressional Delegation announced today that the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (the COPS Office) has made applications for funding available under the COPS Hiring Recovery Program (CHRP). Up to $1 billion in grant funding will be available for the hiring and rehiring of additional career law enforcement officers. This funding was included in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 to address the personnel needs of state, local, and … Continue Reading


03.12.09

$44 Million in Federal Funding On Its Way to Help RI Weatherize Homes, Improve Energy Efficiency

Washington, DC - Rhode Island's Congressional Delegation today announced that Rhode Island will receive $44,033,615 in weatherization and energy efficiency funding, including $23.96 million for the State Energy Program (SEP) and $20.07 million for the Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP). This federal funding, which is part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act that all four members of Rhode Island's Congressional delegation supported, will go directly to the Rhode Island Office of E… Continue Reading


03.11.09

Whitehouse Statement on Meeting with President Obama on Budget

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), a member of the Senate Budget Committee, attended a meeting at the White House with President Obama and Budget Committee Democrats this afternoon to discuss the President's budget proposal and the pressing fiscal needs of the country. "President Obama's budget sets the right course, investing in both our nation and our people. From reforming our health care system to curbing global warming to ensuring that every child has access to a q… Continue Reading


03.10.09

Congress Approves Omnibus Appropriations Bill to Fund Vital Ongoing Education, Health Care, Infrastructure Investments in Rhode Island

WASHINGTON, DC -The U.S. Senate today passed a $410 billion consolidated appropriations bill to help strengthen our economy, keep the government working for the remainder of fiscal year 2009, and make critical investments in America's future. U.S. Senators Jack Reed (D-RI) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) voted for final passage of the bill. The bill includes: · $66.5 billion for education to help students succeed in the classroom, up from $62.1 billion in fiscal year 2008; · $55 … Continue Reading


03.09.09

Obama’s Move to Restore Confidence in Science Long Overdue, Whitehouse Says

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), a member of the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee who last year excoriated the Bush Administration for putting politics before science, said today that President Obama's new policy on the use of science in federal decisionmaking will restore the American people's faith in government and help put national environmental and regulatory policy back on the right track. "Politics should never trump science, especially when o… Continue Reading


03.06.09

RI Law Enforcement to Get $9.4 Million Boost in Federal Funding

WASHINGTON, DC - In an effort to prevent and reduce crime across the state, Rhode Island's Congressional delegation today announced that cities and towns throughout the state will receive $9.4 million in federal funds through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. State law enforcement officials will receive $5.7 million in federally provided funds and cities and town police departments will receive $3.7 million in Byrne Justice Assistance Grant funds which are appropriated by the U.S. Con… Continue Reading


03.06.09

Whitehouse Supports Push for Protected Status for Liberians

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) joined Senator Jack Reed (D-RI) and five other senators today in a letter asking President Obama to protect Liberians living in the United States from being forced to depart when their Deferred Enforced Departure status expires on March 31, 2009. "Liberians who have been living in Rhode Island and around the country for years shouldn't be forced to pack their bags in just a few short weeks and return to a country in distress," said White… Continue Reading


03.05.09

Senate Bill Would Outlaw Notorious Voter Suppression Tactic

Washington, D.C. - Political operatives would be unable to challenge a person's right to vote (or register to vote) based solely on unreliable information if a Senate bill introduced today becomes law. U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), along with Senators Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Russ Feingold (D-WI), Bill Nelson (D-FL), John Kerry (D-MA), Charles Schumer (D-NY), Tom Harkin (D-IA), Chris Dodd (D-CT), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), and Sherrod Brown (D-OH) again offered legi… Continue Reading


03.05.09

Whitehouse Praises New Intelligence Committee Investigation Into Bush Administration Detention and Interrogation Program

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, today expressed strong support for Chairman Dianne Feinstein (D-CA)'s announcement that the Committee will launch an investigation into the Bush Administration's program to detain and interrogate terror suspects. "This inquiry will be a powerful step towards correcting America's tragic trespass into the dark side," said Whitehouse, a former U.S. Attorney and Attorney General for R… Continue Reading


03.05.09

Whitehouse Shares Rhode Islanders’ Health Care Stories with President Obama

Washington, D.C. - For the past month, Rhode Islanders have been sending U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) their personal stories of frustration, worry, and heartbreak over a health care system that too often let them down. Today, Whitehouse shared a few of those stories with someone whose voice will be critical in the unfolding push for health care reform: President Barack Obama. Whitehouse joined President Obama, health care providers, businesses, and other Members of Congress at a Whit… Continue Reading


03.04.09

Whitehouse, Kennedy Bill Designates School Social Work Week

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and U.S. Congressman Patrick Kennedy (D-RI) are working to honor the contributions of school social workers to our country's young people by designating this week, the first week in March, as School Social Work Week. "As Rhode Island's Attorney General, I saw first-hand the enormous change that supportive, involved adults can make in students' lives through the after-school and mentoring programs we built at Oliver Hazard Perry Middle … Continue Reading


03.03.09

Whitehouse Applauds $10.7 Million for RI Transportation Projects

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) praised President Obama's announcement today that the U.S. Department of Transportation will release a total of $26.6 billion in funding from the economic recovery bill passed last month to jump-start transportation projects all over the country. The funds announced today include more than $10.7 million for projects in Rhode Island. "This is a down payment on our commitment to put Rhode Islanders back to work and invest in our infrastru… Continue Reading

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