Press Releases

05.19.10

Whitehouse Statement on Senate Vote on Marquette Amendment

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) today released the following statement on the unsuccessful vote on his Interstate Lending Amendment as part of the Wall Street reform debate. "While I am certainly disappointed with the outcome of the vote today, I feel that we have come further than ever before toward correcting this unfair and abusive loophole," Whitehouse said. "States should have the right to protect their residents from usurious and excessive interest rates, and I wi… Continue Reading


05.18.10

Whitehouse Statement on Meeting with Supreme Court Nominee Kagan

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee and a former U.S. Attorney and Attorney General for Rhode Island, issued the following statement today following his meeting with Solicitor General Elena Kagan, who was recently nominated by President Obama to be the next Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court: "The decisions made by the Supreme Court can have far reaching, and often unseen, implications for the citizens of this country. Eve… Continue Reading


05.17.10

Whitehouse Statement on Climate Change Proposal

Washington, D.C.- U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse today issued the following statement about the American Power Act, introduced last week by U.S. Senators John Kerry and Joe Lieberman: "The Kerry/Lieberman proposal is a constructive step toward reducing carbon pollution and creating new clean energy jobs. I look forward to working to make sure the policies laid out in the legislation are sufficient to meet its ambitious goals. In particular, I am concerned with expanding offshore oil and gas dr… Continue Reading


05.17.10

White House Adopts Whitehouse Commission Proposal

Washington, D.C. - As the oil spill disaster in the Gulf of Mexico continues to threaten much of the Gulf Coast, U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse last week introduced a bill to establish a commission to investigate the oil spill. It was announced today that President Obama will create this commission through executive order. "The examination of this catastrophe by an independent commission needs to happen and quickly, and I applaud the president's move to create such a commission by executive o… Continue Reading


05.12.10

Senators Urge Colleagues to Support Whitehouse Amendment to Protect Consumers from High Credit Card Rates

Washington, D.C. - As the Senate continues to debate landmark Wall Street reform legislation, U.S. Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Bernie Sanders (I-VT), and Sherrod Brown (D-OH) held a press conference to urge support for Whitehouse's Interstate Lending Amendment to the Wall Street reform bill. The bipartisan amendment, which Whitehouse introduced on April 30, would eliminate a loophole that permits big credit card lenders to avoid state law interest rate caps. In doing so, it would level t… Continue Reading


05.11.10

Whitehouse Introduces Trio of Bills to Address Gulf Oil Spill

Washington, D.C. - With oil continuing to leak into the Gulf of Mexico from a broken off-shore oil rig at a rate of 5,000 barrels per day, U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse today introduced a series of bills to address this growing catastrophe. The bills would establish a commission to investigate the oil spill, lift limits on punitive damages against big oil companies, and raise the civil and criminal penalties associated with violating provisions of the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (OCSLA).… Continue Reading


05.11.10

EPW Subcommittees Examine Threats to Oceans’ Health

Washington, DC- With ocean temperatures rising throughout the world and waters becoming increasingly toxic to fish and wildlife populations, U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) today chaired a joint hearing along with U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD) to examine threats to our oceans' health presented by chemical pollution and ocean acidification. The joint hearing of the Environment and Public Works (EPW) Subcommittees on Oversight and on Water and Wildlife featured testimony from Sam W… Continue Reading


05.10.10

Whitehouse Statement on Nomination of Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, released the following statement today about President Obama's nomination of Solicitor General Elena Kagan to serve as the next Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court: "Solicitor General Kagan has a reputation for great intellect, legal expertise, and an ability to bridge ideological divides," said Whitehouse, a former U.S. Attorney and Attorney General for Rhode Island. "And, if confirmed,… Continue Reading


05.06.10

Whitehouse Introduces Bill to Increase Funding for Pancreatic Cancer Research

Washington, DC - With survival rates for pancreatic cancer consistently lagging behind other forms of cancer, U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) today introduced legislation aimed at fighting the disease by increasing funding for research. The Pancreatic Cancer Research and Education Act (S. 3320) would increase awareness of pancreatic cancer and authorize an NIH grant program to better fund research on prevention, early detection, and treatment. "Pancreatic cancer is a terrible disease wit… Continue Reading


05.06.10

Financial Reform Coalition Urges Support for Whitehouse Measure to Reduce Credit Card Interest Rates and Protect Consumers

Washington, DC - Following last week's introduction by U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) of an amendment to address high credit card interest rates, a coalition of more than 200 national and state organizations -- including the AARP, Consumer Federation of America, and Consumers Union -- is urging members of the Senate to support this reform. In a letter dated yesterday, Americans for Financial Reform asked that all Senators support the consumer protections provided by the Whitehouse amend… Continue Reading


05.04.10

Whitehouse Praises Additional $15 Million Grant to Further RI’s Leadership in Health IT

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse today joined Vice President Biden and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius as they announced that a Rhode Island nonprofit is one of 15 entities awarded funding to advance the integrated, community-wide use of health information technology. The Rhode Island Quality Institute (RIQI) will receive $15.9 million from the "Beacon Communities" program, established as part of the Recovery Act's overall $18 billio… Continue Reading


04.30.10

Amendment to Wall Street Reform Legislation Would Help Protect Consumers from High Credit Card Rates

Washington, D.C. - As the Senate begins debate on landmark Wall Street reform legislation, U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) has filed an amendment to the legislation that would address high credit card interest rates. The amendment would restore to each state its historic power to protect citizens from unscrupulous lenders based in other states. The measure, cosponsored by Senators Cochran, Merkley, Durbin, Sanders, Levin, Burris, Franken, Brown (OH), Menendez, Leahy, Webb, Casey, Wyden,… Continue Reading


04.23.10

Budget Committee Passes Whitehouse Amendments to Budget Resolution

Washington, D.C. - As the U.S. Senate Budget Committee prepared to submit a budget for consideration by the full Senate, U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) successfully offered three amendments to address the recent Rhode Island floods, our national debt, and campaign finance abuses by corporations. "As a Member of the Budget Committee, I'm honored to have the opportunity to help craft a budget that includes the priorities of Rhode Islanders," said Whitehouse. The first amendment Whitehous… Continue Reading


04.21.10

Sheldon's Opening Statement at Markup of FY 2011 Senate Budget Resolution

Thank you, Mr. Chairman. I want to begin by applauding your continued leadership as our nation begins to recover from the worst economic downturn of our lifetimes. I also wish to wish ranking member Gregg well on his last budget procedure. We will miss you. Thirteen months ago, when we met in this room to consider the budget resolution for the current fiscal year, our economy was in peril. Unemployment was climbing up to 700,000 lost by Americans every month, the stock market had plummeted to a… Continue Reading


04.20.10

Sheldon's Earth Day Webcast

As the 40th Anniversary of Earth Day approaches, I wanted to let you know about a webcast I'll be hosting to mark this important day. On Thursday, April 22nd, at 9:30 a.m., I'll host a live video webcast to answer your questions on environmental, climate, and energy issues. I'm eager to hear about what environmental issues are most important to you, and to help answer any questions you may have about environmental policy. One issue that I would like to discuss is climate change. As a member of … Continue Reading


04.19.10

Whitehouse Applauds Nomination of Dr. Berwick to Head the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) today commended President Obama's nomination of Dr. Donald M. Berwick to be the Administrator for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, a division of the Department of Health and Human Services. "I'm delighted that the president has nominated Dr. Don Berwick to head the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. This is a strong sign of President Obama's commitment to reform of our outmoded health care delivery system. I loo… Continue Reading


04.16.10

Whitehouse Visits Pawtucket Business Helped by Federal Recovery Act Loan Program

Pawtucket, RI - As Rhode Island continues struggling in the wake of last year's recession, U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) today visited a local business that received a $300,000 loan made possible by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). Colonial Mills, Inc., a braided rug manufacturer in Pawtucket, received the funding through a U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) loan program enhanced by provisions in the Recovery Act. "Small businesses are the lifeblood of the Rhode… Continue Reading


04.14.10

Reed, Whitehouse Urge Republicans to Stop Obstructing Flood Insurance Extension

WASHINGTON, DC - In an effort to ensure Rhode Islanders have full access to disaster relief provided by federal flood insurance, U.S. Senators Jack Reed (D-RI) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) today joined with Senator Byron Dorgan (D-ND) calling for Republicans to stop blocking passage of critical legislation reauthorizing the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) through May 31st. The NFIP expired March 28th due to Republican obstruction of a measure that also includes a short-term extension o… Continue Reading


04.14.10

Whitehouse Holds “Tele-Town Hall” to Answer RI Questions on Flood Assistance

Washington, DC - On Friday, April 9th, U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) hosted a "tele-town hall" meeting with Rhode Islanders to answer questions about federal assistance for flood victims. Whitehouse was joined on the call by representatives from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency (RI EMA), and the Small Business Administration (SBA). "From the very beginning of this disaster, I have been out touring damaged areas, assessing the mag… Continue Reading


04.01.10

RI Delegation Urges Obama Administration to Take Additional Steps to Help RI Recover From Flooding

PROVIDENCE, RI - In advance of U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Napolitano's visit to Rhode Island tomorrow, the Congressional delegation today sent her a letter urging the Administration to extend the existing major disaster declaration to the entire state, including Bristol County. The delegation is also urging the Administration to speed economic assistance to the state for sorely needed public infrastructure rehabilitation. They urged the Secretary to help ensure that F… Continue Reading

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