Press Releases

07.27.18

Senators Urge FERC to Heed Long-Term Harm of Carbon Pollution

***READ THE SENATORS' COMMENT LETTER HERE*** Washington, DC - Six senators have lodged a formal argument with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) calling for the Commission to incorporate the social cost of carbon - the measure of carbon pollution's long-term harm - in its evaluation of energy projects around the country. Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Ben Cardin (D-MD), Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Edward J. Markey (D-MA), and Brian Schatz (D-HI) filed the of… Continue Reading


07.26.18

Whitehouse Files SCOTUS Brief Defending Americans’ Right to Their Day in Court

***READ THE BRIEF HERE*** Washington, DC - Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) - a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and a former Rhode Island Attorney General and U.S. Attorney - has filed a friend-of-the-court brief with the Supreme Court in New Prime, Inc. v. Dominic Oliveira arguing in favor of Americans' right to settle disputes in court. In his brief, Whitehouse details the far-reaching campaign by corporate special interests to erode access to civil court proceedings in favor of f… Continue Reading


07.25.18

RI Receives Nearly $3.9 Million Federal Grant to Aid in Opioid Epidemic Recovery

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse and U.S. Representatives Jim Langevin and David Cicilline announced that $3,894,875 in National Health Emergency (NHE) Dislocated Worker Demonstration Grant funding is heading to Rhode Island to help curb the threat of opioid addiction and overdose. Rhode Island is one of six states set to receive a share of $22 million awarded by the U.S. Department of Labor to provide reemployment services for individuals impacted by the h… Continue Reading


07.25.18

Whitehouse and Blumenthal Call for Public Hearings on NRA Role in 2016 Russian Election Interference

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) are urging Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles Grassley (R-IA) to hold public hearings with National Rifle Association (NRA) leadership to determine what these NRA officials knew about Russia's attempts to illegally launder money through their organization during the 2016 election cycle. Last week, Maria Butina, a suspected Russian agent, was indicted for her involvement in an alleged conspiracy to "infiltra… Continue Reading


07.24.18

Senators Press DOJ on New Criminal Division Head’s Ethics Agreements, Recusals

Washington, DC - Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) led 14 Democratic members of the Senate Judiciary and Intelligence Committees in asking leaders at the Department of Justice to detail the ethical agreements binding the newly confirmed head of the Department's Criminal Division, Brian Benczkowski. The information would shed light on whether Benczkowski-a nominee noted as uniquely underqualified, who served as an aide to then-Senator Jeff Sessions and on the Trump transi… Continue Reading


07.23.18

Narragansett Fire Department Receives $218K Federal Grant for New Equipment & Rescue Training

Today, U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse and Congressman Jim Langevin announced $218,096 in federal funding to help the Narragansett Fire Department purchase needed equipment and provide water rescue training. The funding is being awarded through the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program. The Narragansett Fire Department will use the federal funds to upgrade older manual ambulance stretchers with new power-lift stretchers and w… Continue Reading


07.23.18

Senators Raise Alarm about EPA Nominees Starting Work before Confirmation

Washington, DC - Today, Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Tom Carper (D-DE), Bernie Sanders (I-VT), and Edward J. Markey (D-MA) pressed two corporate executives tapped to lead offices at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on whether they are skirting the Senate's constitutional advice and consent role and violating federal law by taking jobs as "special counsel to the Administrator" before their confirmation. President Donald Trump has nominated DowDupont lawyer Peter Wright to run the… Continue Reading


07.20.18

Reed, Whitehouse Write in Support of Lowering Nicotine Levels in Cigarettes

Providence, RI - U.S. Senators Jack Reed (D-RI) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) joined Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and eleven other Democratic colleagues to submit comments in support of the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) recent initiative to reduce the level of nicotine in cigarettes to non-addictive or minimally addictive levels. In the comment letter, the senators encouraged the FDA to expand the initiative to include other tobacco products that serve as a substitute for cigare… Continue Reading


07.19.18

Whitehouse Signals Opposition to Rettig Nomination

Washington, DC - Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), a member of the Senate Finance Committee, signaled his opposition to the nomination of Charles Rettig for Commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) in a Finance Committee hearing today and issued the following statement: "Just this week, the IRS decided to shield from the public some of the biggest special interests spending secret money in our elections. That decision widened an avenue of influence that already allows the likes of t… Continue Reading


07.16.18

Whitehouse Statement on Trump Helsinki Summit Comments

Washington, DC - Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) released the following statement on President Donald Trump's comments at today's summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, Finland: "The president just stood next to the authoritarian ruler of a hostile power and blamed the state of our bilateral relationship on American 'foolishness.' He refused to hold Russia accountable for interference in the 2016 election, and refused to credit the analysis of the U.S. intelligence commun… Continue Reading


07.13.18

RI Fire Departments Awarded $515k for New Equipment & Protective Gear

CUMBERLAND, RI - Today, U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse and Congressman David Cicilline announced a total of $515,034 in federal funding to help three Rhode Island Fire and Rescue Departments purchase life-saving equipment and upgrade their communications and protective gear. Three local fire departments in Cumberland, Lime Rock, and Pawtucket have been awarded federal grants for new equipment that will help them save more lives through the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (… Continue Reading


07.13.18

RI Fire Departments Awarded $515k for New Equipment & Protective Gear

CUMBERLAND, RI - Today, U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse and Congressman David Cicilline announced a total of $515,034 in federal funding to help three Rhode Island Fire and Rescue Departments purchase life-saving equipment and upgrade their communications and protective gear. Three local fire departments in Cumberland, Lime Rock, and Pawtucket have been awarded federal grants for new equipment that will help them save more lives through the Federal Emergency Management Agency's … Continue Reading


07.13.18

Whitehouse Statement on Indictment of Russian Intelligence Officers

Washington, DC - Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Ranking Member of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism, released the following statement on the indictment of a dozen Russian intelligence officers for conspiring to disrupt the 2016 election: "It has long been clear that the Russian government hacked and leaked emails during the 2016 presidential campaign. The President's willingness to ignore this - even the findings of his own intelligence community - raises red flags, a… Continue Reading


07.12.18

Whitehouse, Democrats Challenge Republican Attack on NSF Climate Grants

Washington, DC - Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) led 18 senators in introducing a resolution establishing a sense of the Senate that the National Science Foundation (NSF) should be able to share critical climate science from federal agencies with the public. The resolution follows an unprecedented attack by four Senate Republicans on an NSF grant program that helps to educate TV meteorologists around the country about the science of climate change. Joining Whitehouse in introducing the reso… Continue Reading


07.12.18

Whitehouse Demands Judiciary Committee Hearing on Family Separation

Washington, D.C. - Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) has joined Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii) and seven Senate Democrats to urge Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) to convene an oversight hearing on family separation and the Trump administration's haphazard plan to reunite immigrant children with their parents. Whitehouse and Hirono are members of the Judiciary Committee. The senators' letter to Chairman Grassley follows a troubling call last week with Secretary… Continue Reading


07.10.18

Whitehouse Leads DPCC Hearing on Protecting Workers’ Rights in Wake of Janus

Washington, DC - In the wake of the Supreme Court's sharply anti-union 5-4 decision in Janus v. AFSCME and immediately following the announcement of Brett Kavanaugh as President Donald Trump's nominee for the Supreme Court, the Democratic Policy and Communications Committee (DPCC) held a hearing on Tuesday about the corporate-backed campaign to take away working Americans' rights and the vast public support and growing energy for unions across the country. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) join… Continue Reading


07.10.18

Whitehouse to Urge Colleagues to Vote ‘No’ on Former Alfa Bank Lawyer Benczkowski to Lead DOJ Criminal Division

Washington, DC - This evening, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee and a former federal prosecutor, will take to the Senate floor to speak out against the confirmation of Brian Benczkowski to lead the Criminal Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. Citing Benczkowski's troubling connections to Alfa Bank, a Russian bank tied to Vladimir Putin and the Trump Organization, and a glaring lack of experience in criminal law, Whitehouse will call for his c… Continue Reading


07.09.18

Whitehouse Statement on Kavanaugh Nomination for SCOTUS

Washington, DC - Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, released the following statement regarding the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to be an Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court: "The American people can't help but think the system is rigged when, in case after case, a 5-4 partisan majority develops such a pattern of decisions in favor of Republicans at the polls and big business, well, everywhere. This past term alone, Justice Roberts's 5-4 majo… Continue Reading


07.06.18

Whitehouse Marks Third Anniversary of Pope Francis’ Environmental Encyclical

Providence, RI - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse today released the following statement as the Vatican marks the third anniversary of Pope Francis' environmental encyclical, Laudato Si: "At a time when too many American politicians openly deny basic scientific facts about our changing climate, I am grateful for Pope Francis' international leadership and wisdom." said Whitehouse. "On this third anniversary of his encyclical, Pope Francis' calls for truth in public debate and care for our shared… Continue Reading


07.05.18

Whitehouse Statement on Pruitt Resignation

Washington, DC - Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), a member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, released the following statement on the resignation of Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt after a long string of ethical scandals: "That this took so long shows how high the Trump administration's tolerance is for corruption and sleaze. The sad part is that it was the cascade of little sleazy acts that brought Pruitt down, not his overarching corruption by … Continue Reading

Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24 Page 25 Page 26 Page 27 Page 28 Page 29 Page 30 Page 31 Page 32 Page 33 Page 34 Page 35 Page 36 Page 37 Page 38 Page 39 Page 40 Page 41 Page 42 Page 43 Page 44 Page 45 Page 46 Page 47 Page 48 Page 49 Page 50 Page 51 Page 52 Page 53 Page 54 Page 55 Page 56 Page 57 Page 58 Page 59 Page 60 Page 61 Page 62 Page 63 Page 64 Page 65 Page 66 Page 67 Page 68 Page 69 Page 70 Page 71 Page 72 Page 73 Page 74 Page 75 Page 76 Page 77 Page 78 Page 79 Page 80 Page 81 Page 82 Page 83 Page 84 Page 85 Page 86 Page 87 Page 88 Page 89 Page 90 Page 91 Page 92 Page 93 Page 94 Page 95 Page 96 Page 97 Page 98 Page 99 Page 100 Page 101 Page 102 Page 103 Page 104 Page 105 Page 106 Page 107 Page 108 Page 109 Page 110 Page 111 Page 112 Page 113 Page 114 Page 115 Page 116 Page 117 Page 118
Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24 Page 25 Page 26 Page 27 Page 28 Page 29 Page 30 Page 31 Page 32 Page 33 Page 34 Page 35 Page 36 Page 37 Page 38 Page 39 Page 40 Page 41 Page 42 Page 43 Page 44 Page 45 Page 46 Page 47 Page 48 Page 49 Page 50 Page 51 Page 52 Page 53 Page 54 Page 55 Page 56 Page 57 Page 58 Page 59 Page 60 Page 61 Page 62 Page 63 Page 64 Page 65 Page 66 Page 67 Page 68 Page 69 Page 70 Page 71 Page 72 Page 73 Page 74 Page 75 Page 76 Page 77 Page 78 Page 79 Page 80 Page 81 Page 82 Page 83 Page 84 Page 85 Page 86 Page 87 Page 88 Page 89 Page 90 Page 91 Page 92 Page 93 Page 94 Page 95 Page 96 Page 97 Page 98 Page 99 Page 100 Page 101 Page 102 Page 103 Page 104 Page 105 Page 106 Page 107 Page 108 Page 109 Page 110 Page 111 Page 112 Page 113 Page 114 Page 115 Page 116 Page 117 Page 118
Showing page   of 118