Press Releases

03.28.19

Senators Whitehouse, Markey, Manchin: Purdue Should Commit in Writing to Make No Profit on Potential New Drug to Reverse Opioid Overdoses

Washington, D.C. - Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), and Joe Manchin (D-W.V.) today sent a letter to Purdue Pharma, manufacturer and marketer of the addictive painkiller OxyContin, in response to a media report concerning the company's bankruptcy consideration. In the story, Purdue claimed that it was in the process of developing and seeking Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval for a version of nalmefene hydrochloride - a more powerful overdose reversal me… Continue Reading


03.28.19

Whitehouse, Murkowski Unveil Bill to Advance Understanding of Oceans, Great Lakes, and Coasts

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), co-chairs of the bipartisan Senate Oceans Caucus, today unveiled new legislation to advance data collection of the Great Lakes, oceans, bays, estuaries, and coasts. The Bolstering Long-Term Understanding and Exploration of the Great Lakes, Oceans, Bays, and Estuaries Act, or the BLUE GLOBE Act, would accelerate technology innovation, grow the marine workforce, and develop a better understanding of the blue eco… Continue Reading


03.26.19

Whitehouse Statement on Green New Deal Show Vote

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, a leading advocate for legislation to address climate change, issued the following statement regarding today's show vote on a Green New Deal resolution: "There is one takeaway from this vote, and it is that Republicans are still doing the bidding of the fossil fuel industry. Their cartoon version of the Green New Deal was cooked up by the Koch brothers. The instruction to have this vote came from the fossil-fuel-friendly editorial page of th… Continue Reading


03.25.19

Whitehouse Unveils Bill to Train Next Generation of Manufacturing Workforce

Pawtucket, RI - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), a champion for Rhode Island's textiles and composites industries, today unveiled a bipartisan proposal aimed at helping younger workers hit the ground running in manufacturing jobs that require highly specialized skills. The Retain Innovation and Manufacturing Excellence Act would establish a pilot program to allow businesses to retain retiring employees long enough to train replacement workers - tackling a significant challenge for Rhode … Continue Reading


03.24.19

Whitehouse Statement on Attorney General Barr’s Letter to Congress

Providence, RI - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, today issued the following statement on Attorney General Barr's letter to Congress regarding the Special Counsel's report: "We knew from his confirmation hearing that Attorney General Barr would never conclude the president obstructed justice, which is why it is critical for Congress to see the full Mueller report and the evidence behind it. As the attorney general writes, Special Counsel Mueller issu… Continue Reading


03.22.19

Whitehouse Statement on Mueller Report

Providence, RI - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, released the following statement regarding the transmission of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report to Attorney General William Barr: "Congress and the American people have the right to know what the special counsel has unearthed. Even the president and House Republicans have called for the full release of Mueller's findings. "Now, Attorney General Barr ought to make good on the commitments… Continue Reading


03.21.19

Delegation Announces $6.5 Million to Fight Opioid Addiction in Rhode Island

Washington, DC - Today, U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse and Congressmen Jim Langevin and David Cicilline announced $6.5 million in funding to fight opioid addiction in Rhode Island. The state's share from a grant program at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) was increased substantially due to changes to the funding formula included in the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2018. All four members of the delegation voted for the legislation, as … Continue Reading


03.20.19

Whitehouse, Carper, Pallone Raise New Questions about Wehrum’s Involvement in Reversing EPA Position to Benefit Former Firm’s Client

Washington, DC - Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Ranking Member Tom Carper (D-DE), and House Energy and Commerce Chairman Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ) are raising new questions about whether Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) officials William Wehrum and David Harlow helped to reverse the agency's position in a major enforcement action to favor a client of their former law firm. In a letter sent to the EPA Office of Inspector General today, the m… Continue Reading


03.20.19

Whitehouse Supports Bill to Ban Seismic Testing in Atlantic

Washington, DC - U.S. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) has joined Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) and other East Coast senators to reintroduce the Atlantic Seismic Airgun Protection Act, a bill that prohibits oil, gas, and methane hydrate-related seismic activities in the Atlantic Ocean. The bill bans the use of seismic airgun blasting - a disruptive method of blasting compressed air toward the ocean floor in search of oil and gas - in the North Atlantic, Mid Atlantic, South Atlantic, and Straits of Florid… Continue Reading


03.19.19

Whitehouse Blasts Trump EPA Power Plant Rule as Product of Takeover by Fossil Fuel Industry

Pruitt, Wheeler, Wehrum all examples of fossil fuel lackeys behind EPA decisions, senator writes in Clean Air Act rule comment Whitehouse: EPA failed to consider dropping cost of CCS technology, new 45Q incentives in replacement proposal Washington, DC - Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), a senior member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, is blasting the Trump Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for its Clean Air Act new source review replacement rule, calling it the produ… Continue Reading


03.14.19

Whitehouse, Brown, Collins, Capito Reintroduce Bipartisan Legislation to Protect Seniors From High Costs of Necessary Medical Care

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Susan Collins (R-ME), and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) have reintroduced bipartisan legislation to update a current loophole in Medicare policy that would help protect seniors from high medical costs for the skilled nursing care they require after hospitalization. The Improving Access to Medicare Coverage Act would allow for the time patients spend in the hospital under "observation status" to count toward the requis… Continue Reading


03.14.19

Whitehouse Statement on Vote to Overturn Trump National Emergency Declaration

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) released the following statement today on the Senate's 59-41 vote to overturn President Donald Trump's declaration of a national emergency at the southern border:"The vote on the national emergency gave Republicans a clear choice: put the Constitution first, or put President Trump first. The Founding Fathers granted the Congress the power of the purse to decide how to allocate funds. Yet many Republicans will raid funds appropriated by C… Continue Reading


03.14.19

Whitehouse Bill Would Improve Care for Patients Facing Advanced Illnesses

Washington, DC - Senator Sheldon Whitehouse today reintroduced a bill aimed at improving care for Medicare beneficiaries with advanced illnesses like Alzheimer's disease, cancer, and heart disease. Whitehouse's Removing Barriers to Person- and Family-Centered Care Act would establish a pilot program to test a new payment model that promotes better coordination between health care providers and places greater emphasis on the needs and preferences of Medicare beneficiaries with advanced illnesses… Continue Reading


03.13.19

Whitehouse, Doggett Author Bills to End Trump Tax Breaks for Exporting Jobs & Profits

Washington, DC - Today, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), a member of the Senate Finance Committee, and Congressman Lloyd Doggett (D-TX), a member of the House Ways and Means Committee, introduced the No Tax Breaks for Outsourcing Act and the Stop Tax Haven Abuse Act. Under the Trump Tax law, companies that ship jobs and invest overseas are eligible for special tax rates that may be half the domestic corporate tax rate and possibly even tax-free. The No Tax Breaks for Outsourcing Act would le… Continue Reading


03.13.19

Schumer, Whitehouse Lead Letter Challenging U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the Largest Lobbying Organizing in the Country, to Back Basic Science And Immediately Begin Advocating for Senate Dem Resolution That Calls for Urgent Action on Climate Crisis

In New Letter to Chamber of Commerce President and CEO, Senate Dems Urge Chamber to Support, Issue a "Key Vote Alert," and Include Support in Their Legislative Scorecard for New Senate Resolution Co-sponsored By Entire Senate Democratic Caucus Stating Climate Change Is Real, Caused By Humans, And That The U.S. And Congress Need To Take Immediate Action Letter Also Raises Prospect That Chamber Is Supported By Fossil Fuel Interests Working Against Climate Policies Supported By Their Broader Membe… Continue Reading


03.12.19

Whitehouse, Udall, Gardner, and Cortez Masto Introduce Bill to Put Wi-Fi on School Buses and Help Close the Digital Divide

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.). Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Cory Gardner (R-Colo.), and Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) introduced a bill to make it easier to put wireless internet on school buses in order to help students without broadband access at home get online to study, learn, and complete homework. The legislation would require the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) E-Rate Program to reimburse school districts that place Wi-Fi technology on school buses carry… Continue Reading


03.11.19

Whitehouse Slams Irresponsible Trump Budget

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) released the following statement on President Donald Trump's budget proposal released today, which would slash programs Rhode Islanders rely on for health care, education, infrastructure improvements, environmental protection and other priorities - all to help pay for a wall along the southern border: "Despite an impulsive White House, in Congress we've had a good record of passing bipartisan budgets in recent years. President Trump's ext… Continue Reading


03.08.19

Whitehouse Calls Out Corrosive Dark Money Gerrymandering Campaigns in Supreme Court Brief

Washington, DC - Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee and an outspoken advocate for free and fair elections, will submit a friend-of-the-court brief today with the Supreme Court in a case involving partisan gerrymandering in North Carolina. Continuing his work with the late Senator John McCain (R-AZ), Whitehouse argues that extremely partisan redistricting efforts, often fueled by anonymously funded groups with extreme special interest agendas, have dist… Continue Reading


03.08.19

Whitehouse Joins Bipartisan Effort to Crack Down on Illegal Robocalls

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse has joined an effort led by Senators Ed Markey (D-MA) and John Thune (R-SD) to crack down on disruptive illegal robocalls. Whitehouse this week signed on as a cosponsor of the Telephone Robocall Abuse Criminal Enforcement and Deterrence (TRACED) Act sponsored by Senators Markey and Thune. Amid ever-increasing numbers of robocall scams, the TRACED Act gives regulators more time to find scammers, increases civil forfeiture penalties for those who … Continue Reading


03.08.19

ICYMI: Whitehouse-Petraeus Call for American Leadership in Fight against Kleptocracy

Washington, DC - Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) joined retired general and former director of the Central Intelligence Agency David Petraeus to publish an op-ed in the Washington Post today calling for American leadership in the fight against graft and kleptocracy. If America fails to stand up for democratic values, we become complicit in the corruption of autocrats, risking "grave consequences both for the nation's reputation abroad and Americans' well-being at home," Whitehouse and Petraeu… Continue Reading

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