Press Releases

08.12.22

RI Delegation Announces $7.8 Million for Accessibility and Resiliency Upgrades to Providence Riverwalk and Waterplace Park

Providence, RI - U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse and Congressmen Jim Langevin and David Cicilline today announced that the City of Providence has been awarded $7.8 million from the U.S. Department of Transportation's Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity (RAISE) grant program to support accessibility and design improvements and resiliency upgrades to the Providence Riverwalk and Waterplace Park. "We can't ignore sea level rise and must factor it in to … Continue Reading


08.09.22

RIPTA Gets $22.37 Million Federal RAISE Grant to Electrify Aquidnick Island Bus Service

NEWPORT, RI -- The days of diesel-powered buses rolling along Aquidneck Island streets are numbered, thanks to a new federal RAISE grant to procure 25 new clean-energy electric buses and recharging infrastructure. Today, U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse and Congressmen Jim Langevin and David Cicilline announced a new $22,370,800 federal Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability & Equity (RAISE) grant for the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA). Thi… Continue Reading


08.07.22

Whitehouse Votes for Inflation Reduction Act to Lower Energy and Health Care Costs for Rhode Islanders and Bend Emissions Curve

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse today joined all 50 Senate Democrats and Vice President Harris in voting to pass the Inflation Reduction Act, landmark legislation that will lower energy and health care costs for Rhode Islanders, and drive down the emissions causing the climate crisis. As a budget reconciliation measure, the Inflation Reduction Act was approved by a simple majority in the Senate and now heads to the House of Representatives, where it is expected to pass. "Our I… Continue Reading


08.07.22

Whitehouse Votes for Historic Climate Legislation

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), one of the Senate's leading climate champions, issued the following statement after all 50 Senate Democrats voted to the pass the Inflation Reduction Act: "This historic bill makes major investments in reducing the carbon emissions that are responsible for climate change. From cracking down on methane to making homes and vehicles more energy efficient to greatly expanding carbon capture, I'm proud to have shaped major climate component… Continue Reading


08.04.22

FBI Director Confirms Agency Sent Tips from Kavanaugh Tip Line to Trump White House Without Investigation

Washington, DC - In a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) today received confirmation from FBI Director Christopher Wray that the FBI sent tips that the agency had collected about Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh to the Trump White House without investigation. The tips were collected through the FBI's existing tip line as part of a supplemental background investigation after allegations of sexual misconduct emerged during Justice Kavanaugh's 2018 conf… Continue Reading


08.04.22

Whitehouse Cheers Senate Passage of Bipartisan Law Enforcement De-escalation Training Act

Washington, DC - The U.S. Senate this week unanimously passed the bipartisan Law Enforcement De-escalation Training Act co-authored by U.S. Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and John Cornyn (R-TX) to improve training for police officers who interact with individuals dealing with mental health, behavioral health, and substance use issues. "Police officers serve on the frontlines in their communities, and we must ensure they have the training to handle situations involving complex mental and b… Continue Reading


08.04.22

Whitehouse Illuminates Dark-Money Network’s Project to Undermine Democracy

Washington, DC - In a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing yesterday on the intensifying harassment of election workers, U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) shone a floodlight on the right-wing dark-money network seeking to undermine the future of democratic elections in the United States. "There is nothing about this, Mr. Chairman, that is random," said Whitehouse. "I hope that there will be investigations that are done, either civilly or otherwise, to connect these obvious dots: that there … Continue Reading


08.02.22

Whitehouse Cheers Final Passage of Bill to Provide VA Care for Veterans Exposed to Toxins

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse today voted to pass the Honoring Our PACT Act, which will greatly expand eligibility for VA health care to veterans who have health problems due to exposure to toxins ranging from burn pits to Agent Orange. The legislation passed with bipartisan support after being voted down by Senate Republicans last week. "The Honoring Our PACT Act will allow veterans in Rhode Island to breathe a sigh of relief," said Whitehouse. "We have a sacred commitment… Continue Reading


08.02.22

Whitehouse, Booker, Blumenthal, Schatz, Hirono Introduce Term Limit Measure to Restore Balance, Fairness to Supreme Court

Washington, DC - In an effort to restore balance and fairness to the nation's highest court, U.S Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Cory Booker (D-NJ), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Brian Schatz (D-HI), and Mazie Hirono (D-HI) today introduced the Supreme Court Tenure Establishment and Retirement Modernization (TERM) Act, which would establish term limits for Supreme Court justices while preserving constitutional protections for judicial independence in decision-making. Under the TERM Act, a new … Continue Reading


08.01.22

Amid Sky-High Rate of Flight Cancellations, Senators Markey and Whitehouse Lead Bicameral Colleagues in Introducing Cash Refunds for Flight Cancellations Act to Protect Air Travelers’ Rights

Washington, D.C - Senators Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), along with Representatives Steve Cohen (TN-09), Jesús G. "Chuy" García (IL-04), and Jamie Raskin (MD-08), today introduced the Cash Refunds for Flight Cancellations Act, which would provide consumers an enforceable right to a full cash refund for flight and ticket cancellations. The bill codifies the Department of Transportation rule requir… Continue Reading


08.01.22

Reed & Whitehouse Visit PACE-RI to Celebrate $300,000 Earmark & Discuss Efforts to Support RI Seniors

EAST PROVIDENCE - Today, U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Senator Sheldon Whitehouse visited PACE Rhode Island's flagship center in East Providence to meet with seniors and joined East Providence Mayor Roberto DaSilva and officials from PACE-RI to celebrate a $300,000 earmark that the Senators included in the Fiscal Year 2022 Omnibus Appropriations law to help renovate and equip PACE-RI's new health clinic and adult day care center. PACE-RI is a non-profit health plan that helps nursing-home-eligibl… Continue Reading


07.30.22

Reed & Whitehouse Urge Biden to Continue Pause on Student Loan Payments

Providence, RI - Ahead of the federal student loan payment pause set to expire at the end of next month, U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse have joined a bicameral group colleagues in the Senate and House in urging the Biden Administration to extend the student loan payment pause beyond August 31, 2022. This effort comes on the heels of several news reports that the Biden Administration has not made a final decision about whether to extend the student loan payment pause - a decision… Continue Reading


07.28.22

Reed & Whitehouse Cheer Senate Passage of Bipartisan Water Resources Bill

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse applauded the passage of the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 2022, which authorizes improvements to our nation's harbors and waterways, invests in coastal resiliency efforts, and supports U.S. Army Corps of Engineers projects nationwide. The Senate cleared the bill by a vote of 92 to 2. Reed and Whitehouse secured several key provisions benefitting Rhode Island in the comprehensive bill, which now heads to conference wit… Continue Reading


07.28.22

Whitehouse, Cortez Masto Propose Congressional Check on Supreme Court Decisions

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV) today unveiled the Supreme Court Review Act, a new bill to revitalize Congress's ability to legislate in response to Supreme Court decisions that interpret federal statutes or roll back constitutional rights. The Senators' bill would help ensure that the constitutionally delegated power to make policy remains with Congress, not the Court, by creating streamlined procedures through which Congress can exerc… Continue Reading


07.28.22

Whitehouse Applauds Major Climate Addition to Reconciliation Package

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse issued the following statement regarding the news that substantial climate provisions will be included in Democrats' pending reconciliation package: "This is a very hopeful moment, and I will be reviewing the details of the agreement closely over the coming days. Democrats are about to take the biggest, most serious step in congressional history to lead our only planet to safety in the race against climate change. In doing so, we will also lo… Continue Reading


07.22.22

Whitehouse Announces $1.25 Million to Prevent Youth Substance Use in Communities Across Rhode Island

Providence, RI - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) announced today that ten Rhode Island Drug Free Communities (DFC) coalitions have been awarded a total of $1.25 million from the White House Office of National Drug Policy (ONDCP) to combat the overdose epidemic and prevent youth substance use. Whitehouse, Chairman of the Senate Caucus on International Narcotics Control and a Senate leader on addiction recovery issues, helped secure more than $100 million for the DFC program in the most re… Continue Reading


07.21.22

Whitehouse & Colleagues Press IRS on Tax Return Backlog

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Chairman of the Senate Finance Subcommittee on Taxation and IRS Oversight, led Senate colleagues in sending a letter to Commissioner Charles Rettig of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) requesting information about the unprocessed tax return backlog. The letter also expressed concern about the broader effect budget constraints are having on taxpayers. "We write to express our concern about the unprocessed tax return backlog, ongoing cu… Continue Reading


07.20.22

Whitehouse Joins President Biden in New England as Administration Begins Charting New Path Forward on Climate

Somerset, MA - With New England in the grips of a sizzling heat wave, U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) today joined President Joe Biden at the site of the former Brayton Point Power Station in Somerset, Massachusetts as the President began to outline a new path forward to fight climate change. "As Rhode Island's Attorney General, I was critical of the coal-fired power plant at Brayton Point, which spewed toxic pollution into Rhode Island's air and poached Mount Hope Bay with its cooling s… Continue Reading


07.19.22

Before Rules Committee, Whitehouse Calls for Passage of DISCLOSE Act to Fight Tsunami of Unlimited, Anonymous Money in Politics

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse today delivered testimony in the Senate Rules Committee calling for passage of the DISCLOSE Act to combat the flood of anonymous special interest spending corrupting American politics and to restore power to regular citizens. "I submit to you that the distress in our Republic has much to do with corrupting political influence acquired via unlimited anonymous dark money. That dark-money influence has created a disconnect between what Americans wa… Continue Reading


07.19.22

Whitehouse Chairs Judiciary Committee Hearing on Seizing Russian Oligarchs’ Illicit Assets to Aid Ukraine

Washington, DC - Today, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) chaired a hearing of the full Senate Judiciary Committee entitled, "KleptoCapture: Aiding Ukraine through Forfeiture of Russian Oligarchs' Illicit Assets." The hearing explored the national security threat posed by kleptocracy and the dark economy, and the Department of Justice's Task Force KleptoCapture's role in recovering illicit assets linked to foreign corruption. In the hearing, the Committee examined the bipartisan asset seizure … Continue Reading

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