Press Releases

01.31.18

Whitehouse Calls for Investigation Into Trump Administration’s Inaction on Opioid Epidemic

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse has joined U.S. Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Patty Murray (D-WA) and fourteen other senators to request a review by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) of the actions taken by President Trump's administration to address the opioid epidemic since he declared it a public health emergency. On October 26, 2017, when President Trump directed the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to declare the opioid crisis a public health… Continue Reading


01.30.18

Whitehouse Statement on State of the Union

Washington, DC - Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) released the following statement on President Donald Trump's first State of the Union address tonight: "Tonight the President tried to paint a very different picture of his first year from the one the American people saw. He touted his massive tax giveaway for corporations and the wealthiest few, which offers mere scraps to middle class families and puts vital programs like Social Security and Medicare in the crosshairs. He tried to spin his … Continue Reading


01.30.18

Whitehouse to Press Pruitt on Bashing of Trump

Washington, DC - During a Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee hearing today, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) will press EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt on newly released and scathing comments about then-candidate Donald Trump during an interview with Oklahoma talk radio host Pat Campbell in 2016. During the interview, Pruitt said Trump would be "more abusive to the Constitution than Barack Obama," and agreed Trump is "dangerous" and a "bully" who would wield executive power as … Continue Reading


01.27.18

Commercial Fishermen’s Association President Chris Brown to Join Whitehouse for State of the Union

Providence, RI - Narragansett fisherman Chris Brown, who serves as President of the Rhode Island Commercial Fishermen's Association, will head to the U.S. Capitol to join Senator Sheldon Whitehouse for the State of the Union address on Tuesday evening. The speech comes weeks after President Donald Trump moved to expand oil and gas drilling off the Atlantic coast, putting the local commercial fishing industry and the Ocean State's coastal economy in harm's way. "I am proud to have Chris Brown,… Continue Reading


01.26.18

Whitehouse, U.S. Surgeon General Highlight Federal Overdose Prevention Law

Pawtucket, RI - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse this morning hosted U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams for a discussion about the opioid addiction recovery programs that have made Rhode Island a national model in the field and influenced Whitehouse's Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA). The roundtable meeting with state leaders, people in recovery, and addiction specialists was held at the Anchor Recovery Community Center in Pawtucket. The group shared with Dr. Adams their exper… Continue Reading


01.24.18

Whitehouse, Blumenthal Call on Grassley to Share Transcripts with Mueller

Washington, DC - Today, Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) called on Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles Grassley (R-IA) to share with Special Counsel Robert Mueller transcripts of the Committee's interviews with individuals pertinent to its investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 election and potential obstruction of justice by President Donald Trump and his administration. Of particular significance is the transcript of Committee staff's interview w… Continue Reading


01.22.18

Whitehouse Statement on Agreement to Reopen Government

Washington, DC - Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) released the following statement on today's agreement and vote to reopen the government: "The shutdown has ended. In spite of a President sending confused and conflicting messages, Republican and Democratic Senators negotiated in good faith to arrive at an agreement to end the impasse. We will fund the children's health insurance program and we will vote on a solution for the Dreamers. It will be the first Floor vote for Democrats since the … Continue Reading


01.20.18

Whitehouse Statement on Continuing Resolution Vote

Washington, DC - Senator Sheldon Whitehouse issued the following statement regarding the Senate's vote tonight on a continuing resolution, which failed to receive the sixty votes needed to end debate. "I joined Senate Democrats and Republicans in voting against this stopgap funding bill because it did not provide the long-term stability our military and economy need and it did not address urgent, overdue bipartisan needs. Those include immediate resources to fight the opioid epidemic in Rhode … Continue Reading


01.19.18

Senators Send President Report on Ethical Breaches and Special Interest Self-Dealing in Trump Administration

Washington, D.C. - Today, Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Tom Udall (D-NM), Edward J. Markey (D-MA), Gary Peters (D-MI), and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) sent a report to the White House on the serious ethical breaches and special interest self-dealing that has characterized the first year of Donald Trump's presidency. Their report details how the President and his cabinet have gained personally from the Executive power they wield; how the President's billionaire friends and associates have attem… Continue Reading


01.18.18

Whitehouse Statement on House Stopgap Funding Measure

Washington, DC - Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) released the following statement on House passage of a stopgap government spending measure tonight: "In ordinary times it would be weird for a Republican House to pass a last-minute funding bill they know the Republican-controlled Senate will reject. But in these crazy times it barely registers on the weird-meter. It's shutdown eve - don't Republican leaders talk? Can't they talk with Democrats? Is there an allergy? Why not work this out a… Continue Reading


01.18.18

Whitehouse, Blumenthal File Brief in Key Public Sector Union Case before Supreme Court

Washington, DC - Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) today filed a friend-of-the-court brief with the Supreme Court in Janus v. American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees. Janus centers on whether public sector employees can be required to pay fees to public sector unions that advocate on their behalf in the collective bargaining process. In their brief, Whitehouse and Blumenthal argue that unions' authority to require fees from those who benefit… Continue Reading


01.18.18

Reed, Whitehouse Seek to Protect Consumer Watchdog’s Independence

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Senator Sheldon Whitehouse joined a group of 40 Senators in standing up for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's (CFPB) independence and power to obtain justice for consumers who have been wronged by large financial institutions. In a letter to Senate leaders Mitch McConnell and Chuck Schumer, the Senators urged the leaders to reject any government funding deals that would subject the CFPB's funding to political interference. The independenc… Continue Reading


01.11.18

Senators Introduce Bipartisan New England Offshore Drilling Ban

Washington, DC - Today, Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Edward J. Markey (D-MA) led a bipartisan group of New England Senators in introducing legislation to bar offshore drilling along the New England coast. The New England Coastal Protection Act responds to a move by the Trump administration to open up Atlantic waters to offshore oil and natural gas exploration and extraction, putting vital coastline at risk and threatening a central economic engine for New England. Senators Jack Reed … Continue Reading


01.10.18

Whitehouse Presses Agencies for Versions of Murray ‘Action Plan’

Washington, DC - In letters sent today, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) demanded of several federal agencies copies of a to-do list of policies and actions to benefit select coal interests that was circulated by coal magnate Robert Murray among members of the Trump administration. Murray, Chairman of Murray Energy and a major Republican campaign donor, has boasted that the administration has already obediently executed a full page-worth of the nearly four-page "action plan." Two different ve… Continue Reading


01.09.18

Whitehouse Lauds Feinstein Release of Simpson Transcript

Washington, DC - Today, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Ranking Member of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism, released the following statement on the decision of Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) to release the unclassified transcript of Fusion GPS founder Glenn Simpson's interview with Judiciary Committee investigators: "Releasing the Simpson transcript was the right thing for Sen. Feinstein to do under the circumstances. For months, th… Continue Reading


01.09.18

Senator Whitehouse to Join Senate Finance Committee

Washington, DC - Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer today announced the Senate Democratic committee memberships for the 2nd Session of the 115th Congress. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) will join the powerful Senate Finance Committee. Whitehouse released the following statement on his new assignment: "I thank Senator Schumer for his confidence in me. It will be an honor to serve on the Senate Finance Committee. This post will help me continue to address issues Rhode Islanders care ab… Continue Reading


01.08.18

WHITEHOUSE & BLUMENTHAL DEMAND IMMEDIATE RELEASE OF FUSION GPS TESTIMONY

[WASHINGTON, DC] - U.S. Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) wrote U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) to call for the immediate release of testimony that Glenn Simpson, CEO of Fusion GPS, delivered to the Senate Judiciary Committee in August. "We write to call for the immediate release of the transcript of the Judiciary Committee's interview with Glenn Simpson, CEO of Fusion GPS. Sadly, attacks on Simpson and Christopher Steele, as well as selective leaks of parts … Continue Reading


01.04.18

Whitehouse Statement on President Trump’s Move to Open Nearly All U.S. Waters to Offshore Drilling

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse today released the following statement on the Trump Administration's move to allow new offshore drilling in nearly all American waters, including the Eastern Seaboard: "The Trump Administration's reckless and unwelcome choice to allow oil and gas drilling off Rhode Island's coast puts our entire coastal economy at risk. For the potential gain of fossil fuel corporations, offshore drilling introduces all sorts of hazards to our fishing industry a… Continue Reading


01.04.18

Whitehouse Statement on Dissolution of Trump Advisory Commission on Election Integrity

Washington, DC - Today, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) released the following statement regarding the Trump administration's decision to disband the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity: "This commission wasn't about integrity. It was about suppressing the vote in communities that tend not to support Republicans. It bent important rules and tried to trample the privacy of millions of Americans. Worse still, it attempted to coopt the Department of Justice, which is charge… Continue Reading


01.04.18

Whitehouse Unveils Bill to Repair, Replace Bridges and Promote American Jobs

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), a member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works; Sherrod Brown (D-OH), ranking member of the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee; and Ron Wyden (D-OR), ranking member of the Senate Finance Committee, today unveiled new legislation to repair and replace outdated bridges while creating jobs in Rhode Island and across the United States. "In Rhode Island and around the country, we have thousands of important … Continue Reading

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