Press Releases

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


07.05.18

Whitehouse Encourages Rhode Islanders to Apply for New Coastal Resilience Funding

U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) today encouraged local governments and organizations to apply for funding from the National Coastal Resilience Fund, a significant new source of federal investment to restore, increase, and strengthen natural infrastructure that protects coastal communities, while improving wildlife habitats. Whitehouse wrote the legislation creating the fund, which was originally authorized as the National Oceans and Coastal Security Fund. "Senator Kennedy and I designed… Continue Reading


06.30.18

Farm Bill Passes Senate with Whitehouse Provision to Support Aquaculture

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) has voted in support of the 2018 farm bill ("Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018"), which includes a key provision advocated for by Whitehouse to support the aquaculture industry's growth. The farm bill passed the Senate in an 86 to 11 vote yesterday evening. "Rhode Island shellfish farmers produce some of the best oysters in the country," said Whitehouse. "I'm proud that the Senate has adopted our suggestions to give this sustainable … Continue Reading


06.29.18

U.S. Senate Passes Bill to Name Bristol Post Office for Local Fallen Hero Andrew McKenna

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse announced that the U.S. Senate voted to honor the late Army First Sergeant P. Andrew McKenna, a Green Beret who made the ultimate sacrifice for his country, by passing legislation last night to name a U.S. Post Office in Bristol as the "First Sergeant P. Andrew McKenna Jr. Post Office." Sergeant McKenna was 35 years old when he was killed in action during an insurgent attack on August 7, 2015 in Afghanistan while fighting to… Continue Reading


06.28.18

Carbon Utilization & Biogas Legislation Clears Senate

Washington, DC - Important provisions of carbon utilization and biogas legislation introduced by Senators Michael Bennet (D-CO) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) passed the Senate today as part of the farm bill. The provisions are based on parts of Bennet and Whitehouse's Carbon Utilization Act. The legislation would allow emerging carbon utilization technologies, such as carbon capture, utilization, and sequestration (CCUS) and biogas production, to access U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) re… Continue Reading


06.28.18

Senators Call for Action on DISCLOSE Act

Washington, DC - Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Ron Wyden (D-OR), Tom Udall (D-NM), Edward J. Markey (D-MA), and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) wrote to Senate Rules Committee Chairman Roy Blunt (R-MO) to call for a hearing on the DISCLOSE Act, legislation to shine a light on unlimited secret spending in American elections. Whitehouse has led all Senate Democrats in introducing the legislation while similar legislation was introduced in the House. Despite strong support for the legislation and n… Continue Reading


06.27.18

Whitehouse Statement on Justice Kennedy Retirement

Washington, DC - Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, released the following statement regarding the announcement of the retirement of Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy: "On the heels of another Supreme Court term defined by a Republican 5-4 majority delivering big wins for right-wing and corporate interests, Justice Kennedy's retirement should be a wake-up call to anyone who cares about equality and justice for all. With decisions like we've seen … Continue Reading


06.27.18

Democrats Introduce the DISCLOSE Act of 2018

Washington, DC - Today, as a growing share of Americans believe special interests have undue influence in government, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Congressman David Cicilline (D-RI) led all Senate Democrats and 145 Democratic Members of the House of Representatives in introducing legislation to shine a light on the unlimited, secret spending flooding American elections. Whitehouse and Cicilline's updated DISCLOSE Act would require organizations spending money in federal elections to di… Continue Reading


06.27.18

Whitehouse Statement on SCOTUS Janus Decision

Washington, DC - Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), a member of the Senator Judiciary Committee, released the following statement on the Supreme Court's decision in Janus v. AFSCME today: "We appear to have reached a point where litigants appearing before the Supreme Court in certain matters can anticipate victory or defeat because of the identity of the parties, not the merits of the case. The solicitation of this case by one of the right-wing Justices, the special-interest-funded 'faux litig… Continue Reading


06.26.18

Time to Wake Up: Pruitt the Great Deregulator

Mr. WHITEHOUSE. Mr. President, as I rise for my 209th ``Time to Wake Up'' climate change speech, I return to a familiar subject: disgraced Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt. Not that long ago, I was here discussing the baker's dozen of ethical scandals swirling around Pruitt. From his $43,000 ``cone of silence'' phone booth to the millions he spent on a 20-person security detail, to his lights-and-sirens escapades, to fancy DC restaurant Le Diplomate, Pruitt has come to… Continue Reading


06.26.18

Whitehouse Statement on SCOTUS Decision on Trump Muslim Ban

Washington, DC - Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, released the following statement on the Supreme Court's decision today to uphold President Donald Trump's ban on travel from some Muslim-majority countries: "I am sorry to see yet another 5-4 partisan decision by the Republican appointees on the Court, this time accepting President Trump's political narrative about a travel ban designed to be a 'total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the Uni… Continue Reading


06.26.18

Whitehouse Notches Bipartisan Energy Wins in Energy-Water Minibus

Washington, DC - The Senate has passed bipartisan legislation to fund federal energy and water programs that includes legislation by Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) to pave the way for investment in promising new renewable energy and advanced nuclear energy technologies. The Fiscal Year 2019 Energy and Water Appropriations bill, or "minibus", passed the Senate by a vote of 86-5. Whitehouse applauded its passage. "From carbon capture and utilization, to energy efficiency, to energy storage, … Continue Reading


06.25.18

Whitehouse Unveils New Bill to Help RI Manufacturers Address Workforce Challenges, Support Innovation

Pawtucket, RI - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse today joined Congressman David Cicilline and leaders in Rhode Island's manufacturing industry to unveil new legislation to help manufacturers temporarily retain retiring employees to train a replacement and transfer their institutional knowledge. Whitehouse made the announcement at Cooley Group, a fabric manufacturer in Pawtucket. "Local manufacturers are facing new challenges recruiting and training skilled workers as more Baby Boomers get ready… Continue Reading


06.21.18

Forty Senators Push Senate Appropriations Leaders to Reject Dangerous Environmental Riders

Washington, DC - Today, Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Tom Udall (D-NM), and Ben Cardin (D-MD) led 40 Senators in urging the chairman and vice chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee to keep destructive anti-environmental provisions - or "riders" - out of this year's appropriations bills. Republicans have frequently attempted to slip environmental riders into spending bills in recent years, leading to gridlock in the annual appropriations process and risking the health and safety o… Continue Reading


06.21.18

Whitehouse Statement on Trump Child Separation Executive Order

Washington, DC - Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) released the following statement on President Donald Trump's immigration executive order altering his administration's practice of separating children from their families but continuing to detain them indefinitely under its "zero tolerance" policy: "The crisis President Trump manufactured by indiscriminately separating innocent kids from their families is not over. These families endured long journeys to flee danger and build better lives. We… Continue Reading


06.20.18

Nuclear Fuel Recycling Pilot Program Approved By Senate

WASHINGTON - Nuclear research conducted at the country's national energy laboratories will benefit from a $15 million pilot program secured by Senator Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-Rhode Island) to recycle spent naval fuel for use in advanced nuclear reactors. The amendment by the senators was adopted today by the full Senate on a 87-9 vote. The Senate is currently debating the Fiscal Year 2019 Energy and Water Appropriations bill. The demonstration project would blend h… Continue Reading


06.20.18

Whitehouse Statement on Trump Executive Order Revoking the National Ocean Policy

Washington, DC - Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), co-chair of the bipartisan Senate Oceans Caucus and author of legislation that created a new fund for ocean and coastal resiliency, released the following statement on the Trump administration's revocation of the 2010 National Oceans Policy: "President Trump seems hell-bent on undoing his predecessor's work, no matter for good or ill. Our federal ocean policy ought not be silent on the disastrous effects of climate change. Sea level rise and… Continue Reading

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