Press Releases

09.04.18

Whitehouse Reveals Kavanaugh’s Pro-Corporate, Right-Wing Record in SCOTUS Hearing Opener

Washington, DC - At today's Senate Judiciary Committee hearing for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) pinpointed Kavanaugh's troubling bias in favor of right-wing and corporate interests throughout his career in Republican politics and on the federal bench, and compared Kavanaugh's partiality to the same bias that has taken root in Chief Justice John Roberts's Supreme Court. Senator Whitehouse's as-prepared remarks are below. Whitehouse also released analy… Continue Reading


09.04.18

Whitehouse Statement on Pruitt Security Report

Washington, DC - Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), a member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, released the following statement on a report issued today by the Environmental Protection Agency Inspector General detailing former EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt's use of his taxpayer-funded security detail. Whitehouse had requested the investigation. "Scott Pruitt treated the Administrator's office as an occasion to live extravagantly at taxpayer expense. While his worst fail… Continue Reading


08.30.18

Four RI Fire Departments Granted $1.1M for New Truck & Rescue Equipment

WARWICK, RI - In an effort to help local fire departments effectively respond to emergencies and keep communities safe, U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse and Congressmen Jim Langevin and David Cicilline today announced a total of $1,113,758 in federal funding to help the Warwick Fire Department purchase a new rescue vehicle and the North Kingstown, Little Compton, and Woonsocket fire departments upgrade essential equipment. The federal funds are being awarded through the Federal … Continue Reading


08.28.18

RI Delegation Announces $309K to Boost Emergency Response Capabilities in Narragansett Bay

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse and Congressmen Jim Langevin and David Cicilline today announced a total of $309,125 in two Port Security Grant Program (PSGP) investments for the towns of Bristol and Newport that will help their fire departments expand and enhance their emergency response capabilities in Narragansett Bay. Administered by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), PSPG grants are designed to help protect… Continue Reading


08.25.18

Whitehouse Statement on Death of Senator John McCain

Newport, RI - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) released the following statement regarding the passing of Senator John McCain (R-AZ): "With love and respect, I mark the passing of a great man, and I will miss him dearly. My heart goes out to Cindy and the entire McCain family." ###… Continue Reading


08.24.18

Senate Clears Funding Bill with Wins for Rhode Island

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) cheered passage of legislation to fund federal defense, labor, health, and education agencies that includes several important victories for Rhode Island. In the bill is funding to fight opioid addiction, help borrowers working in public service to repay college loans, and support lifesaving medical research at Rhode Island hospitals and universities. The bill also includes Whitehouse's bipartisan amendment to help Congress speed the relea… Continue Reading


08.24.18

Whitehouse Applauds Trump Support for Action on Criminal Justice Reform

Washington, DC - Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee and an author of bipartisan legislation included in the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act, released the following statement regarding the announcement by Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles Grassley (R-IA) that the White House will tackle comprehensive criminal justice reform "soon after" the midterm elections and that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) endorses the timeline: "It is en… Continue Reading


08.23.18

RI Delegation Announces $3.8M to Hire 28 New Firefighters & Enhance Public Safety

SMITHFIELD, RI - In an effort to help local fire departments effectively respond to emergencies and keep our communities safe, U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse and Congressmen Jim Langevin and David Cicilline today announced $3,848,921 in federal funding to help the Cumberland, Saylesville, Smithfield, and Woonsocket Fire Departments hire and train new firefighters and $6,819 to help the West Warwick Fire Department purchase a new thermal imaging camera. The federal funds are be… Continue Reading


08.23.18

Whitehouse Statement on Kavanaugh Meeting

Washington, DC - Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, released the following statement regarding his meeting with Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh today: "Judge Kavanaugh could not give me assurances he would uphold statutory protections that prevent Americans with preexisting conditions from losing their health care. He also could not commit to upholding the lawful use of subpoenas against the White House or the president, as affirmed in United S… Continue Reading


08.23.18

Reed, Whitehouse Announce Official Nomination of Wing Chau for RI Marshal

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse announced today the official nomination of native Rhode Islander and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) Senior Special Agent Wing Chau for Unites States Marshal for the District of Rhode Island. The Senate Judiciary Committee, on which Whitehouse serves, will now consider Chau's nomination before moving to the Senate floor for confirmation. The White House first announced Chau's nomination last week. Chau … Continue Reading


08.21.18

Whitehouse Slams Trump Rollback of Clean Power Plan

Washington, DC - Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), a member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, released the following statement on the Trump administration's decision to gut the Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power Plan to limit carbon pollution: "This proposal guts a solid and sensible plan this country put forth to fight the pollution driving climate change, and replaces it with a fossil fuel handout. The funding of the Republican Party by the fossil fuel industr… Continue Reading


08.20.18

Whitehouse Presses Grassley for Kavanaugh Documents on Leonard Leo and Federalist Society

Washington, DC - Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, asked Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles Grassley (R-IA) to use all the tools available to the Committee to provide the most complete picture of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's record. As the Committee steams toward early September hearings for Kavanaugh, Whitehouse points out that Grassley has created a state of "procedural limbo" where Senators can review but may not be able to question t… Continue Reading


08.17.18

Senators File Formal Comment on EPA Science Rule

Washington, DC - Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Brian Schatz (D-HI), Tom Carper (D-DE), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Edward J. Markey (D-MA), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Kamala Harris (D-CA), and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) have submitted a comment to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on the agency's proposal to exclude important scientific studies from its rulemaking process. The rule would cast aside unbiased, rigorous, peer-reviewed research critical to informing decisio… Continue Reading


08.15.18

Whitehouse Calls on Kavanaugh Dark Money Campaign to Disclose Donors

Washington, DC - Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, pressed a trio of secretive conservative groups for information on who is backing their multi-million-dollar campaign to select and confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. Whitehouse's letters to the Heritage Foundation, the Judicial Crisis Network, and the Federalist Society raise a number of questions about their fundraising practices and anonymous donors, including whether they have received… Continue Reading


08.15.18

Providence Fire Department Nets Nearly $1M Federal Grant

In an effort to help the Providence Fire Department enhance training and safety, U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse and Congressmen Jim Langevin and David Cicilline today joined with Providence Public Safety Commissioner Steven Paré to announce $993,309 in federal funding for the Providence Fire Department through the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program. The Department will use the funding to provide additional training… Continue Reading


08.15.18

Whitehouse Cheers Request for Report on Starr-Kavanaugh Grand Jury Leaking

Washington, DC - Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee and a former United States Attorney, issued a statement today on a request to a federal court by the watchdog group American Oversight seeking to unseal a court-ordered report on possible violations of grand jury secrecy laws by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh: "Divulging grand jury information is a serious offense that no judge will take lightly. It can put witnesses at risk, compromise import… Continue Reading


08.08.18

Whitehouse, Senate Democrats Condemn Trump Administration for Rescinding Civil Rights Guidance Promoting Diversity in Education

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) has joined Senators Patty Murray (D-WA) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), along with 20 other Senate Democrats, in a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos condemning their decision last month to rescind civil rights guidance promoting diversity in education. "With almost daily attacks from your Administration on the protections for immigrants, women, children, people of color, people with disabilities, … Continue Reading


08.03.18

Whitehouse Condemns Trump Administration’s Escalating Attacks on the Media

Washington, DC - Following the Trump administration's decision to ban CNN reporter Kaitlan Collins from a press event after she questioned President Trump on his relationship with his former attorney Michael Cohen, U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) joined Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and eight other senators to introduce a resolution condemning the White House's attempts to restrict media access and affirming the importance of a free and unfettered press. Over the previous weekend, Vi… Continue Reading


08.02.18

Whitehouse, Alexander, Rounds, Booker Introduce IMAGINE Act to Spur Use of Innovative Materials in Rebuilding American Infrastructure

Washington, DC - Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Mike Rounds (R-SD), and Cory Booker (D-NJ) have introduced the Innovative Materials for America's Growth and Infrastructure Newly Expanded (IMAGINE) Act, to encourage research and deployment of innovative construction materials in transportation and water infrastructure projects nationwide. Investing in these new techniques and materials would help to extend the life of critical public works that draw increasingly poor… Continue Reading


08.02.18

Whitehouse Statement on Trump Fuel Standard Rollback

Washington, DC - Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), a member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, released the following statement on the Trump administration's proposal to roll back critical fuel economy standards for cars and trucks: "Automakers acted proud of themselves for committing to this plan under President Obama - and they should have been. The standards would save American motorists $1.7 trillion over the life of their vehicles, and reduce the pollution driving clim… Continue Reading

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