Press Releases

11.05.17

Reed, Whitehouse Call on President to Support Much-Needed Funding to Stem Opioid Epidemic

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Jack Reed (D-RI) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) have joined Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and nineteen of their colleagues in sending a letter to the White House calling on President Trump to support additional funding necessary to combat the opioid epidemic. "We appreciate your formal declaration that the opioid epidemic is a National Public Health Emergency. While this is a positive step forward, more action must be taken in order to craft a timely and effecti… Continue Reading


11.04.17

Whitehouse Statement on Federal Climate Report

Washington, DC - Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, a member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee and Co-Chair of the Senate Climate Task Force, released the following statement on portions of the National Climate Assessment, including the final draft of the Climate Science Special Report, released Friday: "The writing is on the wall. The inescapable science, compiled by the top experts from throughout the federal government, shows that climate change touches every corner of the co… Continue Reading


11.02.17

Whitehouse Statement on Republican Tax Plan

Washington, DC - Today, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) released the following statement on Republicans' new tax proposal: "The Republican tax plan, unsurprisingly, is a hand-out for billionaires and big corporations financed with cuts to provisions that matter to the middle class, like deductions for student loan interest and medical bills. It would reward companies that send jobs overseas while repealing a deduction that helps domestic manufacturers. As Rhode Island's housing market stabi… Continue Reading


10.31.17

New England Members of Congress Demand Explanation for Silencing of EPA Scientists

Washington, DC - After the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) canceled presentations by its scientists at a workshop on the health of Narragansett Bay-an event focusing on the challenges climate change and other threats pose for the critical economic resource-members of Congress from Rhode Island and Massachusetts are demanding an explanation from EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt. In a letter sent today, Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Edward J. Markey (D-MA), Jack Reed (D-RI), and Elizabe… Continue Reading


10.30.17

Whitehouse Statement on Indictments, Plea in Mueller Investigation

Washington, DC - Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, released the following statement on newly unsealed court records in Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election: "There is something to be said for the cold, factual language of an indictment, asserting the specific facts known and the specific laws broken. And now we have a guilty plea from a Trump campaign adviser for false statements to fed… Continue Reading


10.27.17

Whitehouse, Senate Dems Demand Trump Administration Expedite Power Restoration in Puerto Rico & U.S. Virgin Islands

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse joined 34 Senate Democrats today to call on administration officials to expedite and better coordinate the ongoing power restoration efforts in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. In a letter, the Democrats said the administration's current lack of coordination with local officials, clearances for crews to begin their restoration work, materials and support services, and a clear chain of command on the ground is threatening recovery and re… Continue Reading


10.26.17

Whitehouse Statement on Opioid Emergency Announcement

Washington, DC - Today, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, author of the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA), released the following statement regarding President Donald Trump's announcement that the Department of Health and Human Services will declare the opioid crisis a public health emergency: "The President is certainly right to call the scourge of opioid addiction a public health emergency. I expressed the urgency of this crisis in no uncertain terms to his team at the White House in… Continue Reading


10.25.17

Whitehouse, Merkley Call on Dourson to Address Key Ethics Concerns Ahead of Committee Vote

Washington, DC - Today, Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Jeff Merkley (D-OR) called on President Donald Trump's pick to head the Environmental Protection Agency's toxic pollution office to explain whether he is obeying federal ethics rules, having already started work at the agency. Whitehouse and Merkley called for Michael Dourson's response to address at a minimum the same points that Susan Bodine, the President's nominee to lead EPA's enforcement office, did in her recent letter, which… Continue Reading


10.24.17

Whitehouse Statement on Repeal of CFPB Arbitration Rule

Washington, DC - Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) issued the following statement tonight on the Senate's 51-50 vote to repeal the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's rule preventing banks and predatory lenders from taking away consumers' legal rights to their day in court. "Tonight, Senate Republicans dealt a major blow to consumers and delivered a big win for Equifax and Wall Street. Victims of financial scams should be able to get their day in court, but Republicans have voted to take aw… Continue Reading


10.24.17

Senators Demand Answers from Dourson Ahead of Committee Vote

Washington, DC - Today, 10 Senators demanded to know how a still-unconfirmed nominee to run the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) toxics office is already at work at the EPA. Last week, the EPA admitted that the nominee, chemical industry consultant Michael Dourson, has been serving as an "adviser to the administrator." The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee has yet to even vote on Dourson; his nomination for Assistant Administrator of the Office of Chemical Safety and Polluti… Continue Reading


10.19.17

Whitehouse, Cornyn Introduce Bipartisan Prison Reform Bill

Washington, DC - Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and John Cornyn (R-TX) today introduced the Corrections Oversight, Recidivism Reduction, and Eliminating Costs for Taxpayers In Our National System (CORRECTIONS) Act, which is based on successful criminal justice reforms from states like Rhode Island and Texas that have lowered recidivism rates, reduced crime, and saved taxpayer dollars. Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) is an original cosponsor of the legislation. "Rhode Island succeeded in helping mo… Continue Reading


10.19.17

Senators Perdue, Whitehouse Force Senate To Acknowledge Broken Budget Process

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators David Perdue (R-GA) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), both members of the Senate Budget Committee, made the following statement on their bipartisan amendment to the FY2018 budget: "Only four times in the past 43 years has this budget process actually funded the federal government. Finding common ground to develop a real budget should be a bipartisan effort, and that's why we're fighting to fix it." ###… Continue Reading


10.19.17

Whitehouse Condemns Passage of Republican Budget

Washington, DC - Today, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), a member of the Senate Budget Committee, released the following statement on the fiscal year 2018 budget that cleared the Senate this morning by a vote of 51-49: "This sham budget tees up massive tax cuts for big corporations and the ultra-rich, like President Trump and his cabinet. For eight years under President Obama, Republicans carried on about the national debt, but now they're using a partisan shortcut to run up enormous debt fo… Continue Reading


10.17.17

Judiciary Democrats Call on DOJ to Produce Documents That May Show Coordination with Trump Voter Fraud Commission

Washington, DC - Recently revealed court records suggest the Department of Justice coordinated with President Donald Trump's Advisory Commission on Election Integrity, which has sought sensitive voter roll data on the majority of the voting public and conducted highly partisan hearings based on discredited allegations of voter fraud. Today, all Democratic members of the Senate Judiciary Committee signed a letter, led by Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), pushing the Justice Department to produc… Continue Reading


10.17.17

Ahead of Vote in EPW Committee, Trump Picks for Top EPA Posts Claim Total Ignorance on Critical Issues

Washington, DC - With votes on their nominations slated in the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee on Wednesday, two of President Donald Trump's nominees to fill top leadership positions at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) are claiming no knowledge of some of the most pressing issues they would confront if confirmed. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) remarked on the apparent ignorance reflected in written responses from Michael Dourson, nominee to run the Office of Chemical S… Continue Reading


10.15.17

Reed and Whitehouse Announce Nearly $2.4 Million for Community Development and Affordable Housing in Rhode Island

WASHINGTON, DC - In an effort to revitalize local neighborhoods and increase affordable housing throughout the state, U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse today announced that Rhode Island will receive a total of $2,365,802 in federal aid from several programs, including $1,928,805 from the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program, $330,974 from the Home Investment Partnership (HOME) program, and $106,023 from the Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) program. Each program is admini… Continue Reading


10.13.17

Whitehouse Statement on Trump ACA Sabotage

Washington, DC - Today, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, released the following statement on the recent string of executive orders and other actions by the Trump Administration to undermine the Affordable Care Act, including terminating cost-sharing reduction payments that help to lower out-of-pocket health care costs for Americans: "This isn't a reality TV show; this is Americans' health care. It's clear the President … Continue Reading


10.13.17

Whitehouse Statement on Decertification of Iran Deal

Washington, DC - Today, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) issued the following statement regarding President Donald Trump's decision not to re-certify the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action on Iran's nuclear program, entered into by Iran, the United States, and five other world powers in 2016: "Decertifying our deal to keep Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon is a step toward a more dangerous world. If the President continues down this path, he will undermine the credibility and good faith we… Continue Reading


10.11.17

Whitehouse, Colleagues Introduce Bill to Curb Sales of High-Capacity Gun Magazines

Washington, D.C. - Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) has joined Democratic Senate colleagues in introducing the Keep Americans Safe Act, commonsense public safety legislation banning the importation, sale, manufacture, transfer, or possession of gun magazines that hold more than ten rounds of ammunition and are designed for shooting en masse. In what is now the deadliest mass shooting in American history, 59 people were killed and 527 injured after a gunman opened fire on Las Vegas concert-go… Continue Reading


10.11.17

Senators Expect Sessions to Answer Questions on Conversations with Trump

Washington, DC - When Attorney General Jeff Sessions comes before the Senate Judiciary Committee next week, members expect him to answer the questions he dodged earlier this year regarding his conversations with President Donald Trump. Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Richard Durbin (D-IL), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Al Franken (D-MN), Chris Coons (D-DE), and Mazie Hirono (D-HI) wrote to Sessions today regarding his non-res… Continue Reading

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