Press Releases

06.28.21

Delegation Announces $2.87 Million to Support Economic Recovery Through Community Development Financial Institutions

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse and Congressmen Jim Langevin and David Cicilline today announced that the U.S. Department of the Treasury has awarded more than $2.87 million in COVID-19 relief funds to two community development financial institutions (CDFIs) in Rhode Island. The Providence Revolving Fund has been awarded $1.6 million and the Capital Good Fund received $1.278 million. The grants are made through Treasury's CDFI Rapid Response Program to provide c… Continue Reading


06.24.21

Senators Urge FERC to Stop Utility Companies from Charging Customers for Polluter Lobbying

Washington, DC - Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Ed Markey (D-MA), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Jack Reed (D-RI), and Bernie Sanders (I-VT) sent a letter today urging the Chair of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to consider strengthening the Commission's regulatory accounting and financial reporting system, the Uniform System of Accounts (USofA), to help protect ratepayers from footing the bill for their utility trade association's political influence activities. Under the current USofA, uti… Continue Reading


06.23.21

Whitehouse Slams Partisan SCOTUS Decision Hampering Agricultural Workers’ Ability to Organize for Better Pay, Working Conditions

Washington, DC - Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Chair of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on the Courts, issued the following statement on the Supreme Court's 6-3 partisan decision today in Cedar Point Nursery v. Hassid that effectively nullifies a California regulation protecting labor unions' ability to organize agricultural workers: "The Court that Dark Money Built delivers again for big-money Republican donors. Rather than follow the law and permit workers to pursue better pay and work… Continue Reading


06.22.21

Whitehouse Statement on For the People Act Vote

Washington, DC - Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), a senior member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, pledged to continue the fight to pass the For the People Act (S.1.), which Republicans blocked in the Senate today. Whitehouse's DISCLOSE Act-legislation to combat the scourge of dark money in American democracy-is a central component of the bill, and has won support from across the Democratic caucus in the Senate. Whitehouse issued the following statement: "This fight isn't over. Democrats ag… Continue Reading


06.17.21

Save Our Future Act Wins Support of Climate Activists, Union Workers, Environmental Justice Advocates, and Business Leaders

Washington, D.C. - A broad coalition of climate activists, union workers, environmental justice advocates, and business leaders have thrown their support behind the Save Our Future Act, new legislation introduced yesterday by Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Brian Schatz (D-HI). The Save Our Future Act would drastically drive down the harmful emissions causing climate change and putting Americans' health and the global economy at risk. By assessing fees on large corporations responsible f… Continue Reading


06.17.21

Whitehouse, Graham, Blumenthal, Tillis Reintroduce Legislation to Fight Cybercrime

WATCH SENATORS' PRESS CONFERENCE HERE Washington, DC - Following a spate of crippling cyberattacks this year from hackers based in Russia and around the globe, U.S. Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), and Thom Tillis (R-NC) today reintroduced the International Cybercrime Prevention Act to arm law enforcement with the tools necessary to fight back and better protect Americans. "The more we shift control of everyday life to cyberspace, the more o… Continue Reading


06.16.21

Whitehouse & Schatz Introduce Save Our Future Act to Charge Big Polluters for Emissions, Redirect Trillions to American Families and Communities Harmed by Pollution

Washington, D.C. - As Congress deliberates a once-in-a-generation investment in infrastructure and green energy, Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Brian Schatz (D-HI) are introducing legislation to drastically drive down the harmful emissions causing climate change and putting Americans' health and the global economy at risk. By assessing fees on large corporations responsible for greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution, the Save Our Future Act would cut emissions by roughly 50 percent a… Continue Reading


06.15.21

Whitehouse Celebrates Passage of Bill to Make Juneteenth a National Holiday

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse today celebrated Senate passage of the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act, legislation to designate Juneteenth as a permanent holiday marking the end of slavery in the United States. Whitehouse is a cosponsor of the bill, which passed by unanimous consent. "Juneteenth is a reminder of the progress we've made toward a more perfect union, and of the serious work still ahead to rid our society of slavery's long, lingering shadow," said White… Continue Reading


06.14.21

Whitehouse Joins Historic City Club of Cleveland to Discuss Special Interest Influence around the Supreme Court

Washington, DC - Today, U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Chair of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Courts Subcommittee, joined the storied City Club of Cleveland for an event entitled, "Judicial Crisis?: Dark Money, Court Capture, and the Future of American Democracy." Whitehouse, Club CEO Dan Moulthrop, and City Club members discussed the half century-old campaign by right-wing donor interests to seize control of the Supreme Court, and the effects of that campaign on American democracy. "I coul… Continue Reading


06.11.21

Health Insurance More Affordable Than Ever Thanks to American Rescue Plan

Providence, RI - The four members of Rhode Island's congressional delegation today joined with the leaders of HealthSource RI and the Providence Community Health Centers (PCHC) to get the word out to Rhode Islanders that health insurance is more affordable than ever thanks to the American Rescue Plan. The event was held at the future site of PCHC Atwood in Olneyville, Providence Community Health Centers' ninth site, which will open in January 2022 and become the provider for 14,000 new patients.… Continue Reading


06.09.21

Whitehouse Calls for Action Following Report on Richest Americans Avoiding Taxes on Massive Income

Washington, DC - Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Chair of the Senate Finance Subcommittee on Taxation and IRS Oversight, released the following statement today on the investigation by ProPublica revealing how the richest Americans avoid paying income tax on billions of dollars in income. "Regular Americans pay their fair share, while some of the wealthiest U.S. taxpayers contribute next to nothing on billions in income. We need to pass my Buffett Rule bill to set a fair baseline for milliona… Continue Reading


06.08.21

Senate Judiciary Courts Subcommittee Requests Information from DOJ, U.S. Marshals Service on Supreme Court Travel Records

Washington, DC - Today, Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and John Kennedy (R-LA), Chair and Ranking Member, respectively, of the Senate Judiciary Courts Subcommittee, asked the Attorney General and the Director of the U.S. Marshals Service for records to help lawmakers assess transparency requirements for gifts, travel, and other emoluments received by Supreme Court justices. The Marshals Service provides security to justices during their travels outside Washington, and has records that could … Continue Reading


06.03.21

Reed & Whitehouse Join Menendez in Introducing Legislation to Ban Offshore Drilling, Protect Coastal Economy

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Jack Reed (D-R.I.) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) have joined Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) to introduce the Clean Ocean and Safe Tourism (COAST) Anti-Drilling Act to permanently ban offshore oil and gas drilling in the Atlantic Ocean and protect recovering coastal economies decimated by the COVID-19 pandemic. "Offshore drilling in the Atlantic Ocean would open up the eastern seaboard to considerable risk, and we have seen the destruction that an accident can c… Continue Reading


06.02.21

Reed, Whitehouse Press Sec. Blinken to Take Urgent Action on Gaza Humanitarian Crisis

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Jack Reed (D-RI) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) joined Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), and 14 of their Democratic Senate colleagues urging U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken to immediately take steps to address the humanitarian crisis in Gaza. The 17 U.S. Senators penned a joint letter urging Secretary Blinken to support immediate emergency relief and humanitarian access, robustly fund humanitarian efforts, and restore the U.S. diplomatic presence on the ground. Van H… Continue Reading


05.28.21

Whitehouse Statement on January 6th Commission Vote

Washington, DC - Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), a senior member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, released the following statement on Republicans' refusal today to allow consideration of legislation to establish a national commission to investigate the January 6th attack on the U.S. Capitol Complex. "I am deeply disappointed Mitch McConnell and so many other Republicans voted to block this bipartisan measure. The American people deserve a full accounting of the events of January 6, from th… Continue Reading


05.27.21

Whitehouse Votes to Advance Highway Bill to Invest $1.5 Billion in RI Roads and Bridges

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse yesterday voted to advance to the Senate floor the Surface Transportation Reauthorization Act of 2021, which would send Rhode Island more than $1.5 billion in federal funding to repair highways, roads, and bridges over five years. The bipartisan legislation was unanimously approved by the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. "I helped craft this federal highway bill to direct more than $1.5 billion to Rhode Island for upgrading our ro… Continue Reading


05.27.21

Federal Delegation Reminds Rhode Islanders that COVID-19 Vaccines and Tests Are Free for Everyone

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse and Congressmen Jim Langevin and David Cicilline today reminded Rhode Islanders that COVID-19 vaccines and testing continue to be available free of charge to everyone, regardless of insurance status. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced this week that the agency has set aside $4.8 billion from the American Rescue Plan to reimburse health care providers for administering COVID-19 testing free of charge … Continue Reading


05.26.21

Whitehouse, Brown Cheer New Public Option Push

Washington, DC - Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Sherrod Brown (D-OH) applauded the announcement today by Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee Chair Patty Murray (D-WA) and House Energy and Commerce Committee Chair Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ) of plans to develop a bill to establish a public option for health coverage. Whitehouse and Brown led efforts to include a public option in the Affordable Care Act, and have introduced public option legislation in every Congre… Continue Reading


05.26.21

Whitehouse Innovation, Aviation Fuel Amendments Included in Major Clean Energy Tax Bill

Washington, DC - Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) applauded inclusion of two of his amendments in the Clean Energy for America Act, which the Senate Finance Committee voted to advance today. One Whitehouse proposal is based in bipartisan legislation by Whitehouse and Finance Committee Ranking Member Mike Crapo (R-ID) to encourage innovation in the clean energy sector, and the other is a tax incentive for the use of clean aviation fuel. "My amendments will help to encourage the clean energy inv… Continue Reading


05.24.21

Whitehouse Announces New Series of Speeches to Reveal the Special-Interest Scheme to Capture the Supreme Court

Washington, DC - Today, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Chair of the Senate Judiciary Courts Subcommittee, announced a series of Senate floor speeches exposing the scheme by right-wing donor interests to capture the U.S. Supreme Court and achieve through the Court's power what they cannot through other branches of government. Whitehouse will trace the decades-long roots of the scheme, its development and funding, and its coming to fruition under Donald Trump with the installation of a six-jus… Continue Reading

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