Press Releases

06.08.22

Whitehouse and Colleagues Introduce Clean Competition Act to Boost Domestic Manufacturers and Tackle Climate Change

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) today introduced the Clean Competition Act, legislation aimed at making American companies more competitive in the global marketplace and tackling major sources of planet-warming greenhouse gas emissions by creating a carbon border adjustment mechanism. The legislation is cosponsored by Senators Chris Coons (D-DE), Brian Schatz (D-HI), and Martin Heinrich (D-NM). "American manufacturers doing the right things on climate are often at a d… Continue Reading


06.07.22

Whitehouse Commemorates 250th Anniversary of the Burning of the Gaspee

Washington, D.C. - As Rhode Islanders make big preparations to celebrate the 250th anniversary of the Gaspee Affair and with a new search underway to find the charred remains of the HMS Gaspee, U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse today delivered his annual speech on the floor of the Senate recalling the story of the bold Rhode Island colonists who stood up to British rule. The Gaspee raid unfolded on Narragansett Bay near Warwick, Rhode Island on June 9, 1772 - more than a year before the Boston Te… Continue Reading


06.06.22

Additional $2 Million in Federal AmeriCorps Funding Heading to RI to Support Child Development & Housing Programs

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse and Congressmen Jim Langevin and David Cicilline announced that Rhode Island is receiving over $2 million in American Rescue Plan funding and State and National AmeriCorps grants to support child development and stable housing access in the Ocean State. The $2,068,124 in federal funding will support an estimated 85 AmeriCorps members in collaboration with NeighborWorks Blackstone River Valley, the Providence After School Alli… Continue Reading


06.03.22

Reed & Whitehouse Help Introduce U.S. Senate Resolution Recognizing June as LGBTQ Pride Month

WASHINGTON, DC - As millions of Americans celebrate LGBTQ Pride Month during June, U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse teamed up with their Democratic Senate colleagues to offer a Senate resolution recognizing June as LGBTQ Pride Month. The senators' resolution highlights the contributions LGBTQ individuals have made to American society, notes several major milestones in the fight for equal treatment of LGBTQ Americans, and resolves to continue efforts to achieve full equality for LG… Continue Reading


06.02.22

Whitehouse Introduces Zero-Percent Student Loan Refinancing Act

Washington, DC - Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) has introduced the Zero-Percent Student Loan Refinancing Act, which would allow Americans to refinance their federal student loans at a zero percent interest rate. The bill would help borrowers pay down the principal on their loans more rapidly and ease a massive burden on tens of millions of people carrying student debt. Congressman Joe Courtney (D-CT) has also introduced the bill in the House. "Big student loan interest payments can create … Continue Reading


06.01.22

Whitehouse, Merkley Introduce Bill to Simplify, Strengthen the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program

Washington, DC - Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Jeff Merkley (D-OR) unveiled today the Simplifying and Strengthening PSLF Act, to streamline and improve the troubled federal program to help Americans pursuing careers in public service - like firefighters, teachers, police officers, and those working for nonprofits - have their student loan debt forgiven. "The Public Service Loan Forgiveness program promised loan relief to Americans willing to pursue a career in public service. Instead,… Continue Reading


05.25.22

Whitehouse, Khanna, Colleagues Urge Speaker Pelosi and Leader Schumer to Bring Big Oil Windfall Profit Tax to the Floor

Washington, DC - Today, Senator Whitehouse (D-RI), Representative Ro Khanna (D-CA), Representative DeFazio (D-OR), and Representative Bowman (D-NY) along with over 30 members of the House and Senate sent a letter to Speaker Pelosi and Leader Schumer calling on them to bring windfall profit tax legislation to the floor to stop Big Oil's wartime profiteering and deliver gas price relief for Americans. Last week, the House voted to pass the Consumer Fuel Price Gouging Prevention Act, introduced b… Continue Reading


05.25.22

Reed, Whitehouse Back Expedited NATO Application Process for Sweden and Finland

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, U.S. Senator Jack Reed (D-RI), Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, and U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse joined a bipartisan group of 82 U.S. Senators in sending a letter the White House to expedite the Administration's process to advance Sweden and Finland's applications for NATO membership. In the letter, the senators noted that NATO's expansion will send a clear message to Vladimir Putin and authoritarian leaders across the globe that the free world stands… Continue Reading


05.25.22

Whitehouse Introduces First Circuit Nominee Lara Montecalvo Before Senate Judiciary Committee

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse today introduced U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit nominee Lara E. Montecalvo before a hearing of the Senate Judiciary Committee. Montecalvo's nomination was announced by the White House last month after Whitehouse and U.S. Senator Jack Reed jointly made their recommendations for the seat to the President. Montecalvo currently leads the office of the Rhode Island Public Defender. "Ms. Montecalvo's record and commitment to the law shi… Continue Reading


05.24.22

Whitehouse Statement on Uvalde School Shooting

Washington, DC - Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) released the following statement on the mass shooting today at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas: "Today, we sustained another mass murder of innocent children. My heart breaks for the families of those killed, and for the community of Uvalde. I wish them comfort. "We are all too familiar with this kind of tragedy in America. Uvalde joins a long list of American communities torn apart by gun violence in our schools. The slaughter of … Continue Reading


05.20.22

Whitehouse, Coons introduce legislation to accelerate carbon dioxide removal

WASHINGTON - This week, Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Chris Coons (D-DE) introduced legislation to reduce emissions by accelerating U.S. global leadership in carbon dioxide removal technologies and help tackle climate change. "We will fail to meet our climate safety targets through emissions reduction, so carbon removal is a necessary part of safety planning for the future. Our bill would help position the U.S. as a world leader in pioneering carbon dioxide removal technology," said… Continue Reading


05.19.22

Whitehouse, Cornyn Law Enforcement De-escalation Training Act Clears Senate Judiciary Committee during Police Week

Washington, DC - Today, the Senate Judiciary Committee approved bipartisan legislation, co-authored by Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and John Cornyn (R-TX), to improve training for police officers interacting with individuals dealing with mental health, behavioral health, and substance use issues. The Law Enforcement De-escalation Training Act advanced among a slate of law enforcement-related bills during National Police Week-a time to honor the officers keeping our communities safe. "Pol… Continue Reading


05.19.22

Whitehouse Wins Nearly $100 million to Disrupt Dirty Russian Financing & Hold Putin & His Oligarchs Accountable for the War in Ukraine

Washington, DC - Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) cheered the Senate's passage today of nearly $100 million in funding he requested for the fight against Vladimir Putin's corruption and kleptocracy. Whitehouse's provisions passed as part of Congress's supplemental funding measure to support Ukraine in its fight against Russian aggression. The bill now heads to President Biden to be signed into law. "This funding will boost some of the most effective enforcement tools available to hold Vladi… Continue Reading


05.18.22

RI Delegation Helps Land Another $7.3M for Airport Upgrades

WASHINGTON, DC -- Today, U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse and Congressmen Jim Langevin and David Cicilline announced that the Rhode Island Airport Corporation (RIAC) has been awarded over $7.3 million in federal funding for upgrades to Rhode Island T.F. Green International Airport and Quonset State Airport. The Congressional delegation helped land the federal U.S. Department of Transportation grants, which will be administered by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to supp… Continue Reading


05.17.22

Whitehouse, Grassley Lead Senators in Call to Fully Fund FinCEN’s Anti-Money Laundering Operations

Washington, DC - Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Chuck Grassley (R-IA) have sent Senate appropriators a bipartisan request for the maximum possible funding for the Department of Treasury's Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) to support implementation and enforcement of key anti-money laundering and anti-corruption reforms. "Senator Grassley and I fought for years for new authority to tackle money laundering by international criminals, drug traffickers, terrorists, and kleptocr… Continue Reading


05.17.22

Senate Unanimously Passes Whitehouse, Cotton Resolution to Designate May as ALS Awareness Month

Washington, DC - Last night, the Senate unanimously passed a bipartisan resolution introduced by Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Tom Cotton (R-AR), Chris Coons (D-DE), and Mike Braun (R-IN) to designate May 2022 as ALS Awareness Month. "It takes tremendous courage from patients, families, and friends to cope with an ALS diagnosis - a relentless and debilitating disease," said Whitehouse. "It's my hope that, by passing this ALS Awareness Month resolution, we will draw attention to those aff… Continue Reading


05.16.22

Whitehouse Slams SCOTUS Decision in FEC v. Ted Cruz for Senate

Washington, DC - Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Courts Subcommittee and the sponsor of the DISCLOSE Act to address dark-money influence in politics, released the following statement on the Supreme Court's decision today in FEC v. Ted Cruz for Senate. The Court's decision strikes down a key portion of the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act (or "McCain-Feingold"). "This is another victory for right-wing donors in their assault on our campaign finance system, and … Continue Reading


05.16.22

Advocates Hail Supreme Court Ethics, Recusal, and Transparency Act as Bill Gains Steam in Congress

Washington, DC - As polling shows Americans' confidence in the Supreme Court dropping to worrying new lows, leading advocates are lining up to support bicameral legislation to boost transparency and accountability at the Court and throughout the federal judiciary. Last week, the House Judiciary Committee cleared the Supreme Court Ethics, Recusal, and Transparency Act to set the stage for a vote of the full House in the coming days, while Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) led colleagues to intro… Continue Reading


05.13.22

Reed, Whitehouse Urge Infant Formula Manufacturers to Step Up & Help Ease Shortage

President Biden announced new steps to help get more formula on shelves Senators: "We are calling on you and your member companies to take immediate action and ensure that infant formula manufacturers are making every effort to mitigate this dangerous shortage and get children the nourishment they need." WASHINGTON, DC - Today, U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse joined with 30 of their Democratic colleagues in sending a letter to Mardi Mountford, President of the Infant Nutrition … Continue Reading


05.12.22

Whitehouse Leads Charge to End Harmful Dark-Money Riders

Washington, DC - Today, Senate Finance Taxation and IRS Oversight Subcommittee Chairman Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) led 19 senators in calling on the Senate Appropriations Committee to end years of harmful Republican appropriations riders that block the IRS from setting clear rules for 501(c)(4) nonprofit groups that spend dark money in our politics. In recent years, Republicans have attached the riders to must-pass funding measures in an effort to defend unlimited secret spending in our politics… Continue Reading

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