Press Releases

05.18.17

Whitehouse Statement on Rosenstein Briefing

Washington, DC - Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, released the following statement on Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein's briefing of the Senate on matters related to the firing of Federal Bureau of Investigation Director James Comey today: "Congress has a constitutional oversight role separate from the Department of Justice's role prosecuting crimes. Special counsels don't change that. "Today the Deputy Attorney General acknowledged that con… Continue Reading


05.18.17

Whitehouse, Deutch Introduce Conflicts from Political Fundraising Act

Washington, DC - Today, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Congressman Ted Deutch (D-FL) unveiled legislation to close a glaring ethics loophole that allows executive branch appointees to avoid disclosing their ties to shadowy political spending groups and other interests they may oversee as federal officials. The Conflicts from Political Fundraising Act would require presidentially appointed executive branch officials to disclose whether they have solicited donations for or contributed fund… Continue Reading


05.18.17

Whitehouse Statement on Appointment of Robert Mueller as Special Counsel for Russia Investigation

Washington, DC - Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, released the following statement on the selection of former Federal Bureau of Investigation Director Robert Mueller to serve as special counsel to investigate Russian meddling in the election: "This is the best call Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein could have made. Russian interference in our election and the troubling actions of this White House demand the fullest accounting of the truth. Mr. Mu… Continue Reading


05.17.17

Judiciary Committee Leaders Seek Copies of Reported Comey Memos and Possible Trump Tapes

Washington, DC - Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley and Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein along with Crime and Terrorism Subcommittee Chairman Lindsey Graham and Ranking Member Sheldon Whitehouse today called on the FBI to provide all memos relating to former FBI Director Comey's interactions with his superiors in both the Trump and Obama administrations. They also called on the White House to provide records of interactions with former Director Comey, including any audio recordin… Continue Reading


05.17.17

Senate Passes Whitehouse-Cassidy Resolution Declaring May 15-19 National Senior Corps Week

Washington, DC - The Senate has passed a bipartisan resolution introduced by Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Bill Cassidy (R-LA) declaring May 15 through May 19, 2017, National Senior Corps Week in recognition of the valuable contributions of the more than 250,000 senior volunteers across the country. "This resolution celebrates the hundreds of thousands of seniors who have dedicated their golden years to making our nation a better place," said Whitehouse, who serves on the Senate Specia… Continue Reading


05.17.17

Reed & Whitehouse Seek to Strengthen Pell Grant and Make College More Affordable

WASHINGTON, DC - In an effort to help make college more affordable, U.S. Senators Jack Reed (D-RI), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Mazie K. Hirono (D-HI), and Patty Murray (D-WA) introduced the Pell Grant Preservation & Expansion Act. The legislation seeks to expand and permanently safeguard the Pell Grant program, helping millions of low-income students offset the rising costs of college. The bill would improve the purchasing power of Pell Grants, permanently index the maximum grant to inflati… Continue Reading


05.16.17

Senators from States Hit Hardest by Opioid Epidemic Discuss Disastrous Impact Healthcare Repeal Would Have on the Fight to Curb the Crisis

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Joe Manchin (D-WV), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Edward Markey (D-MA) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH), whose states have been hit hard by the opioid epidemic, held a press conference today to highlight the disastrous impact that repealing the Affordable Care Act would have on this crisis in their states and around the country. In light of House Republicans passing the President Trump-endorsed American Health Care Act two weeks … Continue Reading


05.16.17

Whitehouse Introduces Bipartisan Legislation to Equip Students and Families with Better Data for Making College Choices College Transparency Act would improve reporting of student outcomes

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) introduced bipartisan legislation to overhaul and modernize the college reporting system for postsecondary data and provide greater transparency for students, families, institutions, and policymakers. The College Transparency Act is cosponsored by U.S. Senators Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), and Bill Cassidy (R-La.). "College administrators tell me they spend too much of their time and resources on federal data report… Continue Reading


05.16.17

Whitehouse Statement on Trump Request to End Flynn Investigation

Washington, DC - Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, released the following statement on the New York Times report that President Donald Trump asked then-Federal Bureau of Investigation Director James Comey to end the Bureau's investigation of General Michael Flynn: "On its face, this is a textbook, prima facie case of an attempt to obstruct justice. Whether there are mitigating circumstances remains to be seen. I look forward to hearing more details … Continue Reading


05.16.17

Whitehouse, Merkley Ask How EPA Appointee Could Possibly Do Her Job Given Extensive Ethics Conflicts

Washington, DC - Today, Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Jeff Merkley (D-OR) sent a letter to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt requesting information on an EPA appointee who appears to be unable to perform virtually any of the duties of the job due to her ethics conflicts. The letter concerns Elizabeth "Tate" Bennett, who has been appointed to serve as Deputy Associate Administrator of EPA's Office of Congressional and Intergovernmental Relations. Bennett … Continue Reading


05.15.17

Whitehouse, Langevin Highlight Bill to Invest $170 Million in Fixing RI Bridges, Creating Jobs

West Warwick, RI - Senator Sheldon Whitehouse and Congressman Jim Langevin today joined with state, town, and labor officials by the Factory Bridge in West Warwick to call on Congress to pass the Strengthen and Fortify Existing (SAFE) Bridges Act. The SAFE Bridges Act was introduced in the Senate by Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Whitehouse, and others last month and will be introduced in the House this week by Langevin. The bill would deliver up to $170 million to repair Rhode Island's defici… Continue Reading


05.15.17

Whitehouse Statement on Reported Disclosure of “Highly Classified” Information to Russian Officials

Washington, DC - Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) released the following statement on news from the Washington Post that President Donald Trump disclosed "highly classified" information to Russia's Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov, and Ambassador to the U.S., Sergey Kislyak, during a meeting last week: "President Trump has long been careless with the truth, but now he appears to have gone further: he's been reckless with highly classified information. That not only threatens to expose intelli… Continue Reading


05.12.17

Whitehouse Statement on Criminal Justice Directive

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, released the following statement on Attorney General Jeff Sessions's memorandum issued today, which instructs federal prosecutors to pursue the most serious provable offense against crime suspects-the offenses most likely to carry mandatory minimum sentences: "This senseless move represents a step backwards for our justice system. As a former U.S. Attorney and Attorney General, I know that pros… Continue Reading


05.12.17

Whitehouse Statement on Cybersecurity Executive Order

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, released the following statement on President Donald Trump's new executive order on cybersecurity: "I'm pleased at Tom Bossert's kind words acknowledging my work on cybersecurity, and I'm glad that the White House took note of the many thoughtful studies of this subject already done by experts in the field-including the Center for Strategic and International Studies Cyber Policy Task Force I co-chaired… Continue Reading


05.11.17

Senators Whitehouse & Carper Hear From Rhode Island Experts at U.S. Senate Coastal Infrastructure Roundtable

Washington, DC - Today, U.S. Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), a member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee (EPW) and Co-Chair of the Senate Oceans Caucus, and Tom Carper (D-DE), top Democrat on EPW, held a Senate roundtable highlighting the current state of coastal infrastructure across the country. The Senators were joined by Grover Fugate, Executive Director of the Rhode Island Coastal Resources Management Council (CRMC); Jeffrey Diehl, Executive Director of the Rhode Islan… Continue Reading


05.11.17

Whitehouse, Reed, Langevin Lead Legislation to Harness Offshore Wind Energy

Washington, DC - Today, Senators Sheldon Whitehouse and Jack Reed, and Congressman Jim Langevin reintroduced legislation that would spur the growth of offshore wind energy in the United States by extending tax credits for this burgeoning renewable industry. The Offshore Wind Incentives for New Development (WIND) Act would extend the 30 percent Investment Tax Credit for offshore wind through 2025. "I'm proud to say that America's first offshore wind farm is powering Rhode Island homes and busin… Continue Reading


05.09.17

Whitehouse Statement on Termination of FBI Director Comey

Washington, DC - Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, released the following statement on the termination of Federal Bureau of Investigation Director James Comey this evening: "While the White House is under investigation by the FBI, firing the head of the FBI raises massive questions, and the Senate should get to the bottom of it. America needs to have confidence that the Department of Justice will fill its traditional role of following the facts fear… Continue Reading


05.08.17

Graham, Whitehouse Lead Hearing on Russian Interference in the 2016 Election

Washington, DC - Today, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Ranking Member of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism, joined Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-SC) to lead a Subcommittee hearing on Russian meddling in the 2016 election with former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates and former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper testifying. Yates, addressing Congress for the first time since President Donald Trump fired her, raised serious concerns with the Trump administra… Continue Reading


05.06.17

Whitehouse Statement on Proposed Cuts to the Office of National Drug Control Policy

Washington, DC - Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), author of the comprehensive addiction and recovery law that passed last year, released the following statement on the Trump Administration's dramatic proposed funding cuts to the Office of National Drug Control Policy, the lead federal agency charged with fighting the opioid drug crisis: "‎This President campaigned in state after state on promises to tackle the opioid crisis. Then he proposed massive cuts to public health funding and push… Continue Reading


05.05.17

Whitehouse, Blumenthal, Franken Push White House on Lack of Safeguards Against Political Influence Over Federal Law Enforcement

Washington, DC - Three U.S. Senators want to know if the White House has a policy to protect against political influence over federal law enforcement activities, citing a number of incidents of apparent White House meddling with federal investigations. Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), and Al Franken (D-MN) have written to White House Counsel Don McGahn today pointing to four examples of Trump White House personnel contacting law enforcement officials to either secu… Continue Reading

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