Press Releases

03.07.18

Whitehouse Proposals Would Strengthen Economy, Create Jobs By Boosting Lending to Small Businesses, Protecting Borrowers

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse today offered two proposals to strengthen the local economy and encourage small businesses to hire more workers by boosting small banks and credit unions and protecting Rhode Island borrowers. The proposals were submitted as amendments to a bill currently before the Senate that would undo parts of the 2010 Dodd-Frank Act. Whitehouse voted against the legislation in a procedural vote allowing debate to begin on the bill. "Congress should be fo… Continue Reading


03.07.18

$20 Million TIGER Grant will Accelerate Efforts to Improve Route 37

WASHINGTON, DC - As part of its continuing effort to fix our bridges and roads, the Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) has targeted Route 37, which connects Cranston and Warwick, for major improvements and repairs. Today the state's Congressional delegation joined with Governor Gina M. Raimondo in announcing $20 million in new federal funding from the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant program to support and accelerate the State's efforts. RIDO… Continue Reading


03.06.18

Whitehouse, Carper Raise Red Flags About EPA Contract with Business Partner of Pruitt’s Security Chief

Washington, DC - Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Tom Carper (D-DE) raised concerns with Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt today about the side-business of Pruitt's head of security, Pasquale "Nino" Perrotta, whose business partner has received a security-related contract from the EPA. Perrotta, who lists himself as an "Acting Special Agent in Charge" at the EPA and has traveled on multiple occasions with Pruitt as part of his protective security detail, is … Continue Reading


03.02.18

Whitehouse, Baldwin Introduce Bill to Make Community College and Technical School More Affordable

Washington, D.C. - Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) has joined Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and twelve Democratic colleagues to reintroduce the America's College Promise Act. The legislation would create a new federal-state partnership to provide two years of tuition-free training in community or technical college programs that lead to a degree or industry-recognized credential. "Rhode Island's own Senator Claiborne Pell understood better than anyone that higher education is one of the most p… Continue Reading


02.28.18

Whitehouse Unveils Bill to End Tax Breaks for Exporting Jobs, Profits

Washington, D.C. - Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), along with Congressman Lloyd Doggett (D-TX), has introduced the No Tax Breaks for Outsourcing Act to level the playing field for American companies by ensuring that multinationals pay the same tax rate on profits earned abroad as they do in the United States. The legislation would end new tax incentives created by President Trump's tax law to outsource jobs and shift profits offshore. "President Trump promised the American people he'd end t… Continue Reading


02.27.18

Whitehouse, Portman Introduce Bipartisan CARA 2.0 Act to Bolster Fight Against Opioid Epidemic

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Rob Portman (R-OH), Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Dan Sullivan (R-AK), Maggie Hassan (D-NH), Bill Cassidy (R-LA) and Maria Cantwell (D-WA) today introduced the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) 2.0 Act to increase the funding authorization levels for the CARA programs enacted in 2016 and put in place additional policy reforms to help combat the opioid epidemic - including limiting opioid prescriptions … Continue Reading


02.26.18

Whitehouse Named to Committee to Overhaul Broken Congressional Budget Process

Washington, DC - Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) announced today that Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) will serve on the Joint Select Committee tasked with overhauling Congress's budget and appropriations process. "These days, the only thing we can expect from our budget process is a useless cycle of fiscal standoffs and shutdown threats," said Whitehouse. "This committee can help us repair the current system to guide federal spending an… Continue Reading


02.23.18

Whitehouse, Langevin Vow to Defend Medicare, Medicaid from Radical Trump Cuts

Providence, RI - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse and Congressman Jim Langevin met with more than two dozen seniors at the DaVinci Center in Providence today where they called on Congress to defend Medicare and Medicaid from the drastic budget cuts proposed by President Donald Trump earlier this month. "We will do everything in our power to protect Medicaid and Medicare, which are the bedrock of America's middle class," said Whitehouse. "Every Rhode Islander deserves to know these important pro… Continue Reading


02.22.18

Whitehouse Presses Mine Safety Head on Coal Baron’s ‘Action Plan’

Washington, DC - Following the release of an "action plan" for the Trump administration from coal baron Robert Murray last month - a plan Murray has boasted the administration is completing quickly - Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) pressed the head of the Labor Department's Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA), David Zatezalo, on whether he would execute the several items in the Murray plan that would weaken vital miner safety protections. In a letter sent today, Whitehouse asks wheth… Continue Reading


02.22.18

Senators Push Interior Secretary to Restart Key Study of Offshore Drilling Safety Enforcement

Washington, DC - Today, 19 Senators, led by Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), urged Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to resume a study of the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement's inspection program for offshore oil and gas development. The study, which was being conducted by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, has already cost taxpayers $100,000 and has been underway since 2016. The final report would include recommendations for how best to minimize risks a… Continue Reading


02.20.18

Whitehouse Statement on 2018 Munich Security Conference

Providence, RI - Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) is back on American soil after traveling to Munich, Germany to join more than 500 world leaders and international security decision-makers at the Munich Security Conference, which is the major global forum for the discussion of security policy. Whitehouse has served as the Democratic lead for the bipartisan Congressional delegation to the annual conference at the invitation of Senator John McCain (R-AZ) since 2013. Cindy McCain traveled to Mun… Continue Reading


02.16.18

Whitehouse Statement on Mueller Indictment of Russians

Washington, DC - Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, released the following statement on the indictment today of 13 Russian nationals and three Russian organizations by Special Counsel Robert Mueller in relation to meddling in the 2016 election: "Special Counsel Mueller's indictment today underscores just how serious, far-reaching, and successful Russia's 2016 interference campaign was. Despite the president's continued, strange denials, the administration's… Continue Reading


02.16.18

Whitehouse Co-Chairs Bipartisan Delegation to 2018 Munich Security Conference

Providence, RI - Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) this morning touched down in Munich, Germany to join more than 500 world leaders and international security decision-makers at the annual Munich Security Conference. "The American people and their representatives in Congress are becoming all too familiar with the threat that disguised foreign influence can pose to our democratic institutions," said Whitehouse. "I am eager to speak with our allies and partners about the work we must do together… Continue Reading


02.15.18

Whitehouse Joins Schatz, Colleagues in Introducing Bill to Expand Education for Incarcerated Individuals, Improve Public Safety

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) has joined U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-HI) and more than a dozen Democratic senators to introduce the Restoring Education and Learning (REAL) Act, a bill to restore Pell Grant eligibility for incarcerated individuals, which would reduce recidivism, save taxpayer money, and protect the public's safety. "No one would understand better than Senator Pell that former prisoners, who don't have a chance to earn the skills or education they n… Continue Reading


02.15.18

Whitehouse Statement on Failed Vote on Relief for Dreamers

Washington, DC - Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, released the following statement on the failure of a procedural vote in the Senate today on legislation to protect Dreamers: "After asking for a bipartisan compromise, President Trump fired twin torpedoes into the DACA bipartisan compromise today with his veto threat and the 'poisonous' letter from his DHS Secretary. He is fully responsible for this failure." ###… Continue Reading


02.15.18

Whitehouse Cheers Passage of Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act

Washington, DC - Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) cheered passage in the Senate Judiciary Committee today of the bipartisan Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act. The bill contains prison reform legislation authored by Whitehouse and Senator John Cornyn (R-TX), which they based on successful steps taken in Rhode Island and Texas to lower recidivism rates, reduce crime, and save taxpayer dollars. "This bill recognizes that the toughest penalties should go to the worst offenders, and that longe… Continue Reading


02.15.18

Whitehouse, Markey Welcome FERC Energy Storage Rule

Washington, DC - Senate Environment and Public Works Committee members Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Edward J. Markey (D-MA) cheered completion by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) of a rule to help incorporate cutting-edge energy storage technology into America's electric grids. The rule, which Whitehouse and Markey have urged FERC to finalize, will require regional grid operators to update rules for battery systems to allow renewable energy like wind and solar to better meet con… Continue Reading


02.12.18

Whitehouse Statement on Trump Budget Proposal

Washington, DC - Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), a member of the Senate Budget Committee, released the following statement on President Donald Trump's budget proposal: "This budget revives zombie proposals even Republicans rejected, like repealing the Affordable Care Act, slashing Medicaid, and cutting off home heating help for people in states like Rhode Island. And during so-called 'infrastructure week,' it passes on any real investments in roads, bridges, and other infrastructure. "It'… Continue Reading


02.09.18

Whitehouse Applauds Passage of Bipartisan Carbon Capture Technology Bill

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) today announced that the FUTURE Act, his bipartisan bill to encourage technological innovation in carbon capture utilization and storage while reducing carbon pollution, passed both the Senate and House of Representatives as part of the bipartisan budget deal and was signed into law. The bill was also sponsored by U.S. Senators Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND), Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), and John Barrasso (R-WY). "This is a big win for our clim… Continue Reading


02.09.18

New Federal Budget Includes Whitehouse Priorities for Health Care in RI

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse today announced that the two-year budget approved by Congress this morning includes significant investments in Whitehouse's longtime priorities to improve the quality of health care while lowering costs for Rhode Island patients. "I am working every day in Washington to make first-rate health care available to every Rhode Islander at a lower cost, and this budget marks significant progress toward that goal," said Whitehouse. "Our budget will … Continue Reading

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