Press Releases

03.06.17

As Concerns with Secrecy Mount, Senators Call on Trump to Release White House Visitor Logs

Washington, DC - The President and the Secret Service should continue the previous administration's policy of releasing White House complex visitor logs so that the American people can know who is influencing their government, write a group of Senators in a pair of letters sent Monday to President Donald Trump and the head of the Secret Service. Under the policy established by President Barack Obama, the White House and the Secret Service released visitor logs 90 to 120 days after they were cre… Continue Reading


03.02.17

Whitehouse Statement on Sessions Contacts with Russia

Washington, DC - Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, released the following statement concerning revelations that Attorney General Jeff Sessions had contacts with a Russian official during the 2016 presidential campaign: "The Department of Justice has a rule that says 'no employee shall participate in a criminal investigation or prosecution if he has a personal or political relationship with any person or organization substantially involved in the con… Continue Reading


03.01.17

Reed, Whitehouse Cosponsor Bill Allowing Americans to Import Low-Cost Medicines

In an effort to provide seniors with more affordable prescription drugs, U.S. Senators Jack Reed (D-RI) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) are joining Bernie Sanders (I-VT) in cosponsoring legislation to lower the skyrocketing cost of prescription drugs by allowing Americans to purchase safe, low-cost medicines from Canada. The Affordable and Safe Prescription Drug Importation Act would also authorize the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) to allow importation from other advanced countries… Continue Reading


02.28.17

Hilmy Bakri of Islamic School of RI to Join Whitehouse for Joint Session of Congress

Hilmy Bakri, President of the Board of Trustees of the Islamic School of Rhode Island, will this evening attend the address by President Donald Trump before a joint session of Congress as the guest of Senator Sheldon Whitehouse. "On election night, President Trump pledged to be a 'president for all Americans.' But in one short month, his rash and controversial actions have provoked fear and uncertainty among millions of Americans," said Whitehouse. "As the eyes of the world turn to the Presi… Continue Reading


02.24.17

Whitehouse Opposes Trump’s Withdrawal of Guidance Protecting Transgender Students

Senator Sheldon Whitehouse released the following statement in opposition to President Donald Trump's withdrawal of Obama-era guidance directing public schools to allow transgender students to use bathrooms corresponding to their gender identity: "Rolling back protections for transgender students is cruel and unnecessary," said Whitehouse. "Rhode Island was founded on the notion of tolerance. We were so concerned with it, we waited to join the union until we were sure everyone's rights would … Continue Reading


02.23.17

Whitehouse Calls On Education Secretary to Guard Against Conflicts of Interest

Washington, DC - Senator Sheldon Whitehouse joined Senators Patty Murray (D-WA), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Richard J. Durbin (D-IL), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) to write to Education Secretary Betsy DeVos regarding reports that President Trump has asked Jerry L. Falwell, Jr., President of Liberty University, to lead a new "task force" to recommend changes to federal regulations, policies, and procedures in higher education. Such a task force could make recommendations on the f… Continue Reading


02.22.17

Whitehouse Statement on Court-Ordered Release of Pruitt Emails

Washington, DC - The office of former Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt has released over 7,500 emails between that office and representatives of industries Pruitt is now charged with regulating as Administrator of Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The release comes after an Oklahoma court ruled Pruitt's office had unlawfully withheld them prior to his Senate confirmation. The emails were requested by the Center for Media and Democracy through an Oklahoma state open records law in 20… Continue Reading


02.21.17

Senators Lodge Concerns About Icahn’s Control of Renewable Fuel Standard

Washington, DC - The White House has ignored seven Senators' request for information on oil refining executive Carl Icahn's role in determining the fate of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS)-a regulation that Icahn claims will cost his business hundreds of millions of dollars a year. Now the group has filed that request with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as part of its notice and comment process. In a letter sent to White House Counsel Don McGahn last Monday, February 13, the Senato… Continue Reading


02.17.17

Whitehouse Statement on Oklahoma Court Ruling Requiring Disclosure of Pruitt Emails

Washington, DC - Today, Oklahoma District Court Judge Aletia Haynes Timmons ruled that Environmental Protection Agency Administrator nominee Scott Pruitt must release roughly 3,000 email communications between him and the fossil fuel industry. The ruling comes on the eve of Pruitt's confirmation vote in the Senate. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, a member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee (EPW), issued the following statement on the Court's decision: "Scott Pruitt sat on this i… Continue Reading


02.17.17

Whitehouse Statement on Pruitt Confirmation

Washington, DC - The Senate confirmed Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt today by a vote of 52-46 to serve as Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, a member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, released the following statement on the vote: "Allowing this nominee to scoot through the Senate without his full record before us is a plain abdication of our constitutional responsibility. Throughout this confirmation process, it has bee… Continue Reading


02.16.17

Whitehouse Statement on Mulvaney Confirmation

Washington, DC - Today, the Senate voted 51-49 to confirm Congressman Mick Mulvaney (R-SC) to serve as Director of the Office of Management and Budget. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, a member of the Senate Budget Committee, released the following statement on today's vote: "In Congress, Mick Mulvaney played fast and loose with the full faith and credit of the United States by opposing debt ceiling measures and supporting government shutdowns. "At his confirmation hearing, he had a chance to pivo… Continue Reading


02.16.17

Senators Demand Scott Pruitt Recuse Himself from All Issues Related to Lawsuits He Brought Against the EPA to Overturn or Weaken Clean Air and Water Pollution Rules

Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), a member of the Environment and Public Works Committee, joined 29 other senators in calling on Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator nominee Scott Pruitt to recuse himself from participating in any matter related to litigation that he pursued against the EPA as Oklahoma Attorney General. In the letter, the senators specifically call on Mr. Pruitt to recuse himself from decisions on how the EPA will defend itself against the lawsuits he brought for… Continue Reading


02.16.17

Senators Raise Concerns about Executive Order on “Two for One” Regulatory Reform

WASHINGTON-Today, U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse joined eight colleagues in sending a letter to Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Acting Director Mark Sandy to raise concerns and questions about President Trump's executive order to establish a "two for one" rule under which federal agencies are required to identify two existing regulations for elimination for every new regulation issued. In the letter, the senators raise concerns that the arbitrary "two for one" limit on rulemaking imped… Continue Reading


02.15.17

Whitehouse Statement on Meeting with Gorsuch

Washington, DC - Today at his office, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, met with President Donald Trump's nominee for the Supreme Court, United States Circuit Judge Neil Gorsuch. Whitehouse released the following statement on the meeting: "I was glad Judge Gorsuch and I could meet today. I have heard a number of concerns from Rhode Islanders about his nomination and we covered a great deal of ground. "In recent years, the Supreme Court has deliv… Continue Reading


02.15.17

Senators Weigh in on Court Case Seeking Release of Critical Documents on Pruitt Ties to Fossil Fuel Industry

Washington, D.C. - Today, a group of Senators weighed in with an Oklahoma court on a legal action seeking to require the Office of the Oklahoma Attorney General to release documents relating to Environmental Protection Agency Administrator nominee Scott Pruitt's connections to the fossil fuel industry. The Senators, all members of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, had requested the information from Pruitt during his confirmation process. Rather than divulge it, Pruitt referred… Continue Reading


02.15.17

Whitehouse Statement on Puzder Withdrawing Nomination

Washington, DC - Senator Sheldon Whitehouse today released the following statement after Andrew Puzder withdrew his nomination to serve as President Trump's Secretary of Labor: "I'm glad Mr. Puzder withdrew his nomination. Rhode Islanders have told me they want a Labor Secretary who will enforce the labor laws that protect working families' bottom lines, like safeguards against stolen wages, sexual harassment, and unsafe working conditions. I hope the President will replace Mr. Puzder with a … Continue Reading


02.14.17

Whitehouse Statement on Mnuchin Confirmation

Washington, DC - Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) issued the following statement tonight on the Senate's 53-47 vote to confirm Steven Mnuchin to be Secretary of the Treasury: "As the Great Recession destroyed jobs and home values in Rhode Island, Mr. Mnuchin earned the nickname 'The Foreclosure King,' by foreclosing on tens of thousands of middle-class Americans. Families and small businesses in Rhode Island deserve a Treasury Secretary who understands the challenges they face and whose top p… Continue Reading


02.13.17

Whitehouse and Udall Call on Republicans to End Trump’s ‘Rash’ Behavior at Mar-a-Lago

Washington, DC - Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Tom Udall (D-NM) released the following statement on President Donald Trump's visit to the Trump Organization's Mar-a-Lago club this past weekend, where numerous accounts suggest national security information was put at risk. Earlier this month, Whitehouse and Udall wrote to the White House asking who is paying the hundreds of thousands of dollars necessary for unlimited access to the newly christened executive mansion in West Palm Beach. … Continue Reading


02.13.17

Senators Demand Answers About Icahn’s White House Role

Washington, D.C. - In a letter sent to White House Counsel Don McGahn today, a group of Senators demand to know what role oil refining executive Carl Icahn is playing in President Donald Trump's White House, how he affected the selection of Scott Pruitt to be Trump's nominee for Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator, and to what extent Icahn controls the destiny of an EPA regulation that Icahn claims will cost his business hundreds of millions of dollars. Senators Sheldon Whitehou… Continue Reading


02.10.17

Senators to White House Counsel: You Must Stop “Buy Ivanka’s Stuff” Conflicts of Interest

Washington, D.C. - Today, Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Tom Carper (D-DE), Tom Udall (D-NM), Edward J. Markey (D-MA), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) urged the White House Counsel to take decisive action to end the troubling pattern of apparently blatant conflicts of interest plaguing the Trump Administration. Counselor to President Donald Trump, Kellyanne Conway, appeared on Fox News yesterday from the White House briefing room, entreating viewers to "go buy Ivanka's… Continue Reading

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