Press Releases

03.24.17

Whitehouse, Reed Introduce MAR-A-LAGO Act to Require Disclosure of Visitor Logs at White House, Trump Properties

Washington, DC - Today, U.S. Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) and Jack Reed (D-R.I.) joined U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Tom Carper (D-Del.), and U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (D-Ill.) to introduce the Making Access Records Available to Lead American Government Openness (MAR-A-LAGO) Act, a bill that requires the publication of visitor logs to the White House or any other location where President Trump regularly conducts official business, including various Trump Organization properti… Continue Reading


03.24.17

Whitehouse Statement on Keystone Pipeline Approval

Washington, DC - Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) released the following statement on the State Department permit issued today for construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline: "At the bidding of his fossil fuel overlords, President Trump is ramming through a project that makes no economic sense and will inflict damage on our climate and Americans' health and safety. "One of the big reasons this project wasn't moving forward is because the numbers just don't add up. With continued low oil price… Continue Reading


03.23.17

Whitehouse Introduces Bill to Boost US-Israel Cooperation on Cybersecurity

Washington, DC - Today, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) introduced bipartisan legislation to strengthen cooperation between the United States and Israel on cybersecurity. The United States-Israel Cybersecurity Cooperation Enhancement Act would establish a grant program at the Department of Homeland Security to leverage private-sector investment and encourage cooperative cybersecurity research and development between the two nations. Senators Steve Daines (R-MT), Gary Peters (D-MI), Cory Gard… Continue Reading


03.22.17

Whitehouse Statement on Senate President Paiva Weed Stepping Down

Providence, RI - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse today released the following statement on Rhode Island Senate President M. Teresa Paiva Weed's departure from the Senate: "Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed has dedicated two and a half decades to public service, and countless Rhode Islanders are better for it. Teresa is my state senator, and I am proud to count her as a friend. The legacy of her leadership will long be remembered, from her stewardship of Narragansett Bay and Fort Adams, to he… Continue Reading


03.22.17

Whitehouse to Gorsuch: Citizens United Itself Impedes Action on Dark Money

Washington, DC - During his second round of questioning of Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch today, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) laid out the central challenge in ridding our political system of the unlimited secret spending-or "dark money"-unleashed by the Citizens United decision: that dark money makes it harder for Congress to act. Gorsuch had earlier raised the point that Congress is able to mandate disclosure of those behind dark money spending in politics, as the Supreme Court has n… Continue Reading


03.21.17

Whitehouse Presses Gorsuch on Dark Money

Washington, DC - Today in the Senate Judiciary Committee, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) pressed Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch for his position on the effect unlimited, secret political spending-or "dark money"-has had on our political system since the 2010 Citizens United decision, and whether Gorsuch knew why a dark money group was spending on his behalf. Whitehouse noted that the same dark money group that led a campaign to defeat President Obama's nominee for the Supreme Court in 20… Continue Reading


03.20.17

Whitehouse Remarks at Gorsuch Confirmation Hearing

Washington, DC - Today, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) delivered the following opening remarks at the Senate Judiciary Committee's Supreme Court confirmation hearing for Federal Circuit Court Judge Neil Gorsuch. Video of Whitehouse's remarks is available here. The question before us is what happens when Republicans gain a five-seat majority on the Supreme Court? I can't help but notice the long array of 5-4 decisions, with all the Republican appointees lining up to change the law to the be… Continue Reading


03.16.17

Whitehouse Statement on Trump ‘Skinny’ Budget

Washington, DC - Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) issued the following statement today in response to the release of President Trump's budget blueprint for Fiscal Year 2018: "Looking at these pages makes me wonder what 'America First' means to President Trump. This proposal would gut programs that support jobs, education, and public health for all Americans, while handing out favors to the wealthy and big corporations. And it would abdicate American leadership in the world. It's light on de… Continue Reading


03.16.17

After a Month of Waiting, Senators Want Answers on Icahn

Washington, D.C. - It has been over a month since a group of Senators wrote to the Trump Administration asking what role Carl Icahn is playing in shaping policy. Having received no response by the February 15 deadline, today Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Al Franken (D-MN), and Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) are pushing for answers in two letters sent to White House Counsel Don McGahn and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Adm… Continue Reading


03.15.17

Graham, Whitehouse Hold Hearing on Russian Interference in Elections

Washington, DC - Today, Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Ranking Member Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) held a hearing of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism to examine Russian efforts to undermine democracies, including the United States and its elections. The hearing included testimony from a panel of experts in the tools employed by the Russian government to disrupt elections and the function of democratic governments, including cyber-attacks, financial crime and economic ma… Continue Reading


03.15.17

Senate Democrats Release List of Over 100 Oversight Letters President Trump Refuses to Answer

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In recognition of Sunshine Week, a nationwide initiative to promote openness and transparency in government, the Democratic Policy and Communications Committee today released a compilation of over 100 oversight letters the Trump Administration has refused to answer in response to congressional inquiries. Democratic Policy and Communications Committee Chair, U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), joined Senators Patty Murray (D-WA), Ron Wyden (D-OR), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), a… Continue Reading


03.13.17

Whitehouse Statement on CBO Analysis of Republican Health Care Plan

Washington, DC - Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, today released the following statement on the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office's analysis of the Republican health care reform bill, which would replace the Affordable Care Act: "These numbers make clear that the only people who will benefit from Trumpcare are the ultra-wealthy getting a tax cut. Now we know why House Republicans were angling to jam through a vote on thi… Continue Reading


03.12.17

Whitehouse Statement on the Passing of Former State Sen. David Bates

Providence, RI - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse today released the following statement on the passing of former Rhode Island State Senator David Bates: "I was very sorry to hear of the passing of former State Senator Dave Bates, who was a thorough and wise legislator, and a wonderful man. I had the chance to work closely with Dave on reforming Rhode Island's workers compensation system. He was an important leader in Barrington and at the State House during his many years as Minority Whip. D… Continue Reading


03.10.17

Senators to Trump Admin: Refrain from Cutting Coast Guard Budget to Follow Through on Your Own Priorities

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) joined a bipartisan group of 23 senators urging Office of Management and Budget Administrator Mick Mulvaney not to make a devastating $1.3 billion cut to the budget of the United States Coast Guard. According to reports, the Trump administration's FY 2018 Presidential Budget Request will suggest a wholesale slash amounting to almost 12 percent of the service's budget. Throughout his campaign and time in office, President Trump has committ… Continue Reading


03.10.17

Whitehouse Underscores Support for Arts in RI Amid Potential Trump Cuts

East Providence, RI - Senator Sheldon Whitehouse this morning met with more than eighty representatives of local arts organizations and businesses at the Rhode Island Philharmonic's Carter Center for Music Education in East Providence to hear firsthand how federal funding for the arts contributes to Rhode Island's economy. Recent news reports suggest the Trump administration is weighing the elimination of funding to the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the National Endowment for the Hu… Continue Reading


03.09.17

Whitehouse Statement on Pruitt Climate Denial

Washington, DC - Today, on national television, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt said that carbon pollution caused by human activity is not a main driver of climate change. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), a member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee and a Co-Chair of the Senate Climate Action Task Force, released the following statement on Pruitt's comment: "It seems the fossil fuel industry has its Manchurian candidate. Scott Pruitt testifi… Continue Reading


03.08.17

Senators Whitehouse and Graham Request Warrant Applications and Court Orders Related to Possible Wiretapping of President Trump, Trump Campaign, or Trump Tower

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-Rhode Island), the chair and ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism, today sent a letter to the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and Acting Deputy Attorney General requesting information on possible wiretapping of President Trump, the Trump campaign, or Trump Tower. "We request that the Department of Justice provide us copies of any warr… Continue Reading


03.07.17

U.S. Senate Urges Trump Administration to Take Action on Threats to Jewish Community Centers & Institutions

Washington, DC - Today, the U.S. Senate unanimously urged the Trump Administration to take action in response to the recent anonymous bomb threats made against Jewish community centers, Jewish day schools, and synagogues, including multiple incidents in Rhode Island. In a unified, bipartisan letter signed by U.S. Senators Jack Reed (D-RI), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), and every member of the Senate, the lawmakers urged Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary John Kelly, Attorney General J… Continue Reading


03.07.17

Whitehouse Introduces Safety Over Forced Arbitration Act

Washington, DC - Today, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) introduced legislation to bar mandatory, pre-dispute arbitration in suits involving public health and safety, including environmental cases. Mandatory arbitration clauses in agreements can railroad Americans into closed-door negotiations with an arbitrator, denying the aggrieved their day in court. Because it is often combined with nondisclosure agreements, pre-dispute arbitration can hinder public awareness of serious hazards like envi… Continue Reading


03.07.17

Whitehouse Hears Concerns From URI Students, Faculty Union About Trump’s Immigration Policy

Senator Sheldon Whitehouse yesterday hosted a forum about President Trump's executive order on immigration that drew about one hundred members of the University of Rhode Island (URI) Chapter of the American Association of University Professors and undergraduate and graduate students. The event took place at URI's Multicultural Center on the Kingston campus. "The students and faculty I heard from are conducting research and learning skills to better our community," said Whitehouse, "But their f… Continue Reading

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