Press Releases

01.30.17

Whitehouse Statement on Trump Immigration Order

Providence, RI - Senator Sheldon Whitehouse released the following statement on President Donald Trump's Executive Order restricting immigration to the United States: "President Trump's broad brush Executive Order on refugees doesn't discern women and children, local supporters, and employees who helped American troops and have to flee for safety, or other good reasons to keep a safe refugee process operating. None of the 9/11 terrorists came from these countries, and the last time 'America Fi… Continue Reading


01.30.17

U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse and Senators Call on President Trump to Protect Americans from Higher Health Costs

WASHINGTON, D.C. - As a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin and Senators Patty Murray (D-WA), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Maggie Hassan (D-NH), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Al Franken (D-MN) sent a letter to President Trump calling on him to change course and avoid further harm to Americans who depend on the financial assistance provided under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) by protecting the cost-sharing subsidies that help lower o… Continue Reading


01.30.17

Senators Call on Sec. of State Nominee Rex Tillerson to Recuse Himself from All Matters Related to ExxonMobil

Washington (January 309, 2017) - As the Senate prepares to take its first full vote on the nomination of former ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson to be Secretary of State, Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today led a group of nine other senators in calling on Mr. Tillerson to recuse himself from participating in any matter that could impact ExxonMobil for the entirety of his tenure at the department. Mr. Tillerson's Ethics Agreement includes only… Continue Reading


01.28.17

Whitehouse Statement on CBP Enforcement of Immigration Order and Ongoing Protests

Providence, RI - Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) issued the following statement on U.S. Customs and Border Protection's enforcement of President Donald Trump's Executive Order on immigration despite stays issued by federal courts, and on the ongoing protests nationwide: "When a judge in this country hands down an order, you follow it. Period. As a prosecutor, if I received a direction from the court, I shut up and did it, even if I didn't like it. That's how the rule of law works. Secreta… Continue Reading


01.27.17

Whitehouse Urges Rhode Islanders to Find Out if They Qualify for Tax Break

Providence, RI - Rhode Island residents who make $55,000 a year or less may be entitled to an Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and free tax preparation. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse today joined the Rhode Island Community Action Association, Providence Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Coalition, Citizens Bank, and the United Way of Rhode Island, among others, to launch a public awareness campaign at the Rhode Island State House promoting the EITC and free tax preparation. "The Earned Incom… Continue Reading


01.27.17

Senators Renew Calls for DeVos to Come Clean on Dark Money Ties

Washington, DC - Today, after receiving no responsive information to previous requests, several members of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee (HELP) renewed their request to President Donald Trump's nominee for Secretary of Education, Elisabeth DeVos, to come clean about her connections to "dark money" groups. These groups, also known as 501(c)(4)s, allow political donors to avoid disclosing their identity and affiliations. DeVos has been directly involved in fundraisi… Continue Reading


01.26.17

Whitehouse Announces Opposition to DeVos Nomination

Washington, DC - Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), a member of the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, issued the following statement today on the nomination of Elisabeth DeVos to be Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education: "Every Rhode Island student deserves the chance to learn and gain the skills they need to get ahead. The mission of the U.S. Department of Education is to give them that chance. Promoting quality education for children no matter where they live require… Continue Reading


01.26.17

Whitehouse Announces Opposition to Tillerson Nomination

Washington, DC - Today, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) released the following statement on the nomination of Rex Wayne Tillerson to serve as U.S. Secretary of State: "The United States represents to the world a model of democratic leadership and honesty. "Rex Tillerson has spent his career in an international oil company that was cozy with the worst foreign governments, particularly with Vladimir Putin's Russia, and that has been fundamentally dishonest with the world as to what Exxon knew… Continue Reading


01.26.17

Whitehouse Slams Pruitt’s Evasive Responses to Post-Hearing Questions

Washington, DC - Scott Pruitt, President Trump's pick to run the Environmental Protection Agency, drew a stiff rebuke from Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) for his evasive, misleading, or demonstrably false answers to Senators' questions for the record following Pruitt's confirmation hearing. Pruitt provided responses to Environment and Public Works Committee members' post-hearing questions for the record late Tuesday night. In the following statement, Whitehouse asks the still unanswered que… Continue Reading


01.24.17

Senators to Pruitt: Explain Yourself to the American People

Washington, DC - Senate Democrats want real answers from Donald Trump's nominee to run the Environmental Protection Agency, Scott Pruitt. After receiving evasive, misleading, and incomplete answers to their questions during his testimony before the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, Committee members wrote to Pruitt today asking him to explain further his dubious record on environmental protection as Oklahoma Attorney General, his involvement in fundraising for shadowy dark money gr… Continue Reading


01.24.17

Whitehouse Presses Trump OMB Nominee on Tax Giveaways

Washington, DC - Today during a confirmation hearing held by the Senate Budget Committee, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse questioned President Trump's nominee to lead the U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB), Congressman Mick Mulvaney (R-SC), about billions of dollars in wasteful spending through the tax code-on credits, deductions, and special rates for the wealthy and well-connected. Whitehouse pushed Mulvaney to address tax expenditures as OMB Director, should he be confirmed, to which Mulv… Continue Reading


01.24.17

Whitehouse Statement on Keystone XL and Dakota Access Executive Orders

Washington, DC - Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) released the following statement on the executive orders signed today by President Donald Trump advancing the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipeline projects: "Allowing the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines to move forward is yet another example of President Trump putting fossil fuel interests first, ahead of the wellbeing of the American people. "The Keystone XL Pipeline would be a disaster for Americans' health and our environment, bot… Continue Reading


01.24.17

Whitehouse Announces Opposition to Sessions Nomination

Washington, DC - Following a business meeting of the Senate Judiciary Committee today, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse released the following statement with regard to the nomination of Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) to be U.S. Attorney General: "I have reviewed Senator Sessions's career as an attorney and in public office, as well as his testimony before the Judiciary Committee. I have reflected on my time as an Attorney General and U.S. Attorney in Rhode Island, where my job was to enforce the law f… Continue Reading


01.24.17

Whitehouse, Brown, Franken, Schakowsky Introduce Public Option for Obamacare

Washington, D.C. - As congressional Republicans try to tear down the law that has extended health insurance coverage to over 20 million Americans, Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), and Al Franken (D-MN) and Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) have introduced the Consumer Health Options and Insurance Competition Enhancement (CHOICE) Act, to add a publicly operated health insurance option to individual marketplaces. The measure is intended to guarantee American consumers a… Continue Reading


01.24.17

Grijalva, Whitehouse to Trump: Keep Climate Denying Industry Shill Away from NOAA

Washington, D.C. - Natural Resources Committee Ranking Member Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) and Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) sent a letter to President Donald Trump today, urging him to remove a notorious climate change denier from his landing team at the Department of Commerce (DOC), which includes the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Kenneth Haapala, president of the oil industry funded Science and Environmental Policy Project (SEPP) at the Heartland Instit… Continue Reading


01.20.17

Whitehouse Statement on the Presidential Inauguration

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse today released the following statement on President Donald Trump's inauguration: "As we observe the peaceful transfer of power, I'm grateful today to President Obama for his service to our country, and for the unfailing dignity and grace he and his family brought to the White House. Leader Schumer today shared with our nation the noble words of Smithfield-born Sullivan Ballou, Major of the Second Rhode Island Volunteer Infantry, made famous in K… Continue Reading


01.19.17

Whitehouse Statement on Price Hearing

Washington, DC - Today, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) questioned Congressman Tom Price (R-GA), President-elect Donald Trump's nominee to serve as Secretary of Health and Human Services, at a nomination hearing held by the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee. Whitehouse issued the following statement regarding Price's testimony: "Tom Price hasn't been able to win Democratic support for any of his health care legislation and today confirmed that he and his allies have no … Continue Reading


01.18.17

Whitehouse: What is Scott Pruitt Hiding?

Washington, DC - Today, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) joined the other members of the Senate's Environment and Public Works Committee at the confirmation hearing for E. Scott Pruitt to be Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Whitehouse raised a series of questions about Pruitt's long-standing ties to industries he would regulate if confirmed and his lack of responsiveness to inquiries about those ties. Those ties, and Pruitt's actions on behalf of industries he has r… Continue Reading


01.18.17

Whitehouse to Join Women’s March on Washington

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse is set to join hundreds of thousands of women from across the country in what promises to be a historic Women's March on Washington on Saturday, January 21. The event is scheduled for the day after President-elect Donald Trump will take office. "I will march arm-in-arm with women from Rhode Island and across the country to send a clear message to the Trump administration that when it comes to protecting the hard-fought rights of women, we are go… Continue Reading


01.18.17

Whitehouse Stands Up for RI Fishermen, Environment in Pruitt Hearing

Washington, DC - In a hearing of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse today asked Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, President-elect Donald Trump's nominee for Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), whether he would support the fishing and aquaculture industries in the face of climate change, and whether he would protect Rhode Islanders from out-of-state polluters. "As we discussed when you and I met, the oceans off our Oc… Continue Reading

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