Press Releases

08.02.22

Whitehouse, Booker, Blumenthal, Schatz, Hirono Introduce Term Limit Measure to Restore Balance, Fairness to Supreme Court

Washington, DC - In an effort to restore balance and fairness to the nation's highest court, U.S Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Cory Booker (D-NJ), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Brian Schatz (D-HI), and Mazie Hirono (D-HI) today introduced the Supreme Court Tenure Establishment and Retirement Modernization (TERM) Act, which would establish term limits for Supreme Court justices while preserving constitutional protections for judicial independence in decision-making. Under the TERM Act, a new … Continue Reading


08.01.22

Amid Sky-High Rate of Flight Cancellations, Senators Markey and Whitehouse Lead Bicameral Colleagues in Introducing Cash Refunds for Flight Cancellations Act to Protect Air Travelers’ Rights

Washington, D.C - Senators Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), along with Representatives Steve Cohen (TN-09), Jesús G. "Chuy" García (IL-04), and Jamie Raskin (MD-08), today introduced the Cash Refunds for Flight Cancellations Act, which would provide consumers an enforceable right to a full cash refund for flight and ticket cancellations. The bill codifies the Department of Transportation rule requir… Continue Reading


08.01.22

Reed & Whitehouse Visit PACE-RI to Celebrate $300,000 Earmark & Discuss Efforts to Support RI Seniors

EAST PROVIDENCE - Today, U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Senator Sheldon Whitehouse visited PACE Rhode Island's flagship center in East Providence to meet with seniors and joined East Providence Mayor Roberto DaSilva and officials from PACE-RI to celebrate a $300,000 earmark that the Senators included in the Fiscal Year 2022 Omnibus Appropriations law to help renovate and equip PACE-RI's new health clinic and adult day care center. PACE-RI is a non-profit health plan that helps nursing-home-eligibl… Continue Reading


07.30.22

Reed & Whitehouse Urge Biden to Continue Pause on Student Loan Payments

Providence, RI - Ahead of the federal student loan payment pause set to expire at the end of next month, U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse have joined a bicameral group colleagues in the Senate and House in urging the Biden Administration to extend the student loan payment pause beyond August 31, 2022. This effort comes on the heels of several news reports that the Biden Administration has not made a final decision about whether to extend the student loan payment pause - a decision… Continue Reading


07.28.22

Reed & Whitehouse Cheer Senate Passage of Bipartisan Water Resources Bill

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse applauded the passage of the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 2022, which authorizes improvements to our nation's harbors and waterways, invests in coastal resiliency efforts, and supports U.S. Army Corps of Engineers projects nationwide. The Senate cleared the bill by a vote of 92 to 2. Reed and Whitehouse secured several key provisions benefitting Rhode Island in the comprehensive bill, which now heads to conference wit… Continue Reading


07.28.22

Whitehouse, Cortez Masto Propose Congressional Check on Supreme Court Decisions

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV) today unveiled the Supreme Court Review Act, a new bill to revitalize Congress's ability to legislate in response to Supreme Court decisions that interpret federal statutes or roll back constitutional rights. The Senators' bill would help ensure that the constitutionally delegated power to make policy remains with Congress, not the Court, by creating streamlined procedures through which Congress can exerc… Continue Reading


07.28.22

Whitehouse Applauds Major Climate Addition to Reconciliation Package

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse issued the following statement regarding the news that substantial climate provisions will be included in Democrats' pending reconciliation package: "This is a very hopeful moment, and I will be reviewing the details of the agreement closely over the coming days. Democrats are about to take the biggest, most serious step in congressional history to lead our only planet to safety in the race against climate change. In doing so, we will also lo… Continue Reading


07.22.22

Whitehouse Announces $1.25 Million to Prevent Youth Substance Use in Communities Across Rhode Island

Providence, RI - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) announced today that ten Rhode Island Drug Free Communities (DFC) coalitions have been awarded a total of $1.25 million from the White House Office of National Drug Policy (ONDCP) to combat the overdose epidemic and prevent youth substance use. Whitehouse, Chairman of the Senate Caucus on International Narcotics Control and a Senate leader on addiction recovery issues, helped secure more than $100 million for the DFC program in the most re… Continue Reading


07.21.22

Whitehouse & Colleagues Press IRS on Tax Return Backlog

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Chairman of the Senate Finance Subcommittee on Taxation and IRS Oversight, led Senate colleagues in sending a letter to Commissioner Charles Rettig of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) requesting information about the unprocessed tax return backlog. The letter also expressed concern about the broader effect budget constraints are having on taxpayers. "We write to express our concern about the unprocessed tax return backlog, ongoing cu… Continue Reading


07.20.22

Whitehouse Joins President Biden in New England as Administration Begins Charting New Path Forward on Climate

Somerset, MA - With New England in the grips of a sizzling heat wave, U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) today joined President Joe Biden at the site of the former Brayton Point Power Station in Somerset, Massachusetts as the President began to outline a new path forward to fight climate change. "As Rhode Island's Attorney General, I was critical of the coal-fired power plant at Brayton Point, which spewed toxic pollution into Rhode Island's air and poached Mount Hope Bay with its cooling s… Continue Reading


07.19.22

Before Rules Committee, Whitehouse Calls for Passage of DISCLOSE Act to Fight Tsunami of Unlimited, Anonymous Money in Politics

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse today delivered testimony in the Senate Rules Committee calling for passage of the DISCLOSE Act to combat the flood of anonymous special interest spending corrupting American politics and to restore power to regular citizens. "I submit to you that the distress in our Republic has much to do with corrupting political influence acquired via unlimited anonymous dark money. That dark-money influence has created a disconnect between what Americans wa… Continue Reading


07.19.22

Whitehouse Chairs Judiciary Committee Hearing on Seizing Russian Oligarchs’ Illicit Assets to Aid Ukraine

Washington, DC - Today, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) chaired a hearing of the full Senate Judiciary Committee entitled, "KleptoCapture: Aiding Ukraine through Forfeiture of Russian Oligarchs' Illicit Assets." The hearing explored the national security threat posed by kleptocracy and the dark economy, and the Department of Justice's Task Force KleptoCapture's role in recovering illicit assets linked to foreign corruption. In the hearing, the Committee examined the bipartisan asset seizure … Continue Reading


07.15.22

Whitehouse Outlines Post-Reconciliation Steps Forward on Climate

Providence, RI - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) today began to outline a path forward to address climate change following the news that climate measures would not be included in the pending reconciliation package. "There is opportunity in this moment," said Whitehouse, one of the Senate's leading voices on climate. "The Biden administration has a wide lane to step up and start taking vigorous action to fight the climate crisis. In Congress, Democrats have to get serious about looseni… Continue Reading


07.12.22

Whitehouse Introduces Legislation to Protect the Right of Women to Cross State Lines to Seek Abortion Care

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) today joined Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), Patty Murray (D-Wash.), and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) in introducing the Freedom to Travel for Health Care Act of 2022. The legislation would make crystal clear that it is illegal for anti-choice states to limit travel for abortion services and would empower the Attorney General and affected individuals to bring civil action against those who restrict a woman's right to cross sta… Continue Reading


07.11.22

Whitehouse Announces Funding to Launch Offshore Wind Job Training Certification Program for High School Students

North Kingstown, RI - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse today joined representatives of the North Kingstown Chamber of Commerce and the offshore wind industry to announce $375,000 in federal funding for the creation of a new offshore wind energy Career and Technical Education (CTE) certification through the Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE). The Congressionally Directed Spending request submitted by Whitehouse was included in the omnibus bill that President Joe Biden signed into law in … Continue Reading


07.11.22

Reed & Whitehouse Announce $1.2 Million to Expand Crisis Intervention Training for Police Departments Across RI

West Warwick, RI - U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse today joined representatives of Thundermist Health Center and local law enforcement officials to announce $1.2 million in federal funding to support crisis intervention team (CIT) training for police departments across Rhode Island. Today's event took place at the West Warwick Youth Center, which is run by the West Warwick Police Department. "Police officers have a tough job that requires good judgment and critical thinking. Ju… Continue Reading


07.01.22

Whitehouse, Merkley Announce Senate Resolution Designating July as Plastic Pollution Action Month

Washington, D.C. - Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Jeff Merkley (D-OR) introduced a resolution designating July as Plastic Pollution Action Month, stemming from extreme concern over the plastic pollution crisis that is threatening human health and marine ecosystems. The resolution details the dangers to human health and the environment as a direct result of plastic pollution, and encourages all individuals in the United States to protect, conserve, and maintain the environment by taking … Continue Reading


06.30.22

Whitehouse Welcomes Supreme Court Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson After Swearing-In Ceremony

Washington, DC - Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Courts Subcommittee, released the following statement after Ketanji Brown Jackson was sworn in as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court: "After a dark month of decisions coming from the Supreme Court, I welcome today's historic swearing-in of Associate Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson. She has a brilliant legal mind and is steadfastly committed to the Constitution and the rule of law. Justice Jackson is a wa… Continue Reading


06.30.22

Supreme Court’s Right-Wing Rampage Continues: Whitehouse Decries Decision Curtailing EPA’s Authority to Regulate Greenhouse Gas Emissions

READ WHITEHOUSE'S BRIEF HERE. Washington, DC - Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), a senior member of the Senate Environment and Public Works and Judiciary Committees, released the following statement on the Supreme Court's decision today in West Virginia v. EPA, which undermines the EPA's power to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from existing coal-fired power plants: "The fossil fuel industry's Republican lackeys challenged an EPA rule that does not exist, meaning there was no 'case or contr… Continue Reading


06.28.22

Reed, Whitehouse, & Cicilline Applaud Biden Administration Expansion of Protections for Liberians in the U.S.

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, U.S. Senators Jack Reed (D-RI) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Congressman David N. Cicilline (RI-01) applauded the Biden Administration's extension and expansion of Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) and employment authorization for Liberians who have long called the United States home. Under the President's memorandum, "the removal of any Liberian national, or person without nationality who last habitually resided in Liberia, who is present in the United States and wh… Continue Reading

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