Press Releases

05.14.20

Senators Introduce Legislation to Ban "Ghost" Guns as COVID-19 Pandemic Drives Demand for Untraceable Firearms

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Today, U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) led a group of fifteen senators introducing legislation to ban "ghost" guns. Blumenthal and U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT) announced the Untraceable Firearms Act at a press call earlier today with Everytown for Gun Safety. Reports indicate that the public health and economic crises caused by the COVID-19 pandemic have spurred an increase in demand for and sale of these untraceable weapons. The Untraceable Firearms Act would in… Continue Reading


05.12.20

Whitehouse Applauds Introduction of HEROES Act; House Relief Bill Would Boost RI Economy

Washington, D.C. - As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to extract a mounting human and economic toll, U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) is applauding the introduction of legislation in the House of Representatives to provide a new round of urgently needed relief for Americans. The Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions (HEROES) Act would deliver additional financial help for struggling Rhode Island families and an infusion of cash to states and municipalities slammed by th… Continue Reading


05.12.20

Senate Democrats Back Stronger Ethics Guidance for Judges

Washington, DC - Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) led colleagues in writing to the federal courts' Committee on the Codes of Conduct in support of the Committee's draft guidance that would bar judges from membership in the Federalist Society and American Constitution Society-two ideological outside groups. Joined by Senators Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), and Mazie Hirono (D-HI), the s… Continue Reading


05.11.20

Whitehouse Proposes Bill to Slow the Spread of COVID-19 in Nursing Homes

Washington, D.C. - With nursing homes in Rhode Island and across the country working hard to keep residents and staff safe amid the ongoing pandemic, U.S. Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Bob Casey (D-PA) are proposing a bill that would provide $20 billion to help states, nursing homes, and intermediate care facilities contain the spread of COVID-19. The Nursing Home COVID-19 Protection and Prevention Act would support state efforts to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in congregate settings,… Continue Reading


05.08.20

RI Delegation Announces Help for RI Farmers & Hungry Families

PROVIDENCE, RI - Due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, more Rhode Islanders than ever are in need of emergency and supplemental food. At the same time, Rhode Island farmers and food sector businesses are facing widespread market and supply chain disruption. In an effort to assist Rhode Island's families, farmers, and food businesses, U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse and U.S. Representatives Jim Langevin and David Cicilline helped include federal funds for the Coronavir… Continue Reading


05.08.20

Whitehouse & Blumenthal Demand Independent Investigation of Political Interference at DOJ After Flynn Prosecution Abruptly Dropped

Washington, D.C. - After the Department of Justice dropped charges against former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn, U.S. Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) wrote Department of Justice (DOJ) Inspector General (IG) Michael Horowitz calling for an independent inquiry into the unprecedented decision and "the Department's pattern of politicized decision making." Whitehouse and Blumenthal sent a similar letter to Jeffrey Ragsdale, Acting Director of the DOJ's Offi… Continue Reading


05.07.20

Support Grows for Repeal of GOP Tax Scam Slipped into Vital COVID Relief Legislation

Washington, DC - Congressman Lloyd Doggett (D-TX) and Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Sherrod Brown (D-OH) announced new support for their bill to unwind a Republican giveaway to millionaires slipped into vital coronavirus relief legislation. As Whitehouse formally introduced the bill in the Senate today, a majority of the Senate Democratic Caucus have cosponsored the legislation, while 52 members have joined the bill in the House. A broad array of influential groups have also come out … Continue Reading


05.07.20

Reed & Whitehouse Seek Additional Support for Fishing Communities

WASHINGTON, DC - The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has taken a huge bite out of the fishing industry, with fisherman seeing a slump in demand from restaurants and a shutdown of export markets, leaving many fishing vessels tied up at the docks during prime fishing months. Meanwhile, harbor costs and equipment rental bills are still piling up and it can cost some boats more in fuel alone than they can make selling their catch during such a depressed market. U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Sh… Continue Reading


05.06.20

Reed & Whitehouse: Don’t Allow COVID-19 to Spread Anti-Asian Hostility & Discrimination

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Jack Reed (D-RI) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) are teaming up with U.S. Senators Mazie K. Hirono (D-HI), Cory Booker (D-NJ), and 12 Senators in urging the U.S. Department of Justice's (DOJ) Civil Rights Division to take concrete steps to address the surge in discrimination and hate crimes against Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) individuals. The Senators called for the U.S. Department of Justice's (DOJ) Civil Rights Division to release a detailed plan t… Continue Reading


05.06.20

Rhode Island Congressional Delegation Announces $8 Million for Mental Health Services

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse, along with Congressmen Jim Langevin and David Cicilline, today announced that Thrive Behavioral Health, Inc. and Newport Mental Health have been awarded $8 million in federal grant funding from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's (SAMHSA) Center for Mental Health Services. All four members of Rhode Island's Congressional Delegation advocated for this federal funding earlier this year in a joint letter … Continue Reading


05.05.20

Reed & Whitehouse: Trump’s Meat Packing Plan is a Recipe for COVID-19 Disaster That Skimps on Worker Health & Safety

WASHINGTON, DC - After President Trump issued an order to keep meatpacking plants open and help plant owners at the expense of workers who are charged with keeping our food supply safe, U.S. Senators Jack Reed (D-RI) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) are calling on the Trump Administration to modify the order to prioritize worker health and safety and help prevent further outbreaks of novel coronavirus (COVID-19). The Senators joined 16 of their colleagues in sending a letter demanding that Preside… Continue Reading


05.01.20

Reed, Whitehouse Call For Tax Credit Expansion To Help Working Families During Coronavirus Crisis

WASHINGTON, DC - Seeking to help put more money in the pockets of working families in Rhode Island and nationwide as they cope with the ongoing coronavirus crisis, U.S. Senators Jack Reed (D-RI) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) today joined a group of 39 senators in sending a letter to Senate Leaders Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Chuck Schumer (D-NY) calling for a temporary expansion of the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and the Child Tax Credit (CTC) in the next coronavirus relief package. The sena… Continue Reading


04.27.20

Whitehouse, Markey, Merkley, Schatz, Gillibrand Call on DC Circuit to Strike Down Trump EPA’s Do-Nothing Power Plant Rule

Washington, DC - Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Edward J. Markey (D-MA), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Brian Schatz (D-HI), and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) submitted a friend-of-the-court brief to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in a major challenge to the Trump administration's Clean Power Plan replacement rule. The senators write that the so-called Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) Rule-a toothless replacement for the Obama administration's plan to reduce carbon emissions… Continue Reading


04.24.20

Reed & Whitehouse Call on Trump to Waive Cost-Sharing Requirements for States Battling Coronavirus

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse are joining their Democratic colleagues in calling on President Trump to direct the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to waive all cost-share requirements for states responding to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic. On March 13, President Trump declared a national emergency related to the outbreak, authorizing federal assistance to supplement state, tribal, and local recovery efforts. Despite continued calls from Congress… Continue Reading


04.24.20

Whitehouse and Doggett Unveil Bill to Repeal GOP Tax Giveaway to Million-Dollar-Plus Earners in Coronavirus Relief Legislation

Washington, DC - Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Congressman Lloyd Doggett (D-TX) unveiled bicameral legislation today to repeal a massive tax giveaway for a small group of wealthy taxpayers that Republicans included in the coronavirus relief bill. The legislation would do away with provisions in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act that the nonpartisan Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT) estimates will reduce government revenue by $160 billion over ten years, and … Continue Reading


04.23.20

RI Delegation Announces Distribution of $5.4 Million in CARES Act Funds to Expand Coronavirus Testing and Tracing

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse, along with Congressmen Jim Langevin and David Cicilline, today announced that $5.4 million in funding from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act has been distributed to the Rhode Island Department of Health to boost the state's COVID-19 testing and contract tracing infrastructure. "This latest installment of federal funds will increase the state's testing capacity and build on other public health effort… Continue Reading


04.21.20

Whitehouse: Additional Funding for Small Businesses, Health Care, Testing in Bipartisan Deal was Worth the Wait

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse is applauding a $484-billion bipartisan emergency deal to rescue small businesses, support hospitals, and expand testing amid the coronavirus pandemic. The legislation passed the Senate this evening by unanimous consent and heads to the House of Representatives. Whitehouse released the following statement: "This bipartisan compromise is much better than the bill Leader McConnell tried to jam through on his own earlier this month. In addition… Continue Reading


04.20.20

Reed & Whitehouse Demand Answers About Trump Administration’s Toxic Attacks on Clean Air During Pandemic

PROVIDENCE, RI - As Americans battle a potentially fatal novel coronavirus (COVID-19) that attacks people's respiratory system, U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse have urged the Trump Administration to cut down on air pollution by strengthening clean air standards to help protect public health. The senators cited a study by Harvard University's T.H. Chan School of Public Health, which analyzed data from 3,080 counties nationwide with confirmed coronavirus deaths and found a statisti… Continue Reading


04.17.20

Whitehouse, Senate Finance Committee Democrats Call for Transparent, Equitable Distribution of Remaining $70 Billion in CARES Act Hospitals Fund

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse has joined 11 Democratic members of the Senate Finance Committee in calling on the Trump administration to distribute the remaining critical COVID-19 aid to health care providers in an equitable and transparent way. In a letter sent to Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar, the senators noted the distribution of the first $30 billion dollars failed to deliver funds where they are needed most. Rhode Island providers received $90.5… Continue Reading


04.16.20

RI Gets $2.3 Million CARES Act Grant to Boost Workforce & Help Dislocated Workers

PROVIDENCE, RI - In an effort to provide employment and training services to Rhode Islanders who were laid off because of the impact of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) public health emergency, U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse and U.S. Representatives Jim Langevin and David Cicilline today announced $2,326,005 in federal funding for Rhode Island through Dislocated Worker Grants (DWG). These awards are funded under the $2.2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (C… Continue Reading

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