Press Releases

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


02.10.17

Whitehouse Statement on Price Confirmation

Washington, DC - Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), a member of the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, issued the following statement today on the Senate's 52-47 vote to confirm Congressman Tom Price (R-GA) to be Secretary of Health and Human Services: "Right now, one-year-old Henry from Warwick, Rhode Island, who's battling cystic fibrosis, can no longer be denied insurance because of his pre-existing condition. Martha from Cranston doesn't have to worry about her son, who can … Continue Reading


02.09.17

Reed, Whitehouse Seek Answers About Outrageous Price Hike for Anti-Opioid Drug

Washington, DC - In an effort to ensure that lifesaving overdose prevention drugs remain accessible and affordable, U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse are pressing for answers from a leading pharmaceutical company about the dramatic price hike for a life-saving medication used to respond to opioid overdoses. Recent reports unveiled that drug maker Kaléo Pharmaceuticals, which manufactures an easy-to-use injector device containing the overdose-reversing drug naloxone, raised i… Continue Reading


02.09.17

Whitehouse Statement on 9th Circuit Ruling Against Travel Ban

Washington, DC - Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, released the following statement on the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling tonight against the Trump administration's executive order banning refugees and immigrants from certain majority-Muslim nations: "Tonight, the Ninth Circuit denied the Trump administration's appeal and joined the growing list of authorities questioning the legality of this order and whether it does anything to make us safer. That's… Continue Reading


02.08.17

Whitehouse: “Let Liz speak!”

Washington, DC - Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) yesterday evening took to the Senate floor in support of his colleague, Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), who had been silenced by Senate Republicans after reading a 1986 letter from Coretta Scott King, the widow of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. King's letter, which illustrated her thoughts on the character of Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL), had been submitted to the Senate decades earlier when Sessions was nominated for a federal judgeship. Sessio… Continue Reading


02.08.17

Whitehouse Statement on Sessions Confirmation

Washington, DC - Tonight, the Senate voted 52-47 to confirm Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) to be President Donald Trump's Attorney General. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, released the following statement on the vote: "So far, this President has shown little regard for what the Justice Department and the law have to say. He fired a top career Justice attorney when she disagreed with a legally dubious, poorly vetted, and un-American executive order.… Continue Reading


02.08.17

Whitehouse Lauds Top Republicans’ Carbon Fee Plan

Washington, DC - Today, prominent Republicans and business leaders are presenting a plan to confront climate change by placing a fee on carbon emissions. The group, the Climate Leadership Council, is unveiling its plan at the National Press Club and presenting it to White House officials. Members of the Council include top former Republican cabinet appointees Henry M. Paulson, Jr., James A. Baker, III, and George P. Schultz. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), a member of the Senate Environme… Continue Reading


02.07.17

Schumer, Whitehouse, Warren Weigh in on Lawsuit Seeking Thousands of Emails Between Scott Pruitt and Fossil Fuel Industry

Washington, DC - Senators Charles E. Schumer (D-NY), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) weighed in on a lawsuit filed today by the Oklahoma law firm Hall Estill and the Oklahoma American Civil Liberties Union on behalf of the Center for Media and Democracy against Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, Donald Trump's nominee for Environmental Protection Agency Administrator. The suit seeks to shake loose emails between Pruitt's office and the fossil fuel industry-an industr… Continue Reading


02.07.17

Whitehouse Statement on DeVos Confirmation

Washington, DC - Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), a member of the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, issued the following statement today on the Senate's 51-50 vote to confirm Elisabeth DeVos to be Secretary of Education: "Vice President Pence's trip down Pennsylvania Avenue today shows just how hard Republicans have had to work to stack and jam President Trump's underqualified and conflicted nominees through the Senate. "Mrs. DeVos had every opportunity to make a convincing … Continue Reading


02.06.17

Senators to Trump: Expand Pell Grant to Make College More Affordable

WASHINGTON, DC - In an effort to help make college more affordable for American families, U.S. Senators Jack Reed (D-RI), Mazie Hirono (D-HI), and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) joined with 25 of their Senate Democratic colleagues in sending a letter to President Trump asking him to expand the Pell Grant beginning in FY 2017. Pell Grants are federal, need-based financial aid awarded to qualified undergraduate students. Pell grants help pay for tuition, but unlike student loans, they do not need to … Continue Reading


02.04.17

Whitehouse Statement on Judge Robart’s Decision

Washington, DC - Senator Sheldon Whitehouse today released the following statement on U.S. District Judge James Robart's decision on President Donald Trump's executive order: "Judge Robart's decision underscores how rash and destructive President Trump's executive order has been. The Court found no support for the President's claim that banning refugees and legal immigrants from certain Muslim countries makes Americans safer. Indeed it has not. If anything, this half-baked effort has given t… Continue Reading


02.03.17

Senators to Trump: Show Us Who Is Buying Access to the ‘Winter White House’

Washington, DC - The Trump Organization's Mar-a-Lago club has doubled its membership fees on the eve of the President Trump's first visit to what the administration calls the nation's "Winter White House." Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Tom Udall (D-NM) want to know who is paying the hundreds of thousands of dollars necessary for unlimited access to the newly christened executive mansion in Palm Beach. They sent a letter to President Trump today to ask. "At $200,000, the Mar-a-Lago me… Continue Reading


02.02.17

Whitehouse, Graham to Launch Bipartisan Investigation Into Russian Influence on Elections

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) today announced they will launch a bipartisan investigation into Russian efforts to influence democratic elections in the United States and abroad. The investigation will be conducted by the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism. Graham and Whitehouse are the Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism, respectively. Whitehouse and Graham issued the fol… Continue Reading


02.02.17

Whitehouse Votes ‘No’ on Mulvaney Nomination

Washington, DC - Today, in a business meeting of the Senate Budget Committee, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) voted against the nomination of Congressman Mick Mulvaney (R-SC) to serve as Director of the Office of Management and Budget. Whitehouse released the following statement on today's vote: "In the House, Congressman Mulvaney was all too willing to play Russian roulette with the full faith and credit of the United States. He voted repeatedly to let the federal government default on its… Continue Reading

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