Press Releases

04.16.20

Whitehouse Selected for Bipartisan Panel on Safely Reopening American Economy

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse today announced that he has accepted President Donald Trump's invitation to serve on a bipartisan panel of members of Congress charged with determining guidelines for safely restarting the American economy amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Whitehouse issued the following statement on his appointment to the new committee: "I hope this panel will be a good-faith bipartisan effort informed by science and best practices. Ignoring public health experts … Continue Reading


04.15.20

Amid Increased Reports of Domestic Violence During Pandemic, Reed and Whitehouse Call for Additional Support for Victims and Survivors

Washington, D.C. - Amid increased reports of domestic violence in Rhode Island during the ongoing pandemic, U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse have joined a bipartisan group of 38 colleagues requesting that any future legislation to address COVID-19 includes support for victims and survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. In a letter to Senate leadership and the Senate Appropriations Committee, Reed and Whitehouse expressed concern about reports that abusers are using COV… Continue Reading


04.14.20

Delegation Announces Additional $941K for RI Emergency Response to COVID-19

PROVIDENCE, RI - In an effort to protect public safety, U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse and Congressmen Jim Langevin and David Cicilline today announced that Rhode Island will receive an additional $941,560 in federal emergency management funding to help combat the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). The federal funds will help the Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency (RIEMA) work with local first responders to enhance emergency management and response capabilities. "Governor Raim… Continue Reading


04.14.20

Whitehouse, Doggett Release New Analysis Showing GOP Tax Provisions in CARES Act Overwhelmingly Benefit Million-Dollar-Plus Earners

NOTE: Following publication of its analysis, JCT revised its findings on 4/23. The latest version of that analysis is available here. These updates do not affect the distributional table below. Washington, DC - Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Lloyd Doggett (D-TX) released analysis today from the Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT) showing a massive windfall for a small group of wealthy taxpayers from a Republican provision in the coronavirus relief bill. According to the JCT, 43,000 i… Continue Reading


04.11.20

As States Face PPE Shortfall, Reed & Whitehouse Press Trump Administration for Information About Outsourcing the Distribution of Critical Medical Supplies to Private Companies

Washington, D.C. - With Rhode Island and states across the country facing severe challenges to secure lifesaving supplies from the federal government amid the COVID-19 pandemic, U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse have joined 45 of their Senate colleagues in raising serious concerns about the Trump Administration's reliance on private companies to distribute desperately needed medical supplies. Reed and Whitehouse are directly urging Vice President Mike Pence, who the President charg… Continue Reading


04.10.20

Reed & Whitehouse Urge Trump Administration to Deliver Promised Aid to Small Businesses

PROVIDENCE, RI - As the Trump Administration provides conflicting information to small businesses and fails to effectively implement a key federal disaster loan program, U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse, along with Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) and 16 colleagues, are calling on the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) to ensure small businesses receive Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDLs) associated with the COVID-19 crisis and the new Emergency Economic Injury Grants (EEIGs) with… Continue Reading


04.10.20

Congressional Delegation Statement on Release of $90.5 Million for RI Hospitals

PROVIDENCE, RI - Today, the Trump Administration released the first allocation of funding for hospitals under the $2.2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act (Public Law No. 116-136). The Trump Administration is releasing $30 billion today in coronavirus relief funding directed toward hospitals and providers in this initial wave of funds. Under the Administration's formula, a greater share of federal funding will go to hospitals that have more traditional Medicare … Continue Reading


04.09.20

RI Delegation Urges Trump Administration to Reconsider Minimum Service Rule That Unfairly Damages T.F. Green & Other Airports

PROVIDENCE, RI -- After the Trump Administration slighted T.F. Green airport in a "continuation of service" order for airlines receiving assistance under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act (Public Law No. 116-136), Rhode Island's Congressional delegation is urging the Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao to ensure high levels of safety and service at all airports. U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse and Congressmen Jim Langevin and David Cicilline today… Continue Reading


04.09.20

Whitehouse, Doggett Press Trump Administration on Massive Tax Giveaways Slipped into COVID Relief Bill

Washington, DC - Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Congressman Lloyd Doggett (D-TX) are pressing the Trump administration to explain tax provisions in the recent COVID-19 relief bill that cost roughly $195 billion and have no connection to combatting the coronavirus pandemic and its economic fallout. According to reports, beneficiaries of the tax giveaways may include President Trump, his son-in-law Jared Kushner, and "real estate investors in President Trump's inner circle." In a letter a… Continue Reading


04.08.20

Congressional Delegation Announces Additional $7.25 Million to Help Community Health Centers Fight COVID-19

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse, along with Congressmen Jim Langevin and David Cicilline, today announced $7.25 million in federal grant funding to help eight Rhode Island health centers in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. The health centers may deploy the funds to expand coronavirus testing, prevent and treat COVID-19, and increase staffing and treatment capacity to address the public health emergency. "Our community health centers are doing critical … Continue Reading


04.08.20

Reed, Whitehouse Press Administration on Unemployment Insurance Benefits

WASHINGTON, DC - Seeking to ensure that workers in Rhode Island and nationwide are able to access needed assistance during the current coronavirus crisis, U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse this week joined 35 Democratic colleagues in sending a letter to United States Department of Labor Secretary Eugene Scalia urging the Trump Administration to take additional action to ensure workers receive unemployment insurance as quickly as possible. In their letter, the Senators outline a num… Continue Reading


04.06.20

RI Delegation Announces Federal Grant to Bolster RIDOH’s COVID-19 Response

WASHINGTON, DC -- U.S Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse, along with Congressmen Jim Langevin and David Cicilline, today announced a new $666,000 grant from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to support Rhode Island's COVID-19 response. This funding will go directly to the Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) for testing, lab support, supplies, surveillance systems, contact tracing, and supporting quarantine efforts. The funding stems from the phase one $7.8 … Continue Reading


04.03.20

Whitehouse, Blumenthal & Hirono Call on Pandemic Response Accountability Commission Chairman To Commit To Public Transparency & Disclosure

[WASHINGTON, DC] - Today, U.S. Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), and Mazie K. Hirono (D-HI) wrote Glenn Fine, the newly appointed head of the Pandemic Response Accountability Commission, seeking his public commitment to "explicitly [reject] President Trump's efforts to block crucial information from reaching Congress and the American people." Congress included several oversight measures in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act to ensure that… Continue Reading


04.03.20

Reed & Whitehouse Urge Treasury to Provide Veterans, SSI Beneficiaries with Direct Payments, Not Additional Paperwork

PROVIDENCE, RI - After successfully winning a major victory for seniors and retirees who rely on Social Security, U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse are seeking to do the same for millions of other Americans who receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits from the Social Security Administration (SSA) and veterans who get benefits from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Reed and Whitehouse say the Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) should not un… Continue Reading


04.03.20

Whitehouse Office Available to Assist RI Small Businesses with SBA Loans

Washington, D.C. - As the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) today begins accepting applications for a new "Payroll Protection" loan forgiveness program, U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse is reminding small business owners that his constituent services team is available to help Rhode Islanders navigate the application process. "Rhode Island small businesses are in crisis mode right now, and we know there is enormous demand for the SBA's new borrowing and loan forgiveness services," said Whi… Continue Reading


04.02.20

Following Calls from Reed, Whitehouse, and Colleagues, Treasury Reverses Course and Says Social Security Beneficiaries Do Not Need to File Tax Returns to Receive COVID-19 Direct Cash Assistance

Washington, D.C. - Following calls from Senators Jack Reed (D-RI), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Maggie Hassan (D-NH), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), and their colleagues, the U.S. Treasury Department has announced that Social Security recipients will automatically receive direct cash assistance included in the CARES Act without having to file tax returns. Yesterday, the Senators raised alarms over guidance that the IRS issued earlier this week that said Social Security beneficiaries would need to file tax… Continue Reading


04.01.20

Reed & Whitehouse Seek Automatic CARES Act Payments for Social Security Recipients Who Don’t File Tax Returns

WASHINGTON, DC - In an effort to help retirees and seniors living on fixed incomes access the direct payments they are eligible for under the new $2.2 trillion emergency coronavirus relief law, U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse are asking the Trump Administration to follow the clear intent of the law and provide direct payments to Social Security beneficiaries who do not file taxes. Thousands of Rhode Island taxpayers over the age of 65 do not file an annual federal income tax retu… Continue Reading


03.31.20

Whitehouse Statement on CAFE Standard Rollback

Newport, RI - Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), a senior member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, released the following statement today on the Trump administration's rollback of automobile fuel efficiency standards: "Consumers and automakers don't want this reckless rollback, being pulled off for polluters under cover of the COVID pandemic. We need to investigate the role of Marathon Petroleum and fossil fuel lobbyists, and whatever quid pro quos may have been offered so … Continue Reading


03.30.20

Congressional Delegation Offices Available to Help Rhode Islanders Access COVID-19 Relief Funds

Washington, D.C. - Following the signing into law of a $2.2-trillion economic relief package to help Americans through the COVID-19 pandemic, U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse along with Congressmen Jim Langevin and David Cicilline are reminding Rhode Islanders that their respective offices stand ready to help constituents access federal programs. "The massive $2.2-trillion relief package was designed to fortify our health care system for COVID-19, and help middle-class families an… Continue Reading


03.27.20

RI Congressional Delegation Urges Trump to Promptly Deliver Emergency Relief & Address Urgent Needs

WASHINGTON, DC - After Congress sprinted to complete a historic $2.2 trillion Emergency Coronavirus Economic Rescue bill, Rhode Island's Congressional delegation is urging the Trump Administration to effectively implement the law and promptly get the money out the door and into the hands of those who need it. U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse along with Congressmen Jim Langevin and David Cicilline, all supported the landmark bipartisan package, which provides federal funding and di… Continue Reading

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