Press Releases

12.04.14

Whitehouse, Blumenthal & Eshoo Renew Push Against Misleading Practices by Outlet Stores

Washington, D.C. - With the holiday shopping season upon us, three Members of Congress are renewing their call for action against misleading marketing practices by outlet stores across the United States. In a letter sent today to Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Chairwoman Edith Ramirez, U.S. Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and Rep. Anna G. Eshoo (D-CA) expressed their "continued concern regarding the use of deceptive reference pricing practices at both online and… Continue Reading


12.02.14

Senators Host Bipartisan Forum on “Collateral Consequences” of Addiction

Washington, DC - Today a bipartisan group of U.S. Senators co-hosted a forum in the U.S. Capitol entitled "Addiction: Understanding the Science and Addressing Collateral Consequences." U.S. Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Rob Portman (R-OH), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), and Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) convened the forum, which featured panel discussions on the science of addiction and the ways in which current laws can create "collateral consequences" for individuals in recovery by establishing barriers t… Continue Reading


12.02.14

RI Arts & Humanities Groups Receive $176,000 in Federal Grants

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse and Congressmen Jim Langevin and David Cicilline today announced over $176,000 in federal funding for Rhode Island organizations from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). $136,000 in NEA funding will go to five recipients in Rhode Island for theatre productions, research, and instruction and mentorships programming for young people. $40,322 in competitive grants from the… Continue Reading


12.01.14

Sen. Whitehouse to EPA: The Public is With You

Washington, DC - In June, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed the first-ever national limits on carbon pollution from existing power plants, which are scheduled to be finalized after public comment and subsequent review. With the public comment period closing today, U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) is submitting formal comments urging EPA to strengthen its proposal and to ensure that fear mongering from opponents doesn't derail its efforts. "You have the moral, economic, s… Continue Reading


11.20.14

GAO Report: Inaction on Climate Change could Increase Costs to Taxpayers

WASHINGTON, DC - Congressional inaction on climate change is likely to increase costs to taxpayers for the federal flood and crop insurance programs according to a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report requested by a group of lawmakers including Senators Jack Reed (D-RI) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI). The report concluded that, if left unchecked, climate change and related increases in the frequency and severity of extreme weather will likely greatly increase insured and uninsured finan… Continue Reading


11.20.14

Sen. Whitehouse Statement on President’s Immigration Order

Washington, DC - Tonight President Obama announced a plan to use his executive authority to help address our nation's broken immigration system. U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) released the statement below regarding the President's action: "I worked for weeks in the Judiciary Committee to craft a strong bipartisan immigration bill supported by everyone from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to major labor unions, which passed the Committee and the Senate in bipartisan fashion last year. For… Continue Reading


11.19.14

Sens. Whitehouse and Schatz Introduce Carbon Fee Legislation

Washington, DC - As President Obama and Senate Democrats continue to make clear that they are not backing off in the fight against climate change following the election, U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse today unveiled legislation that would reduce carbon pollution and generate as much as $2 trillion dollar over ten years - all of which would be returned to the American people. Whitehouse's American Opportunity Carbon Fee Act, which is cosponsored by Senator Brian Schatz (D-HI), would correct a m… Continue Reading


11.18.14

Sen. Whitehouse Statement on Keystone Vote

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) released the statement below regarding today's vote in the Senate on legislation to force the approval of the Keystone XL pipeline, which failed by a vote of 59-41. 60 votes were required. "The Keystone pipeline isn't any normal pipeline. It would transport Canadian tar sands oil, which is one of the dirtiest fuels on earth. It would only create about 35 permanent jobs - all while contributing to the harm carbon pollution is doing to o… Continue Reading


11.18.14

RI Delegation Lauds Approval of Block Island Wind Farm Transmission Line

Washington, DC - Yesterday the U.S. Department of the Interior announced that the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) has offered a right-of-way (ROW) grant to Deepwater Wind Block Island Transmission System, LLC (Deepwater Wind) for the Block Island Transmission System (BITS). The announcement paves the way for the installation of a transmission line to carry energy from the Block Island Wind Farm to the Rhode Island mainland, and to give island residents access to the mainland electric g… Continue Reading


11.11.14

Sen. Whitehouse Statement on New Climate Commitments from U.S. and China

Providence, RI - Tonight President Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping together announced new commitments to address climate change. U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) released the statement below regarding their announcement: "The US and China's joint announcement of carbon pollution reduction plans sends an important message: the world's top two emitters are committed to working together to avert the worst effects of climate change. President Obama's commitment to reduce US carbon po… Continue Reading


11.11.14

Senator Whitehouse Announces Staff Changes in State Office

Providence, RI - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse issued the following statement on the departure of his deputy state director, Tony Simon, who is leaving to join Providence Mayor-elect Jorge Elorza's administration as chief of staff. "Throughout my time in the United States Senate, Tony Simon has been a true asset to me and the people of Rhode Island," said Whitehouse. "Tony is a trusted advisor, a devoted Rhode Islander, and a good friend. I thank him for all the sound advice he has given me… Continue Reading


11.10.14

Sen. Whitehouse Applauds President’s Defense of Net Neutrality

Providence, RI - Today President Barack Obama released a statement calling on the Federal Communications Commission to ensure a free and open internet by upholding the principles of net neutrality and reclassifying consumer broadband service under Title II of the Telecommunications Act - a step which would enable the FCC to prevent internet service providers from creating "fast lanes" for certain websites. U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, who joined 11 other Senators on a letter to the FCC supp… Continue Reading


11.08.14

Sen. Whitehouse Statement on Anticipated Nomination of Loretta Lynch to be Next Attorney General

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) released the statement below regarding the notice from the White House that President Obama will today announce his intent to nominate Loretta Lynch to serve as the next Attorney General of the United States: "Attorney General Holder will leave a restored and strengthened Justice Department, and the next Attorney General must above all continue his commitment to independence and the rule of law. Loretta Lynch is a talented prosecutor with … Continue Reading


10.28.14

Sen. Whitehouse Delivers Keynote Address at NYU Conference on Climate Policy

New York, NY - Today U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse delivered the keynote address at the annual New York University Institute for Policy Integrity fall conference and announced that he will soon introduce legislation to establish a fee on carbon pollution. This year's conference was entitled "The Future of U.S. Climate Policy: Coal, Carbon Markets, and the Clean Air Act." Whitehouse, a leading voice for action on climate change and the Chairman of the Senate's Environment and Public Works Sub… Continue Reading


10.21.14

Rhode Island to Receive Over $8 Million in Housing Grants

Providence, RI - Today U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse and Congressmen Jim Langevin and David Cicilline announced over $8 million in U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) funding for the cities of Providence and East Providence. The funding will go to help the cities improve housing and expand economic opportunity in their communities; help homeless residents find shelter and access services; fund local programs and partnerships with non-profit organizations that… Continue Reading


09.30.14

Providence Receives $3.9M in Federal Funding for Lead Safety

Providence, RI - Today, U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse and Congressmen Jim Langevin and David Cicilline announced that Providence's Department of Planning and Development (DPD) has received $3.9 million from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to protect city residents from the hazards of lead-based paint in their homes. The funding will be used as part of DPD's Lead Safe Providence Program, which coordinates existing city services to mitigate lead hazar… Continue Reading


09.26.14

Senators Urge Administration to Address Methane Pollution

Washington, D.C. - Fifteen U.S. Senators led by Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) today applauded the Obama Administration's efforts to act on climate change, while urging swifter action to limit methane pollution from oil and natural gas production. Methane is the principal component of natural gas and emits less carbon pollution than coal or oil when burned to generate heat or electricity. However, when natural gas leaks before it is burned, it is significantly worse for the climate and dimini… Continue Reading


09.25.14

Sen. Whitehouse Applauds Marine Monument Designation

Washington, DC - Today President Obama signed a proclamation designating the world's largest marine reserve, expanding the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument to encompass 370,000 square nautical miles. U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), a co-chair of the Senate Oceans Caucus, released the statement below applauding the designation: "I have long argued that we must become caretakers - not just takers - of our marine resources. The ocean is a source of food, energy, recreation… Continue Reading


09.25.14

Sen. Whitehouse Statement on AG Holder’s Resignation

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) released the statement below today regarding Attorney General Eric Holder's announcement that he will step down: "Eric will be remembered as the Attorney General who brought the Department of Justice back from years of darkness under President Bush; when U.S. Attorneys were politicized, partisan tests influenced hiring, and sham legal opinions enabled our nation's descent into torture. Attorney General Holder restored the confidence and m… Continue Reading


09.24.14

URI Signs Agreements to Partner with Indonesia on Fisheries Education

Providence, RI - Today, at a meeting hosted by U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, University of Rhode Island (URI) President David Dooley and Indonesian Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries (MMAF) Director General Gellwynn Jusuf signed agreements finalizing a sustained education partnership between URI and MMAF. The agreements establish terms under which MMAF will send 25 staff members to URI over the next five years to study ocean and fisheries management and related subjects. During 2013,… Continue Reading

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