Press Releases

04.19.19

Whitehouse Statement on Redacted Mueller Report

Providence, RI - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, has released the following statement regarding the redacted version of the Mueller report: " My initial reactions are: The redacted report details an alarming account of Russian interference in our elections - one of sufficient magnitude, touching 120 million Americans and involving massive thefts of campaign information, to have tipped the close election in Trump's favor. Russia may have chosen ou… Continue Reading


04.12.19

Whitehouse Joins Warren in Reintroducing Legislation to Simplify Tax Filing and Save Families Money

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) has joined Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), along with Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) to reintroduce the Tax Filing Simplification Act to ease the tax filing process for millions of American taxpayers and reduc… Continue Reading


04.12.19

Reed, Whitehouse Announce Confirmation of Wing Chau as RI U.S. Marshal

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse today announced the confirmation of native Rhode Islander and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) Senior Special Agent Wing Chau for Unites States Marshal for the District of Rhode Island. Upon Reed and Whitehouse's recommendation, the White House nominated Chau last August, and then renewed the nomination in the 116th Congress. The full Senate approved the nomination yesterday. Chau replaces outgoing U.S. … Continue Reading


04.11.19

Whitehouse Introduces DISCLOSE Act to Restore Americans’ Trust in Democracy

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) today introduced the DISCLOSE Act of 2019, which would require organizations spending money in federal elections to disclose their donors and help guard against hidden foreign interference in American democracy. "Americans recognize that their voices are being stymied by big special interests in Congress," said Whitehouse, who has introduced the DISCLOSE Act in every Congress since 2012. "On issues from climate change to gun safety, a … Continue Reading


04.10.19

Whitehouse, Schatz, Heinrich, Gillibrand Introduce Updated Carbon Fee Amid Energized Climate Debate

Washington, D.C. - As members of Congress engage in a newly energized conversation about reducing carbon pollution, Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Brian Schatz (D-HI), Martin Heinrich (D-NM), and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) today reintroduced legislation to place a price on the emissions driving climate change and putting Americans' health and the global economy at risk. The American Opportunity Carbon Fee Act would reduce the nation's greenhouse gas emissions by an estimated 51 percent by 2… Continue Reading


04.10.19

Whitehouse Encourages RI Municipalities, Organizations to Apply for New Round of Coastal Resilience Funding

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse today encouraged local governments and organizations in Rhode Island to submit pre-proposals for a new $29-million round of funding from the National Coastal Resilience Fund, a significant source of federal investment to support innovative proposals for boosting coastal communities' natural protections from storms and ability to recover. Full proposals will be accepted by invitation in July. Whitehouse wrote the legislation creating the fund, … Continue Reading


04.09.19

Whitehouse Slams Confirmation of Oklahoma Nominee over Multiple Falsehoods

Washington, DC - Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, released the following statement on federal district court nominee Patrick Wyrick's confirmation vote in the Senate this evening: "On top of sterling credentials and strong experience in the law, federal judges ought to demonstrate ethical backbone. Mr. Wyrick's record, on the other hand, is an ethical dead zone. He built his career serving as a go-between for fossil fuel interests and disgraced p… Continue Reading


04.08.19

Whitehouse & Reed Statement on Trump Re-nominating Mary McElroy to the U.S. District Court for Rhode Island

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Sheldon Whitehouse and Jack Reed today issued the following joint statement after President Trump re-nominated Rhode Island Public Defender Mary McElroy to the U.S. District Court for Rhode Island. "We are pleased President Trump has re-nominated Mary McElroy. She deserves to be confirmed on the merits and we're committed to ensuring she gets an up or down vote by the full Senate. "Mary McElroy has impeccable credentials, broad bipartisan support, and has alrea… Continue Reading


04.05.19

Whitehouse, Hawley Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Support Law Enforcement Community, Prevent Officer Suicides

Washington, D.C. - Suicide is the number one cause of death for police officers in the United States. But Congress has failed to fund grant programs that provide support services for police officers and their families. Current grant programs also do not allow funds to be used for suicide prevention efforts, mental health screenings, or training to identify officers at risk. U.S. Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) and Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) have introduced the bipartisan Supporting and Treating… Continue Reading


04.04.19

Whitehouse, Brown, Schakowsky Introduce Public Option for Affordable Care Act

Washington, DC - As the Department of Justice refuses to defend the law that has extended health insurance coverage to over 20 million Americans, U.S. Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) today introduced the Consumer Health Options and Insurance Competition Enhancement (CHOICE) Act, to add a publicly operated health insurance option to the Affordable Care Act's individual marketplaces. The bicameral measure would guarantee American… Continue Reading


04.04.19

Whitehouse, Warren, Merkley, Reed Introduce Bill to Protect Consumers from Runaway Credit Card Rates

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), and Jack Reed (D-RI) have introduced legislation to protect Americans from runaway interest rates for credit cards and other consumer loans. The Empowering States' Rights to Protect Consumers Act would restore states' ability to limit consumer loan interest rates for their residents and help address the nearly $1 trillion Americans hold in credit card debt."Right now, Wall Street banks and th… Continue Reading


04.03.19

Whitehouse Statement on Rule Change for Trump Nominees

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, today issued the following statement on Majority Leader McConnell's use of the nuclear option to change the rules for confirming Trump administration nominees: "The rule change is a cynical move designed to speed up the conveyor belt of incompetent, extremist, and conflicted Trump administration nominees to appointments in the administration and on the federal bench. Accelerating this conveyor belt … Continue Reading


03.28.19

Wing Chau Nomination for U.S. Marshal Heads to Full Senate

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Sheldon Whitehouse and Jack Reed today announced that Wing Chau's nomination to serve as U.S. Marshal for Rhode Island has unanimously passed the Senate Judiciary Committee, on which Whitehouse serves. The nomination now heads to the full Senate for approval. "Today's vote marks a key step in the confirmation process. We are confident Wing Chau will serve Rhode Islanders honorably as our U.S. Marshal, and we look forward to the full Senate taking up this nomin… Continue Reading


03.28.19

Senators Whitehouse, Markey, Manchin: Purdue Should Commit in Writing to Make No Profit on Potential New Drug to Reverse Opioid Overdoses

Washington, D.C. - Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), and Joe Manchin (D-W.V.) today sent a letter to Purdue Pharma, manufacturer and marketer of the addictive painkiller OxyContin, in response to a media report concerning the company's bankruptcy consideration. In the story, Purdue claimed that it was in the process of developing and seeking Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval for a version of nalmefene hydrochloride - a more powerful overdose reversal me… Continue Reading


03.28.19

Whitehouse, Murkowski Unveil Bill to Advance Understanding of Oceans, Great Lakes, and Coasts

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), co-chairs of the bipartisan Senate Oceans Caucus, today unveiled new legislation to advance data collection of the Great Lakes, oceans, bays, estuaries, and coasts. The Bolstering Long-Term Understanding and Exploration of the Great Lakes, Oceans, Bays, and Estuaries Act, or the BLUE GLOBE Act, would accelerate technology innovation, grow the marine workforce, and develop a better understanding of the blue eco… Continue Reading


03.26.19

Whitehouse Statement on Green New Deal Show Vote

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, a leading advocate for legislation to address climate change, issued the following statement regarding today's show vote on a Green New Deal resolution: "There is one takeaway from this vote, and it is that Republicans are still doing the bidding of the fossil fuel industry. Their cartoon version of the Green New Deal was cooked up by the Koch brothers. The instruction to have this vote came from the fossil-fuel-friendly editorial page of th… Continue Reading


03.25.19

Whitehouse Unveils Bill to Train Next Generation of Manufacturing Workforce

Pawtucket, RI - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), a champion for Rhode Island's textiles and composites industries, today unveiled a bipartisan proposal aimed at helping younger workers hit the ground running in manufacturing jobs that require highly specialized skills. The Retain Innovation and Manufacturing Excellence Act would establish a pilot program to allow businesses to retain retiring employees long enough to train replacement workers - tackling a significant challenge for Rhode … Continue Reading


03.24.19

Whitehouse Statement on Attorney General Barr’s Letter to Congress

Providence, RI - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, today issued the following statement on Attorney General Barr's letter to Congress regarding the Special Counsel's report: "We knew from his confirmation hearing that Attorney General Barr would never conclude the president obstructed justice, which is why it is critical for Congress to see the full Mueller report and the evidence behind it. As the attorney general writes, Special Counsel Mueller issu… Continue Reading


03.22.19

Whitehouse Statement on Mueller Report

Providence, RI - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, released the following statement regarding the transmission of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report to Attorney General William Barr: "Congress and the American people have the right to know what the special counsel has unearthed. Even the president and House Republicans have called for the full release of Mueller's findings. "Now, Attorney General Barr ought to make good on the commitments… Continue Reading


03.21.19

Delegation Announces $6.5 Million to Fight Opioid Addiction in Rhode Island

Washington, DC - Today, U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse and Congressmen Jim Langevin and David Cicilline announced $6.5 million in funding to fight opioid addiction in Rhode Island. The state's share from a grant program at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) was increased substantially due to changes to the funding formula included in the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2018. All four members of the delegation voted for the legislation, as … Continue Reading

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