Press Releases

08.18.15

Reed & Whitehouse Announce Support for Iran Nuclear Agreement

PROVIDENCE, RI -- After numerous public hearings, classified briefings, consultation with nuclear experts, and discussions with Rhode Islanders, U.S. Senators Jack Reed (D-RI) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) today announced their support for the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), also known as the Iran nuclear agreement. This agreement, reached by the United States and five partner nations (the United Kingdom, China, France, Russia, and Germany) and Iran, would prohibit Iran from acquiri… Continue Reading


08.18.15

Whitehouse Applauds EPA’s Methane Rule to Reduce Emissions

Washington, DC - Today, U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse released a statement applauding the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) proposed plan to decrease methane and VOC emissions from the gas and oil industry. The plan would also require reductions in these gases from hydraulically fractured and refractured oil wells. The plan would use low-cost safeguards to reduce air pollution that harms public health and fuels climate change, and would yield net climate benefits up to $150 million in 2… Continue Reading


08.10.15

U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse on the death of Master Sergeant Andrew McKenna

Newport, RI - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse has released the following statement on the death‎ of Master Sergeant Andrew McKenna in Afghanistan: "We grieve for Master Sergeant Andrew McKenna, his family, and all those who loved him. This is a true loss for Rhode Island and our nation. He made the ultimate sacrifice for our country and will be remembered forever as a hero and a patriot. As we honor his life and selfless service, let us also reflect on the commitment and courage that the… Continue Reading


08.06.15

U.S. Senate Gets Cracking & Passes National Lobster Day Bill

WASHINGTON, DC - Any day is a great day to enjoy lobster, but this fall there will be added incentive to crack into New England's most famous crustacean: the U.S. Senate today unanimously approved a resolution designating Friday, September 25, 2015 as "National Lobster Day." The resolution, cosponsored by U.S. Senators Jack Reed (D-RI), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), and five New England colleagues, recognizes the historic and economic importance of the lobster industry to Rhode Island and other st… Continue Reading


08.05.15

U.S. Senate Approves Whitehouse-Vitter Estuary Legislation

Washington, D.C. - The U.S. Senate today unanimously approved bipartisan legislation authored by Sens. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and David Vitter (R-LA) to reauthorize the National Estuary Program (NEP). The program was first established in 1987 by the late Senator John Chafee (R-RI) to protect and restore estuarine habitats threatened by pollution and overdevelopment. Authorization for this important program expired in 2010. "Estuaries provide vital ecosystems for fisheries and wildlife, and… Continue Reading


08.03.15

Sen. Whitehouse Praises Clean Power Plan

Providence, RI - Today, as President Obama prepares to unveil his much-anticipated Clean Power Plan, U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) held a press conference with National Grid Rhode Island President Tim Horan and RI Office of Energy Resources Commissioner Marion Gold to discuss how the plan will benefit people and businesses in Rhode Island and across the country. The plan will, for the first time, require states to reduce carbon pollution from existing coal-fired power plants - the sing… Continue Reading


07.31.15

Whitehouse, Langevin, & Cicilline Mark 50 Years of Medicare & Medicaid in Rhode Island

Providence, RI - Today, U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse and Congressmen Jim Langevin and David Cicilline joined seniors, leading health care providers and insurers, AARP of Rhode Island, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Medicare and Medicaid programs. The event was held in Providence at the PACE Organization of Rhode Island, which coordinates a range of health care services for individuals on Medicare and Medicaid. President Lyndon B… Continue Reading


07.30.15

Senate Passes Six-Year Highway Bill

Washington, DC - The U.S. Senate today passed the DRIVE Act, a major transportation funding bill that would provide long-term certainty for federal highway projects. U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) is a member of the committee that wrote the bill, and successfully included a new "Assistance for Major Projects Program" which would provide funding to assist states in completing large, important, and expensive projects like reconstruction of Rhode Island's 6-10 Connector. "Rhode Island bad… Continue Reading


07.28.15

Whitehouse Applauds City of Providence’s Divestment from Fossil Fuel Companies

Washington, DC - Today U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse released the following applauding the unanimous decision by Mayor Elorza and the City of Providence's Board of Investment Commissioners to divest the city's finances from major fossil fuel companies. The Board's decision follows a 2013 vote by the Providence City Council to divest the city of holdings in a broad array of fossil fuel companies. "The City of Providence has sent a clear signal about these companies and the fossil fuel indust… Continue Reading


07.27.15

Block Island Wind Farm Completes First "Steel in the Water"

Block Island, R.I. - July 27, 2015 - In an historic moment for the American offshore wind industry, the Block Island Wind Farm has reached its "steel in the water" milestone with the installation of the first wind farm foundation component. Deepwater Wind's offshore foundation installation contractor set the first, 400-ton steel jacket on the sea floor on Sunday, July 26 at the wind farm site, roughly three miles off the Block Island coast. A joint venture between Weeks Marine and Manson Constru… Continue Reading


07.23.15

Judiciary Committee Clears Grassley, Whitehouse Bill to Reauthorize Juvenile Justice Programs with Improved Accountability

Washington, DC - The Senate Judiciary Committee today passed legislation from Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley and Senator Sheldon Whitehouse that would ensure that at-risk youth are fairly and effectively served by juvenile justice grant programs. Their legislation updates existing law by promoting improved transparency and accountability at the state and federal level. It also adds additional support for youth with mental illnesses and guards against fraud and mismanagement of gran… Continue Reading


07.22.15

New GAO Report Finds Serious Vulnerabilities to Waste and Fraud with Medicare Provider List

Washington, D.C. - Today, a new report found that the list maintained by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) of physicians and other providers authorized to bill Medicare has serious shortfalls and inaccuracies, leaving Medicare vulnerable to hundreds of millions of dollars in in waste and fraud. According to the Government Accountability Office (GAO), the list, known as the Provider Enrollment and Chain/Ownership System (PECOS), included thousands of suspicious and invalid addr… Continue Reading


07.21.15

Delegation & Raimondo Announce $250,000 in Federal Funds to Benefit RI Youth with Substance Abuse Disorders

Washington, D.C. - Rhode Island's congressional delegation and Governor Gina M. Raimondo announced today that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded $250,000 to the Rhode Island Department of Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities and Hospitals (BHDDH) to plan and implement the Rhode Island Youth Treatment Planning project. The project aims to improve substance abuse and mental health services for Rhode Island's youth. The project will coordinate Rhode I… Continue Reading


07.16.15

Senate Passes Landmark Overhaul of Federal Education Law

Washington, DC - The U.S. Senate has passed landmark legislation overhauling federal education policy for elementary and secondary schools. The Every Child Achieves Act, which passed by a vote of 81-17, eliminates the one-size-fits-all provisions of the Bush-era No Child Left Behind law that placed too much emphasis on standardized test results and pressured teachers to "teach to the test." Instead, the bill allows communities, parents, and teachers to work together to improve schools using a … Continue Reading


07.15.15

Whitehouse Voices Support for Every Child Achieves Act

Washington, DC - Last evening, U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse delivered remarks on the Senate floor about pending legislation to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). Whitehouse, a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, helped to craft the bill, the Every Child Achieves Act. In his remarks, Whitehouse discussed how his work with Rhode Island education leaders, students, and parents shaped his priorities for the bill and led him t… Continue Reading


07.15.15

Sen. Whitehouse Urges DOJ to Take Action on Dark Money

Washington, DC - In a letter sent today to U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch, Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) is urging the Department of Justice (DOJ) to crack down on "a pattern of open and notorious abuses" in our nation's campaign finance system. Specifically, Whitehouse argues that some 501(c)(4) "social welfare" organizations take advantage of ambiguities in Treasury Department rules to raise and spend unlimited amounts of money in secret. Whitehouse has long urged federal agencies to t… Continue Reading


07.14.15

Sen. Whitehouse Statement on Iran Nuclear Deal

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) released the statement below regarding today's announcement of a deal between the United States, its allies, and Iran to prevent Iran from developing a nuclear weapon: "Whenever possible, I believe the U.S. should seek to advance our security goals through diplomacy rather than force. The President and his team, particularly Secretary Kerry, deserve tremendous credit for pursuing this diplomatic solution to one of our world's most pressing… Continue Reading


07.13.15

Reed, Whitehouse and Langevin Celebrate $770,000 in Federal Funding for Narragansett Fire Department

Narragansett, RI - Today, at the Narragansett Fire Department headquarters, U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse and Congressman Jim Langevin announced $769,582 in federal funding for the Narragansett Fire Department to purchase a new ladder truck and firefighting equipment. Reed, Whitehouse, and Langevin also toured the headquarters and heard from firefighters about how this funding will help keep Narragansett residents safe. The Narragansett Fire Department's current ladder truck i… Continue Reading


07.09.15

Portman and Whitehouse Amendment to Support Recovery Support Services to Students Passes Senate

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Rob Portman (R-Ohio) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D- R.I.) today applauded passage of their amendment to the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) reauthorization that expands drug and violence prevention grants to provide recovery support services to students in schools and communities working to overcome addiction. The Every Child Achieves Act authorizes grant programs to address drug abuse and violence prevention in schools and communities across the coun… Continue Reading


07.09.15

Reed and Whitehouse Announce Recommendation of Mary McElroy to the U.S. District Court for Rhode Island

PROVIDENCE, RI - The process to fill the upcoming federal court vacancy in Rhode Island took a step forward today as United States Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse announced they have recommended that President Barack Obama nominate Rhode Island Public Defender Mary McElroy, of Coventry, to the U.S. District Court in Providence. "After a months-long, open effort to solicit qualified applicants and conduct extensive interviews, we are prepared to take the next step in this process and h… Continue Reading

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