Press Releases

04.28.14

Sen. Whitehouse Applauds $18B Contract for Electric Boat

Washington, DC - Today, the U.S. Department of the Navy announced an $18 billion contract for the construction of 10 Virginia-class submarines by General Dynamics Electric Boat - largest number of boats ordered to date in a single contract block. U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) released the statement below regarding this announcement: "Electric Boat's facility at Quonset has long been a major source of jobs for our state, and this contract ensures that it will continue to be so for year… Continue Reading


04.16.14

Waxman and Whitehouse Submit Formal Comments on Keystone Pipeline

Washington, DC - As Secretary of State John Kerry continues to consider the fate of the proposed Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, Rep. Henry A. Waxman (D-CA) and Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) wrote to Secretary Kerry explaining why the project is not in our national interest and submitting formal comments critiquing several key elements of the State Department's Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (FSEIS). The letter and comments explain how the pipeline will contribute to dangero… Continue Reading


04.16.14

RI to Receive $787,100 in NEA Grants

PROVIDENCE, RI -- In an effort to promote community arts programs and arts education throughout Rhode Island, the Rhode Island Congressional delegation today announced the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts (RISCA), Community Musicworks (CMW), and WaterFire Providence will share $787,100 in federal grants from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). These federal matching grants will help support both new and established art projects, including workshops, performances, exhibitions, and a… Continue Reading


04.15.14

Sen. Whitehouse Statement on Anniversary of Boston Bombing

Providence, RI - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse released the statement below today in recognition of the one-year anniversary of the Boston bombing: "New Englanders will never forget the tragic events of one year ago - the senseless violence that shattered an otherwise beautiful day, but also the resilience and compassion demonstrated in the aftermath by first responders and citizens alike. On that day, and the days that followed, Boston showed the world what Americans are made of. And today w… Continue Reading


04.14.14

Reed, Whitehouse Call for Bipartisan Action, Multi-Year Fix to Address Transportation Infrastructure Needs

PROVIDENCE, RI -- U.S. Senators Jack Reed (D-RI) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) today met with Rhode Island Department of Transportation Director Michael P. Lewis to discuss the looming Highway Trust Fund crisis. Reed and Whitehouse say urgent bipartisan action is needed to prevent federal transportation funds from running out. The Senators are calling for swift reauthorization of the transportation bill, known as the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21) Act. The current law … Continue Reading


04.14.14

Reed, Whitehouse, Langevin Announce $800,000 to Help Increase Port Capacity at Quonset

QUONSET, RI - In an effort to help create jobs and increase Rhode Island's port capacity, U.S. Senators Jack Reed (D-RI) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and U.S. Representative James Langevin (D-RI) today announced that the U.S. Economic Development Agency (EDA) will award a new $800,000 federal grant to upgrade two new berths at the Port of Davisville. This is part of a $1.6 million project that will install new marine hardware to allow the Port to more fully utilize terminals 4 and 5. Termina… Continue Reading


04.14.14

Whitehouse, Cicilline, and Industry Leaders Hold Forum on Opportunities to Grow Rhode Island’s Composites Industry

Bristol, RI - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), along with the Rhode Island Marine Trades Association (RIMTA), the Rhode Island Manufacturers Association, and the Rhode Island Manufacturing Extension Service, held a forum at Roger Williams University today to identify opportunities to support the growing Rhode Island composites industry. U.S. Representative David Cicilline, as well as representatives from Rhode Island's composites companies, research institutions, and other stakeholders… Continue Reading


04.11.14

Sen. Whitehouse to Tour Effects of Climate Change Along Southeast Coast

Providence, RI - With the effects of climate change already harming Rhode Island's communities and economy, U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse is continuing to look for ways to wake up Congress and the country to take action on this urgent issue. Last month he visited Iowa to urge citizens and businesses there to make sure climate change is a key issue there in the 2016 presidential election cycle. Next, Whitehouse will be taking a road trip along the southeast coast of the United States to view … Continue Reading


04.09.14

Senate Republicans Block Debate on Paycheck Fairness Act

Washington, DC - Today Senate Republicans blocked the consideration of the Paycheck Fairness Act, refusing to allow an open debate on the issue. The bill would help ensure that women receive the same pay as men for equivalent work. U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) issued the following statement regarding today's failed vote: "In the year 2014 there is no excuse for the persistent wage disparity between men and women. This is a serious problem that affects women in Rhode Island and thro… Continue Reading


04.07.14

Sen. Whitehouse Statement on Vote to Renew Unemployment Benefits

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse released the statement below regarding today's successful vote in the Senate to revive the Emergency Unemployment Compensation program and to retroactively extend benefits to those who lost them since the program expired in December of 2013: "Unemployment insurance benefits can mean the difference between paying bills and losing a home, and I strongly support restoring this lifeline to the thousands of Rhode Island families who have lost benefits… Continue Reading


04.03.14

Sen. Whitehouse Applauds Intelligence Committee’s Vote to Declassify Interrogation Report

Washington, DC - Today the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee voted to declassify portions of its study of the Bush-era CIA Detention and Interrogation Program. U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), a former member of the Intelligence Committee who was involved in the preparation of the report and who has advocated for its declassification, released the statement below: "During my time on the Senate Intelligence Committee, I was shocked at the details we learned about the Bush Administration… Continue Reading


04.03.14

Senate Committee Approves Whitehouse’s Estuary Bill

Washington, DC - The U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee today approved the Clean Estuaries Act of 2014, introduced by U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), to reauthorize the National Estuary Program (NEP). The legislation, crafted with Committee Ranking Member David Vitter (R-LA), was approved with bipartisan support. The program was first established in 1987 by the late Republican Senator John Chafee to protect and restore estuarine habitats threatened by pollution an… Continue Reading


04.03.14

Senate Approves Treaties to Protect American Fishermen

Washington, D.C. - The U.S. Senate today unanimously approved four treaties to protect American fishermen who are put at a disadvantage by illegal pirate fishing. The co-chairs of the U.S. Senate Oceans Caucus - Sens. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Mark Begich (D-AK), and Roger Wicker (R-MS) - have been fighting to win approval of these treaties for months, and had just completed a series of floor speeches urging their ratification when the Senate agreed to proceed with them.… Continue Reading


04.02.14

Sen. Whitehouse Statement on Supreme Court’s McCutcheon Ruling

Washington, DC - Today the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5 to 4 to strike down aggregate political contribution limits in the case of McCutcheon v. FEC. U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), a member of the Judiciary Committee and a leader on campaign finance issues, released the statement below regarding the decision: "By reversing longstanding precedent and striking down limits on the overall amount any one person can contribute to political campaigns, the five activist Republican appointees on… Continue Reading


04.01.14

House Passes Children’s Hospital Funding Bill

Washington, DC - Today the U.S. House of Representatives approved the Children's Hospital GME Support Reauthorization Act of 2013. The legislation, which authorizes federal support for graduate medical education (GME) in freestanding children's teaching hospitals, includes a provision authored by U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) that extends the program to children's psychiatric hospitals like Bradley Hospital in Rhode Island - making them eligible for the same CHGME funding that general … Continue Reading


03.31.14

Sen. Whitehouse Statement on Latest IPCC Findings

Washington, DC - Today the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released a new report titled Climate Change 2014: Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability. The report highlights the world's increasing vulnerability to the effects of climate change, and encourages world leaders to take serious steps to develop robust adaptation plans to protect our natural and human systems. U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), a co-chair of the Bicameral Task Force on Climate Change and the Senate… Continue Reading


03.28.14

Sen. Whitehouse Applauds Administration’s Interagency Methane Reduction Strategy

Washington, DC - Today the Obama Administration announced the newest piece of its comprehensive Climate Action Plan: an interagency strategy to reduce methane emissions, which contribute to climate change and smog. U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), chairman of the Environment and Public Works (EPW) Subcommittee on Clean Air and Nuclear Safety, issued the following statement today applauding the strategy: "As climate change continues to harm American communities from the Heartland to the … Continue Reading


03.25.14

Sen. Whitehouse Applauds EPA’s “Waters of the U.S.” Rule

Washington, DC - Today the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers released a proposed rule to clarify protections under the Clean Water Act (CWA). The rule is particularly important for defining the reach of the Act over smaller upstream waters, which had been thrown into question by several Supreme Court decisions. U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), a member of the Environment and Public Works Committee, strongly supports the proposed rule. "We all h… Continue Reading


03.24.14

Nearly 14,000 RIers Benefitted from Obamacare’s Medicare “Doughnut Hole” Fix in 2013

Washington, DC - Thousands of Rhode Island seniors have saved on prescription drugs because of the Affordable Care Act, according to federal data released last week. In 2013, 13,998 Rhode Islanders on Medicare saved over $9.9 million on their prescriptions, for an average savings of $709 per person. Prior to the passage of the Affordable Care Act, thousands of Rhode Island seniors fell into the so-called Medicare "doughnut hole" and were forced to pay the full cost of their prescription drugs.… Continue Reading


03.17.14

Whitehouse Hears from Rhode Islanders on Prison Reform Bill

Providence, RI - At a roundtable discussion in Providence on Monday, U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) heard from Rhode Island law enforcement and community leaders about his bipartisan prison reform legislation that recently passed the Senate Judiciary Committee and awaits action in the full Senate. The bill would reduce federal prison spending and decrease overcrowded prison populations by allowing some prisoners to earn credits toward time in pre-release custody in return for completing… Continue Reading

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