Press Releases

04.02.15

Sen. Whitehouse Statement on Tentative Iran Nuclear Deal

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) released the statement below regarding President Obama's announcement that international negotiators have agreed upon a framework for a deal to prevent Iran from getting a nuclear weapon: "As President Obama said today, a diplomatic solution is 'our best option by far' in the effort to prevent Iran from getting a nuclear weapon. I will continue to review the developing details of this framework. I commend the President and Secretary Kerr… Continue Reading


04.02.15

Senators Urging Administration to Require Government Contractors to Disclose Political Spending

Washington, DC - Today, on the one-year anniversary of the Supreme Court's McCutcheon decision that further eroded the nation's campaign finance laws, a group of U.S. Senators are sending a letter asking the Obama Administration to implement an executive order requiring government contractors to disclose political spending. The letter is signed by U.S. Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Tom Udall (D-NM), Al Franken (D-MN), and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA). The letter from th… Continue Reading


04.02.15

RI Delegation Announces $1.6 Million for RI Sea Grant

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse and Congressmen Jim Langevin and David Cicilline announced over $1.6 million in federal funding from the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) for the Rhode Island Sea Grant Program. Rhode Island Sea Grant will use the funds to continue work on the state's Shellfish Management Plan in cooperation with the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management and the Coastal Resources Management Counci… Continue Reading


03.31.15

Sen. Whitehouse Applauds U.S. Commitment for Greenhouse Gas Reductions

Washington, DC - Today the Obama Administration announced the United States' commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions as part of the global effort to tackle climate change. The commitment comes in advance of the U.N. Climate Change Conference in Paris in December, where countries from around the world will attempt to forge a new international climate agreement. U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) released the statement below regarding the U.S. commitment: "President Obama's commitment… Continue Reading


03.31.15

Bicameral Task Force on Climate Change Leads Letter Supporting International Climate Talks

Washington, D.C. - As the Obama Administration prepares to release its greenhouse gas reduction commitment for the U.N. Climate Change Conference in Paris, the Bicameral Task Force on Climate Change is today leading more than 100 Members of Congress on a letter supporting President Obama's international climate efforts. Bicameral Task Force co-chairs Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD), Rep. Bobby L. Rush (D-IL), Sen. Edward J. Markey (D-MA), and… Continue Reading


03.27.15

Sen. Whitehouse Statement on Senate Budget Passage

Washington, DC - Early this morning, the U.S. Senate voted to approve the Republican budget resolution by a vote of 52-46. U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), a member of the Budget Committee, released the statement below regarding the vote: "I voted against the Republican budget proposal because it calls for severe cuts that would dramatically harm Rhode Islanders while protecting every single tax loophole for the rich and powerful. It would slash Medicaid and food stamps, undermine the … Continue Reading


03.27.15

Sen. Whitehouse Statement on Reid Retirement

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) released the statement below regarding Minority Leader Harry Reid's (D-NV) announcement that he will retire at the end of his term: "History will remember Harry Reid as the tough-minded majority leader who shepherded through the Senate some of the most consequential legislation in generations in the face of withering and unprecedented obstruction from the opposing party. I wish him well in our months ahead together and after his service in… Continue Reading


03.26.15

Bennet, Whitehouse, Manchin, Heitkamp Offer Amendment to Combat Climate Change, Promote Economic and National Security

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Michael Bennet, Sheldon Whitehouse, Joe Manchin and Heidi Heitkamp are offering an amendment to the Senate's budget proposal to promote national security, economic growth, and public health by prioritizing efforts to address climate change. "Colorado can't wait any longer for Washington to address climate change. Unchecked carbon pollution represents a material threat to our state and its economy - whether it's a shorter ski season, the increased threat of wildfir… Continue Reading


03.26.15

Republicans Vote to Protect Dark Money in Elections

Washington, DC - With the Senate debating amendments to this year's budget resolution, Republicans voted against an amendment offered by Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and cosponsored by Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) aimed at making it more difficult for corporations and billionaires to secretly influence federal elections through unlimited and undisclosed campaign expenditures - so-called "dark money." The amendment would have facilitated passage of legislation to promote transparency in politic… Continue Reading


03.26.15

Report: Prison Reforms Reduce Racial Disparities in Corrections System

Washington, DC - Today the Council of State Governments released a report on the changing racial composition of prison populations in three states that have implemented reforms to their corrections systems using the Justice Reinvestment approach. The report shows that changes such as improving access to substance use treatment for prisoners, implementing recidivism-reduction programs and incentivizing prisoner participation, and developing risk-assessment tools to identify the best ways to help… Continue Reading


03.26.15

Pro-Climate Senators to Offer Amendments to Budget

Washington, DC - As the Senate continues debating amendments to the proposed budget resolution, and with Republican Senators advocating for amendments that would undermine efforts to protect the environment and public health, a group of pro-climate Senators will offer a series of proposals to push back on those efforts and address the effects of manmade climate change. The following amendments either have been filed or will be filed: Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT): Deficit neutral reserv… Continue Reading


03.24.15

Senators Offering Amendment to Protect Social Security in Budget

Washington, DC - As the Senate continues debating the Republican budget proposal this week, U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) will offer an amendment to guard against potential efforts to cut Social Security benefits. The Democratic amendment would establish as "not in order" any budget proposals that would reduce Social Security benefits, increase the retirement age, or privatize Social Security. Senator Whitehouse will speak on the Senate floor at approximately 4:00 p.m. to call up this… Continue Reading


03.23.15

Whitehouse and Reed Announce $168K in Federal Funding for Bradley Hospital

East Providence, RI - During a press conference today at Bradley Hospital in East Providence, U.S. Senators Sheldon Whitehouse and Jack Reed announced that the hospital will receive $168,354 from the Children's Hospitals Graduate Medical Education (CHGME) Payment Program. The funding was made possible by the CHGME Support Reauthorization Act of 2013, which included a provision authored by Whitehouse to expand the program to include children's psychiatric teaching hospitals. Bradley Hospital f… Continue Reading


03.23.15

Whitehouse and Langevin Fighting to Protect Social Security Disability Benefits

Providence, RI - Today U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse and Congressman Jim Langevin held a roundtable discussion at Community Action Partnership of Providence to hear about the need to protect the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program. Whitehouse and Langevin were joined by State Senator Donna Nesselbush, a leading disability attorney and advocate in the state, as well as SSDI recipients, disability groups, representatives from the Social Security Administration, and Melissa Husban… Continue Reading


03.19.15

Whitehouse Adds Two Amendments to Budget

Washington, DC - Today the Senate Budget Committee debated the proposed Republican budget resolution and voted on a series of amendments. Among the amendments adopted by the committee was a measure by Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) intended to ensure that tax expenditures are accounted for in the budget. The Committee also adopted a second Whitehouse amendment to establish a deficit-neutral reserve fund to enhance the preparedness of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to address… Continue Reading


03.18.15

Whitehouse Slams Senate GOP’s “Unreal” Budget

Washington, D.C. - Today Senate Republicans introduced a budget proposal that would protect every single tax loophole for the wealthy and well-connected while slashing funding for the programs that help the most vulnerable Rhode Islanders. U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), a member of the Budget Committee, released the statement below regarding the proposal: "The Republican budget proposal relies on accounting gimmicks to achieve balance within ten years, and calls for severe cuts that… Continue Reading


03.17.15

Senators Re-introduce Bipartisan Bill Aimed at Helping to End Breast Cancer by 2020

Washington, D.C. - Sens. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), Jack Reed (D-R.I.), Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Dean Heller (R-Nev.), Susan Collins (R-Maine), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) and Bob Casey (D-Pa.) this week reintroduced bipartisan legislation to help end breast cancer by creating a clearinghouse and catalyst for research, public-private partnerships and trans-disciplinary collaboration. "Every year, tens of thousands of American women die from breast cancer," Whitehous… Continue Reading


03.06.15

Sen. Whitehouse Attending 50th Anniversary March in Selma, Alabama

Washington, DC - This weekend U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) will attend the 50th anniversary remembrance of the "Bloody Sunday" march of 1965 in Selma, Alabama. He will join dozens of other Members of Congress and distinguished guests, including President Barack Obama and Congressman John Lewis - a leader in the civil rights movement who participated in the first march fifty years ago and still bears scars from being attacked by police as he crossed the Edmund Pettus Bridge. "The imag… Continue Reading


03.04.15

Sen. Whitehouse Statement on Senate’s Vote to Sustain Keystone Veto

Washington, D.C. - Today Senate Republicans failed in their bid to override President Obama's veto of legislation approving the Keystone XL pipeline, falling short of the 67 votes needed. U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) released the statement below regarding the vote: "Knowing full well that the President would veto it, why the Republican Leadership wasted months on this bill is a mystery. The Keystone pipeline would be a disaster for our environment and public health and would create … Continue Reading


03.02.15

Sen. Whitehouse Statement on Death of State Sen. Lenihan

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse released the statement below regarding the passing of State Senator J. Michael Lenihan: "Mike was a dedicated family man, teacher, and public servant. A principled champion for transparency, he helped pass important reforms to make our state's government more accountable to the people. Sandra's and my thoughts and prayers are with the Lenihan family during this difficult time." ###… Continue Reading

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