Press Releases

12.17.13

Rhode Island Seniors Continue Benefitting from Health Care Law

Washington, DC - As the holiday season nears, thousands of Rhode Island seniors will have a little extra money thanks to prescription drug savings made possible by the Affordable Care Act. Through October of this year 10,600 Medicare recipients in Rhode Island saved over $7 million on prescription drugs, for an average savings of $677 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 t… Continue Reading


12.16.13

Whitehouse Hosts Meeting with National Coalition to Highlight Rhode Island Leadership on Advanced Illness Care

Providence, RI - This morning, U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse hosted a panel discussion with Bill Novelli, co-chair of the Coalition to Transform Advanced Care (C-TAC), to discuss the organization's work to improve advanced illness care. Advanced illness occurs when chronic conditions, such as end-stage cancer and heart disease, progress to the point that general functioning declines and medical treatment begins to lose its effect. During the meeting, Senator Whitehouse and Rhode Island health… Continue Reading


12.10.13

Sen. Whitehouse Statement on Budget Deal

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), a member of the Budget conference committee, released the statement below regarding the budget agreement announced today by Chairmen Patty Murray (D-WA) and Paul Ryan (R-WI): "I commend Chairman Murray for completing the difficult task of coming to a budget agreement with House Republicans. To be sure, this is not the deal any of us had hoped for. Republicans refused to end a single special tax deal or to maintain extended unemployment b… Continue Reading


12.10.13

Obamacare Will Help 172,000 Rhode Islanders Gain Access to Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Benefits

Washington, DC - According to data released today by the White House, 172,000 Rhode Islanders will gain access to expanded mental health and substance use disorder benefits and federal parity protections thanks to the Affordable Care Act (ACA). U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), a strong advocate for mental health parity, applauded the announcement as the latest example of the ACA improving care for Rhode Islanders. "For too long, Americans suffering from mental health conditions have been… Continue Reading


12.10.13

Sen. Whitehouse: SCOTUS Should Uphold Cross-State Air Pollution Rule

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) released the statement below regarding the oral argument at the Supreme Court today on whether to uphold the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Cross-State Air Pollution Rule (CSAPR): "For too long, virtually uncontrolled coal-fired power plants have used tall smoke stacks to export dirty air to downwind states like Rhode Island - polluting our skies and endangering our health. In 2011, EPA established the Cross-State Air Pollution Ru… Continue Reading


12.10.13

RI Congressional Delegation Announces $123,000 in Federal Funding for Rhode Island Art Organizations

Washington, DC - Rhode Island's Congressional delegation today announced $123,000 in National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) grant funding for Rhode Island arts organizations and programs. These competitive grants were awarded to organizations that contribute to the cultural and economic development of the state through the arts. This is NEA's first round of FY2014 competitive grant awards. "This federal funding will help support local artists and bolster economic development and education through… Continue Reading


12.02.13

Whitehouse & RI Health Care Stakeholders Highlight how Health Reforms are Improving Quality of Care and Lowering Spending

Providence, RI - This morning, U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse and Lieutenant Governor Elizabeth Roberts met with leaders of Rhode Island's health care industry to discuss how key reforms, some of which are part of the Affordable Care Act, are improving health care quality and lowering health spending in the state. During the roundtable, Representatives from Coastal Medical, Blue Cross Blue Shield Rhode Island, the Rhode Island Quality Institute, Care New England, and the Chronic Care Sustainab… Continue Reading


11.26.13

Sen. Whitehouse Applauds Administration’s Effort to Crack Down on “Dark Money” Activities

Providence, RI - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) released the statement below today regarding the Obama Administration's newly proposed guidance to limit political activity by 501(c)(4) nonprofit organizations: "Since the Supreme Court opened the floodgates to big money in elections in its disgraceful Citizens United decision, political groups posing as 'social welfare' organizations have abused their nonprofit status. They run ads targeting candidates for office and raise millions of d… Continue Reading


11.24.13

Sen. Whitehouse Statement on Nuclear Deal with Iran

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse released the statement below regarding the agreement on Iran's nuclear program announced last night by President Obama: "This agreement has the potential to change the trajectory of events in the Middle East. It is only an opening step, as two sides begin to emerge from decades of enmity. Ultimately the Iranian nuclear weapons program must be fully shut down, and blind trust on our part would not be wise. With proper follow-up, however, this co… Continue Reading


11.22.13

Sen. Whitehouse Statement on 50th Anniversary of President Kennedy’s Assassination

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) released the statement below regarding the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy: "50 years ago today, I remember coming home and watching the news on a small black and white TV, and days later sitting on my father's shoulders to see President Kennedy's caisson roll by - a black horse with boots backwards in the stirrups frisking behind it. President Kennedy's sudden and senseless death was a dark moment in ou… Continue Reading


11.21.13

Bicameral Climate Task Force Co-Chairs Meet With NBA, WNBA, NHL, NFL, MLB, and USOC

WASHINGTON, DC- Today the Bicameral Task Force on Climate Change met with representatives from the NBA, WNBA, NHL, NFL, MLB, and the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) to discuss the effects of climate change on these leagues and the work the organizations are doing to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The members also released written responses from the leagues to the Task Force's request for views on actions the federal government could take to address climate change. "Congress can learn a lo… Continue Reading


11.21.13

Sen. Whitehouse Applauds Filibuster Change

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) released the statement below today regarding the Senate's decision to modify its rules to break through repeated Republican filibusters of qualified nominees: "The Constitution gives President Obama the responsibility to fill executive and judicial vacancies, and the Senate the responsibility to advise and consent. Senate Republicans recently have used filibusters to seize the Senate's advice and consent function and give it to the minori… Continue Reading


11.20.13

Langevin and Whitehouse Support Good Corporate Governance

WASHINGTON, DC - Congressman Jim Langevin (D-RI) and Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) introduced legislation today that would allow federal employees to make socially responsible investments (SRI) in their retirement plans. The Federal Employees Responsible Investment Act would direct the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board to select a "Corporate Responsibility Index" as an option for Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) contributions by federal employees - allowing them to direct their retirement … Continue Reading


11.15.13

Senators Introduce Bipartisan Prison Reform Bill

Washington, DC - As federal prison and detention costs continue to skyrocket, U.S. Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Rob Portman (R-OH) are pushing legislation that would help lower costs and reduce recidivism. The Senators recently introduced the Recidivism Reduction & Public Safety Act of 2013 (S. 1675), which would allow inmates to earn sentence-reduction credit for completing programming aimed at helping them re-enter society - potentially saving hundreds of millions of dollars in … Continue Reading


11.14.13

U.S. Senate Passes Children’s Hospital Graduate Medical Education Bill

Washington, DC - This week, the United States Senate unanimously 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 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. If this bill is signed into law, children's psychiatric hospita… Continue Reading


11.13.13

Bipartisan Coalition of 38 Members of Congress Urges Federal Funding for Fisheries Disaster

WASHINGTON, DC - In a bipartisan, bicameral letter to House and Senate leadership, 38 members of Congress - including all four members of Rhode Island's Congressional delegation - today urged funding for fisheries disaster relief in the final funding package for Fiscal Year 2014. Last year, the U.S. Department of Commerce declared a federal fishery failure for the Northeast multispecies fishery for the 2013 season. Led by Senators Jack Reed (D-RI) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), the Senate Appropri… Continue Reading


11.07.13

Sen. Whitehouse Statement on Passage of ENDA

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) released the statement below regarding the Senate's vote to pass the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), which will protect LGBT workers from discrimination based on their sexual orientation: "No one should fear persecution at work because of who they love. I was proud to join my colleagues in supporting this legislation to provide important workplace protections for LGBT Americans, and I hope the House of Representatives will soon p… Continue Reading


11.05.13

Sen. Whitehouse Named to Water Infrastructure Bill Conference Committee

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) today was appointed as a member of the joint House-Senate conference committee convened to merge the versions of the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 2013 passed by the two chambers. The legislation authorizes and reforms civil works programs and policies for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The Senate-passed bill includes an amendment authored by Whitehouse to establish a National Endowment for the Oceans, Coasts, and Great Lak… Continue Reading


11.01.13

Bicameral Task Force on Climate Change Applauds President Obama’s Commitment to Climate Change Resilience Preparation

Washington, DC - The Bicameral Task Force on Climate Change strongly supports the executive order issued by President Obama today to enhance climate preparedness and resilience for the United States. This order firmly grounds Administration policy in the realities of climate science and acknowledges the variety of challenges that our country will face in coming years due to increasing erratic and dangerous weather patterns and events. It will encourage increased information sharing on all level… Continue Reading


11.01.13

Senators Introduce Legislation to Promote Public Awareness of Cyber Security

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Roy Blunt (R-MO), Lindsey Graham (D-SC), and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) today introduced the Cyber Security Public Awareness Act of 2013. The bill would improve public awareness of cyber security threats by instituting new reporting requirements for federal agencies charged with monitoring and responding to cyber threats. In recent years, cyber attacks by criminals, foreign intelligence and military services, and terrorists have increased… Continue Reading

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