Press Releases

01.30.15

Sen. Whitehouse Urges Obama to Qualify Millions for Overtime Time

Providence, RI - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse is joining a group of lawmakers calling on President Barack Obama to boost wages for millions of salaried workers by setting a new income limit for overtime pay. In a letter sent this week to the President, Whitehouse and other Senators contend that overtime protections should be expanded to cover all workers who make up to $1,090 per week ($56,680 per year) and indexed to inflation. "Current regulations fail to protect the majority of the workf… Continue Reading


01.29.15

Sen. Whitehouse Statement on Keystone Vote

Washington, DC - The U.S. Senate today passed legislation to approve the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), a strong opponent of the pipeline who voted no on the bill, released the statement below regarding the vote: "Now that we have burned through three weeks of the Senate's time, Senate Republicans have succeeded in passing their first piece of legislation: a gift for Big Oil that the President has already said he will veto. I'm glad the President will … Continue Reading


01.28.15

Senate Republicans Vote to Protect Secret Spending by Big Oil

Washington, DC - As the Senate continues into its fourth week of debate on the Keystone XL pipeline legislation, Senators today voted on an amendment by Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) to shine a light on the special interest money that is influencing the debate. Whitehouse's amendment would have required companies or individuals who hold leases or stand to make more than $1 million from tar sands development - such as the Koch brothers - to disclose their political spending. Republican Senator… Continue Reading


01.27.15

Sen. Whitehouse Statement on Offshore Oil Drilling Expansion

Washington, DC - Today the Obama Administration announced a proposal to allow offshore oil and gas drilling on the East Coast from Virginia to Georgia. U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) released the statement below regarding the announcement: "I'm disappointed that the Administration is proposing to allow offshore oil and gas drilling on the East Coast. Our coastal economies, from fishing to tourism to recreation, rely on clean and safe beaches and vibrant ocean habitats. Offshore drill… Continue Reading


01.26.15

New Obama Administration Goals for Medicare Mirror Sen. Whitehouse Recommendations

Washington, DC - Today the Obama Administration announced that it is setting clear goals and a specific timeline for reforming the way doctors and hospitals are reimbursed when treating Medicare patients. The goals announced today come after U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) has been urging the Administration for years to set clear targets for health care delivery system reforms, arguing as early as 2011 that, "we can and must have a clear challenge to strive toward." In 2013 Whitehouse c… Continue Reading


01.26.15

With Winter Storm Juno Approaching, Delegation Requests Federal Emergency Declaration for RI

PROVIDENCE, RI - With Winter Storm Juno approaching and threatening to blast New England with high winds and a significant amount of snow, U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse and U.S. Representatives Jim Langevin and David Cicilline are urging President Obama to make federal assistance available to Rhode Island, if requested, to support emergency operations and recovery due to the blizzard conditions. The National Weather Service has issued a Blizzard Warning for the entire state of … Continue Reading


01.23.15

Senate Republicans Shut Down Debate on Disclosure Provision that would Affect Koch Bros.; Leave Town for Koch Forum

Washington, DC - Last night, after promising an open amendment process on the Keystone XL pipeline bill, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell shut down debate and moved to table a number of Democratic amendments. Among the tabled amendments was a provision by Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) that would have required companies or individuals who hold leases or stand to make more than $1 million from tar sands development -- such as the Koch Brothers -- to disclose their political spending. After deb… Continue Reading


01.22.15

Sen. Whitehouse and Rep. Neal Introduce Retirement Savings Bill

Washington, DC - Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Congressman Richard E. Neal (D-MA) introduced legislation today that would dramatically enhance the retirement security of millions of Americans. According to most financial planners, the United States is at the precipice of an impending retirement crisis. Many Americans are simply not saving enough to be financially secure in retirement. It is estimated that 75 million workers have no employer-provided retirement plan or other opportunity t… Continue Reading


01.21.15

Senators Reintroduce DISCLOSE Act on Anniversary of Citizens United Decision

Washington, DC - Five years ago today, the Supreme Court issued its disastrous Citizens United decision, which opened the floodgates for unlimited, secret spending in American elections. Today, to mark this anniversary, U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) reintroduced the DISCLOSE Act, legislation that would crack down on so-called "dark money" by requiring organizations that spend money to influence elections to disclose their spending as well as their major sources of funding in a timely m… Continue Reading


01.21.15

Whitehouse Puts Republicans on Record about Climate Change for First Time Since Citizens United Decision

Washington, DC - Today, after years of ducking questions about climate change, Republican Senators were put on record about whether they believe climate change is real. The U.S. Senate voted on a resolution offered by Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) as an amendment to the Keystone XL pipeline bill, which stated simply: Climate change is real and not a hoax. The resolution was approved by a vote of 98-1. Today's vote marked the first time that Senate Republicans have gone on record about the re… Continue Reading


01.20.15

Sen. Whitehouse Reaction to State of the Union Address

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) released the statement below reacting to President Obama's State of the Union Address: "The proposals outlined by the President tonight would be a big help to families in the Ocean State. I'm fighting to make sure our improving economy benefits hard-working Rhode Islanders, not just billionaires and big corporations. From asking wealthy investors to pay a fair share in taxes, to investing in the middle class by making college more afford… Continue Reading


01.20.15

Whitehouse Meets with Cuban Cardinal

Washington, DC - During his visit to Cuba this past weekend, U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) met with Cardinal Jaime Lucas Ortega y Alamino, Archbishop of Havana, and thanked him for the pivotal role he played in the recent agreement to improve relations between the U.S. and Cuba and free an imprisoned American aid worker. Whitehouse was visiting as part of the first Congressional Delegation to travel to Cuba since the Obama Administration announced the historic U.S.-Cuba agreement in De… Continue Reading


01.15.15

Sen. Whitehouse to Bring Elizabeth Roberts to State of the Union Address

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) announced today that his guest for President Obama's State of the Union address will be Elizabeth Roberts, the current nominee for Secretary of the Rhode Island Executive Office of Health and Human Services and former Lieutenant Governor, who has been a leading voice on health care reform in Rhode Island. Roberts will travel to Washington, DC for the address and will have a seat in the visitor's gallery in the House Chamber. "Rhode Islan… Continue Reading


01.15.15

Whitehouse and Manchin Urge DOE and EPA to Support Carbon Capture Efforts

Washington, DC - Last year, U.S. Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Joe Manchin (D-WV) pledged to work together to find common ground on energy and environmental issues. Today, building on that pledge, the Senators are urging the Obama Administration to support carbon capture and utilization (CCU) efforts. "As Senators from different states, we don't always agree," the Senators wrote in a letter to Ernest Moniz, Secretary of the Department of Energy, and Gina McCarthy, Administrator of the… Continue Reading


01.14.15

Sen. Whitehouse Statement on Administration’s Methane Emissions Plan

Washington, DC - Today the Obama Administration announced a series of steps to reduce methane emissions from the oil and gas sector. U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) released the statement below regarding the announcement: "The plan announced by the Administration today is an important step forward in reducing methane pollution, a potent greenhouse gas that harms public health and contributes to climate change, from its most significant industrial source - the oil and gas sector. I comm… Continue Reading


01.13.15

Sen. Whitehouse Applauds President’s Cyber Proposal

Washington, DC - Today President Obama announced a legislative proposal to combat cyber threats by, among other things, encouraging greater sharing of information between the public and private sectors, and by criminalizing the sale of botnets - networks of infected computers that are used to carry out cyber attacks and other criminal acts. U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) released the following statement regarding the proposal: "With each passing month, the urgent need for the United St… Continue Reading


01.13.15

Whitehouse and Cicilline Reintroduce Bill to End Tax Incentive for Offshoring Jobs

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and U.S. Representative David Cicilline (D-RI) are teaming up to keep jobs in America. The two Rhode Island Members of Congress today re-introduced the Offshoring Prevention Act in both the Senate and House of Representatives. The bill would eliminate a tax break for companies that send jobs overseas and level the playing field for manufacturing businesses here at home. The bill is one of three "tax fairness" measures that Whitehouse int… Continue Reading


01.13.15

Congressman Doggett, Senator Whitehouse Introduce Stop Tax Haven Abuse Act

Washington, DC - Today, U.S. Representative Lloyd Doggett (D-TX), a senior member of the House Ways and Means Committee, and Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), a member of the Senate Budget Committee, introduced the Stop Tax Haven Abuse Act. The bill closes a number of offshore tax loopholes, eliminates many tax incentives for U.S. companies to move jobs and operations offshore, and modifies rules on corporate inversions for businesses dodging U.S. taxes. "While most Americans contribute their … Continue Reading


01.13.15

Senators Reintroduce “Buffett Rule” Legislation

Washington, DC - Today, U.S. Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) led a group of 16 Senators in introducing legislation to require America's top earners to pay a fair share in taxes. The Paying a Fair Share Act would help ensure that multi-million-dollar earners pay at least a 30 percent effective federal tax rate, and would generate over $70 billion in revenue over ten years. The bill is one of three "tax fairness" measures Whitehouse is introducing today, which he hope… Continue Reading


01.12.15

Whitehouse Releases Tax Fairness Plan

Providence, RI - With President Obama and Republican leaders in Congress citing tax reform as a key area for bipartisan cooperation in the new year, U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) today announced that he will introduce three bills to make the federal tax system fairer for middle-class families and small businesses. The package would end tax breaks and loopholes that benefit multi-national corporations and the highest earners, and is projected to generate over $300 billion in revenue ove… Continue Reading

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