Press Releases

09.16.13

RI Congressional Delegation Announces $300K for Sojourner House’s Transitional Housing Program

Providence, RI - The Rhode Island Congressional delegation today announced a $300,000 federal grant for Sojourner House, a local advocacy and resource center for victims of domestic abuse. The grant was awarded by the Department of Justice's Office on Violence Against Women and will help fund Sojourner House's transitional housing program, which provides aid to victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking who are homeless or in need of housing assistance. The progra… Continue Reading


09.11.13

Sen. Whitehouse Statement on Anniversary of 9/11

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse released the following statement today regarding the twelve-year anniversary of September 11, 2001: "On the twelfth anniversary of the tragic events of September 11, 2001, my thoughts and prayers are with the victims of that day's attacks and their families. We will never forget those lost. Nor will we forget the selfless first responders who heeded the call to action, or our servicemembers who continue to protect Americans at home and abroad. … Continue Reading


09.10.13

Sen. Whitehouse Statement on President’s Syria Address

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) released the statement below following President Obama's speech to the nation on the situation in Syria: "Our national debate over a military strike in Syria has prompted a change in Russian attitude that the President has rightly pledged to explore, as he takes his case to the American people. There will be a pause before a vote on targeted military strikes, and I'm encouraged by this development. I hope an agreement can be reached to s… Continue Reading


09.05.13

RI Wins $10 Million Federal TIGER Grant for Improvements to Apponaug Circulator in Warwick

WARWICK, RI - U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse and U.S. Representative James Langevin today joined Governor Lincoln Chafee to announce a $10 million Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant for the Apponaug Circulator Long-Term Improvements Project in Warwick. The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) is scheduled to begin construction on the project next spring. For years, Warwick's Apponaug Business District has suffered from high traffic c… Continue Reading


08.31.13

Sen. Whitehouse Statement on Syria

Providence, RI - Senator Sheldon Whitehouse released the statement below today regarding President Obama's announcement that he will seek Congressional approval before taking action in Syria: "Seeking Congressional approval before taking action against the Syrian regime is the right thing to do in this situation. After a decade of war, I share the concerns of many Rhode Islanders about further military engagement. But I also share their horror over the atrocities occurring in Syria. As this deb… Continue Reading


08.28.13

Sen. Whitehouse Statement on 50th Anniversary of March on Washington

Providence, RI - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) released the statement below today regarding the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech: "On August 28, 1963, the March on Washington and the words of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. captured the conscience of our nation. Today, Dr. King's children, for whom he dreamed of a better America, joined with thousands of others to hear our nation's first African Amer… Continue Reading


08.27.13

Sens. Whitehouse and McCain Honor Rhode Island Marine Serving in China

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse returned to the U.S. today after a trip with Senator John McCain that took him to China, Mongolia, and South Korea to meet with Asian leaders and advance American interests in the region. In China, the two Senators met with Marine Corporal Angel Madera of Providence, RI to congratulate him on receiving an award for meritorious service. "Corporal Madera has earned the pride of our state and our nation, and I was honored to offer him my congratul… Continue Reading


08.15.13

Sen. Whitehouse Renews Focus on the “Greater” Scandal at IRS

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), a leading advocate for campaign finance reform, renewed his call today for the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to investigate organizations that abuse non-profit 501(c)(4) status by misleading the IRS about their political activity. The Senator made his case in a letter today to Acting IRS Commissioner Daniel Werfel. 501(c)(4) status allows groups to collect unlimited, undisclosed donations, but places limitations on how much political ac… Continue Reading


08.12.13

Sen. Whitehouse Praises AG Holder’s Proposed Reforms for Drug Crimes

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism, released the statement below regarding the new series of initiatives announced today by U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to give federal prosecutors greater flexibility when prosecuting low-level drug crimes: "The policies outlined by Attorney General Holder today will allow federal prosecutors to use their limited resources more effectively by prioritizing high-level drug of… Continue Reading


08.06.13

Bicameral Task Force on Climate Change Releases Recommendations for the Department of Energy

WASHINGTON, DC- Today the Bicameral Task Force on Climate Change released a white paper recommending 20 concrete steps the Department of Energy should take in carrying out the President's Climate Action Plan. The recommendations include strengthening specific energy efficiency standards, accelerating the development and deployment of low-carbon energy technologies, expanding the use of energy savings performance contracts to save energy at federal facilities, encouraging reforms in state buildi… Continue Reading


08.01.13

Senators Urge Obama to Set Target for Health Care Cost Savings

Washington, DC - As the Obama Administration continues working to implement the Affordable Care Act, U.S. Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), Charles E. Schumer (D-NY), Chris Murphy (D-CT), and Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) today led a letter calling on President Obama to set a specific cost-savings target to help focus federal efforts and to give the general public a clearer sense of the savings potential. The Senators write, "With so many voices in Washington calling for cuts to Medicare and Medica… Continue Reading


07.31.13

Reed and Whitehouse Congratulate RI on Completion of Wind Energy Auction

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse today recognized the important role the State of Rhode Island has played leading to the successful completion of the nation's first competitive auction for offshore wind energy development. Deepwater Wind won the auction, securing the rights to construct commercial wind energy farms in federal waters off the coast of Rhode Island and Massachusetts. "There are still many steps involved in this project becoming a reality, and throug… Continue Reading


07.30.13

Bicameral Task Force on Climate Change Hosts Climate and Wildfire Forum

Video: Highlights from the Climate and Wildfire Forum Washington, DC - On Tuesday, July 30, 2013, at 9:00 a.m. in the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center Congressional Meeting Room South, the Bicameral Task Force on Climate Change convened a Climate and Wildfires Forum with Firefighters, State Foresters, and the U.S. Forest Service. The Bicameral Task Force on Climate Change, founded in January 2013, focuses on drawing congressional and public attention to climate change and developing effective… Continue Reading


07.29.13

Whitehouse and Graham Working to Crack Down on Economic Espionage

Washington, DC - Today, as American companies work to protect trade secrets from criminals and nation-states committed to stealing intellectual property, U.S. Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) released a "discussion draft" of legislation to help prosecutors crack down on economic espionage and trade-secret theft. The Senators, who serve as the Chairman and Ranking Member of the Judiciary Committee's Crime and Terrorism Subcommittee, also announced that they intend to … Continue Reading


07.24.13

Whitehouse Statement on Student Loan Vote

Washington, DC - Today, the U.S. Senate approved legislation intended to address the recent spike in student loan interest rates. U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), who voted against the bill, released the statement below regarding the vote: "I have heard from so many Rhode Islanders concerned about the rising cost of college and the recent hike in student loan rates, and I've been proud to stand with Senator Reed in seeking a fair solution. Senator Reed's plan would have lowered rates f… Continue Reading


07.23.13

Reed & Whitehouse Announce $2.2 Million to Help Preserve and Protect Rhode Island's Coastal Waters

WASHINGTON, DC - In an effort to help protect Rhode Island's coastal resources, U.S. Senators Jack Reed (D-RI) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) today announced over $2.2 million in federal funding for two Ocean State conservation programs. The Coastal Resources Management Council (CRMC) will receive $1.268 million to help administer Rhode Island's Coastal Management Program, which works to balance the economic, environmental, and recreational demands on Rhode Island's coastal areas. The Rhode Isl… Continue Reading


07.18.13

Senate Confirms Gina McCarthy to Lead EPA

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) released the statement below regarding today's vote by the U.S. Senate to confirm Gina McCarthy as the next Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA): "Throughout her years working for both Republicans and Democrats, Gina McCarthy has always put the health of our people and our environment first. During her time as an Assistant Administrator at EPA, she crafted several key health standards, including the first-ever mercur… Continue Reading


07.16.13

Whitehouse Statement on Executive Nominees Agreement

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) released the statement below regarding today's agreement to move forward on a series of Presidential nominees whose Senate confirmations had been held up by Republican filibuster threats: "I'm still deeply concerned about the pattern of obstruction by Senate Republicans on everything from executive and judicial nominations to important legislation, but I'm glad we reached an agreement on these seven nominations. The confirmation of Gina M… Continue Reading


07.10.13

Rep. Waxman and Sen. Whitehouse Urge State Department to Analyze How Keystone XL Will Affect Climate Change

WASHINGTON, DC- Today, Representative Henry A. Waxman and Senator Sheldon Whitehouse sent a letter to Kerri-Ann Jones, Assistant Secretary of State for Oceans, Environment, and Science at the State Department, urging the Department to correct significant mistakes in the analysis of the climate impacts of the Keystone XL pipeline. Rep. Waxman and Sen. Whitehouse write that the draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement underestimates the costs of transporting the tar sands by rail and ign… Continue Reading


07.02.13

Obama Administration Takes Action Against Wildlife Trafficking

Washington, DC - Last month, U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Co-Chair of the International Conservation Caucus, joined several of his colleagues in writing to President Obama to express concern over the wildlife poaching crisis in Africa and other parts of the world. Yesterday, the President signed a new Executive Order committing his Administration to combat these harmful activities. "I thank the President for taking strong action to protect vulnerable species from being decimated by … Continue Reading

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