Press Releases

11.18.14

Sen. Whitehouse Statement on Keystone Vote

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) released the statement below regarding today's vote in the Senate on legislation to force the approval of the Keystone XL pipeline, which failed by a vote of 59-41. 60 votes were required. "The Keystone pipeline isn't any normal pipeline. It would transport Canadian tar sands oil, which is one of the dirtiest fuels on earth. It would only create about 35 permanent jobs - all while contributing to the harm carbon pollution is doing to o… Continue Reading


11.18.14

RI Delegation Lauds Approval of Block Island Wind Farm Transmission Line

Washington, DC - Yesterday the U.S. Department of the Interior announced that the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) has offered a right-of-way (ROW) grant to Deepwater Wind Block Island Transmission System, LLC (Deepwater Wind) for the Block Island Transmission System (BITS). The announcement paves the way for the installation of a transmission line to carry energy from the Block Island Wind Farm to the Rhode Island mainland, and to give island residents access to the mainland electric g… Continue Reading


11.11.14

Sen. Whitehouse Statement on New Climate Commitments from U.S. and China

Providence, RI - Tonight President Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping together announced new commitments to address climate change. U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) released the statement below regarding their announcement: "The US and China's joint announcement of carbon pollution reduction plans sends an important message: the world's top two emitters are committed to working together to avert the worst effects of climate change. President Obama's commitment to reduce US carbon po… Continue Reading


11.11.14

Senator Whitehouse Announces Staff Changes in State Office

Providence, RI - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse issued the following statement on the departure of his deputy state director, Tony Simon, who is leaving to join Providence Mayor-elect Jorge Elorza's administration as chief of staff. "Throughout my time in the United States Senate, Tony Simon has been a true asset to me and the people of Rhode Island," said Whitehouse. "Tony is a trusted advisor, a devoted Rhode Islander, and a good friend. I thank him for all the sound advice he has given me… Continue Reading


11.10.14

Sen. Whitehouse Applauds President’s Defense of Net Neutrality

Providence, RI - Today President Barack Obama released a statement calling on the Federal Communications Commission to ensure a free and open internet by upholding the principles of net neutrality and reclassifying consumer broadband service under Title II of the Telecommunications Act - a step which would enable the FCC to prevent internet service providers from creating "fast lanes" for certain websites. U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, who joined 11 other Senators on a letter to the FCC supp… Continue Reading


11.08.14

Sen. Whitehouse Statement on Anticipated Nomination of Loretta Lynch to be Next Attorney General

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) released the statement below regarding the notice from the White House that President Obama will today announce his intent to nominate Loretta Lynch to serve as the next Attorney General of the United States: "Attorney General Holder will leave a restored and strengthened Justice Department, and the next Attorney General must above all continue his commitment to independence and the rule of law. Loretta Lynch is a talented prosecutor with … Continue Reading


10.28.14

Sen. Whitehouse Delivers Keynote Address at NYU Conference on Climate Policy

New York, NY - Today U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse delivered the keynote address at the annual New York University Institute for Policy Integrity fall conference and announced that he will soon introduce legislation to establish a fee on carbon pollution. This year's conference was entitled "The Future of U.S. Climate Policy: Coal, Carbon Markets, and the Clean Air Act." Whitehouse, a leading voice for action on climate change and the Chairman of the Senate's Environment and Public Works Sub… Continue Reading


10.21.14

Rhode Island to Receive Over $8 Million in Housing Grants

Providence, RI - Today U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse and Congressmen Jim Langevin and David Cicilline announced over $8 million in U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) funding for the cities of Providence and East Providence. The funding will go to help the cities improve housing and expand economic opportunity in their communities; help homeless residents find shelter and access services; fund local programs and partnerships with non-profit organizations that… Continue Reading


09.30.14

Providence Receives $3.9M in Federal Funding for Lead Safety

Providence, RI - Today, U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse and Congressmen Jim Langevin and David Cicilline announced that Providence's Department of Planning and Development (DPD) has received $3.9 million from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to protect city residents from the hazards of lead-based paint in their homes. The funding will be used as part of DPD's Lead Safe Providence Program, which coordinates existing city services to mitigate lead hazar… Continue Reading


09.26.14

Senators Urge Administration to Address Methane Pollution

Washington, D.C. - Fifteen U.S. Senators led by Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) today applauded the Obama Administration's efforts to act on climate change, while urging swifter action to limit methane pollution from oil and natural gas production. Methane is the principal component of natural gas and emits less carbon pollution than coal or oil when burned to generate heat or electricity. However, when natural gas leaks before it is burned, it is significantly worse for the climate and dimini… Continue Reading


09.25.14

Sen. Whitehouse Applauds Marine Monument Designation

Washington, DC - Today President Obama signed a proclamation designating the world's largest marine reserve, expanding the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument to encompass 370,000 square nautical miles. U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), a co-chair of the Senate Oceans Caucus, released the statement below applauding the designation: "I have long argued that we must become caretakers - not just takers - of our marine resources. The ocean is a source of food, energy, recreation… Continue Reading


09.25.14

Sen. Whitehouse Statement on AG Holder’s Resignation

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) released the statement below today regarding Attorney General Eric Holder's announcement that he will step down: "Eric will be remembered as the Attorney General who brought the Department of Justice back from years of darkness under President Bush; when U.S. Attorneys were politicized, partisan tests influenced hiring, and sham legal opinions enabled our nation's descent into torture. Attorney General Holder restored the confidence and m… Continue Reading


09.24.14

URI Signs Agreements to Partner with Indonesia on Fisheries Education

Providence, RI - Today, at a meeting hosted by U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, University of Rhode Island (URI) President David Dooley and Indonesian Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries (MMAF) Director General Gellwynn Jusuf signed agreements finalizing a sustained education partnership between URI and MMAF. The agreements establish terms under which MMAF will send 25 staff members to URI over the next five years to study ocean and fisheries management and related subjects. During 2013,… Continue Reading


09.19.14

Delegation Announces $791,000 in Federal Funding to Help Combat Teen Dating Violence

Providence, RI - Today, U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse and Congressmen Jim Langevin and David Cicilline announced $791,000 in funding from the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) for a study on teen dating violence, which will be conducted at Rhode Island Hospital and will focus on aggressive attitudes among middle school-aged boys. Rhode Island Hospital and Klein Buendel, Inc., a technology research company, will use the funds to study the effectiveness of web-based games and vide… Continue Reading


09.17.14

Senators Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Combat Drug Addiction and Support Recovering Addicts

Washington, D.C. - With ever more Americans falling victim to drug addiction and overdoses from opiates, U.S. Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Rob Portman (R-OH) today introduced bipartisan legislation that could help turn the tide in the struggle against this epidemic. The Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act of 2014, cosponsored by Senators Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), and Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), would provide a series of incentives and resources designed to encourage st… Continue Reading


09.16.14

Sen. Whitehouse Applauds New Effort to Reduce HFC Emissions

Washington, DC - Today the Obama Administration announced a series of new executive actions and private-sector commitments to reduce hydroflourocarbons (HFCs), extremely potent greenhouse gases that contribute to climate change and that are commonly used in air conditioners and refrigerators. U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), a leading voice for action on climate change who has repeatedly called for major American corporations to be more vocal about the need to act on climate change, rele… Continue Reading


09.10.14

Sen. Whitehouse Statement on President’s Address to the Nation

Washington, DC - Tonight President Barack Obama laid out a strategy for combatting the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) during a live address to the nation. U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) released the statement below regarding the President's plan: "After a decade of war, I share the concerns of many Rhode Islanders about further military engagement, but I also share their alarm over the rising influence of ISIL and their horror over the brutal tactics used by these extremis… Continue Reading


09.04.14

Sen. Whitehouse Applauds the Million Comments Calling on SEC to Require Corporations to Disclose Political Spending

Washington, DC - Today it was announced that one million comments have been sent to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) urging the Commissioners to require publicly-traded corporations to disclose their political spending to shareholders. U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), the lead sponsor of the DISCLOSE Act, released the statement below regarding this strong call for campaign finance transparency: "Secret money has no place in elections, period. I'll continue fighting to pass t… Continue Reading


09.04.14

Reed and Whitehouse Hear from Rhode Islanders about Student Debt Crisis

Newport, RI - With the U.S. Senate expected to consider legislation next week which would lower student loan payments for millions of Americans, U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse today held a discussion with students, financial aid experts, and community leaders at the Community College of Rhode Island's (CCRI) Newport campus to hear from Rhode Islanders who are concerned about the growing student debt crisis. The Senators heard from working Rhode Islanders who are struggling to pa… Continue Reading


09.03.14

Reed, Whitehouse & Cicilline Announce $250,000 in ACA Support for Community Health Center in East Providence

Providence, RI - Today U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse and Congressman David Cicilline announced a $250,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Health Resources and Services Administration to support improvements to facilities at the East Bay Community Action Program's (EBCAP) Family Health Center in East Providence. The grant comes as part of nationwide Affordable Care Act (ACA) funds to help health centers that have achieved the patient-centered medica… Continue Reading

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