Press Releases

10.16.13

Sen. Whitehouse Statement on Deal to Open the Government and Avoid Default

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) released the statement below today regarding the Senate's passage of legislation to end the government shutdown and avoid a default: "This shutdown and near-default crisis was entirely unnecessary and has harmed our economy and our reputation in the world. I'm glad that the Senate was able to craft a bipartisan plan to move past the crisis, so we can turn to the real issues facing our country: creating jobs, supporting the middle class, a… Continue Reading


10.15.13

Sen. Whitehouse Slams House GOP for Derailing Bipartisan Talks

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) released the statement below today regarding the apparent breakdown in discussions to raise the debt limit and end the government shutdown: "I am stunned to hear that Speaker Boehner has derailed bipartisan Senate discussions aimed at ending the government shutdown and averting a debt limit crisis. It is terribly unfair to the bipartisan Senate process, and even more unfair to the American people who will end up paying the price if the Sp… Continue Reading


10.09.13

Sen. Whitehouse Statement on Nomination of Janet Yellen

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) released the statement below today regarding President Obama's nomination of Janet Yellen to serve as the next Chair of the Federal Reserve: "Janet Yellen is highly qualified to serve as our next Fed chair, and I look forward to supporting her nomination in the Senate. At a time when our economy is still struggling, Ms. Yellen will bring the right priorities, and a lifetime of experience, to help us create jobs and provide a fair deal to t… Continue Reading


10.09.13

Bicameral Task Force on Climate Change Applauds Announcement of Climate Change Risk Assessment Project

WASHINGTON, DC- Today the co-chairs of the Bicameral Task Force on Climate Change, Rep. Henry A. Waxman, Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, Rep. Bobby L. Rush, Sen. Ben Cardin, Rep. Earl Blumenauer, and Sen. Edward J. Markey, sent a letter to Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Former Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson, and Tom Steyer to commend their Risky Business initiative, which will assess the potential impacts of climate change on each region and sector of the U.S. economy and provide information about how to… Continue Reading


10.06.13

Sen. Whitehouse Visits HealthSource RI Contact Center

Providence, RI - As Tea Party Republicans continue holding government funding hostage in an attempt to undermine Obamacare, U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) yesterday visited the contact center for HealthSource RI in Providence to hear about how the new Obamacare insurance marketplace is helping Rhode Islanders. Hundreds of Rhode Islanders have signed up for insurance through HealthSource RI since it opened on Tuesday. "I'm grateful for the hard work of all those at HealthSource RI who a… Continue Reading


09.30.13

Sen. Whitehouse Statement on Government Shutdown

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse released the statement below regarding the impending partial shutdown of the federal government: "I'm disappointed that Speaker Boehner and House Republicans refused to even hold a vote on the responsible bill passed by the Senate to keep the government open. As Rhode Island continues recovering from the recession, we can't afford to play these games. Unfortunately, because of the extremist demands of Tea Party Republicans - demands that were j… Continue Reading


09.27.13

Reed and Whitehouse Work to Avert Government Shutdown

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, the U.S. Senate voted 54 to 44 to approve a short-term spending plan that will keep the government funded through November 15, 2013. U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse voted for the legislation, which must now be approved by the U.S. House of Representatives. If the House fails to act, Reed and Whitehouse warn that a government shutdown would hinder economic recovery, jeopardize important services for working families, and have a negative effect on Rhode Isl… Continue Reading


09.27.13

IPCC Report: Time to Wake Up on Climate

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse released the statement below today regarding the new report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which concludes that there is now greater certainty than ever that carbon pollution from human activities is causing climate change: "Through this report, our top climate researchers are sending a message: it is time to wake up to the threat of climate change. The big polluters and their denier allies can't spin this any longer. … Continue Reading


09.26.13

Sen. Whitehouse Congratulates America’s Cup Winners

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse released the following statement congratulating Oracle Team USA's come-from-behind victory in the America's Cup: "Congratulations to Larry Ellison and his team, particularly Newport's own Rome Kirby, on their exciting and amazing comeback in the America's Cup. I'm proud that Team USA prevailed today, as it did so many times during the fifty years when the races were held in Newport. Today's victory ensures that the cup will remain where it belo… Continue Reading


09.25.13

RI Wins $100,000 Federal Grant for Manufacturing Investments

PROVIDENCE, RI -- Rhode Island's Congressional delegation and Governor Lincoln D. Chafee today announced that the state has won a first round "Investing in Manufacturing Community Partnership" (IMCP) grant of $100,000. Designed to accelerate the resurgence of manufacturing and create jobs in cities across the country, the U.S. Department of Commerce today awarded 26 federal IMCP strategy grants to communities around the country. This federal funding will help the Rhode Island Economic Develop… Continue Reading


09.20.13

Bicameral Task Force on Climate Change Applauds New EPA Power Plant Standard

Washington, DC - Today the co-chairs of the Bicameral Task Force on Climate Change applauded newly proposed limits from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on carbon pollution from new power plants. The proposed rules would apply to coal and natural gas-fired power plants built in the future, and would help reduce the carbon pollution that is contributing to global climate change. "The EPA proposal is a double winner: pro-environment and pro-growth," said Rep. Henry A. Waxman. "It sets … Continue Reading


09.19.13

Reed and Whitehouse Share RI Stories with Congressional Leaders

Washington, DC - Last month, U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse hosted a roundtable discussion in Providence to hear how the indiscriminate cuts in federal spending, known as the sequester, are affecting Rhode Island families and the state's economy. Today, the two Senators are sharing some of the stories they heard with Senate leaders, and pushing to replace the sequester with a balanced approach to deficit reduction. "The current across-the-board budget cuts are hurting families … Continue Reading


09.18.13

Sen. Whitehouse Introduces Legislation to Improve Mental Health Care

Washington, DC - In 2009, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) made an unprecedented investment in our medical infrastructure, providing almost $20 billion in incentive funds for health information technology. However, an important group of health care providers were excluded from these incentives: behavioral health, mental health, and substance abuse treatment professionals and facilities. Today, U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) introduced the Behavioral Health Information … Continue Reading


09.17.13

RI Congressional Delegation announces $949,593 in Federal Funding to Support Drug-Free Communities in Rhode Island

Providence, RI - The Rhode Island Congressional delegation today announced $949,593 in federal Drug-Free Communities (DFC) grants for towns across the state to combat substance abuse, particularly among RI youths. The grants, which are administered by the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy's Drug-Free Communities Support Program, have been awarded to communities and organizations in Providence, Barrington, Tiverton, Middletown, Woonsocket, Westerly, and North Kingstown. They incl… Continue Reading


09.16.13

Sen. Whitehouse Statement on Susan Farmer Passing

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) released the statement below regarding the death of former Rhode Island Secretary of State, Susan Farmer: "Susan Farmer was a courageous and kind person. As the first woman to hold statewide office in Rhode Island, as an indomitable cancer patient, as the successful head of our public television station, she set a shining example for all of us in public service, and she did so with great generosity of spirit. She prevailed in tough environ… Continue Reading


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

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