Press Releases

08.27.14

Whitehouse Presents Medals to WWII Veteran in Providence

Providence, RI - Today U.S. Senator Sheldon presented medals and awards to World War II Navy veteran Raymond J. Mahon at Saint Elizabeth Court assisted living residence in Providence before Mahon's family and friends. Mahon, a long-time Cranston resident, served aboard the USS Ancon during World War II, earning a number of military honors that he never received. Whitehouse helped Mahon and his family to navigate the process of procuring the medals. "World War II veterans answered their count… Continue Reading


08.20.14

Whitehouse Hosts Conversation on RI’s Real Estate Market

Pawtucket, RI - On Wednesday morning in the Woodlawn neighborhood of Pawtucket, U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse toured recently sold properties, and led a conversation with Rhode Island realtors, homebuyers, and housing advocates on conditions in the real estate market and how to give Rhode Islanders a fair shot at owning an affordable home. During the tour, Whitehouse visited properties that Pawtucket nonprofit Blackstone Valley Community Action and local realtors have marketed and sold to fir… Continue Reading


08.14.14

Reed, Whitehouse & Langevin Announce $772,000 in Funding for Firefighters in Warwick & Johnston

Providence, RI - Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse and Congressman Langevin today announced over $772,000 in federal grant funding for fire departments in Warwick and Johnston to upgrade fire safety, training, and communications equipment. The Members of Congress supported the towns' successful grant applications to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The funding comes from FEMA's Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFG), which is designed to help fire departments and… Continue Reading


08.07.14

Whitehouse and McCain Visiting Vietnam

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse has arrived in Hanoi, Vietnam for the first leg of a trip to Southeast Asia with Senator John McCain. They will continue traveling in the region in the days ahead. "Vietnam is a key strategic partner for United States in Asia, and I look forward to meeting with top officials here to discuss issues of shared concern," said Whitehouse. "I'm also honored to travel again with Senator McCain. His time as a prisoner in Vietnam and his subsequent eff… Continue Reading


08.01.14

Sens. Whitehouse & Reed Host Conversation With Minority Business Owners About Job Growth

Providence, RI - Today, during a luncheon at El Macuto Restaurant on Broad Street, U.S. Senators Sheldon Whitehouse and Jack Reed led a conversation with Rhode Island minority business owners about what they need to grow their businesses and create jobs in their communities. Senator Whitehouse organized the luncheon and invited Rhode Island Senator Juan Pichardo, Rhode Island Representative Grace Diaz, U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Rhode Island Director Mark Hayward, Rhode Island Dep… Continue Reading


07.31.14

Sen. Whitehouse Brings Rhode Island Guest to Criminal Justice Event at White House

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Teny Oded Gross, Executive Director of the Providence-based Institute for the Study & Practice of Nonviolence, were among the participants today at a roundtable discussion about criminal justice reform hosted by U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder at the White House. The discussion, which was held in the White House's Roosevelt room, focused on how to best reform the nation's criminal justice system in ways that both lower costs and … Continue Reading


07.30.14

Senate Republicans Filibuster Bill to Bring Jobs Home to America

Washington, DC - Today Senate Republicans filibustered the Bring Jobs Home Act, killing the legislation on a procedural vote. U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), a cosponsor of the bill, released the statement below regarding the failed vote: "Today Senate Republicans voted to preserve a tax loophole that rewards companies for sending jobs overseas, and declined to support companies that bring jobs back to America. That might make their big business allies in the Chamber of Commerce happy… Continue Reading


07.30.14

Judiciary Committee Examines the Effect of Gun Violence on Women in America

Washington, DC - Today the Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing entitled "VAWA Next Steps: Protecting Women from Gun Violence." With American women more than ten times more likely to be murdered with a gun than women in other industrialized countries, the hearing examined whether changes to federal law could help to better protect women from gun violence. U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) chaired the hearing, and started things off by sharing the story of Rhode Islander Carmen Cruz,… Continue Reading


07.29.14

Sen. Whitehouse Statement on Senate Approval of Highway Bill

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse released the statement below today regarding the Senate's vote to approve a short-term extension of federal highway funding: "Rhode Island needs a long-term highway bill to create jobs and make our roads and bridges safer. This bill comes up short, but I voted for it to avoid a highway funding shutdown that would cripple our economy and cost jobs. Today we've missed an important opportunity to make a real investment in our nation's infrastructu… Continue Reading


07.29.14

EPW Subcommittee Hearing Highlights Effects of Climate Change on American Communities

Washington, DC - Today, as the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) began a series of public hearings on its proposed Clean Power Plan and the White House released a new report on the economic costs of climate change, Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse chaired a Senate hearing to examine the costs of failing to act on climate change. While opponents of EPA's Clean Power Plan argue that it constitutes a "war on coal," Whitehouse's hearing demonstrated the harm that fossil fuels are already inflicting on c… Continue Reading


07.29.14

Sen. Whitehouse Applauds Council of Economic Advisers’ Report on the Cost of Failing to Act on Climate Change

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) released the statement below regarding today's report on "The Cost of Delaying Action to Stem Climate Change" from the President's Council of Economic Advisers: "The Council's report reminds us that the American people will pay a price if we fail to act on climate change-pay in storm-damaged homes, lost crops, failing fisheries, and other costs. Many of us in Congress are committed to getting our Republican colleagues to wake up and stop… Continue Reading


07.22.14

Bipartisan Forum in U.S. Capitol Highlights Issues Facing Women Struggling with Addiction

Washington, DC - Today a bipartisan group of U.S. Senators co-hosted a forum in the U.S. Capitol to examine the unique challenges posed to women suffering from addiction. Sens. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Rob Portman (R-OH), and Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) convened the forum, which featured input and analysis from advocates, doctors, researchers, and women in recovery. Studies have shown that women with histories of trauma are at a much higher risk for mental health problems and s… Continue Reading


07.22.14

Whitehouse Fighting for Legislation to Bring Jobs Home from Overseas

Washington, DC - Today U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) joined Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Mark Pryor (D-AK), Ben Cardin (D-MD), Bob Casey (D-PA), and Chuck Schumer (D-NY) for a press conference in the U.S. Capitol to call for the passage of the Bring Jobs Home Act. The bill, which Whitehouse has cosponsored, would end tax giveaways for companies that send jobs overseas and provide a new tax cut for companies that bring jobs back to America. The bill is scheduled for a procedural vo… Continue Reading


07.21.14

Whitehouse Presents Medals to WWII Veteran in Coventry

Coventry, RI - Today U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse and Rhode Island Representative Lisa Tomasso presented medals and awards to World War II veteran Anthony D'Abrosca at Coventry Town Hall before D'Abrosca's family and friends. D'Abrosca, a Coventry resident, served in the Army's 38th Infantry Division in the Philippines and Japan during World War II, earning a number of military honors that he never received. Whitehouse and Tomasso helped to secure delivery of the actual awards. "It was a… Continue Reading


07.18.14

Sen. Whitehouse Statement on Administration’s Approval of Seismic Testing on Eastern Seaboard

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) released the statement below today regarding the announcement by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management that it will allow seismic testing for oil and gas along the eastern seaboard: "I'm disappointed that the Administration is allowing seismic testing on the eastern seaboard. Our coastal economies rely on clean and safe beaches and vibrant ocean habitats. Not only will the use of sonic cannons stress whales, turtles, and fish already unde… Continue Reading


07.18.14

Whitehouse, Chafee, Langevin & Cicilline Highlight Threat to Jobs & Safety Posed by Potential Highway Shutdown

Narragansett, RI - Today, as Congress considers extending funding for critical road and bridge projects across the country, U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, Governor Lincoln Chafee, and U.S. Congressmen Jim Langevin and David Cicilline joined Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) Director Michael Lewis to tour Narragansett's Great Island Bridge, which RIDOT has rated "functionally obsolete" and in immediate need of replacement. If Congress fails to act, the Highway Trust Fund could … Continue Reading


07.17.14

RI Receives Nearly $200K for Coastal Resiliency Project

RI Receives Nearly $200K for Coastal Resiliency Project Washington, DC - Rhode Island's Congressional delegation today joined with Governor Lincoln D. Chafee and the Coastal Resources Management Council (CRMC) to announce $193,090 in federal funding to make the state's coastline more resilient to future storms and rising sea levels. The funds were made available through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) National Coastal Zone Management Program, and will go to support… Continue Reading


07.16.14

Reed, Whitehouse & Cicilline Announce Funding for Art Project in Pawtucket

Washington, D.C. - Today U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse and Congressman David Cicilline announced a $75,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) to the City of Pawtucket to enable community artists to create public art installations on road overpasses connecting local neighborhoods to the City's downtown. The art will be positioned in view of motorists on Interstate 95. The funding comes from the NEA's Our Town grant program, which seeks to make communities bett… Continue Reading


07.15.14

Judiciary Subcommittee Examines Efforts to Combat Botnets

Washington, DC - Today U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse held a hearing of the Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism to examine efforts to address the threat from botnets - networks of infected computers that are used to carry out cyber attacks, send spam messages, steal consumers' personal information, and for a variety of other criminal purposes. The hearing featured testimony from individuals in both the public and private sectors who have worked to combat botnet activity, and highligh… Continue Reading


07.15.14

White House Report Highlights Critical Need for Road and Bridge Funding in Rhode Island as Right-Wing Groups Mobilize Against Highway Bill

Washington, DC - Rhode Island has the highest percentage of deficient or obsolete bridges in America and is tied for the highest percentage of roads in poor condition, according to a report released yesterday by the White House. The report also estimates that 3,595 jobs in the state are at risk if Congress fails to extend federal funding for road and bridge projects - an issue which Senator Sheldon Whitehouse has been leading the charge on in the Senate. The U.S. Department of Transportation e… Continue Reading

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