Press Releases

04.01.14

House Passes Children’s Hospital Funding Bill

Washington, DC - Today the U.S. House of Representatives approved the Children's Hospital GME Support Reauthorization Act of 2013. The legislation, which authorizes federal support for graduate medical education (GME) in freestanding children's teaching hospitals, includes a provision authored by U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) that extends the program to children's psychiatric hospitals like Bradley Hospital in Rhode Island - making them eligible for the same CHGME funding that general … Continue Reading


03.31.14

Sen. Whitehouse Statement on Latest IPCC Findings

Washington, DC - Today the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released a new report titled Climate Change 2014: Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability. The report highlights the world's increasing vulnerability to the effects of climate change, and encourages world leaders to take serious steps to develop robust adaptation plans to protect our natural and human systems. U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), a co-chair of the Bicameral Task Force on Climate Change and the Senate… Continue Reading


03.28.14

Sen. Whitehouse Applauds Administration’s Interagency Methane Reduction Strategy

Washington, DC - Today the Obama Administration announced the newest piece of its comprehensive Climate Action Plan: an interagency strategy to reduce methane emissions, which contribute to climate change and smog. U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), chairman of the Environment and Public Works (EPW) Subcommittee on Clean Air and Nuclear Safety, issued the following statement today applauding the strategy: "As climate change continues to harm American communities from the Heartland to the … Continue Reading


03.25.14

Sen. Whitehouse Applauds EPA’s “Waters of the U.S.” Rule

Washington, DC - Today the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers released a proposed rule to clarify protections under the Clean Water Act (CWA). The rule is particularly important for defining the reach of the Act over smaller upstream waters, which had been thrown into question by several Supreme Court decisions. U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), a member of the Environment and Public Works Committee, strongly supports the proposed rule. "We all h… Continue Reading


03.24.14

Nearly 14,000 RIers Benefitted from Obamacare’s Medicare “Doughnut Hole” Fix in 2013

Washington, DC - Thousands of Rhode Island seniors have saved on prescription drugs because of the Affordable Care Act, according to federal data released last week. In 2013, 13,998 Rhode Islanders on Medicare saved over $9.9 million on their prescriptions, for an average savings of $709 per person. Prior to the passage of the Affordable Care Act, thousands of Rhode Island seniors fell into the so-called Medicare "doughnut hole" and were forced to pay the full cost of their prescription drugs.… Continue Reading


03.17.14

Whitehouse Hears from Rhode Islanders on Prison Reform Bill

Providence, RI - At a roundtable discussion in Providence on Monday, U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) heard from Rhode Island law enforcement and community leaders about his bipartisan prison reform legislation that recently passed the Senate Judiciary Committee and awaits action in the full Senate. The bill would reduce federal prison spending and decrease overcrowded prison populations by allowing some prisoners to earn credits toward time in pre-release custody in return for completing… Continue Reading


03.13.14

Flood Insurance Fix Passes Senate

Washington, DC - The U.S. Senate today approved legislation by a vote of 72-22 to spare many homeowners from sharp rate hikes in federal flood insurance policies. The bill will put a cap on future rate hikes and provides refunds for certain homeowners who bought property after July 6, 2012 when steep rate hikes went into effect. The bill, the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act, was passed in response to concerns about the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012. Biggert-Wat… Continue Reading


03.07.14

Whitehouse to Address American Enterprise Institute World Forum

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) will travel this week to Sea Island, GA, to take part in the American Enterprise Institute's (AEI) annual World Forum. The event is the conservative think tank's yearly policy conference, bringing together policymakers, business executives, and scholars from the U.S. and around the world for off-the-record discussions on emerging issues in politics, economics, and foreign policy. Whitehouse will join two bipartisan panels of leading econo… Continue Reading


03.06.14

Whitehouse-Cornyn Prison Reform Bill Approved by Judiciary Committee

Washington, D.C. - With prison costs continuing to skyrocket and prison populations overflowing, legislation authored by U.S. Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and John Cornyn (R-TX) was passed out of the Senate Judiciary Committee on a bipartisan vote of 15-2. The Senators issued the following statements after the vote: "As a former state and federal prosecutor, I recognize that there are no easy solutions to overflowing prison populations and skyrocketing corrections spending," said Whiteho… Continue Reading


03.05.14

Whitehouse Statement on President’s 2015 Budget

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, a member of the Senate Budget Committee, applauded core elements of President Obama's Fiscal Year 2015 federal budget proposal released yesterday, which protects Social Security benefits for seniors, aids low-income workers through expanded tax credits and educational opportunities, prepares for the effects of climate change, and makes important investments in infrastructure and education to benefit Rhode Island's middle class. The Administratio… Continue Reading


03.05.14

Sen. Whitehouse Taking Climate Push to Iowa

Washington, DC - For years, U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) has helped to lead the fight in Washington for action on climate change. He has delivered 60 speeches on the Senate floor urging action on climate change, co-founded the Bicameral Task Force on Climate Change with Rep. Henry A. Waxman and the Senate Climate Action Task Force with Sen. Barbara Boxer, and has held a number of events in Rhode Island to highlight how climate change threatens public health and coastal communities. N… Continue Reading


03.04.14

Whitehouse, Eshoo, Lance Applaud Development of Pancreatic Cancer Research Framework

Washington, D.C. - On Friday the National Cancer Institute announced a scientific framework for advancing research on pancreatic cancer, as directed under the Recalcitrant Cancer Research Act of 2012. Today, U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and U.S. Representatives Anna G. Eshoo (D-CA) and Leonard Lance (R-NJ) - the authors of that legislation - are joining Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee Chairman Tom Harkin in welcoming the framework. "Too many lives have … Continue Reading


03.03.14

Sen. Whitehouse Applauds EPA’s Final Tier 3 Motor Vehicle Emission and Fuel Standards

Washington, DC - Today, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released the final Tier 3 Motor Vehicle Emission and Fuel Standards, which will reduce the sulfur content in gasoline and reduce pollution from tailpipes. EPA estimates that the standards will annually prevent as many as 2,000 premature deaths, 30,000 cases of respiratory ailments in children, and 1.4 million lost school days, work days, and days when activities would be restricted due to air pollution by 2030. Total health bene… Continue Reading


02.27.14

Senators Urge IRS to Set Clear Rules for Political Activity by Dark Money Groups

Washington, DC - Today a group of 16 U.S. Senators led by Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) is sending a letter urging the Department of the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to put an end to unlimited secret spending in elections by tax-exempt groups. Treasury and the IRS have been collecting comments in connection with a proposed rule change for 501(c)(4) social welfare groups announced in November. Also signing the letter are Sen. Charles E. Schumer (D-NY) - who introduced the or… Continue Reading


02.26.14

Sen. Whitehouse to Chair EPW Subcommittee on Clean Air

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), one of the Senate's strongest public health and environmental champions, will soon be taking the gavel as chairman of the Environment and Public Works (EPW) Subcommittee on Clean Air and Nuclear Safety. The change comes as a result of the committee assignment shakeup caused by the appointment of Senator Max Baucus (D-MT) as Ambassador to China. "This is a critical time in the fight for clean air and public health," said Whitehouse. "Peo… Continue Reading


02.26.14

Sen. Whitehouse Fighting to Reauthorize National Estuary Program

Washington, DC - Today, U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) introduced legislation to re-authorize the National Estuary Program (NEP), which was first established in 1987 by the late Republican Senator John Chafee, to protect and restore estuarine habitats threatened by pollution and overdevelopment. Authorization for this important program expired in 2010. "Estuaries provide buffers against dangerous winds and storm surges, act as filters protecting water quality from polluted runoff, and … Continue Reading


02.25.14

EPW Subcommittee Examines Natural Resource Adaptation

Washington, DC - Following the Obama Administration's recently announced proposal for a $1 billion Climate Resilience Fund, U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) today chaired a hearing entitled "Natural Resource Adaptation: Protecting Ecosystems and Economies." The hearing, which was held in Whitehouse's Environment and Public Works Subcommittee on Oversight, examined the benefits of healthy ecosystems to the tourism, recreation, and fishing industries, as well as to providing clean water and… Continue Reading


02.18.14

Whitehouse, Langevin, and Cicilline Call for Minimum Wage Increase

Providence, RI - With legislation to increase the federal minimum wage pending in Congress, U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse and Congressmen Jim Langevin and David Cicilline hosted a roundtable discussion to hear from working Rhode Islanders, the business community, advocates, and economists on the need to raise the minimum wage. The lawmakers held the event at the Community Action Partnership of Providence on Tuesday. Whitehouse is a cosponsor of the Fair Minimum Wage Act, which is expected to… Continue Reading


02.18.14

Sen. Whitehouse Applauds Administration’s Push on Fuel Efficiency

Washington, DC - Today President Obama announced that he is directing the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Department of Transportation (DOT) to develop and issue the next phase of medium- and heavy-duty vehicle fuel efficiency and greenhouse gas standards by March 2016. The standards, which are the latest piece of the President's Climate Action Plan, would help to reduce the carbon pollution that is contributing to climate change. "These standards will be a win-win for the American p… Continue Reading


02.12.14

Sen. Whitehouse: Obamacare is Working

Washington, DC - Today the Department of Health and Human Services announced that nearly 1.1 million people selected health insurance plans using the Affordable Care Act marketplaces in January alone, bringing total marketplace enrollment to nearly 3.3 million. This news follows an announcement yesterday that more than 50,000 Rhode Islanders have obtained health insurance coverage since the state's marketplace opened in October. U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) released the statement bel… Continue Reading

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