Press Releases

06.09.23

Whitehouse, Colleagues Introduce Bill to Invest in Blue Economy, Spark Innovation in Coastal Communities

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) has joined colleagues to introduce the Ocean Regional Opportunity and Innovation (Ocean ROI) Act. The bipartisan, bicameral legislation would require the Secretary of Commerce to establish a federal strategy for investing in the nation's ocean-based economy through the creation of Ocean Innovation Clusters, which would enhance collaboration, promote innovation, and contribute to the equitable and sustainable growth of the Blue Economy. "T… Continue Reading


06.08.23

On World Oceans Day, Whitehouse and Padilla Introduce Pair of Bills to Reduce Ocean Shipping Emissions

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Alex Padilla (D-CA) today introduced a pair of bills aimed at reducing air pollution created by the global shipping industry. Whitehouse introduced the International Maritime Pollution Accountability Act, new legislation aiming to decarbonize the emissions-heavy maritime shipping industry, prevent the release of criteria air pollutants in port communities, and curb climate change. Senators Padilla and Peter Welch (D-VT) are cosponsor… Continue Reading


06.06.23

Durbin, Whitehouse Statement on Harlan Crow’s Continued Refusal to Provide Key Information Regarding Gifts and Travel Given to Justice Thomas

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Chair of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Federal Courts, Oversight, Agency Action, and Federal Rights, released the following statement after receiving a letter from a law firm representing Republican mega-donor Harlan Crow refusing to share key information regarding gifts and travel given to Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. The letter… Continue Reading


06.05.23

Reed & Whitehouse Deliver $2 Million to Expand Block Island Health Services

NEW SHOREHAM, RI - In an effort to help expand health care services on Block Island and ensure residents have access to the high level of quality patient care they deserve, U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse delivered $2 million in federal funding today to help the Block Island Medical Center advance its renovation and expansion plans. Since 1989, the Block Island Medical Center has served as a primary care facility for island residents and visitors, providing community health care,… Continue Reading


05.31.23

Reed, Whitehouse & Magaziner Announce $500,000 to Support Revitalization of Blighted Colonial Knife Factory into Budding What Cheer Flower Farm

PROVIDENCE, RI - What Cheer Flower Farm in Olneyville has $500,000 more reasons to cheer as it continues to remediate and redevelop a 2.7 acre site in Providence that used to be home to the Colonial Knife factory, but has sat vacant for years. Today, U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse and Congressman Seth Magaziner announced a $500,000 Brownfields Cleanup Grant to help What Cheer Flower Farm with the revitalization efforts to cleanup the formerly vacant site and turn it from an eye … Continue Reading


05.24.23

Reed & Whitehouse Help Land Another $9M for Rhode Island T. F. Green International Airport

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse today announced that the Rhode Island Airport Corporation (RIAC) has been awarded over $9 million in federal funding for operational upgrades and planning at Rhode Island's T.F. Green International Airport. These two federal U.S. Department of Transportation grants, totaling $9,015,250, will be administered through the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA's) Airport Improvement Program (AIP). This federal funding will be used for… Continue Reading


05.24.23

Reed, Whitehouse, Colleagues Reintroduce Affordability is Access Act

Washington, DC - As extremist Republican state legislatures and right-wing, GOP-appointed judges and justices step up their assault on a woman's right to reproductive freedom, U.S. Senators Jack Reed (D-RI) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) joined with Senators Patty Murray (D-WA), Mazie Hirono (D-HI) and Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV) and 23 of their Senate colleagues to reintroduce the Affordability is Access Act. The bicameral legislation would ensure that women in Rhode Island and across the nat… Continue Reading


05.23.23

Sen. Whitehouse, MEP Aubry Lead Transatlantic Letter Calling for Climate Talks Free of Fossil Fuel Industry Interference

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Member of the European Parliament Manon Aubry today sent a letter to U.S. President Joe Biden, President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen, United Nations Secretary General António Guterres, and United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Executive Secretary Simon Stiell urging the officials to rid COP28 and all future international climate talks of persistent interference from the fossil fuel ind… Continue Reading


05.17.23

Whitehouse Chairs Courts Subcommittee Hearing on Judicial Conference’s Management of 2011 Ethics Complaints Against Justice Thomas

Washington, DC - Today, Chairman Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) led the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Federal Courts, Oversight, Agency Action, and Federal Rights in a hearing entitled, "Review of Federal Judicial Ethics Processes at the Judicial Conference of the United States." The hearing examined the Judicial Conference's handling of previous ethics complaints against Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas dating back to 2011. "One month ago, Congressman Hank Johnson and I wrote to the Judici… Continue Reading


05.11.23

Whitehouse, Colleagues Reintroduce Legislation to Protect Elections from Interference

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) has joined colleagues to reintroduce legislation to expand protections against election interference during the ballot counting and certification processes. "Election workers are on the frontlines defending our democracy, and deserve to be protected while performing their jobs," said Whitehouse. "Our Protecting Election Administration from Interference Act expands prohibitions on threatening or intimidating election administrators and saf… Continue Reading


05.11.23

Whitehouse Applauds EPA’s Proposed Carbon Pollution Standards for Fossil Fuel-Fired Power Plants

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) today cheered the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's new regulations on greenhouse gas pollution from coal and gas-fired power plants. "Coal and gas-fired power plants have been given a free pass to pollute for too long, and I'm very pleased to see the EPA take this strong stand today. EPA's proposal will cut down on the emissions driving climate change and protect the public health, especially in downwind states like Rhode Island," s… Continue Reading


05.11.23

Whitehouse, Colleagues Reintroduce Bipartisan College Transparency Act to Improve College Decision-making Process

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) has joined colleagues to reintroduce the bipartisan College Transparency Act, which would provide students and families better information to compare higher education opportunities. The College Transparency Act would modernize the college reporting system for postsecondary data by providing accurate reporting on student outcomes such as enrollment, completion, and post-college earnings across colleges and majors, while protecting the priva… Continue Reading


05.09.23

Whitehouse Urges Judicial Conference to Make Processes More Transparent and Reveal Conference’s Handling of 2011 Justice Thomas Referrals

Washington, DC - Following bombshell reporting by ProPublica and the Washington Post detailing new ethics scandals around the Supreme Court, U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) sent a letter to the Judicial Conference urging the body to be more transparent about its procedures for considering potential violations of the law by Supreme Court justices, and to inform the public of how the Judicial Conference resolved past complaints related to Justice Thomas's financial disclosures. In a new le… Continue Reading


05.04.23

Whitehouse Reups Calls for Chief Justice to Investigate and for Congress to Pass SCERT Act After Yet Another Serious Report About Justice Thomas’s Apparent Ethical Failures

Washington, DC - Following yet another ProPublica report on the extraordinary undisclosed financial relationship between Justice Clarence Thomas and Republican billionaire Harlan Crow, U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) today reiterated his previous calls for the Chief Justice of the United States to investigate ethical misconduct at the Supreme Court and for Congress to pass Whitehouse's legislation to clean up the ethics mess at the Court. ProPublica reported today that Crow covered priva… Continue Reading


05.04.23

Whitehouse, Grassley Press China to Crack Down on Flow of Precursor Chemicals Fueling Illicit Fentanyl Trade

Washington, DC - Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Chuck Grassley (R-IA), the Chairman and Co-Chairman of the Senate Caucus on International Narcotics Control, today urged China to take strong and decisive action to better control the flow of precursor chemicals that Mexican cartels use to manufacture illicit fentanyl. In a letter to Xu Xueyuan, Charge d'Affaires of the Embassy of the People's Republic of China in Washington, D.C., Co-Chairmen Whitehouse and Grassley urged China to: Exp… Continue Reading


05.02.23

Whitehouse Co-Leads Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing on Supreme Court Ethics Reform

Washington, DC - Today, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), in his capacity as Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Federal Courts, Oversight, Agency Action, and Federal Rights, co-led a hearing of the full Judiciary Committee entitled, "Supreme Court Ethics Reform." The hearing explored the recent torrent of media reports detailing unethical conduct by Justices of the Supreme Court and legislative solutions to improve ethics, accountability, and transparency at the nation's highest … Continue Reading


05.01.23

Reed & Whitehouse Offer Plan to Help Working Families Afford Child Care

WASHINGTON, DC - It's becoming harder to find and afford child care in Rhode Island and residents are paying higher and higher percentages of their paychecks for child care. In an effort to help working families afford the rising cost of child care and strengthen America's child care infrastructure and workforce, U.S. Senators Jack Reed (D-RI) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) are teaming up with Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee, to reintroduce the Child Care for Wo… Continue Reading


04.27.23

Reed & Whitehouse Join Kaine in Seeking Stronger Support for Direct Care Workforce & Family Caregivers

WASHINGTON, DC - In an effort to strengthen America's direct care and home care workforce and ensure high-quality care for millions of seniors and Americans with disabilities, U.S. Senators Tim Kaine (D-VA), Jack Reed (D-RI), and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) reintroduced the Supporting Our Direct Care Workforce and Family Caregivers Act (S. 1298). This legislation seeks to support the recruitment, training, and retention of direct care workers and family caregivers who provide caregiving services … Continue Reading


04.26.23

Reed, Whitehouse & Cicilline Announce $750,000 to Upgrade Bristol’s “Revolutionary Heritage Byway”

BRISTOL, RI - Today, U.S. Senators Jack Reed (D-RI) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Congressman David Cicilline (RI-01) announced that the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) is awarding $750,000 in federal funding to make street upgrades along Bristol's Revolutionary Heritage Byway (Route 114). The federal funds will help protect and preserve coastal features along the byway while also improving safety features and drainage to better serve pedestrians, bicyclists, and drivers. The Revolut… Continue Reading


04.26.23

Whitehouse Reacts to Chief Justice’s Refusal to Appear Before Senate Committee, Reups Call for Enforceable Ethics Code

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) issued the following statement after the Chief Justice of the United States declined the Senate Judiciary Committee's invitation to testify about the recently exposed ethics scandals at the Supreme Court: "Setting aside the Chief Justice's complete disregard of the interests of a coequal branch of government that is sincerely trying to understand a real problem, this new statement of principles has virtually no utility. There is still no … Continue Reading

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