Press Releases

04.01.13

Whitehouse Reintroduces National Endowment for the Oceans

Washington, DC - With America's oceans and coasts under increasing pressure from pollution, acidification, and severe storms, U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) today announced the re-introduction of his National Endowment for the Oceans, Coasts, and Great Lakes Act (S. 646). The legislation, which is cosponsored by Senators Bill Nelson (D-FL), Maria Cantwell (D-WA), and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), would provide a reliable stream of funding to protect our oceans and coasts, and the research,… Continue Reading


03.29.13

Whitehouse Statement on New EPA Motor Vehicle Standard

Washington, DC - Today, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released the Tier 3 Motor Vehicle Standard and Low Sulfur Gasoline Rule, a proposed standard that will reduce the sulfur content in gasoline and reduce pollution from tailpipes. EPA estimates that the proposed standard will annually prevent as many as 2,400 premature deaths, 23,000 cases of respiratory ailments in children, and 1.8 million lost school days, work days, and days when activities would be restricted due to air polluti… Continue Reading


03.28.13

Whitehouse Announces Legislation to Improve Middle School Achievement

Providence, RI - Today, Senators Sheldon Whitehouse and Jack Reed announced the introduction of the Success in the Middle Act, legislation to improve our nation's middle schools. At the press conference, Providence Mayor Angel Taveras, Providence School Superintendent Susan Lusi, and Gilbert Stuart Middle School Principal Edward Halpin shared their support for the legislation and discussed its benefits for Rhode Island children. "When children reach high school unprepared, it is often too late f… Continue Reading


03.26.13

RI Congressional Delegation Holds Roundtable on Gun Violence

Providence, RI - As the U.S. Senate prepares to debate legislation to combat gun violence, the Rhode Island Congressional delegation held a roundtable this morning to discuss the importance of enacting laws to keep our communities safe. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse provided an update on the status of the legislation in the Senate, and Reps. Jim Langevin and David Cicilline joined them to express support for Senate proposals and demand strong Congressional action. Local advocates and… Continue Reading


03.21.13

Whitehouse Shares RI Business Story During Senate Committee Meeting

Washington, DC - Yesterday, as the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee prepared to vote on a bill to re-authorize the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA), U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) used a story about a Rhode Island business to highlight the importance of the legislation. Whitehouse spoke about Hope Global in Cumberland, which was hit hard by the floods of 2010, to make a point about improving transparency in the Army Corps of Engineers' process for approving projects u… Continue Reading


03.20.13

Whitehouse Celebrates Three-Year Anniversary of Health Care Law

Washington, DC - This week, as the federal government marks the three-year anniversary of the Affordable Care Act, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has used each day to highlight a different aspect of the law. Today, the Secretary focused on the law's delivery system reform provisions, which will help to lower health care costs while also improving care for patients. U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) was a strong advocate for the inclusion of delivery system reform pr… Continue Reading


03.19.13

Faith Organizations Sound Off on Climate Change

Washington, DC - In January, the Bicameral Task Force on Climate Change wrote to over 300 businesses and organizations, soliciting their views on actions the federal government could take to reduce carbon pollution and strengthen our resiliency to climate change. Today, the Task Force released the responses they have received from six faith organizations: the Coalition on the Environment and Jewish Life and the Jewish Council for Public Affairs; the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops;… Continue Reading


03.15.13

Whitehouse Statement on Committee’s Approval of Budget Resolution

Washington, DC - Last night, the U.S. Senate Budget Committee approved a budget resolution for Fiscal Year 2014 by a vote of 12-10. The budget would raise nearly $1 trillion in new revenue by eliminating wasteful tax loopholes, make smart cuts in federal spending, and invest in roads, bridges, and water infrastructure to create jobs. U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), a member of the Committee, voted for the resolution and released the following statement after it was approved: "The Sena… Continue Reading


03.14.13

Judiciary Committee Approves Gun Violence Legislation

Washington, DC - Today, the Senate Judiciary Committee completed a series of meetings to vote on four proposals aimed at reducing gun violence in America. U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) is a member of the Committee and joined a majority of his colleagues in approving all four measures. "Our nation has seen too much tragedy through gun violence in recent years, and we must act to make our communities safer," said Whitehouse. "These bills would codify some simple, commonsense principles:… Continue Reading


03.13.13

Whitehouse Statement on Senate Democrats’ Budget

Washington, DC - Today, U.S. Senate Budget Committee Chairman Patty Murray (D-WA) released her proposed budget resolution for Fiscal Year 2014, and the Committee began its markup of the resolution with members providing opening statements. U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), a member of the Committee, submitted a statement for the Committee's record which read, in part: "As we work toward additional deficit reduction, the choice is clear - the balanced Democratic approach of ending tax spe… Continue Reading


03.12.13

Waxman, Whitehouse, Blumenauer, and Schatz Release Carbon Price Discussion Draft

WASHINGTON, DC- Today, Representative Henry A. Waxman, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, Representative Earl Blumenauer, and Senator Brian Schatz released draft carbon-pricing legislation and solicited feedback on it from stakeholders and the public. The legislation would establish the polluter pays principle for dangerous carbon pollution, requiring large emitters to pay for the pollution they emit. The "discussion draft" released today contains a new and straightforward approach to putting a price… Continue Reading


03.11.13

Whitehouse and Cicilline Announce Legislation to Keep Jobs in America

Providence, RI - Today, U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and U.S. Representative David Cicilline (D-RI) announced the introduction of the Offshoring Prevention Act, a bill that would level the playing field for American manufacturers by eliminating a special tax break for companies that ship jobs overseas. Whitehouse and Cicilline will file the legislation in the Senate and House, respectively, when Congress comes into session later today. This morning's announcement was made at Tanury I… Continue Reading


03.07.13

President Signs Violence Against Women Act into Law

Washington, DC - President Barack Obama today signed legislation re-authorizing the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) into law. U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse co-sponsored the legislation and successfully worked to include a new provision to prevent teen dating violence in the law. "This law has saved women's lives," said Whitehouse. "Today's action will strengthen protections for victims of domestic violence and give law enforcement in Rhode Island and across the nation important tools they… Continue Reading


03.07.13

Whitehouse Cosponsors Bill to Strengthen Social Security

Washington, DC - Today, U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse joined Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) to introduce the Keeping Our Social Security Promises Act, which will strengthen the program for future generations. The bill would ensure that Social Security remains solvent for the next 50 years by asking the wealthiest Americans to pay their fair share into the system. "I have heard from countless Rhode Island seniors who rely on Social Security to make ends meet, and who want to make sure the prog… Continue Reading


03.04.13

Sen. Whitehouse Statement on Nomination of Gina McCarthy to be EPA Administrator

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), co-chair of the Bicameral Task Force on Climate Change and a member of the Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee, released the statement below today regarding President Obama's nomination of Gina McCarthy to be the next Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA): "Gina McCarthy is an excellent choice to be our next EPA Administrator. She served New England under both Republican and Democratic governors and has a dis… Continue Reading


03.01.13

U.S. Department of Commerce Invests $2.9 Million to Rebuild Critical Fisheries Port Infrastructure in Rhode Island

WASHINGTON - The Rhode Island Congressional Delegation and state leaders today announced a $2.9 million U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) grant to the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management to rehabilitate critical infrastructure at the Port of Galilee in Narragansett, Rhode Island. U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development Matt Erskine joined Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee, U.S. Senator Jack Reed, U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, and U.… Continue Reading


02.25.13

Bicameral Task Force Calls on Inspectors General to Ensure Federal Action on Climate Change

Today, the co-chairs of the Bicameral Task Force on Climate Change, Rep. Henry A. Waxman and Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, joined by new co-chairs Rep. Ed Markey and Sen. Ben Cardin, wrote to nearly 70 Inspectors General throughout the federal government requesting input on what each agency, government corporation, or independent establishment can do to confront the growing threat of climate change. The letters ask for information on how each department or agency is currently responding to existing … Continue Reading


02.22.13

Providence Fire Department Receives $400,000 Federal Grant

Providence, RI - U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse and U.S. Representatives Jim Langevin and David Cicilline today joined Providence Mayor Angel Taveras in announcing a $421,064 federal grant to help the Providence Fire Department purchase new equipment. All four Members of the Congressional delegation wrote letters to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), which administers the grants, supporting the fire department's application. This competitive federal Assistance to F… Continue Reading


02.22.13

RI Awarded $1.6 Million in Federal Health Care Funding

Providence, RI - U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse and U.S. Representatives Jim Langevin and David Cicilline today joined with Governor Lincoln Chafee and Lt. Governor Elizabeth Roberts in announcing $1,631,042 in federal funding from a State Innovation Model award to improve health care quality and lower costs. Rhode Island was one of 25 states to receive State Innovation Model funding, which was made available by the Affordable Care Act. Rhode Island will use the funding to devel… Continue Reading


02.14.13

Senate Democrats’ Sequester-Replacement Plan Includes Whitehouse’s Buffett Rule

Washington, DC - Today, Senate Democratic Leaders unveiled a legislative package to replace the looming across-the-board spending cuts known as the sequester. Among the core components of this plan to raise new revenue and make responsible cuts is the Buffett Rule, which was originally written and introduced by U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) last year. The Buffett Rule provision, based on Whitehouse's Paying a Fair Share Act, would ensure that multi-million-dollar earners pay a minimum… Continue Reading

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