Press Releases

01.11.13

RI Federal Delegation Calls for Action to Prevent Gun Violence

PROVIDENCE, RI - U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse and U.S. Representatives Jim Langevin and David Cicilline today held a press conference calling for action to help reduce gun violence and prevent massacres like the mass-shootings at Aurora, Newtown, Oak Creek, Virginia Tech, and Tucson All four members of Rhode Island's Congressional delegation said there is a need for stronger federal gun violence prevention and mental health laws, including reinstating the ban on military-type … Continue Reading


01.09.13

Reed, Whitehouse & Langevin Announce $1.1 Million for Westerly Flood Protection & Wetlands Restoration

WESTERLY, RI - U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse and U.S. Representative Jim Langevin today announced that the Town of Westerly will receive over $1.1 million in Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Hazard Mitigation Grant funding to acquire flood-ravaged properties located on Canal Street. The federal grant will fund the acquisition of 5 residential and 3 non-residential properties that have repeatedly flooded and were badly damaged in the historic 2010 floods. Once the pro… Continue Reading


01.04.13

RI Delegation Urges Education Secretary to Protect Financial Aid for Sawyer School Students

Providence, RI - Last weekend the Sawyer Schools in Pawtucket and Providence were closed without warning, forcing students to make new plans for their education, and leaving many unanswered questions. Now, Rhode Island's Congressional delegation is asking U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan to ensure that students affected by the closure do not lose access to federal financial aid. In a letter to Secretary Duncan, the delegation urged him to "use every possible measure to ensure that these… Continue Reading


01.03.13

Sen. Whitehouse Sworn In to Second Term

Washington, DC - Today, as we mark the start of the 113th Congress, U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) was sworn in to his second term as Rhode Island's junior senator. The Oath of Office was administered by Vice President Joe Biden during a ceremony on the Senate Floor. Whitehouse was accompanied by Rhode Island's senior senator, Jack Reed. "It has been my life's honor to serve the people of Rhode Island in the United States Senate, and I thank them for putting their trust in me for anothe… Continue Reading


01.01.13

Whitehouse Statement on Fiscal Cliff Deal

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) released the statement below today regarding the deal passed by the Senate to avert the so-called fiscal cliff: "My top priorities throughout this debate have been to protect middle-class families in Rhode Island from a tax increase, protect the programs - like Social Security and Medicare - that those families rely on, and to protect unemployment benefits for those still struggling to find jobs. Th… Continue Reading


12.21.12

Whitehouse Cancer Legislation on Track to Become Law

Washington, DC - The U.S. Senate today passed the final version of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) of 2012, sending the bill to President Obama to sign into law. U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse's (D-RI) Recalcitrant Cancer Research Act, which will support the coordination of research on cancers that have persistently low survival rates, was included as an amendment to the NDAA. "I hope this legislation will help to secure a brighter future for patients suffering from recalcitran… Continue Reading


12.20.12

Cranston Receives $3.45 Million to Hire More Firefighters

CRANSTON, RI - U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse and U.S. Representative James Langevin today joined with Mayor Allan Fung to announce $3.45 million in federal funding to help Cranston hire and train 20 new firefighters. This direct federal assistance, provided through the competitive Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant program, will help the Cranston Fire Department increase staffing of frontline firefighters. Cranston may use the federal SAFER grant to… Continue Reading


12.18.12

Senate Passes Bill to Strengthen Investigations of Missing Children and Sex Offenders

Washington, DC - Yesterday, the United States Senate passed the Strengthening Investigations of Sex Offenders and Missing Children Act of 2011 (S. 1792), which makes it clear that the U.S. Marshals Service has authority, upon request, to assist state and local law enforcement in investigating missing children cases. The bill was introduced last year by U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), and was cosponsored by U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL). It passed the Senate unanimously yesterday even… Continue Reading


12.17.12

Senate Passes Whitehouse Bill on Federal Assistance in Mass Killing Investigations

Update: House passed the Senate version of this bill on January 1, 2013 Washington, DC - Today, the United States Senate passed U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse's (D-RI) Investigative Assistance for Violent Crimes Act of 2012, which authorizes federal law enforcement agencies to assist state and local counterparts in responding to mass shootings or other violent crimes that take place in public areas such as schools, shopping malls, or office buildings. Whitehouse introduced the bill last year,… Continue Reading


12.17.12

Whitehouse Statement on Passing of Senator Inouye

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) released the following statement today regarding the passing of U.S. Senator Daniel Inouye (D-HI): "From the front lines of World War II through more than five decades of service in Congress, Senator Inouye led a remarkable American life. He was a Senator in the truest sense - a statesman who always represented the interests of his fellow Hawaiians; a hard worker who mastered the art of legislating; and a gifted politician who remained be… Continue Reading


12.14.12

Whitehouse Statement on Connecticut School Shooting

Providence, RI - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse released the statement below regarding today's school shooting in Newtown, CT: "Today's shooting was an act of unspeakable horror, and my heart goes out to the families of those harmed. While many of the details are still unfolding, one thing is clear: no parent should ever have to face such tragedy. In the days ahead, I will work with officials here in Rhode Island and in Washington to support our friends and neighbors in Connecticut in any wa… Continue Reading


12.14.12

Reed, Whitehouse Urge Emergency Federal Funding for Fisheries Disasters

WASHINGTON, DC - In an effort to help Rhode Island fishermen, U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse today announced that $150 million is included in the Senate Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Bill for several fisheries disasters declared in the past year. The Northeast commercial groundfish fishery was declared a disaster due to the depletion and unexpectedly slow rebuilding of fish stocks. The emergency funding included in the Appropriations bill can be used to provide a variety … Continue Reading


12.13.12

Whitehouse, Eshoo, & Industry Leaders Trumpet New Law to Stop High Volume Commercials

The CALM Act: Putting an End to Loud TV Commercials "Loud TV commercials have been among the most common consumer complaints to the FCC for decades now," said Senator Whitehouse. "While this is a small issue compared to the big challenges facing our nation, it is an unnecessary annoyance in the daily lives of many Americans, and I'm glad to have done something about it." "Earsplitting television ads have jolted and annoyed viewers for decades," Rep. Eshoo said. "With this new law, loud TV co… Continue Reading


12.10.12

Delegation Announces $6 Million to Repair Storm Damage & Help Protect Businesses at Quonset

NORTH KINGSTOWN, RI - U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse and U.S. Representatives Jim Langevin and David Cicilline today joined with Governor Lincoln Chafee to announce $6 million in federal funding for the Quonset Development Corporation in North Kingstown and the Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) to help make upgrades and repairs related to storm damage caused by Hurricane Irene. The federal funds, which are appropriated by Congress and administered by the U.S. Eco… Continue Reading


12.05.12

Senate Passes Defense Authorization Measure

Washington, DC - The U.S. Senate has passed the National Defense Authorization Act, legislation that will authorize funding for defense programs in the year ahead. Among other things, the legislation will provide funding for the construction of two Virginia-class submarines - an important priority for the defense industry in Rhode Island. It also includes two provisions authored by U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI). Whitehouse's Recalcitrant Cancer Research Act was included as an amendme… Continue Reading


12.05.12

Whitehouse to Obama: No Need to Cut Medicare

Washington, DC - As President Obama and Congressional leaders continue to negotiate towards a deal that will prevent a series of automatic tax increases and spending cuts in January, U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) is making the case that Medicare benefit cuts should be off the table in these discussions. In a letter today to President Obama, Whitehouse argues that we don't need to cut benefits to save money in Medicare, and calls for the establishment of a specific goal for system-wide … Continue Reading


11.29.12

Senate Approves Whitehouse Cancer Research Bill

Washington, DC - The United States Senate today voted in favor of the Recalcitrant Cancer Research Act of 2012, introduced by Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI). The legislation, which would support the coordination of research on those forms of cancer which are difficult to detect and have persistently low survival rates, was approved by voice vote as an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) of 2012. The Recalcitrant Cancer Research Act would direct the National Cancer Ins… Continue Reading


11.29.12

Whitehouse and Baldwin Call on President to Include the Buffett Rule in Deficit Negotiations

Washington, DC - As President Obama and Congressional leaders continue discussions to avert the so-called "fiscal cliff" - the mix of tax increases and spending cuts set to automatically take effect in January - two prominent Congressional Democrats are calling on the President to include a version of the Buffett Rule for tax fairness in any deal. U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Senator-elect Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) today sent a letter to President Obama urging him to fight for the Payin… Continue Reading


11.27.12

RI Congressional Delegation Announces $218,000 in Grants from the National Endowment for the Arts for Local Organizations

Washington, DC - Rhode Island's congressional delegation today announced that the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) has awarded a total of $218,000 in funding for arts organizations in the state. The funding will support the Rhode Island arts community and organizations that offer arts education to Rhode Island residents. "This federal funding will help support local artists and bolster economic development and education through the arts," said U.S. Senator Jack Reed, the Chairman of the A… Continue Reading


11.20.12

Sen. Whitehouse Statement on the Passing of Sen. Warren Rudman

Providence, RI - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) released the following statement upon the passing of former Senator Warren B. Rudman of New Hampshire: "Senator Rudman was a statesman who served the people of New Hampshire and his country admirably. I am grateful for his bipartisan support on my DISCLOSE Act. He was a leader in the fight against secret money in elections, which, as co-chair of Americans for Campaign Reform, he identified as both 'unprecedented and corrosive to the politi… Continue Reading

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