Press Releases

07.18.13

Senate Confirms Gina McCarthy to Lead EPA

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) released the statement below regarding today's vote by the U.S. Senate to confirm Gina McCarthy as the next Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA): "Throughout her years working for both Republicans and Democrats, Gina McCarthy has always put the health of our people and our environment first. During her time as an Assistant Administrator at EPA, she crafted several key health standards, including the first-ever mercur… Continue Reading


07.16.13

Whitehouse Statement on Executive Nominees Agreement

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) released the statement below regarding today's agreement to move forward on a series of Presidential nominees whose Senate confirmations had been held up by Republican filibuster threats: "I'm still deeply concerned about the pattern of obstruction by Senate Republicans on everything from executive and judicial nominations to important legislation, but I'm glad we reached an agreement on these seven nominations. The confirmation of Gina M… Continue Reading


07.10.13

Rep. Waxman and Sen. Whitehouse Urge State Department to Analyze How Keystone XL Will Affect Climate Change

WASHINGTON, DC- Today, Representative Henry A. Waxman and Senator Sheldon Whitehouse sent a letter to Kerri-Ann Jones, Assistant Secretary of State for Oceans, Environment, and Science at the State Department, urging the Department to correct significant mistakes in the analysis of the climate impacts of the Keystone XL pipeline. Rep. Waxman and Sen. Whitehouse write that the draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement underestimates the costs of transporting the tar sands by rail and ign… Continue Reading


07.02.13

Obama Administration Takes Action Against Wildlife Trafficking

Washington, DC - Last month, U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Co-Chair of the International Conservation Caucus, joined several of his colleagues in writing to President Obama to express concern over the wildlife poaching crisis in Africa and other parts of the world. Yesterday, the President signed a new Executive Order committing his Administration to combat these harmful activities. "I thank the President for taking strong action to protect vulnerable species from being decimated by … Continue Reading


06.27.13

U.S. Senate Passes Bipartisan Immigration Reform Bill

Washington, DC - The U.S. Senate today passed comprehensive immigration reform legislation with a strong bipartisan vote of 68 to 32. U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), who helped craft the legislation as a member of the Judiciary Committee, praised his Senate colleagues for supporting the bill. "Today a strong, bipartisan majority of the United States Senate took a historic step toward fixing our broken immigration system. It's now up to Speaker Boehner and the House to follow our lead,"… Continue Reading


06.26.13

Whitehouse and Warren Fighting to Protect Consumers from Abusive Lending

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) today introduced the Empowering States' Rights to Protect Consumers Act, a bill that would protect consumers by restoring the ability of states to set limits on credit card and other consumer loan interest rates. Whitehouse has introduced similar legislation in past Congresses. "It's time to stop Wall Street banks and their credit card subsidiaries from taking advantage of struggling families in Rhode Island a… Continue Reading


06.25.13

Bicameral Climate Change Task Force Applauds President Obama's Action Plan to Address Climate Change

WASHINGTON, DC - Today the Co-Chairs of the Bicameral Task Force on Climate Change applauded President Obama's plans to address climate change by limiting carbon pollution from existing and new power plants, developing new fuel efficiency standards for heavy-duty trucks, and setting new efficiency targets for appliances and buildings. The plan also provides financial assistance for carbon capture and storage projects and sets a new goal for the deployment of renewable energy on public lands. F… Continue Reading


06.24.13

RI Delegation, Governor Chafee, and RIEDC Host Ports Showcase

Providence, RI - This morning, the Rhode Island Congressional delegation, Governor Chafee, and the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation (RIEDC) held a Ports Showcase to promote the capabilities and services available at ProvPort and Quonset's Port of Davisville. U.S. Maritime Administration (MARAD) Acting Administrator Paul "Chip" Jaenichen also participated in the Showcase. The Showcase was held to provide businesses, policymakers and community stakeholders with an overview of port cap… Continue Reading


06.21.13

Reed and Whitehouse Hear from RI Business Leaders on Immigration Reform

Providence, RI - As the United States Senate continues debating legislation to overhaul our nation's flawed immigration system, U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse held a roundtable discussion to update Rhode Islanders on the status of the legislation. Whitehouse is a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, which approved the version of the bill now being debated by the full Senate. At the roundtable, the Senators brought together Rhode Island business leaders to discuss how immigra… Continue Reading


06.20.13

Baucus, Whitehouse Act to Protect Tourism, Recreation Jobs from Climate Change

Washington, DC - As rising sea levels, more severe storms, raging wildfires and prolonged droughts continue to increase, U.S. Senators Max Baucus (D-MT) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) today introduced legislation to provide local communities with better tools to prepare for extreme weather and require federal agencies to work more efficiently by implementing a single coordinated strategy for protecting, restoring, and conserving the natural resources that American tourism and recreation jobs and … Continue Reading


06.12.13

Whitehouse Brings Rhode Island and National Environmental Leaders Together at Washington Conference

Washington, DC - Yesterday, at an environmental conference organized by U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), approximately 75 Rhode Island environmental and energy leaders heard directly from federal officials about national policies that could affect Rhode Island communities. Former Vice President Al Gore delivered a keynote address at the event. Whitehouse hosts Rhode Island Energy and Environmental Leaders Day every year in order to connect Rhode Islanders from the public interest sector… Continue Reading


06.05.13

Whitehouse Statement on National Security Adviser Appointment

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) released the statement below regarding President Obama's decision to appoint Susan Rice as his next National Security Adviser. She will succeed Tom Donilon, a Rhode Island native. "As a Rhode Islander, I'm extremely proud of the work Tom Donilon has done for our country throughout his career, particularly during these last few years in the Obama Administration. He will be greatly missed. Ambassador Rice is a strong, experienced choice t… Continue Reading


06.05.13

Whitehouse Honored for Ocean Leadership

Washington, DC - Last night U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) received the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation's (NMSF) Leadership Award for his work to protect oceans and combat climate change. Whitehouse received the award during NMSF's 11th Annual Leadership Awards Dinner in Washington, DC. "I congratulate Senator Whitehouse on receiving our 2013 Leadership Award for his tremendous efforts to tackle the pressing challenges facing our ocean, and to do so with real, meaningful, biparti… Continue Reading


06.05.13

Sen. Whitehouse Commends Botnet Takedown

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) released the statement below regarding today's news that Microsoft and the FBI led a disruption and mitigation operation against the Citadel family of malware and associated botnets: "I congratulate Microsoft, the FBI, and their partners for today's operation against the Citadel family of malware and the more than one thousand botnets it supports. The scale of the criminal activity associated with Citadel malware, ranging from the invasio… Continue Reading


06.05.13

Bicameral Climate Change Task Force Calls on President Obama to Address Climate Change in Upcoming Meeting with Chinese President Xi

WASHINGTON, DC- Today the Co-Chairs of the Bicameral Task Force on Climate Change sent a letter to President Obama urging him to discuss joint action to address climate change with Chinese President Xi Jinping during the upcoming summit in California. The letter focuses on the opportunity for the United States and China to reach agreement to reduce the use of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), which are extremely potent heat-trapping gases. In the letter the members write, "Together, the United States… Continue Reading


06.05.13

OMB Delays Undermining Administration’s Agenda on Environment, Energy, and Public Health

Washington, DC - With Congress gridlocked on a host of issues, President Obama has pledged to take action in its stead, particularly on issues related to energy and the environment. Unfortunately, according to a letter sent last night by a group of Senate and House Democrats, the President's own Budget office is delaying the implementation of a host of rules and regulations on everything from clean water to worker safety. The letter was signed by U.S. Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Tom Har… Continue Reading


06.04.13

Sen. Whitehouse Joins President Obama for Announcement on Judges

Washington, DC - Today, President Barack Obama announced the nomination of three new judges for the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals. U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee and a leading advocate for faster judicial confirmations, joined the President in the White House Rose Garden for today's announcement. "For too long, Senate Republicans have been playing political games with our judicial nominations process - holding up qualified nominees for months… Continue Reading


06.03.13

Sen. Whitehouse Statement on Passing of Sen. Lautenberg

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) released the statement below today regarding the passing of U.S. Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ): "It was an honor to know and work with Senator Lautenberg during our time together in the Senate. From his service during World War II through his service in the U.S. Senate, Senator Lautenberg never stopped fighting for what he believed in. Today my thoughts and prayers are with his family and his fellow New Jerseyans, whom he represented s… Continue Reading


06.03.13

Sen. Whitehouse Attends Mental Health Event at White House

Washington, DC - Today, President Obama hosted a National Conference on Mental Health at the White House to discuss ways to help the millions of Americans who struggle with mental health conditions and substance use disorders. U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), a strong advocate for legislation to improve care coordination for mental health patients, was with former Congressman Patrick Kennedy (D-RI) among the invited guests at today's conference. "For too long, Americans suffering from m… Continue Reading


05.30.13

Bicameral Task Force on Climate Change Launches Clean Energy Breakthroughs Series

WASHINGTON, DC- Today the Bicameral Task Force on Climate Change launched a new series of fact sheets that will examine emerging energy technologies that could play a significant role in the clean energy economy of the future. Each fact sheet in the series, entitled Clean Energy Breakthroughs, will examine a technical challenge, describe the opportunities it presents, and highlight new technologies being developed to address the challenge. The first fact sheet in the series, available online h… Continue Reading

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