Press Releases

03.29.12

Senate Schedules Vote on Whitehouse’s Buffett Rule Bill

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) released the following statement today regarding the announcement by Majority Leader Harry Reid that the Senate will hold a vote on Whitehouse's bill to implement the "Buffett Rule" on April 16: "Getting a vote on the Buffett Rule is a step in the right direction. It's time to restore fairness to our tax system and end the loopholes that allow ultra-high income earners to pay a lower overall rate than middle income Rhode Islanders. This … Continue Reading


03.29.12

Whitehouse Statement for Rules Committee Hearing on DISCLOSE Act

Washington, DC - Today, the U.S. Senate Committee on Rules and Administration held a hearing on the DISCLOSE Act of 2012, legislation to address the worst of the problems caused by the Supreme Court's Citizens United decision. U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), who introduced the legislation last week, submitted the following testimony to the hearing's official record: ---------------------------------------- Chairman Schumer and Ranking Member Alexander - I thank you for holding this he… Continue Reading


03.29.12

Whitehouse Releases Report on Progress of Health Care Delivery System Reform

Washington, DC - As the public debate over health care reform continues to focus on the "individual mandate" and other hot-button issues, U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) today released a report about the progress of another part of the Affordable Care Act that has gotten less attention but is no less important: delivery system reform (DSR). The report, entitled "Health Care Delivery System Reform and The Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act," shows that the Obama Administration h… Continue Reading


03.27.12

Whitehouse, Sanders Hold Hearing on Military Investments in Clean Energy

Washington, DC - Today, with gas prices near record highs across the country, U.S. Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Bernie Sanders (I-VT) held a joint hearing to examine how our armed forces are working to diversify our nation's fuel supply and become more energy efficient, and how the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is assisting in these efforts. The hearing was entitled "Oversight Hearing on EPA's Work with Other Federal Entities to Reduce Pollution and Improve Environmental Perfo… Continue Reading


03.26.12

Whitehouse Holds Hearing on Health Care Fraud

East Providence, RI - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) today convened an official field hearing of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism in East Providence, RI, to examine ways to reduce costs and strengthen health care programs like Medicare and Medicaid by cracking down on fraud in the system. The hearing featured testimony from top Rhode Island law enforcement officials, local health care professionals, and a representative of the Centers for Medicare and Medica… Continue Reading


03.23.12

Whitehouse Shares Story of Health Law Helping Newport Area

Washington, DC - This week marks the two-year anniversary of the passage of the Affordable Care Act, landmark legislation to reform our health care system in ways that lower costs and expand access to insurance coverage. U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) spoke on the floor of the Senate yesterday to commemorate the anniversary, and shared the story of a Newport health care organization that has been helped by the law. Whitehouse spoke about East Bay Community Action Program, which has rec… Continue Reading


03.22.12

Whitehouse: Glad to Have Fishermen in Washington, DC

Washington, D.C. - This week, a number of Rhode Island fishermen joined their counterparts from around the country to visit Washington, DC to discuss fisheries management with their elected officials. U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), who met with several of the Rhode Island fishermen, released the following statement regarding the visit: "It is encouraging to see so many men and women from our fishing community making their voices heard in our nation's capital. I was pleased to meet wi… Continue Reading


03.22.12

Whitehouse Shares Story of Woonsocket Resident Helped by Health Law

Health Reform: Making a Difference for Rhode Islanders Washington, DC - This week marks the two-year anniversary of the passage of the Affordable Care Act, landmark legislation to reform our health care system in ways that lower costs and expand access to insurance coverage. U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) spoke on the floor of the Senate to commemorate the anniversary, and shared the story of a Woonsocket resident who has been helped by the law. Whitehouse spoke about a woman name… Continue Reading


03.21.12

Senators Announce New Legislation to Shine Light on Anonymous Campaign Spending

Introducing DISCLOSE Act 2.0 Washington, DC - Today, as the public continues to see the harmful effects of the Supreme Court's Citizens United decision first hand in the Republican primaries, a group of U.S. Senators announced new legislation to address the worst of the problems caused by the decision. The DISCLOSE Act of 2012, introduced by U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), will help put an end to secretive campaign spending by strengthening disclosure laws. The legislation is cosp… Continue Reading


03.20.12

Whitehouse Honored by PTA

Washington, DC - Throughout his time in office, U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) has been a champion for children and families in Rhode Island and across the country. The National Parent Teacher Association (PTA) recently honored Whitehouse's record of advocacy by giving him their 2012 Congressional Voice for Children Award. Whitehouse joined Rhode Island PTA President Gina Cabral, Rhode Island PTA President-Elect Pamela O'Brien, and officers of the National PTA at the organization's Leg… Continue Reading


03.14.12

Whitehouse Brings Head of Newport County Chamber to Washington

Washington, DC - Today, the U.S. Senate Democratic Steering and Outreach Committee held a meeting to hear from local chambers of commerce across the country about efforts to spur economic growth and job creation. The meeting specifically focused on how Senators can work with local chambers to achieve these goals, and featured the participation of Jody Sullivan, Executive Director of the Newport County Chamber of Commerce in Rhode Island. Sullivan was invited to participate and introduced at th… Continue Reading


03.14.12

Senate Passes Transportation Bill Including Whitehouse Oceans Measure, Regional Projects Program

Washington, DC - The U.S. Senate today passed a comprehensive transportation and infrastructure bill, which is expected to deliver more than $500 million in federal transportation funding to Rhode Island, supporting over 8,000 jobs. The bill also includes a measure by U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) establishing a new National Endowment for the Oceans, Coasts, and Great Lakes to fund projects to protect our oceans and coasts and support jobs in industries like fishing and tourism. "Thi… Continue Reading


03.13.12

Senate Democrats Form Working Group to Craft New Response to Rise of Super PACs and Unlimited Spending by Outside Groups

Washington, DC - A group of Democratic senators announced today they have joined together to craft a new legislative response to blunt the harmful impacts from the Supreme Court's decision allowing corporations and anonymous special interests to spend unlimited sums to influence elections. The task force is led by Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and includes Tom Udall (D-NM), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Michael Bennet (D-CO), and Al Franken (D-MN). Senator Charles E. Schumer… Continue Reading


03.13.12

Whitehouse Applauds Crack Down on China’s Hoarding of Rare Earth Materials

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) released the statement below regarding today's announcement by the Obama Administration of a new effort to end China's hoarding of rare earth materials, which are used in the production of advanced electronics, including batteries for cell phones and hybrid cars. The Administration is now asking the World Trade Organization to force China - which produces over 95 percent of all rare earth materials - to free up their hold on the materials.… Continue Reading


03.08.12

Senate Passes Whitehouse Measure Establishing National Endowment for the Oceans

Washington, DC - The U.S. Senate today approved a measure by U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) that will establish a new National Endowment for the Oceans, Coasts, and Great Lakes. The measure, which was approved as part of an amendment to a federal transportation funding bill, will help protect our oceans and coasts and support jobs in industries like fishing and tourism. "In Rhode Island, and in many areas across our country, the strength of our economy is directly tied to the health of… Continue Reading


03.07.12

Whitehouse Brings RI Small Business Development Center Director to Washington

Washington, DC - Today, the U.S. Senate Democratic Steering and Outreach Committee held a meeting to hear from businesses and organizations around the country that have implemented innovative strategies to boost job creation despite the tough economy. The meeting focused specifically on economic development in the Latino community, and featured the participation of Adriana Dawson, Interim State Director of the Rhode Island Small Business Development Center at Johnson & Wales University. Da… Continue Reading


03.02.12

Closing the Doughnut Hole: Map of 2011 Savings

Providence, RI - In 2010, as part of the health care reform law (the Affordable Care Act), U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) helped lead the successful fight to end the Medicare Part D prescription drug "doughnut hole" which left thousands of Rhode Island seniors paying the total cost of their prescription drugs every year. According to a recent report by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, 14,822 Rhode Islanders received prescription drug discounts as a result of the law in … Continue Reading


02.29.12

Whitehouse Brings RI Business Leaders to Washington

Washington, DC - Today, the U.S. Senate Democratic Steering and Outreach Committee held a meeting to hear from businesses around the country that have succeeded and created jobs despite the tough economy. The meeting focused specifically on economic development in the African American community, and featured the participation of Cheryl Snead, CEO of Banneker Industries in North Smithfield, RI. Snead was invited to participate by U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse. "As we work to boost Rhode Isla… Continue Reading


02.29.12

Whitehouse Calls for Passage of Transportation Funding Bill

Transportation Bill Would Support 8,000 jobs in RI Washington, DC - Today, shortly after U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood toured the deteriorated I-95 Viaduct in Providence at the request of U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, the Senator took to the floor of the U.S. Senate to call for passage of legislation to reauthorize federal transportation funding. The measure, known as MAP-21, is expected to support over 8,000 jobs in Rhode Island and provide over $500 million in funding to th… Continue Reading


02.22.12

Warren Buffett Endorses Whitehouse’s “Buffett Rule” Legislation

Providence, RI - Earlier this month, U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) introduced legislation to implement the so-called "Buffett Rule," which would ensure that multi-million-dollar earners pay at least a 30 percent effective tax rate. The rule is named for legendary investor Warren Buffett, who has famously pointed out that he pays a lower tax rate than his secretary. Now, Mr. Buffett himself is endorsing Whitehouse's proposal, the Paying a Fair Share Act (S. 2059). "I'm delighted to be … Continue Reading

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