Press Releases

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


05.22.13

Immigration Reform Bill Approved by Senate Committee

Washington, DC - After weeks of debate, the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee last night voted 13 to 5 to approve landmark immigration reform legislation. The bill, which would strengthen border security and establish a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants living and working in the U.S., also contained several amendments by Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, a member of the Judiciary Committee. "I have heard from so many Rhode Islanders, including many of our Latino and business leaders, abo… Continue Reading


05.21.13

Statement on Tragedy in Oklahoma

Senator Whitehouse released the following statement today through a spokesperson: "Yesterday afternoon Senator Whitehouse took to the Senate floor to deliver his weekly speech about climate change. It was a speech that had been prepared in advance, and which included a general reference to tornadoes in Oklahoma. Tragically, and unbeknownst to the Senator at the time, a series of tornadoes were hitting Oklahoma at the same moment he gave his remarks. Senator Whitehouse regrets the timing of his … Continue Reading


05.16.13

Senate Judiciary Committee Approves Two Whitehouse Amendments to Immigration Bill

Washington, DC - As the Senate Judiciary Committee continues debating legislation to overhaul our nation's broken immigration system, U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) offered two amendments this week to strengthen the bill, both of which were approved by the Committee. Whitehouse's amendments would help foreign-born entrepreneurs who create jobs in the U.S. obtain visas so they can continue to grow their businesses here, and would make it easier to report violations of H-1B program rules … Continue Reading


05.15.13

Senate Passes Water Resources Bill, Including Whitehouse Oceans Endowment

Washington, DC - The U.S. Senate today approved legislation to reauthorize the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) by a vote of 83 to 14. The legislation, which authorizes civil works projects and policies for the Army Corps of Engineers, includes an amendment from U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) to establish a National Endowment for the Oceans, Coasts, and Great Lakes. "Today we took another important step to protect our oceans and coasts, and the research, tourism, and fishing jobs … Continue Reading


05.15.13

Government Watchdog: American Roads, Bridges Vulnerable to Extreme Changes in Weather

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Max Baucus (D-MT) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) released a new U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) report today detailing the threats posed to the nation's infrastructure by climate change. The report says lack of preparation puts the economy at risk, when roads, bridges and other infrastructure fail to operate as well or as long as intended because of extreme changes in weather. GAO calls on the federal government to make information about how to adapt i… Continue Reading


05.09.13

RI Congressional Delegation Announces $765,300 in Federal Arts Funding for Rhode Island

Washington, DC - Rhode Island's Congressional delegation today announced that the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) has awarded a total of $765,300 in grant funding for Rhode Island arts organizations and programs. A $675,300 partnership grant was awarded to the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts (RISCA), which will support Rhode Island organizations that contribute to the cultural and economic development of the state through the arts. An additional $90,000 in NEA funding was also rec… Continue Reading


05.08.13

Senate Subcommittee Examines Responses to Cyber Crimes

Washington, DC - Amid constant news reports of increasing cyber attacks against the United States, the U.S. Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism today held a hearing to examine the nation's responses to cyber threats. The hearing explored the cyber resources and strategy of the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), including their use of existing statutory authorities against advanced threats, and ways in which the private sector can compleme… Continue Reading


05.08.13

Senate Votes to Establish Oceans Endowment

Washington, DC - With the world's oceans and coasts facing growing challenges from sea-level rise, ocean acidification, and increasing temperatures, the U.S. Senate took action today to protect America's vital ocean resources. The Senate voted 67 to 32, in bipartisan fashion, to approve an amendment offered by U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) authorizing a National Endowment for the Oceans, Coasts, and Great Lakes. "The strength of our national economy is tied to the health of our oceans… Continue Reading


05.07.13

Rep. Waxman and Sen. Whitehouse Urge EPA to Reconsider Decision Not to Regulate Methane Emissions from Coal Mines

Today, Representative Henry A. Waxman and Senator Sheldon Whitehouse sent a letter to Acting Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Bob Perciasepe urging the Agency to reconsider its decision not to regulate methane emissions from coal mines, the fourth largest source of methane emissions in the United States. Reducing methane emissions could delay warming of the atmosphere and provide much needed time for the transition to a clean-energy economy. In the letter the members w… Continue Reading


05.07.13

Sens. Whitehouse and Heller Reintroduce Bill to End Breast Cancer by 2020

Senator Whitehouse meeting with members of the Rhode Island Breast Cancer Coalition on May 6, 2013 Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) has reintroduced bipartisan legislation to establish a "Commission to Accelerate the End of Breast Cancer," the purpose of which will be to help end breast cancer by 2020. The legislation, the Accelerating the End of Breast Cancer Act of 2013 (S.865), is cosponsored by Senator Dean Heller (R-NV). "Breast cancer continues to affect t… Continue Reading


05.06.13

Senate Passes Marketplace Fairness Act

Washington, DC - The U.S. Senate today voted to approve the Marketplace Fairness Act by a bipartisan vote of 69 to 27. U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) was a cosponsor of the bill, which would help ensure that large web-based retailers play by the same rules as small businesses in Rhode Island and around the country. Currently, businesses that sell goods in brick-and-mortar stores are required to collect state sales taxes at the point of sale. However, if consumers purchase the same pro… Continue Reading


05.02.13

Whitehouse Hears from South Kingstown Seniors

South Kingstown, RI - This morning, U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse visited with local seniors at the South Kingstown Senior Center to hear their concerns and discuss his efforts to prevent cuts to Social Security. In particular, Whitehouse highlighted his opposition to the so-called "chained CPI" proposal included in the President's budget, which would cut future benefits for Social Security recipients in South Kingstown. Chained CPI would change the way cost-of-living increases are calculated… Continue Reading


05.02.13

Sen. Whitehouse Hails Passage of Same-Sex Marriage Law

Providence, RI - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse released the following statement today regarding Rhode Island's new law granting same-sex couples the right to marry: "I'm proud of our state for taking this important step toward equality for all, and I want to particularly congratulate Governor Chafee on an historic legislative victory. His staunch support - along with the work of Speaker Fox and his allies in the legislature, and the grassroots efforts of the LGBT community - made this great … Continue Reading

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