Press Releases

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


04.25.13

Sen. Whitehouse Reintroduces Bill to Authorize Major Transportation Projects Program

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) filed legislation in the Senate today to extend a program specifically targeted toward large-scale infrastructure projects across the country. The "Projects of National and Regional Significance" program, which could aid projects like the I-95 Viaduct in Providence, would make grants available through a competitive process. The program was authorized last year as part of the federal transportation funding bill, but its authorization expir… Continue Reading


04.24.13

Whitehouse Applauds R.I. Senate’s Approval of Marriage Equality Legislation

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse released the following statement today regarding the Rhode Island State Senate's vote to grant same-sex couples the right to marry: "Today's vote in the Rhode Island State Senate was a landmark civil rights victory for our state. Same-sex couples deserve the right to legally marry, and I'm proud of the Rhode Island LGBT community and their allies who fought so long to make this happen. I will continue to support this important cause on the federa… Continue Reading


04.24.13

Whitehouse Cosponsors Resolution Opposing Cuts to Social Security

Washington, DC - Today, U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) joined Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) to introduce a resolution opposing the so-called "chained CPI" proposal that would reduce annual cost-of-living adjustments and cut future Social Security benefits for seniors. Earlier this month Senator Whitehouse decried the proposal, which was included in President Obama's budget request, calling it "a benefit cut disguised behind technical jargon." Chained CPI would change the way cost-of-livin… Continue Reading


04.24.13

Two Rhode Islanders Join Sen. Whitehouse for Oceans Meeting in Washington

Washington, DC - Today, the U.S. Senate Democratic Steering and Outreach Committee hosted a meeting entitled "Changing Oceans: Adapting to the Challenges of Acidification, Rising Sea Levels, and Extreme Weather." U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), who helped organize and served as co-chair of the meeting, was joined by two Rhode Island leaders: Grover Fugate, Executive Director of the Rhode Island Coastal Resources Management Council (CRMC), and Evan Matthews, Port Director for the Quonset… Continue Reading


04.17.13

Sen. Whitehouse Slams Senate’s Failure to Pass Gun Violence Amendments

Washington, DC - Today, the U.S. Senate failed to pass a series of amendments to address gun violence in America. U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) voted in favor of proposals to ban high-capacity ammunition magazines, strengthen the nation's background check system, and reinstate the ban on military-style assault weapons. He released the following statement regarding the failure of those three amendments: "It's disappointing that, in the wake of one of the most tragic acts of gun violen… Continue Reading


04.16.13

Sen. Whitehouse Statement on National Oceans Policy

Washington, DC - Today the Obama Administration released the final implementation plan for the National Ocean Policy, which makes protecting and preserving our ocean and coastal resources a national priority. U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), co-chair of the Senate Oceans Caucus and the lead sponsor of legislation to establish a National Endowment for the Oceans, released the follow statement applauding the implementation plan: "The strength of America's economy is tied to the health of … Continue Reading


04.11.13

Senate Begins Debate on Gun Violence Legislation

Washington, DC - Today the U.S. Senate overcame a Republican filibuster and voted to begin debating legislation to reduce gun violence in America. The legislation would crack down on illegal weapons trafficking, strengthen school safety, and eliminate the loophole that allows individuals to purchase guns at gun shows without clearing a background check. U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) joined 67 of his colleagues in voting to move forward with the process. "As President Obama said durin… Continue Reading


04.10.13

Sen. Whitehouse: President’s Budget Cuts Benefits for Seniors

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse released the statement below today regarding President Obama's budget proposal: "I made a promise to the people of Rhode Island that I would always oppose cuts to Social Security, and I'm going to keep that promise. Social Security is fully solvent for the next twenty years, has not contributed to our budget deficits, and has no place in this debate over federal spending. The so-called 'chained CPI' proposal included in President Obama's budget… Continue Reading


04.09.13

Senate Committee Examines Enforcement of Campaign Finance Laws

Washington, DC - In the wake of the 2012 election cycle, which saw an unprecedented level of campaign spending by super PACs and tax-exempt political organizations that do not disclose their donors, the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism today held a hearing on "Current Issues in Campaign Finance Law Enforcement." The hearing focused on the challenges facing the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) in enforcing criminal campaign finance laws relat… Continue Reading


04.08.13

Over 13,000 Rhode Islanders Benefitted from Medicare “Doughnut Hole” Fix in 2012

Cranston, RI - During a visit with Cranston seniors today to commemorate the three-year anniversary of the Affordable Care Act, U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse and Lieutenant Governor Elizabeth Roberts discussed how the health care law is saving money for Medicare recipients in Rhode Island. According to new data, 13,834 Rhode Island seniors saved over $8 million dollars through prescription drug discounts in 2012. Interactive Map: Click here to see how much your community saved. Prior to the … Continue Reading


04.06.13

Whitehouse Visits Mali, Tunisia, and Libya on Trip with McCain

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) has completed a tour of African nations with U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ). The two Senators met with foreign leaders and American officials in Mali, which is currently battling Islamic extremists; Tunisia, where the Arab Spring began; and Libya, which is in the process of rebuilding its government following the overthrow of the long-time dictator Moammar Gadhafi. Senator Whitehouse reported receiving a warm welcome throughout the region… Continue Reading


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

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