Press Releases

02.01.13

RI Delegation Announces Federal Funding to Help State Prepare for Effects of Climate Change

Providence, RI - Rhode Island's Congressional delegation today announced the award of $250,000 in federal funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to help the state address and prepare for health effects associated with climate change. The Rhode Island Department of Health will be able to use the funding to help the state and municipalities create an action plan and coordinate activities to investigate, prepare for, and respond to such effects. According to the CDC, we… Continue Reading


02.01.13

Whitehouse Stands Up for Social Security Benefits

Washington, DC - Yesterday, U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) participated in a press conference with Senator Bernie Sanders, Senator Jeff Merkley, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumpka, and others to oppose the use of a "chained CPI" formula for Social Security and veterans' benefits - a change that would ultimately result in reduced payments to Rhode Islanders who depend on these programs. Watch Senator Whitehouse's remarks at the press conference here. Currently, cost-of-living adjustments… Continue Reading


01.31.13

Bicameral Task Force Asks for Best Ideas to Address Climate Change

WASHINGTON, DC- Today, the co-chairs of the Bicameral Task Force on Climate Change, Rep. Henry A. Waxman and Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, 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. The members have called for ideas for action that can be taken using the Administration's existing authority as well as ideas that might need congressional approval. The me… Continue Reading


01.28.13

Whitehouse Statement on Passage of Sandy Relief Bill

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse released the statement below following the Senate's vote today to authorize emergency funding for states affected by Hurricane Sandy: "After visiting our communities damaged by Hurricane Sandy, I'll never forget what I saw: family homes that had stood for generations pulled into the sea, businesses destroyed, and so many memories swept away. This much-needed federal funding will help Rhode Island communities hurt by Hurricane Sandy to rebuild. … Continue Reading


01.24.13

Bicameral Task Force Urges President Obama to Take Executive Action to Fight Climate Change

As their first order of business, Task Force Co-Chairs Rep. Henry A. Waxman and Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, joined by Rep. Ed Markey, sent a letter to President Obama applauding his recognition of climate change in his inaugural address, pledging to stand with him in the fight to address this issue, and urging him to develop a comprehensive climate change plan as expeditiously as possible. The text of the letter is below and online here. … Continue Reading


01.24.13

Rep. Waxman and Sen. Whitehouse Form Bicameral Climate Change Task Force

NOTE: For a one-pager about the Bicameral Task Force on Climate Change, please click here. Washington, DC - Following President Obama's recent statement in his inaugural address that failing to respond to the threat of climate change would "betray our children and future generations," U.S. Representative Henry A. Waxman (D-CA) and U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) today announced the formation of a bicameral Task Force on Climate Change to address this important issue. The Task Force wi… Continue Reading


01.23.13

Senators reintroduce the FAST Voting Act to help states improve their elections

Washington, DC - Just two days after President Obama used his second inaugural address to renew his call for election reform, U.S. Senators Chris Coons (D-Del.), Mark Warner (D-Va.), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) reintroduced their legislation to make substantial improvements in the states' administration of their elections and to make voting faster and more accessible to all voters. The Fair, Accurate, Secure and Timely (FAST) Voting Act would create a competitive… Continue Reading


01.18.13

Whitehouse and Blumenthal Statement on Visit to Afghanistan

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) are continuing their trip to the Middle East with a Senate delegation that includes Senator John McCain (R-AZ). After visiting with troops, military leaders, and foreign officials in Afghanistan, Whitehouse and Blumenthal released the following statement: "We are proud and honored to thank our courageous troops for their great service and sacrifice -- especially men and women from Rhode Island and Connecticu… Continue Reading


01.16.13

Whitehouse in Egypt with McCain

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) is currently traveling abroad with a Senate delegation that includes Senator John McCain (R-AZ). The Senators held a press conference today in Cairo, Egypt after meeting with leading Egyptian officials, including President Mohamed Morsi, Prime Minister Hesham Qandil, and Minister of Defense Major General Abdel Fattah al Sisi. They also met with political party representatives and activists, Egyptian business leaders, and the Syrian Opposi… Continue Reading


01.11.13

U.S. Department of Justice Grants RI Cities Flexibility to Use Google Settlement Funds to Stabilize Pensions

Providence, RI - At the urging of U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has agreed to allow the cities of East Providence and North Providence to use a portion of their share of a $500 million federal settlement with Google to help plug gaps in each city's law enforcement pension fund. The cities were each awarded $60 million last April after assisting the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) in a federal investigation into online ads distributed by Go… Continue Reading


01.11.13

Whitehouse Statement on Federal Climate Assessment

Providence, RI - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, a member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, released the statement below today regarding the just-released Federal Advisory Committee Draft Climate Assessment Report: "This report adds to the already overwhelming body of evidence that climate change is real, and is taking its toll on our nation. We cannot sit on the sidelines any longer. If we want to leave our children with a healthy planet, the Administration and Congress … Continue Reading


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

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