Press Releases

06.19.12

RI Delegation Announces $10M in Federal Funds for I-95 Viaduct

Washington, DC - Rhode Island's Congressional Delegation today announced that the state will receive new federal funding to help replace the aging Providence Viaduct - a critical stretch of I-95 in Providence. The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) will receive a $10 million TIGER grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation for the project, which will support badly-needed construction jobs in the state. The Viaduct carries I-95 for nearly a quarter mile through downtown Pro… Continue Reading


06.16.12

Whitehouse Applauds New Efforts to Curb Pollution

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) released the statement below today regarding the recent announcement by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) of new standards for fine particle soot pollution: "EPA is doing the right thing by proposing updated air quality standards for fine particle pollution that will protect public health. Rhode Island pushed EPA to update these standards knowing that when we clean up fine particle pollution, we reduce asthma attacks, chronic bron… Continue Reading


06.14.12

RI Receives Over $2.78 Million for Workforce Development

WASHINGTON, DC - Rhode Island's Congressional delegation today announced that the Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training (RIDLT) will receive a new, competitive $2.78 million Workforce Innovation Fund grant to support employment and training services. Administered by the U.S. Department of Labor, the Workforce innovation Fund invests in programs that enhance workforce investment strategies, particularly for vulnerable populations, and expand existing programs with a proven record of suc… Continue Reading


06.13.12

Whitehouse Chairs Hearing on Improving Care for Patients with Advanced Illness

Washington, DC - Today, U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse chaired a hearing of the Senate Special Committee on Aging entitled "Empowering Patients and Honoring Individual's Choices: Lessons in Improving Care for Individuals with Advanced Illness." The hearing focused on efforts to improve the link between patient wishes and services provided for individuals with advanced illness. "Today's discussion will focus on how our current health care system is and isn't working for individuals diagnosed w… Continue Reading


06.07.12

Whitehouse Commemorates Gaspee Days in Senate Speech

Washington, DC - As Rhode Island prepares for the annual Gaspee Days parade in Warwick this weekend, U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse today gave his yearly speech on the floor of the Senate remembering the brave Rhode Islanders who stood up to the British and burned the HMS Gaspee in 1772. Whitehouse made the case that the Gaspee Affair, which took place 16months before the Boston Tea Party, deserves more recognition for its role in sparking the American Revolution. The text of Whitehouse's rema… Continue Reading


06.07.12

Whitehouse Attended Ambassador of Portugal’s Dinner Honoring Portuguese Minister of State & Foreign Affairs

Washington, D.C. - Last night, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse attended a dinner hosted by the Ambassador of Portugal to the United States, Nuno Brito. The dinner honored the Portuguese Minister of State & Foreign Affairs, Mr. Paulo Portas, who also attended. Senator Whitehouse, Congressman Cicilline, and others discussed Portugal's economy in light of European economic issues, and the longstanding ties between our nations. Whitehouse described the discussions as "helpful and productive." "I tha… Continue Reading


06.04.12

At West Point, Whitehouse Calls for Greater Awareness of Cyber Threats

West Point, NY - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) gave the opening address yesterday evening at a major cybersecurity conference at the United States Military Academy in West Point, NY. The Senator, who chaired the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence's Cybersecurity Task Force in 2010 and has been active in efforts to craft cybersecurity legislation, spoke about the cybersecurity challenges facing the military and the nation, and the need to increase public awareness of cyber threats.… Continue Reading


06.01.12

Whitehouse to Receive Peter Benchley Ocean Award for Excellence in Policy

Providence, RI - Tonight at the 5th Annual Peter Benchley Ocean Awards, U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse will receive the 2012 Excellence in Policy Award. The Senator is being honored for his work to protect our oceans, and for establishing the Senate Oceans Caucus, a bipartisan group that works to increase awareness on issues facing oceans and coasts. "Rhode Island, the Ocean State, relies on our Bay and offshore waters for the jobs provided by fishing and lobstering, shipbuilding, tourism, boa… Continue Reading


06.01.12

Langevin and Whitehouse to be Featured at West Point Cyber Conference

Providence, RI - Further demonstrating Rhode Island's leadership on one of the top national security issues facing the country, Congressman Jim Langevin (D-RI) and Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) have been invited to address a major cybersecurity conference at the United States Military Academy in West Point, NY. The event, titled "America's Prosperity and Security in a Networked World: Challenges and Prospects," runs from Sunday, June 3, through Tuesday, June 5. Langevin, who co-founded the… Continue Reading


05.29.12

Whitehouse Holds Official Senate Field Briefing in Providence on Asthma Prevention

Providence, RI - Today, U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse convened an official field briefing of the U.S. Senate's Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee in Providence to hear testimony about asthma prevention. The briefing brought together Rhode Islanders who are living with asthma, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Centers for Disease Control (CDC) officials, environmental experts, and state leaders working on prevention and treatment programs. The briefing, which was held at the… Continue Reading


05.25.12

Whitehouse Introduces Legislation to Combat Breast Cancer

Providence, RI - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) has introduced new legislation to establish a "Commission to Accelerate the End of Breast Cancer," whose mission will be to help end breast cancer by 2020. The legislation, the Accelerating the End of Breast Cancer Act (S. 3237), is cosponsored by U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Dean Heller (R-NV), Mark Warner (D-VA), and Chuck Grassley (R-IA). "Breast cancer continue… Continue Reading


05.25.12

Reed, Whitehouse, and Cicilline Honor Victims of 1983 Beirut Bombing with Rededication Ceremony of Plaque in Providence

Providence, RI - Today, Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse, Congressman David Cicilline, Mayor Taveras, officials from the Convention Center Authority, and Colonel Gerry Leonard from the Marine Corps Detachment at Naval Station Newport joined with the families of Rhode Islanders killed in the 1983 bombing of U.S. Marine barracks in Beirut to honor the lost service members and rededicate a convention center plaque in their memory. Survivor and Purple Heart recipient Corporal Edward Streke… Continue Reading


05.24.12

FDA Bill Passed by Senate Includes Whitehouse Provisions on Rare Diseases and Drug Safety

Washington, DC - Today, the U.S. Senate passed legislation to reauthorize the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) ability to approve prescription drugs, medical devices, and other medical products. The final bill includes several important provisions authored or co-authored by U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI): a measure to improve access to innovative new treatments for people with rare diseases; an amendment to help crack down on prescription drug abuse that endangers lives and drives u… Continue Reading


05.24.12

Judiciary Committee Approves Bipartisan Bill to Help Small Businesses

Washington, DC - With small businesses across the country struggling in the wake of the recession, the Senate Judiciary Committee today approved bipartisan legislation by U.S. Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Chuck Grassley (R-IA) that would help small businesses facing bankruptcy. The Small Business Reorganization Efficiency and Clarity Act would modify the Chapter 11 bankruptcy process to be more manageable for small businesses hoping to remain in business and preserve jobs. "Chapter 1… Continue Reading


05.18.12

Whitehouse and McCain File Supreme Court Brief Critical of Citizens United, Super PACs

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and John McCain (R-AZ) today filed an amicus brief with the Supreme Court that details the explosion of anonymous political spending since the Citizens United decision. The brief was filed in a case regarding a Montana law that bars corporations from funding election ads. The case presents the opportunity for the Court to clarify the authority of Congress and state legislatures to address the threat of corruption posed by this spending. … Continue Reading


05.16.12

Whitehouse Holds Hearing on 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 held a hearing about another effort that has gotten less attention but is actually more important: delivery system reform (DSR). The hearing examined health care improvements already being achieved through delivery system reform efforts, and highlighted the vast potential of these reforms to lower costs and improve… Continue Reading


05.14.12

RIC to Receive $622k to Help High School Students Prepare for College

PROVIDENCE, RI - As Rhode Island's Congressional delegation continues working to make college more affordable, prevent student loan rates from doubling, and protect Pell grants from looming budget cuts, U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse and U.S. Representatives Jim Langevin and David Cicilline today joined with students, faculty, and Rhode Island College President Nancy Carriuolo to announce over $622,000 in federal funding for Rhode Island College's (RIC) Upward Bound progra… Continue Reading


05.08.12

RI Granted $3.2 Million for Women & Infants Hospital

Washington, DC - Rhode Island's congressional delegation today applauded a new $3.2 million federal Health Care Innovation grant being awarded to Women & Infants Hospital in Rhode Island from the Affordable Care Act. This funding will allow Women & Infants to expand its services and improve care for women who have preterm infants. "This is another example of how health reform is helping Rhode Islanders and saving taxpayers over the long-term. We congratulate Women & Infants Hospit… Continue Reading


05.08.12

Whitehouse Supports President’s “To Do List” to Create Jobs

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) applauded President Obama today for putting forward a "To Do" list for Congress, which will help create jobs. Among the proposals called for by the President are two measures that closely mirror pieces of legislation introduced by Whitehouse last year to support manufacturing jobs and help businesses hire new workers. "Helping Rhode Island businesses create jobs remains my number one priority in the Senate," said Whitehouse. "Ending ince… Continue Reading


05.01.12

Whitehouse Statement on U.S. Agreement with Afghanistan

Providence, RI - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) released the following statement today regarding the new strategic partnership agreement between the U.S. and Afghanistan that marks an important step toward America's ultimate withdrawal from that country: "I have long advocated for bringing our troops home as quickly as possible, and today marked an important milestone in that effort. By signing this new strategic agreement, President Obama has signaled that after over ten years of war,… Continue Reading

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