Press Releases

02.15.11

Whitehouse to Chair Judiciary and EPW Subcommittees

Washington, DC - The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee has announced subcommittee assignments for the 112th Congress, designating U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) as chairman of the Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism. Whitehouse served previously as chairman of the Judiciary Subcommittee on Administrative Oversight and the Courts, where he focused on issues such as unfair credit card practices, the foreclosure crisis, and how to help small businesses. He plans to use the Crime and Terror… Continue Reading


02.11.11

NEA Chairman Praises RI Artistic Community

Providence, RI - Highlighting the integral role Rhode Island's artistic community plays in our state's economy, U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse today hosted Rocco Landesman, Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), for a tour of the local arts scene. "I was glad to host Chairman Landesman in Rhode Island to showcase local artists and institutions, and their amazing talents and innovations," said Whitehouse, who invited Landesman to the state and who serves as an ex-officio member … Continue Reading


02.11.11

Reed & Whitehouse Announce $10.6 Million in Flood Assistance for RI

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse today announced that the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) is making up to $10.6 million in federal funding immediately available to Rhode Island to help communities recover from last year's historic floods. Reed and Whitehouse helped secure this emergency disaster relief funding in the Fiscal Year 2010 Supplemental Appropriations disaster relief bill. "This funding will help families, communities, and businesses that… Continue Reading


02.03.11

Amendment to Criminalize the Use of Laser Pointers to Target Aircraft Passes in Senate

Washington, DC - The Senate has passed, with a 96-1 vote, an amendment introduced by U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) that would crack down on individuals who shine laser pointers at aircraft - an action which can temporarily blind pilots and put passengers at risk. The bipartisan amendment, which is cosponsored by Senators Jay Rockefeller (D-WV), Dan Inouye (D-HI), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Bob Casey (D-P… Continue Reading


02.02.11

Menendez Reintroduces Legislation to Close Big Oil's Tax Loopholes

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) today reintroduced his Close Big Oil Tax Loopholes Act, legislation to close a number of corporate tax breaks that allow oil companies to avoid paying billions of dollars in taxes. This comes on the heels of President Obama calling in his State of the Union address for the oil company loopholes to be closed - a call that is expected to be reflected in the president's forthcoming budget proposal. The legislation, co-sponsored by Senators Jeff Merk… Continue Reading


02.02.11

Whitehouse Congratulates RI Company Recognized by President Obama

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse released the following statement today regarding news that the Rhode Island start-up accelerator Betaspring has been selected to participate in the Obama Administration's Startup America program: "Rhode Island has a long tradition of innovation dating back to Slater Mill and the birth of the Industrial Revolution. Today's announcement that Betaspring will be among the programs partnering with the White House to boost American entrepreneurship sho… Continue Reading


02.02.11

Senators Push for Legislation to Criminalize the Use of Laser Pointers to Target Aircraft

Washington, DC - As the Senate takes up the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) authorization bill this week, U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) introduced an amendment to crack down on individuals who shine laser pointers at aircraft - an action which can temporarily blind pilots and put passengers at risk. The bipartisan amendment, which is cosponsored by Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL), Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Bob Casey (D-PA), Bob Menendez (D-NJ), and Mark Kirk (R-IL) … Continue Reading


02.01.11

Experts Testify on Success of Foreclosure Mediation Programs at Whitehouse Hearing

Washington, DC - Bankruptcy Court foreclosure mediation programs can help struggling homeowners cut through the red tape as they seek a mortgage modification to stay in their homes, according to testimony heard today in a U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee hearing chaired by U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI). Starting in 2009, the Bankruptcy Courts for the Districts of Rhode Island and New York began offering pre-trial foreclosure mediations. While no settlement is required, the program bring… Continue Reading


01.31.11

RIQI to Receive an Additional $400,000 for Health Information Technology Regional Extension Center

Washington, DC - Rhode Island's congressional delegation today announced that the Rhode Island Quality Institute (RIQI) will receive an additional $404,775 from the Department of Health and Human Services to fund Rhode Island's health information technology regional extension center. Funded by a provision in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act which Senator Sheldon Whitehouse authored, this award is in addition to the $6 million RIQI received nearly a year ago to start the program. "Thi… Continue Reading


01.28.11

Whitehouse Applauds Decision on Foreclosure Mediation Program

Providence, RI - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse issued the following statement today regarding the decision by U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge Arthur N. Votolato upholding the Court's right to run pre-trial foreclosure mediations: "Today's decision by Judge Votolato is a win for Rhode Island homeowners. The Rhode Island bankruptcy court's foreclosure mediation program helps distressed families to cut through the red tape of our broken mortgage modification process and has already saved at least 1… Continue Reading


01.27.11

Congressional Delegation Announces $133K for Woonsocket Fire Department

Washington, DC - In an effort to enhance Rhode Island's emergency response preparedness, U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse and U.S. Representative David Cicilline today announced that the Woonsocket Fire Department will receive $133,560 in federal funds to purchase new equipment and upgrade facilities. The funds, awarded as part of the Assistance to Firefighters Grants program, will be used to buy eight new headsets, and pay for training programs to ensure their drivers and operator… Continue Reading


01.27.11

Senators Reed and Whitehouse Gain New Committee Roles

WASHINGTON, DC- Today, Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse were awarded new committee responsibilities that will benefit Rhode Island's families and the state's economy. Reed will serve on the Appropriations Committee, which approves funding for all domestic and defense discretionary programs totaling over $1 trillion each year, and the Armed Services Committee, which oversees national security policy and defense programs important to Aquidneck Island businesses as well as the Newport Nav… Continue Reading


01.26.11

Whitehouse Applauds Fraud Prevention Efforts

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse today commended the joint efforts of the Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Justice to crack down on fraud and abuse in America's health care system. A report released Monday showed that the joint effort resulted in the recovery of more than $4 billion in taxpayer dollars in fiscal year 2010. "As we continue working to address our long-term budget deficit, identifying and attacking cases of fraud in our health care sys… Continue Reading


01.26.11

Whitehouse: Mercury Report Highlights Need for Action

Washington, DC - A startling study released today by Environment America reveals that mercury poisoning is a prevalent and increasing problem. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) today released the following statement in reaction to the study: "This study should set off warning bells across the United States," said Whitehouse. "Not only is the health of every Rhode Islander threatened due to unrestricted mercury pollution in our atmosphere, but our vital fish populations are at risk. EPA's pla… Continue Reading


01.25.11

Sheldon's Statement on President’s State of the Union Address

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) issued the following statement following President Obama's State of the Union address: "President Obama sent a signal to Rhode Islanders that he is focused on growing our economy and putting Americans back to work, and laid out his vision for ensuring long-term American prosperity. "With too many Rhode Islanders still out of work, last week I called on President Obama to articulate his strong support for our manufacturing industry, as wel… Continue Reading


01.25.11

Whitehouse Introduces Legislation to Keep Jobs in America

Washington, DC - With manufacturers in Rhode Island and across the country struggling in the wake of the recession, U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) today introduced legislation to support the manufacturing sector and keep good jobs in America. Whitehouse's Offshoring Prevention Act would close a costly tax loophole that rewards companies for moving factories overseas. The legislation is cosponsored by Senators Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Dick Durbin… Continue Reading


01.21.11

Leader of RI Manufacturing Organization to Join Whitehouse for State of the Union Address

Providence, RI - This month, U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse has been visiting local manufacturers as part of a "Making It in Rhode Island" tour to hear about the economic challenges they face and to discuss his plan to keep jobs in the state. As he continues fighting to help Rhode Island businesses grow, Whitehouse today announced that Leslie Taito, CEO of the Rhode Island Manufacturing Extension Service (RIMES), will be his guest at President Obama's State of the Union address next Tuesday. … Continue Reading


01.21.11

Whitehouse Urges President to Increase Support for American Manufacturers

Providence, RI - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse is urging President Obama to affirm his support for domestic manufacturers during next week's State of the Union address. In a letter to the president, Whitehouse highlighted the importance of the manufacturing industry to Rhode Island's economy and proposed ways to preserve and create jobs. "From addressing unfair currency manipulation that benefits Chinese producers to providing greater access to capital for U.S. companies, there is much we ca… Continue Reading


01.19.11

Whitehouse Outlines Legislation to Keep Jobs in America

Providence, RI - Continuing his "Making it in Rhode Island" tour, U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse today outlined legislation he plans to introduce next week to support the state's manufacturing sector and keep good jobs in Rhode Island. The Offshoring Prevention Act would close a perverse tax loophole that rewards companies for moving factories overseas. "As I travel around Rhode Island, I've heard from local businesses who are proud to provide good jobs for their community, and who want to ke… Continue Reading


01.14.11

Reed, Whitehouse, Langevin Announce $300,000 for Johnston and Coventry Fire Departments

Washington, D.C. - In an effort to enhance Rhode Island's emergency response preparedness, U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse and U.S. Representative Jim Langevin today announced that the Johnston and Coventry fire departments will receive over $300,000 in Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) through the Department of Homeland Security. The Johnston Fire Department will receive $151,200 to purchase seven new, state-of-the-art 12-lead cardiac monitors. These new lifesaving heart mo… Continue Reading

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