Press Releases

11.17.10

Whitehouse Calls for Paycheck Fairness for Women in Senate Speech

Washington, DC - The U.S. Senate today, by a vote of 58-41, failed to invoke cloture on a bill that would have helped ensure equal pay for women in the workforce. The Paycheck Fairness Act would have provided women with additional legal safeguards to protect against pay discrimination. Following the bill's defeat, U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) submitted remarks to the Congressional record highlighting the need for this common-sense legislation. "Four decades after the Equal Pay Act w… Continue Reading


11.17.10

RI Health Care Initiative to Receive Federal Support

Washington, DC - Rhode Island is one of eight states set to receive federal support from the Multi-Payer Advanced Primary Care Practice (MAPCP) demonstration program. The state's congressional delegation announced today that the Rhode Island Chronic Care Sustainability Initiative (CSI) was accepted into the federal program. This federal support will allow more Rhode Islanders to access CSI's services and result in better care for patients. It's estimated that 70,000 Rhode Islanders currently … Continue Reading


11.16.10

Whitehouse Introduces Legislation to Crack Down on Counterfeit Products Sold to the Military

Washington, DC - In response to studies showing increasing incidents of counterfeit products in the military supply chain, U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse has introduced legislation to crack down on criminals who traffic in these dangerous goods. The Combating Military Counterfeits Act of 2010 would create an enhanced offense and increase penalties for trafficking in counterfeit military items. "With so many of our troops serving in harm's way overseas, it is vital that we provide them with th… Continue Reading


11.09.10

Whitehouse Holds Town Hall for Recently Deployed Veterans

Washington, DC - On Saturday, November 6, U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) held a town hall at the Schofield Armory in Cranston to hear from the latest generation of veterans who have been deployed overseas. The event was a cooperative effort with the Rhode Island National Guard and included experts to provide information on the resources available to help veterans reintegrate back into civilian life. The purpose of this town hall event was to recognize the enormous contributions of the… Continue Reading


11.05.10

RI Delegation Announces $1.2 Million for RIPTA Solar Project

Providence, RI - Rhode Island's Congressional Delegation today announced that the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA) has been awarded $1.2 million in federal funds for solar energy projects. The clean energy funds will be used to install a sun-facing Trombe wall to absorb solar energy and convert it into heating and cooling for the RIPTA Transportation Building where buses are stored. RIPTA will also use the funds to generate power for the building by installing a roof top photovoltai… Continue Reading


10.28.10

Whitehouse Brings Together Experts and Local Homeowners to Discuss Foreclosure Crisis

Providence, RI - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) today brought together a panel of local experts and homeowners to discuss the impact of the foreclosure crisis on Rhode Island families and to examine whether bankruptcy court mediation programs can help to keep families in their homes. The participants joined Whitehouse at Rhode Island Housing in Providence for an official field hearing of the Senate Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on Administrative Oversight and the Courts, which Whit… Continue Reading


10.19.10

RI Receives $150,000 Grant to Set Up Health Care Helpline

PROVIDENCE, RI - U.S. Senators Jack Reed (D-RI) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) today announced that Rhode Island will receive a $149,880 federal grant to improve consumers' ability to get clear and accurate information and help them understand their health care benefits and options. The grant stems from provisions in the new health insurance reform law, the Affordable Care Act. In addition to developing new web-based resources and educational material, two new positions will be created at the Rh… Continue Reading


10.15.10

$10.5 Million TIGER Grant Will Modernize Port of Providence and Boost Job Creation

PROVIDENCE, RI - Rhode Island's Congressional delegation today announced that Providence will receive $10.5 million in federal funding to help create hundreds of jobs and transform the Port of Providence into a modern marine cargo center that will diversify shipping options in the region. The Transportation Investments Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant II, which was created by Congress in the 2010 Transportation Appropriations Act, will go towards the purchase and installation of… Continue Reading


10.14.10

Whitehouse Travels to Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan to Meet with Rhode Island Troops, Foreign Leaders

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) has concluded a trip to Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan during which he heard from American troops and foreign officials about the progress of U.S. efforts. Whitehouse traveled first to Afghanistan, to Kabul and Kandahar, for an update on our efforts to reverse the Taliban's momentum and improve the Afghan government's ability to provide security. He then visited Iraq, traveling to Baghdad and Ramadi, to learn about the state of th… Continue Reading


10.13.10

RI Delegation Announces $4 Million to Improve and Expand Newport, Cranston Community Health Centers

CRANSTON, RI - In an effort to address pressing renovation needs in Community Health Centers, and expand access to quality health care, U.S. Senators Jack Reed (D-RI) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and U.S. Representatives Patrick Kennedy (D-RI) and Jim Langevin (D-RI) today announced over $4 million in federal funding to construct a new building in Newport and renovate an existing health facility in Cranston. The funds are provided by the comprehensive health insurance reform law, which was supp… Continue Reading


10.12.10

Whitehouse Travels to Iraq to Meet with Troops, Officials

Washington, DC - Following a visit to Afghanistan this weekend for an update on U.S. operations, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse today departed Iraq, where he met with U.S. servicemembers and Iraqi leaders. This was Whitehouse's fourth trip to Iraq, and the first since the end of the U.S. combat mission there. "It was an honor to have the opportunity to thank our troops for their hard work, to visit Rhode Islanders serving in Iraq during this historic drawdown, and to discuss with the Prime Minister… Continue Reading


10.10.10

Whitehouse Travels to Afghanistan to Meet with Troops, Officials

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) traveled this weekend to Afghanistan to meet with senior military, civilian, and intelligence officials. Whitehouse, a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, is traveling as part of a congressional delegation to get an update on the status of American efforts in Afghanistan directly from the professionals on the ground. "I'm always glad to have the chance to thank our troops serving abroad," said Whitehouse. "As we work t… Continue Reading


10.08.10

Whitehouse Calls on Attorney General to Investigate Foreclosure Scandal

Washington, DC - With Rhode Island and many other states still struggling to climb out of the foreclosure crisis, U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) is calling on U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to investigate reports of wrongdoing by mortgage servicers in foreclosure proceedings. "I ask that you launch a formal investigation of foreclosure practices at Ally Financial and other major loan servicers and that you vigorously prosecute those who have callously cut corners with foreclosures… Continue Reading


10.07.10

RI Delegation Announces $1.3 Million in Federal Funds to Help Protect Seniors

Providence, RI - Rhode Island's congressional delegation announced today that Rhode Island has received a $1.3 million federal grant to set up comprehensive criminal background checks for employees in nursing facilities, home health agencies, hospice providers, long-term care hospitals, and intermediate care facilities that provide long-term care services. "As the need for caregivers for senior citizens has increased, so has the need to screen applicants who are seeking to work with vulnerable,… Continue Reading


10.07.10

In Wake of Foreclosure Scandal, Whitehouse Calls for National Moratorium

Providence, RI - With Rhode Island and many other states still struggling to climb out of the foreclosure crisis, U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) has called for a national foreclosure moratorium following revelations that some mortgage servicers were not following legal procedures to remove families from their homes. Specifically, Whitehouse has written to the heads of Fannie May and Freddie Mac, as well as Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke, to ask that they put a stop to foreclosures on… Continue Reading


09.30.10

Whitehouse Applauds Passage of Intelligence Authorization Bill

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse today released the following statement regarding the passage of the Intelligence Authorization bill. The measure was passed by the Senate on Monday and by the House yesterday, sending the bill to the president. "The Intelligence Authorization bill passed this week by the House and Senate will strengthen our intelligence community and improve Congressional oversight over intelligence activities. Specifically, the bill expands the requirement for… Continue Reading


09.30.10

Whitehouse Bill to Stop Excessively Loud TV Commercials Passes in Senate

Washington, DC - The Senate has passed legislation introduced by U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) that would require the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to regulate the volume of television advertisements. The Commercial Advertisement Loudness Mitigation (CALM) Act of 2009 (S. 2847), co-sponsored by Senators Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) and Chuck Schumer (D-NY), would fix a problem that vexes many television viewers-when commercials are many times louder than the regular program they ar… Continue Reading


09.29.10

Whitehouse Congratulates Two Rhode Islanders for Receiving Prestigious MacArthur Fellowship

Washington, D.C. - Today U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse commended Nicholas Benson of Newport and Sebastian Ruth of Providence for receiving a MacArthur Fellowship, or "genius grant," for demonstrating extraordinary originality and dedication to the arts. "I congratulate Nick and Sebastian on receiving the MacArthur Fellowship," said Whitehouse. "Their work and dedication to the arts has added immeasurably to our nation's cultural heritage and made Rhode Island proud." Nick Benson is a third-… Continue Reading


09.28.10

Whitehouse Introduces Legislation to Protect Oil Spill Victims

Washington, DC - Today, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) announced the introduction of the Oil Spill Victims Redress Act, which would clarify that victims of oil spills may seek damages from all corporations involved in the incident. "As we have seen from the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, there are frequently multiple parties responsible for these disasters," said Whitehouse. "Some of those parties are trying to evade responsibility by arguing that current law only allows BP to be h… Continue Reading


09.27.10

RI to Receive an Additional $22.8 Million in Foreclosure Prevention Assistance

PROVIDENCE, RI - U.S. Senators Jack Reed (D-RI) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Congressman Jim Langevin (D-RI) today announced that Rhode Island will receive an additional $22.8 million in federal "Hardest Hit" funding to help protect neighborhood home values and provide homeowners with additional resources to prevent foreclosures. This new funding, which will be administered by Rhode Island Housing, brings the state's total Hardest Hit total allotment to almost $80 million. Rhode Island Hou… Continue Reading

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