Press Releases

01.20.21

Whitehouse Cheers DC Circuit Decision Striking Down ACE Rule, Urges Ambitious Action on Biden Replacement Rule

Washington, DC - Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), a senior member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, released the following statement on the U.S Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit's decision striking down the Trump administration's "Affordable Clean Energy" (ACE) rule: "The DC Circuit's decision recognized the Trump administration's new rule for what it was: a scam. Trump's polluter toadies at the EPA never meant to replace the Clean Power Plan with something effective; … Continue Reading


01.19.21

Whitehouse Calls on IRS to Review Right-Wing Group’s Non-Profit Status after Superspreader Events

Washington, DC - Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), a member of the Senate Finance Committee, wrote to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) today to call attention to COVID-19 "superspearder" events organized by the right-wing non-profit Turning Point USA, including one held at President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach, Florida. The holiday gatherings went forward with total disregard for COVID-19 regulations and placed hundreds of young people at risk of infection. Whitehouse points … Continue Reading


01.19.21

Whitehouse Statement on Yellen Nomination

Washington, DC - Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), a member of the Senate Finance Committee, released the following statement on the nomination hearing for President-elect Joe Biden's nominee for Secretary of the Treasury, Janet Yellen, in the Finance Committee today: "Rebuilding our economy out of the ashes of the COVID recession and the mismanagement of the Trump administration calls for experience and deep understanding of the economic challenges Americans face. Janet Yellen demonstrated th… Continue Reading


01.16.21

Reed & Whitehouse Concerned Over Cambodian Government’s Apparent Lack of Commitment to Democratic Norms and Rule of Law

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse issued the following statement regarding the ongoing trials of opposition activists in Cambodia: "We are deeply concerned by the backsliding of democratic norms and apparent lack of respect for the rule of law in Cambodia. It is a critically important principle that prosecutions are in fact not politically motivated nor have the appearance of political motivation. Further, defendants should not be prevented from being presen… Continue Reading


01.15.21

Whitehouse Welcomes Biden-Harris COVID Relief Package

Providence, RI - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) released the following statement on the incoming Biden-Harris administration's COVID-19 emergency relief package, which is being unveiled this evening: "COVID-19 continues to take an enormous toll. It's robbed us of hundreds of thousands of lives and millions of jobs, and exacted damage that is impossible to measure, taking away precious time with our loved ones. Battling back this disease and reclaiming life as usual is vital. That's why … Continue Reading


01.14.21

Whitehouse Statement on DOJ Watchdog’s Family Separation Report

Washington, DC - Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), a senior member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, released the following statement on the U.S. Department of Justice Office of the Inspector General's damning new report showing how DOJ leadership helped push for the Trump administration's family separation policy: "This report confirms that senior Department of Justice officials-including the Attorney General and the Deputy Attorney General-abetted President Trump's plan to tear apart famili… Continue Reading


01.13.21

Reed and Whitehouse Demand Fixes to Trump’s “Significant Failures” of COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout

Providence, RI - In an effort to improve the nationwide distribution of COVID-19 vaccine doses, U.S. Senators Jack Reed (D-RI) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) joined Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and 43 Senate Democrats in penning a letter to Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar demanding the Trump Administration take immediate action to fix the significant failures of the COVID-19 vaccine distribution as coronavirus cases continue to climb. In the letter, the 46 Se… Continue Reading


01.11.21

Whitehouse Statement on Insurrection, Colleagues’ Role

Providence, RI - Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), a senior member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, released the following statement in connection with the insurrection on January 6 and certain members of the Senate: "The Senate needs to oversee federal investigation of the attack and ransacking of our national Capitol, through the Judiciary and perhaps Homeland Security Committees. We may also be the client in federal civil suits for damages and for restraining orders, likely also under Jud… Continue Reading


01.08.21

Senators Call on DOJ & FBI to Detail Steps to Investigate Capitol Attack

Washington, DC - This evening, Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Chris Coons (D-DE), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Mazie Hirono (D-HI), and Cory Booker (D-NJ) wrote to Acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen and FBI Director Christopher Wray calling for a detailed report on actions the Department of Justice and FBI are taking to investigate the mob attack on the Capitol on January 6. The Senate Judiciary Commi… Continue Reading


01.08.21

Whitehouse Congratulates Raimondo on Cabinet Selection

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) today issued the following statement on the selection of Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo to serve as U.S. Secretary of Commerce: "Governor Raimondo has done an exceptional job in Rhode Island, particularly as she steered our state through the coronavirus crisis. I believe Rhode Islanders will continue to benefit from Raimondo's leadership as she takes on a major role in overseeing the national economic recovery and making American busi… Continue Reading


01.07.21

Whitehouse Statement on Garland Nomination

Providence, RI - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), a senior member of the Senate Judiciary Committee and a former U.S. Attorney, released the following statement today regarding President-elect Biden's nomination of Judge Merrick Garland to serve as Attorney General: "For four dark years, Donald Trump and his cronies waged all-out war on the traditions, values, and independence of the Justice Department. They spurned long-held norms and rules that stood in their way. They pushed career at… Continue Reading


01.05.21

Whitehouse Statement on Trump EPA Science Rule

Washington, DC - Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), a senior member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, released the following statement regarding the Trump administration's new rule aimed at limiting the universe of scientific research available to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in crafting public health safeguards: "This scheme is corrupt, crooked, and cynical. Its purpose is to eliminate public health science by threatening disclosure of private health informatio… Continue Reading


01.05.21

Members of Congress Slam Treasury Rule Limiting Climate Risk Policies by Banks

Washington, DC - Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Brian Schatz (D-HI), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), and Jeff Merkley (D-OR) and Representatives Sean Casten (D-IL), Kathy Castor (D-FL), Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY), Cynthia Axne (D-IA), Bill Foster (D-IL), Madeleine Dean (D-PA), Jared Huffman (D-CA), Steven Lynch (D-MA), and Jesús G. "Chuy" García (D-CA) wrote to the Treasury Department's Office of the Comptroller of Currency (OCC) in opposition to a proposed rule that would serve t… Continue Reading


01.01.21

Senate Votes to Nearly Double Funding for National Estuary Program

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Bill Cassidy (R-LA), and Tom Carper (D-DE) today announced that legislation to reauthorize the National Estuary Program (NEP) at nearly double its previous annual funding levels passed the Senate yesterday. The legislation previously passed the House of Representatives and now heads to the President's desk. The NEP was first established in 1987 by the late Senator John Chafee (R-RI) to protect and restore estuarine habitats threatened b… Continue Reading


12.24.20

Senators Weigh in on Major SCOTUS Climate Case

Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Ben Cardin (D-MD), Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), and Edward J. Markey (D-MA) have filed a brief with the U.S. Supreme Court in a major case concerning the power of state and local governments to hold fossil fuel polluters financially liable for the damages caused by their products. In hopes of avoiding potentially massive monetary judgments against it, the fossil fuel industry seeks to have the case, BP et al. v.… Continue Reading


12.22.20

Whitehouse, Cotton Applaud Signing of ALS Disability Insurance Access Act

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Tom Cotton (R-AR) today applauded the signing into law of the ALS Disability Insurance Access Act, bipartisan legislation that eliminates the five-month waiting period before ALS patients can receive the Social Security Disability Insurance benefits they earned by contributing to Social Security. The legislation builds on previous steps by Congress and the Social Security Administration to accommodate the difficult prognosis for those… Continue Reading


12.22.20

Whitehouse Cheers HFC Agreement, Renewable Incentives, & Other Environmental Breakthroughs in Omnibus Funding Bill

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), a senior member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, cheered passage of the omnibus government funding package that contains several pieces of significant bipartisan climate legislation, an HFC agreement, and expanded incentives for renewable energy. These measures will help reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Provisions championed by Whitehouse will help encourage investment in wind and solar energy, streamline the adoption… Continue Reading


12.21.20

Bipartisan Save Our Seas 2.0 Act Signed into Law

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska), and Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) today welcomed the signing of the Save Our Seas (SOS) 2.0 Act, the most comprehensive legislation ever passed by Congress to address the plastic debris crisis threatening coastal ecosystems and communities, and harming marine life. "Save Our Seas 2.0 is officially law-another milestone in our effort to clean up marine debris and ocean plastic pollution across the globe," said Senator… Continue Reading


12.20.20

Whitehouse Supports Long-Overdue Deal to Provide Direct Relief to Families and Small Businesses

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) this evening expressed support for a bipartisan deal that will inject $900 billion into the national economy, provide direct relief to families and small businesses, and keep the federal government open amid the ongoing pandemic. Whitehouse issued the following statement about the agreement reached today: "Rhode Islanders have made so many painful sacrifices this year to save lives, and those difficult decisions have left many families i… Continue Reading


12.18.20

Whitehouse Statement on Regan for EPA Administrator

Washington, DC - Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), a senior member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, released the following statement on President-elect Joe Biden's selection of North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality Secretary Michael Regan to serve as Environmental Protection Agency Administrator: "The end of polluter capture of the Environmental Protection Agency is in sight. Mr. Regan is no fossil fuel lobbyist or dark money fundraiser; he's fought polluting … Continue Reading

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