Press Releases

02.16.22

Congressional Delegation Hauls in $371,000 in COVID-19 Relief for RI Seafood Industry

WASHINGTON, DC - In an effort to help Rhode Island fishermen and seafood processors weather economic turmoil brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse and Congressmen Jim Langevin and David Cicilline today announced the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will grant the Ocean State $371,412 through the Seafood Processors Pandemic Response and Safety Block Grant Program (SPRS). Administered at the local level by the Rhode Island Department of Environmen… Continue Reading


02.16.22

Whitehouse Cheers New Guidance to Support Expansion of Carbon Utilization and Direct Air Capture

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, a leading climate champion in the Senate, today applauded new guidance on carbon capture, utilization, and sequestration (CCUS) released by the Biden administration's Council on Environmental Quality. The guidelines for developers and operators of CCUS projects and carbon dioxide pipelines were called for in Whitehouse's Utilizing Significant Emissions with Innovative Technologies (USE IT) Act. "We're on track to overshoot the 1.5-degree Celsi… Continue Reading


02.15.22

Whitehouse Calls on FinCEN to Harden Financial Defenses against Kleptocracy and International Corruption

Washington, DC - Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) has submitted a comment to the Treasury Department's Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) urging the Department to implement a strong regulatory regime to counter the abuse of our financial system by kleptocrats and criminals who hide their ill-gotten gains in the U.S. behind anonymous trusts, shell corporations, and other financial schemes. "Ensuring the integrity of our financial system through a robust anti-money laundering (AML) an… Continue Reading


02.13.22

RI Delegation Delivers $3.38 Million to Boost RI’s Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure

WASHINGTON, DC - As electric vehicle (EV) sales in the United States continue to accelerate at a rapid pace, Rhode Island's Congressional delegation says it is important for states to keep up with demand and for the federal government to be a reliable partner in strengthening the nation's charging capacity for electric vehicles. Sales of electric vehicles doubled in 2021 compared with 2020 and global automakers are projected to spend $515 billion dollars on electric vehicles and batteries throug… Continue Reading


02.10.22

Reed, Whitehouse Join with New England Delegation in Introducing Resolution Honoring Tom Brady

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, U.S. Senators Jack Reed (D-RI) and Sheldon Whitehouse joined with Senators Maggie Hassan (D-NH), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Ed Markey (D-MA), Susan Collins (R-ME), Angus King (I-ME), and Patrick Leahy (D-VT) in introducing a resolution in the U.S. Senate honoring the career of Tom Brady, who announced his retirement from the National Football League (NFL) earlier this month. The resolution highlights Tom Brady's record-breaking career, during which he… Continue Reading


02.09.22

Cicilline, Whitehouse Seek to Honor First Rhode Island Regiment with the Congressional Gold Medal

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, Congressman David N. Cicilline (RI-01) and Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) were joined by Senators Jack Reed (D-RI), Bill Cassidy (R-LA), and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Congressman Jim Langevin (RI-02) in introducing the First Rhode Island Regiment Congressional Gold Medal Act (H.R.6660/S.3607), to posthumously award America's first integrated military unit with the Congressional Gold Medal. Long overdue, this legislation seeks to recognize the heroic efforts of this mil… Continue Reading


02.09.22

Whitehouse Chairs Courts Subcommittee Hearing on Corporate Abuse of Bankruptcy to Avoid Accountability

Washington, DC - Yesterday, Chairman Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) led the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Federal Courts, Oversight, Agency Action, and Federal Rights in a hearing entitled, "Abusing Chapter 11: Corporate Efforts to Side-Step Accountability Through Bankruptcy." The hearing examined the growing trend of corporate actors using a bankruptcy procedure known as the "Texas Two-Step" to attempt to evade tort liabilities and make it more burdensome for tort plaintiffs to recover. Chairman … Continue Reading


02.08.22

Congress Approves Bill to Name Slatersville Post Office After Fallen Soldier Spc. Matthew Turcotte

WASHINGTON, DC - Congress today approved legislation to name the U.S. postal facility located at 42 Main Street in Slatersville, Rhode Island, as the "Specialist Matthew R. Turcotte Post Office." Turcotte, of North Smithfield, was killed in August of 2017 during a live-ammunition training exercise at Fort Carson in Colorado while serving with the 2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team of the 4th Infantry Division. The bill, which previously passed the U.S. Senate in July, now goes to President Biden'… Continue Reading


02.07.22

Whitehouse, Wyden Applaud New FinCEN Anti-Money Laundering Rule Aimed at Protecting Americans from International Corruption

Washington, DC - Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Ron Wyden (D-OR) submitted today a comment to the Treasury Department's Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) on its new rule implementing the most important anti-money laundering reform law in two decades, the Corporate Transparency Act (CTA). The senators both played key roles in crafting the CTA, and are champions of greater transparency in U.S. incorporation laws to crack down on shell companies used to facilitate money launder… Continue Reading


02.04.22

Whitehouse Calls for Confirmation of USPS Board of Governors Nominees to Address Major Operational Problems Under Postmaster General DeJoy

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) today called for speedy approval of the two pending nominees to the United States Postal Service (USPS) Board of Governors, citing an urgent need for a change in leadership at the agency. Whitehouse's call comes after a new report that the EPA and the White House Council on Environmental Quality have warned USPS that its plan to replace its massive fleet with thousands of polluting gas-powered delivery vehicles does not comply with the … Continue Reading


02.02.22

With Climate Bill Stalled, Whitehouse Delivers 280th ‘Time to Wake Up’ Speech

Washington, D.C. - With Build Back Better's historic climate provisions stalled in the Senate, U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) this afternoon dusted off his ragged Time to Wake Up poster and delivered his 280th climate speech on the Senate floor. Whitehouse's remarks ended a year-long hiatus from delivering weekly speeches calling on Congress to pass a legislative solution to climate change. Whitehouse detailed the lack of momentum behind emissions-reducing legislation one year into th… Continue Reading


01.31.22

Whitehouse Joins Call for Increased IRS Funding As Americans Prepare for Tax Filing Season

Providence, RI - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), Chairman of the Senate Finance Subcommittee on Taxation and IRS Oversight, has joined U.S. Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) in sending a letter to Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen expressing concern that persistent underfunding of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) will have negative effects on American taxpayers this year. Tax filing season began last week. The Senators call for a minimum 14 percent increase… Continue Reading


01.28.22

RI Delegation Announces $450k in American Rescue Plan Funds for Local Arts Organizations

Providence, RI - U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse and Congressmen Jim Langevin and David Cicilline today announced that six Rhode Island arts organizations have been awarded a total of $450,000 in competitive grant funding from the American Rescue Plan to help cover payroll costs and pandemic-related expenses. The grants were awarded through the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). "These American Rescue Plan grants will support local artists, create jobs, and help our arts and … Continue Reading


01.26.22

Whitehouse Statement on Breyer Retirement

Newport, RI - Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Federal Courts, Oversight, Agency Action, and Federal Rights, released the following statement on the planned retirement of Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer: "I thank Justice Breyer for his dedication to the law and service to the American people, and wish him well in his retirement. Throughout his distinguished career on the Court, Justice Breyer applied his remarkable intellect to safeguard j… Continue Reading


01.24.22

Whitehouse, Sanders, Blumenthal, Warren Call Out ‘Reek of Politics’ in Right-Wing SCOTUS Challenge to Vital EPA Climate Authority

READ THE SENATORS' BRIEF HERE Washington, DC - Today, Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) submitted an amicus curiae brief in West Virginia v. EPA, the Supreme Court case challenging the EPA's authority to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from power plants under the Clean Air Act. Counsel of record for the senators is University of California, Berkeley School of Law Dean Erwin Chemerinsky. The senators point out tha… Continue Reading


01.24.22

Whitehouse, Blunt Introduce Bipartisan Resolution Recognizing ‘National Mentoring Month’

Washington, DC - Today, Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Roy Blunt (R-MO) introduced a bipartisan, bicameral resolution recognizing January 2022 as "National Mentoring Month" to celebrate the many ways that mentors uplift and empower young people to reach their full potential. Representatives Mary Gay Scanlon (D-PA) and Jamie Herrera Beutler (R-WA) introduced the resolution in the House. "A committed mentor makes a profound difference in the life of a young person. Mentors can provide sta… Continue Reading


01.21.22

Whitehouse Calls for Social Security Benefit Increase

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) - cofounder of the Defend Social Security Caucus, later the Expand Social Security Caucus - has signed on as a cosponsor of Social Security 2100: A Sacred Trust, legislation to increase Social Security benefits and strengthen the program. The legislation was introduced by U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT). "Seniors have earned the dignity of Social Security benefits in their golden years by paying into the system over a lifetime of … Continue Reading


01.20.22

Whitehouse Reflects on Successes of Biden Administration’s First Year

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) today issued the following statement on the first anniversary of President Joe Biden's inauguration: "Our nation opened a new, hopeful chapter one year ago. With President Biden at the helm, Democrats quickly passed our American Rescue Plan, sending a lifeline to Rhode Island families and small businesses that had been knocked around by the pandemic. Today, lifesaving vaccines are free and plentiful, and the nation has added 6.4 million … Continue Reading


01.19.22

Whitehouse Issues Statement on Republican Blockade of Voting Rights & Democracy Protection Legislation

Washington, DC - Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) released the following statement on Senate Republicans' refusal today to advance the Freedom to Vote Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act-bills to protect Americans' right to vote and safeguard our democracy from special-interest influence, including by ridding elections of dark money. "We must all recognize the courage, suffering, and sacrifice - the love, energy, and passion - that so many of our fellow Americans have devoted … Continue Reading


01.19.22

Whitehouse: Rhode Islanders Can Now Sign Up for Delivery of Free At-Home COVID-19 Test Kits

Washington, D.C. - With pressure continuing to build on local hospitals, U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse today invited Rhode Islanders to sign up for delivery of free at-home COVID-19 test kits at COVIDtests.gov. The new home testing initiative was officially launched by the Biden administration today. "Ordering COVID-19 tests to your doorstep takes less than a minute thanks to a new initiative from the Biden administration," said Whitehouse. "I hope all Rhode Islanders will use this free progr… Continue Reading

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