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11.17.21

Whitehouse Applauds International Tax Agreement Following Treasury Secretary Briefing

Washington, DC - After Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen's briefing for Senate Finance Committee members this afternoon, the Chairman of the Senate Finance Subcommittee on Taxation and IRS Oversight, Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), released the following statement applauding the international agreement establishing a global corporate minimum tax rate that the Biden administration negotiated last month, and called for passage of the Build Back Better Act to reform the U.S. international tax regime to de… Continue Reading


11.17.21

Whitehouse & Warren Call for Investigation Into U.S. Chamber of Commerce for Lobbying Disclosure Failures Amid Build Back Better Lobbying Blitz

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) are calling on Secretary of the Senate Sonceria Ann Berry and Clerk of the House Cheryl Johnson to investigate whether the U.S. Chamber of Commerce-the nation's largest lobbying force on behalf of big corporations-is avoiding its responsibility to disclose which member companies direct and pay for its influence machine. Whitehouse and Warren are calling attention to the Chamber's apparent failure to comply wit… Continue Reading


11.17.21

Whitehouse, Blumenthal, Hirono, Johnson Call on Biden Court Commission to Grapple with Special Interest Influence over SCOTUS

Washington, DC - Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), and Mazie Hirono (D-HI) and Congressman Hank Johnson (D-GA) are calling on the Biden Supreme Court Commission to reckon with the massive campaign by right-wing donor interests to remake and control the Supreme Court. In its preliminary report from mid-October, the Commission ignored the dark-money influence campaign surrounding the Court, as well as that campaign's record of delivering policy wins for big Republican … Continue Reading


11.17.21

Whitehouse Announces $491K to Launch Mentorship Program for RI Youth Involved in Juvenile Justice System

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, a senior member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, today announced that MENTOR Rhode Island has been awarded a $491,332 grant from the U.S. Department of Justice's Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention to support the launch of a new mentorship program aimed at improving outcomes for youth involved in the juvenile justice system. Whitehouse advocated for the grant with the Department of Justice. "Kids who end up in the juvenile … Continue Reading


11.17.21

ICYMI: Whitehouse Op-Ed on How Russian Hackers Helped Expose the Right-Wing Dark Money Corrupting Our Courts

Washington, DC - In case you missed it, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) published an op-ed in The Daily Beast on how anonymously funded amicus - or "friend of the court" - briefs help big-money donors influence decisions by the Supreme Court, including how Russian hackers unearthed a ploy by the NRA to boost its influence in a major 2nd Amendment case. Read the full piece in The Daily Beast. ___________________________________________________________________________ How Russian Hackers Help… Continue Reading


11.16.21

Whitehouse, Hassan Introduce NARCO Act to Fight Drug Financing Schemes

Washington, DC - Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Chairman of the Senate Caucus on International Narcotics Control, and Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) have introduced as an amendment to the national defense bill the Not Allowing Revenue for Criminal Organizations (NARCO) Act. The legislation would take a number of steps to strengthen and coordinate the federal government's response to drug financing schemes, and authorize assistance to states to tackle money laundering related to the illicit nar… Continue Reading


11.15.21

Whitehouse Joins Biden for Signing of Historic Bipartisan Infrastructure Law

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) today joined President Joe Biden at the White House for the signing of the historic Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. The legislation will invest more than $2.5 billion in Rhode Island's aging infrastructure, creating jobs and retooling the American economy for the twenty-first century as the nation continues to emerge from the coronavirus pandemic. "It is an honor to join President Biden on this historic occasion," said Whitehouse… Continue Reading


11.15.21

Reed, Whitehouse, and Langevin Highlight Life-Changing Benefits of Advanced Child Tax Credit Payments for 173K RI Kids

Cranston, RI - U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse and Congressman Jim Langevin today joined local advocates and parents of young children at the Pastore Youth Center in Cranston to highlight the more than $200 million provided to local families through the expanded Child Tax Credit included in the American Rescue Plan. The Rhode Island delegation is strongly advocating for a continuation of the expanded Child Tax Credit program to be included in Democrats' pending Build Back Better l… Continue Reading


11.12.21

Whitehouse Calls on FinCEN to Expand, Make Permanent a Vital Weapon in the Fight against Kleptocrats, Corruption, & Crime

READ THE FULL LETTER HERE Washington, DC - Today, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) Chairman of the Senate Caucus on International Narcotics Control, a member of the Helsinki Commission, and a national leader in the fight against international corruption and kleptocracy-called on the Treasury Department's Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) to expand and make permanent the use of Geographic Targeting Orders (GTOs). The orders help law enforcement crack down on money laundering and oth… Continue Reading


11.10.21

Whitehouse & Johnson Hit Back at U.S. Chamber over Judicial Lobbying Transparency Requirements

READ THE FULL FILING HERE Washington, DC - Today, the Chairmen of the Senate and House Judiciary Courts Subcommittees, Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Hank Johnson (D-GA), sent a letter to the federal courts' Judicial Conference Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure hitting back at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's efforts to keep secret the identities of special interests behind amicus curiae briefs. The Chairmen also called on the Committee to adopt a proposal by its subcommittee for amicus… Continue Reading


11.08.21

Whitehouse Slams U.S. Corporate Trade Associations at COP26 for Failure to Act on Climate

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse delivered a stern message to U.S. corporate trade associations at COP26 climate talks in Glasgow, Scotland: trade associations are undercutting the work of "climate-friendly" CEOs. "We'd have made much greater progress in Congress if corporate trade associations weren't absent or obstacles," said Whitehouse. "When the American Petroleum Institute has engaged more on carbon pricing than just about any trade association, that's a powerful signal … Continue Reading


11.06.21

Whitehouse Cheers House Passage of Historic Infrastructure Bill

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) today cheered passage of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act in the U.S. House of Representatives. "Working across the aisle, I was proud to deliver funding in the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act to upgrade Rhode Island's aging roads and bridges and to create good union jobs and grow our economy in the process. I am thrilled to see the bill pass the House, and I look forward to getting shovels in the ground and cranes in th… Continue Reading


11.05.21

Whitehouse Renews Call to Make Daylight Saving Time Permanent

Washington, D.C. - As Daylight Saving Time ends and Americans prepare to set their clocks back an hour, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) is urging Congress to pass the bipartisan Sunshine Protection Act, a bill to make Daylight Saving Time permanent nationwide. "Each November, the practice of 'falling back' an hour disrupts our lives and robs us of daylight hours to enjoy ourselves," said Whitehouse. "It's time for Congress to take up this bipartisan legislation to make Daylight Saving Time pe… Continue Reading


11.04.21

Whitehouse Heads to COP26 to Send Message that America is Back at the Table on Climate

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) will set off for Glasgow, Scotland to join heads of state and environmental leaders from around the globe at the U.N.'s 26th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP) and send the message that America is ready to recommit to the urgent task of tackling the climate crisis. Whitehouse is one of the Senate's leading voices on climate change and has been fighting to include ambitious climate provisions in Democrats' pending Build … Continue Reading


11.04.21

Senate Judiciary Committee Approves Zachary A. Cunha to be Next U.S. Attorney for Rhode Island

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse today announced that the Senate Judiciary Committee, on which Whitehouse serves, approved by voice vote the nomination of current Assistant U.S. Attorney Zachary A. Cunha to be the next U.S. Attorney for Rhode Island. Mr. Cunha currently serves as chief of the civil division for the U.S. Attorney's office in Rhode Island. "We are very pleased that the Senate Judiciary Committee has advanced Mr. Cunha's nomination. We look forward… Continue Reading


11.03.21

Whitehouse Condemns Republican Blockade of John R. Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act

Washington, DC - Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), a senior member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, released the following statement today on Senate Republicans' refusal to advance the bipartisan John R. Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act of 2021: "From the Edmund Pettus Bridge to the halls of Congress, John Lewis devoted his life to defending the most fundamental of American rights-the vote. The Senate could have moved today to consider bipartisan legislation to carry forward Congressman L… Continue Reading


11.03.21

Whitehouse, Baldwin Introduce Legislation to Address Supply Chain Disruptions and Support Made In America Production

Washington, D.C. - As ongoing pandemic-related supply chain disruptions affect businesses and consumers, U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) has joined U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) in introducing new legislation to support the flow of commerce. The Supply Chain Resiliency Act will alleviate current supply chain bottlenecks and prevent future disruptions by investing in American companies to reduce reliance on long supply chains and ensure that essential products are made in America. "We… Continue Reading


11.02.21

Whitehouse & Tillis Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Fight Foreign Corruption

Washington, DC - Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Thom Tillis (R-NC), both members of the Helsinki Commission, today introduced the bipartisan Foreign Extortion Prevention Act to combat kleptocracy and corruption by criminalizing bribery demands by foreign officials. "Kleptocrats and criminals will seize on any opportunity to extort American businesses, enrich themselves, and undermine our national security," said Whitehouse. "It's illegal for an American business to pay a bribe abroad; t… Continue Reading


11.01.21

Whitehouse Statement on SCOTUS Oral Arguments in Texas Abortion Cases

Washington, DC - Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Courts Subcommittee, released the following statement on the Supreme Court's oral arguments today in two cases related to the Texas abortion law, S.B.8. "Big Republican donors built the Court's 6-3 majority to deliver on unpopular right-wing priorities, like striking down women's constitutional right to abortion. The abortion cases before the Court this fall offer the Justices a clear opportunity to accomplish … Continue Reading


10.29.21

New Build Back Better Bill Includes Key Whitehouse Tax Priorities

Washington, DC - Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Chair of the Senate Finance Subcommittee on Taxation and IRS Oversight, applauded new legislation to deliver on President Biden's Build Back Better agenda that includes a number of Whitehouse's tax priorities. Over a quarter of the revenue generated by the bill - roughly $520 billion - comes from provisions based on Whitehouse tax proposals. A version of Whitehouse's fee on harmful methane pollution is also in the bill. So too are other key Whi… Continue Reading

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