Press Releases

03.10.10

Whitehouse Applauds Passage of Legislation to Put People Back to Work

Washington, DC - As Rhode Islanders and people across the country continue struggling to find jobs in a recovering economy, the U.S. Senate today passed the American Workers, State, and Business Relief Act. The bill boosts loan programs for small businesses, provides new tax cuts to help local companies resume hiring, and extends Unemployment Insurance and COBRA health insurance subsidies through the end of the year. "For Rhode Islanders still reeling in the wake of the massive job cuts brought… Continue Reading


03.10.10

Reed and Whitehouse Announce President’s Nomination of John J. “Jack” McConnell to the U.S. District Court for Rhode Island

WASHINGTON, DC - United States Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse today applauded President Obama for nominating John J. "Jack" McConnell to the U.S. District Court for Rhode Island. Following an open and in-depth selection process which included extensive interviews and careful deliberation, the Senators recommended Mr. McConnell's nomination to the President. "Jack McConnell is a brilliant legal mind and an outstanding community leader. We believe he possesses the experience, intelle… Continue Reading


03.10.10

Whitehouse Urges Extra Help for Seniors

Washington, D.C. - In a Senate speech, U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) yesterday urged his colleagues to provide additional support for America's seniors during these tough times. Whitehouse cited stories from Rhode Island seniors struggling to make ends meet in the face of rising costs, including one Providence resident who has to stretch her $500 per month income to cover daily prescription drug costs, food, heating and other daily expenses. Last week, the Senate failed to approve an a… Continue Reading


03.10.10

Senate Passes Whitehouse Amendment to Produce Recommendations to Bring Jobs to New England

Washington, DC - As Rhode Island continues to suffer from one of the highest joblessness rates in the country, the United States Senate has passed an amendment authored by U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) that will provide a better understanding of ways to improve the local economy. The amendment, cosponsored by U.S. Senator Jack Reed (D-RI), would require the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to study the pattern of job loss in New England over the past two decades with a particular… Continue Reading


03.07.10

Whitehouse Meets with Local Business Owners to Discuss Job Creation

Washington, D.C. - With thousands of Rhode Islanders still unemployed and new job creation legislation being debated in the United States Senate, U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) on Friday sat down in Pawtucket with local business owners to hear their ideas for growing the economy and putting people back to work. In a meeting coordinated by the Northern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce and hosted by Doherty's Irish Restaurant and Pub, Whitehouse met with small business owners from Lincoln… Continue Reading


03.05.10

Congressional Delegation Announces Over $13 Million in Recovery Act Funding for Transportation Projects in Rhode Island

Washington, D.C. - Rhode Island's congressional delegation today announced that $13,693,931 has been awarded by the Department of Transportation (DOT) to the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA) and the Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) for projects throughout the state. This funding is provided through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), which was supported by all members of the delegation. In 2009, RIDOT reports that the Recovery Act created or saved ove… Continue Reading


03.04.10

U.S. Senate Passes Resolution Calling Attention to Natural Disaster on Madeira Island, Portugal

Washington, D.C. - The U.S. Senate today passed a resolution expressing support for the people affected by last week's natural disasters on Portugal's Madeira Island. The resolution was introduced by U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and co-sponsored by U.S. Senators Jack Reed (D-RI), John Kerry (D-MA), and Scott Brown (R-MA). On February 20, 2010, a powerful storm hit Madeira Island causing a series of devastating flash floods and mudslides, which killed 42 people and displaced hundreds. … Continue Reading


03.04.10

Whitehouse Bill Designating School Social Work Week Passes Senate

Washington, DC - In an effort to honor the contributions of school social workers to our country's young people, the U.S. Senate today passed a resolution designating this week, the first week in March, as School Social Work Week. The resolution was introduced by U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI). "It is important to recognize the enormous change that dedicated, involved adults can make in the lives of our students," said Whitehouse. "School social workers provide vital counseling service… Continue Reading


02.26.10

Republicans Block Jobless Aid for Thousands of Rhode Islanders

WASHINGTON, DC -Senate Republicans led by Jim Bunning (R-KY) filibustered passage of critical legislation to extend for 30 days jobless benefits, health insurance subsidies, and tax breaks for small businesses, that will now expire on February 28th. Democrats will soon take up legislation that includes a longer extension of these benefits, but programs will be needlessly disrupted. U.S. Senators Jack Reed (D-RI) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) decried the obstruction, and called for the Senate to… Continue Reading


02.24.10

Whitehouse Applauds Passage of Senate Jobs Bill

Washington, DC - As Rhode Islanders and people across the country continue struggling to find jobs in a recovering economy, the U.S. Senate today passed bipartisan legislation to put Americans back to work. The Hiring Incentives to Restore Employment (HIRE) Act, which will bring $225 million to Rhode Island for highway projects, has the potential to create and save over a million jobs this year nationwide. U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), who has been a strong advocate for new legislati… Continue Reading


02.24.10

Congressional Delegation Announces $560,000 for Fire Departments Throughout Rhode Island

Washington, D.C. - In an effort to enhance Rhode Island's emergency response preparedness, Rhode Island's congressional delegation today announced that fire departments throughout the state will receive $564,383 in Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) through the Department of Homeland Security. These grants will provide for the equipment and training needs of the following five departments in order for first responders to more effectively meet the needs of their communities: • Narragan… Continue Reading


02.20.10

Durbin and Whitehouse React to Report on Torture Authorizations

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) today reacted to the release of a report on the Office of Professional Responsibility's (OPR) investigation of Justice Department attorneys who provided legal advice regarding waterboarding and other abusive interrogation techniques for the Bush Administration. Whitehouse and Durbin first requested the investigation in a February 12, 2008 letter to OPR and the Office of Inspector General during the previous Administ… Continue Reading


02.17.10

$22.3 Million TIGER Grant Will Help Fuel Clean Energy Jobs in RI

North Kingstown, RI - Rhode Island's Congressional delegation today announced that the Quonset Development Corporation will receive over $22.3 million in federal Recovery Act funding to help create green jobs, develop alternative energy sources, and alleviate highway congestion. The Transportation Investments Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant will be used to make infrastructure upgrades at the Quonset Business Park, including road, pier, and freight improvements which will increase por… Continue Reading


02.12.10

Rhode Island Quality Institute to Receive Over $11 Million for Health Information Technology

Washington, D.C. - Rhode Island's congressional delegation today announced that the Rhode Island Quality Institute (RIQI) will receive $11.28 million from two American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) grants for health information technology (HIT). This federal funding will be used to improve the lives of Rhode Islanders by making our health care delivery system more efficient and responsive. "This is a smart investment that will help create jobs and allow hospitals and providers throughou… Continue Reading


02.12.10

Whitehouse Highlights Rhode Island Contributions to Haiti Relief Effort

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) took to the floor of the United States Senate yesterday evening to highlight some of the ways in which Rhode Islanders are helping victims of the earthquake in Haiti. He pointed out many examples of individuals, schools, and military personnel throughout the state who are working to provide support and financial assistance to those struck by this terrible tragedy. Selected excerpts from the speech: "Madam President, bad things can brin… Continue Reading


02.12.10

Whitehouse Statement on Kennedy’s Decision Not to Seek Re-Election

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse released the following statement this morning regarding news that Congressman Patrick Kennedy will not seek re-election in 2010: "For two decades, Congressman Patrick Kennedy has been a tireless advocate for Rhode Islanders in need. As a member of the state legislature and then the U.S. House of Representatives he delivered time and again for our Ocean State and for his constituents in the first district. He leaves behind him a lasting legacy a… Continue Reading


02.04.10

Whitehouse Pushes Geithner on Bankruptcy Reform to Limit Foreclosures

Washington, DC - As millions of American homeowners continue to struggle against the tide of home foreclosures, U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) today continued to push for bankruptcy reform to help people stay in their homes. During a Senate Budget Committee hearing with Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, Whitehouse shared stories from Rhode Islanders who have struggled to avoid foreclosure and urged the Secretary to support bankruptcy reforms that would allow mortgage modifications. … Continue Reading


02.02.10

Reed, Whitehouse, Kennedy Announce $5.2 Million for East Providence Fire Department

WASHINGTON, DC -- In an effort to enhance Rhode Island's emergency response preparedness, create construction jobs, and boost the local economy, U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse and U.S. Representative Patrick Kennedy today announced that the East Providence Fire Department will receive $5,297,222 in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funding. This Recovery Act grant will support the renovation of the Department's Station #1, located at 913 Broadway Street, and Station #… Continue Reading


02.01.10

Whitehouse: President’s Budget Will Help Put America Back to Work

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), a member of the Senate Budget Committee, issued the following statement today on President Obama's budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2011: "Rhode Islanders and families across the country are hurting right now, and they need to know their leaders in Washington are doing everything possible to put the unemployed back to work. The budget proposed today by President Obama sends a clear message that his administration is focused on doing just … Continue Reading


01.29.10

Whitehouse Criticizes Supreme Court Decision on Campaign Finance

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse delivered a speech this morning on the floor of the U.S. Senate about the dangers of the Supreme Court's decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, which opens the door to unlimited corporate spending on political advertising. The full text of Whitehouse's speech is below: ------------------------------------------Mr. WHITEHOUSE. Mr. President, I rise this morning to join Chairman Leahy's eloquent and inspiring remarks of yester… Continue Reading

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