Press Releases

05.04.11

U.S. Senate Votes to Advance Jack McConnell’s Nomination to Federal Judgeship

WASHINGTON, DC - The U.S. Senate today voted 63-33 to advance the nomination of attorney John J. "Jack" McConnell toward an open seat on the U.S. District Court for Rhode Island. After he is confirmed and sworn in as Rhode Island's newest federal judge, McConnell will provide much needed help in taking on a heavy case load of important matters before the District Court in Rhode Island. United States Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse, who recommended Mr. McConnell's nomination to Preside… Continue Reading


05.02.11

Whitehouse Statement on Death of Osama bin Laden

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) issued the following statement today regarding President Obama's announcement that Osama bin Laden has been killed by U.S. forces in Pakistan: "Nearly ten years after the terrible events of September 11, 2001, justice has been done. Today I join all Rhode Islanders in thanking the covert and military teams who planned and executed this mission, after years of patient stalking. I hope this provides a turning point in the war against terro… Continue Reading


04.20.11

Whitehouse Discusses Green Jobs with RI Clean Energy Businesses at Johnson and Wales

Providence, RI - Working to bring the next generation of jobs to Rhode Island, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) today visited the Small Business Development Center at Johnson and Wales University to discuss his "Green Jobs for RI" initiatives. Whitehouse kicked off his tour yesterday, announcing proposals which would help support Rhode Island jobs in the emerging clean energy economy, while making critical investments in infrastructure and environmental preservation to support growth and prote… Continue Reading


04.19.11

Whitehouse Promotes Plan to Create RI Green Jobs

Providence, RI - With too many Rhode Islanders still struggling to find work, U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) today announced a plan to help our state attract the jobs of tomorrow while also bolstering traditional industries. Whitehouse's "Green Jobs for RI" plan would help support Rhode Island jobs in the emerging clean energy economy, while making critical investments in infrastructure and environmental preservation to support growth and preserve jobs in tourism and fishing. "The stren… Continue Reading


04.15.11

Senators Introduce Legislation to Improve Middle School Achievement

Washington, DC - With too many American students falling behind as a result of underfunded and overcrowded schools, U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) has introduced legislation to help disadvantaged middle grade students reach their full potential. The Success in the Middle Act, cosponsored by Senators Daniel K. Akaka (D-HI), Jack Reed (D-RI), Al Franken (D-MN), and Sherrod Brown (D-OH), would support American children by providing federal grants to help underachieving school systems. "Mid… Continue Reading


04.14.11

Whitehouse, Kyl Introduce Legislation to Enhance Cyber Security

Washington, DC - Cyber attacks on American businesses, consumers, government agencies, and critical infrastructure have dramatically increased in recent years. However, the American people have not been provided appropriate information on the scale and sophistication of the cyber threat and the risks it poses to our national and economic security. To address this problem, U.S. Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Jon Kyl (R-AZ) today introduced the Cyber Security Public Awareness Act of 2011, … Continue Reading


04.12.11

Whitehouse: New Health Initiative Would Improve Care and Lower Costs for Patients

Washington, DC - In an effort to reduce medical errors and lower costs for patients, the Obama Administration today launched their new Partnership for Patients initiative. U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) offered praise for the new program, which aims to decrease hospital-acquired conditions and improve recoveries to prevent hospital readmissions. "By reducing hospital-acquired infections and costly errors that result in return trips to the hospital, this program can save lives and limit… Continue Reading


04.12.11

Whitehouse Chairs Hearing to Highlight Cyber Threat

Washington, DC - At a hearing held today in the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism, witnesses testified that cyber attacks represent a fast growing threat to national security. Subcommittee Chairman Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), who last year chaired the Senate Intelligence Committee's Cyber Task Force, urged quick action to bolster America's cyber defenses. "These crimes hurt companies' bottom lines, and they kill American jobs, shuttering small businesses by robbing them of the… Continue Reading


04.12.11

Whitehouse Urges Rhode Islanders to Take Advantage of College Tax Credit

Washington, DC - With the April 18 tax filing deadline fast approaching, U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse is urging Rhode Islanders to take advantage of the American Opportunity Tax Credit. The credit, which was established by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act in 2009, helps cover the cost of higher education for thousands of Rhode Island families. "The influx of millions in tax refunds could provide a helpful boost to Rhode Island families struggling to afford the rising cost of colleg… Continue Reading


04.09.11

Whitehouse Statement on Budget Deal

Providence, RI - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse released the following statement today regarding last night's bipartisan agreement to fund the federal government for the remainder of Fiscal Year 2011: "I'm glad we were able to work together to avert a government shutdown. That said, the cuts in this budget are steep, and will be difficult for Rhode Island families. We still have work ahead to close corporate tax loopholes, reduce subsidies for big oil companies, end tax incentives for shippi… Continue Reading


04.08.11

Whitehouse Pledges to Forego Salary During Shutdown

Washington, DC - With a potential government shutdown looming, U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse today pledged that he will forego his salary should a shutdown occur. "In the event of a shutdown, I'll continue working hard with my colleagues in the Senate to find a sensible, bipartisan solution," said Whitehouse. "But with millions of workers and servicemembers facing the prospect of going without pay, I believe members of Congress shouldn't get paid." During a shutdown of the federal governmen… Continue Reading


04.07.11

Potential Government Shutdown Forces Whitehouse and Reed to Postpone Military Service Academy Day

WARWICK, RI -Due to the potential government shutdown, U.S. Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Jack Reed (D-RI) are postponing the United States Service Academy Day at the Community College of Rhode Island (CCRI) in Warwick on Saturday, April 9th. The senators have already reached out to those students who expressed an interest in attending the event and plan to reschedule it for later this spring. "It is unfortunate the potential government shutdown is forcing us to postp… Continue Reading


04.07.11

Congress Sends 1099 Tax Reporting Fix to Obama

Washington, DC - Rhode Island Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse voted this week to repeal a provision of the health care reform law that imposed new tax filing requirements for small businesses. The provision required all businesses that conduct a transaction with a vendor for more than $600 to file a 1099 tax form. This was intended to increase tax compliance, but could have overly burdened small businesses with paperwork and reporting requirements. "It is important that we support Rho… Continue Reading


04.01.11

At Local Small Business, Whitehouse Advocates Extending Federal Job Growth Program

Providence, RI - As the U.S. Senate continues to debate legislation to reauthorize the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse today visited a local small business helped by the programs and called for the continuation of these important job-creating investments. Whitehouse toured the facilities and met with staff at EpiVax, a Providence biotech firm which has received $4.7 million in funding from the SBIR prog… Continue Reading


03.31.11

Judiciary Committee Approves Whitehouse Foreclosure Prevention Bill

Washington, DC - The Senate Judiciary Committee today voted to approve legislation by U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) aimed at helping struggling families keep their homes. By a vote of 10 to 8, the committee approved the Limiting Investor and Homeowner Loss in Foreclosure Act (S. 222), which would clarify the authority of bankruptcy courts to run mortgage modification programs. "Too many families in Rhode Island and throughout the country have been hurt by a broken foreclosure system f… Continue Reading


03.30.11

Administration Sending Economic Assessment Team to Point Judith

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Jack Reed (D-RI) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) today applauded the White House for sending an economic development and assessment team next month to Point Judith to help develop proactive strategies for addressing economic challenges. The federal team will be comprised of personnel from the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA), U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and other agencies to conduct an analysis of Point Jud… Continue Reading


03.30.11

Whitehouse Introduces Amendment to Keep Jobs in America

Washington, DC - As the U.S. Senate continues to debate legislation to reauthorize funding for the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse has introduced an amendment to the bill to keep good jobs in America. The amendment, based on Whitehouse's Offshoring Prevention Act, would close a costly tax loophole that rewards companies for moving factories overseas. In a statement for the congressional record introducing the amendment, Whitehouse highlighted the i… Continue Reading


03.23.11

Senators Oppose Efforts to Scale Back Enforcement of Oil Market Manipulation

WASHINGTON, DC - With gasoline prices straining family budgets in Rhode Island and throughout the country, U.S. Senators Jack Reed (D-RI) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) are calling on their Republican colleagues not to slash the budget of the agency in charge of monitoring oil speculators. Reed, Whitehouse, and 46 other senators sent a letter to Republican Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker John Boehner urging them to abandon their reckless proposal to cut the Commodity Futures Tr… Continue Reading


03.22.11

Whitehouse Statement on NOAA Law Enforcement Reforms

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse today released the following statement regarding the law enforcement reforms announced by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The changes are intended to respond to the concerns of New England fishermen who have long called for a fairer and more consistent system for enforcing fishing regulations. "I've heard from many Rhode Island fishermen about problems with regulation enforcement," said Whitehouse. "I thank Secretary L… Continue Reading


03.21.11

Delegation Announces $10.5 Million TIGER II Grant for ProvPort is Now Safe from GOP Claw Back

PROVIDENCE, RI - After supporting efforts to invest $10.5 million in creating jobs and transforming the Port of Providence into a modern marine cargo center that will diversify shipping options in the region, Rhode Island's Congressional delegation today announced that the federal funds are being obligated and will therefore be safe from House Republicans' attempts to strip Rhode Island of the funding. H.R. 1, the House-passed spending plan that would drastically cut $61 billion in jobs, educat… Continue Reading

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