Speeches

11.13.08

Remarks of Sheldon Whitehouse to the Providence Business News 2008 Business Excellence Awards Program

Thank you, Frank, and congratulations to this year's award recipients: President Machtley; Cox Communications; Gates, Leighton & Associates; South County Hospital Healthcare System; International Institute of Rhode Island; and Saint John Stone. I am so pleased to be here today to celebrate your achievements. We are coming together at a time of deepening recession that has left millions of Americans struggling to hold onto their retirement savings, their homes, and their livelihoods. Nearl… Continue Reading


11.06.08

Remarks of Sheldon Whitehouse to the American Bar Association's 18th Annual Review of the Field of National Security Law Conference

Ladies and gentlemen, I have been lots of different kinds of lawyer in my life, but nothing quite matches standing up in court to say: "Your Honor, I represent the United States of America." As a United States Attorney, I saw first-hand the devotion of the men and women of the Department to their mission, and how deeply ingrained are Justice Sutherland's words: that while a prosecutor "may strike hard blows, he is not at liberty to strike foul ones." I experienced the esprit de corps that came… Continue Reading


10.04.08

Remarks at the Annual Conference of the National Association of Former United States Attorneys

Ladies and gentlemen, I have been lots of different kinds of lawyer in my life, but nothing quite matches standing up in court to say: "Your Honor, I represent the United States of America." As United States Attorneys, we all saw first-hand the devotion of the men and women of the Department to their mission, and how deeply ingrained are Justice Sutherland's words: that while a prosecutor "may strike hard blows, he is not at liberty to strike foul ones." We each experienced the esprit de corps… Continue Reading


09.30.08

Whitehouse Criticizes Attorney General Over Unanswered Questions in DOJ Report

Mr. WHITEHOUSE. Mr. President, I'm particularly gratified to be speaking about this now because you, the distinguished Senator from Colorado, were formerly the Attorney General of Colorado, at a time when I was the former Attorney General of Rhode Island. And I just want to make one quick point. We all recall the very unfortunate tragedy, really, that befell the Department of Justice as a result of extremely unfortunate decisions made at the management level that culminated in the forced retir… Continue Reading


08.01.08

Obscene Oil Company Profits Cost Rhode Islanders at the Pump, says Whitehouse

Mr. WHITEHOUSE: Let me begin by saying, as we leave for our August recess very shortly, what a pleasure it has been for me to serve with the distinguished senator from Utah on the Judiciary Committee during these first months of my first term in this body. I would respond to what he has said by suggesting that if he and his colleagues would actually let us lead, we would be able to solve a lot of the problems that he discussed and that were indicated on those graphs. But instead of letting us l… Continue Reading


07.26.08

Senator Whitehouse Speaks on the Senate Floor About the Housing Reform Bill

Mr. WHITEHOUSE. Thank you, Mr. President. I rise today with good news and bad news for the American people. The good news is that the United States Senate is poised to pass legislation providing badly-needed relief for millions of American families in their darkest days: families who stand on the verge of losing their homes. The bad news is that this critical assistance will come only after long, needless delay due to obstruction and political gamesmanship by some members of the Republican m… Continue Reading


07.23.08

Whitehouse Calls for Action to Curb Excessive Speculation in Energy Markets

Mr. WHITEHOUSE. Today in Rhode Island, drivers are paying more than $4 a gallon for gas, and they've been paying those prices for more than a month now. We all know that eight years of two oil men in the White House equals over $4-a-gallon gas - a nearly six-fold increase in oil prices. These record oil prices have sent consumer costs skyrocketing, not only at the pump, but at the supermarket and the department store. Food and household goods take energy to produce and transport, and have bec… Continue Reading


07.08.08

Whitehouse Recites Historic Correspondence Between Newport's Touro Synagogue and President George Washington

MR. WHITEHOUSE. Mr. President, My home state of Rhode Island has the distinction of being home to the oldest Jewish house of worship in the United States, the Touro Synagogue in historic Newport. This synagogue was founded in seventeen hundred and sixty three. Today, the synagogue stands as a handsome landmark, designed by the famous colonial architect Peter Harrison. A reminder of historic days past for a community that this year, 2008, will celebrate the 350th anniversary of the first Jewish s… Continue Reading

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