Speeches

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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