Washington, D.C. – As the 116th Congress gaveled into session today, Senator
Sheldon Whitehouse was sworn in for a third term representing the people of
Rhode Island in the United States Senate.
“It is an honor to serve as a voice for Rhode
Islanders in the Senate,” said Whitehouse. “I’m going to keep working
hard to build on the progress we’ve made improving health care and investing in
the Ocean State. With a Democratic House, the new Congress promises
much-needed oversight, and opportunities to address climate change, dark money,
infrastructure, drug pricing, and college debt relief. But the first step
needs to be reopening the federal government which Republicans, who until today
controlled both chambers of Congress and the White House, decided to shutter.”
Whitehouse advanced major priorities for Rhode
Island in his second term. In recent years, Whitehouse authored and
passed bipartisan laws to reform the criminal justice and juvenile justice
systems, curb the opioid addiction crisis, protect coastal communities from
climate change, and clean up plastic debris in the oceans.