Senator Sheldon Whitehouse's Political Positions

Office: U.S. Senate (RI) - Jr, Democratic
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Sheldon Whitehouse refused to tell citizens where he stands on any of the issues addressed in the 2012 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests from Vote Smart, national media, and prominent political leaders.

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Issue Positions

In response to the increasing unwillingness of candidates to answer issue questions, Project Vote Smart has researched Presidential and Congressional candidates' public records to determine candidates' likely responses on certain key issues. These are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

Vote Smart's Research

  • National Organization for Women. 04/18/2012. "On the votes used to calculate its ratings, the National Organization for Women attaches more value to those votes it considers more important. For 2008, the National Organization for Women gave Sheldon Whitehouse a rating of 100 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. 04/18/2012. "Sheldon Whitehouse supported the interests of the NARAL Pro-Choice America 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Sheldon Whitehouse. S Amdt 3896. 110th Congress. Prohibiting the Funds in S 1200 from Being Used for Abortions. Sheldon Whitehouse voted Nay on 02/26/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Sheldon Whitehouse. MSNBC Interview “ Transcript. 3 June 2009. "MS. NOVOTNY: Senator, we also heard from Senator Feinstein yesterday after her meeting with Judge Sotomayor. And Feinstein mentioned that the subject of abortion, Roe v Wade, came up during their meeting. The senator's description of that conversation seemed to imply that Sotomayor would accept the ruling of Roe v. Wade. Did you discuss that with the judge? SEN. WHITEHOUSE: We did. And she made clear that, like other judges, she views that as now settled law and as binding precedent -- which, under our system of law and our rule of law, is exactly what it should be." (votesmart.org)
  • National Right to Life Committee. 04/18/2012. "Sheldon Whitehouse supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. 04/18/2012. "Sheldon Whitehouse supported the interests of Planned Parenthood 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Sheldon Whitehouse supported the interests of the Family Research Council 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Sheldon Whitehouse. Issue Position: Providing Our Servicemembers with a Worthy Strategy. 16 June 2011. "The death of Osama bin Laden sent a strong signal to the entire world and particularly to terrorists that seek to harm the United States. It signaled that America does not back down and will not rest until justice is served. This important milestone in our nearly ten year war against terrorism also provides an opportunity to reassess our strategic objectives in Afghanistan and the region. We simply cannot afford an open-ended commitment in Afghanistan at the current level. Therefore, I believe that we must accelerate the transfer of responsibility for Afghanistan's security to the Afghan people and their government, which should involve a sizable and sustained redeployment of U.S. Forces from Afghanistan this summer. This should be done in a manner that preserves our capacity to eliminate terrorist threats against the United States and protects our remaining military and civilian personnel on the ground. I look forward to working with the Obama Administration to ensure that our troops come home from Afghanistan as soon as possible and that we can respond effectively and efficiently to new and emerging security threats and challenges." (whitehouse.senate.gov)
  • Sheldon Whitehouse. Press Release. 1 May 2012. "I have long advocated for bringing our troops home as quickly as possible, and today marked an important milestone in that effort. By signing this new strategic agreement, President Obama has signaled that after over ten years of war, there is a plan in place to bring our brave men and women home. I am pleased that over 20,000 troops will return home by the end of the summer." (www.whitehouse.senate.gov)
  • Sheldon Whitehouse. SenWhitehouse. 17 June 2011. "Time to shift our strategy in #Afghanistan. Read the bipartisan letter 27 senators sent to President Obama: " http://twitter.com/#!/senwhitehouse. (t.co)
  • Sheldon Whitehouse signed a letter to Barack Obama. 15 June 2011. "Instead of continuing to be embroiled in ancient local and regional conflicts in Afghanistan, we must accelerate the transfer of responsibility for Afghanistan's development to the Afghan people and their government. We should maintain our capacity to eliminate any new terrorist threats, continue to train the Afghan National Security Forces, and maintain our diplomatic and humanitarian efforts. However, these objectives do not require the presence of over 100,000 American troops engaged in intensive combat operations. Mr. President, according to our own intelligence officials, al Qaeda no longer has a large presence in Afghanistan, and, as the strike against bin Laden demonstrated, we have the capacity to confront our terrorist enemies with a dramatically smaller footprint. The costs of prolonging the war far outweigh the benefits. It is time for the United States to shift course in Afghanistan." (whitehouse.senate.gov)
  • Sheldon Whitehouse. S Amdt 4204. 112th Congress. Requiring Afghanistan Troop Redeployment Plan and Timetable. Sheldon Whitehouse voted Nay on 05/27/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Peace Action West. 04/18/2012. "Sheldon Whitehouse supported the interests of Peace Action West 79 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Peace Action. 04/18/2012. "Sheldon Whitehouse supported the interests of the Peace Action 79 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Sheldon Whitehouse. HR 2206. 110th Congress. Emergency Departmental Supplemental Appropriations Bill of 2007. Sheldon Whitehouse voted Nay on 05/24/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • Sheldon Whitehouse. Whitehouse Statement on Amendment to Reduce Defense Department's Excess Inventory. 16 September 2008. "As we debate legislation to authorize more than $600 billion for our armed forces, we have a responsibility to the taxpayers who foot the bill to make sure that money is being used as carefully and as wisely as possible. Today I rise in support of an amendment offered by Senator Sanders and cosponsored by myself and Senator Feingold that exposes unnecessary and wasteful spending within the Department of Defense and offers a solution. From storage warehouses to assembly lines, the Department of Defense is sitting on billions of dollars in parts and supplies that are in excess of the military's requirements [¦] Waste in excess inventory is part of a bigger problem of waste in the Department of Defense. The distinguished Chairman of the Armed Services Committee, Senator Levin, recently cited a GAO report detailing $295 billion in cost overruns and an average 21-month delay on Pentagon weapons systems. The GAO report recommends strong Congressional oversight of defense programs. To that end, the reporting mechanisms of the Sanders-Feingold-Whitehouse amendment increase oversight and prevent waste in the Department of Defense." (whitehouse.senate.gov)
  • Sheldon Whitehouse. Senate Passes Amendment to Combat Military Cost Overruns. 7 May 2009. "The U.S. Senate today passed an amendment to S.454, the Weapons Systems Acquisitions Reform Act of 2009, to crack down on multi-billion dollar cost overruns in major defense acquisitions programs. The amendment, which was proposed by Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and cosponsored by Senators Russ Feingold (D-WI) and Bernie Sanders (I-VT), would provide a transparent early warning system to clearly identify risks for cost overruns in defense contracts for weapons, fighter jets, and other major defense projects. Congress is responsible for ensuring that tax dollars are spent wisely and well. This amendment will help us identify at an early stage, through independent assessments, the likelihood of cost overruns for major defense programs, and will potentially save billions of taxpayer dollars." (whitehouse.senate.gov)
  • Sheldon Whitehouse. S Amdt 4818. 110th Congress. Funding for Operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Sheldon Whitehouse voted Nay on 05/22/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Sheldon Whitehouse. HR 4986. 110th Congress. Defense Authorizations Bill. Sheldon Whitehouse voted Yea on 01/22/2008. (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Sheldon Whitehouse. MSNBC "Countdown with Keith Olbermann" - Transcript. 25 June 2010. "What's particularly irritating about this is that the Republicans cut this lifeline for middle class families, unemployed through no fault of their own, in the same month that the first multi-billion dollar estate passed tax free through to the heirs of a tycoon because of the Bush tax cuts, which weren't paid for. So if you are concerned about the deficit, it's a very selective concern about the deficit when you are letting billionaires' estates go through to their heirs untaxed, and cutting off the lifeline for unemployed families." (votesmart.org)
  • Sheldon Whitehouse. Whitehouse Statement on Tax Cut Bill. 13 December 2010. "Today I voted in favor of badly needed relief for Rhode Islanders struggling in this tough economy. While I oppose some elements of the compromise package “ including the extension of Bush-era tax rates for the wealthiest Americans and the reduced estate tax “ I believe that on balance it is a win for middle-class families, in particular, a win for Rhode Island as we slowly recover from record unemployment." (whitehouse.senate.gov)
  • Americans for Tax Reform. 04/18/2012. "Sheldon Whitehouse supported the interests of the Americans for Tax Reform 0 percent in 2007." (votesmart.org)
  • National Taxpayers Union. 04/18/2012. "Sheldon Whitehouse supported reasonable tax and spending policies as defined by the National Taxpayers Union 5 percent of the time in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Sheldon Whitehouse. Press Release. 1 February 2012. "At the State of the Union Address, President Obama called on Congress to fix this problem and pass legislation that follows the "Buffett Rule" so those making over $1 million a year pay at least 30 percent in taxes. Today, I'm introducing the "Paying a Fair Share Act" to make the "Buffett Rule" a reality." (www.whitehouseforsenate.com)
  • Sheldon Whitehouse. Press Release. 26 March 2012. "I agree with Mr. Buffett and with the Rhode Islanders I've heard from who are fed up with our unfair system. That is why I am fighting to address loopholes in the tax code that let super-high-income Americans pay lower tax rates than hard-working middle-class Rhode Island families. The Paying a Fair Share Act of 2012, which I recently introduced, would ensure that multimillion-dollar earners pay a minimum federal tax rate of 30 percent." (www.whitehouseforsenate.com)
  • Sheldon Whitehouse. The Budget. 19 March 2009. "Usually when American families have a surplus, they use it responsibly, they pay down credit card debt or make an extra mortgage payment. They put it away in retirement savings. They set it aside for college for the kids. Or they spend it on something they need, such as a downpayment on a car or a house. Well, President Bush chose tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans, a misguided war he would not pay for--an irresponsible economic policy, leaving a mountain of debt to the next administration. He, of course, had the enthusiastic support of a Republican Congress which was with him every step of the way into this debt." (votesmart.org)
  • Sheldon Whitehouse. Estate Tax. 22 June 2010. "We have an entire party that is dedicated to preventing working people, who have lost their jobs through no fault of their own as a result of this economic meltdown, from getting unemployment insurance, and that has actually already expired and we are trying to backfill it for that period, but they are completely satisfied with an oil tycoon worth $9 billion having his estate go completely tax free to his heirs. That situation is happening because of a glitch in the Tax Code that we could not fix. It is part of the Bush tax cuts having run to their conclusion." (votesmart.org)
  • Sheldon Whitehouse. Letter to The Honorable Mitch McConnell, Minority Leader United States Senate. 19 October 2010. "As you also know, Congress will soon be debating the extension of the Bush tax cuts and whether or not we should be providing $700 billion in tax breaks over the next ten years to the top two percent of income earners. We should note that the estimated $13 billion cost of emergency relief this year to our seniors is only a fraction of the $70 billion in average annual tax breaks over the next decade that would go to the wealthiest two percent of Americans if all of these tax breaks are extended. We hope that you will agree with us that it is far more important to provide $250 in emergency relief to senior citizens and disabled veterans than it is to provide an average tax break of over $100,000 a year to taxpayers earning more than $1 million a year." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Sheldon Whitehouse. Increasing The Statutory Limit On The Public Debt. 22 January 2011. "Balancing our budget is a priority at which Democrats have succeeded in the past. It is one of the legacies of President Clinton. I am confident Democrats will succeed at it again because we believe in responsible governance. But now is not the time to play games with our Nation's finances and put essential programs on which families depend at risk. In the worst economic recession since the Great Depression, the analogy between family budgets and the Federal budget is a false one. If the Federal Government contracted its spending, shrunk its spending at the time when States, municipalities, companies, and families are all shrinking and constraining their spending, it would further shrink the economy. It would worsen the recession. It would make things worse for American families. Period. Saying anything else is simply false." (votesmart.org)
  • Sheldon Whitehouse. Whitehouse Promotes Plan to Create RI Green Jobs. 19 April 2011. "The strength of our Ocean State's economy depends on the health of our environment. This plan represents a pledge to keep supporting our state's historic industries and their workers -- and the natural resources they depend on -- while also making smart investments to bring new jobs in clean energy, research, and innovation to Rhode Island." (votesmart.org)
  • Sheldon Whitehouse. Whitehouse Applauds Passage of Senate Jobs Bill. 24 February 2011. "For Rhode Islanders still reeling in the wake of the massive job cuts brought on by the recession, this help cannot come soon enough. The passage of the HIRE Act is an important step in continuing to build on the success of last year's Recovery Act, but it must not be the last. Too many Americans are hurting, and we should not rest until every person who wants a job has one." (votesmart.org)
  • Sheldon Whitehouse. Whitehouse: Economic Recovery Bill is a Promise Kept to American People. 11 February 2011. "U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) released this statement today on the announcement that an agreement has been reached on a House-Senate compromise on economic stimulus legislation: 'This bill is a promise kept to the American people. I'm glad my colleagues were able to quickly reach an agreement to get this bill to President Obama's desk and help get our economy moving again. Like the bill the Senate passed, this measure isn't perfect - but it is a start to create jobs, support struggling families, and make badly-needed investments in infrastructure in Rhode Island. I look forward to voting for it.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Sheldon Whitehouse. S Amdt 3301. 112th Congress. Ending the Troubled Asset Relief Program. Sheldon Whitehouse voted Nay on 01/21/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • The Club for Growth. 04/18/2012. "On the votes used to calculate its ratings, The Club for Growth attaches more value to those votes it considers more important. For 2010, The Club for Growth gave Sheldon Whitehouse a rating of 0 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Prosperity. 04/18/2012. "Sheldon Whitehouse supported the interests of the Americans for Prosperity 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Sheldon Whitehouse. HR 1424. 110th Congress. Financial Asset Purchase Authority and Tax Law Amendments. Sheldon Whitehouse voted Yea on 10/01/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Sheldon Whitehouse. As Ocean State Faces Soaring Unemployment, Whitehouse Urges New Stimulus Bill to Create Jobs. 24 October 2008. "People are suffering, and Congress must act to stimulate the sagging economy. I believe that the best way to energize the economy is to create jobs." (votesmart.org)
  • Sheldon Whitehouse. Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010. 23 February 2010. "After the wild and unsustainable borrowing of the Bush era, we now face an era of limited resources, in which every last dollar is needed to spur economic recovery, create jobs, and restore economic security for all." (votesmart.org)
  • Sheldon Whitehouse. As Ocean State Faces Soaring Unemployment, Whitehouse Urges New Stimulus Bill to Create Jobs. 24 October 2008. "People are suffering, and Congress must act to stimulate the sagging economy. I believe that the best way to energize the economy is to create jobs." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Sheldon Whitehouse. Issues. 20 September 2012 "I've heard from Rhode Island small business owners who want to hire more workers, but who just aren't sure they can afford it yet. That's why I introduced the Job Creation Tax Credit Act, legislation that will help businesses expand their workforce by providing them with tax credits for hiring new employees who have been jobless for at least 60 days." (www.whitehouse.senate.gov)
  • Sheldon Whitehouse. Whitehouse Meets with Local Business Owners to Discuss Job Creation. 7 March 2010. "I'm focused on creating jobs and getting our economy growing again, and I appreciate these small business owners sharing their ideas with me as the Senate considers jobs legislation. We all know that small businesses have been hit particularly hard during this recession, and I'm working to help get them additional access to capital and a tax incentive for hiring workers and reducing unemployment." (votesmart.org)
  • Sheldon Whitehouse. Whitehouse: President's Budget Will Help Put America Back to Work. 1 February 2010. "The President's proposed budget will lay the foundation for sustained growth and prosperity. It will provide more than $300 billion in tax cuts over the next ten years to individuals, families, and businesses. It also includes $100 billion for immediate job creating measures such as investments in infrastructure and clean energy. In the Ocean State, where our infrastructure is aging fast and the demand for clean energy jobs is growing, these investments will make a real difference." (votesmart.org)
  • Sheldon Whitehouse. Video: Holes. 12 September 2012. "We should be giving tax credit for the companies that move the jobs back home, back onshore." (youtu.be)
  • Sheldon Whitehouse. S 3816. 112th Congress. Tax Law Amendments. Sheldon Whitehouse voted Yea on 09/28/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Sheldon Whitehouse. Whitehouse Applauds Passage of Senate Jobs Bill. 24 February 2011. "The HIRE Act [¦] will provide a payroll tax holiday for businesses to encourage hiring, increased cash flow for small businesses that can be used for investments and payroll expansion, and an expansion of the Build America Bonds program to subsidize and encourage local infrastructure projects." (votesmart.org)
  • Sheldon Whitehouse. President Obama Signs HIRE Act into Law. 18 March 2010. "I was glad to see this important jobs legislation that provides $252 million in direct transportation funding to Rhode Island signed into law [¦] The elements of the bill include: Rhode Island businesses that hire unemployed workers are eligible for a tax credit -- up to $6,000 per worker hired -- through an exemption from Social Security payroll taxes. Businesses that retain these new workers for at least one year are eligible for a $1,000 income tax credit per worker retained;" (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Sheldon Whitehouse. RI Wins Race for Early Learning Funds. 16 December 2011. "Today, after the White House announced Rhode Island will receive up to $50 million in federal Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge funds to help boost Rhode Island's early childhood care and pre-school programs, U.S. Senators Jack Reed (D-RI) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) -- who strongly supported the state's efforts -- congratulated the state and commended the Obama Administration for awarding the funds to Rhode Island. Reed and Whitehouse supported the creation of Race to the Top funds as part of the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, as well as the expansion to include early childhood care and education programs in the Fiscal Year 2011 Appropriations law [¦] 'Early learning programs help ensure that our kids get off to the best start possible before they enter school,' said Whitehouse. 'Our state is in a strong position to use these federal funds swiftly and effectively, and I'm glad the Obama Administration recognized Rhode Island's leadership by awarding us one of these grants.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Sheldon Whitehouse. Whitehouse Statement on Race to the Top Funding Announcement. 24 August 2010. "The greatest investment we as a nation can make is in our children and their future. Rhode Island's selection as a recipient of federal 'Race to the Top' education funds is a testament to the hard work of our education professionals and local officials. This funding will give our schools the resources they need to provide our kids with the high quality education they deserve." (votesmart.org)
  • Sheldon Whitehouse. Issue Position: Fulfilling America's Promise of a Great Education. 16 June 2011. "I believe all children should start school prepared to learn, regardless of economic background; that the federal government needs to fulfill its promises to provide the funding our schools need; and that we need to do more to help make sure that all young people who want to pursue higher education can afford to attend college." (whitehouse.senate.gov)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Sheldon Whitehouse. Letter to President Barack Obama. 30 April 2010. "We write to exhort you to reconsider the policy you announced on March 31 with regard to opening certain Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) "frontier areas" to oil and gas exploration and development. Specifically, we are asking you to keep the Mid-Atlantic, South Atlantic, and Straits of Florida Planning Areas off-limits to such activity. The tragic accident last week involving the Deepwater Horizon oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico makes it abundantly clear that the costs and benefits of offshore drilling need to be reassessed. We were pleased to hear that no additional drilling would be authorized until the cause of the accident is determined, but that seems to be only a temporary suspension. In our estimation, offshore drilling in the three Atlantic Planning Areas you propose to open presents an unacceptable risk to our coastal areas, fisheries, critical habitat, marine life, recreation, and tourism and other industries, especially given the relatively paltry reward in terms of potentially recoverable oil and gas resources." (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Sheldon Whitehouse supported the interests of Environment America 100 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Sheldon Whitehouse. S 953. 112th Congress. Offshore Production and Safety Act. Sheldon Whitehouse voted Nay on 05/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Sheldon Whitehouse. Hearing of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee - Oil Spill in Gulf of Mexico. 26 May 2010. "We need to take a comprehensive look at the penalty and liability framework that governs offshore oil and gas drilling, and the substantive requirements that exist to protect our workers, our coastlines, and the marine environment from devastating oil spills. We may want to consider banning drilling at certain depths until it is clear that we can engage in repair and recovery activities, at those depths." (votesmart.org)
  • Sheldon Whitehouse signed a letter to Harry Reid. 21 July 2010. "We need to pass legislation to ensure that BP and its contractors, not the American people, pay the full cost of the Deepwater Horizon disaster, and that oil spill liability laws work to deter future spills. We also need to prevent future oil spills with provisions that reform regulation of offshore oil and gas production, increase penalties for violations of environmental and worker safety standards on the outer continental shelf, and prohibit drilling in certain coastal areas." (votesmart.org)
  • Sheldon Whitehouse. Whitehouse Statement on Climate Change Proposal. 17 May 2010. "The Kerry/Lieberman proposal is a constructive step toward reducing carbon pollution and creating new clean energy jobs. I look forward to working to make sure the policies laid out in the legislation are sufficient to meet its ambitious goals. In particular, I am concerned with expanding offshore oil and gas drilling in the wake of the BP/Deepwater disaster in the Gulf of Mexico; favoring subsidies for traditional fossil fuels and nuclear power against investment in renewable energy and energy efficiency; preempting state based carbon programs; preserving important authorities under the Clean Air Act to protect public health; and the massive handouts to coal." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Sheldon Whitehouse. Cardin, Boxer and EPW Members Call GOP Budget Dangerous for Public Health. 19 February 2011. "While we've sought common ground to reduce spending and stave off a U.S. government shutdown, House Republicans have piled on to their risky and reckless attack on jobs an additional attack on the Clean Air Act, which for decades has protected the air we breathe from industrial pollution." (votesmart.org)
  • Sheldon Whitehouse. Obama EPA Begins Review of Emissions Limits. 6 February 2009. "Rhode Island is one step closer to tougher limits on greenhouse gas emissions. Where the Bush Administration delayed, denied, and dissembled, the Obama Administration is acting - and that will mean cleaner air, more fuel-efficient cars and trucks, and a more energy-independent future for our country." (votesmart.org)
  • Sheldon Whitehouse. Whitehouse Votes In EPW Committee To Bypass Republican Obstruction On Climate Change Bill. 5 November 2009. "As we continue to move forward toward consideration of climate change legislation by the full Senate I will continue to fight for environmental and economic principles that matter most to Rhode Islanders: protection of low-income consumers, investments in energy efficiency, coastal protection, natural resource adaptation, emissions reduction, and the promotion of a new clean energy economy that generates good jobs at good wages to sustain our State and our nation for years to come." (votesmart.org)
  • Sheldon Whitehouse. Whitehouse Welcomes EPA Efforts to Reduce Greenhouse Emissions from Power Plants. 33 December 2010. "I commend Rhode Island and the other states that have pushed EPA for nearly ten years to set carbon dioxide performance standards for power plants and refineries. Although the Clean Air Act requires EPA to update performance standards every 8 years, to keep pace with advances in science and technology, EPA last updated performance standards for utilities in 1979. Power plants and refineries contribute 40% of the carbon pollution in the US, and performance standards that drive more efficient designs of new plants is a common-sense way to reduce this pollution." (votesmart.org)
  • Sheldon Whitehouse. Whitehouse Statement on Climate Change Proposal. 17 May 2010. "The Kerry/Lieberman proposal is a constructive step toward reducing carbon pollution and creating new clean energy jobs. I look forward to working to make sure the policies laid out in the legislation are sufficient to meet its ambitious goals. In particular, I am concerned with expanding offshore oil and gas drilling in the wake of the BP/Deepwater disaster in the Gulf of Mexico; favoring subsidies for traditional fossil fuels and nuclear power against investment in renewable energy and energy efficiency; preempting state based carbon programs; preserving important authorities under the Clean Air Act to protect public health; and the massive handouts to coal." (votesmart.org)
  • League of Conservation Voters. 04/18/2012. "Sheldon Whitehouse supported the interests of the League of Conservation Voters 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Sheldon Whitehouse. S J Res 26. 112th Congress. Statement of Opposition to EPA Greenhouse Gas Rule. Sheldon Whitehouse voted Nay on 06/10/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Sheldon Whitehouse supported the interests of Environment America 100 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Sheldon Whitehouse. Chairman Boxer and EPW Colleagues' Statement on Full Committee Markup of Upton Bill that Would Permanently Block Protections from Carbon Pollution. 15 March 2011. "These short-sighted attempts to gut the Clean Air Act will stop the clean energy economy in its tracks, undermine gains in energy efficiency, and compromise our children's health. We should be working to create clean energy jobs and protect public health, not protecting polluters." (votesmart.org)
  • Sheldon Whitehouse. Kerry, Colleagues Respond to GOP Assault on Environmental Protections. 31 January 2011. "Creating green jobs, encouraging energy efficiency, and making our air cleaner are urgent priorities. Senator Barrasso's bill is a short-sighted effort to bind the hands of EPA and the states as they work to achieve these goals. Rather than stifle efforts to protect our air from carbon pollution, I am focused on working with my colleagues to create jobs and promote public health." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Sheldon Whitehouse. S Amdt 1618. 111th Congress. Authorizing Concealed Firearms Across State Lines. Sheldon Whitehouse voted Nay on 07/22/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Sheldon Whitehouse. Reed, Whitehouse Cosponsor Bill to Prevent Criminals and Terrorists from Purchasing Guns. 30 March 2008. "'Today, the FBI is required to routinely destroy data that could help law enforcement officials prevent crime, by recovering firearms purchased improperly or possessed illegally. This commonsense change will mean fewer illegal guns on our streets and in our neighborhoods.' U.S. Senators Jack Reed (D-RI) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) are teaming up with Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) to close a gap in existing federal law and prevent terrorists and criminals from purchasing guns. The Preserving Records of Terrorist & Criminal Transactions (PROTECT) Act of 2008 (S.2935) will require the FBI to keep records of gun purchases by terror suspects for a minimum of ten years and preserve data generated from background checks for all gun purchases for 180 days." (votesmart.org)
  • Sheldon Whitehouse. S Amdt 1067. 111th Congress. Allowing Loaded Guns in National Parks. Sheldon Whitehouse voted Nay on 05/12/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Sheldon Whitehouse. S Amdt 4070. 110th Congress. Prohibiting Funds in the Bill S 1200 from Being Used to Decrease Gun Ownership. Sheldon Whitehouse voted Nay on 02/25/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Gun Owners of America. 04/18/2012. "In 2010 Gun Owners of America gave Sheldon Whitehouse a grade of 18." (votesmart.org)
  • Sheldon Whitehouse. Senators, New Jersey Governor Denounce Dangerous Amendment that Would Put Communities at Risk for More Gun Violence. 21 July 2009. "Trying to prevent an increase of gun violence in America's communities, Senators [...] Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) [¦] today denounced a proposed amendment by Republican Senator John Thune (R-ND) that would allow people, including some criminals and mentally ill individuals, to carry concealed weapons across state lines - even if the state prohibits that person from carrying a gun. [¦] 'As a former Attorney General for Rhode Island, I'm deeply concerned that this amendment would undercut common-sense standards enacted in many states, and would create a danger to the public as well as substantial difficulties for local law enforcement officials,' said Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse." (votesmart.org)

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  • Sheldon Whitehouse. Fight for Our Children. 2 August 2010. "The Affordable Care Act--the health care bill--we tend to forget the positive impact that will have on children by making sure children's health insurance is protected, that we didn't go the way of, frankly, some people in both parties who wanted us to take a stand-alone, successful program, such as children's health insurance, and put it in the exchange. We didn't do that. It would have been a mistake, in my judgment, to put it in the exchange. That was good news. We didn't do that." (votesmart.org)
  • Sheldon Whitehouse. Issue Position: Fixing our Broken Health Care System. 16 June 2011. "On March 23, 2010, President Obama signed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act into law. This comprehensive health care reform is a historic achievement and a transformative moment for our health care system. I am proud to have helped pass this landmark legislation, and I am thankful for the hundreds of Rhode Islanders who shared their personal experiences in our health care system with me." (votesmart.org)
  • Sheldon Whitehouse. Op-Ed - Climbing Out of the Doughnut Hole. 17 June 2010. "As the reforms enacted by the health care bill phase in, the Affordable Care Act will fulfill the promise of a reliable prescription drug benefit that seniors deserve, and I am proud that we will finally put an end to the doughnut hole." (votesmart.org)
  • Sheldon Whitehouse. Whitehouse Applauds Fraud Prevention Efforts. 26 January 2011. "As we continue working to address our long-term budget deficit, identifying and attacking cases of fraud in our health care system is more important than ever. And with the announcement of new rules authorized by the Affordable Care Act to supplement fraud prevention efforts, I'm confident we can continue to protect taxpayer dollars and ensure that our health care system is working for American families." (votesmart.org)
  • Sheldon Whitehouse. Senate Dems: Health law reins in Medicare. 16 June 2011. "Program changes made in the Affordable Care Act have improved substantially the outlook for Medicare and thus fulfilled the promise of lower costs, improved care and better health for seniors. Estimates indicate that the new benefits and services provided to seniors by the Affordable Care Act will save the typical senior over $3,500 over the next decade. The reforms are projected to save Medicare over $100 billion in the next five years." (www.politico.com)
  • Sheldon Whitehouse. S Amdt 13. 112th Congress. Repealing the Federal Health Care Law. Sheldon Whitehouse voted Nay on 02/02/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • American Public Health Association. 04/18/2012. "Sheldon Whitehouse supported the interests of the American Public Health Association 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Sheldon Whitehouse signed a letter to Barak Obama. 14 May 2011. "The Republican budget proposal would not keep pace with the rate of inflation for health care, meaning seniors would pay ever higher out-of-pocket costs. Under the proposal, the annual increase for the vouchers will fall short of the actual rate of inflation for health care -- meaning out-of-pocket expenses for seniors will continue to soar. And to make matters worse, the Republican budget would repeal the only credible means of restraining health care costs -- the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act." (votesmart.org)

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  • Sheldon Whitehouse. Letter to the Honorable Barack Obama, President of the United States. 14 April 2011. "We would support a grant of deferred action to all young people who meet the rigorous requirements necessary to be eligible for cancellation of removal or a stay of removal under the DREAM Act, as requested on a bipartisan basis by Senators Durbin and Lugar last April. We strongly believe that DREAM Act students should not be removed from the Unites States, because they have great potential to contribute to our country and children should not be punished for their parents' mistakes. As you said in your State of the Union Address, 'let's stop expelling talented, responsible young people who could be staffing our research labs or starting a new business, who could be further enriching this nation.'" (votesmart.org)
  • National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute. 04/18/2012. "Sheldon Whitehouse supported the interests of National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Federation for American Immigration Reform. 04/18/2012. "Sheldon Whitehouse supported the interests of the Federation for American Immigration Reform 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Sheldon Whitehouse. S Amdt 4231. 110th Congress. Immigration Enforcement and Border Fence Amendment. Sheldon Whitehouse voted Nay on 03/13/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Sheldon Whitehouse. S Amdt 3117. 110th Congress. Border Fence and Customs Appropriations. Sheldon Whitehouse voted Yea on 10/03/2007. (votesmart.org)

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  • Sheldon Whitehouse. Senator Feinstein Introduces DOMA Repeal Legislation. 16 March 2011. "DOMA is a hurtful and unjust law that should be repealed. For thousands of hardworking citizens like Pat Baker, a Rhode Islander who is battling not only lung cancer, but a system that denies her the right to pass her survivor benefits to her wife, it is time for this policy to end." (votesmart.org)
  • Sheldon Whitehouse. Whitehouse Statement Commemorating Anniversary of Vermont Civil Unions Law. 26 April 2006. "Seven years ago Vermont took a courageous step forward for civil rights in this country through the civil unions law. I'm proud of the efforts of Rhode Island's gay community in their fight for equal marriage in our state, and I'll do all I can in the Senate to support this important battle." (votesmart.org)
  • Human Rights Campaign. 04/18/2012. "Sheldon Whitehouse supported the interests of the Human Rights Campaign 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • American Family Association. 04/18/2012. "Sheldon Whitehouse supported the interests of the American Family Association 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)

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  • Sheldon Whitehouse. Issue Position: Securing Rhode Island and the Nation. 16 June 2011. "Internationally, the United States must do more to employ our full range of capabilities to prevent terrorism from reaching our shores, including diplomatic engagement, economic influence, and, only as a last resort, the use of military force. The Bush Administration's decision to engage militarily in Iraq, a nation the intelligence community agrees had no relationship with al Qaeda prior to the start of the war, was profoundly misguided, and has distracted our military, diplomats, and public from genuine terrorist threats, such as those lurking in Afghanistan and the Federally Administered Tribal Areas of Pakistan. As a member of the Senate Intelligence and Judiciary Committees, I will continue working to ensure that efforts to secure and protect the United States have the funding and resources they need, and that when threats emerge, we are able to respond, always remembering that America's greatest strength in the world is the strength of our ideals." (votesmart.org)

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  • Alliance for Retired Americans. 04/18/2012. "Sheldon Whitehouse supported the interests of the Alliance for Retired Americans 100 percent in 2008." (votesmart.org)
  • Sheldon Whitehouse. Signed Progressive Change Campaign Committee: Social Security Protectors. 19 September 2012. "Social Security belongs to the people who have worked hard all their lives and contributed to it. Social Security is a promise that must not be broken. We need to strengthen Social Security, not cut it. That is why I oppose any cuts to Social Security benefits, including increasing the retirement age. I also oppose any effort to privatize Social Security, in whole or in part." (socialsecurityprotectors.com)

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