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Senator Sheldon Whitehouse

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Rhode Island
Environment and Public Works; Aging; Budget; Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions; Joint Security and Cooperation in Europe; Judiciary
Founded senate Oceans Caucus

“I will continue to use my position on the EPW Committee to clean up pollution in our communities, protect our waters, save threatened wildlife species, and stop global warming…”


Leadership: Senator Sheldon Whitehouse is a strong environmental leader and ocean champion. He founded the Senate Oceans Caucus to promote creative, bipartisan policy solutions that protect our oceans, our coasts, and the people and economies that rely on them. As a member of the Senate Environmental and Public Works committee (EPW), Senator Whitehouse helped to push the first ever piece of comprehensive global warming legislation. He continues to sponsor and cosponsor bills to mitigate climate change by transitioning to clean energy and preparing coastal areas for rising sea levels. He supports progressive and comprehensive energy reforms including raising standards for fuel economy in cars, appliances, homes, and the workplace. He also supports mandating a dramatic increase in production and use of renewable fuels and removing tax breaks to large oil companies to instead invest in new and efficient energy markets.

Senator Whitehouse sponsored:

  • S. 936 (Northern Rockies Ecosystem Protection Act 2017)
  • S. 1601 (SAFE Act 2016)
  • S. 1523 (A bill to amend the Federal Water Pollution Control Act to reauthorize the National Estuary Program, and for other purposes. 2016)
  • S. 1523 (A bill to amend the Federal Water Pollution Control Act to reauthorize the National Estuary Program, and for other purposes)
  • S. 2025 (National Oceans and Coastal Security Act of 2015)
  • S. 561 (Offshoring Prevention Act of 2013)
  • S. 646 (National Endowment for the Oceans Act of 2013)
  • S. 1202 (A bill to establish an integrated Federal program to respond to ongoing and expected impacts of extreme weather and climate change by protecting, restoring, and conserving the natural resources of the United States, and to maximize government efficiency and reduce costs, in cooperation with State, local, and tribal governments and other entities, 2013)
  • S. 2042 (Clean Estuaries Act of 2014)
  • S. 3697 (A bill to amend the Toxic Substances Control Act relating to certain mercury compounds, products, and processes, 2011)
  • S. 3862 (Oil Spill Victims Redress Act of 2010)
  • S. 810 (Ocean and Coastal Adaptation Planning Act of 2009)
  • S. 1379 (Energy Efficiency in Housing Act of 2009)
  • S. 1428 (Mercury Pollution Reduction Act of 2009)
  • S. 3344 (BP Deepwater Horizon Disaster Inquiry Commission Act of 2010)
  • S. 3345 (Big Oil Polluter Pays Act of 2010)

Senator Whitehouse cosponsored:

  • S. 948 (America’s Red Rock Wilderness Act of 2017)
  • S. 2341 (A bill to designate a portion of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge as wilderness 2017)
  • S. 1513 (National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Establishment Act 2017)
  • S 880 (Made in America Water Infrastructure Act 2017)
  • S. 865 (FRAC Act 2017) S. 3165 (Big Oil Bailout Prevention Unlimited Liability Act of 2016)
  • S. 2821 (True LEADership Act of 2016)
  • S. 600 (A bill to require the Secretary of Energy to establish an energy efficiency retrofit pilot program)
  • S. 741 (Water Infrastructure Resiliency and Sustainability Act of 2015)
  • S. 785 (FRAC Act: A bill to amend the Safe Drinking Water Act to repeal a certain exemption for hydraulic fracturing, and for other purposes)
  • S. 890 (Land and Water Conservation Authorization and Funding Act of 2015)
  • S. 1042 (Clean Ocean and Safe Tourism Anti-Drilling Act)
  • S. 1264 (Renewable Electricity Standard Act of 2015)
  • S. 1334 (Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated Fishing Enforcement Act of 2015)
  • S. 1375 (America’s Red Rock Wilderness Act of 2015)
  • S. 1414 (Rhode Island Fishermen’s Fairness Act of 2015)
  • S. 1434 (Energy Storage Promotion and Deployment Act of 2015)
  • S. 1554 (Focused Reduction of Effluence and Stormwater runoff through Hydrofracking Environmental Regulation Act of 2015)
  • S. 1794 (Stop Arctic Ocean Drilling Act of 2015)
  • S. 2089 (American Energy Innovation Act of 2015)
  • S. 2341 (A bill to designate a portion of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge as wilderness)
  • S. 51 (National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Reauthorization Act of 2013)
  • S. 267 (Pirate Fishing Elimination Act of 2013)
  • S. 269 (Antigua Convention Implementing Act of 2013)
  • S. 307 (Close Big Oil Tax Loopholes Act of 2013)
  • S. 349 (Wood-Pawcatuck Watershed Protection Act of 2013)
  • S. 371 (Blackstone River Valley National Historical Park Establishment Act of 2013)
  • S. 401 (Incentivizing Offshore Wind Power Act of 2013)
  • S. 679 (Local Farms, Food, and Jobs Act of 2013)
  • S. 696 (Safe Chemicals Act of 2013)
  • S. 741 (North American Wetlands Conservation Extension Act of 2013)
  • S. 827 (Big Oil Prevention Trust Fund Act of 2011, of 2013)
  • S. 828 (Big Oil Prevention Unlimited Liability Act of 2011, of 2013)
  • S. 913 (Oilheat Efficiency, Renewable Fuel Research and Jobs Training Act of 2013)
  • S. 1254 (Harmful Algal Bloom and Hypoxia Research and Control Amendments Act of 2014)
  • S. 2890 (Digital Coast Act of 2014)
  • S. 2901 (10 Million Solar Roofs Act of 2014)
  • S. 2911 (Super Pollutants Act of 2014)
  • S. 2963 (A bill to remove a limitation on a prohibition relating to permits for discharges incidental to normal operation of vessels)
  • S. 1201 (National Fish Habitat Conservation Act of 2012)
  • S. 926 (COAST Anti-Drilling Act of 2011)
  • S. 1451 (Billfish Conservation Act of 2011)
  • S. 1582 (Clean Coastal Environment and Public Health Act of 2011)
  • S. 3164 (Polluter Pays Restoration Act of 2010)
  • S. 3262 (Sustainable Water Infrastructure Investment Act of 2010)
  • S. 3466 (Environmental Crimes Enforcement Act of 2010)
  • S. 3561 (Green Infrastructure for Clean Water Act of 2010)
  • S. 345 (Tropical Forest and Coral Conservation Reauthorization Act of 2009)
  • S. 787 (Clean Water Restoration Act of 2009)
  • S. 850 (Shark Conservation Act of 2009)
  • S.936 (Water Quality Investment Act of 2009)
  • S. 937 (Sewage Overflow Community Right-to-Know Act of 2009)
  • S. 1535 (Protect America’s Wildlife Act of 2009)
  • S. 1738 (Roadless Area Conservation Act of 2009)
  • S. 1820 (Clean Cruise Ship Act of 2009)
  • S. 2899 (Renewable Energy Incentive Act of 2009)