Climate change is real, not a hoax. That’s according the U.S. Senate, which is now on record about the reality of climate change. The Senate voted 98 to 1 on an amendment recognizing climate change in the Keystone Pipeline bill.
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Senator Sheldon Whitehouse traded jabs with Republican Strategist Karl Rove this weekend on Fox News.
They tussled over so-called enhanced interrogation techniques, such as water boarding. Whitehouse says that constitutes as torture and did not aid in the capture of Osama Bin Laden.
“If you look at the information we had on the courier that took us to Osama Bin Laden, we had four sources on that, and those four sources all provided all the information that the CIA needed to know to track this guy before they were exposed to enhanced information techniques.”
Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse says he hopes legislation to boost funding to treat addiction will move forward this week. Whitehouse and colleagues from both sides of the aisle hosted addiction experts on Capitol Hill this morning to learn more about the challenges that remain for addicts even in recovery.
Rhode Island’s congressional delegation is reacting to President Barack Obama’s executive order on immigration. In a speech Thursday, the President outlined a plan that could protect some 5 million people in the country illegally from deportation.
U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse says the new climate change deal between the U.S. and China is good news for Rhode Island.
The U.S. is committing to reducing carbon emissions 28 percent by 2025.
Whitehouse sais though Rhode Island is not a major carbon polluting state, it’s already feeling the effects of climate change. “Particularly with rising sea levels, Narragansett Bay is 3 to 4 degrees warmer, the winter flounder catch has virtually collapsed,” said Whitehouse.
Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, along with Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH), has introduced legislation that's designed to provide some incentives and resources for states to develop more addiction treatment and prevention programs. It's called the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act of 2014, and here are a few of its provisions, according to a news release from the Senator's office: