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Sen. Whitehouse Weighs In On Merkel And Trump

May 30, 2017
Courtesy of Whitehouse office

Rhode Island’s junior U.S. Senator, Sheldon Whitehouse, says the country must work to recover its international reputation.

His comments come after President Donald Trump’s trip abroad last week, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel's statement that Europe can no longer rely on the United States.


Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse will hold a Senate Judiciary Committee field hearing in Rhode Island Monday. It’s part of his work on drafting legislation to reauthorize the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act.

“It’s at this point a listening and learning exercise to hear from the people who work in the field of juvenile justice and determine what changes would be advisable in the law,” said Whitehouse.  

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The Senate Judiciary Committee is slated to vote Tuesday on legislation that could legalize same-sex marriage in Rhode Island.  The issue has never previously come this far in the state Senate.

The 10-member Judiciary Committee plans to vote on two separate bills. One would grant marriage rights to same-sex couples through the legislature. The other one has broader religious exemptions and would make legalizing same-sex marriage subject to a statewide vote.

Depending on what happens with the two bills, the legislation could move to the Senate floor as soon as Thursday.