PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island congressmen are meeting with business and community leaders to discuss issues facing the local business community and current events in Washington.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island has received a $2.8 million federal grant to boost efforts to bring an Amtrak stop to the state's main airport.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Two Rhode Island congressmen want to create a federal grant program to repair and replace deteriorating bridges.
Democratic U.S. Rep. Jim Langevin and Sen. Sheldon...
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Two Rhode Island congressmen have participated in a ceremony in France marking the 75th anniversary of D-Day.
A bipartisan congressional delegation, including U.S....
WASHINGTON (AP) — Three Democratic senators are calling on President's Donald Trump's nominee for U.N. ambassador to clarify that she will put U.S. interests ahead of her own financial interests...
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The leaders of the two federal cultural agencies are meeting with members of Rhode Island's congressional delegation and arts community.
PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) — All 10 U.S. senators in coastal New England reintroduced a proposal Friday to bar oil and gas drilling from the region's shores.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island's two senators are hosting an informational seminar for high school students interested in attending a military service academy.
Sen. Reed has $1.8M on hand for re-election bid
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Democratic U.S. Sen. Jack Reed has a campaign war chest of about $1.8 million as he prepares to seek re-election next year, according to a newly filed campaign finance...
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse is encouraging coastal communities to apply for federal funding to strengthen their defenses against severe weather and flooding.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The U.S. Senate's most persistent voice for addressing climate change introduced a bill Thursday aimed at unlimited political spending, with fossil fuel companies in his...
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Members of Congress from Rhode Island and Connecticut are celebrating the signing of federal legislation that protects several rivers in the two states.
PAWTUCKET, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island politicians and Pawtucket residents gathered in the city over the weekend to mark the renaming of a street for a venerated social club.
The Latest: Senators urge pharma CEOs to rein in lobbyists
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on top pharmaceutical executives testifying before Senate lawmakers on rising drug prices (all times local):
RI congressional delegation slams national emergency plan
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island's all-Democratic congressional delegation has slammed Republican President Donald Trump's plan to declare a national emergency to build a wall along the southern border.
U.S. Sen. Jack Reed called the move "extreme, illogical, and legally dubious" in an emailed statement.
Reed says there is no security emergency at the border, and that Trump's actions could spark a "humanitarian and constitutional crisis."
Bill advances to protect rivers in Rhode Island, Connecticut
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A bill that would make Rhode Island and Connecticut eligible for federal funding to protect rivers has cleared the U.S. Senate.
U.S. Sen. Jack Reed, a Rhode Island Democrat, says the Senate passed legislation Tuesday that includes his language to designate river segments within the Wood-Pawcatuck watershed as part of the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System.
Rhode Island delegates skeptical of State of Union speech
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island's all-Democratic congressional delegation says they are skeptical of Republican President Donald Trump's calls for Democrats and Republicans to work together during his second State of the Union speech.
U.S. Sens. Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse and U.S. Reps. David Cicilline (sihs-ihl-EE'-nee) and Jim Langevin (LAN'-jih-vin) issued statements after the speech Tuesday.
Trump AG pick says he’s discussed Mueller probe with Pence
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's pick for attorney general, William Barr, says Vice President Mike Pence is among the officials with whom he has discussed the special counsel's Russia investigation.
New US attorney for Rhode Island, Aaron Weisman, sworn in
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — President Donald Trump's pick for the top federal prosecutor in Rhode Island has been sworn in.
The U.S. attorney's office in Rhode Island says Aaron Weisman took the oath of office Monday. Trump announced Weisman's nomination in October and the U.S. Senate confirmed him Jan. 2.
Weisman replaces acting U.S. Attorney Richard Myrus. Myrus assumed the role after U.S. Attorney Stephen Dambruch stepped down to take a position in the state attorney general's office.
Rhode Island congressmen call for government to reopen
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island's congressional delegation is calling on President Donald Trump to reopen the federal government.
Democratic U.S. Reps. Jim Langevin (LAN'-jih-vin) and David Cicilline (sihs-ihl-EE'-nee) and U.S. Sens. Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse met with federal employees at Rhode Island's main airport in Warwick on Monday.
In a joint statement, they said the partial federal shutdown is causing hardship for employees at T.F. Green Airport and other federal workers.
3 Senate Democrats press ahead with Whitaker lawsuit
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Three Senate Democrats who filed a lawsuit arguing that Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker's appointment is unconstitutional say the Trump administration is using the partial government shutdown to delay the case.
U.S. Sens. Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut, Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island and Mazie Hirono of Hawaii filed a legal brief Friday opposing a motion by the administration asking the court to stay the case because of the shutdown.
Democratic senators calling for ban on menthol cigarettes
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — More than a dozen Democratic U.S. senators are calling on the Food and Drug Administration to impose a ban on menthol cigarettes and cigars.
The senators — including Edward Markey and Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut and Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island — said the agency needs to follow through after pledging last month to try to ban menthol cigarettes and flavored cigars.
Mental health center in Newport gets $2M to expand services
NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — A community mental health center in Newport is getting $2 million in federal funding to expand its behavioral health services.
Members of the state's congressional delegation say the Newport County Community Mental Health Center will use the money to meet the needs of 24,500 residents over the next two years.
The delegation asked the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration for the funding.
Senators bring bill to criminalize vast doping conspiracies
Two U.S. senators have introduced a bill that would criminalize international doping conspiracies, the likes of which Russia pursued during the Sochi Olympics in 2014.
Senators ask for fishermen’s input for offshore wind farms
BOSTON (AP) — Senators from Massachusetts and Rhode Island are asking that fishermen's interests be considered earlier in the siting process for offshore wind farms.
Senator announces support for ending US action in Yemen
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Jack Reed says he will back a new Senate resolution revoking U.S. support for the Saudi-led war in Yemen.
WPRI-TV reports the Rhode Island Democrat also introduced a measure Tuesday calling for President Donald Trump's administration to issue a public report on the killing of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
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Democratic senators sue over Whitaker’s appointment as AG
WASHINGTON (AP) — Three Senate Democrats filed a lawsuit Monday arguing that Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker's appointment is unconstitutional and asking a federal judge to remove him.
The suit, filed by Sens. Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut, Mazie Hirono of Hawaii and Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island, argues that Whitaker's appointment violates the Constitution because he has not been confirmed by the Senate.
Whitehouse: Acting AG should recuse for now in Mueller probe
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Democratic U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse says the Department of Justice should look at whether the new acting attorney general should be recused from the special counsel's investigation into potential coordination between the president's campaign and Russia.
Whitehouse told The Associated Press on Wednesday that until that's done, Matthew Whitaker should be recused from the Mueller investigation.
VoteCast: Rhode Island voters say nation headed wrong way
A majority of voters casting midterm election ballots in Rhode Island said the country is headed in the wrong direction, according to a wide-ranging survey of the American electorate.
As voters cast ballots for governor, U.S. Senate and members of Congress in Tuesday's elections, AP VoteCast found that 33 percent of Rhode Island voters said the country is on the right track, compared with 67 percent who said the country is headed in the wrong direction.
Rhode Island incumbent Democrats fend off GOP challengers
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island's top Democratic officeholders won re-election Tuesday by fending off Republican challengers and promising to continue work they started to help the state.
Sen. Whitehouse, a Democrat, is re-elected in Rhode Island
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse won re-election Tuesday in Rhode Island after fending off a challenge from Republican Bob Flanders.
The Democrat was elected to a third term in the Senate. Whitehouse, of Newport, was first elected in 2006. He is known for being one of the leading voices in the Senate to do more to address climate change.
AP News Guide: Top races in Rhode Island’s general election
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island voters are electing a governor, U.S. senator and a number of other officials, and they're also deciding whether to approve the first phase of an ambitious plan to rebuild schools.
Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo is trying to fend off Republican Allan Fung and independent Joe Trillo to earn a second term.
US Sen. Whitehouse faces GOP’s Flanders in bid for 3rd term
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse is touting his record in the Senate in the hopes of earning a third term while Republican challenger Bob Flanders says he could get more done for the state.
Rhode Island honors victims of synagogue attack
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A vigil is planned in Rhode Island to remember the victims of the deadly shooting in a Pittsburgh synagogue.
The Providence Journal reports that several groups including the Jewish Alliance of Greater Rhode Island will hold the interfaith prayer event and vigil on Monday evening.
Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo ordered state and U.S. flags lowered to half-staff through Wednesday to honor the 11 victims killed in Saturday's attack at the Tree of Life Synagogue.
URI awarded federal funding to train aquaculture workers
SOUTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. (AP) — The University of Rhode Island has been awarded federal funding to help strengthen training programs for aquaculture workers and develop an online training curriculum that can be deployed nationwide.
Rhode Island's congressional delegation says URI's Rhode Island Sea Grant program was awarded nearly $750,000.
US Sen. Whitehouse and opponent Flanders face off in debate
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island's candidates for the U.S. Senate are taking part in a second debate.
It's scheduled for 6 p.m. Saturday at the University of Rhode Island's Kingston Campus.
Rhode Island Democratic U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse faces Republican challenger Robert Flanders.
Whitehouse, Flanders battle in US Senate debate
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island Democratic U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse and Republican challenger Robert Flanders faced off in their first televised debate this week.
The candidates locked horns Tuesday night in Providence over questions provided by WPRI-TV reporters Tim White and Ted Nesi.
Debates to be held for candidates for governor and US Senate
SOUTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. (AP) — Debates have been scheduled for candidates for governor and for the U.S. Senate.
The University of Rhode Island says it's hosting the forums with Rhode Island Public Radio and The Providence Journal. The gubernatorial debate has been set for Oct. 15.
Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo, Republican nominee Allan Fung, Independent Joe Trillo and Moderate Party candidate William Gilbert will answer questions from a panel of journalists at URI's Kingston Campus.
Joe Biden to stump for Rhode Island Democrats in Providence
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Former Vice President Joe Biden is scheduled to stump for Rhode Island Democrats.
The Rhode Island Democratic Party says Biden will headline a rally at the Rhode Island Convention Center in Providence on Sunday, beginning at 4:30 p.m.
Biden plans to talk about what's at stake in the November election.
Senator says what he expects from Kavanaugh investigation
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse has outlined what he thinks are the proper elements of a new FBI investigation into Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
The Rhode Island Democrat is a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee and former U.S. attorney for Rhode Island.
New industry group to promote RI textile manufacturing
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — An industry group is being launched to promote textile manufacturing in Rhode Island.
Members of the state's congressional delegation plan to meet Monday with industry leaders at the historic Slater Mill in Pawtucket to officially kick off the Rhode Island Textile Innovation Network.
Biden to stump for Rhode Island Democrats
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Former Vice President Joe Biden is scheduled to visit Providence to stump for Rhode Island Democrats.
State Democratic Party officials say Biden will headline a rally at the Rhode Island Convention Center on Sunday, Sept. 30. The event will be free and open to the public.
Democrats say Biden will talk about what's at stake in the November election.
Rhode Island’s incumbent congressmen win Democratic primary
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island's incumbent congressmen easily won the state's Democratic primaries Wednesday.
U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, U.S. Rep. David Cicilline and U.S. Rep. James Langevin all handily won their primary contests.
Rhode Island gets more federal funding for road improvements
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island is getting nearly $26 million in additional federal funding for road maintenance and safety projects.
U.S. Sens. Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse announced the Federal Highway Administration funding.
The Rhode Island Democrats say the administration's annual August redistribution means the state Department of Transportation will have access to money not spent by other states to move forward with road improvement projects that are ready to start now.
Institute named for Ted Kennedy in Boston honors McCain
BOSTON (AP) — Visitors to the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate will be able to pay tribute to the late U.S. Sen. John McCain.
The educational facility in Boston, which includes a replica of the U.S. Senate chamber, planned to offer a live feed Saturday of the memorial service for McCain at the Washington National Cathedral.
Visitors have been invited to sign a condolence book and leave any messages they would like for the longtime Arizona senator's family.
RI’s Whitehouse named a pallbearer at McCain’s funeral
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island will serve as a pallbearer at memorial services for late Arizona Sen. John McCain.
McCain's family announced Monday that Whitehouse will be one of 15 pallbearers during Saturday's memorial at Washington National Cathedral.
Rhode Island officials praise Sen. McCain’s years of service
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island politicians are offering their thoughts on the death of Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain.
Democratic Sen. Jack Reed, who served with McCain on the Senate Armed Services Committee, said that at a time when "divisiveness is too often deployed for short-term political gain, McCain valued patriotism over partisanship."
Congressman Cicilline calls FBI agent’s firing ‘disturbing’
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island lawmakers have offered mixed reactions to the news of longtime FBI agent Peter Strzok's firing Friday.
Democratic U.S. Rep. David Cicilline tells The Providence Journal he feels Strzok's firing was "more than a little suspicious" and "very disturbing."
Cicilline was a strong defender of Strzok when he was slammed during a House hearing over text messages criticizing President Donald Trump.
The representative says Congress should investigate Strzok's firing.