Reed, Colleagues Seek to Raise Student Performance Through Enhanced Teacher Preparation

WASHINGTON, DC - In an effort to boost student achievement in classrooms nationwide, Senators Jack Reed (D-RI), Bob Casey (D-PA), and Chris Coons (D-DE) have teamed up to introduce the Educator Preparation Reform Act (), which seeks to improve the professional preparation of teachers, principals, librarians, and other school leaders by focusing on clinical practice so that new educators are ready to meet the challenges in the nation's schools on day one. The Educator Preparation Reform Act would overhaul federal laws governing teacher preparation, including reporting requirements, accountability provisions, and the TEACH Grant scholarship program. The bill places specific attention…
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Reed, Whitehouse Urge Trump Administration to Deliver a Strategy to Battle Opioid Addiction

WASHINGTON, DC - Senators Jack Reed (D-RI) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) are calling for a multi-pronged strategy to battle the opioid epidemic and expressing deep concern that the Trump Administration is not taking swift, meaningful action to assist states, communities, and families suffering from the opioid crisis. Reed and Whitehouse are among 20 Senators who sent a letter to President Trump's acting drug czar calling for action and expressing dismay that a White House commission tasked with crafting the federal government's response to the opioid crisis has missed repeated deadlines for filing an interim report on the problem. The senators…
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Reed, Whitehouse to Host Military Service Academy Day on Saturday, May 6

WARWICK, RI - On Saturday, May 6, Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse will host a Military Service Academy Day for high school students from schools across the state. The event will run from 9:00 to 12:00 noon at the Community College of Rhode Island (CCRI) in Warwick. This informational seminar is open to all high school students and their parents who are interested in learning about the requirements and procedures for seeking a Congressional nomination and obtaining an appointment to one of the United States Service Academies. "Attending West Point was a tremendous honor, and I am proud to…
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Featured

Reed, Senators Put United Airlines on Hot Seat Following Forcible Removal of Passenger

Senator Reed criticizes forcible removal of passenger and demands answers from United Airlines CEO WASHINGTON, DC - Following the forcible removal of a United Airlines ticketed passenger from his seat on Flight 3411 from Chicago, Illinois to Louisville, Kentucky, Senator Jack Reed (D-RI) and 20 of his colleagues in the Senate are demanding answers from United's CEO. The 21 Senators asked a series of tough questions they want answered by an April 24 deadline, when the Senate reconvenes. In the letter, the senators call on United Airlines CEO Oscar Munoz to provide a more detailed account of the incident and…
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Schumer, McCain, Reed, Graham Joint Statement on Reports That Russia Interfered with 2016 Election

WASHINGTON, - Senators Charles E. Schumer (D-NY), Senate Democratic Leader-elect, Jack Reed (D-RI), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Armed Services, John McCain (R-AZ), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Armed Services, and Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Member of the Senate Committee on Armed Services released the following joint statement today in response to news reports on the CIA's analysis of Russian interference with the 2016 election: "For years, foreign adversaries have directed cyberattacks at America's physical, economic, and military infrastructure, while stealing our intellectual property. Now our democratic institutions have been targeted. Recent reports of Russian interference in our…
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Education

Raimondo, Reed, Whitehouse, Langevin Help Open New Career-Focused Training Programs

PODCAST LPR NEWS Warwick - Senators Jack Reed joined, Governor Gina Raimondo Sheldon Whitehouse and Congressmen Jim Langevin, state and community leaders at the grand opening of the new Marine Trades, Shipfitting and Welding Program at the Warwick Area Career and Technical Center (WACTC). The new training being offered will build on the Warwick Marine Trades Career and Technical Education (CTE) program and will provide additional occupation-specific training to help students transition from school to career and/or post-secondary education. The event will also showcase five new, state-of-the-art welding booths paid for with local, state, and federal funds to help students…
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Local News

Reed, Whitehouse Seek Financial Support for Struggling RI Farmers

Senators seek federal funding for dairy farmers in 2017 budget & ask for a refund to farmers for the $73 million they paid into the Dairy Margin Protection Program in 2015 USDA issues new disaster declaration, making RI farmers impacted by recent drought eligible for emergency aid WASHINGTON, DC - In an effort to help struggling dairy farmers in Rhode Island and nationwide stay in business, Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse joined 16 of their senate colleagues urging Congress to provide funding for dairy farmers across the nation in the fiscal year 2017 budget. Specifically, the senators asked the…
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WHITEHOUSE, WARREN, REED, SANDERS & MERKLEY INTRODUCE BILL TO PROTECT CONSUMERS FROM ABUSIVE LENDING

Senators’ legislation would allow states to cap credit card interest rates for their residents Washington, DC – Today, Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Jack Reed (D-RI), Bernie Sanders (I-VT), and Jeff Merkley (D-OR) introduced the Empowering States’ Rights to Protect Consumers Act (S. 3321), which would protect consumers by restoring the ability of states to limit credit card and other consumer loan interest rates for their residents. “When Wall Street banks and their credit card subsidiaries take advantage of consumers through astronomically high interest rates, states should be able to act,” said Whitehouse. “This bill will restore to…
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WHITEHOUSE, WARREN, REED, SANDERS & MERKLEY INTRODUCE BILL TO PROTECT CONSUMERS FROM ABUSIVE LENDING

Senators’ legislation would allow states to cap credit card interest rates for their residents Washington, DC – Today, Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Jack Reed (D-RI), Bernie Sanders (I-VT), and Jeff Merkley (D-OR) introduced the Empowering States’ Rights to Protect Consumers Act (S. 3321), which would protect consumers by restoring the ability of states to limit credit card and other consumer loan interest rates for their residents. “When Wall Street banks and their credit card subsidiaries take advantage of consumers through astronomically high interest rates, states should be able to act,” said Whitehouse. “This bill will restore to…
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REED, WHITEHOUSE RAISE CONCERNS ABOUT MYLAN’S EPIPEN PRICE HIKE AND EXPANDED PATIENT ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

Patient Assistance Program Allows Company to Increase Drug Prices While Passing Costs onto Insurance Companies and Consumers WASHINGTON, DC — In a letter sent today to the CEO of pharmaceutical company Mylan, Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse, along with 18 of their Senate colleagues, expressed their serious concerns about the company’s significant price hikes for the life-saving EpiPen Auto-Injector. The Senators raised questions about Mylan’s decision to expand its patient assistance program, which allows the company to sharply increase prices while passing the cost of these increases onto insurance companies and ultimately to consumers, and to introduce an authorized…
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