Senator Sheldon Whitehouse is a democrat representing Rhode Island. The Republican tax plan, he says, is historic in the worst way. He calls the bill 'donor maintenance' because it keeps GOP donors happy while hurting regular Americans. Senator Whitehouse says he will work with Rhode Island's senior senator, Jack Reed, to try to help constituents hurting as a result of the tax bill.
The senator emphasized the importance of midterm elections next year, reminding voters not the forget about November 2018. The tax bill, he believes, is actually a major victory for democrats, because the negative impact on Americans will send them to the polls to vote blue.
Rhode Island has one of the highest rates of opioid addiction in the country. Senator Whitehouse was one of the lead authors of the bi-partisan Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act. It aims to provide resources to prevent and cure drug addictions. The senator says President Trump is all talk and no action. Despite promises to combat the opioid epidemic, the administration has not provided the funds or fully committed to the issue.