Latest True Fact-checks on Sheldon Whitehouse Sheldon Whitehouse stated on September 6, 2019 in an op-ed: "One unnamed donor gave $17 million to the Leo-affiliated Judicial Crisis Network to block the nomination of Judge Merrick Garland and to support Gorsuch; then a donor — perhaps the same one — gave another $17 million to prop up Kavanaugh." Sheldon Whitehouse stated on May 18, 2015 in U.S. Senate: "This March, for the first time in human history, the monthly average carbon dioxide in our atmosphere exceeded 400 parts per million. The range had been 170-300 parts per million for hundreds of thousands of years." Sheldon Whitehouse stated on December 17, 2014 in a Senate floor speech: "January through November 2014, the year so far, were the hottest first 11 months of any year recorded." Sheldon Whitehouse stated on December 14, 2014 in a TV interview: The United States "decided waterboarding was torture back when we court-martialed American soldiers for waterboarding Philippine insurgents in the Philippine revolution." Sheldon Whitehouse stated on May 27, 2014 in a newspaper commentary: "There are already more American jobs in the solar industry than in coal mining." Sheldon Whitehouse stated on November 18, 2012 in a newspaper column: "We have more people working in clean and green energy than in oil and gas in this country." Sheldon Whitehouse stated on February 24, 2012 in a speech: Rhode Island has the "the second-most heavily deployed National Guard in the United States." Sheldon Whitehouse stated on September 21, 2011 in a speech: "The American healthcare system burns 18 percent of our national GDP. Nobody else is close." Sheldon Whitehouse stated on July 29, 2011 in a Senate speech : "In 1976, the first year that Pell Grants were fully funded, a full Pell Grant paid 72 percent of the cost of attendance at a typical four-year public college. Today, a full Pell Grant covers just 34 percent of those costs. Sheldon Whitehouse stated on June 16, 2011 in a speech in the U.S. Senate: "Some criminals have learned how to spy on Americans, hacking into our home computers and looking out through the video camera attached to the screen." Sheldon Whitehouse stated on September 27, 2010 in a speech on the Senate floor.: "The law, right now, permits companies that close down American factories and offices and move those jobs overseas to take a tax deduction for the costs associated with moving the jobs to China or India or wherever."