The U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation will hold an executive session on Wednesday, February 3, 2021, at 9:30 am to consider the nomination of Gina Raimondo, of Rhode Island, to be Secretary of the United States Department of Commerce.

Update: The U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation voted 21 – 3 to confirm Governor Gina Raimondo as Secretary of Commerce.

The nomination now moves to a full vote on the Senate floor.

A live video will be available at

Ryan Belmore is the Owner and Publisher of What'sUpNewp. Although not the founder or original owner, Belmore has been with What'sUpNewp since its early beginnings in 2012.

Belmore was born in Providence, Rhode Island; grew up and graduated high school in Coventry, Rhode Island; and lived in Newport, Rhode Island for more than ten years. He currently serves as Vice President of the Board Of Directors for Fort Adams Trust and on the Board of Directors for Potter League For Animals.

He and his wife, Jen, as well as their two dogs (Aero and June), recently moved to Alexandria, Virginia. Belmore travels back and forth to Newport every couple of weeks to cover events, work on story ideas, to meet with What'sUpNewp's on-the-ground contributors, to visit friends, and to eat as much seafood as possible.

Belmore is a member of Local Independent Online News Publishers, Society of Professional Journalists, and the North American Snowsports Journalists Association.