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08/06/2014

Rep. David Cicilline (D-R.I.) has introduced legislation to prohibit children from working on tobacco farms.

Cicilline said he was inspired to address the issue after a Human Rights Watch report earlier this year documented how children working in tobacco fields were exposed to health risks, such as tobacco poisoning.

The report found that the children often work long hours in tobacco fields without appropriate protective gear. Consequently, many of the children exhibited symptoms of nicotine poisoning, including nausea, vomiting, dizziness and headaches.

07/28/2014

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Repair the “crumbling infrastructure.” Do things that keep and foster the companies and jobs that depend on trade with other countries. Remove incentives that let companies pull up stakes and exit the country.

Those were among the topics, much of them with a focus on the economy, U.S. Rep. David N. Cicilline spoke of during a breakfast address Monday  to a regional business organization.

07/24/2014

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — As the United States continues to grapple with the influx of unattended children crossing the nation’s borders, federal lawmakers, including U.S. Rep. David Cicilline, met with ambassadors of the Central American countries from where the children are fleeing.

07/17/2014

The defense industry already plays a vital role in the Rhode Island economy. This sector supports some 12,000 local jobs. Over 400 firms throughout the state have contracts with the Department of Homeland Security or the Department of Defense. And the economic activity in Rhode Island resulting from defense work totals more than $1.7 billion a year — or about 2 percent of state GDP.

07/16/2014

Senators, and congressional staff from both chambers, are required to attend ethics training. House members are not.

Two House members from different parties want to change that, and they’ve introduced a bill this week that might as well be called the “No Member Can Reasonably Vote Against This Act.”

Reps. David N. Cicilline (D-R.I.) and Scott Rigell (R-Va.) simply want their House colleagues to be held to the same standards as everyone else by requiring that they attend annual ethics training classes to keep themselves in check.

07/14/2014

By David Cicilline

These days it’s a challenge getting Congress to agree on just about anything. And, too often when there is common ground, ideological differences block progress that could otherwise provide meaningful outcomes for middle-class American families. This is no way to run a democracy and Congress needs to do a better job reaching compromises that promote economic growth, support job creation and move our country forward.

06/04/2014

PROVIDENCE, RI- 22–year–old Elliott Roger legally purchased three 9mm handguns and had more than 400 rounds of ammunition when he went on a killing spree at UC Santa Barbra and surrounding areas. His parents and health officials were aware of his mental health issues.

Outraged over the killings, Congressman David Cicilline is seeking bi–partisan support for his "End the Purchase of Firearms by Dangerous Individuals Act".

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06/04/2014

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Six students at the University of California Santa Barbara were killed and many others were injured after a fellow student went on a rampage last week.

Dozens of activists in Rhode Island rallied to keep guns out of the hands of those with serious mental illnesses, in the wake of the recent gun violence. The crowd, which included Representative David Cicilline, gathered at the Rochambeau Library in Providence on Saturday.

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06/04/2014

Rep. David Cicilline (D-R.I.) has introduced a bill to help prevent the mentally ill from buying guns.

"Too many victims and their families have suffered from gun violence at the hands of dangerously mentally-ill people who were not prevented from purchasing a firearm," Cicilline said. "We cannot even begin to tackle the problem of gun violence in this country without addressing this particular issue."

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05/29/2014

Rep. David Cicilline (D-R.I.) has introduced a bill to enhance requirements for federal agencies to purchase American-made products.Instead of purchasing foreign-made products that create jobs overseas, the federal government should spend American taxpayer dollars on American-made goods to support American workers," Cicilline said.

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05/29/2014

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – The Providence VA Medical Center has received a clean bill of health after two audits of the facility’s procedures in the wake of a national scandal involving the Veterans Administration.

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05/29/2014

Washington--TheHouse on Thursday approved a measure that would authorize just over $600 billion in 2015 US defense spending, while blocking A-10 retirement plans and ordering an independent group to study the Army’s future.

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05/29/2014

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – The Providence VA Medical Center has received a clean bill of health after two audits of the facility’s procedures in the wake of a national scandal involving the Veterans Administration. Leslie Pierson, spokesperson for the Providence VA Medical Center on Chalkstone Avenue, told WPRI.com that a VA team from outside New England conducted extensive interviews with staff on Friday.

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04/02/2014

WASHINGTON—Congressman David N. Cicilline (D-R.I.) condemned the “brutal assault” on Kessab that harks back to “the early days of the Armenian Genocide under Ottoman rule nearly 100 years ago,” in a statement received by the Armenian Weekly.

“I will work with my colleagues on the House Foreign Affairs Committee to help find a diplomatic solution to this crisis and ensure that Armenians of Kessab and Aleppo can return to their peaceful lives.”

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04/01/2014

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — U.S. Representatives James R. Langevin and David N. Cicilline announced on Tuesday that Rhode Island will receive more than $1.47 million to help protect drivers on the state’s roadways.

The money was awarded through the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to support the state’s highway safety and data programs, the Rhode Island Democrats said in a news release from Washington.

02/25/2014

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Three members of Rhode Island’s congressional delegation said Monday that they plan to carefully review Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s proposal to trim the defense budget by shrinking the Army to its smallest size since 1940.

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02/24/2014

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — The state will receive more than $1 million in federal reimbursement for snowstorm cleanup operations following a storm in February 2013, it was announced Monday by the Rhode Island Congressional delegation.

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02/21/2014

PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Debate over raising the minimum wage is heating up. President Obama is advocating for it, Democrats in Congress are promoting it and their Republican counterparts are warning that it would have a negative impact on the U.S. economy.

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02/20/2014

“I look forward to hearing directly from Rhode Islanders about the issues most important to them and I am excited to use new ways to connect with the people, families, and communities I serve,” Cicilline said in a news release issued by his office.

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02/20/2014

U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline joined 116 other lawmakers in urging President Barack Obama to preserve Social Security and veterans' benefits in the 2015 federal budget.

In the letter the Representatives called the programs a critical safety net for Americans. 

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02/18/2014

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse and U.S. Reps. James R. Langevin and David Cicilline will be in Providence this morning to discuss a proposed increase in the federal minimum wage.

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02/12/2014

In an effort to support our nation’s veterans and thank them for their service, U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (D-RI) today delivered almost 4,000 Valentine’s Day cards prepared by Rhode Island school children to veterans at the VA Medical Center in Providence and the Rhode Island Veterans Home in Bristol. 

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02/05/2014

PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Rep. David Cicilline took to the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives Wednesday to laud CVS Caremark's decision to stop selling tobacco and tobacco-related products.

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01/31/2014

Ian Prior’s Jan. 14 Commentary (“R.I.’s weakening influence in Washington”) about the Rhode Island congressional delegation’s losing its influence in Washington is not only misleading, but also completely inaccurate. It is also a serious omission that The Journal, while identifying Mr. Prior as the Northeast regional press secretary for the National Republican Congressional Committee, failed to mention that he was also the campaign manager for Brendan Doherty who ran unsuccessfully against David Cicilline in 2012. With that in mind, it is easier for readers to understand Mr.

01/29/2014

U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (D-RI) today issued the following statement on President Barack Obama's State of the Union Speech:

01/28/2014

U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (D-RI) today issued the following statement on President Barack Obama's State of the Union Speech:

"Tonight, President Obama laid out a clear set of proposals that will help strengthen the middle class, grow our economy, and ensure that all Americans who play by the rules have an equal opportunity to succeed.

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01/28/2014

PROVIDENCE — Rhode Island’s congressional delegation, Democrats all, reacted favorably Tuesday to President Obama’s State of the Union address.

Sen. Jack Reed said he thought Mr. Obama “gave a strong, powerful speech, emphasizing the need to work together, to make real investments in our economy and work force, to create jobs, and to help people struggling to find jobs by extending unemployment compensation.”

01/24/2014

The evidence of dysfunction in Congress is overwhelming. Bitter partisan disagreements on major issues and deep divisions about many of the challenges facing our country have made Congress the most unproductive in history. There is no question, Washington is completely broken and folks know it. But how do we fix it?

01/24/2014

PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- U.S. Rep. David Cicilline is among the politicians, business people, labor leaders and others on The National Journal's list of "The 30 Most Influential Out Washingtonians."

The weekly political magazine says that Cicilline, 52, "as one of a handful of openly gay members of the House ... feels a special responsibility to work on equality issues, including sponsoring legislation to end discrimination in the workplace for LGBT people and fighting for marriage for all"

01/23/2014

This town has always been a (sometimes ambivalent) home for ambitious, closeted gay men and women.

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