Press Releases

RI Gets Nearly $8 Million in Federal Funds to Improve Security & Enhance Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Response Capabilities

Friday, September 1, 2017

9/01/2017 — 

WASHINGTON, DC – In an effort to ensure that Rhode Island’s emergency responders and their federal partners are prepared to react to a range of crises and security challenges – including natural disasters – U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse and U.S. Representatives Jim Langevin and David Cicilline today announced that the state will receive $7,911,775 in federal national preparedness funds.

Delegation Announces $1.8 Million in Head Start Funding for Woonsocket

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

PROVIDENCE – U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse and U.S. Congressmen David Cicilline and Jim Langevin today announced more than $1.8 million in federal funding to expand access to early childhood education and comprehensive services for children and families in Woonsocket.

Cicilline, House Judiciary Dems Urge Chairman to Investigate Arpaio Pardon

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

PAWTUCKET – U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (D-RI) joined his Democratic colleagues on the House Judiciary Committee today in asking Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) to investigate President Trump’s controversial pardon of former Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who was convicted of criminal contempt last month.

Cicilline Announces Two Senior Resources Fairs

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

WASHINGTON – U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (D-RI) today announced that he will be hosting a Senior Resources Fair on September 19th from 5-7pm at the East Providence Senior Center, and on October 19th from 5-7pm at the Woonsocket Senior Center.

YouthBuild Preparatory Academy Receives $1.1 Million Grant from U.S. Department of Labor

Thursday, August 24, 2017

PROVIDENCE, R.I.— U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse and U.S. Congressmen Jim Langevin and David Cicilline joined Anthony Hubbard, Executive Director of YouthBuild Preparatory Academy, in announcing a $1.1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) to provide educational opportunities and career development skills for at-risk Rhode Island students.

Cicilline Statement on Presidential Address

Monday, August 21, 2017

PAWTUCKET - U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (D-RI) issued the following statement after tonight's Presidential address:

"After 16 years, we have spent more than $800 billion in Afghanistan. More than 2,200 American heroes have been killed in this conflict."

"If the President has a new strategy for winning this war and advancing our national security interests, he did not provide it tonight. History has shown that simply throwing money at this war is not a formula for success."

Cicilline, Colleagues Demand Trump Fire Bannon, Miller, Gorka

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

PAWTUCKET - U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (D-RI) today joined six leading members of the House Democratic Caucus in calling on President Donald Trump to fire Steve Bannon, Sebastian Gorka, and Stephen Miller.

Cicilline Statement on Trump Press Conference

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

PAWTUCKET - U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (D-RI) issued the following statement today after President Trump defended his claims that white supremacists alone were not responsible for last weekend's violence in Charlottesville, Virginia:

"This should be really simple. Nazis and white supremacists are to blame. Period. Full stop."

Cicilline Statement on New CBO Estimate

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

PAWTUCKET – U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (D-RI) issued the following statement after the Congressional Budget Office released an estimate on the potential impact of President Trump’s threat to cut off cost sharing reduction payments required under the Affordable Care Act:

Cicilline to Speaker: Reconvene Congress to Defuse North Korea Tensions

Friday, August 11, 2017

WASHINGTON – U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (D-RI), a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and Co-Chair of the Democratic Policy and Communications Committee, wrote to Speaker of the House Paul Ryan today to request that he reconvene Congress to debate legislation prohibiting a pre-emptive nuclear strike without prior Congressional approval.

 

Cicilline Statement on North Korea

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

PAWTUCKET - U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (D-RI), a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, issued the following statement today:

“We cannot permit the North Korean regime to have the ability to threaten our country with a nuclear weapon. The United States must work with China and our South Korean and Japanese allies to make clear to Kim Jong-Un that there will be consequences if he continues down this path.”

Cicilline, Pallone Lead Letter Urging Attorney General Sessions to Uphold LGBT Worker Protections

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

WASHINGTON – U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (D-RI) and U.S. Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ) led a bicameral letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions regarding the Department of Justice’s decision to file an amicus brief in the Zarda v. Altitude Express case. Donald Zarda, a skydiver, filed a lawsuit in September 2010 against his former employer, Altitude Express, Inc, alleging that the company violated the Civil Rights Act by discriminating against him because of his sexual orientation.

Congressional Delegation Announces $26 Million in Medicare Payments for RI Hospitals

Friday, August 4, 2017

Providence, RI – Seeking to improve patients’ access to quality health care at hospitals while protecting a major source of jobs in Rhode Island, U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse and U.S. Representatives Jim Langevin and David Cicilline today announced that hospitals across Rhode Island will receive approximately $26 million in additional Medicare payments following the renewal of a “wage index” adjustment by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).

Pawtucket, Kingston Awarded Over $2.5 Million SAFER Grant

Thursday, August 3, 2017

WASHINGTON, DC -- U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse and U.S. Representatives Jim Langevin and David Cicilline today joined with Pawtucket Mayor Donald R. Grebien to announce that the Pawtucket Fire Department will receive $2,448,938 and the Kingston Fire District will receive $168,100 in federal funding to recruit, hire, train and retain firefighters.  The funding was awarded from the the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) competitive Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant program.

Cicilline Statement on Russia Sanctions Law

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

WASHINGTON – U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (D-RI) issued the following statement after President Trump signed legislation that increases sanctions on Russia and limits his ability to roll back sanctions on Russia:

“Russia’s interference in last year’s presidential election demanded a strong response in the form of new sanctions, and the Trump campaign’s well-documented ties to Vladimir Putin’s regime obligated us to tie the President’s hands on this matter. The bill that was signed into law today does both.”

RI Delegation Announces $2 Million to Hire More Firefighters in North Kingstown & Barrington

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

7/29/2017 — 

NORTH KINGSTOWN, RI – In an effort to enhance public safety, U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse and U.S. Representatives Jim Langevin and David Cicilline today announced over $2 million in federal funding to help North Kingstown and Barrington hire and train new firefighters.  This direct federal assistance, provided through the competitive Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant program, will help both communities pay for two years of salaries and benefits for a total of thirteen new firefighters.

Cicilline Statement on Senate Health Care Vote

Friday, July 28, 2017

WASHINGTON – U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (D-RI) issued the following statement today:

“What Republicans in the Senate tried to do last night was a disgrace. They attempted to take away health care from 16 million Americans just hours after releasing their bill to do so. This is not how government should work for the people it serves.”

Cicilline Statement on Trump’s Transgender Military Ban

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

WASHINGTON – U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (D-RI), a co-chair of the LGBT Equality Caucus, issued the following statement today:

“The President’s action today is despicable. A White House official has already acknowledged that this is nothing more than a political stunt to hurt Democrats in the Midwest.”

“There are thousands of transgender people serving in the Armed Forces. They are heroes. They deserve our thanks. They don’t deserve to be used as political props by their commander-in-chief.”

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