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Honoring the 166th Anniversary of the Women’s Rights Convention at Seneca Falls

Saturday, July 19, 2014

PAWTUCKET, RI - U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (D-RI) today issued the following statement on the 166th anniversary of the Women’s Rights Convention at Seneca Falls:
 
166 years ago today hundreds of women gathered in Seneca Falls, New York to advance women’s rights in the United States. Led by Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucretia Mott, these women composed the Declaration of Sentiments, a document that has served as the cornerstone of the women’s rights movement.
 

Reed, Whitehouse & Cicilline Announce Funding for Art Project in Pawtucket

Thursday, July 17, 2014

WASHINGTON, DC – Today U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse and Congressman David Cicilline announced a $75,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) to the City of Pawtucket to enable community artists to create public art installations on road overpasses connecting local neighborhoods to the City’s downtown.  The art will be positioned in view of motorists on Interstate 95.

RI Receives Nearly $200K for Coastal Resiliency Project

Thursday, July 17, 2014

WASHINGTON, DC – Rhode Island’s Congressional delegation today joined with Governor Lincoln D. Chafee and the Coastal Resources Management Council (CRMC) to announce $193,090 in federal funding to make the state’s coastline more resilient to future storms and rising sea levels.  The funds were made available through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) National Coastal Zone Management Program, and will go to support CRMC’s Rhode Island Shoreline Change Special Area Management Plan (Beach SAMP).

Cicilline, Rigell Seek Mandatory Ethics Training for Members of Congress

Thursday, July 17, 2014

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Representatives David N. Cicilline (D-RI) and Scott Rigell (R-VA) Monday introduced the Ensuring Trust and Honorability In Congressional Standards (ETHICS) Act, bipartisan legislation that would require all Members of the House of Representatives to undergo mandatory ethics training.

House Approves Highway Funding Bill

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. House of Representatives today approved the Highway and Transportation Funding Act by a vote of 367 to 55. The legislation provides a short-term fix to the Highway Trust Fund to help repair roads, bridges and transit systems across America, and will keep workers on the job during the summer construction season. After the vote, U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (D-RI), who supported the measure, issued the following statement:

Cicilline Meets with Israeli Ambassador to Discuss Events in Israel and the Palestinian Territories

Friday, July 11, 2014

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (D-RI), a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, today met with Israeli Ambassador to the United States Ron Dermer and Israeli Defense and Armed Forces Attaché to the United States Major General Yaacob Ayish to discuss recent events in Israel and the Palestinian territories. After the meeting, Cicilline issued the following statement:

Cicilline Praises White House, CVS Partnership to Strengthen America’s Small Businesses

Friday, July 11, 2014

WASHINGTON, DC – During a meeting at the White House, President Obama today teamed up with 26 businesses, including Woonsocket based CVS Caremark to launch SupplierPay, a new partnership with the private sector to strengthen small businesses by increasing their working capital so they can grow their businesses and hire more workers. After the meeting, U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (D-RI) issued the following statement:

Congress Approves Workforce Development Bill

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. House of Representatives today passed the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act by a vote of 415 to 6. U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (D-RI) voted in favor of this bipartisan, bicameral agreement that will update and modernize federally-supported workforce development programs. After the vote, Cicilline issued the following statement:

Delegation Announces $1.9 Million in Assistance to RI Crime Victims

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse and U.S. Congressmen Jim Langevin and David Cicilline announced today a $1.9 million grant from the U.S. Department of Justice to support crime victims in Rhode Island, particularly victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, and child abuse.

RI Receives Over $432,000 in Federal Funds to Improve Recreation Areas

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

WASHINGTON, DC – In an effort to upgrade parks, preserve open spaces, and create public outdoor recreation opportunities for more Rhode Islanders, U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse and U.S. Representatives Jim Langevin and David Cicilline today announced that Rhode Island will receive $432,696 in federal Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) grants.  This federal funding will be matched by the state and may be used for acquisition, new construction, and renovation of recreational sites.

Cicilline Tours Mental Health Association of Rhode Island

Monday, July 7, 2014

Congressman spotlights new $312K HUD Grant to Help End Homelessness

PAWTUCKET, RI – U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (D-RI) today toured the Mental Health Association of Rhode Island’s headquarters in Pawtucket and discussed their plans to use a new $312,000 U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development grant to support their work to combat homelessness in Rhode Island.

Cicilline Statement on Independence Day

Friday, July 4, 2014

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

Today we celebrate our nation’s independence and the founding principles that continue to serve as the cornerstone of our great democracy – equality, justice and liberty. 

Cicilline Condemns Supreme Court Decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby

Monday, June 30, 2014

PAWTUCKET, RI – U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (D-RI), a member of the House Judiciary Committee, today issued the following statement after the Supreme Court ruled 5 to 4 in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby to weaken a requirement in the Affordable Care Act that provides free or low-cost contraceptive health care coverage to millions of women:

Cicilline, DeLauro, Grijalva Introduce Legislation to Stop Gamesmanship in the Oil Markets

Thursday, June 26, 2014

WASHINGTON, DC – Amid rising gas prices, Representatives David Cicilline (D-RI), Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) and Raul Grijalva (D-AZ) today introduced legislation to curb excessive speculation in the oil markets, a contributor to inflated prices. The Energy Markets Emergency Act would require the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) to use their authority to stop excessive speculation in oil futures and swaps markets within two weeks. Speculators now control the majority of oil futures and swaps contracts.

Cicilline Joins Bipartisan Group of Lawmakers to Introduce Bill to Renew Unemployment Insurance

Thursday, June 26, 2014

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (D-RI) along with U.S. Representatives Frank LoBiondo (R-NJ) and Dan Kildee (D-MI) introduced a bipartisan bill to extend unemployment insurance for the long-term unemployed.   The House bill is identical to the bipartisan Senate measure introduced by Senators Jack Reed (D-RI) and Dean Heller (R-NV) earlier this week.   The legislation allows eligible job seekers who were cut-off from emergency unemployment compensation to pick up where they were left off when their benefits were abruptly cut off on December 28, 2013.

RI Receives Over $850,000 to End Homelessness

Thursday, June 26, 2014

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Representatives Jim Langevin (D-RI) and David Cicilline (D-RI) today announced Rhode Island homeless programs will receive $856,000 in federal funds to help end homelessness in Rhode Island. The federal awards were made available through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Continuum of Care program, which provides funding for a range of assistance to homeless individuals, including transitional housing, permanent housing and a variety of supportive services.

Rhode Island Delegation Announces $900,000 AFG Grant for Providence Fire Department

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Providence, RI – U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse and U.S. Congressmen Jim Langevin and David Cicilline announced today that the Providence Fire Department (PFD) has won a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) grant worth more than $902,000 for new protective gear and emergency medical equipment.

Democratic Lawmakers Seek Meeting with Majority Leader-Elect McCarthy to Discuss Path Forward on Unemployment Insurance

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

WASHINGTON, DC – During a press conference highlighting the harm Congress’s failure to renew unemployment insurance has on America’s veterans, U.S. Congressman David N.

Cicilline Blasts New Republican Majority Leader on Short-Sighted Vow to Oppose Ex-Im Bank Reauthorization

Monday, June 23, 2014

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (D-RI), a strong supporter of the Export-Import Bank of the United States, today blasted newly-elected House Republican Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) for his remarks on Fox News in which he said he opposes the reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank. The Export-Import Bank plays an integral part in helping American businesses market and sell their goods overseas and the Bank has been instrumental in helping a number of small businesses in Rhode Island grow and create jobs.

Cicilline Statement on Administration Plans to Further Extend Benefits to Married Same-Sex Couples

Friday, June 20, 2014

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (D-RI) today issued the following statement after the Department of Justice released a report on the implementation of the United States v. Windsor Supreme Court decision, which struck down section three of the Defense of Marriage Act:

“While the fight for marriage equality is far from over, the Obama Administration’s decision today to further extend marriage benefits to same-sex couples is a victory for the LGBT community and equal rights advocates everywhere.  

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