Press Releases

Ellison, Cicilline Applaud White House Extension of Temporary Status for Liberian Refugees

Friday, September 26, 2014

PAWTUCKET, RI – U.S. Representatives Keith Ellison (D-MN) and David N. Cicilline (D-RI) today welcomed President Obama’s decision to extend Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) for Liberians living legally in the United States by 2 years. The current DED protection was set to expire on September 30, 2014, which could have sent thousands of Liberian refugees back to their home country where over 3,200 Ebola virus cases have been reported, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Cicilline Statement on Resignation of Attorney General Eric Holder

Thursday, September 25, 2014

PAWTUCKET, RI – U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (D-RI), a member of the House Judiciary Committee, released the following statement after Attorney General Eric Holder announced his plans to retire:

Cicilline Statement on Rosh Hashanah

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

PAWTUCKET, RI – U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (D-RI) issued the following statement in recognition of Rosh Hashanah, which starts this evening at sundown:

Rhode Island Awarded $161K for Study on Expanding Paid Family and Medical Leave

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

PROVIDENCE, RI – In an effort to strengthen national family and medical leave policies, U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse and Congressmen Jim Langevin and David Cicilline and Governor Lincoln D. Chafee announced today that the U.S.

Cicilline, Cartwright Urge Labor Department to Prevent Tobacco Farms from Exposing Children to Dangerous Work

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Representatives David N. Cicilline (D-RI) and Matt Cartwright (D-PA) urged U.S. Department of Labor Secretary Thomas Perez to take immediate action to prohibit tobacco farms from using children for work that can have dangerous effects on their health. The Representatives sent a letter to Secretary Perez requesting him to close a loophole that allows children over the age of 12 to perform hands on work with tobacco plants and leaves.

Cicilline Bill to Create National Park Unit in Blackstone River Valley Clears Committee

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

WASHINGTON, DC – The effort to establish a new national park in the Blackstone River Valley passed a critical hurdle when the House Committee on Natural Resources advanced the Blackstone River Valley National Historical Park Establishment Act (H.R. 706) late last week. U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (D-RI), who introduced the legislation in the House, says the bill will preserve and protect nationally significant resources throughout the John H.

New $1.57 Million DOD Economic Adjustment Grant will Help RI Economy Diversify

Monday, September 22, 2014

PROVIDENCE, RI – Today, Rhode Island’s Congressional delegation and Governor Lincoln D. Chafee announced that the U.S. Department of Defense’s Office of Economic Adjustment (OEA) is awarding Rhode Island a one-year, $1.57 million grant to help boost the state’s economy and help it diversify.  With defense budgets projected to decline in the foreseeable future due to sequestration, this federal grant will help the state better prepare our manufacturers and communities for adjustment, economic diversification, and meeting the challenges and opportunities ahead.  

Cicilline Presses Key Panel to Adopt Stronger House Ethics Training Rules

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (D-RI), author of a bill to require all members of Congress to undergo annual ethics training, testified in front of the House Committee on Rules about incorporating his bill into the House Rules for the 114th Congress. At the start of each Congress, the House Committee on Rules adopts a new set of guidelines for the upcoming 2-year session. This week the Subcommittee on Rules and Organization of the House considered proposed rule changes that would take effect in the 114th Congress in January, 2015.

Cicilline Statement on New Gender Wage Gap Report

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (D-RI) released the following statement after the U.S. Census Bureau today released a new report that found women who worked full time, year-round received 78 cents for every dollar earned by men in 2013.

House Approves Manufacturing Bill to Promote Innovation and Job Growth

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (D-RI), who has been a champion for investing in the Regional Innovation Program, applauded  passage of the bipartisan Revitalize American Manufacturing and Innovation (RAMI) Act by the U.S. House of Representatives late last night, which  reauthorizes the Regional Innovation Program for 5 years. RAMI, which Cicilline cosponsored, would also create a network of regional manufacturing institutes across the country to drive innovation, improve workforce development, and support domestic manufacturing.

Cicilline Celebrates 20th Anniversary of the Violence Against Women Act

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Vows to Work to Strengthen Protections for Women & Children
PAWTUCKET, RI – U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (D-RI) and members of the Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence (RICADV) today celebrated the 20th anniversary of the Violence Against Women Act, historic legislation that President Bill Clinton signed into law on September 13, 1994 to change the way our country responds to domestic abuse and sexual assault.

Providence ‘Welcomes Aboard’ $13 Million TIGER Grant for Proposed Streetcar Plan

Thursday, September 11, 2014

PROVIDENCE, RI – In an effort to help spur economic development and smart growth in Providence and better connect neighborhoods to downtown, Rhode Island’s Congressional Delegation today announced that the City of Providence is receiving a $13 million federal grant towards a proposed streetcar system between Upper South Providence and College Hill.  The U.S.

Cicilline Statement on the President’s Address on ISIL

Thursday, September 11, 2014

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (D-RI), a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee who received a national security briefing from Administration officials regarding the President’s military strategy to defeat ISIL in Iraq and Syria today, made the following statement in response to President Obama’s national address:

Cicilline Statement on 13th Anniversary of the 9/11 Terrorist Attacks

Thursday, September 11, 2014

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (D-RI), who yesterday attended the Congressional Gold Medal Ceremony at the U.S. Capitol honoring the fallen heroes of September 11, 2001, today issued the following statement on the 13th anniversary of the 9/11 Terrorist Attacks:

Green Light for Takeoff: Officials Celebrate T.F. Green Airport Expansion Program

Monday, September 8, 2014

WARWICK, RI – As the T.F. Green Airport Improvement Program gets off the ground, U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Administrator Michael Huerta today joined with U.S. Senator Jack Reed, Governor Lincoln Chafee, U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, U.S.

Happy Labor Day

Monday, September 1, 2014

American workers are the best and most dedicated workers in the world. I see examples of this every time I visit a workplace in Rhode Island. Whether at a manufacturing facility in Woonsocket, a family farm in Newport or a small business in Providence, I meet Rhode Islanders who are working hard to provide for themselves and their families.

Cicilline Statement on Howard G. Sutton’s Retirement from the Providence Journal

Friday, August 29, 2014

PAWTUCKET, RI – Following the announcement that Howard G. Sutton will retire as publisher, president and chief executive officer of the Providence Journal, U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (D-RI) issued the following statement:

Cicilline Hears from Rhode Islanders on Women’s Equality

Thursday, August 28, 2014

PAWTUCKET, RI – To celebrate Women’s Equality Day, which occurred this week and marks the day the 19th Amendment was ratified, finally granting women the right to vote, U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (D-RI) today held a roundtable discussion in Providence on women’s equality with women business owners and women’s rights advocates at the Center for Women & Enterprise.

Cicilline Statement on Passing of Former U.S. Congressman Fernand J. St Germain

Monday, August 18, 2014

PAWTUCKET, RI – U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (D-RI) today issued the following statement on the passing of former U.S Congressman Fernand J. St Germain who served Rhode Island’s First Congressional District from 1961 to 1989:


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