Press Releases

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.  

Rhode Island Fire Academy Wins $425,000 Federal Grant

Thursday, June 19, 2014

EXETER, RI – U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse and U.S. Representatives Jim Langevin and David Cicilline today joined with state fire and public safety officials in announcing $425,000 in federal funding to help upgrade training equipment at the Rhode Island Fire Academy.  Administered by the U.S.

Cicilline Introduces Bill to Protect Basic Human Rights of International LGBT Community

Thursday, June 19, 2014

WASHINGTON, DC – As the nation celebrates Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Pride Month, U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (D-RI), a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, co-chair of the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus and one of eight openly LGBT members of Congress, today introduced legislation to protect the basic human rights of the international LGBT community.

Cicilline Condemns Kidnapping of Israeli Teenagers

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (D-RI), a member of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa, issued the following statement on the recent kidnappings of three young Israeli men who were traveling in the country’s West Bank region:

RI Fire Departments Awarded $692,582 in Federal Grants

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Cranston, Harmony, and Woonsocket Fire Departments win federal funds to improve operations and safety

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse and Congressmen Jim Langevin and David Cicilline announced today that three Rhode Island fire departments have been awarded Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

The AFG funds are to be used for operations and safety in each of the three departments, including:

Cicilline Praises White House Announcement that President Obama Will Sign an Executive Order Prohibiting LGBT Discrimination in the Workplace

Monday, June 16, 2014

Renews Call for Congress to Pass ENDA

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (D-RI), a co-chair of the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus (Equality Caucus), today issued the following statement after the White House announced that President Obama will sign an executive order prohibiting federal contractors from discriminating against employees on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity:

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