Press Releases

Cicilline Announces $3 Million in Home Heating Assistance for Rhode Islanders

Friday, January 31, 2014

PAWTUCKET, RI – U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (D-RI) today announced that Rhode Island will receive $3 million in Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) funds through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

Statement by Congressman David N. Cicilline on the President’s State of the Union Address

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

WASHINGTON, DC – 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.   

Cicilline Vows to Continue Fighting to Fully Fund Critical Nutrition Assistance Program

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

WASHINGTON – Today, the U.S. House of Representatives approved a five year FARM bill that cuts basic food aid through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) by $8 billion.

According to the most recent United States Department of Agriculture data, over 180,800 Rhode Islanders participated in SNAP in October 2013.  Additionally, a report issued by the nonprofit Rhode Island Kids Count estimates that, in October 2012, there were over 66,900 children enrolled in SNAP and 37% of the children enrolled were under the age of six.

RI Delegation Applauds Relief Funding for Fisheries

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse and Congressmen Jim Langevin and David Cicilline announced today that Rhode Island fishermen will be among the beneficiaries of $75 million in disaster relief funding included in the Fiscal Year 2014 omnibus appropriations bill. The Rhode Island delegation has been a strong advocate for the fishing and marine trades industries, last fall joining a coalition of thirty-eight members of Congress that urged House and Senate leadership to include disaster relief in FY14 funding.

Cicilline Statement on Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

PAWTUCKET, RI – U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (D-RI) released the following statement in recognition of Martin Luther King Jr. Day:

“Reverend Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream for our nation focused on the belief that every member of our society should live a life with dignity and opportunity free from prejudice and injustice.  We have made great progress toward realizing that dream.  

Cicilline, Gutiérrez Rally for Comprehensive Immigration Reform

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Representatives David N. Cicilline (D-RI) and Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL), both members of the influential House Judiciary Committee, joined U.S. Senator Jack Reed, state and local leaders, and immigration reform advocates at the Church of Saint Michael the Archangel in Providence to rally for comprehensive immigration reform and call on Congress to enact this important legislation. 

Congressman Cicilline Visits Tunstall Americas Facility in Pawtucket

Friday, January 17, 2014

Pawtucket, RI – U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (D-RI) today continued his “Congress at Your Company” initiative and visited Tunstall Americas’ new data and operations center in Pawtucket to tout successful businesses in the First District.  Congressman Cicilline toured the facility with Tunstall Americas President and CEO, Brad Waugh, met with employees, and discussed his efforts to grow and attract business in Rhode Island.

Cicilline Appointed to House Judiciary Committee

Thursday, January 16, 2014

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (D-RI) today announced that he has a new assignment as a member of the influential House Judiciary Committee.  House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) joined in congratulating him on being elected by his colleagues to this new position.

Cicilline Statement on the Passing of Former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon

Saturday, January 11, 2014

PAWTUCKET, RI – Today, following the death of former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (D-RI) issued the following statement:

Cicilline: Time is Now for Congress to Renew Unemployment Benefits

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (D-RI) released the following statement today after the Senate voted 60-37 to end debate on proceeding to the Emergency Unemployment Compensation Extension Act:

“For over a week, 1.3 million Americans, including 4,900 Rhode Islanders have been left out in the cold and cut off from unemployment benefits.  The Senate’s bipartisan vote today is a critical step toward renewing this vital lifeline for struggling American families and House Republican leaders should take notice. 

Cicilline Calls Confirmation of Janet Yellen to Chair Federal Reserve System Historic

Monday, January 6, 2014

PAWTUCKET, RI – U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (D-RI) today issued the following statement after the U.S. Senate voted to confirm Dr. Janet Yellen as the next Federal Reserve Chair.

Cicilline Announces Staff Changes in his Congressional Office

Monday, January 6, 2014

Washington, D.C.—Congressman David N. Cicilline (D-RI) announced today that he has hired two native Rhode Islanders to work in his Washington, D.C. office.  Andrew Gernt, former Deputy Press Secretary for Senator Jack Reed (D-RI), will serve as his new Communications Director and Katie Spoerer, former Deputy Scheduler for Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), will serve as his new Washington, D.C. Scheduler and Administrative Assistant. 

Cicilline Announces Bill to Extend Federal Unemployment Insurance and Calls on Speaker to Act Immediately

Saturday, December 28, 2013

PAWTUCKET –  Congressman David N. Cicilline (D-RI) stressing the urgency of extending federal emergency unemployment compensation (EUC) at a press conference in his Pawtucket office this afternoon, announced that he will introduce a bill to extend EUC and called upon the Speaker to Act immediately. Cicilline was joined by several First District residents who discussed the impact this loss will have on them and their families.  As of today, 1.3 million Americans including 4,900 Rhode Islanders will no longer received federal emergency unemployment benefits.  

Langevin and Cicilline Urge Extension of Federal Unemployment Insurance

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Washington, DC – Congressmen Jim Langevin (D-RI) and David Cicilline (D-RI) today urged an immediate extension of federal unemployment benefits. Without action, 1.3 million Americans will soon lose these benefits, including 4,900 unemployed Rhode Islanders. An additional 8,900 Rhode Islanders would lose their benefits in the first six months of 2014.

Senator Manchin and Congressman Cicilline Introduce Bicameral Legislation to Focus on Job Growth

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Congressman David Cicilline (D-RI) today introduced commonsense legislation that would help Washington stay focused on what matters most to hardworking Americans: creating and protecting American jobs.

RI Congressional Delegation Announces $123,000 in Federal Funding for Rhode Island Art Organizations

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Washington, DC – Rhode Island’s Congressional delegation today announced $123,000 in National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) grant funding for Rhode Island arts organizations and programs. These competitive grants were awarded to organizations that contribute to the cultural and economic development of the state through the arts. This is NEA’s first round of FY2014 competitive grant awards.

Cicilline Statement on Death of President Nelson Mandela

Friday, December 6, 2013

Pawtucket – U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (D-RI) issued the following statement in reaction to the death of former South African President and world leader Nelson Mandela:

Cicilline Statement on Emergency Unemployment Compensation Legislation

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Washington – U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (D-RI) issued the following statement today in favor of legislation that would extend the current Federal Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) program, which expires on December 28, 2013:

“The facts are clear, if Congress fails to extend the Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) by the end of this year, three million American families are expected to suffer.”

Cicilline Statement on Departure of RISD President John Maeda

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Washington – U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (D-RI) issued the following statement in reaction to the announcement that John Maeda will be leaving his position as President of the Rhode Island School of Design to take a job in the private sector:

Langevin, Cicilline Call for Stronger Background Checks

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

WASHINGTON, DC - Rhode Island Congressmen Jim Langevin (D-RI) and David Cicilline (D-RI), who both serve on the House Gun Violence Prevention Task Force, described a Federal Bureau of Investigation report, released by Mayors Against Illegal Guns, as a call to action. The report illustrated Rhode Island’s failure to submit health records of individuals barred from purchasing handguns to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS).

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