Press Releases

Cicilline Letter to Providence VA Medical Center Director

Friday, May 23, 2014

PAWTUCKET, RI - Following reports on allegations that veterans’ are being made to wait months for health care services at two VA healthcare facilities in Arizona and Colorado, U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (D-RI) expressed his concern in a letter to the Providence VA Medical Center Director Dr. Susan MacKenzie about the allegations of misconduct and urged the Director to conduct a full evaluation of the Providence VA scheduling and office wait list procedures.  Text of the letter follows:

Dear Dr. MacKenzie,

House Passes USA FREEDOM Act

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Legislation Ends NSA’s Bulk Data Collection

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (D-RI), a member of the U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee, released the following statement after the full House approved by a vote of 301-121 the USA FREEDOM Act to reform our nation’s intelligence gathering programs, including ending bulk data collection:   

House Passed Bill Includes Cicilline Amendment to Revitalize American Manufacturing

Thursday, May 22, 2014

National Defense Authorization Bill Includes Cicilline’s Language to Support U.S. Manufacturing Activities

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. House of Representatives today passed legislation that includes an amendment offered by U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (D-RI) to strengthen America’s manufacturing sector.  Cicilline’s amendment will help increase opportunities for U.S. manufacturers to sell American-made equipment, the highest quality military equipment in the world, to the Afghanistan National Security Forces.  

Cicilline Hosts Community Meeting on Visit to Ukraine

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

PAWTUCKET, RI – U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (D-RI), a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, hosted a public community meeting for Rhode Islanders on his recent visit to Ukraine in Providence.

Last month, Cicilline joined a bipartisan congressional delegation and met with Vice President Biden, other U.S. officials and senior Ukrainian officials, including acting President Oleksandr Turchynov and Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk, to assess the impact of ongoing U.S. efforts to support Ukraine following the illegal Russian annexation of Crimea.

Cicilline, Langevin Applaud House Passage of Major Water Resources Bill

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Representatives David N. Cicilline and Jim Langevin today announced the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Conference Report for H.R. 3080, the Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA).  The bill, which now awaits consideration by the Senate, authorizes the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to invest in improving the nation’s water infrastructure, including our ports, inland locks and dams, and flood control projects.

Cicilline Visits Woman-Owned Small Business in Newport

Thursday, May 15, 2014

NEWPORT, RI – During National Small Business Week, U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (D-RI) toured Farmaesthetics in Newport with CEO Brenda Brock to help spotlight a Rhode Island woman-owned small business.

Cicilline Tours Rhode Island Export Business Cooley Group

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

PAWTUCKET, RI – In an effort to spotlight Rhode Island’s export industry, U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline and Mayor Donald Grebien toured Cooley Group in Pawtucket for a firsthand look at their business operations.

Cicilline Tours Small Businesses in Knowledge District

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

PAWTUCKET, RI – During National Small Business Week, U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (D-RI) and Small Business Administration (SBA) District Director Mark S. Hayward today toured Splitwise and G-Form in Providence’s Knowledge District to spotlight Rhode Island small businesses.

Cicilline Announces Winner of 2014 Congressional Art Competition

Friday, May 9, 2014

PAWTUCKET, RI – In an effort to promote arts education and spotlight local talent, U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (D-RI) today announced that Anthony Azanon, a senior at Hope High School in Providence, will take home the first place prize in the 2014 annual Congressional Art Competition.  Cicilline, who has run this competition each year since coming to Congress, held an award ceremony at his office in Pawtucket to recognize the high school artists who participated.

Cicilline, House Foreign Affairs Committee Condemn Kidnapping of Nigerian School Girls

Friday, May 9, 2014

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (D-RI) cosponsored a resolution condemning the kidnapping of Nigerian school girls, which was today passed by the House Foreign Affairs Committee.  After the vote, Cicilline who is a member of the of the House Foreign Affairs subcommittee that oversees issues related to Africa released the following statement:  

Cicilline Praises House Judiciary Committee Approval of USA FREEDOM Act

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Ends NSA’s Bulk Data Collection

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (D-RI), a member of the House Judiciary Committee, released the following statement after the House Judiciary Committee today unanimously approved by a vote of 32-0 the USA FREEDOM Act to reform our nation’s intelligence gathering programs, including ending bulk data collection:   

Lawmakers, Navy, & Electric Boat Employees Celebrate New Contract, Production, & Jobs in RI

Friday, May 2, 2014

Navy’s new $17.6 Billion Block IV submarine contract will mean more work for Electric Boat shipyard in Quonset

According to General Dynamics, this award represents the largest naval shipbuilding contract in U.S. history

Cicilline Unveils “Faces of the Unemployed” to Congress

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

WASHINGTON, DC – In an effort to pressure House Speaker John Boehner to allow a vote to renew unemployment insurance for over 2.5 million Americans that have been cut off from this vital lifeline, U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (D-RI) today unveiled his “Faces of the Unemployed” project on the House Floor.  The following are Cicilline’s remarks as delivered:

“I rise today to show you and my colleagues the faces of the Americans they are hurting by refusing to renew unemployment benefits. 

Langevin and Cicilline Congratulate Green Ribbon Schools

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Warwick, RI – Congressmen Jim Langevin (D-RI) and David Cicilline (D-RI) today offered their congratulations to two Rhode Island schools that have prioritized environmental protection and education. The Greene School in West Greenwich and Claiborne Pell Elementary School in Newport were both recognized as Green Ribbon Schools by the U.S. Department of Education.

RI Receives Over $93,000 to Help Serve Nutritious Meals to Students

Monday, April 21, 2014

New Study Finds 88 percent of RI School Districts Need At Least One Piece of Additional Kitchen Equipment

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (D-RI) today announced that Rhode Island received $93,191 through the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to help schools purchase new kitchen equipment to more effectively and efficiently prepare school meals for students.

RI to Receive $787,100 in NEA Grants

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

PROVIDENCE, RI -- In an effort to promote community arts programs and arts education throughout Rhode Island, the Rhode Island Congressional delegation today announced the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts (RISCA), Community Musicworks (CMW), and WaterFire Providence will share $787,100 in federal grants from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA).  These federal matching grants will help support both new and established art projects, including workshops, performances, exhibitions, and arts education programs.

Cicilline Statement on Anniversary of Boston Marathon Bombing

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

PAWTUCKET, RI – U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (D-RI) today released the following statement on the one year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing:
 

Cicilline Launches “Faces of the Unemployed”

Friday, April 11, 2014

PAWTUCKET, RI – In an effort to keep the pressure on House Speaker John Boehner and bring bipartisan Senate legislation to restore unemployment insurance to the House Floor, U.S. Congressman David N.

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