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Cicilline: Arizona Bill Rolls Back Equal Rights

Saturday, February 22, 2014

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (D-RI), one of eight openly LGBT members of Congress, today issued the following statement regarding the Arizona Legislature’s vote to approve legislation that would give business owners the right to discriminate against any individual and refuse service to them by claiming religious grounds for their discrimination:

Cicilline Statement on President Obama’s Decision to Drop Chained CPI

Thursday, February 20, 2014

PAWTUCKET, RI – U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (D-RI) today applauded President Obama’s decision to exclude chained CPI (Consumer Price Index) from his Fiscal Year 2015 budget proposal. Yesterday, Cicilline led a letter signed by 116 of his colleagues pressing the administration to drop this change in how the cost-of-living-adjustment (COLA) is calculated.

Cicilline Urges Rhode Island Students to Compete in House Student App Challenge

Thursday, February 20, 2014

PAWTUCKET, RI – In an effort to promote innovation and engage students in science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM), U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (D-RI) today urged Rhode Island students to compete in his first annual House Student App Challenge. The winning app will be displayed at the U.S. Capitol and featured on the U.S. House of Representatives website.

Cicilline Calls on President Obama to Preserve Social Security and Veterans’ Benefits

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

WASHINGTON, DC – A group of 117 lawmakers led by U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (D-RI) today urged President Barack Obama to preserve Social Security and veterans’ benefits in his budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2015.  

Reps. Cicilline, Nadler Demand Answers on FBI’s Use of Non-Court Approved Surveillance

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressmen David N. Cicilline (RI-1) and Jerrold Nadler (NY-10), both members of the House Judiciary Committee, sent a letter to United States Attorney General Eric Holder. The letter asks questions raised by the February 4, 2014 testimony of Deputy Attorney General James Cole regarding the use of non-court approved surveillance methods, known as National Security Letters (NSLs), which are issued at the sole discretion of the FBI.

Whitehouse, Langevin, and Cicilline Call for Minimum Wage Increase

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Providence, RI – With legislation to increase the federal minimum wage pending in Congress, U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse and Congressmen Jim Langevin and David Cicilline hosted a roundtable discussion to hear from working Rhode Islanders, the business community, advocates, and economists on the need to raise the minimum wage.  The lawmakers held the event at the Community Action Partnership of Providence on Tuesday.

Cicilline Statement on Raising the Debt Limit

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (D-RI) today issued the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives approved a clean debt-ceiling increase by a vote of 221 to 201 to avoid a default and suspend the debt limit through March 15, 2015.

Cicilline Statement on Vote to Restore Military Retiree COLA

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. House of Representatives today approved legislation to undo a one percent cost of living adjustment (COLA) reduction for military retirees.  After the vote, which received bipartisan support, Cicilline issued the following statement:

“We owe our veterans a debt of gratitude that we can never repay and while our troops are protecting our nation abroad we need to protect the benefits they deserve and have earned.

Cicilline Delivers Almost 4,000 Valentines to Rhode Island Veterans

Monday, February 10, 2014

PAWTUCKET, RI – In an effort to support our nation’s veterans and thank them for their service, U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (D-RI) today delivered almost 4,000 Valentine’s Day cards prepared by Rhode Island school children to veterans at the VA Medical Center in Providence and the Rhode Island Veterans Home in Bristol. 

Cicilline Seeks to Ban Former Members of Congress from Lobbying

Friday, February 7, 2014

WASHINGTON, DC – In an effort to restore the public’s confidence in government and reduce the influence of special interests in Washington, U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (D-RI) reintroduced legislation that would prohibit former members of Congress from becoming lobbyists.  

Cicilline Applauds CVS Caremark’s Decision to Stop Selling Tobacco Products

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (D-RI) today spoke on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives regarding CVS Caremark’s decision to stop selling tobacco products in its stores across America.  Below are his remarks as prepared for delivery:

Cicilline Urges Congress to Expand Education for Veterans

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (D-RI) today urged the U.S. Senate to pass the GI-Bill Tuition Fairness Act, which would expand educational opportunities for our nation’s veterans.  This legislation, which Cicilline co-sponsored, was unanimously approved by the U.S. House of Representatives late last evening.

Cicilline Commends RI Company and Association Leading Effort to End Employment Practices that Disadvantage Unemployed

Friday, January 31, 2014

PAWTUCKET, RI – In an effort to help train Rhode Island’s workforce and build ladders of opportunity into the middle class, U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (D-RI) today congratulated a local company and association that are leading the way to end employment practices that disadvantage jobless Rhode Islanders and encouraged Rhode Island job training programs to apply for a new federal competition that would help make unemployed Rhode Islanders more job-ready.

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.

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