Press Releases

Cicilline Statement on North Korea

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

PAWTUCKET - U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (D-RI), a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, issued the following statement today:

“We cannot permit the North Korean regime to have the ability to threaten our country with a nuclear weapon. The United States must work with China and our South Korean and Japanese allies to make clear to Kim Jong-Un that there will be consequences if he continues down this path.”

Cicilline, Pallone Lead Letter Urging Attorney General Sessions to Uphold LGBT Worker Protections

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

WASHINGTON – U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (D-RI) and U.S. Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ) led a bicameral letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions regarding the Department of Justice’s decision to file an amicus brief in the Zarda v. Altitude Express case. Donald Zarda, a skydiver, filed a lawsuit in September 2010 against his former employer, Altitude Express, Inc, alleging that the company violated the Civil Rights Act by discriminating against him because of his sexual orientation.

Congressional Delegation Announces $26 Million in Medicare Payments for RI Hospitals

Friday, August 4, 2017

Providence, RI – Seeking to improve patients’ access to quality health care at hospitals while protecting a major source of jobs in Rhode Island, U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse and U.S. Representatives Jim Langevin and David Cicilline today announced that hospitals across Rhode Island will receive approximately $26 million in additional Medicare payments following the renewal of a “wage index” adjustment by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).

Pawtucket, Kingston Awarded Over $2.5 Million SAFER Grant

Thursday, August 3, 2017

WASHINGTON, DC -- U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse and U.S. Representatives Jim Langevin and David Cicilline today joined with Pawtucket Mayor Donald R. Grebien to announce that the Pawtucket Fire Department will receive $2,448,938 and the Kingston Fire District will receive $168,100 in federal funding to recruit, hire, train and retain firefighters.  The funding was awarded from the the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) competitive Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant program.

Cicilline Statement on Russia Sanctions Law

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

WASHINGTON – U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (D-RI) issued the following statement after President Trump signed legislation that increases sanctions on Russia and limits his ability to roll back sanctions on Russia:

“Russia’s interference in last year’s presidential election demanded a strong response in the form of new sanctions, and the Trump campaign’s well-documented ties to Vladimir Putin’s regime obligated us to tie the President’s hands on this matter. The bill that was signed into law today does both.”

RI Delegation Announces $2 Million to Hire More Firefighters in North Kingstown & Barrington

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

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NORTH KINGSTOWN, RI – In an effort to enhance public safety, U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse and U.S. Representatives Jim Langevin and David Cicilline today announced over $2 million in federal funding to help North Kingstown and Barrington hire and train new firefighters.  This direct federal assistance, provided through the competitive Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant program, will help both communities pay for two years of salaries and benefits for a total of thirteen new firefighters.

Cicilline Statement on Senate Health Care Vote

Friday, July 28, 2017

WASHINGTON – U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (D-RI) issued the following statement today:

“What Republicans in the Senate tried to do last night was a disgrace. They attempted to take away health care from 16 million Americans just hours after releasing their bill to do so. This is not how government should work for the people it serves.”

Cicilline Statement on Trump’s Transgender Military Ban

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

WASHINGTON – U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (D-RI), a co-chair of the LGBT Equality Caucus, issued the following statement today:

“The President’s action today is despicable. A White House official has already acknowledged that this is nothing more than a political stunt to hurt Democrats in the Midwest.”

“There are thousands of transgender people serving in the Armed Forces. They are heroes. They deserve our thanks. They don’t deserve to be used as political props by their commander-in-chief.”

Cicilline Statement on Senate Vote to Move Forward on Trumpcare

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

WASHINGTON – U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (D-RI) issued the following statement after the U.S. Senate voted to move forward on eliminating health care coverage for 23 million Americans:

“What the U.S. Senate did today is shameful. Not a single Senator who voted to move ahead on this bill even knows what will be in it. And neither do their constituents. This is not how government is supposed to work for the people it serves.”

Cicilline, DPCC Co-Chairs Unveil A Better Deal: Better Jobs, Better Wages, Better Future Economic Agenda

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

WASHINGTON –  House Democratic Policy & Communications Committee (DPCC) Co-Chairs David Cicilline, Cheri Bustos, and Hakeem Jeffries today released Congressional Democrats’ A Better Deal: Better Jobs, Better Wages, Better Future – a bold, new economic agenda.

West Warwick Gets $338K Federal Grant for New Fire Truck

Friday, July 21, 2017

WEST WARWICK, RI – Today, U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse and Congressmen Jim Langevin and David Cicilline announced $337,819 in federal funding to help the West Warwick Fire Department purchase a new fire truck to enhance the department’s existing fleet.  The competitive grant is administered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program.

Federal Delegation Announces $125K to Grow Composites Industry, Create Jobs in RI

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Bristol, RI – Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse and Congressmen David Cicilline and Jim Langevin today announced a $125,000 federal grant to develop a composites industry cluster that will support job creation and economic growth in Rhode Island.  The grant from the U.S.

Nearly $1 Million Federal Grant Awarded to Providence for New Fire Truck & Ambulance

Saturday, July 15, 2017

PROVIDENCE, RI – Today, U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse and Congressmen Jim Langevin and David Cicilline joined Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza in announcing over $974,000 in federal funding to help the Providence Fire Department purchase two new vehicles to bolster the efficiency of operations that save lives and better serve the community.  The funding is made available through the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFG).

 

FEDERAL DELEGATION ANNOUNCES NEARLY $2 MILLION TO BOLSTER RI COASTLINE

Friday, July 14, 2017

Providence, RI – Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse, and Congressmen Jim Langevin and David Cicilline, today announced $1.98 million to prepare Rhode Island’s coastline for rising seas.  The funding comes from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Coastal Resilience Grant program, which supports projects designed to help coastal communities prepare for extreme weather and climate-related hazards like sea level rise.  The Rhode Island Coastal Resources Management Council is now planning for Rhode Island to see upwards of nine to twelve feet of sea level rise by

Following Amazon’s Prime Day, Cicilline Calls for Hearing on Acquisition of Whole Foods Market

Thursday, July 13, 2017

WASHINGTON – U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (D-RI), the top Democrat on the House Judiciary Antitrust Subcommittee, today called for a hearing on Amazon’s proposed $13.7 billion acquisition of Whole Foods. The proposed merger, which was announced earlier this month, could increase costs and decrease wages for Americans as a result of decreased competition in the marketplace.

Cicilline, 52 Colleagues to Trump: Confront Putin on Anti-LGBT Violence in Chechnya

Thursday, July 13, 2017

WASHINGTON - As new questions emerge about President Trump's ties to the Kremlin, U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (D-RI), a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, led dozens of U.S. House members today in demanding the White House draw a harder line with Vladimir Putin's regime over the detention and torture of LGBT individuals in Chechnya. Cicilline's letter is co-signed by 51 Democrats and one Republican – U.S. Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL). 

Judiciary Democrats Praise Rule to Restore the Rights of Hardworking Americans to Hold Lawless Corporations Accountable

Monday, July 10, 2017

WASHINGTON - Today, Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee applauded the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) for finalizing a rule to prohibit the use of pre-dispute, binding (“forced”) arbitration in contracts for consumer financial products such as checking or savings accounts, student loans, or credit cards.

Cicilline, Top Dems to Sessions: Don’t Attack Workers’ Rights

Thursday, July 6, 2017

WASHINGTON – U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (D-RI), Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Regulatory Reform, Commercial and Antitrust Law, today called on U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions to stop taking away the rights of working people to collectively hold their employers accountable for wage theft, employment discrimination, and other unlawful workplace conduct.

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