Press Releases

Rhode Island Housing Opens New HelpCenter and Hardest Hit Fund Office in Warwick

Monday, July 25, 2016

Governor Gina Raimondo, U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse, Congressmen Jim Langevin and David Cicilline, Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin and mayors from Rhode Island cities and towns affected by the housing and foreclosure crisis joined Rhode Island Housing to announce the grand opening of Rhode Island Housing’s HelpCenter and Hardest Hit Fund office in Warwick and to discuss the deployment of more than $36 million in additional funding for the Hardest Hit Fund Rhode Island (HHFRI) program. These funds were allocated to Rhode Island by the U.S.

Gun Violence Prevention Task Force Announces Rep. David Cicilline as New Task Force Vice Chair

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Washington – U.S. Rep. Mike Thompson (CA-5), Chair of the House Gun Violence Prevention Task Force, today announced that Task Force member Rep. David Cicilline (RI-1) will now serve on the Task Force as one of 13 Vice Chairs. The Vice Chairs and Thompson comprise the Task Force’s leadership team.

RI Nets $17.776M Federal Grant to Help Fund Hiring Of 95 Firefighters

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse and U.S. Representatives Jim Langevin and David Cicilline today joined with Providence Mayor Jorge O.

Whitehouse Praises House Passage of Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act with Langevin, Cicilline Support

Friday, July 8, 2016

Washington, DC – Today, the House approved a House-Senate conference committee’s version of the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act, which will address the addiction crisis unfolding throughout the country.  Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, principal coauthor of the Senate version of the bill that passed in March, applauded the House’s vote and praised Congressmen Jim Langevin and David Cicilline for supporting the measure.

Cicilline Statement on Shootings in Dallas

Friday, July 8, 2016

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

“I am shocked and outraged by the despicable, premeditated mass shooting last night that targeted the men and women of the Dallas Police Department. Too often, it seems that our country takes for granted the incredible sacrifices and extraordinary courage of our nation’s police officers. But not today.”

Cicilline Statement on Deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile

Thursday, July 7, 2016

WASHINGTON – U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (D-RI), a member of the House Judiciary Committee, issued the following statement tonight on the officer-involved shooting deaths of Alton Sterling in Louisiana and Philando Castile in Minnesota:

“Once again, two young black men have lost their lives as a result of an encounter with law enforcement. The images we have seen broadcast on television, printed in newspapers, and shared on social media tear at our national conscience and cry out for change.”

$1.3 Million in New Funding to Fight Homelessness in Rhode Island

Thursday, July 7, 2016

WASHINGTON – U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (D-RI), U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), and Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo announced today that the Rhode Island Coalition for the Homeless and Social Finance is receiving nearly $1.3 million in new federal funding through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD’s) Pay for Success Permanent Supportive Housing Demonstration Program.

RI Delegation Announces $500K for Providence-Cranston Partnership to Reduce Recidivism

Friday, July 1, 2016

Providence, RI – Rhode Island’s federal delegation today announced a $499,672 federal grant to support a new partnership between the cities of Providence and Cranston and the correctional system to connect transitioning offenders with services to help them find employment and re-enter the community.

Members of Congress Urge Court to Recognize Protections for LGBT Americans

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

WASHINGTON – 127 Members of Congress, led by Rep. David Cicilline (D-RI), as well as Senators Jeff Merkley (D-OR) and Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), have filed an amicus brief in the Second Circuit Court of Appeals in the case of Christiansen v. Omnicom Group, Inc., arguing that workplace discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity is already prohibited under the Civil Rights Act of 1964 since these types of discrimination are inherently linked to sex discrimination.

Delegation Cheers NOAA Funding to Help Rhode Island Fishermen

Monday, June 27, 2016

Providence, RI – Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse and Congressmen Jim Langevin and David Cicilline welcomed the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) announcement that it will be able to cover a significant portion of Northeast groundfish fishermen’s at-sea monitoring (ASM) costs for this fishing season—relieving a significant financial burden for the Rhode Island groundfish industry.  Citing a federal court finding, NOAA shifted the cost of at-sea monitoring to fishermen at the beginning of this fishing year, requiring fishermen to pay the full cost of

Cicilline Statement on Democratic Sit-In

Thursday, June 23, 2016

WASHINGTON – U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (D-RI), who helped organize a 26-hour sit-in on the House floor with Congressman John Lewis (D-GA), Congressman John Larson (D-CT), and Congresswoman Katherine Clark (D-MA), issued the following statement today:

 

Cicilline Promotes National ASK Day to Prevent Accidental Gun Deaths Among Children

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

WASHINGTON – Today, the first day of summer, U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (D-RI) is encouraging parents to ask a simple question before sending their kids to play in another home – “Is there a loaded, unsecured gun in your house?”

 

Cicilline Statement on Mass Shooting in Orlando

Sunday, June 12, 2016

PAWTUCKET - U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (D-RI), the author of both the Equality Act and the Assault Weapons Ban of 2015, issued the following statement today:

 

“Like all Rhode Islanders, I am keeping the people of Orlando, the victims, their families and loved ones in my thoughts and prayers today.”

 

Cicilline Introduces Bipartisan Justice for Servicemembers Act

Friday, June 10, 2016

WASHINGTON – U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (D-RI), a member of the House Judiciary Committee, and U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) introduced the Justice for Servicemembers Act – legislation that strengthens the rights of servicemen and women, and ensures they can sue if an employer eliminates their job because they are serving on active duty. The Justice for Servicemembers Act is co-sponsored by U.S.

RI to Receive $474,400 for Emergency Food and Shelter Programs

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Rhode Island’s federal delegation today announced $474,400 in federal funding to support emergency food and shelter programs that serve the hungry and homeless.  The funding is administered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) and may be utilized by local social service agencies to offer food, housing, and utility assistance for those in need. 

 

Federal Delegation Announces $1.2 Million to Restore Brownfields

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Rhode Island’s federal delegation today announced more than $1.2 million in federal grants to support efforts by the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management and the Rhode Island Infrastructure Bank to clean up brownfield sites and restore land to productive use.  A brownfield site is a vacant or abandoned property that is complicated to redevelop because of contamination.  The funding was awarded by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Brownfields Program.

 

House Passes Appropriations Bill, Including Cicilline Request for Full Funding, 24/7 Staffing for Veterans Suicide Hotline

Thursday, May 19, 2016

WASHINGTON – U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (D-RI) today announced that the Military Construction-Veterans Affairs appropriations bill passed in the U.S. House of Representatives includes his request for nearly $70 million in funding to ensure 24 hours a day, 7 days a week staffing for the Veterans Crisis Line (VCL).

 

Federal Delegation Announces $1.8 Million for URI Oceans Research, Archives

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

PROVIDENCE - Rhode Island’s federal delegation today announced more than $1.8 million in grant funding for oceans research and coastal data archives at the University of Rhode Island (URI).

 

Cicilline Slams House Proposal to Cut Billions in Food Stamp Funding

Friday, May 13, 2016

WASHINGTON – U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (D-RI) issued the following statement in response to reports that House Republicans plan to cut funding for food and nutrition assistance by $23 billion in the coming weeks:

 

“This is yet another example of Republican leaders in Congress not understanding the struggles families face and the growing incidence of hunger in this country."

 

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