Press Releases

Cicilline: Don’t Want No SCRUB

Thursday, January 7, 2016

WASHINGTON – U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (D-RI) today joined House Democrats in opposing the SCRUB Act (H.R. 1155).

“SCRUB is a bill that can’t get no love from me,” said Cicilline. “While we should be working on addressing the problem of gun violence and investing in job creation, the House Republican Caucus is wasting time on a bill that will never become law. This dangerous proposal would undo health care reform and threaten working families.”

Carol and Peter McKenna to Attend State of the Union Address Next Week

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

WASHINGTON – Carol and Peter McKenna, the parents of U.S. Army Special Forces 1st Sgt. P. Andrew McKenna Jr., who was killed in Afghanistan last summer, will attend next Tuesday’s State of the Union Address as the guests of U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (D-RI).

“We are honored to be attending the State of the Union next week as Congressman Cicilline’s guests,” said the McKennas, who live in Bristol. “This is a once-in-a-lifetime experience.”

Cicilline Meets with President to Discuss Strategies to Prevent Gun Violence

Monday, January 4, 2016

WASHINGTON – U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (D-RI) met today with President Barack Obama and U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch at the White House for an hour-long discussion of strategies to reduce gun violence and to discuss the President's executive action.  After the meeting, Congressman Cicilline issued the following statement: 


Increased Funding for Alzheimer’s Research in Federal Spending Bill Will Benefit Rhode Island

Thursday, December 31, 2015

PAWTUCKET – During negotiations over federal spending for 2016, U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (D-RI) successfully advocated to significantly increase funding for Alzheimer’s disease research. The increase in available funding will also create new opportunities for colleges and universities in Rhode Island, including the University of Rhode Island, which received nearly $14 million in 2012 to improve care for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease.


Cicilline Leads House Effort to Fully Fund Blackstone River Valley National Park

Thursday, December 31, 2015

PAWTUCKET – One year after leading the effort in the U.S. House to establish the Blackstone River Valley National Historical Park, U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (D-RI) helped secure full funding for the new National Park’s operations in 2016.


Cicilline Releases 2015 Year-End Report

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

PAWTUCKET – U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline today released a 2015 Year-End Report that highlights some of the work his office completed this year in four key areas: getting Rhode Islanders back to work, promoting efficiency in government, delivering federal resources to Rhode Island, and leading on critical policy issues.


Cicilline Celebrates Christmas with U.S. Troops Serving in Iraq

Friday, December 25, 2015

PAWTUCKET – U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline spent the Christmas holidays in Baghdad, Iraq where he thanked American troops for their service and sacrifice during the holiday season. During his visit, Cicilline met and had dinner with Rhode Islanders who are among the 3,000 American troops currently serving in Iraq. Cicilline, who serves on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, also participated in multiple briefings on the status of American military operations in the region.

Delegation Announces $277,850 for URI Fisheries Research

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Washington, D.C. – Today, the Rhode Island congressional delegation announced $227,850 in National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) funding for a team based at the University of Rhode Island (URI) to research the effects of climate change on Atlantic fisheries.  The team will be headed by Dr. Jeremy Collie, a leading researcher at the URI Graduate School of Oceanography (GSO), and will include scientists from NOAA’s Northeast Fisheries Science Center (NFSC), Narragansett Laboratory located on URI’s Bay Campus.

Cicilline and 123 House Colleagues Introduce Assault Weapons Ban of 2015

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

WASHINGTON – U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (D-RI), along with 123 co-sponsors, today introduced the Assault Weapons Ban of 2015 to prohibit the sale, transfer, production, and importation of new military-style weapons and high-capacity magazines that have become the firearm of choice for many mass shooters in the United States. Cicilline’s legislation also includes new safeguards on the sale or transfer of assault weapons already in circulation.

DEM Breaks Ground on New "Green" Beach Pavilion at Lincoln Woods

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

PROVIDENCE - The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management is holding a special ceremony today to mark construction on a new “green” beach pavilion at Lincoln Woods State Park. Lincoln Woods, located just outside the Providence metro area, is one of Rhode Island's most popular state parks, attracting nearly one million visitors each year.

After School Advocates Applaud Cicilline’s Work to Include New, Strengthened Provisions in Education Bill

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

WASHINGTON – Rhode Island education and after school advocates praised U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline today for his work to include after school initiatives in the Every Student Succeeds Act that passed the U.S. House of Representatives last week.

Rhode Island Arts Groups Receive $125,000 in Federal Grants

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Providence, RI – U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse and Congressmen Jim Langevin and David Cicilline cheered $125,000 in National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) funding for Rhode Island arts organizations.  The NEA grants will help the groups pursue arts research, bring dance and theater productions to the stage, and promote the arts among Rhode Island youth.

“I am pleased that Rhode Island arts organizations have been selected to receive these federal grants to help boost education through the arts and cultural engagement,” said Senator Jack Reed.

RI Delegation Backs FAST Act to Boost Transportation Investment in RI

Friday, December 4, 2015

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse and Representatives Jim Langevin and David Cicilline of Rhode Island applauded passage of a five-year $305 billion transportation authorization bill that should help provide states, communities, and businesses with a greater level of certainty. 

RI Receives Additional $4.3 Million to Upgrade Newport’s Gateway Center

Thursday, December 3, 2015

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse and U.S. Representatives Jim Langevin and David Cicilline today announced that the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA) is being allocated an additional $4,346,001 in federal funding for exterior repair and improvement work at the Newport Gateway Center, one of RIPTA’s major transit hubs.  This brings the federal contributions for the project up to $6 million.

Reps Juan Vargas, David N. Cicilline and Bill Pascrell, Jr Lead Letter to the House Committee on Appropriations to Increase Funding for Refugee Related-Accounts

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Washington, DC (December 3, 2015) - Yesterday, Rep. Juan Vargas (CA-51), Rep. David N. Cicilline and Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr lead a group of Representatives from across the United States to send a letter to the House Appropriations Committee encouraging them to increase funding for refugee assistance and resettlement programs in the FY2016 budget.

Delegation Announces $18.2 Million for Water Infrastructure Improvements in Rhode Island

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Washington, D.C. – After reversing proposed cuts to clean water infrastructure programs, U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse and Congressmen Jim Langevin and David Cicilline announced $18.2 million in federal funding for water infrastructure projects in Rhode Island.  Administered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the funding will go to two federal-state loan programs that supply local water systems with low-interest financing for projects that protect public health and environmental quality.

Two Cicilline Amendments Included in Defense Bill Signed Today by President Obama

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

WASHINGTON – President Obama today signed the National Defense Authorization Act, which includes language offered by U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (D-RI) to strengthen domestic manufacturing and advance American national security interests.

RI Congressional Delegation Urges Federal Energy Regulators to Properly Account for Renewable Energy Resources

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Washington, D.C. – Today U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse and Congressmen Jim Langevin and David Cicilline called on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to improve the methods for projecting electricity capacity and setting energy prices across New England.  In a letter to FERC Chairman Norman C.

Delegation, NOAA, Clean The Bay Roll Out Plans for Marine Debris Cleanup of Providence & Seekonk Rivers

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Providence, RI – Today in East Providence, the Rhode Island congressional delegation and a representative from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) joined Middletown-based nonprofit Clean The Bay (dba Clean Bays) as the group detailed plans to clean up marine debris along the Seekonk and Providence Rivers. 


Workforce Training Partnerships Look to Fill Open Jobs Now

Monday, November 23, 2015

Congressman David N. Cicilline, along with his colleagues in the Rhode Island Congressional Delegation and Governor Gina M. Raimondo, today announced the recipients of the Real Jobs RI implementation grants available through the Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training (DLT). Real Jobs RI is a demand-driven initiative that puts employers at the center of the state's workforce development efforts to train people for jobs that actually exist now.


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