Working for Rhode Island

Putting Rhode Islanders Back to Work

David has sponsored and cosponsored a number of bills to help bring good-paying jobs back to Rhode Island.   David introduced the 21st Century Buy American Act (H.R. 4724), the Make it in America Manufacturing Act (H.R. 375), the Social Enterprise Ecosystem and Economic Development Commission Act of 2013 (H.R. 2043), and the Jobs Score Act of 2013 (H.R. 3592) to help create jobs and stimulate economic growth.

In 2014, David’s amendment to require the Department of Defense to proactively plan for including American manufacturers in procurement opportunities related to the Afghanistan National Security Forces was included in the House-passed National Defense Authorization Act, which now awaits consideration in the U.S. Senate.

In 2012, David worked with Congressman Steve Chabot (R-OH) and Congresswoman Renee Ellmers (R-NC) to introduce the Small Business Investment Company Modernization Act of 2012 (H.R. 6504), which passed the full House of Representatives on 12/18/12. 

In 2012, David’s amendment to the Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies (CJS) Appropriations Act which included language to strengthen prospects for funding the Regional Innovation Program was approved by the full House of Representatives. 

In 2011, David’s amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act to extend the Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer programs was signed into law by President Obama.


Bringing New Opportunities to Rhode Island

David has hosted events in the First District with senior members of the Obama Administration and leaders in Congress to provide information about federal services and resources that are available to residents and small businesses.  

David had Fred Hochberg, the Chairman of the Export-Import Bank, come to Rhode Island to talk about how Rhode Island businesses could market and sell their products overseas.  David also recently invited Facebook to the District to host a small business workshop to help Rhode Island businesses increase their online presence and learn how to reach more customers through social media.  David is currently working with Google to try to organize a similar event in Rhode Island to help small businesses improve their visibility on the internet and to attract more online customers. 

David has also organized district events with guest speakers to discuss major legislation in Washington.  Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) visited the First District to participate in a women's roundtable event that David had organized.   Congressman Luis Gutierrez (D-IL), a leader on immigration reform, recently traveled to the First District to be the keynote speaker at a rally for comprehensive immigration reform.  In addition, David has hosted several fairs including a housing resource fair and a senior services fair. 


Delivering Federal Resources to Rhode Island 

David worked with the Rhode Island congressional delegation to help secure hundreds of millions of dollars for Rhode Island since he was elected to Congress in November 2010, including $154 million in federal funding in 2013.

The Rhode Island delegation has helped local federal grant applicants gain access to critical resources that support public health and safety, education, and affordable housing, and other priorities in our communities. Successes included funding for health research at Brown University, COPS hiring at the Central Falls Police Department, education resources for the Pawtucket School Department, lead hazard reduction by Rhode Island Housing, and mental health and substance abuse services at the Providence Center.


Strengthening and Preserving Social Security and Medicare

On the House Budget Committee, David strongly opposed the Ryan Budget which would have dismantled our current Medicare system and turned it into a voucher program.  David has also fought to rollback the across the board spending reductions known as “sequestration”, which has hurt Rhode Island’s families and seniors.  

In February 2014, David led a letter signed by 116 of his colleagues urging the President to exclude chained CPI (Consumer Price Index) from his 2015 budget proposal.  Using chained CPI to calculate cost-of-living and inflation adjustments would greatly reduce Social Security benefits for seniors.  President Obama’s 2015 budget proposal did not include chained CPI.

In April 2013, David introduced a resolution (H. Con. Res. 34) expressing Congress’ opposition to using chained CPI to calculate cost-of-living adjustments for Social Security benefits.  David’s resolution earned the support of 126 of his colleagues in the House. 


Protecting Rhode Island’s Environment and Natural Resources

In 2012, David’s bill to revise the boundaries of the John H. Chafee Coastal Barrier Resources System (H.R. 2027) was approved by the House Natural Resources Committee by unanimous consent on 11/17/2011 and on 7/9/2012 was placed on the House floor calendar to be voted on by the full House of Representatives. 

In 2012, the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Public Lands and Environmental Regulation held a hearing and David testified on his Blackstone River Valley National Historical Park Establishment Act (H.R. 706).


Fighting for Rhode Island’s Veterans

In 2012, David’s amendment to boost funding for veterans health care by $14 million was approved by the full House of Representatives as part of the defense spending bill.


Promoting our National Security Interests

In 2012, David passed two separate amendments to the National Defense Authorization Act  (NDAA) to step up the pressure on Pakistan to crack down on the production and use of improvised explosive devices (IEDs). NDAA passed with David’s amendments by a vote of 299-120.

In 2011, David had 4 amendments passed by the House Foreign Affairs Committee that were included in H.R.  2583, which was reported by the House Committee on Foreign Affairs on 9/23/2011 and placed on the calendar to be considered by the full House on 9/23/2011. They included:

  1. Azores Cooperative Initiative Program Amendment: An amendment to specifically authorize activities related to “cooperation programs” at this important Air Force Facility.
  2. Turkish Churches: This Cicilline-Berman amendment, which pressed Turkey to return stolen Christian churches and end its repression of the Christian minority, passed by an overwhelming vote of 43-1. 
  3. Cape Verde and the Millennium Challenge: An amendment relating to the success of the Millennium Challenge Corporation funds in Cape Verde.   
  4. LGBT Amendment: Amendment to discourage foreign governments from condoning murder and other forms of violence directly against individuals because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. 

In 2013, David had two amendments adopted by the House Foreign Affairs Committee that were included in H.R. 2848, the Department of State Operations and Embassy Security Authorization Act of Fiscal Year 2014. This bill passed the Committee, and then the House of Representatives by a vote of 384-37 on September 29, 2013.

  1. Foreign Service Officers Protection: Cicilline amendment to clarify a provision of the bill that would allow open positions to be filled by non-Foreign Service Officers in times of need. Amendment was agreed to by voice vote. 
  2. United Nations: Cicilline-Bass amendment would provide the State Department with additional flexibility to pay its bills to the United Nations from appropriated funds. Amendment was agreed to by voice vote.


Fighting for Fiscal Responsibility and Greater Accountability of Taxpayer Dollars

In March 2014, the House of Representatives unanimously approved David’s amendment (H. AMDT. 592) to the ENFORCE ACT to protect taxpayers by requiring the GAO to issue quarterly reports on the costs of litigation initiated by the United States House or Senate under this bill.  David’s amendment was the only Democratic amendment approved by the Republican-controlled House. 


Working to Create a More Equitable Tax System

David has fought to make our tax code fairer by ending unnecessary government subsidies to big oil and agricultural companies and by closing loopholes that ship jobs overseas.  David has introduced the Paying a Fair Share Act (H.R. 766) which would make sure that the highest income earners pay at least the same effective tax rate as middle class families.   David has also introduced the Offshoring Prevention Act (H.R. 1086) which would end tax incentives that encourage companies to shop American jobs overseas. 

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