In Age of Trump, Cicilline Plays Key Role Leading House Dems, Delivering Results for RI

Saturday, December 30, 2017

PAWTUCKET – Both as a member of the House Democratic Leadership team, and as the top Democrat on the House Antitrust Subcommittee, Congressman David N. Cicilline (RI-1) has spent the past year helping to shape the national discourse about the challenges facing working Americans. Even as President Trump ushers in an era of unprecedented uncertainty in Washington, Cicilline has continued to deliver results for the people he serves.

Below are the highlights of Congressman Cicilline’s work in 2017:

LEADING DEMOCRATS IN THE AGE OF TRUMP

Shortly after President Trump’s election, Congressman Cicilline was elected by the House Democratic Caucus to serve as Co-Chair of the Democratic Policy and Communications Committee (DPCC). In that role, Cicilline was one of three House members, along with U.S. Reps. Cheri Bustos (IL-17) and Hakeem Jeffries (NY-8), to craft a new Democratic economic agenda – A Better Deal: Better Jobs, Better Wages, Better Future.

A Better Deal outlines a series of proposals that Democrats will pass when they take back the majority next year, including plans to lower the cost of prescription drugs, break up corporate monopolies, protect the right to organize and form a union, and create 10 million new full-time, good-paying jobs. As the first Rhode Islander to serve in the House Democratic Leadership since Patrick Kennedy, Cicilline will continue using his seat at the table to ensure that Democrats address the most important issues facing men and women across our state.

SEIZING AMERICA’S MONOPOLY MOMENT

This year also marked the first time that Congressman Cicilline has served as the top Democrat on the House Antitrust Subcommittee. In this role, he has worked relentlessly to highlight the ways that corporate monopolies eliminate jobs, raise costs on consumers, and limit competition in the marketplace. At a time of runaway consolidation, it’s clear that America is in A Monopoly Moment.

 

That’s why, earlier this month, Cicilline joined U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison to introduce the 21st Century Competition Commission Act to create a new government agency charged with investigating the impact of corporate mergers and increasing market concentration. Cicilline has also spoken out and raised concerns about the impact of recent mega-mergers in the retail, entertainment, and telecommunications industries.

FINALLY, PROGRESS ON PREVENTING GUN VIOLENCE

As a longtime champion of gun violence prevention, Congressman Cicilline understands the importance of ensuring that children and families can live free from the threat of gun violence. This year, his Unlawful Gun Buyer Alert Act passed the House as part of a larger package of gun violence proposals.

Cicilline’s proposal requires that local law enforcement agencies be notified when an individual with a criminal record, or a history of serious mental health problems, is able to purchase a gun because of an error in the background check system. Now pending before the U.S. Senate, this marks the first time in years that either chamber of Congress has passed a bill to prevent gun violence.

GREATER TRANSPARENCY AND ACCOUNTABILITY IN GOVERNMENT

Earlier this year, Congressman Cicilline successfully led the effort to update how Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) funds are used. OCO funds are supposed to be used for war expenditures, but they have increasingly been used wastefully for non-war purposes, such as the F-35 program. The lack of oversight has led many critics to term the system a ‘slush fund.’

As a result of legislation proposed by Congressman Cicilline earlier this year, the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) includes a new requirement that the Pentagon update provisions regarding the use of OCO funds for the first time since 2010.

PROTECTING HEALTH CARE FOR RHODE ISLANDERS

Throughout 2017, as Republicans attempted to repeal the Affordable Care Act, Congressman Cicilline led the effort in Rhode Island to rally support for the law. Along with Senator Reed, Senator Whitehouse, and Congressman Langevin, Cicilline hosted a series of events throughout Rhode Island to highlight the benefits the law has provided for seniors, young people, parents, and many more.

Earlier this month, as Republicans again attempted to unravel the framework of the law, Cicilline hosted an event to encourage Rhode Islanders to sign up for health insurance. No matter what Republicans in Washington try to do, Congressman Cicilline will continue working to ensure that all Rhode Islanders can access quality, affordable health care.

GETTING SECRET CORPORATE MONEY OUT OF POLITICS

Washington won’t work for the people it serves until we end the influence that huge corporations and powerful special interests have in our nation’s capital. Earlier this year, Congressman Cicilline introduced the DISCLOSE Act, which is co-sponsored by 129 of his colleagues in the House, to require corporations to disclose their political spending, and to prohibit foreign corporations from spending any money to influence American politics.

Cicilline has also introduced the SUN Act to require that secretive political organizations be required to disclose their activities in an online database. As a co-sponsor of the Government by the People Act, he has also worked to empower small-dollar donors by working to establish a fund that will match contributions under $150 at a ratio of 6 to 1.

MAKING IT IN AMERICA

Congressman Cicilline knows that if we want to raise wages and create more opportunities for Rhode Islanders to get ahead, we have to support American manufacturing jobs. That’s why he has continued to lead the fight to pass the Make it in America Manufacturing Communities Act to provide federal resources to regions like ours to support the growth of manufacturing.

And although Republicans cut taxes for huge corporations this year, Congressman Cicilline is continuing to lead the effort in the House to end incentives that encourage those corporations to move American jobs overseas. The Offshoring Prevention Act, which Senator Whitehouse is leading in the Senate, will rewrite the tax codes to put American workers, not CEOs, first.

BY THE NUMBERS

$241.6 million – Congressman Cicilline has worked hard throughout his time in office to bring back federal resources to Rhode Island’s First District, including more than $240 million in federal grants and appropriations over the past year.

910 – Congressman Cicilline believes Rhode Islanders deserve a government that is smart, effective, and knows how to get things done for the people it serves. Over the past year, his office has completed 910 requests for assistance – helping Rhode Islanders cut through red tape at the VA, IRS and other federal agencies.

65 – As part of his aggressive outreach strategy, Congressman Cicilline hosted or arranged 81 events with constituents in Rhode Island’s 1st Congressional District during the 114th Congress.

33 – Nearly three dozen young Rhode Islanders had the opportunity to work as interns this year in Congressman Cicilline’s office.

39,640 – Congressman Cicilline prides himself on being responsive and attentive to his constituents, and his office has replied to 39,640 inquiries on policy issues over the past year.

 

118 – Cicilline arranged 118 tours of the U.S. Capitol for Rhode Islanders visiting Washington.

 

41 – Over the course of 2017, Congressman Cicilline introduced 41 bills and co-sponsored another 426, including three proposals that President Trump signed into law.

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