Cicilline Statement on Federal Government Spending Bill

Thursday, March 22, 2018

WASHINGTON – U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (RI-01) voted today for the federal government spending bill in the U.S. House. Over the past year, Cicilline has championed priorities important to Rhode Island, and he has advocated relentlessly with his colleagues in House Leadership and appropriators for those priorities. He successfully led the fight to increase funding for:


Pell Grants

  • Increased $1.95 Billion
  • FY17: $22.50 Billion
  • FY18: $24.45 Billion


National Park Service

  • Increased $52.95 Million
  • FY17: $2.43 Billion
  • FY18: $2.48 Billion


21st Century Community Learning Centers

  • Increased $10 Million
  • FY17: $1.19 Billion
  • FY18: $1.20 Billion


Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention

  • Increased $18 Million
  • FY17: $17 Million
  • FY18: $35 Million


Regional Innovation Program

  • Increased $4 Million
  • FY17: $17 Million
  • FY18: $21 Million


Cicilline issued the following statement after today’s votes:


“This bill is a victory for working families, small business owners, seniors, students, and first responders across Rhode Island. It increases funding to support American manufacturing, rebuild our crumbling infrastructure, and put more Rhode Islanders back to work in good-paying jobs. I’m also pleased that it increases funding for afterschool programs, early childhood education, financial aid for students, including Pell Grants, and programs to prevent childhood lead poisoning that will benefit children and families. It provides for increased funding for police officers and firefighters. It ensures veterans get the mental health care they need and helps seniors with the burden of high energy costs.”



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