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05/29/2014

Washington--TheHouse on Thursday approved a measure that would authorize just over $600 billion in 2015 US defense spending, while blocking A-10 retirement plans and ordering an independent group to study the Army’s future.

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05/29/2014

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – The Providence VA Medical Center has received a clean bill of health after two audits of the facility’s procedures in the wake of a national scandal involving the Veterans Administration. Leslie Pierson, spokesperson for the Providence VA Medical Center on Chalkstone Avenue, told WPRI.com that a VA team from outside New England conducted extensive interviews with staff on Friday.

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04/02/2014

WASHINGTON—Congressman David N. Cicilline (D-R.I.) condemned the “brutal assault” on Kessab that harks back to “the early days of the Armenian Genocide under Ottoman rule nearly 100 years ago,” in a statement received by the Armenian Weekly.

“I will work with my colleagues on the House Foreign Affairs Committee to help find a diplomatic solution to this crisis and ensure that Armenians of Kessab and Aleppo can return to their peaceful lives.”

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04/01/2014

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — U.S. Representatives James R. Langevin and David N. Cicilline announced on Tuesday that Rhode Island will receive more than $1.47 million to help protect drivers on the state’s roadways.

The money was awarded through the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to support the state’s highway safety and data programs, the Rhode Island Democrats said in a news release from Washington.

02/25/2014

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Three members of Rhode Island’s congressional delegation said Monday that they plan to carefully review Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s proposal to trim the defense budget by shrinking the Army to its smallest size since 1940.

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02/24/2014

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — The state will receive more than $1 million in federal reimbursement for snowstorm cleanup operations following a storm in February 2013, it was announced Monday by the Rhode Island Congressional delegation.

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02/21/2014

PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Debate over raising the minimum wage is heating up. President Obama is advocating for it, Democrats in Congress are promoting it and their Republican counterparts are warning that it would have a negative impact on the U.S. economy.

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02/20/2014

“I look forward to hearing directly from Rhode Islanders about the issues most important to them and I am excited to use new ways to connect with the people, families, and communities I serve,” Cicilline said in a news release issued by his office.

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02/20/2014

U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline joined 116 other lawmakers in urging President Barack Obama to preserve Social Security and veterans' benefits in the 2015 federal budget.

In the letter the Representatives called the programs a critical safety net for Americans. 

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02/18/2014

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse and U.S. Reps. James R. Langevin and David Cicilline will be in Providence this morning to discuss a proposed increase in the federal minimum wage.

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02/12/2014

In an effort to support our nation’s veterans and thank them for their service, U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (D-RI) today delivered almost 4,000 Valentine’s Day cards prepared by Rhode Island school children to veterans at the VA Medical Center in Providence and the Rhode Island Veterans Home in Bristol. 

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02/05/2014

PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Rep. David Cicilline took to the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives Wednesday to laud CVS Caremark's decision to stop selling tobacco and tobacco-related products.

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01/31/2014

Ian Prior’s Jan. 14 Commentary (“R.I.’s weakening influence in Washington”) about the Rhode Island congressional delegation’s losing its influence in Washington is not only misleading, but also completely inaccurate. It is also a serious omission that The Journal, while identifying Mr. Prior as the Northeast regional press secretary for the National Republican Congressional Committee, failed to mention that he was also the campaign manager for Brendan Doherty who ran unsuccessfully against David Cicilline in 2012. With that in mind, it is easier for readers to understand Mr.

01/29/2014

U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (D-RI) today issued the following statement on President Barack Obama's State of the Union Speech:

01/28/2014

PROVIDENCE — Rhode Island’s congressional delegation, Democrats all, reacted favorably Tuesday to President Obama’s State of the Union address.

Sen. Jack Reed said he thought Mr. Obama “gave a strong, powerful speech, emphasizing the need to work together, to make real investments in our economy and work force, to create jobs, and to help people struggling to find jobs by extending unemployment compensation.”

01/28/2014

U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (D-RI) today issued the following statement on President Barack Obama's State of the Union Speech:

"Tonight, President Obama laid out a clear set of proposals that will help strengthen the middle class, grow our economy, and ensure that all Americans who play by the rules have an equal opportunity to succeed.

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01/24/2014

The evidence of dysfunction in Congress is overwhelming. Bitter partisan disagreements on major issues and deep divisions about many of the challenges facing our country have made Congress the most unproductive in history. There is no question, Washington is completely broken and folks know it. But how do we fix it?

01/24/2014

PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- U.S. Rep. David Cicilline is among the politicians, business people, labor leaders and others on The National Journal's list of "The 30 Most Influential Out Washingtonians."

The weekly political magazine says that Cicilline, 52, "as one of a handful of openly gay members of the House ... feels a special responsibility to work on equality issues, including sponsoring legislation to end discrimination in the workplace for LGBT people and fighting for marriage for all"

01/23/2014

This town has always been a (sometimes ambivalent) home for ambitious, closeted gay men and women.

01/16/2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (D-RI) has a new assignment as a member of the influential House Judiciary Committee, his office announced Thursday. Cicilline called the new position "a deep honor."

"As a member of the House Judiciary Committee, I will be working on issues that are important to Rhode Island, like protecting the intellectual property of American entrepreneurs and innovators from piracy and patent infringement so that these new businesses can grow and create jobs," Cicilline said.

01/09/2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. Rep. David N. Cicilline (D-RI) and U.S. Rep. Luis V. Gutierrez (D-IL), chair of the Immigration Task Force of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, will hold a public rally Jan. 17 in Providence to push Congress to enact comprehensive immigration reform.

10/10/2013

Furloughs are coming to an end for hundreds of defense workers, but it's unclear what that means for federal employees in Rhode Island.

The Department of Defense says it's brining back most of its 350,000 employees citing a law that exempts civilians from the government shutdown if they're contributing to military morale or readiness. Read More...

10/04/2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Rhode Island’s U.S. Representatives, David Cicilline and James Lanvegin, both Democrats, are among 120 cosponsors of a comprehensive immigration reform bill introduced Thursday by Rep. Joe Garcia, D-Fla. Read More...

10/03/2013

One Democratic member of Congress wants to ban all lobbyists from Capitol Hill during the government shutdown.

10/03/2013

"[F]ollowing a POLITICO report that lobbyists are getting access to congressional buildings when the public is having trouble getting in, some lawmakers are outraged. Rep. David Cicilline (D-R.I.) is circulating a letter he wants to send to Boehner, asking that access to the House office buildings be limited to “‘essential’ staff and constituents.” Read More...

09/15/2013

President Obama spoke to the American people Tuesday night and clearly explained the evidence of the Assad’s regime’s culpability for the chemical weapons attack in Syria. The president offered a powerful argument outlining the international community’s moral responsibility to prevent the use of chemical weapons and the dangers that would result from allowing this well-established ban to be eroded. Read More...

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