Press Releases

2020/08/21
WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse and Congressmen Jim Langevin and David Cicilline are demanding that the Trump administration end its sabotage of the United States Postal Service (USPS).  In a letter sent today to U.S.
2020/08/21
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse and Congressmen Jim Langevin and David Cicilline today announced that the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) has awarded Polaris Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) a $2.3 million grant to open a new facility in Rhode Island that will support the growth of the local textiles, composites, and undersea technology industries. The grant from the EDA’s Public Works Program will fund the construction of a new Advanced Materials and Technology Center for 401 Tech Bridge, a partnership between Polaris MEP, the University of Rhode Island, the Composites Alliance of Rhode Island, the Rhode Island Textiles Innovation Network, and the Office of Naval Research. The 17,000-square-foot facility will be located in Portsmouth.
2020/08/21
PROVIDENCE, RI – The Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA) will be able to upgrade its bus fleet thanks to a new federal grant that was secured with the help of U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse and U.S. Representatives Jim Langevin and David Cicilline.
2020/08/10
WASHINGTON, DC – In an effort to help low-income families shelter in place safely and connect to essential health and educational services amid the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse and U.S. Representatives Jim Langevin and David Cicilline today announced $2,552,658 in federal funding for 24 Rhode Island public housing agencies (PHAs) and two behavioral health centers through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Housing Choice Voucher Program.
2020/07/29
WASHINGTON – U.S. House Antitrust Subcommittee Chairman David N. Cicilline (RI-01) delivered closing remarks at the end of today’s hearing with the CEOs of Facebook, Amazon, Apple, and Google. Click the image below to watch a video of Cicilline’s remarks. A transcript is embedded at the end of this email.  David N. Cicilline Closing Remarks July 29, 2020 I want to thank the witnesses for their testimony today. And my colleagues on both sides of the aisle. Today we’ve had the opportunity to hear from the decisionmakers at four of the most powerful companies in the world. This hearing has made one fact clear to me—these companies as they exist today have monopoly power. 
2020/07/29
WASHINGTON – U.S. House Antitrust, Commercial, and Administrative Law Subcommittee Chairman David N. Cicilline (RI-01) gave the following opening statement at the Hearing on “Online Platforms and Market Power, Part 6: Examining the Dominance of Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google.” More than a year ago, this Subcommittee launched an investigation into digital markets. Our two objectives have been to document competition problems in the digital economy, and to evaluate whether the current antitrust framework is able to properly address them.  In September 2019, the Chairman and Ranking Members of the Full Committee and the Subcommittee issued sweeping, bipartisan requests for information to the four firms that will testify at today’s hearing.
2020/07/29
WASHINGTON – U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (RI-01) questioned Attorney General Barr at today’s House Judiciary Committee hearing.
2020/07/23
WASHINGTON – U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (RI-01) introduced the Maintaining Important Distance During Lengthy Epidemics (MIDDLE) Act along with Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR) to prohibit airlines from filling adjacent seats in passenger aircraft for the duration of the pandemic and would require that passengers and crewmembers wear masks when boarding.
2020/07/22
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse, along with Congressmen Jim Langevin and David Cicilline, today announced that $71.3 million in funding from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act has been distributed to five Rhode Island hospitals to offset the costs of caring for coronavirus patients.  The funding was awarded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). “We set this funding aside in the CARES Act to help local hospitals and providers who are struggling with the fallout of this pandemic, but the Trump Administration’s distribution has been slow and uneven.  While I’m glad Rhode Island hospitals are finally receiving this additional infusion of CARES Act assistance, more needs to be done to help offset their COVID-19 related losses,” said Senator Reed.
2020/07/21
WASHINGTON – The U.S. House passed a Defense spending bill today that includes three provisions first proposed by U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (RI-01) to expand economic opportunity for working Rhode Islanders. “Once we defeat this pandemic, we need to make sure that every Rhode Islander has a chance to get ahead,” said Cicilline. “I’m pleased that the House included these measures to strengthen Rhode Island’s economy, bring greater investment to our state, and ensure veterans are protected from forced arbitration clauses. The Senate should send this bill to the President immediately.”
2020/07/18
PAWTUCKET - U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (RI-01) issued the following statement today: “Over the course of his 80 years of life, on a journey that took him from a sharecropper's farm to the halls of Congress, John Lewis never stopped fighting to extend the blessings of liberty to all Americans. "Whether he was leading us on another march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge, sitting in against gun violence on the floor of the U.S. House, or joining Black Lives Matter protesters outside the White House just a few weeks ago, John Lewis always was the Conscience of the Congress. Our country will miss this modern-day saint, this giant of our times."
2020/07/14
WASHINGTON – U.S. Representatives David Cicilline (D-RI), David B. McKinley P.E. (R-W.Va.), Ted Budd (R-NC), and David Trone (D-MD) have introduced the Telehealth Response for E-prescribing Addiction Therapy Services (TREATS) Act to support the expansion of telehealth services for substance use disorder treatment. The TREATS Act would extend telehealth flexibilities by making permanent key waivers, including the ability to prescribe Medication Assisted Therapies (MAT) and other necessary drugs without needing a prior in-person visit and the ability to bill Medicare for audio-only telehealth services. By taking these steps, the TREATS Act will increase overall access to MAT and support telehealth needs in rural communities where broadband may be needed.
2020/07/09
WASHINGTON – Democratic Policy and Communications Committee (DPCC) Chair David N. Cicilline (RI-01) issued the following statement today: “This is an enormous victory for the basic principle that no one is above the law. The Court held today that Congress has the constitutional responsibility to conduct oversight of the executive branch. There is a clear need for that oversight in this case as President Trump continues trying to hide his connections to Vladimir Putin’s Russia. The President is already whining about this decision on Twitter. While he does that, I know that the House will continue our work to hold him accountable For The People.”
2020/07/08
Providence, RI – U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse and Congressmen Jim Langevin and David Cicilline today announced that Thundermist Health Center has been awarded $128,347 from the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) COVID-19 Telehealth Program to establish robust telehealth services during the ongoing pandemic. “Telehealth has become a necessity during this pandemic and we must invest in ensuring this technology is effective and accessible for all who need it. This federal funding will help more patients find convenient ways to virtually visit with medical professionals and get the care they need,” said Senator Reed.
2020/07/08
PAWTUCKET – U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (RI-01), a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, issued the following statement tonight: “This is a terrible decision. Leaving the WHO at this moment makes our country less safe. We should be leading the world in the fight against this pandemic, producing protective equipment, and developing a vaccine. Instead, the President is waving a white flag of surrender to the disease and telling the American people to fend for themselves. Once again, President Trump has failed to lead.”
2020/07/02
WASHINGTON – Congressmen Jamie Raskin (MD-08) and David Cicilline (RI-01) just introduced legislation to reduce gun violence by banning the home manufacture of “ghost guns” — firearms that require no background check, have no serial number, and are essentially impossible to trace if used in committing murder, robbery or other crimes. During the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been a nationwide surge in “build-it yourself” gun kits used for creating homemade ghost guns. These kits often come with the tools and instructions needed to turn the functional parts of a firearm – the unfinished frame and receiver – into a weapon. Because some buyers think the do-it-yourself stage takes too long to complete the weapon, metal milling machines specifically designed to rapidly finish ghost guns are now being marketed and sold to the public.
2020/07/02
WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse, along with Congressmen Jim Langevin and David Cicilline, announced that the state will receive $8,433,558 in federal funding from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to improve public safety and bolster Rhode Island’s emergency preparedness efforts. These federal funds are targeted to help Rhode Island government agencies and organizations prepare for, respond to, and recover from regional and national emergencies, disasters, and mass-casualty events, in addition to providing for enhanced training and the purchase of essential equipment.
2020/07/01
WASHINGTON – U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (RI-01) spoke on the House floor this morning to honor the late former Newport Mayor Paul Gaines who passed away last week. Click the image below to watch a video of Cicilline’s remarks. A transcript of his speech, as delivered, is embedded below. David N. Cicilline Tribute to Mayor Paul Gaines July 1, 2020 Mr. Speaker, I rise today to honor a Rhode Island legend, the late former Mayor of Newport, Paul Gaines, Sr. At a moment in our nation’s history when we are again confronting the torment of generations of racial inequality, and collectively working to repair the soul of America, Paul Gaines will be remembered as a trailblazer in the fight for equal justice under the law.
2020/07/01
WASHINGTON – U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (RI-01) spoke on the House floor this afternoon to advocate for passage of the Moving Forward Act, a $1.5 trillion investment in rebuilding America’s infrastructure. Click the image below to watch a video of Cicilline’s remarks. A transcript of his speech, as delivered, is embedded at the end of this email. David N. Cicilline Moving Forward Act June 30, 2020 Mr. Speaker, our infrastructure is stuck in the 1950s and it doesn’t have to be. It is time, in fact it is past time, for Congress to bring our bridges, roads, and schools into the 21st century.
2020/06/29
WASHINGTON – U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (RI-01) played a pivotal role today in passing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Enhancement Act to strengthen the Affordable Care Act (ACA), bring down the cost of prescription drugs, and expand access to quality, affordable health care.

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