Press Releases

2019/12/18
WASHINGTON – Democratic Policy and Communications Committee (DPCC) Chair David N. Cicilline (RI-01) spoke on the House floor moments ago. Cicilline asked Republicans to consider the facts of the case, and to put our country ahead of their political party by voting to impeach President Donald Trump.   The full text of Cicilline’s remarks is embedded at the end of this email. A video of his speech can be viewed by clicking the image below. An electronic copy can also be furnished upon request.     -------------------------------------- David N. Cicilline Remarks As Delivered Impeachment of President Donald J. Trump
2019/12/18
WASHINGTON – Democratic Policy and Communications Committee (DPCC) Chair David N. Cicilline (RI-01) issued the following statement tonight after voting to impeach President Donald J. Trump for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress:   “There is no question that President Trump abused the enormous power of his office when he solicited foreign interference to help him in his re-election campaign in 2020. His conduct is a continued threat to our democracy and the national security of our country.”   “The facts are undisputed, and it is therefore our duty to our country and to the Constitution to hold this lawless President accountable.”  
2019/12/17
Bipartisan legislation heads to Senate with new resources for election security, gun violence research, infrastructure, and more   WASHINGTON – The U.S. House passed a bipartisan proposal today that will fund the federal government through the end of the fiscal year. U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (RI-01), who voted in favor of the bills proposed, used his position in House Leadership to lead the effort to secure substantial resources for several initiatives important to Rhode Islanders.  
2019/12/13
WASHINGTON – Democratic Policy and Communications Committee (DPCC) Chair David N. Cicilline (RI-01) issued the following statement this morning after voting to approve two articles of impeachment in the House Judiciary Committee:   “President Donald J. Trump tried to cheat to win the 2020 election. The overwhelming evidence established that he used the awesome power of his office to coerce a foreign government to corrupt our elections by smearing his most feared political rival. In so doing, he put his own political interests above our nation’s interests and betrayed the national security of the United States.  His conduct remains a clear and present danger to our democracy.”  
2019/12/12
WASHINGTON – The House of Representatives voted today to pass the Elijah E. Cummings Lower Drug Costs Now Act (H.R. 3), landmark legislation that will give Medicare the power to negotiate directly with drug companies to bring down prices and make those savings available to hardworking families across America.  
2019/12/10
  WASHINGTON – Democratic Policy and Communications Committee (DPCC) Chair David N. Cicilline (RI-01), a member of the House Judiciary Committee, issued the following statement today:   “The facts are beyond dispute. President Trump abused his office, the enormous power of the presidency, to solicit foreign interference in an American election, specifically to help in his re-election. His actions undermined our national security. President Trump put his own personal, political interests ahead of our country’s interest. His conduct makes him a clear and present danger to both our democracy and our national security.”  
2019/12/09
WASHINGTON – Democratic Policy and Communications Committee Chair David N. Cicilline (RI-01) questioned witnesses today during the House Judiciary Committee’s hearing on the Trump-Ukraine Impeachment Inquiry Report and the Constitutional Grounds for Presidential Impeachment Report.   A link to the full line of questioning and excerpts are included below:    
2019/12/06
WASHINGTON – U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (RI-01) issued the following statement today:   “I am deeply saddened by the death of my friend, former Superior Court Presiding Justice Joseph F. Rodgers Jr.”   “A lifelong Rhode Islander, Joseph Rodgers dedicated his time on this earth to upholding the law and ensuring justice for the residents of our state. I was honored to know him and to see firsthand the fairness and compassion with which he served. His influence on our state, and the dignity of his example, will be deeply missed.”   “My thoughts and prayers are with his daughter, Superior Court Justice Kristin E. Rodgers, and all his loved ones during this difficult time.”   -30-  
2019/12/06
WASHINGTON – Democratic Policy and Communications Committee Chair David N. Cicilline (RI-01) released the following statement today after the House passed the Voting Rights Advancement Act (H.R. 4), legislation he cosponsored to protect every American’s right to vote by restoring the Voting Rights Act and fighting back against Republican attempts to make it more difficult for people to participate in the democratic process:  
2019/12/05
WASHINGTON - Democratic Policy and Communications Committee (DPCC) Chair David N. Cicilline (RI-01) issued the following statement today:   “In every single corner of our country, working men and women are struggling with the high cost of prescription drugs. But one of the very first things Donald Trump did in office was to give the big pharmaceutical companies and their CEOs a massive tax cut. He’s putting his wealthy campaign donors first. Democrats are fighting For The People.”  
2019/12/04
WASHINGTON – U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (RI-01) released the following statement today after the Trump administration announced its new plan to kick more than 650,000 Americans, including approximately 7,300 Rhode Islanders off their Supplemental Nutrition Assistant Program benefits by tightening work requirements for some recipients:   “This administration has proven time and time again that they will say they are for working families and seniors while simultaneously trying to undermine programs they rely on to get by. Now they’ve stooped so low that they’re trying to kick hundreds of thousands of folks off their SNAP benefits as we head into the holiday season.”  
2019/12/04
WASHINGTON – In 2019 alone, Rhode Islanders have received 121 MILLION robocalls and more than 53 BILLION robocalls have been placed nationally. U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (RI-01) released the following statement following the passage of bipartisan, bicameral legislation to stop bad robocalls and protect Rhode Islanders from scammers, the Pallone-Thune TRACED Act (S. 151), in the House earlier today:  
2019/12/03
If the House approves articles of impeachment against Trump, Rep. David Cicilline may be chosen as one of those so-called “managers,” presenting evidence and arguing the case before the Senate vote on whether to remove the president.
2019/12/03
Cicilline Leads Bipartisan Effort to Bolster Support for U.S. Diplomats
2019/12/03
WASHINGTON – The House of Representatives passed bipartisan legislation today introduced by U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (RI-01), the AMIGOS Act (H.R. 565), to increase trade and investment ties between Portugal and the United States by making Portuguese nationals eligible for E-1 and E-2 nonimmigrant visas. H.R. 565, which will make it easier for Portugal and the United States to do business with one another, now heads to the Senate.  
2019/11/25
WASHINGTON - Democratic Policy and Communications Committee (DPCC) Chair David N. Cicilline (RI-01), a member of the House Judiciary Committee, issued the following statement tonight:   “Judge Jackson’s ruling makes clear that no one is above the law, not even the President of the United States, and that witnesses must comply with subpoenas issued by Congress in connection with an impeachment inquiry.”   “The Court completely rejected the Administration’s position that officials may claim ‘absolute immunity’ and refuse to testify before Congress. Further, the Court agreed with counsel for the Judiciary Committee, finding no basis in the law for such a claim and ordering the witness to comply with the subpoena.”   
2019/11/22
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Senate today passed legislation to honor Elizabeth Buffum Chace, a 19th century Rhode Island abolitionist, by renaming the U.S. Post Office located at 575 Dexter Street in Central Falls. U.S. Congressmen David N. Cicilline (RI-01) and James Langevin (RI-02) introduced the proposal, H.R. 2451, which the U.S. House passed last month. It now awaits the President’s signature.   “The unanimous support for Elizabeth Buffum Chace from both chambers of Congress is a testament to her life of service and tremendous legacy that lives on to this day,” Cicilline said. “I thank Mayor Diossa and my colleagues in Congress for recognizing the importance of this legislation. I look forward to seeing it signed into law.”  
2019/11/20
WASHINGTON – House Antitrust Subcommittee Chair David N. Cicilline (RI-01) released the following statement today after the House Judiciary Committee unanimously passed his bipartisan bill to drive down the costs of prescription drugs, the Affordable Prescriptions for Patients Through Promoting Competition Act of 2019 (H.R. 5133): “Soaring prescription drug costs are ruining lives and bankrupting families. It’s long past time to stand up to the big pharmaceutical corporations and their CEOs.” “This bipartisan legislation ends abusive delay tactics and will save taxpayers and patients hundreds of millions of dollars in the process. I thank Chairman Nadler for joining me in this effort. I look forward to sending this bill to the Senate, which should take it up without delay.   -30-  
2019/11/18
WASHINGTON – House Antitrust Subcommittee Chair David N. Cicilline (RI-01) and Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (NY-10) introduced The Affordable Prescriptions for Patients Through Promoting Competition Act of 2019 (H.R. 5133) today to prohibit pharmaceutical companies from engaging in anticompetitive “product hopping.” The bill is scheduled to be marked up in the Judiciary Committee on Wednesday.  
2019/11/15
WASHINGTON – Democratic Policy and Communications Committee (DPCC) Chair David N. Cicilline (RI-01) issued the following statement today after voting to pass the United States Export Finance Agency Act (H.R.4863):   “The Export-Import Bank creates and supports jobs in Rhode Island and all across America. It’s a critical agency for small businesses that can’t get access to private loans. The bill we are passing today will ensure that the Ex-Im Bank continues serving American job creators for years to come. This bill increases the Bank’s lending authority by $40 billion, expands outreach efforts to small business owners, and increases the percentage of lending for small businesses from 25% to 30% of the total lending volume.”  

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