Press Releases

2021/03/02
WASHINGTON – U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (RI-01) issued the following statement today: “I congratulate Secretary Raimondo on her confirmation today. I look forward to continuing to work with her to grow Rhode Island’s economy and create greater opportunities for the folks who live here.” “I spoke with Governor McKee after our press conference yesterday. I offered to do whatever I can to help him succeed as he begins his stewardship of our state.”
2021/03/02
WASHINGTON – U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (RI-01) spoke moments ago on the House floor during debate on The For The People Act (H.R.1), the most sweeping federal ethics reform package in a half century, which includes legislation he has authored to implement automatic voter registration, require presidential candidates to release their tax returns, and bring secret corporate spending on elections out of the shadows. Click the following image to watch Cicilline’s speech. A transcript of his remarks, as delivered, is embedded at the end of this email. David N. Cicilline Floor Remarks on H.R. 1 March 2, 2021 Madam Speaker,
2021/03/01
WASHINGTON – U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (RI-01) issued the following statement this morning after the House passed President Biden’s American Rescue Plan. “We promised to deliver the relief the American people need. Today, we are making good on that promise.” “Once it is passed by the Senate, President Biden’s American Rescue Plan will put money in the pockets of working people and help end this pandemic as soon as possible.”
2021/03/01
PROVIDENCE – Federal, state, and local leaders held a press conference at the Dunkin’ Donuts Arena today and outlined ways Rhode Island is slated to benefit from the COVID relief package that the U.S. House passed early Saturday morning. The legislation includes $1,400 survival checks to put money in the pockets of working people, expanded unemployment benefits, a pay raise for nearly 30 million people, and nearly $1.7 billion in relief for Rhode Island state and local government.
2021/02/26
WASHINGTON – Today, Representative David Cicilline (D-RI) and Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) led 197 colleagues in both houses of Congress in introducing the DISCLOSE Act to combat the flood of anonymous special interest spending in American politics. The bill would require organizations spending money in federal elections to disclose their donors, allowing the American people to see who is attempting to sway their elections and gain control over their government. “The only way we can fix what’s broken in Washington is if we first get secret corporate spending out of our elections,” said Cicilline. “The DISCLOSE Act will bring this money out of the shadows by requiring dark money groups to disclose their donors. I’m proud to once again join Senator Whitehouse in introducing this bill today.”
2021/02/25
WASHINGTON – U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (RI-01) issued the following statement today after the House passed H.R.5, the Equality Act: “Every American deserves to be treated with respect and dignity. With today’s vote, the House has again affirmed that LGBTQ people should enjoy the same rights and responsibilities as all other Americans. I look forward to seeing President Biden sign the Equality Act into law.”
2021/02/18
BRISTOL, RI – U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (RI-01), along with U.S. Senators Jack Reed (D-RI) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), announced today that the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has selected Bristol’s “Revolutionary Heritage Byway” as Rhode Island’s first National Scenic Byway, a designation that was made possible by a law Cicilline authored in 2019. The designation, along with a new federal appropriation sponsored by Senator Reed, means Bristol could compete for a share of federal funds through a National Scenic Byways competitive grant program.
2021/02/18
WASHINGTON – U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (RI-01) and U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley (OR) today announced the introduction of the Equality Act, comprehensive civil rights legislation that prohibits discrimination against members of the LGBTQ community in the areas of employment, education, credit, jury service, federal funding, housing, and public accommodations. “In 2021, every American should be treated with respect and dignity,” said Cicilline. “Yet, in most states, LGBTQ people can be discriminated against because of who they are, or who they love. It is past time for that to change. I’m proud to introduce the Equality Act today, and I look forward to continuing to work with Senator Merkley to get this bill signed into law.”
2021/02/16
WASHINGTON – U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (RI-01) issued the following statement today: “Today is a great day for Rhode Island and for the United States.” “With President Biden and Vice President Harris in office, we will end this pandemic, build our economy back better, lower the cost of health care, root out corruption, secure racial justice, end gun violence, and take on the challenge of climate change. We will make our country stronger at home and more respected in the world. We will restore the soul of America.” “We have a lot of work to do, but I am more confident than ever that America’s best days still lie ahead. I look forward to doing whatever I can to help President Biden and Vice President Harris make our country safer and more prosperous in the days ahead.”
2021/02/16
PAWTUCKET – U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (RI-01) issued the following statement today: “The American Dream should be attainable for all Americans, regardless of the color of our skin. Unfortunately, we’ve never lived up to that ideal. The fact is that, in the United States today, a person’s race often has a direct impact on their opportunity to get ahead.” “I’m proud that President Biden is taking action today to advance root out systemic racism that has held back millions of people from reaching their full potential. These executive orders will move us closer towards realizing a more fair and equitable society in our time.”
2021/02/16
PAWTUCKET – U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (RI-01) issued the following statement today: “Climate change is an existential threat. In fact, it’s one of the greatest national security challenges we face. Fortunately, we can all rest a little easier now that we have a President who chooses science over fiction and facts over fear.” “On his first day in office, President Biden announced the United States would rejoin the Paris Climate Accords. Today, he is once again putting our country on track to tackle this crisis through a series of executive actions that address the root causes of climate change.” “In the months ahead, I am looking forward to working with the administration and my colleagues in Congress to continue making progress in this critical fight.”
2021/02/16
WASHINGTON – U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (RI-01), who is re-introducing the 21st Century Buy American Act this week to promote the purchase of American-made goods by prohibiting federal agencies from waiving Buy American requirements, issued the following statement today: “The executive order President Biden is signing today will benefit Rhode Island manufacturers and workers alike. It will help create more good-paying union jobs that build our economy back better. It provides critical relief at a time it's needed most.”
2021/02/16
PAWTUCKET – U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (RI-01) released the following statement tonight: “I’m saddened and heartbroken by the passing of my friend, Bienvenido Garcia.” “A native of the Dominican Republic, Bien, as his family and friends knew him, was a selfless community leader, whose passion for service was contagious.” “As mayor, I had the honor to appoint Bien as the Environmental Director and was able to see firsthand his work and ideas, for a department that brought a collective sense of responsibility in our city.” “His commitment to the community was remarkable, always looking for ways to engage those he proudly served.” “My thoughts and prayers are with the Garcia family.”
2021/02/16
WASHINGTON – U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (RI-01) issued the following statement today: "More than 400,000 Americans, including more than 2,000 Rhode Islanders, have died since the start of this pandemic. The fact is that the previous administration never developed a federal, comprehensive strategy for taking on this pandemic. This is a national emergency, and we need to treat it like one.”
2021/02/16
WASHINGTON – U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (RI-01), who last year concluded a comprehensive investigation into the state of competition in the digital marketplace, issued the following statement today after retaining the chairmanship of the Antitrust Subcommittee: “For too long, powerful corporations with monopoly power have gotten their way while the rest of us get left behind. We’ve seen it in the tech and health care sectors. We see it in retail and transportation services. While a lucky few sit secure atop our economy, it’s getting harder and harder for everyone else just to compete.”
2021/02/16
PAWTUCKET – U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (RI-01) issued the following statement today: “This pandemic has shown all of us how important it is to ensure access to health care as a matter of right and not of privilege. As we build back better, we need to make sure that every American can get quality, affordable health care coverage. That’s why I’m pleased that President Biden is taking action today that strengthens Medicaid and initiates a new open enrollment period under the Affordable Care Act. After four years of moving in the wrong direction, we once again have a President who is working to expand health care coverage for all of us.”
2021/02/16
WASHINGTON – U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (RI-01), a member of the House Judiciary Committee, issued the following statement today: “America at its best is a land of opportunity that is open and welcoming to everyone. That’s why, on his very first day in office, President Biden took executive action to protect Dreamers, end the Muslim Ban, and modernize our immigration system. Today, the President is building on that work and making our country a safer, stronger, and more prosperous place by establishing an immigration system that is simpler, fairer, and more humane than the previous administration’s.”
2021/02/16
Washington, D.C. – The Congressional LGBTQ+ Equality Caucus today expressed its appreciation for the steps taken by the Biden Administration to reverse the harmful ban on transgender people serving openly in the military. This policy, which has harmed both the individuals impacted and the nation’s security, is overdue for reversal.  “Anyone willing to serve our country in the Armed Forces should be treated with respect and dignity,” said Equality Caucus Chair David N. Cicilline (RI-01). “I am happy that President Biden has taken action today to allow transgender Americans to serve openly in the military. This decision brings us closer to ensuring that every American enjoys the same rights and opportunities regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity.”
2020/11/10
“The American people have now spoken. We choose hope over fear, unity over division, science over fiction, and truth over lies. We choose to take back our democracy and to begin the difficult work of restoring the soul of our country.” “President-elect Joe Biden is the right man for this moment in our history. He will restore honor, decency, and integrity to the Oval Office. Along with Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, he will bring our country together and heal the wounds of the last four years.” 
2020/10/29
PAWTUCKET, RI – Congressman David N. Cicilline (RI-01) announced endorsements by Planned Parenthood Action Fund and National Organization for Women Political Action Committee (NOW PAC) for his reelection to the U.S. House of Representatives. Cicilline also received a preferred candidate recognition from the Rhode Island Democratic Women’s Caucus.     A lifelong champion of women’s rights, Cicilline has fought for reproductive justice, equal pay for equal work, resources for victims of domestic violence, and access to quality and affordable child care and health care.  

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