Press Releases

Cicilline Statement on Death of Paul Gaines

Friday, June 26, 2020

PAWTUCKET - U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (RI-01) issued the following statement tonight:

“I’m deeply saddened that my wonderful friend, former Newport Mayor Paul Gaines, has passed away. Paul was a trailblazer and a Rhode Island icon. The first Black mayor of a New England city, Paul never stopped fighting for Newport or its people. All those whose lives he touched were privileged to be in his presence. My thoughts are with his wife, Jo Eva, and their entire family right now.”

Cicilline Pledges to Vote to Overrule President Trump’s Veto on Student Loan Relief

Friday, June 26, 2020

<strong>WASHINGTON</strong> – U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (RI-01) spoke on the House floor this afternoon calling for his colleagues to override President Trump’s veto of H.J.Res.76, a bill that eliminates Education Secretary Devos’s rule that denies relief to students defrauded by predatory colleges. He voted for the original bill this past January. Click the image below to watch a video of Cicilline’s remarks. A transcript of his speech, as delivered, is embedded at the bottom.

Cicilline Calls for National Memorial for Orlando Pulse Nightclub Shooting Victims

Friday, June 26, 2020

WASHINGTON – U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (RI-01) spoke on the House floor this morning calling for a National Memorial to honor the 49 victims of the Orlando Pulse Nightclub shooting.

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
Endorses Pulse Nightclub National Memorial
June 26, 2020

Cicilline Slams Trump Effort to Dismantle Affordable Care Act

Friday, June 26, 2020

WASHINGTON – U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (RI-01) spoke on the House floor this morning mere hours after the Trump administration filed legal briefs requesting the Supreme Court to rip away health care from 20 million Americans and eliminate protections for 135 million Americans with pre-existing conditions.

Click the image below to watch a video of Cicilline’s remarks. A transcript of his speech, as delivered, is below.

 

Cicilline Floor Speech on George Floyd Justice in Policing Act

Thursday, June 25, 2020

WASHINGTON – Moments ago, Democratic Policy and Communications Committee (DPCC) Chair David N. Cicilline (RI-01) spoke on the House floor to demand passage of the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act (H.R.7120). Cicilline is a co-sponsor of the bill and voted to pass it last week in the House Judiciary Committee.

David N. Cicilline
George Floyd Justice in Policing Act
June 25, 2020

Madame Speaker, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. visited my district in April 1967.

DOJ Whistleblower Answers Cicilline’s Questions on AG’s Abuse of Power

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

WASHINGTON – U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (RI-01) asked Department of Justice whistleblower John Elias about Attorney General William Barr’s abuse of power by directing the Antitrust Division to take unwarranted actions against auto manufacturers that had agreed to limit their emissions. Click the image below for a video of Cicilline’s remarks. A transcript is embedded below.

David N. Cicilline
House Judiciary Committee
June 17, 2020

Cicilline Pressing $1.5 Trillion Infrastructure Package

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

PAWTUCKET – U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline is pushing for passage of the Moving Forward Act (H.R.2), legislation he co-sponsored investing $1.5 trillion in modern, sustainable infrastructure while creating millions of good-paying jobs. The massive infrastructure package includes legislation authored by Cicilline to encourage the research and use of innovative construction materials, such as composites, which can be used for vital, more resilient infrastructure projects.

Cicilline Statement on Supreme Court Protecting DACA

Thursday, June 18, 2020

WASHINGTON – Democratic Policy and Communications Committee (DPCC) Chair David N. Cicilline (RI-01) issued the following statement today after the United States Supreme Court blocked President Trump from ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program:

Cicilline Remarks on Justice in Policing Act

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

WASHINGTON – U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (RI-01) urged swift passage of the Justice in Policing Act during today’s House Judiciary Committee consideration of the bill.

Click the image below for a video of Cicilline’s remarks. The text of his speech, as delivered, is embedded below.

David N. Cicilline
Justice in Policing Act
June 17, 2020

Cicilline Remarks on COVID-19 Social Media Disinformation

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

PAWTUCKET– House Antitrust Subcommittee Chairman David N. Cicilline (RI-01), took part in a panel discussion on COVID-19 social media disinformation at George Washington University’s Institute for Data, Democracy & Politics this morning.

The text of Cicilline’s opening remarks, as delivered, is embedded below.

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David N. CicillineRemarks As DeliveredJune 16, 2020

Thank you, Frank.

RI Wins Landmark $65 Million Federal Grant to Overhaul Route 146

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

INFRA Grant-funded upgrades will improve safety, reduce congestion on main artery between Providence and Worcester

Cicilline Statement on SCOTUS Ruling LGBT Individuals Cannot Be Denied Employment Due to Sexual Orientation or Gender Identity

Monday, June 15, 2020

WASHINGTON – U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (RI-01), the author of the Equality Act, issued the following statement today:

“Fairness and equality of opportunity are core American values. As a country, we have not always lived up to these ideals for all of our citizens, but today’s Supreme Court decision marks a major step towards ensuring that LGBTQ Americans enjoy the same rights and responsibilities as everyone else.”

Cicilline Bill Will Limit Trump’s Insurrection Act Powers

Monday, June 8, 2020

PAWTUCKET – Democratic Policy and Communications Committee (DPCC) Chair David N. Cicilline (RI-01) is introducing new legislation today that will place needed limits on President Trump’s authority to deploy the United States Armed Forces against American citizens who are protesting police brutality. CBS News has reported that Trump attempted to deploy 10,000 troops into American communities last week.

 

Cicilline Slams Trump Decision to Remove Environmental Protections for National Marine Monuments Off New England Shore

Friday, June 5, 2020

PAWTUCKET – U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (RI-01) issued the following statement today:

 

“It is critical that we protect the income of Rhode Island and New England fishermen, while preserving our oceans and all the natural resources that make Rhode Island such a wonderful place to call home. That is what President Obama did in establishing strong, pragmatic environmental protections for national marine monuments off our shores.”

Cicilline Calls for Appointment of Special Prosecutor to Investigate Barr’s Role in Forcibly Removing Peaceful Protesters from Lafayette Park

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

PAWTUCKET – Democratic Policy and Communications Committee (DPCC) Chair David N. Cicilline (RI-01) is calling for the appointment of a special prosecutor to investigate the role of Attorney General Barr and senior White House officials in using tear gas, flashbangs, and rubber munitions to disperse a peaceful protest outside the White House in order to allow for President Trump to take part in a photo op.

 

Cicilline, House Move to Further Expand Access to Loans for Most Vulnerable of Small Businesses

Thursday, May 28, 2020

WASHINGTON - Democratic Policy and Communications Committee (DPCC) Chair David N. Cicilline (RI-01) applauded today's House passage of the bipartisan Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Flexibility Act that will make the loan program more accessible and available to the small businesses that need help the most. The legislation gives small companies 24 weeks to use their loan, up from eight weeks under the current law.

 

Cicilline, Colleagues Urge Senate to Take Up Heroes Act

Thursday, May 21, 2020

PAWTUCKET – Democratic Policy and Communications Committee (DPCC) Chair David N. Cicilline (RI-01) hosted a virtual press conference today to urge that the United States Senate bring up the Heroes Act, legislation that will provide $5.3 billion to Rhode Island, keep first responders and health care workers in their jobs, strengthen our health care system, and expand our country’s testing capacity. Cicilline, who will testify on the Heroes Act before the Rhode Island Senate Committee on Finance at 4:00 PM, was joined on today’s call by U.S. Reps.

Cicilline Bill Will Crack Down on Spread of Misinformation in 2020 Elections

Thursday, May 21, 2020

Protecting Democracy from Disinformation Act will tightly restrict microtargeting, safeguard elections, prevent spread of disinformation

 

PAWTUCKET – U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (RI-01) announced today that he will introduce legislation that tightly restricts the use of personal, online consumer data that is often used to “microtarget” voters with misleading ads.

 

Cicilline, Reed, Whitehouse Announce $300,000 Economic Development Grant to Study Future Growth on Aquidneck Island

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

NEWPORT – In an effort to promote smart, sustainable economic development and ensure public input in how former U.S. Navy-owned land and infrastructure is used by the three municipalities that make up Aquidneck Island, U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse and U.S. Congressman David Cicilline today announced a new $300,000 federal grant by the U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration (EDA).  The federal funding will be used for a study to evaluate options for a possible transfer of U.S.

New $223K to Help RIers with Housing During COVID-19 Crisis

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Providence & Pawtucket receive federal assistance to fund 21 new housing vouchers for low-income residents

 

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