Press Releases

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


Cicilline, Sensenbrenner Introduce Bill to Protect Local News Publishers

Friday, May 15, 2020

PAWTUCKET – Today, House Antitrust Subcommittee Chairman David N. Cicilline (RI-01) and Ranking Member F. James Sensenbrenner (WI-05) introduced the Local News and Emergency Information Act. The legislation would ensure that all local news organizations are eligible for federal stimulus through the Paycheck Protection Program.


Cicilline, Warren, Klobuchar to Federal Reserve and Treasury: Ensure a Competitive Economy, Protect Small Businesses From Predatory Corporate Behavior During COVID-19 Pandemic

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

PAWTUCKET - House Antitrust Subcommittee Chairman David Cicilline (D-RI) and U.S. Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) urged the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (Federal Reserve) and the U.S.

Heroes Act Provides $5.3 Billion to Rhode Island

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

PAWTUCKET – U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (RI-01) announced today that the Heroes Act, which the House will vote on Friday, provides more than $5.3 billion in new COVID-19 relief funding to protect the lives and livelihoods of Rhode Islanders. Cicilline will hold a virtual press conference on the bill with New England colleagues TOMORROW at 1:00 PM. Press can RSVP here.


Cicilline Statement on Uber/Grubhub

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

PAWTUCKET – House Antitrust Subcommittee Chairman David N. Cicilline (RI-01) issued the following statement today:


Next COVID-19 Relief Package Will Include Resources to Support Rhode Island Journalists Thanks to Cicilline’s Efforts

Monday, May 11, 2020

PAWTUCKET – U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (RI-01), who recently led 123 Republicans and Democrats in a letter urging support for local news in the next COVID-19 relief package, issued the following statement tonight:


RI Delegation Announces Help for RI Farmers & Hungry Families

Friday, May 8, 2020

Farm Fresh Rhode Island & RI Community Food Bank approved for USDA’s new Farmers to Families Food Box program


PROVIDENCE, RI – Due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, more Rhode Islanders than ever are in need of emergency and supplemental food. At the same time, Rhode Island farmers and food sector businesses are facing widespread market and supply chain disruption.


Cicilline Statement on DOJ Decision to Drop Criminal Charges Against Michael Flynn

Thursday, May 7, 2020

PAWTUCKET – U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (RI-01), who serves on the House Judiciary Committee, issued the following statement today:


Rhode Island Congressional Delegation Announces $8 Million for Mental Health Services

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse, along with Congressmen Jim Langevin and David Cicilline, today announced that Thrive Behavioral Health, Inc. and Newport Mental Health have been awarded $8 million in federal grant funding from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) Center for Mental Health Services. All four members of Rhode Island’s Congressional Delegation advocated for this federal funding earlier this year in a joint letter to SAMHSA.


Cicilline Asking RIPUC to Extend Moratorium on Utility Terminations

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

PAWTUCKET – U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (RI-01) wrote to Rhode Island Public Utilities Commission (PUC) Chairperson Margaret Curran today asking that the PUC extend a moratorium on utility terminations that is slated to expire tomorrow.


Cicilline Leading Push for Moratorium on Unnecessary Corporate Mergers in Next Relief Package

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Ocasio-Cortez, Jayapal, Raskin, Pocan, Neguse, Schakowsky co-leading effort to protect workers, consumers during global pandemic

PAWTUCKETAntitrust Subcommittee Chairman David N. Cicilline (RI-01) is leading House lawmakers today in urging that the next COVID-19 relief package include language prohibiting corporate mergers that do not involve the purchase of a severely distressed company.




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