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2020/10/07
PAWTUCKET – Democratic Policy and Communications Committee (DPCC) Chair David N. Cicilline issued the following statement tonight: “Almost nine months after COVID-19 first came to our country, President Trump and the Republicans in Congress still don’t get it.” “More than 200,000 Americans are dead. Millions are out of work. The American people are hurting. That’s why House Democrats passed the Heroes Act almost five months ago to provide $3 trillion to keep first responders and health care workers on the job, strengthen our health care system, and expand our country’s testing capacity.”
2020/09/22
PROVIDENCE – In an effort to help communities combat the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak in Rhode Island, U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse and Congressmen Jim Langevin and David Cicilline today announced a new infusion of $7,585,135 through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program. This third tranche of awards brings the state’s total CDBG funds under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act to date to $22,145,569. The following communities will receive CDBG funding in this round:
2020/09/22
WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse and Congressmen Jim Langevin and David Cicilline today announced that two Rhode Island organizations have received a total of $597,500 in grants from the U.S. Economic Development Administration’s 2020 Build to Scale Capital Challenge. Providence-based Slater Technology Fund has been awarded a $300,000 grant to partner with Brown University on a new initiative to boost health care-related technology startups. RI Bio won a $297,500 grant to launch a program aimed at commercializing and expanding life science startup activity in Rhode Island.
2020/09/22
WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse and Congressmen Jim Langevin and David Cicilline today announced that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Marine Debris Program has awarded a $105,452 grant to the Rhode Island Marine Trades Association (RIMTA) Foundation to expand Rhode Island’s innovative fiberglass boat recycling program across New England and to the state of Washington. “This federal funding will help clean the Bay, which has important health and economic benefits for all Rhode Islanders,” said Senator Reed. “This federal grant will help remove even more trash and refuse from our waters and prevent it from washing up along the coast.”
2020/09/22
PROVIDENCE – U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse, along with U.S. Congressmen Jim Langevin and David Cicilline, today announced $300,000 in federal funding for the Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) through a Building Our Largest Dementia (BOLD) Infrastructure for Alzheimer’s Act grant.  The delegation helped pass the bipartisan BOLD Act, which became law in 2018. This new BOLD Act funding is being awarded to RIDOH from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  RIDOH is one of 16 health departments nationwide selected for the federal BOLD grant and will use the funds to help to implement effective Alzheimer's interventions, including boosting early detection and diagnosis, reducing risk, and preventing avoidable hospitalizations.
2020/09/22
WASHINGTON – Congressman David N. Cicilline, Chair of the House Democratic Policy and Communications Committee (DPCC) spoke on the House Floor this morning. Click the image below to watch a video of Cicilline's remarks. The full text of his speech, as delivered, is embedded at the end of this email.  David N. Cicilline Remarks on 200,000 COVID-19 DeathsSeptember 22, 2020 Madam Speaker, America will soon pass 200,000 deaths from COVID-19. This pandemic is now the second-leading cause of death in our country, only behind heart disease. This year, it will kill more Americans than lung cancer, stroke, Alzheimer’s, diabetes, and the flu. And it didn’t have to be this way. President Trump knew the dangers in January.
2020/09/22
WASHINGTON – Congressmen Jim Langevin (D-RI), David Cicilline (D-RI), and Dusty Johnson (R-SD), have introduced the Highways Coronavirus Relief Act, bipartisan legislation to temporarily increase the amount the federal government contributes to federal highway projects. The bill aims to ensure states, which generally pay for a portion of projects backed by the federal highway trust fund, can continue major infrastructure improvements as they attempt to deal with budget shortfalls caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
2020/09/18
WASHINGTON, DC – Three local fire departments are getting a big staffing boost thanks to a federal public safety staffing grant. Today, U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse and Congressmen Jim Langevin and David Cicilline announced a total of $5,877,024 in federal funding to help fire departments in Middletown, Portsmouth, and Woonsocket recruit, hire, and train firefighters. The Staffing for Adequate Fire & Emergency Response (SAFER) Grant will help provide salaries and benefits for these positions for three years. 
2020/09/18
PAWTUCKET – Democratic Policy and Communications Committee (DPCC) Chair David N. Cicilline (RI-01) issued the following statement tonight: "Ruth Bader Ginsburg spent her life fighting for all those who have been left out and left behind in our country, especially women. As one of the founders of the Women's Rights Project at the ACLU, she worked relentlessly to strike down laws that discriminated against women in this country."
2020/08/22
WASHINGTON – U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (RI-01), Chairman of the House Democratic Policy and Communications Committee voted to fully restore the “operational changes” and fully fund the United States Postal Service. Earlier in the day, he spoke on the House floor about this important vote.  Remarks are embedded at the end of this email.  David N. CicillineProtecting the USPSAugust 22, 2020 Madam speaker, thank you to the extraordinary men and women who serve us in the United States Postal Service.  I rise today to highlight President Trump's shameless attempts to degrade the United States Postal Service, a revered American institution. 
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 – Today, U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse and Congressmen Jim Langevin and David Cicilline announced $3,884,710 in new federal funding for seventeen fire departments across the state.  The delegation says the cities, towns, and fire districts are receiving federal funds to purchase vital equipment, including fire hoses, trucks, high-tech breathing equipment, and personal protective equipment (PPE). The federal funds are made available through the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program and will help local fire departments prioritize operations and safety during and after the COVID-19 pandemic.
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.
2020/08/21
WASHINGTON – U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (RI-01), a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, issued the following statement today: “The actions of the Trump Administration have brought Iran closer to having a nuclear weapon. Their abrupt departure from the Iran Deal, and their failure to stop the expiration of the arms embargo with Iran have imperiled us all.” “We knew that the expiration of the arms embargo was coming. The Trump Administration re-imposing sanctions, known as snapback, is a failure of foresight, ability to negotiate, and will further diminish the United States’ credibility on the world stage. Containing Iran’s nuclear ambitions, which should be a shared and serious priority, may now be even more difficult.” 
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. Congressman David N. Cicilline (RI-01) questioned Attorney General Barr at today’s House Judiciary Committee hearing.
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. 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. 
2020/07/23
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.

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