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Whitehouse, Cicilline & Aquidneck Island Business Owners Highlight $30 Million in New Funding for Coastal Improvements Nationwide

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Portsmouth, RI – U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse today joined with area small business owners and local officials in the flood-prone Island Park neighborhood of Portsmouth to highlight the newly funded National Oceans and Coastal Security Fund, which can help coastal businesses weather rising seas and worsening storms.  Congress approved $30 million in funding for the National Oceans and Coastal Security Fund, which will be awarded through a nationwide competitive grant process, in the omnibus spending bill signed into law in late March.

Cicilline Statement on Trump Ending Immigration Protections for Liberians

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

PAWTUCKET – U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (RI-01) issued the following statement today on President Trump ending protections for Liberian immigrants who reside legally in the United States:

“Rhode Island is home to thousands of Liberian men, women, and children. Many have called our state home for nearly 30 years. They have started families here. They have raised their children here. As good, honest members of our communities, they contribute to our economy and they pay taxes. Every day, they make Rhode Island an even better place to live.”

Cicilline Outlines #ABetterDeal to Make High-Quality Child Care Affordable for All RI Families

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

PAWTUCKET – As the cost of child care continues to skyrocket for middle class families in Rhode Island, U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (RI-01) hosted a roundtable at the Children’s Workshop in Lincoln with non-profit leaders, childcare providers, parents and stakeholders to discuss A Better Deal on Child Care – the Democratic proposal to make high-quality child care affordable for middle class families. Two images from the Roundtable are attached to this email.

Cicilline Statement on John Bolton

Friday, March 23, 2018

WASHINGTON – U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (RI-01), a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, issued the following statement today:

Cicilline Statement on Federal Government Spending Bill

Thursday, March 22, 2018

WASHINGTON – U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (RI-01) voted today for the federal government spending bill in the U.S. House. Over the past year, Cicilline has championed priorities important to Rhode Island, and he has advocated relentlessly with his colleagues in House Leadership and appropriators for those priorities. He successfully led the fight to increase funding for:

 

Pell Grants

  • Increased $1.95 Billion
  • FY17: $22.50 Billion
  • FY18: $24.45 Billion

 

Top Dem on Antitrust Subcommittee Calls on Zuckerberg to Testify

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

WASHINGTON – U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (RI-01), who serves as Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Committee’s Antitrust Subcommittee, is calling for Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to testify as part of a full Committee hearing on his company’s unauthorized sharing of 50 million Americans’ personal data with Cambridge Analytica.

Cicilline Statement on Death of Congresswoman Louise Slaughter

Friday, March 16, 2018

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

 

“I am deeply saddened to learn that Congresswoman Louise Slaughter has passed away.”

 

Cicilline Accepting Congressional Art Competition Submissions

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

PAWTUCKET – U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline’s (D-RI) office is now accepting submissions for the 2018 Congressional Art Competition in Rhode Island’s First Congressional District.

Cicilline Statement on President Firing Secretary of State

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

WASHINGTON - U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (RI-01), a Democratic member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, issued the following statement today:

“Firing the Secretary of State with a Tweet sends a dangerous message to America's allies and adversaries alike.”

Cicilline Introduces Journalism Competition and Preservation Act

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

WASHINGTON - U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (RI-01), the top Democrat on the House Judiciary Antitrust Subcommittee introduced the Journalism Competition and Preservation Act today to incorporate a limited safe harbor into current antitrust laws.

$20 Million TIGER Grant will Accelerate Efforts to Improve Route 37

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

WASHINGTON, DC – As part of its continuing effort to fix our bridges and roads, the Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) has targeted Route 37, which connects Cranston and Warwick, for major improvements and repairs.  Today the state’s Congressional delegation joined with Governor Gina M. Raimondo in announcing $20 million in new federal funding from the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant program to support and accelerate the State’s efforts. 

 

U.S. House Passes Bill to Honor Sergeant P. Andrew McKenna Jr.

Monday, March 5, 2018

WASHINGTON – Tonight, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R.4685 to rename the United States Post Office at 515 Hope Street in Bristol, as the “First Sergeant P. Andrew McKenna Jr. Post Office.” Sergeant McKenna served in the U.S. Army for 17 years, during which time he completed five tours in Afghanistan and one in Iraq. He was killed in August 2015 while defending Camp Integrity from a Taliban attack.

 

Cicilline Introduces Assault Weapons Ban of 2018

Monday, February 26, 2018

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (RI-01) is introducing the Assault Weapons Ban of 2018.

“Assault weapons were made for one purpose. They are designed to kill as many people as possible in a short amount of time. They do not belong in our communities,” said Cicilline. “I am proud to introduce the Assault Weapons Ban with the support of leaders in law enforcement. It’s on all of us to end this carnage.”

Cicilline Statement on Possible Bump Stock Ban

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

PAWTUCKET – U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (RI-01), the House sponsor of the Automatic Gunfire Prevention Act (H.R. 3947), issued the following statement today:

“Last October, a gunman in Las Vegas used semi-automatic rifles modified with bump stocks to murder 58 people. Three days later, along with 140 of my colleagues, I introduced legislation to ban the sale, possession, and production of bump stocks. Yet, the Republicans in Congress have done absolutely nothing since then to address the epidemic of gun violence in our country.”

Cicilline Statement on Latest Round of Mueller Indictments

Friday, February 16, 2018

WASHINGTON – Democratic Policy and Communications Committee (DPCC) Co-Chair David N. Cicilline (RI-01), a member of the House Foreign Affairs and Judiciary Committees, issued the following statement today after Special Counsel Robert Mueller indicted 13 Russian nationals for interfering in the 2016 American elections:

“Today’s indictment makes two things clear: Robert Mueller is doing his job and President Trump is putting our national security at risk.”

Cicilline Statement on Republican-Controlled Senate's Failure to Protect Dreamers

Friday, February 16, 2018

“I am deeply disappointed that the Republican-controlled Senate failed to advance a bipartisan proposal to protect Dreamers and strengthen border security. I'm going to continue fighting in the House to fix our broken immigration system.”

 

“The President created this crisis when he ended DACA. He can and should fix it by reversing his decision. These are wonderful young people who are American in every sense of the word. They only lack a piece of paper that says so.”

 

Cicilline Statement on Trump Infrastructure Plan

Monday, February 12, 2018

“If it became law, President Trump’s infrastructure plan would completely fail to rebuild our crumbling bridges, roads, and schools. What it would do is impose Trump tolls on working people, increase the strain on state and local governments, and sell out our critical infrastructure to powerful corporations.”

 

Cicilline, House Democrats Unveil A Better Deal to Rebuild America

Thursday, February 8, 2018

WASHINGTON – U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline led House Democrats today in announcing a bold, new, comprehensive infrastructure plan – A Better Deal to Rebuild America. This historic $1 trillion federal investment to rebuild our crumbling infrastructure is five times larger than President Trump’s rumored plan and will create more than 16 million jobs.

Cicilline Bill Honoring Rhode Island Hero Moves Towards House Floor

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

WASHINGTON – The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee today approved passage of H.R.4685, legislation introduced by Congressman David N. Cicilline (RI-01), and co-sponsored by Congressman Jim Langevin (RI-01), last December to rename the U.S. Post Office located at 515 Hope Street in Bristol, Rhode Island, as the “First Sergeant P. Andrew McKenna Jr. Post Office.”

Whitehouse, Schatz, Blumenauer, Cicilline Introduce Updated American Opportunity Carbon Fee Act

Monday, February 5, 2018

Washington, D.C. – Today, Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Brian Schatz (D-HI) and Congressmen Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) and David Cicilline (D-RI) reintroduced their legislation to place a price on the carbon pollution driving global climate change and putting Americans’ health and safety at risk.  The American Opportunity Carbon Fee Act, which has been updated to reflect recent changes in the tax code, would significantly lower the nation’s greenhouse gas emissions while generating substantial revenue to boost the economy and aid American workers and consumers. 

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