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Cicilline Statement on the Passing of Rhode Island Icon Michael Van Leesten

Friday, August 23, 2019

PAWTUCKET – U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (RI-01) released the following statement today following the death of Michael Van Leesten, a champion for civil rights and community leader:

 

Cicilline, Whitehouse, Democracy Reform Task Force Chair Outline Democrats’ Actions to Clean Up Corruption

Thursday, August 22, 2019

NORTH PROVIDENCE – U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (RI-01), Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), and Congressman John P. Sarbanes (MD-03), who serves as the Chair of the House Democracy Reform Task Force, hosted a press conference today to outline steps that House Democrats have taken to fight back against corruption and self-dealing that has prevented Washington from taking action to address national emergencies, including climate change, gun violence, and the opioid epidemic.

 

Cicilline Statement on Trump Effort to Detain Migrant Children Indefinitely

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

WASHINGTON – Democratic Policy and Communications Committee (DPCC) Chair David N. Cicilline (RI-01) released the following statement today regarding the Trump administration’s most recent attempt to hold migrant children in detention facilities indefinitely by ending the Flores agreement, a decades-old rule requiring specific protections for undocumented children and families held in detention without basic standards of care:

 

Cicilline Statement on State AGs Antitrust Investigation into Tech Industry

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

PAWTUCKET – House Antitrust Subcommittee Chair David N. Cicilline (RI-01) released the following statement today after reports that a bipartisan group of more than a dozen state attorneys general are preparing to launch an antitrust investigation of large technology companies:

 

Cicilline Statement on Violence Outside Wyatt

Thursday, August 15, 2019

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

 

“The right of a free people to peacefully protest their government is fundamental to our democracy. I am deeply disturbed by reports that several protesters were struck last night by a vehicle driven by an employee of the Wyatt Detention Facility.”

 

Cicilline Criticizes FCC’s Rush to Approve T-Mobile’s Proposed Merger with Sprint, Calls for Additional Public Input

Thursday, August 15, 2019

PAWTUCKET – House Antitrust Subcommittee Chairman David N. Cicilline (RI-01) sent a letter today criticizing the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for rushing to approve the Sprint and T-Mobile merger. In July, the Justice Department announced a settlement with the merging parties that includes substantial changes to the transaction as originally proposed..

Cicilline Statement on the Trump Administration’s Newest Attack on Women and LGBTQ Americans

Thursday, August 15, 2019

PAWTUCKET - Democratic Policy and Communications Committee Chair David N. Cicilline (RI-01), who also serves as Co-Chair of the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus, released the following statement today after the Trump administration announced plans yesterday to roll back protections for women and LGBTQ Americans that are employed by federal contractors:

 

Cicilline, Local Leaders Highlight Democratic Investments in Rebuilding America’s Infrastructure

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

WARREN – U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (RI-01) and local leaders hosted an event today to highlight the work that House Democrats have done to get Washington working For The People again by making bold, innovative investments in rebuilding America’s infrastructure and raising family wages. Building trades members also had the opportunity to discuss the importance of bringing federal investments back to Rhode Island during a coffee break conversation with Cicilline.

 

Cicilline, Fortenberry Ask FTC and DOJ to Consider Child Privacy Violations by YouTube in Any Google Settlement

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

WASHINGTON – Democratic Policy and Communications Committee Chair David N. Cicilline (RI-01) and Congressman Jeff Fortenberry (NE-01) sent a letter to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and Department of Justice (DOJ) last week requesting that they include strong remedies for violations of the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) by YouTube or its parent company, Alphabet Inc, in any settlement.

 

In Wake of Mass Shootings, Cicilline Calls for Congress to Cancel Recess

Sunday, August 4, 2019

PAWTUCKET – Democratic Policy and Communications Committee (DPCC) Chair David N. Cicilline (RI-01) issued the following statement today:

 

“Words fail at times like these. There are no words that can capture the grief we feel today for Dayton and El Paso. There are no words that can ever repair the damage that’s been done to these communities.”

 

Cicilline Statement on Mueller Testimony

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

WASHINGTON – Democratic Policy and Communications Committee (DPCC) Chair David N. Cicilline (RI-01) issued the following statement today:

 

“The Constitution makes clear that only Congress can hold a corrupt president accountable by removing him from office.”

 

“As he did in his 400-page report, Special Counsel Mueller today outlined a series of high crimes committed by President Trump.”

 

Cicilline Questions Mueller on President Trump Obstructing Justice

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

WASHINGTON – Democratic Policy and Communications Committee (DPCC) Chair David N. Cicilline (RI-01) questioned Special Counsel Robert Mueller on his findings regarding President Trump directing his former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski to tell then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions to limit the Special Counsel’s investigation to elections after 2016.

 

The video of Cicilline’s questions and Mueller’s testimony can be viewed by clicking the image below. A full transcript is embedded at the end of this email.

 

Cicilline Criticizes Tech Firms for Evasive Testimony, Requests Answers to Questions

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

WASHINGTON – House Antitrust Subcommittee Chairman David N. Cicilline (RI-01) sent letters today asking Google, Facebook, and Amazon to provide complete answers to questions that were raised during last week’s Subcommittee hearing on “Online Platforms and Market Power, Part 2: Innovation and Entrepreneurship.” The companies contacted today were unable or unwilling to answer numerous questions during the hearing.

 

House Passes Bill to Block Arms Sales to Saudi Arabia and the UAE

Thursday, July 18, 2019

WASHINGTON – The U.S. House of Representatives passed S.J.Res. 38, and two other measures today to block the sale of military weapons to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. This legislation, which has already passed the Senate, rejects President Trump’s attempt to bypass Congressional approval on the sale of weapons being used in the deadly military campaign in Yemen.

 

Cicilline Statement on Death of Former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

WASHINGTON – Democratic Policy Communications Committee (DPCC) Chair David N. Cicilline (RI-01) issued the following statement tonight:

 

“I am deeply saddened to learn of the death of former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, a giant of American legal jurisprudence. Justice Stevens served our country for three and a half decades on the Supreme Court.”

 

Cicilline Statement on Vote Condemning President Trump’s Racist Attacks on Congresswomen

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

WASHINGTON – Democratic Policy and Communications Committee (DPCC) Chair David N. Cicilline (RI-01) issued the following statement today:

 

RI Delegation Announces Over $2 Million in Early Head Start Funding

Monday, July 15, 2019

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse and U.S. Congressmen Jim Langevin and David Cicilline today announced a $2,031,812 grant to provide Rhode Island child development and family support services to low-income infants, toddlers, pregnant women and their families. The grant will be administered by Children’s Friend, a child-serving nonprofit agency with sites in Providence, Pawtucket, and Central Falls. Children’s Friend’s Early Head Start-Child Care Partnership is open to families statewide who meet income guidelines and other eligibility criteria.

 

House Approves Multiple Cicilline Proposals in Large Defense Bill

Friday, July 12, 2019

WASHINGTON – The U.S. House of Representatives passed the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2020 this afternoon. The bill, which sets defense spending levels for the Department of Defense next year, included several items that Congressman David N. Cicilline (RI-01), a member of House Leadership, played a key role in crafting.

 

Cicilline Statement on Facebook Settlement

Friday, July 12, 2019

WASHINGTON – House Antitrust Subcommittee Chairman David N. Cicilline (RI-01) issued the following statement on today’s reports that Facebook has settled for $5 billion with the Federal Trade Commission:

 

“The FTC just gave Facebook a Christmas present five months early. It’s very disappointing that such an enormously powerful company that engaged in such serious misconduct is getting a slap on the wrist. This fine is a fraction of Facebook’s annual revenue. It won’t make them think twice about their responsibility to protect user data.”

Cicilline Statement on Acosta Resignation

Friday, July 12, 2019

WASHINGTON – Democratic Policy and Communications Committee (DPCC) Chair David N. Cicilline (RI-01) issued the following statement today:

 

“Secretary Acosta never should have been nominated or confirmed in the first place. Sadly, this is what we’ve come to expect under the most corrupt administration in our history, and a Republican Senate that refuses to stand up to President Trump. The American people deserve better.”

 

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