Press Releases

2020/01/08
WASHINGTON – U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (RI-01), a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and Chair of the Democratic Policy and Communications Committee, issued the following statement in response to the Iranian attack on U.S. bases in Iraq:   “I am thankful today that American servicemembers and our Iraqi allies are safe and that there were no casualties as a result of the Iranian attack on our bases. We must now do all that we can to deescalate this crisis immediately and seek a diplomatic resolution.”  
2020/01/06
PROVIDENCE, RI – In an effort to strengthen local conservation and recreation efforts, Rhode Island’s Congressional delegation today announced that Providence’s riverfront is getting a $375,000 infusion of federal funding for a series of long-planned improvements for Phase II of the Woonasquatucket Adventure Park.    Located along the Woonasquatucket River Greenway, the Woonasquatucket Adventure Park, which officially opened to the public this fall, includes picnic areas, a bicycle pump track, a parkour course, and multi-use trails that connect to Merino Park.  In addition to recreational amenities, the Woonasquatucket River Adventure Park is a “climate-smart” park that includes rain gardens to help clean stormwater and reduce flooding.  
2020/01/03
  PAWTUCKET – Democratic Policy and Committee Chair David N. Cicilline (RI-01), who serves on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, released the following statement tonight:   “Soleimani was a terrorist and a murderer and his victims deserved justice.  There is no question the world is better without Soleimani, but it’s important to remember we live in a democracy and the responsibility to declare war rests with Congress. The President took unilateral action today that could result in wide scale conflict and put thousands of American service members and others at grave risk. I pray for their safety tonight and urge the Trump administration to immediately consult with Congress, as required by law, on the next steps necessary to keep our country, and those serving in our military, safe.”  
2020/01/02
Cicilline’s Christmas with the Troops Delegation Makes Final Stop in Qatar Rhode Island Congressman concludes three-country trip to thank American servicemembers, set to return to United States DOHA – U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline’s (RI-01) bipartisan delegation to the Middle East concluded earlier today after the Rhode Island Congressman and his colleagues spent Christmas Day meeting with servicemembers on deployment in Qatar. The Congressional delegation thanked the troops and served them Christmas breakfast and dinner.  
2020/01/02
Cicilline Delegation Spends Christmas Eve with Servicemembers in Bahrain   MANAMA – U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (RI-01) left Bahrain earlier today after meeting with U.S. military personnel and State Department officials on deployment in the Middle East. The U.S. Naval Forces Central Command Headquarters (NAVCENT) in Manama, Bahrain was the second stop for the bipartisan Congressional delegation that Cicilline is leading to spend Christmas with the troops. Members also spent part of the day serving Christmas lunch to servicemembers stationed at NAVCENT.  
2020/01/02
Cicilline Leading Surprise Bipartisan Congressional Delegation to Spend Christmas with The Troops Rhode Island Congressman also met with his office’s Veterans Affairs Advocate, Max Silva, who is currently on active duty  
2019/12/20
CREATES Act will make it easier for generic drugs to come to market, save taxpayers $3.9 billion, lower prescription costs by more than 80%   WASHINGTON – U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline’s (RI-01) Creating and Restoring Equal Access to Equivalent Samples (CREATES) Act (H.R.965) will be signed into law by the President today.  
2019/12/19
“More than most other states, Rhode Islanders understand the devastating impact that bad trade deals have had on working men and women. In the 25 years since NAFTA was signed, we’ve lost nearly 83,000 manufacturing jobs. While corporations and CEOs have lined their pockets by shipping American jobs to Mexico, many Rhode Island workers have struggled just to make ends meet because of NAFTA.”   “To be clear, the USMCA is not the cure-all that President Trump promises. Approving this agreement will not suddenly bring back the jobs we have already lost to Mexico. Nor will it mean ensuring a living wage, access to health care, and retirement security for every working person. We must continue those fights once this agreement passes the Senate.”  
2019/12/18
WASHINGTON – Democratic Policy and Communications Committee (DPCC) Chair David N. Cicilline (RI-01) issued the following statement tonight after voting to impeach President Donald J. Trump for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress:   “There is no question that President Trump abused the enormous power of his office when he solicited foreign interference to help him in his re-election campaign in 2020. His conduct is a continued threat to our democracy and the national security of our country.”   “The facts are undisputed, and it is therefore our duty to our country and to the Constitution to hold this lawless President accountable.”  
2019/12/18
WASHINGTON – Democratic Policy and Communications Committee (DPCC) Chair David N. Cicilline (RI-01) spoke on the House floor moments ago. Cicilline asked Republicans to consider the facts of the case, and to put our country ahead of their political party by voting to impeach President Donald Trump.   The full text of Cicilline’s remarks is embedded at the end of this email. A video of his speech can be viewed by clicking the image below. An electronic copy can also be furnished upon request.     -------------------------------------- David N. Cicilline Remarks As Delivered Impeachment of President Donald J. Trump
2019/12/17
Bipartisan legislation heads to Senate with new resources for election security, gun violence research, infrastructure, and more   WASHINGTON – The U.S. House passed a bipartisan proposal today that will fund the federal government through the end of the fiscal year. U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (RI-01), who voted in favor of the bills proposed, used his position in House Leadership to lead the effort to secure substantial resources for several initiatives important to Rhode Islanders.  
2019/12/18
WASHINGTON – U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (RI-01) voted in favor of the National Defense Authorization Act, which now heads to the U.S. Senate for further consideration. The annual defense authorization proposal includes several priorities for Rhode Island, including paid family leave for federal workers, higher wages for servicemembers, and protections for Liberian nationals facing deportation (Rhode Island has the highest Liberian population per capita of any state).  
2019/12/13
WASHINGTON – Democratic Policy and Communications Committee (DPCC) Chair David N. Cicilline (RI-01) issued the following statement this morning after voting to approve two articles of impeachment in the House Judiciary Committee:   “President Donald J. Trump tried to cheat to win the 2020 election. The overwhelming evidence established that he used the awesome power of his office to coerce a foreign government to corrupt our elections by smearing his most feared political rival. In so doing, he put his own political interests above our nation’s interests and betrayed the national security of the United States.  His conduct remains a clear and present danger to our democracy.”  
2019/12/12
WASHINGTON – The House of Representatives voted today to pass the Elijah E. Cummings Lower Drug Costs Now Act (H.R. 3), landmark legislation that will give Medicare the power to negotiate directly with drug companies to bring down prices and make those savings available to hardworking families across America.  
2019/12/10
  WASHINGTON – Democratic Policy and Communications Committee (DPCC) Chair David N. Cicilline (RI-01), a member of the House Judiciary Committee, issued the following statement today:   “The facts are beyond dispute. President Trump abused his office, the enormous power of the presidency, to solicit foreign interference in an American election, specifically to help in his re-election. His actions undermined our national security. President Trump put his own personal, political interests ahead of our country’s interest. His conduct makes him a clear and present danger to both our democracy and our national security.”  
2019/12/09
WASHINGTON – Democratic Policy and Communications Committee Chair David N. Cicilline (RI-01) questioned witnesses today during the House Judiciary Committee’s hearing on the Trump-Ukraine Impeachment Inquiry Report and the Constitutional Grounds for Presidential Impeachment Report.   A link to the full line of questioning and excerpts are included below:    
2019/12/06
WASHINGTON – Democratic Policy and Communications Committee Chair David N. Cicilline (RI-01) released the following statement today after the House passed the Voting Rights Advancement Act (H.R. 4), legislation he cosponsored to protect every American’s right to vote by restoring the Voting Rights Act and fighting back against Republican attempts to make it more difficult for people to participate in the democratic process:  

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