Press Releases

2020/06/25
WASHINGTON – Moments ago, Democratic Policy and Communications Committee (DPCC) Chair David N. Cicilline (RI-01) spoke on the House floor to demand passage of the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act (H.R.7120). Cicilline is a co-sponsor of the bill and voted to pass it last week in the House Judiciary Committee. David N. Cicilline George Floyd Justice in Policing Act June 25, 2020 Madame Speaker, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. visited my district in April 1967. Almost a year to the day he was killed, Dr. King told Rhode Islanders, “I haven’t lost faith in the future. But I never intend to adjust myself to the madness of militarism or of racial inequality.” More than 50 years later, we are still fighting the madness of racial inequality.
2020/06/24
WASHINGTON – U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (RI-01) asked Department of Justice whistleblower John Elias about Attorney General William Barr’s abuse of power by directing the Antitrust Division to take unwarranted actions against auto manufacturers that had agreed to limit their emissions. Click the image below for a video of Cicilline’s remarks. A transcript is embedded below. David N. Cicilline House Judiciary Committee June 17, 2020 Rep. Cicilline: Thank you Mr. Chairman, Mr. Elias, Mr. Ayer, and Mr. Zelinsky, you are courageous American heroes. Because of you and others like you our Justice Department has been the envy of the world.
2020/06/23
PAWTUCKET – U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline is pushing for passage of the Moving Forward Act (H.R.2), legislation he co-sponsored investing $1.5 trillion in modern, sustainable infrastructure while creating millions of good-paying jobs. The massive infrastructure package includes legislation authored by Cicilline to encourage the research and use of innovative construction materials, such as composites, which can be used for vital, more resilient infrastructure projects. This legislation will create good-paying jobs, especially in Rhode Island which is a national leader in this sector and has nearly 70 composite companies.
2020/06/18
WASHINGTON – Democratic Policy and Communications Committee (DPCC) Chair David N. Cicilline (RI-01) issued the following statement today after the United States Supreme Court blocked President Trump from ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program: “I am pleased that the Supreme Court made the right decision today. Dreamers are American citizens in every sense of the word. They were brought here as children. The President and his allies claim they are a burden on our country. To the contrary, they make rich contributions to our society every day. They have earned Rhode scholarships, started businesses, and founded non-profits. America is their home. They know no other country than this one.”
2020/06/17
WASHINGTON – U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (RI-01) urged swift passage of the Justice in Policing Act during today’s House Judiciary Committee consideration of the bill. Click the image below for a video of Cicilline’s remarks. The text of his speech, as delivered, is embedded below. David N. Cicilline Justice in Policing Act June 17, 2020 Thank you, Mr. Chairman for your extraordinary leadership that brings us to this markup today. I’d also like to recognize the magnificent leadership of Congresswoman Karen Bass, the Chair of the Crime Subcommittee and the Congressional Black Caucus, on this historic legislation.
2020/06/16
INFRA Grant-funded upgrades will improve safety, reduce congestion on main artery between Providence and Worcester Providence, RI – U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse and Congressmen Jim Langevin and David Cicilline today announced that the Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) has been awarded a landmark $65 million federal grant to overhaul Route 146. The Infrastructure for Rebuilding America Grant, also known as an INFRA Grant, will fund the replacement of multiple bridges along the Route 146 corridor, the reconfiguration of the interchange at Sayles Hill Road, and the repaving of miles of roadway, among other improvements to increase safety and reduce congestion on the main regional artery.
2020/06/16
PAWTUCKET– House Antitrust Subcommittee Chairman David N. Cicilline (RI-01), took part in a panel discussion on COVID-19 social media disinformation at George Washington University’s Institute for Data, Democracy & Politics this morning. The text of Cicilline’s opening remarks, as delivered, is embedded below. -------------------------------- David N. CicillineRemarks As DeliveredJune 16, 2020 Thank you, Frank. Good morning, and thank you for having me at today’s important conversation on the real-world effects of social media disinformation on people’s health and safety. I’m thrilled to be here with such an impressive group of panelists today, including Speaker Pelosi, Chairwoman Schakowsky, Senator Murray, and several of my other colleagues. 
2020/06/15
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.” “At the same time, we need to recognize how much work remains to be done. Right now, millions of LGBTQ people can still legally be denied access to housing, education, federal funding, public accommodations, credit, and the opportunity to serve on a jury.”
2020/06/11
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.  
2020/06/06
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.”
2020/06/03
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.  
2020/05/28
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.   "Our first priority right now is protecting the lives and livelihoods of the American people," said Cicilline. "This legislation will make it easier for the smallest of small businesses to access PPP relief. Mitch McConnell should bring the Senate back from vacation and pass this bill."  
2020/05/22
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. Government infrastructure to the municipalities of Newport, Middletown, and Portsmouth.  Reed, Whitehouse, and Cicilline announced the federal funds will be used to develop a plan to ensure the land and assets are utilized in a way that benefits the economy, environment, and overall quality of life throughout Aquidneck Island.
2020/05/22
Providence & Pawtucket receive federal assistance to fund 21 new housing vouchers for low-income residents   PROVIDENCE, RI – In an effort to prevent homelessness and help more families access safe housing 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 $223,885 in federal funding for two Rhode Island public housing agencies (PHAs) through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Mainstream Voucher Program.   
2020/05/22
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.   “Microtargeting is a threat to our democracy. Campaigns and foreign actors can use this technology to manipulate voters with high volumes of misleading information that is virtually impossible to keep track of,” said Cicilline. “The American people should choose their leaders, not sophisticated data firms or foreign adversaries that have their own agendas.”  
2020/05/21
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. Grace Meng, Brian Higgins, Donald Payne, and Dwight Evans.  
2020/05/15
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.  
2020/05/13
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. Department of the Treasury (Treasury Department) to use their authority under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act to restrict large corporations that receive bailout funds from engaging in potentially harmful mergers and acquisitions in order to protect small businesses and their workers, and to ensure a functioning, competitive economy.  
2020/05/13
PAWTUCKET – House Antitrust Subcommittee Chairman David N. Cicilline (RI-01) issued the following statement today:  

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