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WASHINGTON – U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (RI-01) announced today that he will welcome Carrigan Nelson of Portsmouth as his guest for the State of the Union address next month.  
Practically everybody in Washington is mad at Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google. David Cicilline might actually do something about it.
The two companies, along with Sonos and Basecamp, are set to testify at an antitrust hearing Friday that Apple, Amazon, Facebook and Google threaten their businesses
BOULDER – House Antitrust Subcommittee Chairman David N. Cicilline (RI-01) is currently leading a field hearing today at the University of Colorado Law School to examine the state of competition in the digital marketplace with CEOs and top executives from small and medium sized companies, including Sonos, Popsockets, Basecamp, and Tile. The following is a transcript of Chairman Cicilline’s opening remarks:   -----------------   Chairman David N. Cicilline (RI-01) Opening Remarks as Delivered January 17, 2020  
  WASHINGTON – Democratic Policy and Communications Committee (DPCC) Chair David N. Cicilline (RI-01) issued the following statement today:   “There is no question that President Trump’s directive to kill a high-ranking Iranian general was a strategic setback. It forced us to suspend operations against ISIS. It led to Iran announcing it would no longer adhere to any of the limits imposed on its nuclear weapons program. It damaged our relationship with Iraq’s government, resulted in a military strike on American bases, and could result in thousands more troops being sent to the region. In short, it was dangerous, reckless, and made America less safe.”  
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.”  
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.  
  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.”  
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.  
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  
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.  
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.  
“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.”  
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).  



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