Rhode Islanders Turn Out for Cicilline’s Newport Senior Resources Fair

Monday, May 13, 2019

NEWPORT - Hundreds of Rhode Islanders packed the Vasco da Gama Portuguese-American Society Hall this evening for Congressman David N. Cicilline’s (RI-01) Newport Senior Resources Fair. Tonight’s event took place just days before the U.S. House is slated to vote on Cicilline’s proposal to save taxpayers $3.9 billion on the cost of prescription drugs.

 

“After a lifetime of hard work, Rhode Island seniors shouldn’t have to worry about a single thing,” said Cicilline. “I’m proud that tonight’s event was able to bring so many Rhode Islanders together with organizations that can provide the resources they need. This is how government should always work for the people it serves.”

 

Tonight’s Senior Resources Fair, the first of its kind in Newport, provided Rhode Island seniors, caregivers, and individuals with disabilities with direct access to more than 50 organizations. Groups in attendance included the Rhode Island Division of Elderly Affairs, the Social Security Administration, and RIHousing. Members of Cicilline’s Congressional staff were also on hand to provide constituent assistance for attendees.

 

Cicilline’s first Senior Resources Fair took place in East Providence in 2012. Since then, the one-of-a-kind constituent service event has grown to three events each year – one in East Providence, one in Woonsocket, and tonight’s event in Newport. Tonight’s event took place just days before the full U.S. House will vote on Cicilline’s bipartisan CREATES Act, a bill that will lower the cost of prescription drugs by as much as 85%.

 

During his time in office, Cicilline has established himself as a leading advocate for the interests of older Americans. He has frequently fought to ensure Rhode Island seniors receive increases in Social Security benefits that keep pace with inflation. A recipient of the Rhode Island Alliance for Retired Americans’ Social Security and Medicare Hero’s Award, Cicilline has never wavered in his opposition to Republican efforts to cut Social Security and Medicare benefits.

 

During his first term in office, Cicilline formed a Seniors Advisory Group to meet regularly and discuss ways to better serve senior constituents. The advisory group, which he still meets with regularly, consists of senior center directors, senior advocates and providers of senior services, who provide direct input related to his work on behalf of older Rhode Islanders.

 

Cicilline is currently preparing to introduce legislation re-establishing the House Permanent Select Committee on Aging, a body that conducted investigations and held hearings on issues important to seniors from 1974 through 1992.

 

For more information on services available through Cicilline’s office, please call 729-5600.

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