Cicilline Statement on Take Responsibility for Workers and Families Act

Monday, March 23, 2020

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


“This bill addresses many key priorities for Rhode Island that I’ve raised with Speaker Pelosi over the past week. Chief among these are critical financial support to ensure hospitals can care for patients and provide health care workers and first responders with the best protective equipment available, direct cash payments for working people, relief for small businesses, expanded unemployment insurance, and strong prohibitions on the use of taxpayer money for stock buybacks.”


“Our focus right now should be on helping out people, not corporations. This bill does that while the Senate’s proposal does not. It’s critical that Mitch McConnell stop playing politics and put a bill on the floor that members of both parties support.”


The Take Responsibility for Workers and Families Act includes several provisions that Cicilline has directly advocated for over the past week with Speaker Pelosi and House negotiators:


  • Desperately needed funds for hospitals to care for patients and ensure health care workers and first responders have the best protective equipment available;
  • Protections for health care workers by requiring the Trump administration to enforce strong Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) protections;
  • $1,500 in immediate assistance for each individual, up to $7,500 for a family of five;
  • A moratorium on eviction proceedings;
  • A halt on foreclosures for federally-related mortgages;
  • $300 million in food and nutrition assistance for seniors, pregnant women, and students;
  • $200 million for community behavioral health clinics to ensure folks with mental illness can continue to receive treatment;
  • Critical funding to support Rhode Island’s tourism industry, including $500 million for museums and $600 million for arts and humanities grants;
  • Penalties for price gouging;
  • Assistance for individuals with student loan debt;
  • $30 billion to the Department of Education for activities including afterschool and summer learning;
  • $9.5 billion for colleges and universities impacted by the crisis;
  • Expanded child tax and earned income tax credits;
  • And requirements for 15 days of early voting and the option to vote by mail




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