Press Releases

2021/05/11
PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island’s Congressional Delegation held a press conference with the United Way this morning to encourage eligible Rhode Islanders to take advantage of the expanded, improved Child Tax Credit that Congress established through the American Rescue Plan earlier this year. Eligible Rhode Islanders can take advantage of the Child Tax Credit when filing their federal income taxes, which are due one week from today, May 17th.
2021/05/11
WASHINGTON – Members of Congress traditionally invite a guest to attend presidential speeches to Congress. This year, due to COVID-19 safety precautions, U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (RI-01) will host a virtual guest for President Biden’s Address to the Joint Session of Congress. Kristina Contreras Fox of Smithfield will watch Wednesday night’s address remotely as Congressman Cicilline’s virtual guest. As an employee of the Rhode Island Coalition for the Homeless, Kristina works as an advocate for a community that the President has made a priority during his first 100 Days. An AmeriCorps alum, Kristina is looking forward to President Biden’s first address to Congress. Photo provided by Kristina Contreras Fox
2021/05/11
WASHINGTON – In order to address the growing threat that ghost guns present to public safety, U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (RI-01) today announced the introduction of the Untraceable Firearms Act of 2021. “Gun violence is a public health epidemic in our country. In recent years, the increased presence of ghost guns in our communities has made this problem even worse. These untraceable weapons make it harder for law enforcement to find and prosecute violent criminals,” said Cicilline. “This legislation will close the ghost gun loophole and make these weapons easier to trace. It’s just commonsense.”
2021/04/28
WASHINGTON – U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (RI-01) issued the following statement after attending President Biden’s Address to a Joint Session of Congress: “In his first 100 days, President Biden has taken bold action to address multiple crises facing our country. In the midst of a global pandemic, he has led the way as we delivered much-needed relief for families, small businesses, and communities that are struggling. Tonight, he made clear that his administration is committed to building on this progress and making a once-in-a-generation investment to good-paying create jobs.”
2021/04/22
WASHINGTON – U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (RI-01) released the following statement after the House voted to make Washington, D.C., the 51st State: “I was proud to vote for legislation making Washington, D.C., our country’s 51st State today. More than 700,000 Americans call the District of Columbia home. Yet, they still do not have a voice in Congress. This isn’t just wrong, it’s un-American. America is the only democracy in the world that does not provide residents of its capital with voting representation in their national legislature. The Senate should bring this bill up for a vote as soon as possible.”
2021/04/22
WASHINGTON – The Congressional LGBTQ+ Equality Caucus applauded the U.S. Department for Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for withdrawing a rule proposed by the Trump Administration that would have allowed discrimination in access to emergency shelter.  “I thank Secretary Fudge for taking this action today. No person should ever be denied access to housing because of their sexual orientation or gender identity,” said Equality Caucus Chair David N. Cicilline (RI-01). “The Biden administration is doing everything it can under the law to ensure LGBTQ+ people have an equal opportunity to get ahead. I hope the Senate will soon follow their lead, and send the Equality Act, which the House approved earlier this year, to the President for his signature.”
2021/04/22
WASHINGTON – U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (RI-01) spoke on the House floor today during debate on the National Origin-Based Antidiscrimination for Nonimmigrants (NO BAN) Act (H.R. 1333), legislation that strengthens immigration law to explicitly prohibit discrimination based on religion. A video of Cicilline’s remarks can be viewed by clicking the image below. A transcript is embedded at the end of this email. David N. Cicilline NO BAN Act April 21, 2021 Remarks As Delivered Madam Speaker, I rise in strong support of H.R. 1333, the NO BAN Act.
2021/04/21
WASHINGTON – U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (RI-01), who introduced the bipartisan No Oil Producing and Exporting Cartels (NOPEC) Act (H.R.2393) earlier this year along with Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (NY-10) and Republican Congressman Steve Chabot (OH-01), issued the following statement after the House Judiciary Committee voted to send his bill to the House floor:
2021/04/20
WASHINGTON – U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (RI-01) issued the following statement this morning on the passing of former Vice President Walter Mondale: “A true son of Minnesota, Walter “Fritz” Mondale rose from humble origins to serve our country as an Army Corporal, in the U.S. Senate, and as Vice President of the United States.” “Born to a Methodist minister and a part-time school teacher in a rural community, Vice President Mondale never stopped fighting for those looking to get ahead. History will judge him as a kind and decent man who offered our country a path far different than Ronald Reagan’s. I was proud to vote for him in 1984, and I often wonder how much kinder and gentler our country would be today if he had been given the opportunity to serve.”
2021/04/16
WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Congressman David Cicilline (RI-01) have introduced the bipartisan Advancing Mutual Interests and Growing Our Success (AMIGOS) Act, which would extend trade and investor visas to Portuguese citizens to increase international business between the United States and Portugal. “Generations of hardworking Portuguese immigrants have made important cultural and economic contributions to Rhode Island,” said Senator Whitehouse.  “Our bipartisan AMIGOS Act would deepen America’s ties to Portugal by boosting commerce between the two countries and encouraging more job-creating investments in the United States.”
2021/04/15
Thank you, Mr. Chairman. I strongly support the Committee’s adoption of the investigative report entitled, “Investigation of Competition in Digital Markets,” along with all supplemental, minority, additional, or dissenting views filed thereto. The Report was prepared in the 116th Congress by the Subcommittee on Antitrust, Commercial and Administrative Law. Before I move to the substance of the Report, I want to take a moment to reflect on the remarkable and bipartisan investigative and oversight work by the members of the Subcommittee during the last Congress.
2021/04/15
WASHINGTON – House Antitrust Subcommittee Chairman David N. Cicilline (RI-01) issued the following statement today after the House Judiciary Committee marked up and approved a report on the findings of the Subcommittee’s 16-month long investigation into the state of competition in the digital economy:
2021/04/15
WASHINGTON – U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (RI-01) spoke on the House floor today during debate on the Paycheck Fairness Act (H.R.7), legislation that strengthens and closes loopholes in the 1963 Equal Pay Act, including providing effective remedies for workers who are not being paid equal pay for equal work. Cicilline’s remarks can be viewed by clicking the image below. A transcript is embedded at the end of this email. David N. Cicilline Paycheck Fairness Act April 15, 2021 Remarks As Delivered Mr. Speaker, this nation has made far too little progress in the fight for equal pay in the workplace.
2021/04/14
WASHINGTON – U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (RI-01) announced today that, as a result of the American Rescue Plan, which Congress passed last month, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is providing new resources for Rhode Islanders who have incurred a COVID-19-related funeral expense since January 20, 2020. Eligible Rhode Islanders may apply for a maximum reimbursement of up to $9,000 per funeral. 
2021/04/13
Providence, RI – U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse and Congressmen Jim Langevin and David Cicilline today announced that 401 Tech Bridge has received $724,674 from the Economic Development Administration’s (EDA) Scaling Pandemic Resilience Through Innovation and Technology (SPRINT) Challenge. The SPRINT Challenge was created last year by the CARES Act with the aim of harnessing America’s entrepreneurial talents to address the economic and health risks caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
2021/04/08
WASHINGTON – U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (RI-01), who joined President Biden for today’s announcement of new executive orders to combat gun violence, issued the statement below: “The United States is the only developed country in the world where gun violence is a public health emergency. We kill each other with guns 297 times more often than the Japanese, 49 times more often than the French, and 33 times more often than the Israelis. For the last quarter century, Republicans in Congress have refused to do anything to stop this bloodshed. It’s a disgrace.”
2021/04/06
PAWTUCKET – U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (RI-01) issued the following statement today: “Beginning as a civil rights attorney and continuing through nearly three decades in Congress, Alcee Hastings fought to make our country a kinder, fairer place, particularly for Black men and women. His death today is a loss for the people of southeast Florida, who he served for so long.” “My thoughts are with his wife, Patricia, and their entire family during this time of grief.”
2021/03/31
PAWTUCKET — U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (RI-01) issued the following statement today: “President Biden’s American Jobs Plan is the kind of bold, innovative investment in America’s future that we have not seen since we built the interstate highways and won the space race. As all of us continue working to crush the virus, it’s critical that we remember we can’t just build back to the way things were before. This is a time for us to reimagine and rebuild a new economy that works for all Americans, not just the wealthy. The American Jobs Plan will make this possible by creating millions of good-paying jobs, rebuilding our infrastructure, and positioning us to out-compete China in the years ahead.”
2021/03/25
NEW YORK / PAWTUCKET – Today, Acting Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Chairwoman Rebecca Kelly Slaughter announced the creation of a rulemaking office in the FTC “to reinvigorate rulemaking authority to level the playing field for consumers and businesses.” Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (NY-10) and Judiciary Antitrust Subcommittee Chairman David N. Cicilline (RI-01) released the following statements:
2021/03/24
PAWTUCKET – U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (RI-01) and Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse introduced legislation today to establish a regional commission encompassing Rhode Island and surrounding counties in Massachusetts and Connecticut. The Southern New England Regional Commission Act will allow jurisdictions at different levels to work together to leverage federal support to strengthen the area’s economy.

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