Press Releases

RI Delegation Announces Nearly $6M to Hire 24 New Firefighters & Enhance Public Safety

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

WASHINGTON, DC – Three local fire departments are getting a big staffing boost thanks to a federal public safety staffing grant.

Today, U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse and Congressmen Jim Langevin and David Cicilline announced a total of $5,877,024 in federal funding to help fire departments in Middletown, Portsmouth, and Woonsocket recruit, hire, and train firefighters.

Cicilline Votes to Restore Full Funding and Service of U.S. Postal Service

Saturday, August 22, 2020

WASHINGTON – U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (RI-01), Chairman of the House Democratic Policy and Communications Committee voted to fully restore the “operational changes” and fully fund the United States Postal Service. Earlier in the day, he spoke on the House floor about this important vote. 

Remarks are embedded at the end of this email. 

David N. CicillineProtecting the USPSAugust 22, 2020

RI Delegation Announces Nearly $3.9 Million for Local Fire Departments

Friday, August 21, 2020

PROVIDENCE, RI – Today, U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse and Congressmen Jim Langevin and David Cicilline announced $3,884,710 in new federal funding for seventeen fire departments across the state.  The delegation says the cities, towns, and fire districts are receiving federal funds to purchase vital equipment, including fire hoses, trucks, high-tech breathing equipment, and personal protective equipment (PPE).

Cicilline On Trump and Pompeo’s Re-Imposing Sanctions on Iran

Friday, August 21, 2020

WASHINGTON – U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (RI-01), a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, issued the following statement today:

“The actions of the Trump Administration have brought Iran closer to having a nuclear weapon. Their abrupt departure from the Iran Deal, and their failure to stop the expiration of the arms embargo with Iran have imperiled us all.”

RI Delegation Demands Trump Administration End Sabotage of Postal Service

Tuesday, August 18, 2020

WASHINGTON, DCU.S. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse and Congressmen Jim Langevin and David Cicilline are demanding that the Trump administration end its sabotage of the United States Postal Service (USPS).  In a letter sent today to U.S.

RI Delegation Announces $2.3 Million Grant FOR ‘401 Tech Bridge’ Facility to Propel Textiles, Composites, Undersea Technology Industries

Friday, August 14, 2020

Washington, D.C.U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse and Congressmen Jim Langevin and David Cicilline today announced that the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) has awarded Polaris Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) a $2.3 million grant to open a new facility in Rhode Island that will support the growth of the local textiles, composites, and undersea technology industries.

RI Delegation Delivers $8.9M to Upgrade RIPTA Bus Fleet

Tuesday, August 11, 2020

PROVIDENCE, RI – The Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA) will be able to upgrade its bus fleet thanks to a new federal grant that was secured with the help of U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse and U.S. Representatives Jim Langevin and David Cicilline.

RI Delegation Announces Over $2.5M to Help RIers Access Housing During COVID-19 Crisis

Monday, August 10, 2020

WASHINGTON, DC – In an effort to help low-income families shelter in place safely and connect to essential health and educational services 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 $2,552,658 in federal funding for 24 Rhode Island public housing agencies (PHAs) and two behavioral health centers through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Housing Choice Voucher Program.

Cicilline Closing Remarks

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

WASHINGTON – U.S. House Antitrust Subcommittee Chairman David N. Cicilline (RI-01) delivered closing remarks at the end of today’s hearing with the CEOs of Facebook, Amazon, Apple, and Google. Click the image below to watch a video of Cicilline’s remarks. A transcript is embedded at the end of this email. 

David N. Cicilline
Closing Remarks
July 29, 2020

I want to thank the witnesses for their testimony today. And my colleagues on both sides of the aisle.

Cicilline Opening Statement At Big Tech Antitrust Hearing

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

WASHINGTON – U.S. House Antitrust, Commercial, and Administrative Law Subcommittee Chairman David N. Cicilline (RI-01) gave the following opening statement at the Hearing on “Online Platforms and Market Power, Part 6: Examining the Dominance of Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google.”

Cicilline Grills Attorney General Barr

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

WASHINGTON – U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (RI-01) questioned Attorney General Barr at today’s House Judiciary Committee hearing.

Cicilline, Merkley Introduce Legislation to Ban the Sale of Middle Seats During Pandemic

Thursday, July 23, 2020

WASHINGTONU.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (RI-01) introduced the Maintaining Important Distance During Lengthy Epidemics (MIDDLE) Act along with Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR) to prohibit airlines from filling adjacent seats in passenger aircraft for the duration of the pandemic and would require that passengers and crewmembers wear masks when boarding.

RI Delegation Announces Distribution of $71.3 Million in CARES Act Funds to Five Local Hospitals

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse, along with Congressmen Jim Langevin and David Cicilline, today announced that $71.3 million in funding from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act has been distributed to five Rhode Island hospitals to offset the costs of caring for coronavirus patients.  The funding was awarded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

House Passes Three Cicilline Bills to Boost Rhode Island Economy

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

WASHINGTON – The U.S. House passed a Defense spending bill today that includes three provisions first proposed by U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (RI-01) to expand economic opportunity for working Rhode Islanders.

Cicilline Statement on Death of Congressman John Lewis

Saturday, July 18, 2020

PAWTUCKET - U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (RI-01) issued the following statement today:

“Over the course of his 80 years of life, on a journey that took him from a sharecropper's farm to the halls of Congress, John Lewis never stopped fighting to extend the blessings of liberty to all Americans.

Cicilline Pushing Bipartisan Legislation to Increase Access to Telehealth Services for Substance Use Disorder Treatment

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

WASHINGTON – U.S. Representatives David Cicilline (D-RI), David B. McKinley P.E. (R-W.Va.), Ted Budd (R-NC), and David Trone (D-MD) have introduced the Telehealth Response for E-prescribing Addiction Therapy Services (TREATS) Act to support the expansion of telehealth services for substance use disorder treatment.

Cicilline Statement on Trump Tax Return Rulings

Thursday, July 9, 2020

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

RI Delegation Announces $128K to Expand Telehealth at Thundermist Health Center During Pandemic

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Providence, RI – U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse and Congressmen Jim Langevin and David Cicilline today announced that Thundermist Health Center has been awarded $128,347 from the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) COVID-19 Telehealth Program to establish robust telehealth services during the ongoing pandemic.

Cicilline on Trump’s Withdrawal from WHO

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

PAWTUCKET – U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (RI-01), a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, issued the following statement tonight:

“This is a terrible decision. Leaving the WHO at this moment makes our country less safe. We should be leading the world in the fight against this pandemic, producing protective equipment, and developing a vaccine. Instead, the President is waving a white flag of surrender to the disease and telling the American people to fend for themselves. Once again, President Trump has failed to lead.”

Raskin, Cicilline Introduce Legislation to Stop Home Manufacture of “Ghost Guns”

Thursday, July 2, 2020

WASHINGTON – Congressmen Jamie Raskin (MD-08) and David Cicilline (RI-01) just introduced legislation to reduce gun violence by banning the home manufacture of “ghost guns” — firearms that require no background check, have no serial number, and are essentially impossible to trace if used in committing murder, robbery or other crimes.

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