Press Releases

Cicilline Statement on Acosta Resignation

Friday, July 12, 2019

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

 

“Secretary Acosta never should have been nominated or confirmed in the first place. Sadly, this is what we’ve come to expect under the most corrupt administration in our history, and a Republican Senate that refuses to stand up to President Trump. The American people deserve better.”

 

Cicilline Statement on Trump Press Conference

Thursday, July 11, 2019

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

 

“I’m pleased that President Trump has finally backed down from his ridiculous effort to weaponize the Census. Apparently, the rule of law still means something in this country.”

Cicilline Proposal to Strengthen U.S.-Cyprus Relations Adopted in U.S. House

Thursday, July 11, 2019

WASHINGTON – U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (RI-01) successfully included an amendment in the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2020 under consideration in the U.S. House of Representatives today to end the U.S. arms embargo in Cyprus, which currently forces the nation to depend on other countries, including those that may pose challenges to U.S. national security interests around the world, for defense-related materials.

 

Cicilline Statement on Judiciary Committee Passage of Bipartisan Small Business Reorganization Act

Thursday, July 11, 2019

WASHINGTON – U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (RI-01), who introduced the Small Business Reorganization Act (H.R. 3311) with Republican Congressman Ben Cline (VA-06), issued the following statement today after the bill passed the House Judiciary Committee:

 

House Adopts Cicilline Proposal to Protect Servicemembers from Unfair Forced Arbitration

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

WASHINGTON – While considering the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2020, the U.S. House of Representatives adopted Antitrust Subcommittee Chair David N. Cicilline’s (RI-01) bipartisan amendment today to protect servicemembers from being forced into arbitration, a practice that allows companies to settle disputes by choosing the arbiter and venue while denying servicemembers any right to repeal.

 

Cicilline Amendment to Strengthen U.S. Manufacturing Adopted by House

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

WASHINGTON – The U.S. House of Representatives adopted an amendment authored by U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (RI-01) to the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2020 today to require a report on the increased automation of the Defense manufacturing industry. Information from this report will be critical in protecting jobs in Rhode Island’s defense manufacturing sector.

 

Cicilline Statement on Acosta Press Conference

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

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

 

“Secretary Acosta had a chance to do right by Jeffrey Epstein’s victims. He failed. Today’s press conference doesn’t change that. The only appropriate thing for him to do now is to resign.”

Antitrust Chair on Trump’s ‘Social Media Summit’

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

WASHINGTON – House Antitrust Subcommittee Chairman David N. Cicilline (RI-01) issued the following statement today on the “social media summit” President Trump is hosting for conservatives tomorrow at the White House:

 

“I’ve never seen evidence of tech firm bias against conservatives. If someone wants to show me some empirical data, instead of some alt-right member’s paranoid claims, I’d appreciate it. In the meantime, it would be great if President Trump would get serious about antitrust.”

Cicilline Calls on Secretary of Labor to Step Down

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

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

 

“Secretary Acosta needs to step down immediately. No one can give an incredibly generous plea deal to a remorseless child molester and still expect to hold the public’s trust. As U.S. Attorney, Secretary Acosta failed Jeffrey Epstein’s victims. He failed the people of South Florida. He cannot continue to serve as Secretary of Labor.”

Cicilline Statement on Pompeo’s Anti-Women, Anti-LGBTI Commission

Monday, July 8, 2019

PAWTUCKET – Last month, the U.S. House approved an amendment blocking funding for Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s so-called “Commission on Unalienable Rights” in the State, Foreign Operations, and Related Agencies appropriations bill. DPCC Chair David N. Cicilline (RI-01), who authored the House amendment, issued the following statement today after Pompeo unveiled his plans for the Commission:

 

Cicilline Delivers First Shipment of Library of Congress Books to Warren Library

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

WARREN – U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (RI-01) delivered the first shipment of books to George Hail Free Library in Warren today as part of his newly announced participation in the Library of Congress Surplus Books Program. The program allows Members of Congress to donate extra copies of books from the Library of Congress to local schools, libraries, and non-profit organizations.

 

Cicilline Introduces Bill to Permanently Ban Bump Stocks

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

PAWTUCKET – Democratic Policy and Communications Committee Chair David N. Cicilline (RI-01) and thirty cosponsors introduced legislation today to permanently ban the manufacture, possession, sale, or transport of bump stocks and acceleration devices like the ones used to murder 58 people in Las Vegas just two years ago.

 

Cicilline Statement on Supreme Court Blocking Citizenship Question from 2020 Census

Thursday, June 27, 2019

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

 

“The Trump administration tried to weaponize the U.S. Census for their own political benefit. I am pleased that the Supreme Court has temporarily blocked them from doing so. It’s critical that everyone be counted in 2020. That won’t happen if the administration continues to play politics with the Census.”

Antitrust Subcommittee Hears Testimony on Student Debt Crisis, Bankruptcy Reform

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Chairman Cicilline pledges solutions for working people

 

WASHINGTON – The U.S. House Antitrust Subcommittee, led by Chairman David N. Cicilline (D-RI), held a hearing this morning on possible solutions for the student debt crisis, as well as ways to make it easier for small business owners, farmers, and veterans to use the bankruptcy system to offload debt.

 

Cicilline Statement on Trump Delaying Mass Deportations

Saturday, June 22, 2019

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

 

“It’s now clear that the President is using immigrant families as a bargaining chip to force taxpayers to build him an expensive, ineffective wall on the U.S.-Mexico border.”

 

Cicilline Statement on the Passing of Jim Taricani

Saturday, June 22, 2019

WASHINGTON – U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (RI-01) issued the following statement today after the passing of investigative reporter and local journalism legend, Jim Taricani:

 

“I’m very sad to hear that Jim Taricani has passed away. He was a talented, determined investigative reporter who always fought to get the story, and to get it right. He was a person of extraordinary integrity and a principled journalist. My thoughts and prayers are with Jim’s beloved wife Laurie and his entire family today.”

Cicilline Delivers Keynote Address at American Antitrust Institute’s 20th Annual Policy Conference

Thursday, June 20, 2019

WASHINGTON - House Antitrust Subcommittee Chair David N. Cicilline (RI-01) delivered the keynote address at the American Antitrust Institute’s 20th Annual Policy Conference today. Cicilline’s remarks at the conference, entitled “Strengthening Antitrust Enforcement,” highlighted the dangers of America’s current competition crisis caused by increased concentration across a number of industries. He also discussed Congress’ responsibility to examine the effectiveness of antitrust laws and update them when they are not working the way they need to.

 

Foreign Affairs Committee Passes Cicilline’s Global Respect Act

Thursday, June 20, 2019

WASHINGTON – The House Foreign Affairs Committee passed U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline’s (RI-01), Global Respect Act to impose sanctions on foreign individuals who are found responsible for human rights violations against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) individuals abroad.

 

Cicilline Introduces Bipartisan Small Business Reorganization Act

Thursday, June 20, 2019

WASHINGTON – House Antitrust Subcommittee Chairman David N. Cicilline (RI-01) joined with U.S. Congressman Ben Cline (VA-06) to introduce the bipartisan Small Business Reorganization Act (H.R. 3311) to simplify the process for small businesses to use bankruptcy as a means of reorganization. The bill is also co-sponsored by House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Doug Collins (GA-09) and U.S. Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09).

 

House Approves Multiple Cicilline Funding Requests in Appropriations Package

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Rhode Island Congressman leading effort to protect afterschool and Special Olympics funding from Trump, ensure significant resources to prevent lead poisoning in kids

 

WASHINGTON – The U.S. House of Representatives passed an appropriations bill this afternoon to fund the U.S. Departments of Defense, Education, Energy, Labor, and Health & Human Services.

 

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