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2022/02/24
WASHINGTON, DC – A fallen Rhode Island soldier who was killed in the line of duty is being honored with a U.S. Post Office being renamed after him. President Joe Biden has now signed a bill into law naming the U.S. postal facility located at 42 Main Street in Slatersville, Rhode Island, as the “Specialist Matthew R. Turcotte Post Office.”  Turcotte, of North Smithfield, was killed in August of 2017 during a live-ammunition training exercise at Fort Carson in Colorado while serving with the 2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team of the 4th Infantry Division.
2022/02/22
PROVIDENCE, RI – Congressman David N. Cicilline (RI-01) released the following statement after Neo-Nazis displaying swastikas protested outside a community library in Providence:    “I am absolutely sickened by the image of a swastika waving in the streets of Providence. Hate groups like neo-Nazis and white supremacists have no place in our city,” said Congressman Cicilline. “Groups like these and the hatred they spew have too often led to terrible violence. The rise of neo-Nazis, white supremacy, and antisemitism in our country is not something we can afford to ignore.  This hatred and last night’s attack are a scourge on our community, and we must all condemn it in the strongest terms.”   ###
2022/02/18
WASHINGTON, DC – In an effort to help Rhode Island fishermen and seafood processors weather economic turmoil brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse and Congressmen Jim Langevin and David Cicilline today announced the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will grant the Ocean State $371,412 through the Seafood Processors Pandemic Response and Safety Block Grant Program (SPRS).  Administered at the local level by the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM), this federal funding provides COVID-19 relief for local seafood processors and processing facilities. While the economy continues to gain strength after the Biden Administration’s historic vaccination and economic relief efforts, USDA is working with agricultural, seafood, and food businesses to ensure they have the resources and tools to thrive. 
2022/02/15
WASHINGTON, DC – As electric vehicle (EV) sales in the United States continue to accelerate at a rapid pace, Rhode Island’s Congressional delegation says it is important for states to keep up with demand and for the federal government to be a reliable partner in strengthening the nation’s charging capacity for electric vehicles.  Sales of electric vehicles doubled in 2021 compared with 2020 and global automakers are projected to spend $515 billion dollars on electric vehicles and batteries through 2030, according to an analysis by Reuters.
2022/02/08
WASHINGTON, DC – Congress today approved legislation to name the U.S. postal facility located at 42 Main Street in Slatersville, Rhode Island, as the “Specialist Matthew R. Turcotte Post Office.”  Turcotte, of North Smithfield, was killed in August of 2017 during a live-ammunition training exercise at Fort Carson in Colorado while serving with the 2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team of the 4th Infantry Division.  The bill, which previously passed the U.S. Senate in July, now goes to President Biden’s desk to be signed into law.
2022/01/31
While in Kyiv, Ukraine on a congressional trip with the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Congressman David N. Cicilline (RI-01) met with Barrington native Michael Druckman, who currently serves as the Resident Program Director for Ukraine at the International Republican Institute (IRI), and Providence native and Classical High School graduate David Gehrenbeck, Counselor for Political Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Ukraine.   Congressman Cicilline (L) with Michael Druckman (R) Congressman Cicilline (R) with David Gehrenbeck (L)
2022/01/28
Providence, RI – U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse and Congressmen Jim Langevin and David Cicilline today announced that six Rhode Island arts organizations have been awarded a total of $450,000 in competitive grant funding from the American Rescue Plan to help cover payroll costs and pandemic-related expenses.  The grants were awarded through the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). “These American Rescue Plan grants will support local artists, create jobs, and help our arts and culture sector continue to recover,” said Senator Reed. “Arts organizations continue to face new, costly challenges as the pandemic evolves,” said Senator Whitehouse.  “This funding from the American Rescue Plan will help ensure these small businesses can continue contributing to the local economy and to our great quality of life in Rhode Island.”
2022/01/25
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman David N. Cicilline (D-RI), senior member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, departed for a congressional delegation to Brussels, Belgium and Kyiv, Ukraine. The bipartisan delegation, led by Representative Gregory W. Meeks (D-NY), Chair of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, includes Representatives Ami Bera (D-CA), Colin Allred (D-TX), Chrissy Houlahan (D-PA), Tom Malinowski (D-NJ), Sara Jacobs (D-CA), Mark Green (R-TN), August Pfluger (R-TX) Mikie Sherill (D-NJ), and Victoria Spartz (R-IN).  
2022/01/20
Washington, D.C. – Leadership of the Congressional LGBTQ+ Equality Caucus today reacted to the Senate’s failure to pass key voting rights measures, noting how various voter suppression proposals across the county would disproportionately affect LGBTQ Americans.

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