Press Releases

2020/06/29
WASHINGTON – U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (RI-01) played a pivotal role today in passing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Enhancement Act to strengthen the Affordable Care Act (ACA), bring down the cost of prescription drugs, and expand access to quality, affordable health care.
2020/06/26
WASHINGTON – U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (RI-01) spoke on the House floor this morning mere hours after the Trump administration filed legal briefs requesting the Supreme Court to rip away health care from 20 million Americans and eliminate protections for 135 million Americans with pre-existing conditions. Click the image below to watch a video of Cicilline’s remarks. A transcript of his speech, as delivered, is below.   David N. Cicilline Protect Access to Health Care June 26, 2020
2020/06/26
PAWTUCKET - U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (RI-01) issued the following statement tonight: “I’m deeply saddened that my wonderful friend, former Newport Mayor Paul Gaines, has passed away. Paul was a trailblazer and a Rhode Island icon. The first Black mayor of a New England city, Paul never stopped fighting for Newport or its people. All those whose lives he touched were privileged to be in his presence. My thoughts are with his wife, Jo Eva, and their entire family right now.”
2020/06/26
WASHINGTON – U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (RI-01) spoke on the House floor this morning calling for a National Memorial to honor the 49 victims of the Orlando Pulse Nightclub shooting. Click the image below to watch a video of Cicilline’s remarks. A transcript of his speech, as delivered, is embedded below. David N. Cicilline Endorses Pulse Nightclub National Memorial June 26, 2020 Madame Speaker, I thank the gentleman for yielding. And I thank you Madame Speaker, who brought me to the site of this horrible tragedy and allowed me to see the warmth and beauty of your community in response to it. Four years ago, 49 people were murdered in a violent, hate-filled, mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando.
2020/06/26
<strong>WASHINGTON</strong> – U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (RI-01) spoke on the House floor this afternoon calling for his colleagues to override President Trump’s veto of H.J.Res.76, a bill that eliminates Education Secretary Devos’s rule that denies relief to students defrauded by predatory colleges. He voted for the original bill this past January. Click the image below to watch a video of Cicilline’s remarks. A transcript of his speech, as delivered, is embedded at the bottom. David N. Cicilline Calls to Override President Trump’s Veto June 26, 2020 Mr. Speaker, I rise in strong support of the resolution to override president’s veto.
2020/06/25
WASHINGTON – Moments ago, Democratic Policy and Communications Committee (DPCC) Chair David N. Cicilline (RI-01) spoke on the House floor to demand passage of the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act (H.R.7120). Cicilline is a co-sponsor of the bill and voted to pass it last week in the House Judiciary Committee. David N. Cicilline George Floyd Justice in Policing Act June 25, 2020 Madame Speaker, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. visited my district in April 1967. Almost a year to the day he was killed, Dr. King told Rhode Islanders, “I haven’t lost faith in the future. But I never intend to adjust myself to the madness of militarism or of racial inequality.” More than 50 years later, we are still fighting the madness of racial inequality.
2020/06/24
WASHINGTON – U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (RI-01) asked Department of Justice whistleblower John Elias about Attorney General William Barr’s abuse of power by directing the Antitrust Division to take unwarranted actions against auto manufacturers that had agreed to limit their emissions. Click the image below for a video of Cicilline’s remarks. A transcript is embedded below. David N. Cicilline House Judiciary Committee June 17, 2020 Rep. Cicilline: Thank you Mr. Chairman, Mr. Elias, Mr. Ayer, and Mr. Zelinsky, you are courageous American heroes. Because of you and others like you our Justice Department has been the envy of the world.
2020/06/23
PAWTUCKET – U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline is pushing for passage of the Moving Forward Act (H.R.2), legislation he co-sponsored investing $1.5 trillion in modern, sustainable infrastructure while creating millions of good-paying jobs. The massive infrastructure package includes legislation authored by Cicilline to encourage the research and use of innovative construction materials, such as composites, which can be used for vital, more resilient infrastructure projects. This legislation will create good-paying jobs, especially in Rhode Island which is a national leader in this sector and has nearly 70 composite companies.
2020/06/18
WASHINGTON – Democratic Policy and Communications Committee (DPCC) Chair David N. Cicilline (RI-01) issued the following statement today after the United States Supreme Court blocked President Trump from ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program: “I am pleased that the Supreme Court made the right decision today. Dreamers are American citizens in every sense of the word. They were brought here as children. The President and his allies claim they are a burden on our country. To the contrary, they make rich contributions to our society every day. They have earned Rhode scholarships, started businesses, and founded non-profits. America is their home. They know no other country than this one.”
2020/06/17
WASHINGTON – U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (RI-01) urged swift passage of the Justice in Policing Act during today’s House Judiciary Committee consideration of the bill. Click the image below for a video of Cicilline’s remarks. The text of his speech, as delivered, is embedded below. David N. Cicilline Justice in Policing Act June 17, 2020 Thank you, Mr. Chairman for your extraordinary leadership that brings us to this markup today. I’d also like to recognize the magnificent leadership of Congresswoman Karen Bass, the Chair of the Crime Subcommittee and the Congressional Black Caucus, on this historic legislation.
2020/06/16
PAWTUCKET– House Antitrust Subcommittee Chairman David N. Cicilline (RI-01), took part in a panel discussion on COVID-19 social media disinformation at George Washington University’s Institute for Data, Democracy & Politics this morning. The text of Cicilline’s opening remarks, as delivered, is embedded below. -------------------------------- David N. CicillineRemarks As DeliveredJune 16, 2020 Thank you, Frank. Good morning, and thank you for having me at today’s important conversation on the real-world effects of social media disinformation on people’s health and safety. I’m thrilled to be here with such an impressive group of panelists today, including Speaker Pelosi, Chairwoman Schakowsky, Senator Murray, and several of my other colleagues. 
2020/06/16
INFRA Grant-funded upgrades will improve safety, reduce congestion on main artery between Providence and Worcester Providence, RI – U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse and Congressmen Jim Langevin and David Cicilline today announced that the Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) has been awarded a landmark $65 million federal grant to overhaul Route 146. The Infrastructure for Rebuilding America Grant, also known as an INFRA Grant, will fund the replacement of multiple bridges along the Route 146 corridor, the reconfiguration of the interchange at Sayles Hill Road, and the repaving of miles of roadway, among other improvements to increase safety and reduce congestion on the main regional artery.
2020/06/15
WASHINGTON – U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (RI-01), the author of the Equality Act, issued the following statement today: “Fairness and equality of opportunity are core American values. As a country, we have not always lived up to these ideals for all of our citizens, but today’s Supreme Court decision marks a major step towards ensuring that LGBTQ Americans enjoy the same rights and responsibilities as everyone else.” “At the same time, we need to recognize how much work remains to be done. Right now, millions of LGBTQ people can still legally be denied access to housing, education, federal funding, public accommodations, credit, and the opportunity to serve on a jury.”
2020/06/11
PAWTUCKET – Democratic Policy and Communications Committee (DPCC) Chair David N. Cicilline (RI-01) is introducing new legislation today that will place needed limits on President Trump’s authority to deploy the United States Armed Forces against American citizens who are protesting police brutality. CBS News has reported that Trump attempted to deploy 10,000 troops into American communities last week.  
2020/06/06
PAWTUCKET – U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (RI-01) issued the following statement today:   “It is critical that we protect the income of Rhode Island and New England fishermen, while preserving our oceans and all the natural resources that make Rhode Island such a wonderful place to call home. That is what President Obama did in establishing strong, pragmatic environmental protections for national marine monuments off our shores.”

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