Press Releases

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Representatives David N. Cicilline (D-RI) and Scott Rigell (R-VA) Monday introduced the Ensuring Trust and Honorability In Congressional Standards (ETHICS) Act, bipartisan legislation that would require all Members of the House of Representatives to undergo mandatory ethics training. In 2007, the U.S. Senate passed the Honest Leadership and Open Government Act, which legally required Senators and their staff to take “ongoing” ethics training, in response to a culture of corruption on Capitol Hill that led to the convictions of former Representative Bob Ney and lobbyist Jack Abramoff. Despite passing the House with nearly unanimous bipartisan support, the mandatory ethics training provisions in the bill only applied to the Senate. The ETHICS Act would amend and expand current law to require House Members to take annual ethics training. 
WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. House of Representatives today approved the Highway and Transportation Funding Act by a vote of 367 to 55. The legislation provides a short-term fix to the Highway Trust Fund to help repair roads, bridges and transit systems across America, and will keep workers on the job during the summer construction season. After the vote, U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (D-RI), who supported the measure, issued the following statement:
This is what the American people expect from Congress and I will continue working with my colleagues — both Democrats and Republicans — to expand economic opportunities for Rhode Island and get Rhode Islanders back to work.
WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (D-RI), a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, today met with Israeli Ambassador to the United States Ron Dermer and Israeli Defense and Armed Forces Attaché to the United States Major General Yaacob Ayish to discuss recent events in Israel and the Palestinian territories. After the meeting, Cicilline issued the following statement:
WASHINGTON, DC – During a meeting at the White House, President Obama today teamed up with 26 businesses, including Woonsocket based CVS Caremark to launch SupplierPay, a new partnership with the private sector to strengthen small businesses by increasing their working capital so they can grow their businesses and hire more workers. After the meeting, U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (D-RI) issued the following statement:
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse and U.S. Congressmen Jim Langevin and David Cicilline announced today a $1.9 million grant from the U.S. Department of Justice to support crime victims in Rhode Island, particularly victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, and child abuse. The funding comes through the Justice Department’s Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) Victims Assistance Program, and will go to support “direct services” for victims of violent crimes, such as mental health counseling, legal assistance, case management, and home monitoring.
Cicilline has joined with Reps. Frank LoBiondo (R-N.J.) and Dan Kildee (D-Mich.) to introduce a bipartisan bill extending coverage for the long-term unemployed.
Rep. Cicilline said he and other lawmakers had to fight tooth and nail to obtain the money for the state.
Arthur huffed and he puffed but he couldn’t blow away the nation’s oldest continuous Fourth of July Celebration.
A group of new Americans celebrated their first night as citizens of the United States by enjoying an American tradition – baseball.
U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx was in Providence warning that highway infrastructure projects across Rhode Island could be stalled next month without Congressional action.
WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. House of Representatives today passed the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act by a vote of 415 to 6. U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (D-RI) voted in favor of this bipartisan, bicameral agreement that will update and modernize federally-supported workforce development programs. After the vote, Cicilline issued the following statement:
WASHINGTON, DC – In an effort to upgrade parks, preserve open spaces, and create public outdoor recreation opportunities for more Rhode Islanders, U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse and U.S. Representatives Jim Langevin and David Cicilline today announced that Rhode Island will receive $432,696 in federal Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) grants.  This federal funding will be matched by the state and may be used for acquisition, new construction, and renovation of recreational sites.
Congressman spotlights new $312K HUD Grant to Help End Homelessness PAWTUCKET, RI – U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (D-RI) today toured the Mental Health Association of Rhode Island’s headquarters in Pawtucket and discussed their plans to use a new $312,000 U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development grant to support their work to combat homelessness in Rhode Island. According to the Rhode Island Coalition for the Homeless over 4,800 Rhode Islanders experienced homelessness in 2012, an increase of 942 people since 2007.  This data only includes individuals seeking emergency shelter or transitional housing and does not include those sleeping outside or involuntarily living with friends or family. The true rate of homelessness in Rhode Island could be even greater.
PAWTUCKET – U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (D-RI) issued the following statement today: Today we celebrate our nation’s independence and the founding principles that continue to serve as the cornerstone of our great democracy – equality, justice and liberty. 
PAWTUCKET, RI – U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (D-RI), a member of the House Judiciary Committee, today issued the following statement after the Supreme Court ruled 5 to 4 in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby to weaken a requirement in the Affordable Care Act that provides free or low-cost contraceptive health care coverage to millions of women: “Women, not their bosses, should be in charge of their own personal health care choices. While much work remains, we have made tremendous progress in affording women full equality over many years and this decision rolls back that progress by limiting women's access to contraceptive health care services.
WASHINGTON, DC – Amid rising gas prices, Representatives David Cicilline (D-RI), Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) and Raul Grijalva (D-AZ) today introduced legislation to curb excessive speculation in the oil markets, a contributor to inflated prices. The Energy Markets Emergency Act would require the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) to use their authority to stop excessive speculation in oil futures and swaps markets within two weeks. Speculators now control the majority of oil futures and swaps contracts.
WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (D-RI) along with U.S. Representatives Frank LoBiondo (R-NJ) and Dan Kildee (D-MI) introduced a bipartisan bill to extend unemployment insurance for the long-term unemployed.   The House bill is identical to the bipartisan Senate measure introduced by Senators Jack Reed (D-RI) and Dean Heller (R-NV) earlier this week.   The legislation allows eligible job seekers who were cut-off from emergency unemployment compensation to pick up where they were left off when their benefits were abruptly cut off on December 28, 2013.
WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Representatives Jim Langevin (D-RI) and David Cicilline (D-RI) today announced Rhode Island homeless programs will receive $856,000 in federal funds to help end homelessness in Rhode Island. The federal awards were made available through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Continuum of Care program, which provides funding for a range of assistance to homeless individuals, including transitional housing, permanent housing and a variety of supportive services.
WASHINGTON, DC – During a press conference highlighting the harm Congress’s failure to renew unemployment insurance has on America’s veterans, U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (D-RI) today unveiled a letter to House Majority Leader-elect Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) and signed by Chairman of the House Democratic Caucus Xavier Becerra (D-CA) and Representatives Joe Crowley (D-NY), Sandy Levin (D-MI), Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), Keith Ellison (D-MN), Dina Titus (D-NV), Paul Tonko (D-NY), Dan Kildee (D-MI), and Steve Horsford (D-NV) requesting to meet to discuss a path forward to renew unemployment insurance for over 3.1 million Americans, including nearly 300,000 veterans.



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