Press Releases

2014/06/26
Providence, RI – U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse and U.S. Congressmen Jim Langevin and David Cicilline announced today that the Providence Fire Department (PFD) has won a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) grant worth more than $902,000 for new protective gear and emergency medical equipment. FEMA has issued the award as part of its Assistance to Firefighter Grants program, which helps fire departments and emergency medical service organizations meet their equipment, training, and other needs.  Providence’s grant will go towards the purchase of seven stretchers, 97 firefighter breathing apparatuses, and 368 firefighter face pieces.  The City of Providence would not have been able to afford the new equipment without federal assistance, according to PFD.
2014/06/23
June 21st has been designated as “National Asking Saves Kids” Day (ASK), by U.S. Congressman David Cicilline.
2014/06/23
"What I saw and heard during my trip to Ukraine confirmed many of my beliefs. Ukrainians overwhelmingly support a unified democratic country and are committed to free and fair elections."
2014/06/23
Congressman David Cicilline, on the other hand, said he would “continue to urge the Obama Administration to proceed cautiously.”
2014/06/23
Out Rep. David Cicilline's Global Respect Act would looks to promote LGBT rights worldwide by denying egregious human rights violators entry into the U.S.
2014/06/23
WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (D-RI), a strong supporter of the Export-Import Bank of the United States, today blasted newly-elected House Republican Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) for his remarks on Fox News in which he said he opposes the reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank. The Export-Import Bank plays an integral part in helping American businesses market and sell their goods overseas and the Bank has been instrumental in helping a number of small businesses in Rhode Island grow and create jobs. The Majority Leader’s opposition to renewing the Export-Import Bank is particularly concerning because the Majority Leader is responsible for setting the House floor schedule and determines which legislation reaches the House floor for a vote.
2014/06/20
Urges Congress to Pass Global Respect Act to Expand International LGBT Protections WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (D-RI), a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, co-chair of the Congressional Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) Equality Caucus and one of eight openly LGBT members of Congress, today issued the following statement after the White House announced it will impose travel restrictions on Ugandan individuals engaging in human rights abuses, withdraw financial support for their policing program and certain health programs, and cancel a military aviation exercise:
2014/06/20
WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (D-RI) today issued the following statement after the Department of Justice released a report on the implementation of the United States v. Windsor Supreme Court decision, which struck down section three of the Defense of Marriage Act: “While the fight for marriage equality is far from over, the Obama Administration’s decision today to further extend marriage benefits to same-sex couples is a victory for the LGBT community and equal rights advocates everywhere.   “Every American deserves the same freedoms and protections under the law, and discrimination based on a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity is wrong.  Today’s announcement will provide same-sex spouses leave from their job in order to care for a loved one who is sick or dying, and is another step toward equality for all.
2014/06/19
WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (D-RI), a member of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa, issued the following statement on the recent kidnappings of three young Israeli men who were traveling in the country’s West Bank region: “I strongly condemn the kidnapping of the three young Israeli men and stand with the Obama Administration and our allies in calling for their immediate release. The U.S. must work with Israel and our international partners to ensure these young men return home safely and that the kidnappers are brought to justice and held accountable for their actions.  My thoughts and prayers are with the young men and their families during this difficult time.”
2014/06/19
EXETER, RI – U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse and U.S. Representatives Jim Langevin and David Cicilline today joined with state fire and public safety officials in announcing $425,000 in federal funding to help upgrade training equipment at the Rhode Island Fire Academy.  Administered by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program, the federal funds will help the state fire academy acquire a new fire engine, 18 Self-Contained Breathing Apparatuses (SCBA), and hands tools, such as axes, hydra rams, and K-12 saws, which will support the practical educational component of the academy's curriculum.
2014/06/19
WASHINGTON, DC – As the nation celebrates Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Pride Month, U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (D-RI), a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, co-chair of the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus and one of eight openly LGBT members of Congress, today introduced legislation to protect the basic human rights of the international LGBT community. Specifically, the Global Respect Act would require the State Department to ban foreigners who have committed or incited gross violations of basic human rights against LGBT individuals from entering the United States. It also directs the State Department to report on these violations and related issues in its annual Human Rights Report.
2014/06/18
Cranston, Harmony, and Woonsocket Fire Departments win federal funds to improve operations and safety WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse and Congressmen Jim Langevin and David Cicilline announced today that three Rhode Island fire departments have been awarded Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The AFG funds are to be used for operations and safety in each of the three departments, including: The Cranston Fire Department will receive $382,504 to help install new sprinkler systems in six of its facilities.
2014/06/17
Renews Call for Congress to Pass ENDA WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (D-RI), a co-chair of the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus (Equality Caucus), today issued the following statement after the White House announced that President Obama will sign an executive order prohibiting federal contractors from discriminating against employees on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity:
2014/06/17
Congressman Unveils Resolution Designating June 21st as National ASK Day PAWTUCKET, RI – U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline today unveiled a resolution to designate June 21st as National Asking Saves Kids (ASK) Day, an effort to encourage parents to ask a simple question before sending their child to play at another home: “Is there an unlocked gun where my child plays?” Cicilline was joined by Executive Director of the Rhode Island American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Frank Donahue and other AAP members, Karen Reed and advocates for common sense gun laws to spotlight National ASK Day. 
2014/06/15
Happy Father’s Day! Being a parent is one of the most important jobs there is and I am especially grateful to my Dad for all he has done for me in my life and for being such a great Dad!  I hope you will take the time today to pause and thank fathers for all the important work they do and to honor your father or grandfather.    On this Father’s Day, we should be especially grateful to the fathers who serve our country in uniform and are overseas and away from their families in order to protect our freedom.  Thank you for your sacrifice. I want to thank all the fathers who lead by example, work hard and sacrifice for their families. I hope you all have a very Happy Father’s Day. 
2014/06/12
WASHINGTON –U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (D-RI) and other House Democrats today joined faith, labor, civil rights and non-profit leaders for the first in a series of “Witness Wednesdays” to share stories of unemployed Americans who have been cut off of unemployment insurance.  In April, Cicilline launched the Faces of the Unemployed project to collect the names, pictures, and stories of unemployed Rhode Islanders and share them with his Republican colleagues to help put a human face on the unemployment crisis and press them to extend unemployment benefits.
2014/06/12
Congressman David N. Cicilline will join representatives from more than 40 local, state, and federal agencies that serve and assist seniors, caregivers, and adults with disabilities on Monday, June 16th from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the East Providence Senior Center to offer valuable assistance and information to seniors and their families. Cicilline’s Senior Resources Fair will feature representatives from more than 40 area agencies and organizations, including the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the Social Security Administration, the Rhode Island Division of Elderly Affairs, and Rhode Island AARP.  Participating organizations will provide information on resources available to seniors, and Cicilline’s constituent services staff will be on hand to answer questions regarding constituent services. 
2014/06/12
WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (D-RI) today voted against the Fiscal Year 2015 Transportation-Housing and Urban Development (THUD) Appropriations bill, which would make devastating cuts to transportation and housing investments across the nation.  The controversial measure narrowly passed the U.S. House of Representatives by a vote of 229 to 192. 
2014/06/10
"But for their courage, and but for their tenacity and for their willingness to fight for our freedoms we would live in a very different world today," said Rep. Cicilline.
2014/06/10
The bottom line is that our veterans and their families deserve to know that we will honor their service and sacrifice by doing everything necessary to guarantee they receive all of the care they richly deserve.

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