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Cicilline will participate in ceremonies that include a ceremony at the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial with President Obama, French President Francois Hollande and other heads of state.
Congressman Part of Bipartisan Group Observing D-Day Ceremonies in Normandy NORMANDY - U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (D-RI), a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee who at the request of Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi joined a bipartisan group of U.S. Representatives to observe the occasion of the 70th Anniversary of D-Day in Normandy, today issued the following statement:
WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (D-RI), a member of the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee, at the request of Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) joins a bipartisan congressional delegation to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Allied Forces invasion of Normandy on June 6, 1944. Cicilline will be participating in ceremonies, including a ceremony at the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial, with President Barack Obama, French President Francios Hollande and other foreign heads of state.
Rep. Cicilline was chosen to speak loudly on the issue, while introducing the an act aimed at ending the purchase of firearms by a dangerous individual.
Congressman Outlines New Bill to Keep Guns Away from Seriously Dangerous Individuals Urges RI Lawmakers to Move Forward with State Reporting Legislation  PAWTUCKET, RI – U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (D-RI), Mayor James Diossa, Executive Director at the Institute for the Study & Practice of Nonviolence Teny Gross, and Rhode Island Coalition Against Gun Violence Director Sydney Monstream-Quas and other coalition members today rallied in front of Rochambeau Library on Hope Street to call on Congress and state leaders to enact commonsense gun laws that will help law enforcement protect communities.  
New England states reach consensus on plans to distribute federal disaster assistance Eligible Rhode Island fishermen will receive over $32K each
WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (D-RI), a member of the House Judiciary Committee, today introduced legislation that would help keep guns away from dangerously mentally-ill individuals.  Specifically, the End the Purchase of Firearms by Dangerous Individuals Act would ensure lifesaving information is submitted into the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) to keep firearms away from individuals with a mental illness who are a danger to themselves and others.
WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (D-RI) today issued the following statement calling on Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) Secretary Eric Shinseki to resign:
Rep. David Cicilline (D-R.I.) has introduced a bill to enhance requirements for federal agencies to purchase American-made products.
Delegation announces federal funds to help clean up contaminated land, create jobs, and protect public health PROVIDENCE, RI - In an effort to protect public health and redevelop former industrial sites, U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse and U.S. Representatives Jim Langevin and David Cicilline today announced over $2.7 million to help clean up brownfields in communities across the state.  A brownfield site is property where expansion or redevelopment is complicated by the presence or potential presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant, or contaminant.  Organizations in Pawtucket, Providence, and Westerly will receive these competitive brownfields awards.
PAWTUCKET, RI – Following Memorial Day, U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (D-RI) met with members of his Veterans Advisory Group at the Captain Elwood J. Euart Post 602 Veterans of Foreign Wars hall in Pawtucket to discuss recent events surrounding the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and other issues important to Rhode Island’s veterans. Rhode Island is home to over 70,000 veterans and the Rhode Island National Guard has the second highest deployment rate per capita in the country.  Cicilline regularly meets with his Veterans Advisory Group throughout the course of the year.
As we celebrate Memorial Day, we reflect upon and honor the brave men and women in uniform who have sacrificed their lives to protect our way of life.  We owe them a tremendous debt of gratitude and I join with all Rhode Islanders in remembering these extraordinary heroes on this day.  We also should always be thankful for the outstanding men and women currently serving in our armed forces, and their families, for their service and sacrifice.
PAWTUCKET, RI - Following reports on allegations that veterans’ are being made to wait months for health care services at two VA healthcare facilities in Arizona and Colorado, U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (D-RI) expressed his concern in a letter to the Providence VA Medical Center Director Dr. Susan MacKenzie about the allegations of misconduct and urged the Director to conduct a full evaluation of the Providence VA scheduling and office wait list procedures.  Text of the letter follows: Dear Dr. MacKenzie, I wanted to take this opportunity to express my thanks for your leadership and your consistent, dedicated work on behalf of our state’s veterans. I remain confident that, under your leadership, the Providence VA will continue to serve our veterans by ensuring they efficiently receive the high quality care they deserve.
Legislation Ends NSA’s Bulk Data Collection WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (D-RI), a member of the U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee, released the following statement after the full House approved by a vote of 301-121 the USA FREEDOM Act to reform our nation’s intelligence gathering programs, including ending bulk data collection:    “The bulk collection of phone records of millions of Americans violates well-established and long standing principles of privacy.  Today’s vote ends the practice of bulk collection by the National Security Agency, improves transparency, and establishes judicial review with appropriate standards for government collection of information.”
“Buy American” supported by 90 percent of Americans WASHINGTON, DC — Today, U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (D-RI) and U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT) introduced the 21st Century Buy American Act. The Buy American Act was enacted 80 years ago by President Herbert Hoover in order to ensure that the U.S. government prioritized the purchase of American-made goods. Since the law was passed, very few amendments have been made to reflect the nation’s changing economy and manufacturing industry, shortchanging manufacturers across the country. Cicilline and Murphy were joined by Scott Paul, President of the Alliance for American Manufacturing, today during an event announcing this new legislation.
National Defense Authorization Bill Includes Cicilline’s Language to Support U.S. Manufacturing Activities WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. House of Representatives today passed legislation that includes an amendment offered by U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (D-RI) to strengthen America’s manufacturing sector.  Cicilline’s amendment will help increase opportunities for U.S. manufacturers to sell American-made equipment, the highest quality military equipment in the world, to the Afghanistan National Security Forces.  
WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Representatives David N. Cicilline and Jim Langevin today announced the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Conference Report for H.R. 3080, the Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA).  The bill, which now awaits consideration by the Senate, authorizes the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to invest in improving the nation’s water infrastructure, including our ports, inland locks and dams, and flood control projects.
PAWTUCKET, RI – U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (D-RI), a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, hosted a public community meeting for Rhode Islanders on his recent visit to Ukraine in Providence. Last month, Cicilline joined a bipartisan congressional delegation and met with Vice President Biden, other U.S. officials and senior Ukrainian officials, including acting President Oleksandr Turchynov and Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk, to assess the impact of ongoing U.S. efforts to support Ukraine following the illegal Russian annexation of Crimea.
PAWTUCKET, RI – In an effort to spotlight Rhode Island’s export industry, U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline and Mayor Donald Grebien toured Cooley Group in Pawtucket for a firsthand look at their business operations. Cicilline and Grebien joined Cooley Group’s President & CEO Dan Dwight to discuss ways Rhode Island businesses can leverage Export-Import Bank loans and other resources to grow their operations and create jobs. Cooley Group is Rhode Island’s third largest exporter and has received assistance through the Export-Import bank to support its operations overseas.
NEWPORT, RI – During National Small Business Week, U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (D-RI) toured Farmaesthetics in Newport with CEO Brenda Brock to help spotlight a Rhode Island woman-owned small business. According to a 2013 Small Business Administration (SBA) study, there are over 95,400 small businesses in the state, which employ more than 221,000 workers. The SBA also estimates there are a total of 26,000 woman-owned small businesses in Rhode Island supporting 22,000 jobs. Nationally, almost half of all workers are women, and according to a 2013 Pew study, women are the primary breadwinner in 40% of families with children under 18.  



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