Press Releases

2014/05/16
Congressman David N. Cicilline, a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, will host a public community meeting for Rhode Islanders on his recent visit to Ukraine in Providence on Thursday, May 15th at 7:30 p.m. in the Board Room at the Jewish Alliance of Greater Rhode Island. 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.
2014/05/14
PAWTUCKET, RI – During National Small Business Week, U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (D-RI) and Small Business Administration (SBA) District Director Mark S. Hayward today toured Splitwise and G-Form in Providence’s Knowledge District to spotlight Rhode Island small businesses. According to a 2012 Small Business Administration study, there are over 95,400 small businesses in the state, which employ more than 221,000 workers.  Nationally, over half of Americans either own or work for a small business, and they create about two out of every three new jobs in the U.S. each year.
2014/05/13
Please join U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline for a neighborhood conversation Wednesday May 14, at 5:30 PM at the Tiverton High School. This forum will be an opportunity to discuss Congressman Cicilline's work in Washington, as well as an opportunity to ask questions, voice opinions, or express any concerns you have regarding issues like: A jobs and manufacturing agenda for Rhode Island Protecting the guarantee of Medicare and Social Security Honoring our responsibilities to our veterans Making college more affordable for students Achieving comprehensive immigration reform For more information, please call 729-5600 or send an email to david.cicilline@mail.house.gov.  
2014/05/11
Happy Mother's Day! On Mother's Day, we honor those selfless, indomitable women who have helped make us into the people we are today. My mother, Sabra, has always been an inspiration for me. She taught me and my siblings the importance of determination and hard work. She instilled values of equality and justice in me early in my life —values that I still carry with me in my work today. She was the first person to teach me to always stand up for what I believe in and to fight for the things that matter. Most of all, she taught me about my responsibility to make the world a better place.  And she did all of this while providing unconditional love and support. Thanks, Mom.  
2014/05/10
PAWTUCKET, RI – In an effort to promote arts education and spotlight local talent, U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (D-RI) today announced that Anthony Azanon, a senior at Hope High School in Providence, will take home the first place prize in the 2014 annual Congressional Art Competition.  Cicilline, who has run this competition each year since coming to Congress, held an award ceremony at his office in Pawtucket to recognize the high school artists who participated. “These young Rhode Islanders have created outstanding artwork and I am proud to showcase their work in the U.S. Capitol and my congressional offices,” said Cicilline.  “Supporting student’s interest in art will help Rhode Island’s next generation of artists strengthen our community and add to our state’s rich history of artistic culture.”
2014/05/09
WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (D-RI) cosponsored a resolution condemning the kidnapping of Nigerian school girls, which was today passed by the House Foreign Affairs Committee.  After the vote, Cicilline who is a member of the of the House Foreign Affairs subcommittee that oversees issues related to Africa released the following statement:   “Abducting innocent young girls and forcing children into marriage or slavery is unconscionable and no child in any part of the world should live in this fear.  Today, the House Foreign Affairs Committee sent a strong message condemning Boko Haram and their heinous acts and terrorist activities.  This resolution also commits the U.S. to working with Nigeria and all of our allies in the region to secure the safe return of these girls. 
2014/05/08
Ends NSA’s Bulk Data Collection WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (D-RI), a member of the House Judiciary Committee, released the following statement after the House Judiciary Committee today unanimously approved by a vote of 32-0 the USA FREEDOM Act to reform our nation’s intelligence gathering programs, including ending bulk data collection:   
2014/05/02
Navy’s new $17.6 Billion Block IV submarine contract will mean more work for Electric Boat shipyard in Quonset According to General Dynamics, this award represents the largest naval shipbuilding contract in U.S. history NORTH KINGSTOWN, RI -- After years of work in Congress, U.S. Senator Jack Reed, the Chairman of the Armed Services Subcommittee on Seapower, joined with U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse; U.S. Representative James Langevin, a senior member of the House Armed Services Committee; and U.S. Representative David Cicilline; along with Rear Admiral Kenneth M. Perry, the commander of Submarine Group Two, in gathering to salute the skill, craftsmanship, and effectiveness of Electric Boat employees and their contributions to our national security.
2014/04/30
Congressman David Cicilline spoke on the House Floor unveiling his "Faces of the Unemployed" project designed to put a human face on the unemployment crisis and pressure Speaker Boehner to allow a vote to renew unemployment insurance.
2014/04/30
WASHINGTON, DC – In an effort to pressure House Speaker John Boehner to allow a vote to renew unemployment insurance for over 2.5 million Americans that have been cut off from this vital lifeline, U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (D-RI) today unveiled his “Faces of the Unemployed” project on the House Floor.  The following are Cicilline’s remarks as delivered: “I rise today to show you and my colleagues the faces of the Americans they are hurting by refusing to renew unemployment benefits.  “Just three days after Christmas this House leadership left these people out in the cold and made it more difficult for them to provide for their family, to buy food and to pay their mortgages or pay their rent. 
2014/04/24
Warwick, RI – Congressmen Jim Langevin (D-RI) and David Cicilline (D-RI) today offered their congratulations to two Rhode Island schools that have prioritized environmental protection and education. The Greene School in West Greenwich and Claiborne Pell Elementary School in Newport were both recognized as Green Ribbon Schools by the U.S. Department of Education.
2014/04/24
Children deserve to eat nutritious meals that will help them grow and focus, and I am glad Rhode Island was awarded these federal funds to update kitchen equipment so our schools can serve healthier meals.
2014/04/22
New Study Finds 88 percent of RI School Districts Need At Least One Piece of Additional Kitchen Equipment WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (D-RI) today announced that Rhode Island received $93,191 through the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to help schools purchase new kitchen equipment to more effectively and efficiently prepare school meals for students. “When our schools lack the right equipment to prepare good, healthy meals, schoolchildren lose,” said Cicilline.  “Children deserve to eat nutritious meals that will help them grow and focus, and I am glad Rhode Island was awarded these federal funds to update kitchen equipment so our schools can serve healthier meals.”
2014/04/17
PROVIDENCE, RI -- In an effort to promote community arts programs and arts education throughout Rhode Island, the Rhode Island Congressional delegation today announced the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts (RISCA), Community Musicworks (CMW), and WaterFire Providence will share $787,100 in federal grants from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA).  These federal matching grants will help support both new and established art projects, including workshops, performances, exhibitions, and arts education programs.
2014/04/16
PAWTUCKET, RI – U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (D-RI) today released the following statement on the one year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing:   “Today is a somber reminder of the tragic events that occurred at the Boston Marathon one year ago.  As we offer our thoughts and prayers for the victims of this senseless attack, we must also remember the bravery of the first responders and all those who rushed to the aid of the injured.  And, for those still recovering, they truly embody what it means to be Boston Strong.  Their determination is a testament to the strength and resiliency of this city, and I am proud to stand with Boston as it prepares for the 118th Boston Marathon.”
2014/04/15
PAWTUCKET, RI – In an effort to keep the pressure on House Speaker John Boehner and bring bipartisan Senate legislation to restore unemployment insurance to the House Floor, U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (D-RI) today unveiled a multi-pronged strategy to pressure GOP Leadership to allow a vote to extend unemployment insurance.  Speaking at netWORKri, a providence-based career center, Cicilline pledged 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.
2014/04/15
WASHINGTON, DC – Tomorrow, Friday, April 11th at 11:15 a.m. U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline will unveil a new plan to pressure House Republicans to allow a vote to extend unemployment insurance at netWORKri in Providence.  U.S Congressman Jim Langevin and unemployed Rhode Islanders will join Cicilline at netWORKri for the event. On Monday, the U.S. Senate, led by Senator Jack Reed, passed bipartisan legislation to restore emergency unemployment insurance for five months.  The bill is now awaiting action in the House, but according to news reports, House Speaker John Boehner refuses to allow a vote on this legislation that would provide relief to the long-term unemployed, and on Thursday he adjourned the House for over two weeks.  To date, House Republicans have blocked consideration of eleven bills to restore this vital safety net.
2014/04/09
Please join U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline for a neighborhood conversation Tuesday, April 15, at 5:30 PM at the Greenville Public Library in Smithfield. This forum will be an opportunity to discuss Congressman Cicilline's work in Washington, as well as an opportunity to ask questions, voice opinions, or express any concerns you have regarding issues like: A jobs and manufacturing agenda for Rhode Island Protecting the guarantee of Medicare and Social Security Honoring our responsibilities to our veterans Making college more affordable for students Achieving comprehensive immigration reform For more information, please call 729-5600 or send an email to david.cicilline@mail.house.gov.  
2014/04/09
WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (D-RI) today issued the following statement for Equal Pay Day, which is tomorrow, April 8th, highlighting the wage gap that exists between women and men in the United States: “It is completely unacceptable that in 2014 women still get paid less than men do for the same work.  It has been over 50 years since President John F. Kennedy signed the Equal Pay Act into law and we are still fighting to ensure that women receive the wages they deserve.    “This wage gap has a profound impact on women, their families, and our economy.  Women are increasingly the sole breadwinners in households, and unequal pay means they will have less money to spend on rent, food, and other goods.  This is outrageous and needs to change.
2014/04/09
WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (D-RI) today issued the following statement following the U.S. Senate’s 59 to 38 vote to pass a five month extension of unemployment benefits for the long-term unemployed: “I applaud the Senate’s bipartisan vote to extend unemployment insurance and I hope tonight’s action serves as a wakeup call to Speaker Boehner.  The Speaker is the only thing standing in the way of renewing this vital lifeline and instead of blocking this legislation, he should immediately bring it to the floor for a vote.  I will continue fighting with my Democratic colleagues to force a vote on this critical piece of legislation to ensure Americans receive the support they need in difficult times.”

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