Press Releases

2014/02/20
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressmen David N. Cicilline (RI-1) and Jerrold Nadler (NY-10), both members of the House Judiciary Committee, sent a letter to United States Attorney General Eric Holder. The letter asks questions raised by the February 4, 2014 testimony of Deputy Attorney General James Cole regarding the use of non-court approved surveillance methods, known as National Security Letters (NSLs), which are issued at the sole discretion of the FBI. “The government uses Section 215 of the USA PATRIOT Act and National Security Letters to get at the same kind of information, and does so frequently, interchangeably, and without adequate explanation to Congress,” said the two signers.
2014/02/20
Providence, RI – With legislation to increase the federal minimum wage pending in Congress, U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse and Congressmen Jim Langevin and David Cicilline hosted a roundtable discussion to hear from working Rhode Islanders, the business community, advocates, and economists on the need to raise the minimum wage.  The lawmakers held the event at the Community Action Partnership of Providence on Tuesday. Whitehouse is a cosponsor of the Fair Minimum Wage Act, which is expected to get a vote in the Senate in coming weeks.  Both Langevin and Cicilline are consponsors of the companion bill in the House.  The legislation would gradually increase the federal minimum wage from its current $7.25 to $10.10 an hour, and then index it to inflation. 
2014/02/12
WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (D-RI) today issued the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives approved a clean debt-ceiling increase by a vote of 221 to 201 to avoid a default and suspend the debt limit through March 15, 2015. “I am pleased the House today passed legislation to avoid a default of our nation’s credit and protect the full faith and credit of the United States.  America must pay its bills and for too long Republicans have been playing games with the debt ceiling and putting America at risk,” said Cicilline, who noted that because Republicans did not act to approve normal borrowing authority when the statutory debt limit expired on February 7, 2014, the U.S. Treasury Department has been using “extraordinary measures” to continue paying the nation’s bills.
2014/02/12
WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. House of Representatives today approved legislation to undo a one percent cost of living adjustment (COLA) reduction for military retirees.  After the vote, which received bipartisan support, Cicilline issued the following statement: “We owe our veterans a debt of gratitude that we can never repay and while our troops are protecting our nation abroad we need to protect the benefits they deserve and have earned. “I am proud the House today acted to reverse the one percent cut to military retirement benefits, which was included in the budget deal reached last December, which I voted against.  I urge the Senate to act quickly on this important fix, which will prevent average lifetime military retiree benefits from being reduced by tens of thousands of dollars.
2014/02/12
Please join U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline for a neighborhood conversation Tuesday, February 18, at 5:30 PM at Hope High School in Providence. 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 Keeping student loan rates low Achieving comprehensive immigration reform For more information, please call 729-5600 or send an email to david.cicilline@mail.house.gov.
2014/02/12
U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline delivers nearly 4,000 valentines made by elementary school students across the First Congressional District to veterans in Providence and Bristol.
2014/02/11
On Friday, the world will come together to open the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Sochi, Russia — a celebration of hard work and fair play, social responsibility, and international friendship. Every two years, the Olympic Games bring the world together, regardless of political ideology, to compete in feats of endurance, strength and sportsmanship. The issues that often divide our world seem to be suspended or even temporarily disappear during the Olympics. And instead of focusing on our differences, we come together as a global community to focus on what we have in common and our shared appreciation for our athletes and the games.
2014/02/11
WASHINGTON, DC – In an effort to restore the public’s confidence in government and reduce the influence of special interests in Washington, U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (D-RI) reintroduced legislation that would prohibit former members of Congress from becoming lobbyists.   Under current law, U.S. Senators are precluded from lobbying Members of Congress for two years after leaving office and members of the U.S. House of Representatives are prohibited from the same activity for a period of one year after leaving office.  Cicilline’s bill, H.R. 4014, would greatly expand the scope of current law – instituting a lifetime ban on former Members of Congress, both Senators and Representatives, from engaging in lobbying contacts with covered executive branch officials, or any Member, officer, or employee of either House of Congress.  
2014/02/11
WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (D-RI) today spoke on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives regarding CVS Caremark’s decision to stop selling tobacco products in its stores across America.  Below are his remarks as prepared for delivery: “I rise today to applaud CVS Caremark’s decision to stop selling cigarettes and other tobacco products in its more than 7,600 stores across the U.S.  CVS, which is based in my home district in Woonsocket, Rhode Island, is leading the way in promoting public health and wellness, and I hope other U.S. pharmacies will follow their example.
2014/02/11
U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline speaks on the House Floor to recognize CVS Caremark, headquartered in Woonsocket, Rhode Island, for their decision to end the sale of tobacco products in their stores nationwide.
2014/02/11
WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (D-RI) today urged the U.S. Senate to pass the GI-Bill Tuition Fairness Act, which would expand educational opportunities for our nation’s veterans.  This legislation, which Cicilline co-sponsored, was unanimously approved by the U.S. House of Representatives late last evening.
2014/02/11
PAWTUCKET, RI – In an effort to help train Rhode Island’s workforce and build ladders of opportunity into the middle class, U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (D-RI) today congratulated a local company and association that are leading the way to end employment practices that disadvantage jobless Rhode Islanders and encouraged Rhode Island job training programs to apply for a new federal competition that would help make unemployed Rhode Islanders more job-ready.
2014/02/11
PAWTUCKET, RI – U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (D-RI) today announced that Rhode Island will receive $3 million in Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) funds through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). “At a time of record breaking cold temperatures, this federal money will provide critical relief for Rhode Islanders,” said Cicilline, who voted for the 2014 omnibus appropriations bill that made this funding available. “This is welcome news to many families and seniors in Rhode Island who are struggling to afford higher than expected energy costs.”
2014/02/11
PAWTUCKET, RI – In an effort to support our nation’s veterans and thank them for their service, U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (D-RI) today delivered almost 4,000 Valentine’s Day cards prepared by Rhode Island school children to veterans at the VA Medical Center in Providence and the Rhode Island Veterans Home in Bristol.  “We owe a tremendous debt of gratitude to our veterans who have served with honor and sacrificed so much to protect our country," said Cicilline. "This is one small way to say thank you and I am pleased so many student volunteers showed their support for our veterans and participated in this year’s ‘Valentines for Veterans.’”
2014/02/11
Rep. David Cicilline took to the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives Wednesday to laud CVS Caremark's decision to stop selling tobacco and tobacco-related products.
2014/01/30
WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (D-RI) today issued the following statement on President Barack Obama’s State of the Union Speech: “Tonight, President Obama laid out a clear set of proposals that will help strengthen the middle class, grow our economy, and ensure that all Americans who play by the rules have an equal opportunity to succeed.    “The President’s agenda would make targeted investments in infrastructure, manufacturing, job training, and early childhood education.  This is a commonsense, practical approach that will create jobs, close the skills gap, and help U.S. businesses compete in today’s global economy. 
2014/01/30
WASHINGTON – Today, the U.S. House of Representatives approved a five year FARM bill that cuts basic food aid through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) by $8 billion. According to the most recent United States Department of Agriculture data, over 180,800 Rhode Islanders participated in SNAP in October 2013.  Additionally, a report issued by the nonprofit Rhode Island Kids Count estimates that, in October 2012, there were over 66,900 children enrolled in SNAP and 37% of the children enrolled were under the age of six. After the vote, Congressman Cicilline issued the following statement:
2014/01/23
PAWTUCKET, RI – U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (D-RI) released the following statement in recognition of Martin Luther King Jr. Day: “Reverend Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream for our nation focused on the belief that every member of our society should live a life with dignity and opportunity free from prejudice and injustice.  We have made great progress toward realizing that dream.  
2014/01/23
WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Representatives David N. Cicilline (D-RI) and Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL), both members of the influential House Judiciary Committee, joined U.S. Senator Jack Reed, state and local leaders, and immigration reform advocates at the Church of Saint Michael the Archangel in Providence to rally for comprehensive immigration reform and call on Congress to enact this important legislation. 
2014/01/23
Pawtucket, RI – U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (D-RI) today continued his “Congress at Your Company” initiative and visited Tunstall Americas’ new data and operations center in Pawtucket to tout successful businesses in the First District.  Congressman Cicilline toured the facility with Tunstall Americas President and CEO, Brad Waugh, met with employees, and discussed his efforts to grow and attract business in Rhode Island. “Tunstall is a great addition to the First District’s business community has already created more than 300 jobs over the last year and is expected to continue growing,” said Cicilline. “I was pleased to have a firsthand look at their operations in Pawtucket and look forward to continuing to work with our business leaders to create jobs for Rhode Islanders.”

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