Press Releases

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.”
2014/01/23
WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (D-RI) today announced that he has a new assignment as a member of the influential House Judiciary Committee.  House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) joined in congratulating him on being elected by his colleagues to this new position.
2014/01/14
Rhode Islanders will be invited to join Cicilline and Gutierrez at 5:30 p.m. on the 17th at the Church of Saint Michael the Archangel in Providence.
2014/01/14
 IMMIGRATION REFORM EVENT with Congressman Luis V. Gutierrez FRIDAY, JANUARY 17 AT 5:30PM CHURCH OF SAINT MICHAEL THE ARCHANGEL 239 OXFORD STREET, PROVIDENCE, RI Congressman David N. Cicilline welcomes Illinois Congressman Luis V. Gutierrez to address the need to enact comprehensive immigration reform with Rhode Islanders. For more information, call 729-5600 or email david.cicilline@mail.house.gov.  
2014/01/12
PAWTUCKET, RI – Today, following the death of former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (D-RI) issued the following statement: “Ariel Sharon served the people of Israel with courage, commitment, and an unshakeable sense of duty.  As a soldier and statesmen, his leadership helped defend and transform his beloved nation, and, during his time as Prime Minister, his vision paved the path toward a more secure future for the Israeli people and all in the region.  I am deeply saddened by Prime Minister Sharon’s passing and send my condolences to his family and the people of Israel.”
2014/01/12
On the 50th Anniversary of the War on Poverty, U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (D-RI) spoke on the House floor to urge House Republicans to take action on critical legislation to extend unemployment insurance for the long-term unemployed.
2014/01/08
WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (D-RI) released the following statement today after the Senate voted 60-37 to end debate on proceeding to the Emergency Unemployment Compensation Extension Act: “For over a week, 1.3 million Americans, including 4,900 Rhode Islanders have been left out in the cold and cut off from unemployment benefits.  The Senate’s bipartisan vote today is a critical step toward renewing this vital lifeline for struggling American families and House Republican leaders should take notice. 
2014/01/08
PAWTUCKET, RI – U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (D-RI) today issued the following statement after the U.S. Senate voted to confirm Dr. Janet Yellen as the next Federal Reserve Chair.
2014/01/08
Washington, D.C.—Congressman David N. Cicilline (D-RI) announced today that he has hired two native Rhode Islanders to work in his Washington, D.C. office.  Andrew Gernt, former Deputy Press Secretary for Senator Jack Reed (D-RI), will serve as his new Communications Director and Katie Spoerer, former Deputy Scheduler for Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), will serve as his new Washington, D.C. Scheduler and Administrative Assistant. 
2014/01/08
PAWTUCKET –  Congressman David N. Cicilline (D-RI) stressing the urgency of extending federal emergency unemployment compensation (EUC) at a press conference in his Pawtucket office this afternoon, announced that he will introduce a bill to extend EUC and called upon the Speaker to Act immediately. Cicilline was joined by several First District residents who discussed the impact this loss will have on them and their families.  As of today, 1.3 million Americans including 4,900 Rhode Islanders will no longer received federal emergency unemployment benefits.  
2014/01/08
Washington, DC – Congressmen Jim Langevin (D-RI) and David Cicilline (D-RI) today urged an immediate extension of federal unemployment benefits. Without action, 1.3 million Americans will soon lose these benefits, including 4,900 unemployed Rhode Islanders. An additional 8,900 Rhode Islanders would lose their benefits in the first six months of 2014. “In a state with an unemployment rate at 9 percent, this benefit cut is unacceptable,” said Langevin. “Our state is starting to show the signs of economic recovery, but that process has been a slow one, and cutting unemployment insurance would be a step in the wrong direction. I urge Speaker Boehner and my colleagues in Congress to bring this issue to a vote so we can extend this relief on which so many families rely.”
2013/12/18
Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Congressman David Cicilline (D-RI) today introduced commonsense legislation that would help Washington stay focused on what matters most to hardworking Americans: creating and protecting American jobs. Under current law, the government must “score” pieces of legislation to estimate the cost. Manchin and Cicilline’s legislation would require the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) to also determine the number of jobs that would be created, protected, or lost should a specific piece of legislation become law. This bill will make debates about jobs more transparent and concrete, giving lawmakers a solid basis of information for decision-making. 
2013/12/18
Louganis, the former diver and Olympic gold medalist, reaffirmed his position against a boycott of the Sochi Games at a Capitol Hill briefing of the House LGBT Equality Caucus hosted by U.S. Rep. David Cicilline and Human Rights First.
2013/12/18
U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline speaks on the House Floor to urge the House to take up a proposal to extend unemployment benefits, which are set to expire on December 28.
2013/12/18
U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline speaks on the House Floor to call attention to human rights violations, like the imprisonment of Cameroonian Jean-Claude Roger Mbede who was arrested for charges of homosexuality
2013/12/11
Washington, DC – Rhode Island’s Congressional delegation today announced $123,000 in National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) grant funding for Rhode Island arts organizations and programs. These competitive grants were awarded to organizations that contribute to the cultural and economic development of the state through the arts. This is NEA’s first round of FY2014 competitive grant awards. “This federal funding will help support local artists and bolster economic development and education through the arts,” said U.S. Senator Jack Reed, the Chairman of the Appropriations subcommittee that oversees NEA’s budget. “By combining federal grants with state and local funds and private donations, we are expanding opportunities for young people and supporting artistic excellence, creativity, and innovation in communities across the state.”
2013/12/11
Pawtucket – U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (D-RI) issued the following statement in reaction to the death of former South African President and world leader Nelson Mandela: “Nelson Mandela was an inspirational and transformational leader who changed the world by standing up against institutional racism.  Despite being in prison for 27 years, Mandela's determination and resolve to end apartheid remained unshaken.  His strength and courage to stand up against social injustice, racism, oppression, and poverty will forever be remembered.  Mandela also helped heal a broken nation after apartheid through racial reconciliation and forgiveness.  While today is a sad day for the entire world, his legacy and fight to end racial inequality and injustice will live on forever.” -30-  
2013/12/11
Washington – U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (D-RI) issued the following statement today in favor of legislation that would extend the current Federal Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) program, which expires on December 28, 2013: “The facts are clear, if Congress fails to extend the Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) by the end of this year, three million American families are expected to suffer.” “This will be particularly harmful in my home state of Rhode Island, where approximately 13,800 claimants would lose assistance should EUC expire –  at a time where we are still struggling with the nation’s second highest unemployment rate at 9.2%.”
2013/12/04
Washington – U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (D-RI) issued the following statement in reaction to the announcement that John Maeda will be leaving his position as President of the Rhode Island School of Design to take a job in the private sector:
2013/12/04
U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline speaks on the House Floor to honor the 250th Anniversary of the Touro Synagogue in Newport, Rhode Island, the oldest synagogue in the United States.

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