Press Releases

2014/03/13
U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline pays tribute to Master Sergeant David Poirier, a Rhode Islander who served in the New Hampshire National Guard and passed away on February 28, 2014 while supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.
2014/03/13
Congressman Cicilline joined Parker Gavigan on 10 News Conference to talk about events in the Ukraine, lowering unemployment in Rhode Island, and raising the federal minimum wage
2014/03/07
On the House Floor, U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline congratulates Olneyville New York System on receiving the James Beard Foundation America’s Classic Award stating: “This national recognition confirms what Rhode Islanders already knew: we have some of the best food and restaurants in the country and Olneyville New York System is a classic.”
2014/03/06
WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (D-RI), a former member of the  U.S. House of Representatives Committee on the Budget, today issued the following statement on the release of the President’s Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 budget request:
2014/03/06
WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. House of Representatives today approved the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act by a vote of 306 to 91. U.S. Representatives Jim Langevin (D-RI) and David Cicilline (D-RI) supported this legislation that would provide relief to some homeowners facing increasing flood insurance premium rates.  The legislation amends the 2012 Biggert-Waters flood insurance law, which was enacted to ensure the long-term solvency of the National Flood Insurance program. As part of the Biggert-Waters bill, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) was directed to conduct an affordability study to determine the impact increased insurance rates would have on homeowners, however, FEMA did not complete its work before the new rates went into effect. As a result, many Rhode Islanders faced dramatic rate increases in their flood policies.
2014/03/04
The national Read Across America Day is officially Sunday, which was Dr. Seuss’s birthday. (He was born Theodor Seuss Geisel in Springfield, Mass., on March 2, 1904, and died in 1991.)
2014/02/27
WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (D-RI), one of eight openly LGBT members of Congress, today issued the following statement following Arizona Governor Jan Brewer’s announcement that she has vetoed S.B. 1062 – legislation that would have given business owners the right to discriminate against any individual and refuse service to them by claiming religious grounds for the discrimination:
2014/02/27
Congressman Cicilline Signs Discharge Petition to Force Vote on Minimum Wage WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman David N. Cicilline (D-RI) today joined House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and House Democrats at a press conference calling on Congress to raise the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10 an hour. Earlier in the day, Cicilline signed a discharge petition – a legislative move to bring a bill to the House Floor, even over the objection of the Speaker of the House, so long as a majority of members sign the petition. Enacting an increase in the minimum wage would give at least 25 million Americans a pay raise. Following the press conference, Cicilline issued the following statement:
2014/02/27
Approximately 44% of the $75 million appropriated for the mitigation of fishery disasters will be directed to the region Request to waive state matching funds granted for RI WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse and U.S. Representatives Jim Langevin and David Cicilline today announced today that New England fishermen will be among the beneficiaries of $32.84 million in disaster relief funding included in the Fiscal Year 2014 omnibus appropriations bill.  The Rhode Island delegation is a strong advocate for the fishing and marine trades industries, last fall joining a coalition of thirty-eight members of Congress that successfully urged House and Senate leadership to include $75 million in fisheries disaster relief in the fiscal year 2014 Appropriations bill.
2014/02/27
The Jewish Alliance of Greater Rhode Island invited the lawmakers to the JCC for what it hopes will become an annual forum on Middle East affairs.
2014/02/25
Federal funding for snow removal comes as severe winter weather continues to impact RI WASHINGTON, DC - Rhode Island’s Congressional delegation today announced the state is receiving over $1 million in federal reimbursement funds from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to help with the cleanup costs from last year’s major snowstorm.  When winter storm Nemo hit Rhode Island last February, it dumped up to 2 feet of snow across the state and caused about 180,000 homes and businesses to lose power.
2014/02/25
WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (D-RI), a member of the Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations and a co-chair of the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus, today issued the following statement regarding Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni’s decision to sign into law legislation that would intensify the criminalization of consensual same-sex relations:
2014/02/25
U.S. Rep. David N. Cicilline wants to hear from his constituents — in 140 characters or less. Cicilline, a Democrat, will hold his first “Twitter town hall” Friday, Feb. 28, from noon to 12:45 p.m.
2014/02/25
U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline joined 116 other lawmakers in urging President Barack Obama to preserve Social Security and veterans' benefits in the 2015 federal budget.
2014/02/25
Two House Democrats are calling on Attorney General Eric Holder to make changes to secret letters that the FBI uses to get information.
2014/02/25
By working with the United Nations, the United States projects leadership and promotes stability around the world – and does so while sharing the burden with our allies.
2014/02/25
Rhode Island has just gotten more influential in the nation’s capital.
2014/02/24
WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (D-RI), one of eight openly LGBT members of Congress, today issued the following statement regarding the Arizona Legislature’s vote to approve legislation that would give business owners the right to discriminate against any individual and refuse service to them by claiming religious grounds for their discrimination:
2014/02/21
PAWTUCKET, RI – U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (D-RI) today applauded President Obama’s decision to exclude chained CPI (Consumer Price Index) from his Fiscal Year 2015 budget proposal. Yesterday, Cicilline led a letter signed by 116 of his colleagues pressing the administration to drop this change in how the cost-of-living-adjustment (COLA) is calculated.
2014/02/21
On Friday, February 28th at 12:00 p.m., U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (D-RI) will host his first ever Twitter town hall.  Rhode Islanders are encouraged to participate by tweeting questions to #AskRepCicilline, beginning today. Cicilline will answer questions on Friday, February 28th from 12:00 to 12:45 p.m. live on Twitter. Follow the conversation on Congressman Cicilline’s twitter account, @DavidCicilline, and submit questions by including #AskRepCicilline in the tweet.

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