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In Wake of Mass Shootings, Cicilline Calls for Congress to Cancel Recess

Sunday, August 4, 2019

PAWTUCKET – Democratic Policy and Communications Committee (DPCC) Chair David N. Cicilline (RI-01) issued the following statement today:

 

“Words fail at times like these. There are no words that can capture the grief we feel today for Dayton and El Paso. There are no words that can ever repair the damage that’s been done to these communities.”

 

Cicilline Statement on Mueller Testimony

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

WASHINGTON – Democratic Policy and Communications Committee (DPCC) Chair David N. Cicilline (RI-01) issued the following statement today:

 

“The Constitution makes clear that only Congress can hold a corrupt president accountable by removing him from office.”

 

“As he did in his 400-page report, Special Counsel Mueller today outlined a series of high crimes committed by President Trump.”

 

Cicilline Questions Mueller on President Trump Obstructing Justice

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

WASHINGTON – Democratic Policy and Communications Committee (DPCC) Chair David N. Cicilline (RI-01) questioned Special Counsel Robert Mueller on his findings regarding President Trump directing his former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski to tell then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions to limit the Special Counsel’s investigation to elections after 2016.

 

The video of Cicilline’s questions and Mueller’s testimony can be viewed by clicking the image below. A full transcript is embedded at the end of this email.

 

Cicilline Criticizes Tech Firms for Evasive Testimony, Requests Answers to Questions

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

WASHINGTON – House Antitrust Subcommittee Chairman David N. Cicilline (RI-01) sent letters today asking Google, Facebook, and Amazon to provide complete answers to questions that were raised during last week’s Subcommittee hearing on “Online Platforms and Market Power, Part 2: Innovation and Entrepreneurship.” The companies contacted today were unable or unwilling to answer numerous questions during the hearing.

 

House Passes Bill to Block Arms Sales to Saudi Arabia and the UAE

Thursday, July 18, 2019

WASHINGTON – The U.S. House of Representatives passed S.J.Res. 38, and two other measures today to block the sale of military weapons to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. This legislation, which has already passed the Senate, rejects President Trump’s attempt to bypass Congressional approval on the sale of weapons being used in the deadly military campaign in Yemen.

 

Cicilline Statement on Death of Former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

WASHINGTON – Democratic Policy Communications Committee (DPCC) Chair David N. Cicilline (RI-01) issued the following statement tonight:

 

“I am deeply saddened to learn of the death of former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, a giant of American legal jurisprudence. Justice Stevens served our country for three and a half decades on the Supreme Court.”

 

Cicilline Statement on Vote Condemning President Trump’s Racist Attacks on Congresswomen

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

WASHINGTON – Democratic Policy and Communications Committee (DPCC) Chair David N. Cicilline (RI-01) issued the following statement today:

 

RI Delegation Announces Over $2 Million in Early Head Start Funding

Monday, July 15, 2019

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse and U.S. Congressmen Jim Langevin and David Cicilline today announced a $2,031,812 grant to provide Rhode Island child development and family support services to low-income infants, toddlers, pregnant women and their families. The grant will be administered by Children’s Friend, a child-serving nonprofit agency with sites in Providence, Pawtucket, and Central Falls. Children’s Friend’s Early Head Start-Child Care Partnership is open to families statewide who meet income guidelines and other eligibility criteria.

 

House Approves Multiple Cicilline Proposals in Large Defense Bill

Friday, July 12, 2019

WASHINGTON – The U.S. House of Representatives passed the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2020 this afternoon. The bill, which sets defense spending levels for the Department of Defense next year, included several items that Congressman David N. Cicilline (RI-01), a member of House Leadership, played a key role in crafting.

 

Cicilline Statement on Facebook Settlement

Friday, July 12, 2019

WASHINGTON – House Antitrust Subcommittee Chairman David N. Cicilline (RI-01) issued the following statement on today’s reports that Facebook has settled for $5 billion with the Federal Trade Commission:

 

“The FTC just gave Facebook a Christmas present five months early. It’s very disappointing that such an enormously powerful company that engaged in such serious misconduct is getting a slap on the wrist. This fine is a fraction of Facebook’s annual revenue. It won’t make them think twice about their responsibility to protect user data.”

Cicilline Statement on Acosta Resignation

Friday, July 12, 2019

WASHINGTON – Democratic Policy and Communications Committee (DPCC) Chair David N. Cicilline (RI-01) issued the following statement today:

 

“Secretary Acosta never should have been nominated or confirmed in the first place. Sadly, this is what we’ve come to expect under the most corrupt administration in our history, and a Republican Senate that refuses to stand up to President Trump. The American people deserve better.”

 

Cicilline Statement on Trump Press Conference

Thursday, July 11, 2019

WASHINGTON – Democratic Policy and Communications Committee (DPCC) Chair David N. Cicilline (RI-01) issued the following statement today:

 

“I’m pleased that President Trump has finally backed down from his ridiculous effort to weaponize the Census. Apparently, the rule of law still means something in this country.”

Cicilline Proposal to Strengthen U.S.-Cyprus Relations Adopted in U.S. House

Thursday, July 11, 2019

WASHINGTON – U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (RI-01) successfully included an amendment in the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2020 under consideration in the U.S. House of Representatives today to end the U.S. arms embargo in Cyprus, which currently forces the nation to depend on other countries, including those that may pose challenges to U.S. national security interests around the world, for defense-related materials.

 

Cicilline Statement on Judiciary Committee Passage of Bipartisan Small Business Reorganization Act

Thursday, July 11, 2019

WASHINGTON – U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (RI-01), who introduced the Small Business Reorganization Act (H.R. 3311) with Republican Congressman Ben Cline (VA-06), issued the following statement today after the bill passed the House Judiciary Committee:

 

House Adopts Cicilline Proposal to Protect Servicemembers from Unfair Forced Arbitration

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

WASHINGTON – While considering the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2020, the U.S. House of Representatives adopted Antitrust Subcommittee Chair David N. Cicilline’s (RI-01) bipartisan amendment today to protect servicemembers from being forced into arbitration, a practice that allows companies to settle disputes by choosing the arbiter and venue while denying servicemembers any right to repeal.

 

Cicilline Amendment to Strengthen U.S. Manufacturing Adopted by House

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

WASHINGTON – The U.S. House of Representatives adopted an amendment authored by U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (RI-01) to the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2020 today to require a report on the increased automation of the Defense manufacturing industry. Information from this report will be critical in protecting jobs in Rhode Island’s defense manufacturing sector.

 

Cicilline Statement on Acosta Press Conference

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

WASHINGTON – Democratic Policy and Communications Committee (DPCC) Chair David N. Cicilline (RI-01) issued the following statement today:

 

“Secretary Acosta had a chance to do right by Jeffrey Epstein’s victims. He failed. Today’s press conference doesn’t change that. The only appropriate thing for him to do now is to resign.”

Antitrust Chair on Trump’s ‘Social Media Summit’

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

WASHINGTON – House Antitrust Subcommittee Chairman David N. Cicilline (RI-01) issued the following statement today on the “social media summit” President Trump is hosting for conservatives tomorrow at the White House:

 

“I’ve never seen evidence of tech firm bias against conservatives. If someone wants to show me some empirical data, instead of some alt-right member’s paranoid claims, I’d appreciate it. In the meantime, it would be great if President Trump would get serious about antitrust.”

Cicilline Calls on Secretary of Labor to Step Down

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

WASHINGTON – Democratic Policy and Communications Committee (DPCC) Chair David N. Cicilline (RI-01) issued the following statement today:

 

“Secretary Acosta needs to step down immediately. No one can give an incredibly generous plea deal to a remorseless child molester and still expect to hold the public’s trust. As U.S. Attorney, Secretary Acosta failed Jeffrey Epstein’s victims. He failed the people of South Florida. He cannot continue to serve as Secretary of Labor.”

Cicilline Statement on Pompeo’s Anti-Women, Anti-LGBTI Commission

Monday, July 8, 2019

PAWTUCKET – Last month, the U.S. House approved an amendment blocking funding for Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s so-called “Commission on Unalienable Rights” in the State, Foreign Operations, and Related Agencies appropriations bill. DPCC Chair David N. Cicilline (RI-01), who authored the House amendment, issued the following statement today after Pompeo unveiled his plans for the Commission:

 

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