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Third COVID-19 relief package will benefit Rhode Island with new resources   WASHINGTON – U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (RI-01) voted today to send a $2.2 trillion stimulus bill to the President. The bill provides substantial relief for Rhode Islanders impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.  
PAWTUCKET – Democratic Policy and Communications Committee (DPCC) Chair David N. Cicilline (RI-01) issued the following statement today:   “We are in the middle of an unprecedented public health crisis. The COVID-19 epidemic is impacting communities here in Rhode Island and all across America.”   “This third round of funding begins to meet the scale and severity of the challenges we face. It will provide significant resources to help Rhode Island hospitals treat their patients and keep health care workers safe. Although Mitch McConnell made clear over the past few days that he wanted to put corporations first, Democrats succeeded in our efforts to include real relief for families and working people.”  
Washington – U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse along with Congressmen Jim Langevin and David Cicilline today announced $539,250 in grant funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to help eight Rhode Island health centers in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.  Health centers may immediately use the awards to address screening and testing needs, acquire medical supplies, and boost their telehealth capacity.   “Our trusted community health centers are well-positioned to be important assets in the fight against COVID-19,” said the members of Rhode Island’s congressional delegation in a joint statement.  “This federal funding will give neighborhood health centers the ability to test and treat patients with milder cases of respiratory illness, relieving some of the burden on our hospitals.”
PAWTUCKET – Democratic Policy and Communications Committee (DPCC) Chair David N. Cicilline (RI-01) issued the following statement today:   “This bill addresses many key priorities for Rhode Island that I’ve raised with Speaker Pelosi over the past week. Chief among these are critical financial support to ensure hospitals can care for patients and provide health care workers and first responders with the best protective equipment available, direct cash payments for working people, relief for small businesses, expanded unemployment insurance, and strong prohibitions on the use of taxpayer money for stock buybacks.”  
WASHINGTON – U.S. Congressmen David N. Cicilline (RI-01) and Mark Pocan (WI-02) today sent a letter to the Speaker of the House of the Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, requesting direct and immediate financial assistance to small businesses, independent contractors, sole proprietors, and gig economy workers in the House’s next legislative package to combat the effects of the coronavirus outbreak.   “Small businesses and their employees are the backbone of our economy. We have an obligation to do everything we can to keep them afloat during this unprecedented crisis,” Congressman Cicilline said. “As Congress works to provide additional emergency funding in response to the coronavirus pandemic, it’s crucial that we take steps to provide direct assistance to small businesses.”  
PAWTUCKET – Democratic Policy and Communications Committee (DPCC) Chair David N. Cicilline (RI-01) led 37 of his colleagues in a request for stronger unemployment insurance in the next coronavirus supplement package to help affected workers make ends meet.   “As states continue to respond to this crisis, they require additional federal support to alleviate pressure on their already strained resources,” the members wrote in a letter to negotiators. “Strengthening the federal government’s share of unemployment insurance will allow these states to direct resources to the critical infrastructure necessary to respond to this pandemic.”   Specifically, Cicilline requested that the next coronavirus response legislation should:  
PAWTUCKET – Democratic Policy and Communications Committee Chair David N. Cicilline (RI-01) is fighting to protect students during the COVID-19 crisis. The Rhode Island Congressman asked House negotiators today to defer or forbear all federal student loans in the next stimulus package.   “As negotiations continue on a recovery package for those affected by the coronavirus pandemic, we ask that you take steps provide relief for millions of student loan borrowers,” Cicilline and 56 of his colleagues wrote in a letter. “With this in mind, we ask that the Department of Education be required to place all student loans in a state of deferment or forbearance, thus relieving borrowers of the worry of making their next loan payments if they are unable to.”  
WASHINGTON – Democratic Policy and Communications Committee (DPCC) Chair David N. Cicilline (RI-01) led 45 members of Congress today calling on the nation’s largest credit card companies to stop collecting interest and waive all late fees until the COVID-19 pandemic has ended.   “The COVID-19 pandemic will present many hardships for Americans across the nation,” the members wrote. “We believe that you, as our country’s largest credit card issuers, have a unique opportunity and responsibility to help mitigate some of the financial harms Americans face as a result of this pandemic. Specifically, we urge you to cease collecting interest on balances and waive all late fees during the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic.”  
WASHINGTON – U.S. Congressmen David N. Cicilline (RI-01) and Mark Pocan (WI-02) led a group of 82 members of Congress today in demanding that Secretary of Defense Mark Esper provide an urgent report on what is being done to protect our nation’s servicemembers around the world from exposure to the coronavirus. “While we understand that this crisis continues to evolve rapidly, it is essential that the proper actions be taken to address the danger posed to U.S. forces,” the members wrote. “This includes minimizing exposure of our nation’s servicemembers, ensuring that testing is available to those who may experience symptoms, and that rapidly and efficiently providing the proper treatment to those who become infected.”  
WASHINGTON – U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (RI-01) is calling on Equifax, TransUnion, and Experian to immediately stop reporting negative ratings during the coronavirus pandemic.   “The health risks of the virus will pass but medical bills, missed rent, car notes as well as late credit card and mortgage payments threaten the economic well-being of hundreds of families in the communities we represent, especially working-class families, hourly-wage workers, and immigrants,” Cicilline wrote with a group of House members. “Adverse credit events caused by COVID-19 will have crippling, long-term, and devastating effects for those who can least afford it, if credit reporting agencies are unwilling to adapt and make adjustments to meet the challenges of this international pandemic.”  
Bill will help prepare U.S. to respond to the next global pandemic   WASHINGTON – Democratic Policy and Communications Committee Chair David N. Cicilline (RI-01) introduced the Allied Health Personnel Shortage Act today to address the growing shortage of clinical lab professionals and other associated health care workers nationwide. The coronavirus pandemic has highlighted the urgent need for a strong allied health care workforce made up of clinical lab technicians, respiratory therapists, and radiographers, amongst others.  
PAWTUCKET – U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (RI-01) is pushing for substantial relief for the tourism industry as Congress grapples with the economic fallout of the coronavirus pandemic.   “One of every ten jobs in this country is tied to the travel and tourism industry. We look forward to working with you on a long-term recovery package that keeps these workers in mind,” Cicilline wrote to Speaker Pelosi and House negotiators in a letter today. “Together, we must ensure that the workers, their families, and the communities we represent are able to rebound from this crisis.”  
WASHINGTON – U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline joined with 76 House members in pushing for the country’s largest mortgage lenders to immediately suspend foreclosures for the duration of the coronavirus pandemic.   As the largest home mortgage lenders in the United States, you have a shared responsibility to help our country mitigate and avert the financial crisis that the COVID-19 pandemic may trigger,” the members wrote. “We urge you to halt all foreclosure proceedings until the public health emergency has passed.”   The full text of the letter sent by Cicilline and his colleagues is embedded below.   ------------------------------   March 18, 2020    
WASHINGTON – U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (RI-01) is calling on the Trump administration to halt evictions and foreclosures on federally-backed mortgages today. The request includes any properties owned, insured, or overseen by Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the Federal Housing Administration (FHA), the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), and the Department of Agriculture (USDA).  
WASHINGTON—Today, Congressman David N. Cicilline, Chair of the Judiciary Subcommittee on Antitrust, Commercial and Administrative Law led a bipartisan letter alongside Congressman Joe Neguse, Congressman Jerrold Nadler, Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee and Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner, Ranking Member for the Judiciary Subcommittee on Antitrust, Commercial and Administrative Law; to the U.S. Department of Justice urging immediate and decisive steps to stop extensive price gouging of consumer health products happening as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic.
WASHINGTON – Democratic Policy and Communications Committee Chair David N. Cicilline (RI-01) and Congressman Don Young (AK-AL), co-chair of the House Afterschool Caucus, led a bipartisan request today with 48 members to House leaders crafting the next round of emergency funding asking for an immediate increase of $500 million for 21st Century Community Learning Centers to provide necessary relief to families and educators affected by the growing pandemic.  
WASHINGTON, DC – Rhode Island’s Congressional delegation today urged the Trump Administration to quickly grant Rhode Island’s request for the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) to issue an economic disaster declaration covering the state due to the outbreak of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).   U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse and Congressmen Jim Langevin and David Cicilline say the designation will help small business owners successfully apply for low-interest federal loans and unlock other SBA tools and assistance designed to assist small businesses that are suffering a substantial economic injury as a result of the pandemic.  
WASHINGTON – Democratic Policy and Communications Committee (DPCC) Chair David N. Cicilline (RI-01) issued the following statement tonight:   “Nothing is more important than protecting the safety and well-being of the American people. The House is providing the resources and leadership our country needs during this time of crisis. A week ago, we passed an $8.3 billion emergency spending bill that addresses the scale and seriousness of the coronavirus pandemic. This included nearly a billion dollars for medications, protective gear, and lab tests; $7 billion in low-interest loans for small businesses; $3 billion for research and development of treatment and vaccines; and $300 million to ensure vaccines are affordable.”  
New entity combining Cengage and McGraw-Hill would control more than 40% of market for college textbooks, raising costs and impacting privacy of students   WASHINGTON – House Antitrust Subcommittee Chairman David N. Cicilline (RI-01) and House Consumer Protection and Commerce Chair Jan Schakowsky (IL-09) wrote to the Justice Department’s Antitrust Division calling for it to closely scrutinize the proposed merger of Cengage Learning Holdings II and McGraw-Hill Education. The proposed merger would combine two of the three major college textbook manufacturers into a single company that controls more than 40% of the market.  
Klobuchar, Cicilline and Colleagues Express Serious Concerns over Reports that Justice Department Official Urged Dish Executive to Lobby Senators to Influence FCC Regulatory Process    In a letter this week, members of Congress called on Assistant Attorney General Makan Delrahim to addresss reports that he improperly encouraged Dish Network’s Chairman to lobby members of the Senate to influence the FCC’s review of the proposed T-Mobile/Sprint Merger



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