Congressman Cicilline Announces House Committee Assignments

Jan 19, 2011 Issues:

Cicilline Has Two Real Opportunities to Invest in Future of Domestic Manufacturers

WASHINGTON, DC– U.S. Congressman David Cicilline (D-RI) today announced his appointment to the U.S. House of Representatives Committees on Small Business and Foreign Affairs.

The Small Business Committee carries out oversight and has legislative authority for the Small Business Administration and its programs and has jurisdiction over small business financial aid and regulatory flexibility. The Foreign Affairs Committee is responsible for legislation relating to matters of international economic policy and trade, national security developments affecting foreign policy; and the deployment and use of the U.S. Armed Forces, among other issues relating to peace enforcements and foreign assistance.

 “I am ready to get to work for Rhode Island’s First District,” Congressman Cicilline said. “In doing that, my number one priority will be to relieve an ailing economy and put people in communities across our district back on the job. The Small Business Committee will give me the opportunity to focus on getting the much needed capital our more than 96,000 small businesses and entrepreneurs need so they can grow their operations and create good paying jobs.”

The main purpose of the House Small Business Committee is to protect and aid our nation’s small businesses.

“Rhode Islanders know our small businesses – including our small business manufacturers – are the backbone of our economy,” Cicilline continued. “My placement on the Small Business Committee will allow me to begin the work of reviving our manufacturing sector so that we can make things again in our country. This is where we can work to provide the capital, the equipment, and the skilled workers our manufacturers need to compete in the global economy. We can also begin to focus on the creation of a “Made in America Block Grant” which will provide resources to retool existing small-size manufacturers, train employees to get our local economy moving again, and help put people in our district and state on a path toward a sustainable future.”

Congressman Cicilline then said, “The Foreign Affairs Committee is another strong avenue for creating opportunities for our manufacturers who are looking to export their products to foreign countries which can grow our domestic businesses and create jobs here at home.”

The Foreign Affairs Committee post also allows Cicilline to effectively advocate for and respond to our district’sbreadth of diverse cultural communities.

“The rich diversity of residents in our district from Southeast Asia, Armenia, Central and South America and the Republic of Cape Verde and longstanding residents of Portuguese, Italian, French and Irish descents, among others give us a unique perspective on the needs of our immigrant population and on the global relationships that often inform and affect their lives at home. I believe that successfully cultivating and sustaining these relationships is the key to improving ourcountry’s status in the global economy.”

According to the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2005-2009 American Community Survey, more than 69,000 residents in the 1st Congressional District of Rhode Island are foreign-born – that is 13% of the District’s total population. More than 60% of this foreign-born population emigrated from Latin America, Africa, and Asia.

The House Foreign Affairs Committee also provides an opportunity to work on national security issues ranging from the approval of some military sales to foreign nations – which has the potential to grow jobs domestically – to making smart investments of taxpayer funds overseas through the responsible authorization of foreign aid.

Representative Sam Graves (R-MI) will chair the Small Business Committee, and Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) will chair the Committee on Foreign Affairs.