Press Releases

May 15, 2022

Equality Caucus Statement on the Passing of Urvashi Vaid

Issues: LGBT Issues

Washington, D.C. – The Congressional LGBTQ+ Equality Caucus mourns the passing of Urvashi Vaid, an LGBTQ+ activist and leader who passed away last night. Vaid served in several roles at the National LGBTQ Task Force, including as its Executive Director from 1989-1992. Vaid also held roles at the ACLU National Prison Project, the Ford Foundation, and the Arcus Foundation, among other organizations. In 2012, she launched LPAC, the first lesbian super PAC, and she also served as President of the Vaid Group LLC.

May 13, 2022

Cicilline Votes to Fund Poverty Reduction Programs, Help Rhode Island Families

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman David N. Cicilline (RI-01) today voted to pass the Community Services Block Grant Modernization Act of 2022, legislation that will provide needed resources to local organizations working to reduce poverty in Rhode Island and across the country.

May 12, 2022

Cicilline Urges House to Hold Big Oil Accountable for Skyrocketing Prices

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman David N. Cicilline (RI-01) today took to the House Floor to implore his colleagues to act to hold companies accountable for taking advantage of the American people as the country recovers from an unprecedented pandemic. The Congressman argued, “[T]his is about corporate greed, about people taking advantage of this moment as the American people are recovering from a very difficult couple of years. We should not, in addition to that, allow them to be victims of this kind of price gouging. We have the ability to do something about it. We have bills that I hope we’ll bring to the Floor, return what was improperly taken from consumers at the gas pump – return it back to them.”

May 12, 2022

Cicilline, Colleagues Introduce Bicameral Bill to Stifle Corporate Price Gouging

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman David N. Cicilline (RI-01), Chair of the Judiciary Subcommittee on Antitrust, Commercial, and Administrative Law, joined with Representatives Jan Schakowsky, Jerrold Nadler, Val Demings, and Katie Porter to introduce the Price Gouging Prevention Act of 2022, which would prohibit the practice of price gouging during all abnormal market disruptions – including the current pandemic – by authorizing the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and state attorneys general to enforce a federal ban against unconscionably excessive price increases, regardless of a seller's position in a supply chain.

May 12, 2022

Cicilline Announces Congressional Art Competition Winners

PROVIDENCE, RI – Congressman David N. Cicilline announced this week that Gayatri Buchta, a junior at East Providence High School, was awarded first place in the 2022 Congressional Art Competition. The annual contest seeks to spotlight local talent and promote arts education, fostering the next generation of Rhode Island artists. Cicilline, who has run the competition each year since coming to Congress, held an award ceremony at his Providence office to recognize all the artists who participated in this year’s competition.

May 10, 2022

Cicilline Votes to Send More Aid to Ukraine

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman David N. Cicilline (RI-01), senior member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, voted to pass the bipartisan emergency supplemental spending bill for Ukraine. This new nearly $40 billion package includes military aid, support for the Ukrainian economy, and humanitarian assistance for food security to address the worldwide hunger crisis stemming from Putin’s invasion.

May 9, 2022

Congressman Cicilline Encourages All Eligible Rhode Islanders to Enroll in Affordable Connectivity Program

PROVIDENCE, RI – Congressman David N. Cicilline (RI-01) is encouraging all eligible Rhode Islanders to register for the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP). The ACP, created by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill, is already delivering savings to tens of millions of American households. Today, the Biden Administration announced commitments from 20 leading internet providers to either increase internet speeds or cut prices, capping out-of-pocket costs at $30/month for ACP-enrolled homes. These 20 providers cover more than 80 percent of the U.S. population. More information is available at the newly launched GetInternet.gov.

May 6, 2022

Cicilline, Local Leaders Announce $695K for New Bristol Senior and Community Center

BRISTOL, RI – Congressman David N. Cicilline (RI-01) today announced $695,491 in federal funding for the conversion of the decommissioned Walley School into a new senior and resource facility. The Congressman was joined by Town Administrator Steve Contente, Council Chairman Nathan Calouro, Council Member Timothy Sweeney, Council Member Aaron Ley, State Senator Wally Felag, and State Representative Susan Donovan. Also in attendance were Edward Carusi, Director of Social Services and Public Welfare, Tim Shaw, Acting Director of Parks and Recreation, and Kevin Lynch, Chief of Police.

May 5, 2022

Equality Caucus Applauds USDA Food and Nutrition Service for Making Clear that LGBTQ+ people are Protected from Discrimination in their Programs

Issues: LGBT Issues

Washington, D.C. – The Congressional LGBTQ+ Equality Caucus applauds the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) for prohibiting discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation in their programs, including in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

May 4, 2022

Congressional LGBTQ+ Equality Caucus Applauds Rep. Sharice Davids for Introducing Legislation to Address LGBTQ+ Mental Health

Issues: LGBT Issues

Washington, D.C. – The Congressional LGBTQ+ Equality Caucus applauds Equality Caucus Co-Chair Sharice Davids (KS-03) for introducing the Pride in Mental Health Act. This bill, which was endorsed by the Congressional LGBTQ+ Equality Caucus, would create a new program at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration to assess and improve LGBTQ+ youth mental health and would amend the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act to address and improve data collection related to LGBTQ+ child abuse and neglect, among other provisions.

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