Press Releases

May 23, 2011

RI Receives $5.2 Million to Start Up New Health Exchange

Issues: Health Care

In an effort to help increase competition among health insurance companies, reduce health care costs for consumers, and provide more Rhode Islanders with access to quality, affordable coverage, the state’s Congressional delegation today announced that Rhode Island will receive $5.2 million in federal funding to set up an online system where Rhode Islanders may shop for health insurance.

May 19, 2011

RI Congressional Delegation Urges DHS to Reconsider Cutting Providence from Anti-Terror Funding List

Rhode Island’s Congressional delegation is urging the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to reconsider cutting the Providence metro area from the list of eligible cities for the Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI).

May 18, 2011

Cicilline Introduces Make It In America Block Grant Legislation

In recognition of National Small Business Week, Congressman Cicilline, supported by Rhode Island and New England manufacturing representatives, unveiled his Six Point Manufacturing Plan for Rhode Island, including the official introduction of his Make it in America Block Grant Act of 2011 at a press conference in Pawtucket at the former Paramount Cards Company.

May 17, 2011

RI Delegation Announces Over $1M in Federal Funds for Providence Job Training Program

In order to better prepare young Rhode Islanders for the jobs of tomorrow, the RI congressional delegation today announced $1.1 million in federal funds for YouthBuild Providence.

May 16, 2011

Congressman Cicilline Joins Woonsocket Police Officers in 450-Mile Annual COPS Walks

In recognition of National Police Week, U.S. Congressman David Cicilline (D-RI) joined members of the Woonsocket Police Department for their 11th annual COPs Walk. Beginning on May 9, 2011, Sergeant Edward Cunnanan lead 12 members on a 4-day walk from Woonsocket, RI to Washington, DC. Congressman Cicilline joined the officers near the end of the 450-mile relay-walk.

May 16, 2011

RI Delegation Wants $21 Billion in Deficit Reduction by Eliminating Taxpayer Subsidies for Big Oil

Issues: Energy

With the Senate scheduled for a key vote this week, U.S. Senators Jack Reed (D-RI) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Congressman David Cicilline (D-RI) are strongly backing a plan to eliminate special tax breaks for the five largest oil companies and direct those savings to decrease the national deficit.

May 13, 2011

Congressman Congratulates Paul W. Crowley East Bay Met School, Recipient of Prestigious Regional EPA Environmental Award

Issues: Energy

U.S. Congressman David Cicilline (D-RI) recognizes the efforts of the Paul W. Crowley East Bay Met School’s Green Team in Newport, Rhode Island for their outstanding work to preserve New England’s environment. The Green Team is the recipient of the Environmental Protection Agency‘s 2011 Environmental Merit Award for Environmental for Community, Academia & Non-Profit Organizations.

May 9, 2011

Cicilline, Langevin Announce RI Rail Grants, Stress Importance to State's Recovery

Issues: Energy

U.S. Congressmen David Cicilline and James Langevin announced U.S. Department of Transportation grants for Rhode Island rail projects that will create jobs and help provide more efficient travel. The resources, which were made available when Florida Governor Rick Scott rejected high speed rail funding earlier this year, included $25 million for an additional 1.5 miles of a third track in South Kingstown that will be able to manage high-speed trains, and $3 million for renovation work at the station in Providence.

May 9, 2011

Rhode Islanders Need Immediate Price Relief at the Pump

Issues: Energy, Fiscal Responsibility

Just as gas prices in Rhode Island topped $4 per gallon, Congressman Cicilline urged House Speaker John Boehner to bring two measures to the House Floor for a vote that would provide immediate relief to consumers from the rising price of gasoline. In a letter to Speaker John Boehner, Cicilline wrote, “Until our nation makes the necessary and sustained investments in clean-energy technology that will once and for all end our dependence on foreign energy imports and Big Oil, we will continue to be held at the mercy of Wall Street speculators artificially driving up fuel prices.”

May 5, 2011

Cicilline Honors Jewish American Heritage Month

Madam Speaker, I rise today to honor and recognize the rich history of the Jewish American experience in the United States as we mark Jewish American Heritage Month.