Press Releases

Oct 2, 2018

Delegation Introduces Bill to Help More Federal Funds Flow to RI to Protect Wood-Pawcatuck Watershed

This bill would allow for the designation of segments of the Wood-Pawcatuck Watershed under the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act and would create the opportunity to bring back critical federal resources and funding to support important preservation in this area. We have so many natural resources that are enjoyed by Rhode Islanders and visitors each year. It is important that at the federal level we make resources available and work with local and state partners to protect our environment so that it can be enjoyed by all.

Oct 1, 2018

Cicilline Statement on New NAFTA Proposal

Any new trade agreement needs to raise American wages, stop the outsourcing of jobs, and include strong enforcement measures for labor and environmental protections. President Trump campaigned on those promises. Now we’ll find out whether his actions match up to his rhetoric on trade. I will closely scrutinize the administration’s proposal and look forward to meeting with Rhode Island stakeholders to discuss its impact before it is considered in Congress.

Sep 27, 2018

Cicilline to Run for Assistant Democratic Leader

In preparation for the next Congress, we need to make sure that we have a leadership team that can hit the ground running to pass our legislative agenda and to hold President Trump accountable for his actions. In Committee and on the Floor, I’ve proven that I can go toe-to-toe with the other side of the aisle and that I won’t back down. As a former mayor of a major city, I have the skills that are necessary to build coalitions and deliver results. And as one of only six openly LGBT members of the House, I believe it is crucial that our leadership team represent and reflect the diversity and strength of the Democratic Party.

Sep 25, 2018

Delegation, Raimondo Announces $12.6 Million for RI Opioids Fight

This federal funding will help save lives here in Rhode Island by providing resources to programs fighting this epidemic. Rhode Island has been hit particularly hard by the opioid crisis and so many Rhode Island families have been devastated as a result. The magnitude of this public health crisis requires a comprehensive national strategy and significant federal resources to finally end this epidemic.

Sep 18, 2018

Cicilline Statement on Trump Admin Cutting Refugee Admissions

“The callous decision announced today by Secretary Pompeo, made outside of the statutory process that governs refugee admissions, is sadly, entirely in keeping with this Administration’s concerted efforts to prevent legal immigration into this country. Attempts to justify this cut based on national security or concern for tackling a backlog of cases is entirely without merit. Refugees are this country’s most strongly vetted group of immigrants and have already gone through an extensive screening process before they are even considered for placement in the United States. This is a shameful day for our country.”

Sep 17, 2018

Cicilline, Fortenberry Asking Google For Answers on Privacy Safeguards for Kids

“Almost half of all internet users will use YouTube in any given month. Parents should have confidence their kids are safe online and that tech giants like Google are respecting their privacy. We hope that Google will swiftly address our questions so that we can ensure they are in compliance with existing law.”

Sep 16, 2018

Cicilline Statement on McKenna Post Office

“First Sergeant McKenna stood for all that is good about Rhode Island and America. He was, first and foremost, a patriot of the highest order who put his country ahead of his own interests when he volunteered to serve. I consider myself fortunate that I had the opportunity to meet him and to thank him for his service a few years ago. He was a great American and a great Rhode Islander. I hope that this permanent reminder of his life will remind all of us of the importance of service, sacrifice, and loyalty to our country.”

Sep 14, 2018

Cicilline Statement on Manafort Plea Deal

“The stench of corruption in Donald Trump’s inner circle grows worse by the day. Paul Manafort is now the 5th high-ranking Trump campaign official to plead guilty to serious crimes against the United States. He was brought on to lead the campaign after years of working with Russian mobsters and oligarchs. If anyone knows the truth about the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia, it’s Paul Manafort.”

Sep 11, 2018

RI Fire Departments Granted $382K for New Rescue Equipment

“I'm proud to have advocated directly to FEMA to help secure funding for our firefighters. “The brave men and women in our fire departments deserve access to the best equipment available to help keep them and our communities safe.”

Sep 10, 2018

Rhode Island Awarded $9 Million to Support Mental Health Services for Students

“Making sure young people have access to mental health services is incredibly important. This funding will help ensure that vital resources are available to students and their families in the Providence, Pawtucket, and Woonsocket school systems when they need these services.”