Press Releases

Oct 18, 2018

URI Wins $746K for Aquaculture Worker Training at RI Sea Grant

“Aquaculture is an important industry in the Ocean State. This federal investment in a work training program will help create good-paying jobs and allow potential employees to gain critical skills needed in this industry.”

Oct 17, 2018

Cicilline Statement on McConnell’s Plan to Gut Health Care Access

When Republicans tell us what they’re going to do in power, we should listen. Just a day after falsely claiming Social Security and Medicare are the reasons for the deficit, Senator McConnell has doubled down by saying Republicans will keep trying to repeal the Affordable Care Act. If they succeed, they will take away protections for 130 million people with pre-existing conditions, raise health care costs, impose an age tax on older Americans, and eliminate access to coverage for millions of working people.

Oct 5, 2018

Cicilline Outlines Bipartisan Bill Aimed at Encouraging Use of Innovative Construction Materials

Hard-working Americans suffer the consequences of our country’s lack of investment in infrastructure. This legislation would lead to research and development of materials that can be used for vital, more resilient infrastructure projects, and would create good-paying jobs, especially in Rhode Island which is a national leader in this sector and has over 80 composite companies. I look forward to continuing to work with Senator Whitehouse and various stakeholders on this issue.

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.”