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2021/10/21
PAWTUCKET, RI – U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (D-RI) announced today that his office will host the 2021 Congressional App Challenge. The competition gives middle and high schools students in the First Congressional District of Rhode Island an opportunity to demonstrate and showcase their technical skills by creating useful apps.    “I’m delighted to host this year’s Congressional App Challenge for students in my district. This competition offers young people the opportunity to gain real-world experience and develop skills in the cutting-edge fields of computer programming and digital technology,” said Congressman David Cicilline. “I always look forward to seeing the great ideas our next generation of innovators come up with for this competition.”
2021/10/21
WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman David N. Cicilline (RI-01), author of H.Res.24, the impeachment resolution charging President Trump with Incitement of Insurrection, issued the following statement on the importance on holding Steve Bannon in Contempt of Congress ahead of today’s vote on H.Res. 730.  “The House must vote to hold Steve Bannon in Contempt of Congress for refusing to answer a Congressional subpoena and in doing so, also make clear our unwavering dedication to truth, transparency, and the rule of law.  “January 6 was one of the most heinous attacks on American democracy that our country has ever seen. We have mountains of evidence that these rioters, encouraged by and organized by some of our country’s highest officials, intended to overthrow our democracy at the urging of Donald Trump.  
2021/10/21
WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman David N. Cicilline (RI-01) spoke on the floor of the House of Representatives Tuesday to urge all his colleagues to support H.R. 2379, the State Opioid Response Grant Authorization Act of 2021, legislation that provides states and localities the funding they depend on to fight the opioid crisis. The House voted to pass the bill 380-46.      The Congressman’s remarks, as delivered, are below:  Thank you, Madam Speaker, and I thank the gentleman for yielding. Across the country, the opioid epidemic is devastating families and communities. In Rhode Island, the COVID-19 pandemic is only worsening this crisis. In 2020 alone, accidental overdose deaths in Rhode Island increased by 25 percent, with most involving opioids. 
2021/08/26
WASHINGTON – U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (RI-01) released the following statement after the House passed a $3.5 trillion budget resolution.
2021/08/26
WASHINGTON – U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (RI-01), a member of the House Judiciary Committee, released the following statement after the House passed H.R. 4, The John R. Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act, a bill that restores the power of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
2021/08/26
PAWTUCKET - U.S. Representative David N. Cicilline (RI-01) issued the following statement after president Bident announce the full withdrawl of American troops by August 31, 2021: "The images we have seen over the last few days in Afghanistan have been heartbreaking and horrifying. After 20 years of U.S. involvement there, the Taliban has once again taken control of the country. As we adjust to this new reality, we must remember that what happened in Afghanistan in no way diminishes the service and sacrifice of our brave men and women in uniform who served there over the past two decades. However, it does underscore how important it is that we make the right calculation before committing our troops and resources overseas."
2021/08/12
WASHINGTON – U.S. Representatives David N. Cicilline (RI-01), Jan Schakowsky (IL-09), and Doris Matsui (CA-06) reintroduced legislation to reestablish the House Permanent Select Committee on Aging to examine the challenges and issues facing the growing aging population in America. This legislation has been endorsed by the Leadership Council of Aging Organizations (LCAO). The original House Permanent Select Committee on Aging, which was active between 1974 and 1992, conducted investigations, hearings and issues reports to inform Congress on issues related to aging.
2021/07/29
WASHINGTON – U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (RI-01) released the following statement after the House passed H.R. 4502, the Fiscal Year 2022 Seven-Bill Appropriations package. The seven appropriations bills: Labor-HHS-Education; Agriculture, Rural Development, FDA; Energy and Water Development; Financial Services and General Government; Interior-Environment; Military Construction and Veterans Affairs and Transportation-HUD includes more the $9 million for nine Community Funding Projects in Rhode Island Cicilline submitted to the Appropriations Committee in April. The bill now goes to the Senate for consideration.
2021/07/26
WASHINGTON – Today, Aon and Willis Towers Watson – two of the three largest insurance brokers in the world – abandoned plans for a $30 billion merger that would have increased consolidation in this market. Last month, the Department of Justice sued to block this transaction. House Judiciary Antitrust Subcommittee Chairman David N. Cicilline (RI-01) released the following statement:
2021/07/21
WASHINGTON – Congressional LGBTQ+ Equality Caucus Chair U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (RI-01) and Co-Chair U.S. Congressman Mark Takano (CA-41) introduced a resolution today to acknowledge and apologize for the mistreatment of and discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) individuals who served the United States in the Armed Forces, the Foreign Service, and the Federal civil service.
2021/06/29
WASHINGTON – U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (RI-01) and U.S. Congresswoman Nicole Malliotakis (NY-11) introduced the Community and Senior Center Support Act, bipartisan legislation that waives the rural-area requirement for the USDA Community Facilities Grant Program, providing community and senior centers across the country access to millions of dollars in federal funds to help build or improve these essential community facilities.
2021/06/24
WASHINGTON – Antitrust Subcommittee Chairman David N. Cicilline (RI-01) released the following statement after the House Judiciary Committee approved all six bipartisan bills to build A Stronger Online Economy: “Today, we have sent a clear message. The United States will no longer let other countries lead the fight against unregulated monopoly power. America is ready to hold Big Tech accountable so we can build A Stronger Online Economy.” “Once these bills are signed into law, they will help ensure lower prices and greater choice for consumers, higher wages for workers, and more opportunities for small businesses to get ahead. I look forward to continuing to work in a bipartisan fashion to get the job done and send these bills to President Biden’s desk.”
2021/06/14
PAWTUCKET – U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (D-RI) announced today that Angel Norquist from Barrington Christian Academy was awarded the first-place prize in this year’s 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 a virtual award ceremony to recognize the high school artists who participated.
2021/06/14
WASHINGTON – U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (RI-01) spoke on the House floor today during debate on repealing the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002 (H.R. 256). A video of Cicilline’s remarks can be viewed by clicking the image below. A transcript is embedded at the end of this email. David N. Cicilline Repealing AUMF for Iraq June 14, 2021 Remarks As Delivered Thank you, Madam Speaker.
2021/06/14
WASHINGTON – U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (RI-01) and U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today announced the introduction of legislation to protect child workers from the dangers of exposure to tobacco plants, including nicotine poisoning. The Children Don’t Belong on Tobacco Farms Act amends the Fair Labor Standards Act to prohibit children under the age of 18 from working in tobacco fields and coming into direct contact with tobacco plants or dried tobacco leaves by deeming this type of work as oppressive child labor. “Kids don’t belong on tobacco farms,” said Cicilline. “The dangers of exposure to tobacco and nicotine are well-documented. The risks are magnified for children. I’m proud to be introducing this important bill with Senator Durbin.”
2021/06/11
WASHINGTON – Led by Antitrust Subcommittee Chairman David N. Cicilline (RI-01) and Antitrust Subcommittee Ranking Member Ken Buck (CO-04), House lawmakers today announced their bipartisan legislative agenda to expand opportunities for consumers, workers, and small business owners by holding unregulated Big Tech monopolies accountable for anti-competitive conduct.
2021/06/11
PROVIDENCE – U.S. Congressmen David N. Cicilline (RI-01) and James Langevin (RI-02) held a press conference this morning with Rhode Island Governor Dan McKee to underscore the importance of federal investments in child care for growing Rhode Island’s economy from the bottom up and the middle out. Cicilline and Langevin are working to pass President Biden’s American Families Plan, which would invest a historic amount in child care and universal pre-k.
2021/05/21
PAWTUCKET – U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (RI-01) and U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) on Friday reintroduced the 21st Century Buy American Act, legislation that will strengthen existing Buy American laws to eliminate loopholes and ensure government procurement prioritizes American-made goods. The legislation could help create up to 100,000 jobs, according to the non-partisan Economic Policy Institute.
2021/05/19
WASHINGTON – U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (RI-01) spoke on the House floor today in support of the National Commission to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the United States Capitol Complex Act (H.R. 3233), legislation that forms a bipartisan, independent commission to investigate the attack and to recommend changes to protect the United States Capitol. A video of Cicilline’s remarks can be viewed by clicking the image below. A transcript is embedded at the end of this email. David N. Cicilline January 6th Commission May 19, 2021 Remarks As Delivered Madam Speaker, I rise in support of the rule, and the establishment of a National Commission to study the events of January 6, 2021.

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