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WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman David N. Cicilline (RI-01), senior member of the House Judiciary Committee, today took to the House floor to urge all his colleagues to join him in supporting the Domestic Terrorism Prevention Act and “say no to white supremacy and domestic terrorism in America.” The House will vote on the bipartisan measure later this evening.
WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman David N. Cicilline (RI-01) today voted to pass two pieces of legislation that will address the current baby formula shortage in the United States and help prevent this crisis from ever reoccurring.
WASHINGTON, DC – A bipartisan, bicameral group of lawmakers today introduced legislation to broaden the scope of individuals subject to prosecution for war crimes. The Justice for Victims of War Crimes Act updates the current war crimes statute to enable prosecution of war criminals in the United States regardless of the location or targets of their atrocities. The legislation also extends the statute of limitations for war crimes discovered years after they occur. The bill was introduced in the House of Representatives by Congressman David N. Cicilline (D-RI-01), senior member of the House Judiciary and Foreign Affairs Committees, and Victoria Spartz (R-IN-05). The Senate bill is led by Senators Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), and Patrick Leahy (D-VT).
WASHINGTON, DC -- Today, U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse and Congressmen Jim Langevin and David Cicilline announced that the Rhode Island Airport Corporation (RIAC) has been awarded over $7.3 million in federal funding for upgrades to Rhode Island T.F. Green International Airport and Quonset State Airport.  The Congressional delegation helped land the federal U.S. Department of Transportation grants, which will be administered by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to support renovations, safety upgrades, and runway protection at Rhode Island’s two largest airports.  Rhode Island T.F. Green International Airport is receiving an infusion of nearly $5 million in federal funding, including:
Providence RI —The RI State Council on the Arts (RISCA) announced today the State's arts agency and five arts organizations will receive $988,200 in recommended grants from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). The awards will be given to the Newport Music Festival, $15,000; AS220, $15,000; Brown University, $20,000; Community MusicWorks, $60,000; FirstWorks, $20,000; and RISCA, $858,200. The grants are from three NEA funding categories, Grants for Arts Projects, Our Town, and State and Regional Partnerships. In total, this round of NEA's distribution was more than $91 million in recommended grants to organizations in all 50 states and U.S. jurisdictions.
WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina M. Raimondo announced the Department’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) is awarding a $4.8 million grant to Pawtucket, Rhode Island, for construction of the Blackstone River Bikeway. This grant is funded by the American Rescue Plan. This project will expand tourism and outdoor recreational activities by connecting Pawtucket and Slater Mill Historic Park. The EDA investment will be matched with $1.4 million in state and local funds and is expected to create 538 jobs and generate $284 million in private investment, according to grantee estimates.
WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman David N. Cicilline (RI-01), Chairman of the Subcommittee on Antitrust, Commercial and Administrative Law, delivered the following opening statement at today’s hearing, “Reviving Competition, Part 6: Rebuilding America’s Economic Leadership and Combatting Corporate Profiteering.”  A transcript of the Congressman’s remarks is below.   Statement of the Honorable David N. Cicilline, Chairman,Subcommittee on Antitrust, Commercial and Administrative Law  Hearing on “Reviving Competition, Part 6: Rebuilding America’s Economic Leadership and Combatting Corporate Profiteering”  Tuesday, May 17, 2022 at 1:00 p.m.Room 2141 of the Rayburn House Office Building
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.
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.” A transcript of the Congressman’s remarks is below.
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).
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.
Washington, D.C. - Today, Jewish Democratic Members of Congress issued the following statement in response to antisemitic remarks by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. The statement was issued jointly by Reps. Auchincloss, Bonamici, Cicilline, Deutch, Frankel, Gottheimer, Jacobs, Levin (CA), Levin (MI), Lowenthal, Manning, Nadler, Raskin, Schakowsky, Schiff, Schneider, Schrier, M.D., Sherman, Slotkin, Wasserman Schultz, Wild, and Yarmuth. "The blatant antisemitism in recent comments by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov is appalling but sadly not surprising. Lavrov, Vladimir Putin, and the Russian regime are doing everything they can to divert attention from their unprovoked, unlawful invasion of Ukraine and the failings of their military in the face of a heroic Ukrainian response.



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