Press Releases

2021/03/18
WASHINGTON – U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (RI-01) issued the following statement today: “Dreamers are American in every sense of the word. The only thing they lack is a piece of paper. The American Dream and Promise Act ensures they will not be deported from the only country they’ve ever known. It offers them a path to citizenship. I was proud to vote for this bill.” “President Biden inherited a broken immigration system from his predecessor. The Senate should pass the American Dream and Promise Act immediately so we can begin the difficult work of building an immigration system that works.” 
2021/03/18
WASHINGTON – In order to make the federal funding process more responsive to the needs of the American people, the U.S. House Appropriations Committee will accept requests this year from Members of Congress for Community Project Funding to support specific, worthwhile projects in the districts they represent. Applications from local and state governments, as well as 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations, will be submitted from individual Congressional offices to the Appropriations Committee to be considered for FY2022. U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (RI-01), who has fought for the Community Project Funding initiative in recent years as a way to ensure more federal funding is invested in Rhode Island, announced today that his office is in the process of collecting applications from eligible entities to submit to the Appropriations Committee.
2021/03/17
WASHINGTON – U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (RI-01) testified to the Senate Judiciary Committee today during a hearing on the Equality Act, his legislation to prohibit discrimination against LGBTQ Americans. A video of Cicilline’s opening remarks can be viewed by clicking the image below. A transcript is embedded below. David N. Cicilline Statement to Senate Judiciary Committee March 17, 2021 Remarks As Delivered Thank you very much to Senator Whitehouse for that warm introduction. Thank you to Chairman Durbin and Ranking Member Grassley for inviting me to speak today.
2021/03/17
WASHINGTON – U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (RI-01) released the following statement after the House voted to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act, a landmark 1994 law that protects women from violence and holds abusers accountable: “The Violence Against Women Act was one of the most effective laws ever written to keep women safe and prosecute violent criminals. It is shameful that Republicans allowed this bill to expire two years ago. Today, we are taking the first step towards ensuring that victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking can get the help they need. This bill will make our communities not only safer, but more compassionate towards victims of the most heinous crimes imaginable.”
2021/03/17
WASHINGTON – U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (RI-01) spoke on the House floor today in support of extending the deadline for the Equal Rights Amendment to be added to the Constitution. A video of Cicilline’s speech can be viewed by clicking the image below. A transcript is embedded below. David N. Cicilline Equal Rights Amendment March 17, 2021 Remarks As Delivered Madam Speaker, Every person, regardless of sex, must be treated equally under the law. House Resolution 17 reaffirms this core American value. It makes clear that the arbitrary deadline in the Equal Rights Amendment may not stand in the way of achieving full equality for women.
2021/03/17
WASHINGTON – U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (RI-01) issued the following after the House voted to extend the deadline for adding the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) to the Constitution: “A century after it was drafted, the ERA is still not part of our Constitution, despite having passed both chambers of Congress with a supermajority and 38 states having ratified it. All because of an arbitrary deadline that never should have been set in the first place. Today, the House took the first step towards righting this wrong. I hope the Senate will soon do the same.”
2021/03/17
WASHINGTON – U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (RI-01) spoke on the House floor today in support of reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act, a landmark 1994 law that Republicans allowed to expire two years ago. A video of Cicilline’s speech can be viewed by clicking the image below. A transcript is embedded below. David N. Cicilline Violence Against Women Act March 17, 2021 Remarks As Delivered Madam Speaker, The COVID-19 pandemic has demonstrated, once again, the vital importance of the Violence Against Women Act. With the nation under stay-at-home orders, many women were unable to escape their abusers or find help in their communities.
2021/03/15
PROVIDENCE – U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (RI-01) and Rhode Island Attorney General Peter Neronha held a press conference this afternoon at Family Service of Rhode Island with gun violence prevention advocates to discuss legislation the U.S. House sent to the Senate last week to require background checks on all gun sales in the United States.
2021/03/12
WASHINGTON – Antitrust Subcommittee Chairman David Cicilline’s (RI-01) opening remarks for today’s hearing, Reviving Competition Part 2: Saving the Free and Diverse Press, are embedded below. David N. Cicilline Journalism Protection Hearing Opening Statement March 12, 2021 A free and diverse press is the backbone of a vibrant democracy. Indeed, our democracy is strongest when we have a free and diverse press that informs citizens, holds power to account, and exposes corruption and wrongdoing. But in recent years, the local news that is delivered through newspapers, online, and in local broadcasts has been in a state of economic freefall.
2021/03/11
WASHINGTON – U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (RI-01) and U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) today introduced the Assault Weapons Ban, an updated bill to ban the sale, transfer, manufacture and importation of military-style assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines. “Assault weapons are designed for a single purpose – to kill as many people as possible in as short an amount of time as possible. That’s why they are the weapon of choice for mass shooters and domestic terrorists. They are weapons of war and do not belong in our communities,” said Congressman Cicilline. “Banning these weapons will make our cities and towns safer and more secure and help to reduce gun deaths.”
2021/03/11
WASHINGTON – U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (RI-01) issued the following statement today after voting to pass legislation that will require background checks on all gun sales in the United States: “Background checks work. In fact, more than 3.5 million times, our background check system has prevented a gun from ending up in the hands of someone who is legally prohibited from owning one. But right now 22 percent of guns are acquired without a background check – in large part because the gun lobby has spent whatever it takes to preserve these loopholes so they can sell more guns.”
2021/03/10
WASHINGTON – U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (RI-01) spoke on the House floor today in support of the American Rescue Plan, a $1.9 trillion COVID relief bill that the House is slated to vote on today. A video of Cicilline’s remarks can be viewed by clicking the image below. The full text of his remarks, as delivered, is embedded at the end of this email. David N. CicillineFloor Remarks on the American Rescue PlanMarch 10, 2021 Mr. Speaker, people often wonder: “does government understand what's happening in my life and my family's life?”
2021/03/10
WASHINGTON – U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (RI-01) spoke moments ago on the House floor during debate on The For The People Act (H.R.1), the most sweeping federal ethics reform package in a half century, which includes legislation he has authored to implement automatic voter registration, require presidential candidates to release their tax returns, and bring secret corporate spending on elections out of the shadows. Click the following image to watch Cicilline’s speech. A transcript of his remarks, as delivered, is embedded at the end of this email. David N. Cicilline Floor Remarks on H.R. 1 March 2, 2021 Madam Speaker,
2021/03/10
WASHINGTON – House Antitrust Subcommittee Chairman David N. Cicilline (RI-01), House Antitrust Subcommittee Ranking Member Ken Buck (CO-04), Congressman Mark DeSaulnier (CA-11) and Chairwoman of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Competition Policy, Antitrust, and Consumer Rights Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) today announced the introduction of the bipartisan Journalism Competition and Preservation Act, legislation that will allow small news outlets to band together to negotiate with large online platforms like Google and Facebook.
2021/03/10
WASHINGTON – U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (RI-01) issued the following statement today: “The American Rescue Plan delivers immediate relief for the working people who need it most right now. This bill, which now heads to President Biden’s desk, will help crush the virus, get kids back to school, speed up vaccine delivery, put people back to work, and get middle class families the help they need.”
2021/03/10
WASHINGTON – U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (RI-01), a member of the House Judiciary Committee, spoke on the House floor tonight during debate over the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act (H.R. 1280). A video of Cicilline’s remarks can be viewed by clicking the image below. The full text of his remarks, as delivered, is embedded at the end of this email. David N. Cicilline Floor Remarks on H.R. 1280 March 3, 2021 Mr. Speaker, George Floyd died under the knee of a police officer 302 days ago. In the time since then, 797 people, more than two and a half every day, have died during encounters of law enforcement. Black Americans are two and a half times as likely as white Americans to be killed by the police.
2021/03/10
WASHINGTON – U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (RI-01) joined House Democrats today in passing the For The People Act (H.R.1), a sweeping reform package that returns power in Washington to the American people. The legislation, which now heads to the U.S. Senate, includes three provisions Cicilline has proposed in recent years – The Automatic Voter Registration Act, The Presidential Tax Disclosure Act, and the DISCLOSE Act.
2021/03/10
WASHINGTON – U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (RI-01) spoke on the House floor today on the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act (H.R. 842). A video of Cicilline’s remarks can be viewed by clicking the image below. The full text of his remarks, as delivered, is embedded at the end of this email. David N. Cicilline Floor Remarks on H.R. 842 March 9, 2021 Mr. Speaker, I rise in strong support of the PRO Act. Union membership is at historic lows, while inequality is at historic highs. The tremendous income inequality in our country is due, in large part, to anti-union policies that have stripped workers of the freedom to negotiate collectively for higher wages, better benefits, and safer working conditions.
2021/03/08
WASHINGTON. – The Congressional LGBT+ Equality Caucus released this statement in response to the Biden-Harris Administration’s recent Executive Orders. “We applaud the Biden-Harris Administration for recognizing International Women’s Day and using this moment to advance important policy steps that will protect all women, including those who face discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity,” said Congressional Equality Caucus Chair David N. Cicilline (RI-01). “While opponents of equality seek to further harm our community, in particular the transgender community, the Biden-Harris Administration is once again showing what true leadership looks like. We are grateful that they are standing up for all Americans. We look forward to working with this Council to achieve its important goals.”
2021/03/02
WASHINGTON – U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline’s (RI-01) office is now accepting submissions for the 2021 Congressional Art Competition in Rhode Island’s First Congressional District. “I encourage all young artists in the First District to take part in this competition,” said Cicilline, a member of the Congressional Arts Caucus. “As I’ve said many times, our state’s arts community is second to none. This competition offers young Rhode Island artists the opportunity to display their skills and earn recognition for their hard work. I’m looking forward to seeing this year’s submissions.”

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