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the U.S. Representative for Rhode Island's 1st congressional district, serving since 2011.
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ENG: David Nicola Cicilline (born July 15, 1961) is the U.S. Representative for Rhode Island's 1st congressional district. He is a member of the Democratic Party. He is formerly the Mayor of Providence, Rhode Island, and was the first openly gay mayor of a U.S. state capital. Early life, education, and career Cicilline was born July 15, 1961 in Providence. His mother, Sabra (née Peskin), was Jewish, and his father, John Francis "Jack" Cicilline, was Italian American. His father is a prominent attorney in Providence who defended local Mafia figures in the 1970s and 1980s and was an aide to Mayor Joseph A. Doorley. He was raised in Providence before moving to Narragansett. In high school, he served as president of his graduating class before heading to Brown ...
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Cicilline campaign responds to Doherty, Gemma criticism

Rep. David N. Cicilline has responded to criticism that his stewardship of Providence's finances as mayor for eight years contributed to the conditions that led current Mayor Angel Taveras to warn of possible bankruptcy Thursday. Cicilline's Republican opponent in the 1st District, Brendan Doherty -- and his probable primary challenger, Democrat Anthony Gemma -- both blamed Cicilline Thursday following Taveras' announcement. Cicilline's campaign spokeswoman, Nicole Kayner, responded in an e-mail ... Source: providencejournal.com

Strengthening the State of our Union

President Obama offered Congress a plan to rebuild our economy with proposals focused on manufacturing, innovation, and workforce training proposals that I and many of my colleagues support and have already been working hard to advance in Congress. This is especially necessary in my home state of Rhode Island, which lost 11,000 manufacturing jobs during the Great Recession and continues to struggle with a 10.8% unemployment rate, the third highest of any state. If the House Republican leadership is serious about working together and with the President to put America back to work, they should ...

Cicilline is respon. for the fed. loan guarantee to Solyndra

There’s been a lot of finger-pointing lately in Washington over the Obama administration’s 2009 decision to give a $535-million federal loan guarantee to Solyndra, a now-defunct solar power manufacturer.The Republican-controlled House has launched an investigation into how the Department of Energy could guarantee such a large loan to a company that would file for bankruptcy only two and a half years later. What sort of examination of the California start-up company’s finances did the government do before taking such a big risk?According to a news release we received the other ...

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Cicilline Remarks at Press Conference Calling for Hearing on Equality Act
WASHINGTON – U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (D-RI) hosted a press conference today in the U.S. Capitol after sending a letter to House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte requesting a hearing on the Equality Act. A PDF version of Cicilline’s letter, which was signed by 116 members of both parties, is available here. The following is a transcript of Congressman Cicilline’s remarks:   ---------   David N. Cicilline Equality Act Press Conference Remarks as Delivered April 28, 2016   Good morning and thank you everyone for being here.   I want to begin by thanking Democratic Leader Pelosi, who I know will be here momentarily, Democratic Whip Hoyer, our Caucus Chair, Xavier Becerra, as well as my colleagues in the Democratic Caucus who are supporting this effort today. All great champions of full LGBT equality.   Last summer, we introduced the Equality Act to expand the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and other existing federal laws to make sure that LGBT Americans can live
Rhode Island Earns Federal Support for Innovative New Program to Improve Care for Elders and Adults with Disabilities
CRANSTON – The Rhode Island Executive Office of Health and Human Services (EOHHS) in partnership with the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode Island (Neighborhood) today announced the agencies have signed a three-way contract that paves the way towards launching an innovative healthcare initiative for some of the state’s most vulnerable residents. This new program, which is the second phase of the EOHHS Integrated Care Initiative, will improve services and help control costs for the 10,000 to 14,000 people who are expected to enroll.    “Rhode Island continues to play a leading role nationally in building healthier communities and sparking innovation across our healthcare system,” said Governor Gina M. Raimondo. “Through this new initiative, we are improving access to high-quality care and creating a system that is more efficient, coordinated, and responsive to Rhode Islanders’ needs.”   In the first phase of
Congressman Cicilline Leads Push for Equality Act Hearing
RI to Receive $1.25 Million in Re-Employment Grants
PROVIDENCE, RI – Rhode Island’s Congressional delegation today announced that the state will receive $1,249,242 from the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) to provide re-employment and eligibility assessments to beneficiaries of unemployment insurance.  The funds will be used to expand the unemployment services currently offered, allowing the state to conduct in-person assessments that will help individuals identify their strengths and opportunities in the workforce, and provide them with referrals for job training and other re-employment services.  The personalized reviews also enhance the integrity of unemployment insurance payments, ensuring that only those who are eligible receive assistance.   “We need to keep doing everything we can to help create jobs and get people back to work.  These federal funds will help job seekers and modernize and enhance the UI system to make it more effective and efficient,” said U.S. Senator Jack Reed.   “This federal funding will help ma

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