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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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Tickets for Historic Papal Address Now Available Through Congressman David Cicilline's Office
PAWTUCKET - The Office of Congressman David N. Cicilline is accepting requests from residents of Rhode Island's First Congressional District who are interested in attending Pope Francis's address to a joint session of Congress at 10 AM on Thursday, September 24, 2015. Pope Francis, who was elected in March 2013, will become the first pope in history to address the United States Congress. Each House office will receive only 50 tickets for this event. Not all requests will be able to be fulfilled due to the extremely limited number of tickets. Constituents in Rhode Island's First District interested in attending this historic event should call 729-5600 or send an email David.Cicilline@mail.house.gov requesting tickets. Ticketholders will be able to watch the address live via video on the United States Capitol West Front Lawn. Congressman Cicilline's office will notify those receiving tickets via email. N.B., ticket recipients will be responsible for their own travel expenses.
Northern RI Fire Departments to Get New Mobile Training Simulator
SMITHFIELD, RI – In an effort to help firefighters train locally, expand their emergency response skillset, and save taxpayer dollars, U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse, together with Congressman David Cicilline today announced a $248,637 federal grant for the Smithfield Fire Department that will benefit a number of fire departments in northern Rhode Island.  The Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) will help the Smithfield Fire Department acquire a state-of-the-art mobile training simulator that will allow area firefighters to receive specialized training in responding to more than 200 possible disaster scenarios.   The Smithfield, North Smithfield, Albion Fire District, Cumberland, and Woonsocket fire departments will all benefit from the regional AFG grant.  They are all part of the Greater Woonsocket Fire Chiefs Mutual Aid Association, which helps coordinate mutual aid runs, plans joint training drills, and responds to firefighter and EMS safety concerns.  Tog
Cicilline Highlights Importance of High-Quality, Affordable Child Care for All Families
PROVIDENCE – U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline today joined with local parents and child care workers to announce his support for a House Resolution recognizing the need for quality, affordable child care for working families. Cicilline and gathered participants also discussed how to address the broken child care system that is leaving families unable to afford care and workers unable to support their families. Prior to the discussion, Cicilline toured Chiquillada Child Care in Providence’s South Side neighborhood and read Click Clack Moo: Cows that Type with students enrolled in local childcare programs. “I am proud to announce my support for House Resolution 386, which recognizes that every family in this country should be able to access high-quality child care they need and ensure that child care professionals can earn a living wage for their important work,” said Cicilline. “Unfortunately, too many parents cannot afford care for their children while they are out workin
RI Congressional Delegation Announces Nearly $600K in Funds for Central Falls and Portsmouth Fire Departments
Providence, RI – Today, U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse and Congressman David Cicilline announced new federal funding for the Central Falls Fire Department to hire new firefighters, and for both Central Falls and Portsmouth to purchase equipment.  The funding is made available through the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFG) and the Staffing for Adequate Fire & Emergency Response (SAFER) program.   The Central Falls Fire Department will receive $544,264 from the SAFER program to hire four new firefighters, as well as $28,572 for fire hose replacement.  The Portsmouth Fire Department will receive $14,767 to purchase protective gear for its firefighters.   “These grants will help ensure our fire departments are properly staffed and equipped.  I will continue working hard to ensure federal support and grant opportunities are available to all Rhode Island fire departments," said Senator Reed who leads a

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