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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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RI Delegation Announces $5.6 Million to Improve Disability Housing Assistance
WASHINGTON, DC -- In an effort to ensure that Rhode Islanders with disabilities and special needs have access to affordable rental housing and supportive services, U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse and U.S. Representatives Jim Langevin and David Cicilline today announced that Rhode Island Housing will receive a federal boost of over $5.6 million.  The federal funds are being awarded through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Section 811 Project Rental Assistance (PRA) program, an initiative the delegation supported through a 2010 law designed to prevent homelessness and expand rental assistance for people with disabilities.  Rhode Island Housing will administer the program through a partnership with the Rhode Island Department of Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities and Hospitals (BHDDH) and Rhode Island Department of Human Services (DHS). Rhode Island Housing, in coordination with the state’s Executive Office of Health and Hum
Cicilline and Rigell Continue to Push for Bipartisan Legislation Requiring Ethics Training
Washington, DC – U.S. Representatives David N. Cicilline (D-RI) and Scott Rigell (R-VA) this week reintroduced the Ensuring Trust and Honorability in Congressional Standards (ETHICS) Act, a bipartisan piece of legislation designed to help restore the public’s confidence in Congress by requiring all Members of the House of Representatives to undergo annual ethics training. “It’s important that members of Congress understand and follow the ethics rules governing public service and requiring annual ethics training for Members of Congress will help to restore the public’s confidence in our work,” said Cicilline. “A top priority of mine is to change the institution of Congress and, importantly, help restore the public’s faith and trust in Congress,” Rigell said. “Members of Congress must be held accountable to the same ethical training standards required of their staff. This bipartisan, common sense reform will ensure that all Representatives meet that obligation.” Fir
Rep Cicilline hopes to commemorate activist with South Providence Post Office
Congressman David Cicilline introduced a bill in House of Representatives bill Tuesday to name a South Providence post office after Sister Ann Keefe. Keefe was a community activist, who passed away last month from brain cancer.
Cicilline Welcomes Appointment of Special Envoy for Human Rights of LGBT Persons
WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (D-RI), Co-Chair of the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus, released the following statement today recognizing the new Special Envoy for Human Rights of LGBT Persons, Randy Berry: “I am pleased to congratulate Randy Berry on his appointment to the newly created position of Special Envoy for the Rights of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) persons in the State Department’s Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor. I am grateful to Secretary Kerry for his leadership in creating this post and appointing a proven diplomat to oversee the important task of promoting the basic human rights of a group that faces extreme discrimination, hardship, and violence around the world.  I was proud to co-sponsor a bill in the House that would create this position in statute, and as a co-Chair of the House Equality Caucus I look forward to working with Special Envoy Berry in his new capacity, to help further the rights of LGBT pe

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