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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 Unveils Bill to Strengthen Afterschool Programs
PAWTUCKET, RI – U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (D-RI) today unveiled new legislation to strengthen afterschool programs alongside advocates, teachers and students at Nathan Bishop Middle School in Providence. The legislation will help children and families by investing in high-quality afterschool programs and systems nationwide. Cicilline’s bill, the Community Partnerships in Education Act, would support quality afterschool programs by incentivizing and requiring partnerships between schools and communities to increase student engagement in community services that support education, athletics, and job readiness. “Afterschool programs are one of the single most effective ways to keep children safe outside of school and on track for success,” said Cicilline. “When young people succeed it leads to stronger communities and a stronger economy. The Community Partnerships in Education Act will help keep children safe and ensure children have access to enriching activities out o
Congressman Cicilline Praises Appointment of Ebola Czar, Calls on CDC to Take Critical Steps to Protect Public Health
PAWTUCKET, RI – Congressman David Cicilline today sent a letter to the President’s newly appointed Ebola Response Coordinator, Ron Klain, urging him to take critical steps to ensure the health of the American public. As a representative of one of the largest Liberian-American communities in the country, Cicilline is concerned that the current response to cases of Ebola in the United States has been inadequate and insufficient, and he reiterates that the response to the outbreak and the protection of American citizens from the virus must be a top priority for the federal government. Cicilline called on the Administration to review its procedures and protocols for protecting against the threat of the virus, and better inform the public about actions being taken. Most importantly, Cicilline raised the concern that not enough is being done to effectively identify and isolate individuals exposed to Ebola before they travel to the United States. Cicilline urged Mr. Klain to consider any
Cicilline Tours Series of Rhode Island Manufacturing Businesses
PAWTUCKET, RI – To celebrate National Manufacturing Day, U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (D-RI) toured a series of Rhode Island manufacturers to highlight their products and hard-working employees, and discuss policies that strengthen the U.S. manufacturing sector. “Rhode Island is the birthplace of the American Industrial Revolution and has a long and strong manufacturing history,” said Cicilline. “On the third annual National Manufacturing Day I salute all of Rhode Island’s manufacturers and their workers. Our manufacturing sector is an economic bright spot and I take great pride in visiting as many local manufacturers as I can and supporting their work to strengthen the middle class and bring jobs home to Rhode Island.” Throughout his two terms in Congress, Cicilline has focused heavily on revitalizing manufacturing and providing new ways for small businesses to expand. Cicilline introduced the Make It In America Manufacturing Act – legislation to help small and me
Cicilline Statement on Supreme Court Decision Denying Review of Decisions Affirming Marriage Equality
PAWTUCKET, RI – U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (D-RI), co-chair of the Congressional Equality Caucus, today released the following statement on the U.S. Supreme Court decision to deny review of five circuit court cases finding laws banning same-sex marriage unconstitutional in Indiana, Oklahoma, Utah, Virginia and Wisconsin. The Court order leaves the decision of the  Fourth, Seventh, and Tenth circuit courts in place and each of these decisions found state same-sex marriage bans to be unconstitutional; these decisions will apply to every state within these three circuits. “Today’s Supreme Court action ensures millions of Americans will have the freedom to marry, and affirms that bigotry and discrimination are inconsistent with American values of equality and justice under the law. 19 states, including Rhode Island, have recognized marriage equality, a majority of Americans support same-sex marriage and the courts and the Obama Administration have worked expeditiously to



 
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