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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 Launches “Faces of the Unemployed”
PAWTUCKET, RI – In an effort to keep the pressure on House Speaker John Boehner and bring bipartisan Senate legislation to restore unemployment insurance to the House Floor, U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (D-RI) today unveiled a multi-pronged strategy to pressure GOP Leadership to allow a vote to extend unemployment insurance.  Speaking at netWORKri, a providence-based career center, Cicilline pledged to collect the names, pictures, and stories of unemployed Rhode Islanders and share them with his Republican colleagues to help put a human face on the unemployment crisis. On Monday, the U.S. Senate, led by Senator Jack Reed (D-RI), passed bipartisan legislation to restore emergency unemployment insurance for five months.  The bill is now awaiting action in the House, but according to news reports, Speaker Boehner refuses to allow a vote on this legislation that would provide relief to the long-term unemployed, and on Thursday he adjourned the House for over two weeks.  To date
Cicilline to Unveil New Plan to Pressure House Vote on Unemployment Insurance
WASHINGTON, DC – Tomorrow, Friday, April 11th at 11:15 a.m. U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline will unveil a new plan to pressure House Republicans to allow a vote to extend unemployment insurance at netWORKri in Providence.  U.S Congressman Jim Langevin and unemployed Rhode Islanders will join Cicilline at netWORKri for the event. On Monday, the U.S. Senate, led by Senator Jack Reed, passed bipartisan legislation to restore emergency unemployment insurance for five months.  The bill is now awaiting action in the House, but according to news reports, House Speaker John Boehner refuses to allow a vote on this legislation that would provide relief to the long-term unemployed, and on Thursday he adjourned the House for over two weeks.  To date, House Republicans have blocked consideration of eleven bills to restore this vital safety net. “Now that the Senate has passed a bill to restore unemployment insurance for jobless Americans, it is up to the House to complete this work,” s
A Neighborhood Conversation with Congressman Cicilline
Please join U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline for a neighborhood conversation Tuesday, April 15, at 5:30 PM at the Greenville Public Library in Smithfield. This forum will be an opportunity to discuss Congressman Cicilline's work in Washington, as well as an opportunity to ask questions, voice opinions, or express any concerns you have regarding issues like: A jobs and manufacturing agenda for Rhode Island Protecting the guarantee of Medicare and Social Security Honoring our responsibilities to our veterans Making college more affordable for students Achieving comprehensive immigration reform For more information, please call 729-5600 or send an email to david.cicilline@mail.house.gov.  
Cicilline Statement on Equal Pay Day
WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (D-RI) today issued the following statement for Equal Pay Day, which is tomorrow, April 8th, highlighting the wage gap that exists between women and men in the United States: “It is completely unacceptable that in 2014 women still get paid less than men do for the same work.  It has been over 50 years since President John F. Kennedy signed the Equal Pay Act into law and we are still fighting to ensure that women receive the wages they deserve.    “This wage gap has a profound impact on women, their families, and our economy.  Women are increasingly the sole breadwinners in households, and unequal pay means they will have less money to spend on rent, food, and other goods.  This is outrageous and needs to change. “I’m proud that Democrats were able overcome Republican opposition to pass the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, which restored the right of women to challenge unfair pay in court.  We have made some strides towar



 
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