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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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Providence ‘Welcomes Aboard’ $13 Million TIGER Grant for Proposed Streetcar Plan
PROVIDENCE, RI – In an effort to help spur economic development and smart growth in Providence and better connect neighborhoods to downtown, Rhode Island’s Congressional Delegation today announced that the City of Providence is receiving a $13 million federal grant towards a proposed streetcar system between Upper South Providence and College Hill.  The U.S. Department of Transportation approved Providence’s competitive grant application for a Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant, which means the federal government will pitch in and cover about 11 percent of the $117.8 million transportation project, should the city decide to move forward with its streetcar plan. “After years of advocacy and hard work, I’m thrilled Providence will have the opportunity to move forward with its streetcar project.  This is great news that will mean jobs, business development, and a more walkable and livable Capital City for Rhode Islanders,” said Congressman
Green Light for Takeoff: Officials Celebrate T.F. Green Airport Expansion Program
WARWICK, RI – As the T.F. Green Airport Improvement Program gets off the ground, U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Administrator Michael Huerta today joined with U.S. Senator Jack Reed, Governor Lincoln Chafee, U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, U.S. Representatives Jim Langevin and David Cicilline, Rhode Island Airport Corporation (RIAC) President and CEO Kelly Fredericks, Warwick Mayor Scott Avedisian, and invited guests at a ceremony celebrating the on-going expansion.  The event -- held along the airport’s runway -- highlighted project components completed to date and outlined future plans for continued investment in modernizing T.F. Green Airport and extending the runway to help attract new tourism, jobs, and business to Rhode Island. After over a decade of study and work by local, state, federal officials, and the Warwick City Council, in 2011, the FAA green lit plans for T.F. Green Airport to extend the primary runway, Run
Cicilline Statement on 13th Anniversary of the 9/11 Terrorist Attacks
WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (D-RI), who yesterday attended the Congressional Gold Medal Ceremony at the U.S. Capitol honoring the fallen heroes of September 11, 2001, today issued the following statement on the 13th anniversary of the 9/11 Terrorist Attacks: “On this very somber anniversary, we remember the lives of 2,977 innocent men, women, and children who were tragically killed thirteen years ago today by terrorists in attacks in New York City, Washington, D.C. and Shanksville, Pennsylvania. The horrific and brutal attacks on the morning of September 11, 2001, forever changed our country and the world, and left an indelible mark on the history of our great nation. During that difficult time, we also saw inspiring examples of the American spirit – in the first responders who worked day and night searching for survivors at the World Trade Center; in the Americans all across the country who united to help the victims, their families and the country recov
Cicilline Statement on the President’s Address on ISIL
WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (D-RI), a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee who received a national security briefing from Administration officials regarding the President’s military strategy to defeat ISIL in Iraq and Syria today, made the following statement in response to President Obama’s national address: “Last night, President Obama addressed the nation and outlined a comprehensive strategy to defeat the terrorist group known as the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant, including increased U.S. military action in the region and military and technical support for our allies. The President reaffirmed his position that our response will not include U.S. combat troops on the ground and the President made clear he has no plans to do so. I strongly support this position. “It is clear that ISIL poses a serious threat to U.S. national security interests in the region and has expressly threatened the American homeland, and we must do everything w

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