Reed Warns President Trump’s Budget Would Be a Major Disaster for American People & U.S. Economy

WASHINGTON, DC – Senator Jack Reed (D-RI) today issued the following statement on President Trump’s irresponsible budget that cuts non-defense priorities from student aid to the State Department by $ trillion over the next ten years, yet still adds at least $ trillion to the debt: “This budget blueprint is a disaster. The Trump Administration is using the same phony accounting it did when it claimed that a $ trillion tax bill would pay for itself or that Mexico would pay to build a border wall. “The President talks about a big infrastructure program, but most of that money is…
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RI REPUBLICAN PARTY FILES ETHICS COMPLAINT AGAINST GOVERNOR GINA RAIMONDO

Warwick, RI - Recently, Governor Gina Raimondo’s re-election campaign entered into a secret agreement of mutual support with the Providence Democratic City Committee, which at the time was led by Patrick Ward, who was recently hired as a state employee by the Raimondo Administration. The Rhode Island Republican Party has filed a complaint with the Rhode Island Ethics Commission against Governor Raimondo regarding this financial transaction with a subordinate state employee, which appears to violate Regulation 36-14-5011. Republican Party Chairman Brandon Bell commented: “The secret agreement entered into between Raimondo’s campaign and Ward’s Providence Democratic City Committee is a financial…
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Statement from CPB on the President’s FY 2019 Budget Proposal Eliminating Funding for Public Media

Washington, (February 12, 2018) — Patricia Harrison, president and CEO of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), made the following statement regarding the President’s proposed FY 2019 budget, which would rescind all but $15 million of each FY 2019 and FY 2020 funding for public media. “Americans place great value on having universal access to public media’s educational and informational programming and services, provided commercial free and free of charge. Since there is no viable substitute for federal funding that would ensure this valued service continues, the elimination of federal funding to CPB would at first devastate, and then ultimately…
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Rhode Island Receives High Marks for Elections Security

PROVIDENCE, RI – Rhode Island is among 10 states receiving the highest grade for elections security in a new report published today by the Center for American Progress. The report, Elections Security in all 50 States – Defending America’s Elections, graded states on a number of indicators including security of voter registration systems, voter-verified paper ballots, and voting machine certification requirements. Rhode Island received a “B”, the highest grade given to any state. The Center for American Progress touted Rhode Island as “leading the states in election security, receiving ‘good’ scores for the three most important categories due to its…
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Raimondo, Whitehouse, Langevin and Cicilline United in Opposition to Offshore Oil Drilling Proposal

Encourage Rhode Islanders to Voice Concerns at Upcoming Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) Public Meeting PROVIDENCE, RI - Looking out onto Narragansett Bay, Governor Gina M. Raimondo was today joined by Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, Congressman Jim Langevin and Congressman David Cicilline as they reaffirmed their opposition to the Trump administration's proposal to open coastal waters for offshore oil drilling. Offshore drilling would dangerously threaten the Ocean State's 400 miles of coastline and sensitive marine ecosystems and could have lasting environmental and economic repercussions. "Here in Rhode Island, we know that the future is offshore wind power, not offshore oil…
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Rhode Island State Police Seizes More Than $400,000 Worth of Marijuana and Hash Oil During Traffic Stop

Colonel Ann C. Assumpico, Superintendent of the Rhode Island State Police and Director of the Department of Public Safety, announces that Troopers seized more than $400,000 worth of marijuana and hash oil during a traffic stop on Interstate 95 in Warwick at approximately 3 Friday. The driver, identified as Jiacheng Liu, age 29, of San Francisco, CA, was arrested and charged with: • Delivery/Possession with Intent to Deliver and Manufacture a Controlled Substance – Two Counts • Manufacture/Possession/Delivery of Greater Than Five Kilograms of Marijuana – Two Counts The arrest occurred after troopers from the Hope Valley Barracks stopped a…
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BPD Special Investigations Unit & Law Enforcement Partners Make One of the Biggest Drug Busts in Massachusetts History

Thursday, February 8, 2018, members of the Boston Police Department Special Investigations Unit in collaboration with the DEA, FBI, MA State Police, Braintree Police Department, Randolph Police Department, and the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office executed a warrant sweep as part of ongoing Operation High Hopes. As a result of the six-month long investigation which began in July of 2017, and today’s warrant sweep, the joint task force arrested a total of 37 target suspects and seized over 40 kilos of Fentanyl, cocaine, and heroin, two firearms, 6,500 pills of Fentanyl marked as another drug, and over a quarter of…
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Senators Question Mattis on Cost to Taxpayers of President Trump’s Military Parade

WASHINGTON, DC – Senators Gary Peters (D-MI), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Jack Reed (D-RI) and Patrick Leahy (D-VT) today sent a letter to Department of Defense Secretary James Mattis to explain the impact of President Trump’s directive to conduct a military parade in Washington, DC on American taxpayers. “At a time of war, with American servicemembers serving in harm’s way, such a parade seems to be inappropriate and wasteful,” the Senators wrote. “Every penny of the millions of dollars that the parade would cost and every second of the tens of thousands of personnel hours its execution would require, should be…
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Schatz, Cassidy, Reed Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Boost Cultural Heritage Tourism

WASHINGTON, DC - Today Senators Brian Schatz (D-HI), Bill Cassidy (R-LA), and Jack Reed (D-RI) introduced the Explore America Act, legislation that supports the expansion of cultural heritage tourism by strengthening the Preserve America Grant Program. Changes to the program will help attract more visitors to American landscapes and cultural heritage sites in the National Parks System, enhance existing programs, and increase collaboration between communities and the federal government. "Every year, Hawaii sets new records for tourism growth in our state, but for too many people, it doesn't feel like that growth is helping small businesses, families, and young people…
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