Langevin to Present Six Service Medals to Vietnam Veteran

WARWICK, — Congressman Jim Langevin will present First Lieutenant Stephen McMahon, a veteran of the Vietnam War, with six service medals — including a Bronze Star — on Friday, July 21, at 2 Media coverage is invited at the Congressman’s district office in Warwick. McMahon is a native Rhode Islander, born on May 13, 1947, who was drafted into the Army in November 1969 and deployed to Vietnam in 1970. Lieutenant McMahon was discharged from the military in June 1975 to care for a family member without receiving the service medals he earned. After his service, McMahon worked as a…
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Rhode Island becomes ninth state to enact Automatic Voter Registration

PROVIDENCE, RI –Rhode Island is now the ninth state in the country to enact Automatic Voter Registration (AVR). Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea lauded Governor Gina Raimondo for signing AVR into law: "I promised Rhode Islanders that I would work to ensure that elections in our state are fair, fast and accurate. Having clean voter lists is critical to preserving the integrity of our elections, which is why I made enacting Automatic Voter Registration a priority. Automatic Voter Registration will help reduce the bloat in our voter rolls resulting from unintentional, duplicate voter registrations and help increase voter participation.…
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Reed, Whitehouse Urge Trump Administration to Deliver a Strategy to Battle Opioid Addiction

WASHINGTON, DC - Senators Jack Reed (D-RI) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) are calling for a multi-pronged strategy to battle the opioid epidemic and expressing deep concern that the Trump Administration is not taking swift, meaningful action to assist states, communities, and families suffering from the opioid crisis. Reed and Whitehouse are among 20 Senators who sent a letter to President Trump's acting drug czar calling for action and expressing dismay that a White House commission tasked with crafting the federal government's response to the opioid crisis has missed repeated deadlines for filing an interim report on the problem. The senators…
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Reed Statement on Senator John McCain

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, after Senator John McCain (R-AZ) was diagnosed with a brain tumor, Senator Jack Reed (D-RI) issued the following statement: "John McCain is an American hero and a true statesman. He never gives up and will face cancer with the same indomitable spirit that has always carried him through. I am praying for him and hope he returns to action soon."
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Langevin Statement on Mark-Up of FY18 National Defense Authorization Act

WASHINGTON, Congressman Jim Langevin (D-RI), a senior member of the House Armed Services Committee, offered his support for the Fiscal Year 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which passed out of committee late last night by a vote of 60-1. The annual defense bill, which sets policy and funding levels for the nation's armed forces, authorizes a total of $621 billion in spending for national defense and an additional $75 billion for overseas contingency operations. "I consider it an honor and a privilege to serve on the Armed Services Committee on behalf of the selfless servicemen and women who protect…
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Senate Armed Services Committee Advances Annual Defense Budget Blueprint

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, the Senate Armed Services Committee announced details of the committee's markup of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2018. The committee voted 27-0 to report the bill, which authorizes up to $632 billion in base funding for the Department of Defense and the national security programs of the Department of Energy, as well as an additional $60 billion for the Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) account. The NDAA includes a number of key provisions and reforms that were backed by Senator Jack Reed (D-RI), the Ranking Member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, to…
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Schumer Remarks on CBO Score of Senate Trumpcare Bill

Washington, - Senator Charles E. Schumer today delivered remarks during a press conference regarding the recently released CBO Score of the Senate Trumpcare bill. Below are his remarks as prepared for delivery: Today's report confirms what doctors, patient advocates, Democrats and Republicans have been saying for weeks: Trumpcare will lead to higher costs for less care, and will lead to tens of millions of Americans left without health insurance. For weeks, Senate Republicans tried to tell us their bill would be better than the House bill, it would be different than the House bill. Many House members even said they…
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Cicilline Statement on CBO Score for Senate Health Care Bill

WASHINGTON - Congressman David N. Cicilline (D-RI) issued the following statement after the Congressional Budget Office projected that 22 million Americans will lose health insurance by 2026 under the Senate Republican health care proposal: "This is not a health care bill. It's a huge tax cut for the wealthy. And it's not worth the paper it's printed on." "We should be working to strengthen the Affordable Care Act, bring down premiums, reduce the cost of prescription drugs, and expand health care coverage. Instead, Republicans are racing ahead to eliminate health care coverage for 22 million honest, hardworking Americans, reduce the…
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Reed Statement on CBO Score of Senate Trumpcare Bill

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released a score of the Senate Trumpcare bill that is expected to be voted on later this week. CBO found that the bill would leave 22 million Americans without health insurance over 10 years. After the analysis was released, Senator Jack Reed issued the following statement: "This CBO score shows that the Republican Trumpcare bill will increase costs for everyone, which is a major reason why 22 million people will lose coverage. The report highlights the fact that struggling families could be priced out of the market entirely and average…
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Congressman Langevin and 22 Armed Services Democrats Introduce Bill to Boost Unity and Deterrence Against Russian Aggression

Washington, DC – Congressman Jim Langevin (D-RI), House Armed Services Committee Ranking Member Adam Smith (D-WA), and 21 other original co-sponsors introduced the Fostering Unity Against Russian Aggression Act of 2017. A summary of the bill is available here and its text can be found here. Langevin and Smith made the following statements about the bill: “Our country needs an organized, comprehensive response to Russian aggression in order to build resilience and deterrence,” said Langevin. “I am particularly pleased that this bill seeks to strengthen cyber cooperation with the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defense Center of Excellence; counter Russian development and…
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