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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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House Approves Perkins Reauthorization to Strengthen Career and Technical Education

Legislation will help more students gain knowledge, skills to succeed in the workforce WASHINGTON — Today, the House of Representatives passed bipartisan legislation to strengthen and improve career and technical education and give Americans the skills they need to compete for in-demand jobs. The Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act ( 2353), which reauthorizes the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act, was introduced by Congressional Career and Technical Education Caucus co-chairs Reps. Glenn “GT” Thompson (R-PA) and Jim Langevin (D-RI), along with Reps. Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-IL), Lloyd Smucker (R-PA), Bradley Byrne (R-AL), Drew Ferguson…
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Reed Statement on the Death of Otto Warmbier

"It is with great sorrow that I extend my condolences to the family and friends of Otto Warmbier, the University of Virginia student who passed away tragically after enduring nearly eighteen months of cruel and inhumane treatment in a North Korean prison. Today, we remember Otto for the intrepid and promising young man he was, and we offer our deepest compassion and sympathy to those affected by his loss. The United States must continue to lead by example as a beacon of freedom and compassion in the face of autocratic regimes around the world."
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Former RI Finance Chairman Raymond Gallison Sentenced

Admitted to wide-ranging schemes to steal private money & mask his misuse of public funds PROVIDENCE – Former Rhode Island House Finance Chairman Raymond E. Gallison, Jr., 65, of Bristol, , was sentenced today to 51 months in federal prison for orchestrating fraudulent and deceptive schemes to steal private money and to hide his misuse of public money. U. S. District Court Chief Judge William E. Smith also ordered Gallison to serve 3 years supervised release upon completion of his prison term, to include 100 hours of community service. Gallison pleaded guilty on March 9, 2017, to four (4) counts…
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Raimondo Statement on President Trump’s Decision to Withdraw the US from the Paris Agreement

PROVIDENCE, - Governor Gina M. Raimondo has made the following statement regarding President Trump's decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris Agreement: "I am deeply disappointed that the President has decided to withdraw the United States from the Paris Agreement. Republicans and Democrats alike recognize that the Paris Agreement is about so much more than climate change. It's about opportunity, stewardship and America's standing as a global leader. President Trump's action will not deter Rhode Island from taking necessary steps to address climate change. Our action at the state level will create new jobs and attract new investment…
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