Langevin Statement on President Trump’s Decision to Withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement

WASHINGTON, — Congressman Jim Langevin (D-RI), Energy Task Force Chair of the Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition (SEEC), issued the following statement regarding President Trump’s decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris Climate Agreement: “President Trump’s ill-considered decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement puts the future of our entire planet at risk. The withdrawal represents an abandonment of pledges to protect our environment and risks undermining the entire accord, which includes nearly every country on earth. In addition, the President’s action cedes Unites States leadership and means losing a seat at the table to negotiate global…
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Cicilline Delivers Weekly Democratic Address

WASHINGTON - Congressman David N. Cicilline (D-RI), Co-Chair of the Democratic Policy and Communications Committee, delivered the Weekly Democratic Address. In this week's address, Cicilline called for an independent commission to investigate the Trump-Russian connection and interference in the 2016 election. "Hello, I'm Congressman David Cicilline from Rhode Island's First District. "This has been a difficult week for our country. Together, we learned that President Trump exposed highly-classified intelligence to officials from Russia, one of our greatest adversaries. It's also been reported that before he fired FBI Director James Comey, he asked him to stop an investigation about his former…
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Langevin Statement on Trump’s Executive Order to Repeal the Clean Power Plan

Washington, Congressman Jim Langevin (D-RI) issued the following statement in response to President Trump's signing of an executive order to begin repealing the Clean Power Plan: "President Trump's short-sighted executive order to begin repealing the Clean Power Plan is an assault to the health of the public and the planet. The Clean Power Plan is an important blueprint to reduce the amount of emissions pouring into our atmosphere that pose significant long-term negative public health effects and will cause irreversible environmental damage. Building on the legacy of the Clean Air Act, this plan is helping us address this ongoing existential…
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Connolly-Langevin Reintroduce FAST Voting Act Legislation Would Improve Voter Participation and Election Security

Washington, - Representatives Gerald E. Connolly (D-VA) and James Langevin (D-RI) reintroduced the FAST Voting Act. The legislation aims to improve voter participation, encourage automatic voter registration and enhance voting system security. Based on the Department of Education's successful Race to the Top program, the FAST Voting Act would allow states to apply for funding to implement innovative policy changes designed to increase voter access and voting system security. Rather than prescribe strict, universal policy proposals, the legislation offers states flexibility to implement individualized reforms. Applicants would compete for grants based on evidence of previous reforms and implementation plans for…
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LANGEVIN CALLS FOR JOINT COMMITTEE INVESTIGATION INTO RUSSIAN INTERFERENCE

Bipartisan, Bicameral Joint Committee Would Cut Jurisdictional Red Tape   WASHINGTON, - Congressman Jim Langevin (D-RI), a senior member of the House Armed Services and Homeland Security Committees, and the co-founder and co-chair of the Congressional Cybersecurity Caucus, today introduced a resolution that would create a bipartisan, bicameral Joint Committee to investigate the Russian election hacks and Russian contact with the Trump campaign and Administration.   “The Russian attempts to interfere with the 2016 elections were an unprecedented attack on the fundamental right of our democracy – the right to vote – and cannot go unchecked. The cyber attack on the…
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Langevin Statement on Intelligence Report on Russian Election Interference

"As I have stated before, such activity constitutes a blow to the very heart of our democracy, and it demands at least the level of response President Obama laid out last week. While the influence operation had multiple facets, at the heart was the hacking of emails from the Democratic National Committee and the staff of the Clinton campaign. It is essential that we take action immediately to improve our cybersecurity and reduce the risk of future such attacks, which is why I reiterate my call to Speaker Ryan to appoint a Select Committee on Cybersecurity to examine the attacks.…
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Reed Statement on Release of Declassified Report on Russian Interference in 2016 Election

WASHINGTON, DC -- Senator Jack Reed (D-RI), the Ranking Member of the Armed Services Committee, issued the following statement after the release of a declassified intelligence report highlighting Russian hacking and interference in the 2016 presidential election: "Our elections should be decided by American citizens, not foreign hackers, heads of state, or their propagandists. "This report shows that Russian operatives actively manipulated our presidential election. They left cyber fingerprints and the intelligence community unanimously concluded that Russia intervened with the intention of undermining Hillary Clinton and helping Donald Trump. The report clearly states: "the Russian Government aspired to help President-elect…
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Governor Raimondo to Deliver State of the State Address on Tuesday, January 17

PROVIDENCE, RI - Governor Gina M. Raimondo will deliver her annual State of the State address before a joint session of the Rhode Island General Assembly on Tuesday, January 17 at 7:00 The State of the State address will provide the Governor an opportunity to outline her ongoing efforts to create and expand economic opportunities for every Rhode Islander and ensure that all Rhode Islanders have the skills they need to compete. The Governor's office submitted a formal letter to House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello and Senate President Teresa Paiva-Weed earlier today requesting the opportunity to address the chambers. In the…
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Reed Statement on Nomination of General James Mattis to be Secretary of Defense

WASHINGTON, DC - With President-elect Donald Trump scheduled to hold an event in Fayetteville, North Carolina tonight to officially announce the nomination of General James N. Mattis (ret.) to be the next Secretary of Defense, Senator Jack Reed (D-RI), the Ranking Member of the Armed Services Committee, today issued the following statement: "This nomination raises a significant legal issue. In order for General Mattis to serve, existing law must be amended since it prevents recently retired officers from serving as Secretary of Defense. "General Mattis is an extraordinarily accomplished Marine officer of great intellect. His selfless service to the nation…
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Reed Statement on Trump Nomination of Dr. Ben Carson as HUD Secretary

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator Jack Reed, a senior member of the Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee issued the following statement today on President-elect Trump's nomination of Dr. Ben Carson as his nominee to be the next Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD): "Dr. Carson is a renowned pediatric neurosurgeon with an admirable life story. But HUD is an enormous federal agency that requires both experience and management skills. "Dr. Carson seemed reluctant to accept this nomination, and President-elect Trump himself expressed concerns about Dr. Carson over the course of the Presidential race. "Now that Dr. Carson has decided…
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