Reed Statement on Demotion of Steve Bannon from Permanent National Security Council Post

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, Senator Jack Reed (D-RI), the Ranking Member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, issued the following statement on the demotion of Steve Bannon, President Donald Trump's chief political strategist, from the National Security Council's principal's committee: "Steve Bannon had no business being on the National Security Council to begin with. It is a positive step that the Trump Administration reversed its mistake and removed him from the permanent council. However, in classic Trump Administration style, it seems there is confusion over whether he will still participate in future NSC meetings. "At a time when Syria's civil…
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Reed to Pay Tribute to World War II Honor Flight Veterans

WASHINGTON, DC - In an effort to recognize and honor the men and women who valiantly served our country during World War II, Senator Jack Reed will welcome 24 Rhode Island World War II veterans to our nation's capital tomorrow, Saturday, April 1 at 10:45 , and thank them for their service and sacrifice. The group will travel from Rhode Island to Washington, DC on a trip sponsored by the Honor Flight Network and the Rhode Island Association of Fire Chiefs, who seek to honor the sacrifices of our veterans by transporting them free of charge to our nation's capital…
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Treasurer Magaziner Announces Plan to Strengthen Municipal Pension Systems

PROVIDENCE, - Continuing his commitment to bring a steady hand to public finances throughout the state, Rhode Island General Treasurer Seth Magaziner today announced the "Healthy Local Pensions (HELP)" proposal, which will help cities and towns with locally administered pension systems improve performance and reduce costs through the state's Municipal Employees' Retirement System (MERS). "Too many locally-managed municipal pension plans are struggling, costing cities and towns millions of dollars and threatening the retirement security of hard-working municipal employees," said Treasurer Magaziner. "This proposal provides a new tool for municipalities to get their pension plans back on track." More than 75…
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Raimondo Warns Against the Impact of TrumpCare

Governor reaffirms commitment to high-quality, affordable health coverage in RI PROVIDENCE, RI - After outlining how the healthcare proposal released earlier this month by congressional Republicans would leave behind the elderly, low-income Rhode Islanders and families throughout the state, Governor Gina M. Raimondo reiterated her pledge today to work to ensure access to high-quality, affordable health coverage for all Rhode Islanders. "TrumpCare would mean less coverage, fewer protections, and higher costs for all Rhode Islanders, and worse yet, some of the most vulnerable communities in our state would be hurt the most," said Governor Raimondo. "Every day when I am…
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Governor Gina M. Raimondo Testimony before the House Finance Committee RI Promise Scholarship Initiative

PROVIDENCE, - Governor Gina M. Raimondo testified today before the House Finance Committee in support of the Rhode Island Promise scholarship initiative which would guarantee every Rhode Island student with an opportunity to attend two years of college tuition-free. Her testimony to the committee, as prepared for delivery, is below: Thank you Chairman Abney and members of the community. Thank you for partnership and collaboration. Working together, we've been able to get a lot done for Rhode Islanders. We've put Rhode Island on stronger ground, so much so that last week we announced unemployment rate was below national average. That's…
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Reed Statement on CBO Report Showing Trumpcare Would Lead to 24 Million Losing Health Coverage

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator Jack Reed (D-RI) today issued the following statement after the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released a report detailing cost and coverage estimates for House Republicans' health care repeal bill, including the fact that as many as 24 million Americans could lose their health insurance under Trumpcare: "This CBO report offers further evidence that Trumpcare is the wrong prescription for America's health care system and would result in millions more Americans being uninsured. "This is even worse than most Republicans worried, and I hope it will cause thoughtful members of Congress on both sides of the…
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State Offices Closed Tuesday, March 14 Due to Major Winter Storm

PROVIDENCE, - Governor Gina M. Raimondo has announced that state offices will be closed tomorrow, Tuesday, March 14 due to the major winter storm forecast to impact the region. The Governor is coordinating closely with state agencies and National Grid to monitor the storm and prepare for Rhode Island's response. "I urge Rhode Islanders to prepare for a major winter storm tomorrow, and to stay off the roads on Tuesday to let plow crews and emergency response personnel to do their jobs during tomorrow's snow storm," Raimondo said. "Heavy snowfall and high winds are forecast for the morning commute, with…
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People with Special Healthcare Needs and all Rhode Islanders Urged to Prepare for and Stay Healthy During Winter Storm

People with Special Healthcare Needs and all Rhode Islanders Urged to Prepare for and Stay Healthy During Winter Storm The Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) urges anyone with a special healthcare need to enroll in the Rhode Island Special Needs Emergency Registry (RISNER) in advance of the coming winter storm. Enrolling in RISNER does not guarantee assistance, but it does allow local and state emergency officials to plan for, respond to, and care for Rhode Islanders with disabilities, chronic conditions, and other special healthcare needs in an emergency, such as large winter storms and hurricanes. People who use life-sustaining…
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Providence Public Schools Closed on March 14th with Citywide Parking Ban to Take Effect 12:01AM (3/14)

PROVIDENCE, RI - Due to winter storm conditions Providence Public Schools and afterschool activities are canceled for March 14, 2017. Recreation Centers will also be closed tomorrow. There will be a citywide parking ban beginning at 12:01AM on March 14th overnight, which will remain in effect until further notice. Residents with overnight parking passes are advised that they cannot park on the street during the duration of the citywide parking ban. All vehicles parked on the street in violation of the citywide parking ban will be ticketed and towed to ensure that roadways can be plowed properly. The Department of…
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Council President Luis Aponte Issues Statement Regarding Today’s Special Meeting

PROVIDENCE, RI—Providence City Council President Luis Aponte today issued the following statement regarding the March 13th special meeting to schedule the recall election for Ward 3 Councilman Kevin Jackson: “In compliance with the Providence City Charter, this matter was already on the docket for our regularly scheduled Council Meeting this Thursday, March 16th,” said Aponte. “The confusion around whether a special meeting was needed prior to that is a direct result of a conflict in state election laws and those laid out in the City Charter: state law requires a recall date to be set within 50 days of the…
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