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New England Congressional Delegation Condemns LIHEAP Cuts

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the New England Congressional Delegation issued the following statement regarding cuts to Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) in New England. “We know New England was disproportionately hurt by the Department of Health and Human Services Fiscal Year 2019 Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program allocation,” said the ;“LIHEAP is critical to seniors, people with disabilities, and the most vulnerable in our region. It keeps homes warm in the winter, and cooler in the summer. As a united New England delegation, we are looking into every option to address this issue to ensure our constituents are not impacted.” The…
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R.I. Senate Committees to Hold Joint Hearing on Governor’s Marijuana Legalization Proposal TODAY (Tue.); House Committee to Hold Hearing Wednesday

Statements below from leaders of the Marijuana Policy Project and Regulate Rhode Island, who will testify in support of the plan to regulate and tax marijuana for adult use PROVIDENCE, — The state Senate Finance and Judiciary committees will hold a joint hearing Tuesday on Article 20 of Gov. Gina Raimondo’s proposed budget, which features a plan to legalize, regulate, and tax marijuana for adult use. It also includes amendments to Rhode Island’s existing medical marijuana and hemp laws. The House Finance Committee will hold a hearing Wednesday. The Senate hearing is scheduled to begin at the rise of the…
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Rhode Island Small Businesses Cannot Afford Another Minimum Wage Increase

PROVIDENCE, March 13, 2019 — Responding to today’s Senate Labor Committee hearing on a proposal to increase the state minimum wage, NFIB, which advocates on behalf of many Rhode Island small businesses, submitted testimony in opposition to that legislation. The following statements are attributable to NFIB Rhode Island State Director, Christopher Carlozzi: “The last minimum wage increase just took effect and another hike is already being proposed,” said Christopher Carlozzi, NFIB’s Rhode Island State Director. “If passed, this will mean a massive 39 percent increase in the minimum wage since 2016, something Rhode Island small businesses cannot afford.” “Small business owners in Rhode…
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Warren and Colleagues Reintroduce Historic Legislation to Confront America’s Housing Crisis

Bicameral Legislation Would Produce More Than 3 Million New Housing Units, Reduce Rents by 10%, and Create Million New Jobs with No Deficit Impact Bill Marks Important First Step to Addressing the Racial Wealth Gap by Promoting Home Ownership Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), along with Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (), and Edward Markey (D-Mass.), Representatives Cedric Richmond (D-La.), Barbara Lee (D-Calif.), Gwen Moore (D-Wis.), Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), Mark Pocan (D-Wis.), Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.), Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.), Susan Wild (D-Pa.), Eleanor Holmes Norton (), Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.), Jamie Raskin (D-Md.), Ro Khanna (D-Calif.), Joe Neguse (D-Colo.), Joe Kennedy…
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DNC on House Passage of For the People Act

DNC Chair Tom Perez released the following statement after House Democrats passed 1, the For the People Act: “No president in modern history has done more to undermine the rule of law and destroy public trust in our institutions than Donald Trump. No political party has done more to disenfranchise voters and reward wealthy special interests at the expense of the middle class than the Republican Party. “With the passage of 1, Democrats are following through on our campaign promise to hold Trump accountable and make government work for the people. This bill expands access to the ballot, raises ethical…
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Langevin, House Democrats Fulfill Promise to Reform and Secure American Elections

For the People Act expands access to the polls, strengthens election cybersecurity, and requires increased transparency and accountability from public officials WASHINGTON – Congressman Jim Langevin (D-RI) issued the following statement after voting in favor of 1, the For The People Act, an historic government reform package to strengthen American democracy. It passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 234-193. “The right to vote is the most fundamental right in our democracy. For years that right has been under attack by special interest dark money, foreign adversaries seeking to sow discord, and state laws limiting access to the ballot box. What’s…
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House Passes Most Sweeping Ethics Reforms Since Watergate

Ambitious “For The People Act” includes Cicilline’s DISCLOSE Act, Automatic Voter Registration Act WASHINGTON – Making good on their promise to clean up corruption in Washington and make the federal government work for working people, House Democrats today passed the For The People Act (), a large-scale effort to fix the broken American political system by making it easier to vote, ending the dominance of big money in politics, and ensuring public officials work for the public interest. The proposal includes two measures authored by Democratic Policy and Communications Committee (DPCC) Chair David N. Cicilline (RI-01) – the DISCLOSE Act to bring secret corporate…
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Rep. Williams bill codifying privacy rights and reproductive freedoms guaranteed by Roe v. Wade passes House of Representatives

STATE HOUSE – Rep. Anastasia P. Williams’ (D-Dist. 9, Providence) legislation (2019-H 5125A) that codifies in state law the privacy rights and reproductive freedoms guaranteed by the United States Supreme Court in the case Roe v. Wade and its constitutional progeny was passed by the House of Representatives tonight. The vote for passage was 44-30 in support of the legislation. “I commend the House of Representatives for sending a clear message today that we as a state will not cower in the face of threats at the national level and that Rhode Island will stand strong in protecting women’s access…
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Schumer, Carper & Reed Introduce Legislation To Prohibit Any Federal Funding For Trump Administration’s Fake Climate Panel

In Light Of Reports That The White House Intends To Create A Fake-Science Working Group To Challenge The Scientific Consensus On Climate Change— Senators Schumer, Carper, And Reed Introduce Legislation To Block Any Federal Funding To Support Such A Working Group The White House’s Fake Climate Panel Would Be Comprised Of Cherry Picked Trump Administration Employees Who Have Agreed To Undermine The Findings In The National Climate Assessment— WH Has Tapped William Happer, A Prominent Climate Change Science Skeptic And Senior Director At The National Security Council, To Organize Fake Climate Panel Senate Dems: This Is The Intentional, Deliberate Sowing Of Disinformation About Climate…
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Nadler, Cicilline Press for Answers on Whether White House Interfered with AT&T-Time Warner Merger

WASHINGTON – Following reports that President Donald Trump directed then-National Economic Council Director Gary Cohn to use the Justice Department to block AT&T’s proposed acquisition of Time Warner, a move that could benefit Fox News and hurt CNN, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) and Antitrust Subcommittee Chairman David N. Cicilline (D-RI) are requesting the White House and Department of Justice turn over any documents or communications regarding the merger between November 9, 2016 and February 26, 2019. “Recent reports that President Trump attempted to interfere with antitrust law enforcement are extremely troubling. This latest revelation — that he instructed senior White…
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