Trump Sets Immigration Speech, Trip to US-Mexico Border

  VOA News/Ken Bredemeier & Chris Hannas President Donald Trump says he is addressing the nation Tuesday about the "humanitarian and national security crisis" on the country's border before traveling there Thursday for a firsthand look at efforts to thwart illegal immigration. Trump announced the prime-time nationally televised address Monday shortly after news secretary Sarah Sanders said the leader would "meet with those on the frontlines" of controlling access across the 3,200-kilometer border with Mexico. She said more details of the trip would be announced soon. Trump's visit to the border would come in the midst of what is now…
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Councilwoman Sabina Matos Elected President of the Providence City Council

Providence, RI (January 7, 2018) - Providence City Councilwoman Sabina Matos, Ward 15, was elected City Council President after today's installation of the 2019-2022 City Councilors. She has the distinction of being the first Latina to hold this seat. Council President Matos began her first term as the Councilwoman for the fifteenth ward in January 2011. During her tenure on the Council, she has served as Council President Pro Tempore from January 2015 until her election as President. She also served as Acting Council President from May 2017 until December 2017. During her tenure she has served on the Councils'…
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Councilwoman Jo-Ann Ryan Has Been Named Majority Leader of the Providence City Council

First time in Providence's history that the City Council will have both a female President and Majority Leader Providence, RI (January 7, 2018) - Providence City Councilwoman Jo-Ann Ryan, Ward Five, was elected by her peers as Majority Leader for the 2019-2023 term. Ryan will be the first woman to hold this senior leadership position. Majority Leader Ryan was first elected to represent the fifth ward in 2014. During her time on the Council, she has served as the Council's first Majority Whip and served on the Committee on Finance; Committee on Ordinances; Committee on Public Works; Committee on Public…
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USHLI to Honor San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz

USHLI is pleased to announce San Juan, Puerto Rico Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz, as the recipient of the 2019 Dolores Huerta Woman of Courage Medallion United States Hispanic Leadership Institute (USHLI) announced San Juan, Puerto Rico Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz, as the recipient of the 2019 Dolores Huerta Woman of Courage Medallion at the Latina Empowerment Breakfast at USHLI’s 37th National Conference. The conference will be held February 14-17, 2019, at the Sheraton Grand Chicago, located at 301 E. North Water Street in Chicago, IL. Mayor Yulín Cruz who earned degrees at Boston University and Carnegie Mellon University returned to Puerto…
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Iowans Prepare for Surge in Presidential Hopeful Visits

VOA News/Teresa Krug DES MOINES, IOWA — The race to challenge President Donald Trump in November 2020 kicked off in earnest Saturday, when the first major Democratic Party hopeful to announce her candidacy visited with voters across Iowa. Bounding onto stage in a packed building in Des Moines’s trendy East Village, Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts waved to the crowd before speaking in a strained voice. The evening appearance came at the end of a four-city tour across the Midwestern state. “Nevertheless, I persisted,” she said, referencing both her marathon day and a favorite rallying cry that brought cheers. Field of candidates…
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Ahead of One Year Anniversary of Parkland Tragedy, Rubio, Reed Re-Introduce Bipartisan “Red Flag” Bill

WASHINGTON, DC –  Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL), Jack Reed (D-RI), Angus King (I-ME), and Susan Collins (R-ME) today re-introduced the bipartisan Extreme Risk Protection Order and Violence Prevention Act, which will dedicate Department of Justice funds to incentivize states to give law enforcement the authority to prevent individuals who pose a threat to themselves or others the ability to purchase or possess firearms, while still providing due process protections. Senators Rubio and Reed first introduced this bill in March of 2018, following the tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. “A gun violence restraining order is one…
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House Passes Three Cicilline Proposals

Rhode Island Congressman applauds enactment of new ethics requirements and LGBT protections, as Democrats hit ground running on Day One WASHINGTON – Democratic Policy and Communications Committee (DPCC) Chair David N. Cicilline (RI-01) passed three proposals through the House today as Democrats made good on their campaign promises to restore honesty and integrity in government. “Government at its best works for the benefit of all Americans, not just the powerful and privileged,” said Cicilline. “I am pleased that the House wasted no time today moving forward on these commonsense ideas. Requiring Members of Congress to take annual ethics training makes it…
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Langevin Votes to Reopen Government

Bills will end Trump shutdown now in its thirteenth day   WASHINGTON – Congressman Jim Langevin (D-RI) issued the following statement after voting in favor of two bills passed by the House of Representatives that will reopen federal agencies closed due to the Trump shutdown: “I am proud that our new Democratic majority wasted no time and voted to end the Trump shutdown on the opening day of the legislative session. Two years of one-party rule in Washington have brought us an unprecedented three government shutdowns, and it is past time to reopen our national parks, restore small business loans, and…
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Bernie Sanders Apologizes to Women Harassed During His 2016 Campaign

VOA News Senator Bernie Sanders, who made a strong run for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination, is apologizing to women who worked on his campaign after several of them said they had endured sexual harassment and were not paid as much as their male counterparts. The allegations surfaced this week in news accounts as Sanders, a lawmaker from the northeastern state of Vermont, considers another run for the presidency in 2020. “I certainly apologize to any woman who felt that she was not treated appropriately, and of course if I run, we will do better next time,” Sanders told CNN…
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Pelosi Returns as House Speaker to Face Trump Challenge

VOA News/Katherine Gypson CAPITOL HILL — Nancy Pelosi swore the oath securing her status as the most powerful woman in political history Thursday, beginning a new era of divided government in the United States and setting up a formidable political rivalry with President Donald Trump. Pelosi's historic second turn leading a Democratic majority as the speaker of the House of Representatives marks only the second time in the last half century a speaker has returned to serve in that position. Pelosi's continued ability to navigate the challenges of being a woman in politics — and still the only female House speaker…
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