Working for You
By Congressman David N. Cicilline
This month, as we pause to celebrate our nation’s independence with friends and family members, I am especially mindful of my responsibility to serve the men and women of Rhode Island’s First District. That’s why I wanted to provide a brief update on the things I’ve been working on for the readers of the Federal Hill Gazette.
Innovation and Technology Jobs
I recently welcomed House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi to the Rhode Island School of Design for a discussion on what we can do at the federal level to get Rhode Islanders back to work in good-paying jobs at the intersection of innovation, technology and design.
Right now, Rhode Island is well-positioned to take advantage of these emerging opportunities, particularly in advanced manufacturing and 3-D printing, and we need to make sure we do everything we can at the federal, state and local levels to leverage these opportunities.
Protecting Voting Rights
Unfortunately, the United States Supreme Court closed the month of June with a ruling that struck at the heart of the Voting Rights Act – marking a significant step backwards in our ongoing work to protect the voting rights of every American and ensure that all citizens are treated equally under the law. This issue is too important for the same old Washington games – Congress must act immediately to restore critical protections so all Americans are guaranteed their constitutional right to vote.
Supporting Rhode Island
A few weeks ago, I joined the hardworking men and women at the Portsmouth Fire Department to see how they are planning to put a federal Assistance to Firefighters Grant to work repairing outdated equipment and making sure that first responders have the best available resources to serve their friends and neighbors in Portsmouth. After I advocated for the department’s request, it received more than $70,000 to update hose and breathing apparatus equipment and provide additional services on Aquidneck Island.
Bringing federal funds back to Rhode Island is one of my most important responsibilities as the Representative for the First Congressional District. If you’d like to know more about ways my office can provide assistance with federal grant applications, call my staff at 729-5600.
I recently spoke about my work with the bipartisan organization No Labels to promote cooperation in Congress with Tim Farley at Sirius-XM’s POTUS Radio. We’re not going to get our country back on the right track until we fix what’s wrong with Washington, and No Labels is providing a venue for lawmakers to build trust and work productively across the aisle.
My office is here to serve you – if you or someone you know has a question or needs assistance on a matter relating to the federal government, please contact my office at 729-5600 or send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.