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Saturday, May 19, 2018

A Better Deal on Prescription Drugs, BBQ for Veterans & Their Families + MORE... U.S. CONGRESSMAN DAVID CICILLINE.

Dear David,

Like you, I believe no person in America should have to lay awake at night trying to decide whether they should get medicine to keep them healthy or make their rent payment or pay their mortgage.
                              
Instead of addressing rising health care costs, Republicans in Congress and President Trump are doing just the opposite. They voted to weaken protections for people with pre-existing conditions, increase out-of-pocket expenses and premiums, and cut Medicare and Medicaid. And even the GOP tax scam included policies to raise Americans’ health care costs, and at the same time hand billions of dollars in tax cuts to huge pharmaceutical companies.

Americans deserve better than the raw deal that they’re getting from this administration and Republicans in Congress. And Democrats have proposed a bold new economic agenda - A Better Deal: Better Jobs, Better Wages, Better Future – to do just that.

Specifically, our plan drives down drug prices by allowing the federal government to negotiate lower prescription drug prices for Medicare; it requires drug manufacturers to publicly release hard data and information justifying any significant price increase; and it cracks down on price gouging in a very significant way.

To learn more about A Better Deal on Prescription Drugs, you can watch my full remarks on our work here .

Community Conversation & BBQ for Veterans & Their Families

We live in a free country thanks to the extraordinary actions, incredible bravery and dedicated service of our veterans. These heroic men and women have earned our gratitude, and deserve every opportunity to get ahead. That’s why I am excited to invite our state’s veterans and their families to a Community Conversation and BBQ over Memorial Day weekend. This event will be held:
 
Saturday, May 26th
12:00pm-2:00pm
Slater Memorial Park Pavilion
(To reach the pavilion, follow signs from the park entrances at 825 Armistice Boulevard, Pawtucket, or 426 Newport Avenue, Pawtucket)

The Community Conversation is free and open to veterans and their families. A BBQ lunch will be served. To RSVP, please email Marie Magee at Marie.Magee@mail.house.gov or call 729-5600.

Time Warner Merger


Since Donald Trump assumed the presidency, we have witnessed unacceptable political interference in law enforcement matters—including antitrust enforcement—that is without modern precedent. Just last week, the President’s lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, asserted that President Trump intervened to stop AT&T’s acquisition of Time Warner. As a result, I once again led House Democrats in calling for the White House and Department of Justice to release any and all communications related to the Time Warner merger.

Despite repeated requests for materials related to the Trump administration’s many conflicting claims on the matter, the Department of Justice has not yet provided Congress with any relevant information. This lack of compliance makes it nearly impossible for Congress to provide necessary oversight of this administration. The Department of Justice needs to come clean and release these critical documents.

Strengthening Cybersecurity

As we have seen time and time again, the United States needs to do more with our allies to enhance cybersecurity and protect our shared interests from the actions of malicious actors. That’s why, in the House Foreign Affairs Committee, I successfully attached an amendment to the Israel Security Assistance Act in order to direct the Secretary of State to conduct a report on the potential benefits of establishing a joint U.S.-Israel Cyber Center of Excellence.

This proposal for a joint Cyber Center of Excellence will leverage the experience, knowledge, and expertise of institutions of higher education, private sector entities, and government organizations to enhance cybersecurity and protect critical infrastructure. I look forward to receiving the Secretary’s analysis and working with members of both parties on this important initiative.

Help America Vote

In our democracy, there is no right more sacred than the right of the people to choose who governs, and it is critical that the public has confidence that our elections are conducted fairly and freely at all times. That’s why I was proud to work with my colleagues in the Delegation to secure more than $3 million to help Rhode Island upgrade its election infrastructure and protect our democracy from further foreign interference. On Monday, I joined with Rhode Island Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea as she announced her plan on how to use these resources, and I am confident that her leadership will continue to enhance the faith of all Rhode Islanders in our democratic system. 



As always, if you or someone you know has any questions or concerns, please call my office at 729-5600 or send me an email at David.Cicilline@mail.house.gov. You can also click here to follow my work on Twitter.

Warm Regards,
 
David Cicilline
Member of Congress