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    October 5, 2018
    Dear David,

    Today, I participated in a discussion on the Innovative Materials in American Grid and Infrastructure Newly Expanded (IMAGINE) Act of 2018 with stakeholders including Department of Transportation Director Peter Alviti, the Rhode Island Marine Trades Association, the University of Rhode Island, the Composites Alliance of Rhode Island, the American Composites Manufacturers Association, and Rhode Island transportation and composites leaders. This legislation was first introduced by Senator Sheldon Whitehouse in the Senate, and I was an original co-sponsor of the companion House bill.

    The IMAGINE Act of 2018 would create various grant programs which would encourage the research and use of innovative construction materials and techniques for transportation and water infrastructure projects. Investments made through this legislation would lead to projects that are safer, longer-lasting, and more cost-effective.

    Infrastructure around our country is crumbling due to years of a lack of investment. We need to utilize forward-thinking methods and innovative materials which will allow us to rebuild our infrastructure with improved resiliency, maintainability, sustainability, and safety. 

    One Year Ago 
    This Monday marked the tragic one-year anniversary of the mass shooting in Las Vegas that left 58 people dead and more than 800 injured. It was the worst mass shooting in modern American history where a man used a “bump stock” to run through more than 1,100 rounds of ammunition in 10 minutes, leaving concertgoers terrorized and offering a clear example of the urgent need to put policies in place to reduce the threat of gun violence.

    Gun violence is one of the most pressing public health crises our country is facing. Children, criminals, and those with serious mental illness should never have access to a firearm. We need to do everything that we can to limit their ability to obtain these weapons.

    As Vice Chair of the House Gun Violence Prevention Task Force, I continue to fight for common sense gun safety laws, having introduced and co-sponsored numerous pieces of legislation such as the Automatic Gunfire Prevention Act, the Assault Weapons Ban of 2018, as well as a bill that would prohibit the 3-D printing of plastic firearms.

    I continue to remain appalled that even after the many tragedies our country has suffered – from what happened in Las Vegas to Orlando to Newtown – the GOP still refuses to bring any proposals to the floor for a vote or take any action to reduce gun violence. They have actually attempted to weaken gun safety laws when gun violence in the United States is reaching unprecedented levels.

    It is imperative that we devote the resources necessary to stop this epidemic. We all need to stay engaged and fight for common sense gun reform by raising awareness about gun violence in our country and working toward common sense measures can be taken to impede the devastating effect these weapons can have.

    NAFTA 2.0

    On Monday, the Trump administration announced its revised NAFTA proposal, now known as the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). Any new trade agreement made by the President needs to raise American wages, stop the outsourcing of jobs, and include strong enforcement measures for labor and environmental protections. President Trump campaigned on those promises and now we will have the chance to find out whether his actions match up to his rhetoric on trade. I promise to closely scrutinize the administration’s proposal. I also look forward to meeting with Rhode Island stakeholders in the days to come to discuss USMCA’s impact before it is considered in Congress.

    TPS-Journey4Justice Rally

    We all need to stand together in solidarity against the harmful and unfair actions the Trump administration continues to take against immigrant communities currently protected under existing law.

    On Monday, I joined The Alliance for Social Transformation, Lieutenant Governor McKee, Mayor Elorza, Mayor Diossa, State Representative Tobon, Councilman Figuero, and many community leaders to rally in support of the thousands of families affected by the Trump administration’s change in policies for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) individuals.

    The current immigration system in the Unites States is failing. The system cannot meet the demand of individuals attempting to become citizens or legal residents. The reason TPS is in place is to offer protection to individuals from countries affected by armed conflict or natural disasters. These are people who, due to conditions in their country, are unable to safely return home and have nowhere else to go – oftentimes having lost everything while fleeing from violence. Once here, they contribute greatly to our culture and the fabric of our country by bringing their art, music, customs, values, and traditions.

    The repeated attempts to dismantle these protections is shameful and it goes against the principles upon which our country was founded. We cannot give in to the fear and hatred that today passes as political rhetoric.

    Fixing our immigration system will allow millions of our neighbors to come out of the shadows and contribute to society. As a member on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, I have been proud to co-sponsor bills such as the USA Values Act of 2017, the American Promise Act, and the Liberian Refugee Immigration Fairness Act of 2018 which are immigration reforms that respect basic human rights and strengthen the relationship between the United States and other countries.

    We need comprehensive immigration reform, and a critical part of that is protecting and strengthening TPS. As a global leader, we must remain committed to helping others and offering protections to those who need it.

    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.

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    Warm Regards,

    David Cicilline
    Member of Congress  


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