DavidNews from Representative David Cicilline
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|December 7, 2018|
This week, our country bid farewell to a great American. President George H. W. Bush embodied our country’s highest ideals of service and devotion to a cause greater than yourself. As a young man, who was born into privilege and who came of age during World War II, George Bush was told over and over again to stay in school and let others fight the war for him.
Instead, he answered the call to serve. As the youngest pilot in the Navy, he commanded the largest bomber plane in the Pacific fleet. He survived after being shot down and later earned the Air Medal, two Gold Stars, and the Distinguished Flying Cross for his service.
At the end of the war, George Bush left his native New England for Texas where he would start a family with his beloved wife, Barbara. After nearly two decades of success in business, he once again felt called to service. Whether a diplomat, Congressman, CIA Director, Vice President, or President, George H. W. Bush always served the country he loved with honor, dignity, and grace.
Few Americans will ever know the joys of public service as well as President Bush did. My thoughts are with his entire family.
$20 Million for Pell Bridge
The Claiborne Pell Bridge is an iconic example of Rhode Island’s unparalleled architecture. The longest suspension bridge in all of New England, it first opened to traffic between Newport and Jamestown nearly 50 years ago. Nearly 27,000 vehicles cross the Pell Bridge each day, making it a critical piece of our state’s infrastructure.
Like other bridges and roads, however, the Pell Bridge has been in need of improvements for some time now. That’s why I’m pleased that I worked with my colleagues in the Congressional Delegation to deliver $20 million in new federal funding this week for improvements on the ramps and roadways that service the Pell Bridge.
This critical funding will meet one of Rhode Island’s most pressing infrastructure needs. It will strengthen our economy, make it easier to move goods and services, and enhance the quality of life in our state.
I’m looking forward to seeing this money get put to work. Not only will this project rebuild and improve the layout of the ramps and roadways leading from Aquidneck Island to the Pell Bridge, but it will also open 30 acres of land for redevelopment in the City of Newport. That’s real progress for our state, and I’m going to continue fighting in the weeks and months ahead to ensure we bring back even more federal resources for Rhode Island.
Last week, we learned that the U.S. Department of Justice is preparing to announce new regulations banning the sale of bump stocks that can turn semi-automatic rifles into the functional equivalent of machine guns. These devices were used in the October 2017 mass shooting at the Route 91 Harvest music festival in Las Vegas. They have no legitimate purpose. It should not have taken the Department of Justice more than a year to act, but this appears to be a step in the right direction.
In order to permanently end the threat that bump stocks pose to public safety, however, Congress must take action. The Automatic Gunfire Prevention Act, which I’ve introduced in the U.S. House, will stop, once and for all, the sale of bump stocks. My bill has 175 co-sponsors in the House and 41 in the U.S. Senate, where Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) is leading the fight to pass this bill. Both chambers of Congress should take up this legislation and pass it as soon as possible.
This week, my Capitol Hill office moved locations. We are now located in Office #2233 in the Rayburn House Office Building. I hope you will drop by when you are visiting our nation’s capital.
If there is anything that my staff or I can do to serve you, please do not hesitate to let me know. You can reach me via email at David.Cicilline@mail.house.gov or call my office at 729-5600.
David N. Cicilline
Member of Congress