News from Representative David Cicilline
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|November 30, 2018|
On Thursday, I was honored to be elected to serve in the House Democratic Leadership next Congress as Chairman of the Democratic Policy and Communications Committee (DPCC). This committee is charged with developing the Democratic Caucus’ policy agenda and communications strategy in the U.S. House of Representatives.
For the past two years, I served as one of three co-chairs of this important committee alongside Congressman Hakeem Jeffries and Congresswoman Cheri Bustos. We worked together to develop an agenda to make the government work For the People of this country again.
In the new position as Chairman of DPCC, I will get to work in the new Congress fighting for middle class families by working to create good-paying jobs and rebuild our crumbling infrastructure, lower the skyrocketing costs of health care and prescription drugs, and remove corruption from our political system.
We are at a critical moment in history and the stakes are high for the people of this country. I look forward to working with each and every member of the Democratic caucus next year to ensure that we rise to this challenge and make a real difference in the lives of the American people.
PUBLIC TRUST ACT
Last week, along with my colleagues Congressman Ted Lieu, Congresswoman Linda Sanchez, Congresswoman Anna Eshoo, and Congressman Ruben Gallego, I introduced a bill aimed at strengthening ethical standards in the federal government, improving accountability, and preventing corruption.
Our bill, the Restoring the Public Trust Act , combines a number of pieces of legislation and would help restore the public’s faith in government.
Under the Trump Administration, we have seen unprecedented levels of corruption and a serious lack of ethical standards. Actions that would have once been unimaginable have now become commonplace among members of this administration, from misusing public funds to using government airplanes for personal trips, it is completely out of hand. The American people are sick of the corruption and we must put an end to it. House Democrats will prioritize ending corruption in our political system next Congress as part of our agenda to make government work For the People and restore their faith in our Democracy.
From day one, Donald Trump claimed he was looking out for the working people of this country. But time and time again, he has shown that he is only working in the interests of the wealthy and well connected.
This week, we learned that General Motors (GM) is closing 3 major plants and laying off thousands of workers. This is unacceptable. GM was one of the many corporations that received a massive tax cut this year thanks to President Trump. He promised his tax cut would help working families when instead it has incentivized companies to ship jobs overseas and has only helped his friends on Wall Street.
What we saw at GM this week is going to keep happening in cities and towns across America. This administration is going to continue working for special interests and the wealthiest Americans.
The working families of our country deserve better - a permanent tax cut for the middle class, lower costs, and good-paying jobs. It’s time to prioritize workers over profits by investing in our workforce and putting an end to tax breaks for companies that ship jobs overseas.
Last weekend, President Trump’s Border Patrol agents fired tear gas at migrants on the border near Tijuana, Mexico. Many of these asylum seekers, which included children, are fleeing violence, persecution, and poverty in Central America.
This action was shameful and un-American. Individuals from all countries deserve the right to seek asylum. President Trump needs to put an end to his hateful rhetoric and actions.
I will continue to fight to protect the rights of asylees and look forward to working on comprehensive reform of our entire immigration system next Congress.
OPEN ENROLLMENT FOR HEALTH CARE
Health insurance is incredibly important and helps protect you from unexpected costs, like a trip to the hospital or an unforeseen accident. That’s why I want to make sure that all of my constituents are aware that November 1st marked the start of Health Source RI’s open enrollment period for 2019 coverage.
Until December 31, you can purchase a plan or renew your coverage throughHealthSourceRI.com . Once you sign up, you will get coverage that starts on January 1, 2019.
Here are four facts you need to know about enrolling in coverage or renewing your coverage:
• The open enrollment period for HealthSource RI for 2019 began on November 1. December 23 is the deadline to pick and pay for a plan to ensure uninterrupted coverage in 2019. December 31 is the last day you can purchase health insurance for 2019.
• Coverage could be more affordable than you think. That’s because financial help is available for 8-in-10 HealthSource RI customers. In 2018, nearly half of HealthSource RI enrollees paid less than $100 a month for their health insurance.
• If you had coverage through HealthSource RI in 2018, make sure to head back to update your information and compare your options for 2019. Every year, plans and prices change. This year, it’s more important than ever to shop around! You may find a plan that fits you better, for cheaper.
• Free help is available. If you have questions about signing up or want to talk through your options with a trained professional, free help is just a click, call or click away. Explore your options and estimate your health insurance cost in under five minutes with HealthSource RI’s Plan Comparison & Savings Tool . Call HealthSource RI at 1-855-840-HSRI or visit the Walk-In Center at 401 Wampanoag Trail in East Providence. Want to save time? You can schedule an appointment with an enrollment specialist by clicking here . Or, check out one of the two dozen enrollment events across the state, or find a Navigator in your community by dialing 211. Take the time to learn about your options and if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact my office.
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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