Articles by: Pat Ford

Congressman Cicilline Honors 13 U.S. Servicemembers Who Lost Their Lives At Hamid Karzai International Airport

Congressman David N. Cicilline (RI-01) yesterday spoke on the House floor honoring the sacrifice of the 13 U.S. servicemembers who lost their lives during the bombing that killed more than 160 innocent Afghanis and American military personnel at the Hamid Karzai International Airport. The Congressman’s remarks came ahead of a[Read More…]

by October 27, 2021

Latino Mayors Elorza, Garcia, Mendez, Romero, & De La Isla On Future Impact Of Build Back Better Agenda

  Earlier today, Mayor Robert Garcia (City of Long Beach, CA) hosted Mayor Trey Mendez (City of Brownsville, TX), Mayor Regina Romero (City of Tucson, AZ), Mayor Michelle De La Isla (Topeka, KS) and Mayor Jorge Elorza (City of Providence, RI) for a virtual press conference about the historic investments[Read More…]

by October 27, 2021

City of Pawtucket to Begin Harm Reduction Station Program

Starting January 1, 2022, the City of Pawtucket will have a harm reduction station in each fire station across the city in an effort to reduce incidents related to substance use disorders. Since 2014, the opioid overdoses and drug abuse has increased dramatically to epidemic-level numbers across Rhode Island, with[Read More…]

by October 26, 2021

CDC Issues Orders Operationalizing the President’s Safer, More Stringent International Travel System

Today, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is issuing Orders to implement the new travel policy announced by the Biden administration to safely resume global travel to the United States while protecting the health and safety of American communities from COVID-19. These Orders put in place a stringent[Read More…]

by October 25, 2021

The Rhode Island Mask Case: Plaintiffs’ Post-Hearing Memorandum Of Law In Support Of Motion For Preliminary Injunction

  In laymen’s terms, the brief below summarizes a sort of closing argument of the Plaintiff’s reasoning behind their request for a preliminary injunction against the state imposed juvenile mask mandate. Attachments are supporting caselaw which purports to support the underlying legal basis for their request. Read On!    [Read More…]

by October 25, 2021

Cicilline: House Must Hold Steve Bannon in Contempt of Congress!

Congressman David N. Cicilline (RI-01), author of H.Res.24, the impeachment resolution charging President Trump with Incitement of Insurrection, issued the following statement on the importance on holding Steve Bannon in Contempt of Congress ahead of today’s vote on H.Res. 730. “The House must vote to hold Steve Bannon in Contempt of Congress for refusing to answer a Congressional subpoena and in doing[Read More…]

by October 25, 2021

BREAKING: 24 Members Of Congress Led By Lofgren & Correa Urge Closure Of 3 ICE Detention Centers in California

Today, Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren and Congressman Lou Correa led an additional 22 Members of the California Delegation, including U.S. Senator Alex Padilla, in sending a letter to the Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas urging the immediate closure of two privately owned and operated ICE detention facilities, Adelanto ICE[Read More…]

by October 22, 2021

CDC Expands Eligibility for COVID-19 Booster Shots

  Today, CDC Director Rochelle P. Walensky, M.D., M.P.H., endorsed the CDC Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices’ (ACIP) recommendation for a booster shot of COVID-19 vaccines in certain populations. The Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) authorization and CDC’s recommendation for use are important steps forward as we work to stay ahead of the[Read More…]

by October 22, 2021

Elorza For The Win! RIDOT Backs Away From Fines/Interference On South Water Street Bike Lane!

The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) met with the regional office of the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) regarding South Water Street. Legal counsel was present from both entities. Following the meeting, FHWA informed us that they will not get involved nor will they implement any penalties against the City of[Read More…]

by October 21, 2021

McKee Administration Receives $1M Planning Grant From U.S. Commerce Department’s Economic Development Administration

Today, the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration awarded a $1 million statewide planning grant to the McKee Administration. The planning grant is part of the Biden Administration’s $3 billion American Rescue Plan funding to support the President’s Build Back Better Agenda. These are the first EDA American Rescue[Read More…]

by October 21, 2021