Representative David N. Cicilline's Political Positions

Office: U.S. House (RI) - District 1, Democratic
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Issue Positions

In response to the increasing unwillingness of candidates to answer issue questions, Project Vote Smart has researched Presidential and Congressional candidates' public records to determine candidates' likely responses on certain key issues. These are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

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  • David Cicilline. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Rhode Island State Legislative Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • David Cicilline. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Rhode Island State Legislative Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be legally available."
  • David Cicilline. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Rhode Island State Legislative Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be legally available."
  • David Cicilline. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Rhode Island State Legislative Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Prohibit the late-term abortion procedure known as "partial-birth" abortion."
  • David Cicilline. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. David Cicilline voted Nay on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • David Cicilline. Issues. 18 September 2012. "David firmly believes that it is a woman's right to make personal decisions about her own reproductive health. That's why David has fought to protect women's reproductive health care by speaking out and voting against legislation that would deny full reproductive freedom, such as the the Protect Life Act." (cicilline.com)
  • David Cicilline. Issue Position: Womens' Rights. 11 October 2011. "Women deserve equal pay for equal work, protection from violence, including family violence, and the right to full reproductive freedom. In Congress, David will fiercely protect a woman's right to make health care decisions, free from government intrusion and interference." (votesmart.org)
  • David Cicilline. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. David Cicilline voted Nay on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • David Cicilline. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Rhode Island State Legislative Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for "a) Abortions should always be legally available."

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  • David Cicilline. H Con Res 28. 112th Congress. Removing Troops from Afghanistan. David Cicilline voted Yea on 03/17/2011. (votesmart.org)

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  • David Cicilline. H Amdt 13. 112th Congress. Reducing Navy and Air Force Aircraft Procurement. David Cicilline voted Nay on 02/15/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • David Cicilline. Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2013. 18 July 2012. "My amendment, which I offer along with the gentleman from California (Mr. Honda), the gentlelady from California (Ms. Loretta Sanchez), and the gentleman from Vermont (Mr. Welch), would strike the funding of the Afghanistan infrastructure fund and apply the savings to the spending reduction account [¦] Established by Congress in the fiscal year 2011 National Defense Authorization, in its first year, the Afghanistan infrastructure fund received an appropriation of $400 million. These funds have been dedicated to projects that are jointly approved by the Department of State and the Department of Defense, and the projects include power generation and transmission, roads, and construction of other large infrastructure projects [¦] These costs are only going to increase more and more if we don't take the action to make the much-needed and long-deferred investments in our own transportation systems and our own infrastructure [¦] They ask why we are dedicating so much to nation-building halfway around the world when there are so many families right here in our own country who are struggling to find work and make ends meet. We need to do nation-building right here at home in America. This amendment is a strong step in support of reinvesting in our own economy and our own infrastructure right here at home." (votesmart.org)
  • David Cicilline. Providing for Consideration of H.R. 1540, National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscalm Year 2012. 25 May 2011. "The cost of this war, again, $8 billion a month, approximately $2 billion a week, is totally unsustainable, especially at a time when we are being asked to make extreme cuts here at home; money, by the way, that we are putting on the American credit card [¦] We should no longer send billions of American taxpayer dollars to the Afghan people for their schools and hospitals, roads, bridges, and police, at the expense of making those same investments in our own country, especially when the Karzai government has shown itself incapable of governing effectively or honestly [¦] A clear exit plan will stabilize Afghanistan by ending an unpopular presence there and improve our country's flexibility to respond to more immediate and pressing national security challenges, improving our fiscal and economic situation at home. This is about setting the right priorities for the American people." (votesmart.org)
  • David Cicilline. The Valley Breeze Newspapers: Seniors Have Earned Secure Retirement. 22 June 2011. "We all know that one of the greatest challenges before us is reducing our nation's deficit. We must be serious about this responsibility and understand the urgency of reducing spending. That's why I've already voted to make tens of billions of dollars in budget cuts this year alone - including nearly $150 million in outrageous subsidies to Brazilian cotton farmers, $400 million to cut infrastructure improvements in Afghanistan and another $450 million by cutting a Joint Strike Fighter engine that even the Pentagon says it no longer needs." (votesmart.org)
  • David Cicilline. HR 1363. 112th Congress. 2011 Department of Defense Budget and Additional Continuing Appropriations. David Cicilline voted Nay on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)

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  • David Cicilline. The Huffington Post: An Irresponsible and Dangerous Spending Bill. 22 February 2011. "Republican Leadership [¦] Their spending bill is irresponsible and dangerous. It threatens jobs, undercuts American innovation, and jeopardizes investments in rebuilding our nation. To make matters worse, these draconian cuts by the Republican Leadership effectively finance $800 billion in Bush era tax cuts for the richest 2% of Americans." (votesmart.org)
  • David Cicilline. Cicilline Again Urges House Republicans to Take Up Buffett Rule. 17 April 2012. "On Tax Day, U.S. Congressman David Cicilline (D-RI) reiterated his call for Congress to take steps to restore tax fairness for the middle class, beginning with the Buffett Rule, which would ensure that people making over $1 million per year do not pay a lower tax rate than middle-class Americans [¦] 'Special interests long ago wielded their influence in Washington, D.C. to create a tax code that allowed wealthy individuals and corporations to avoid paying their fair share while middle class families foot the bill. It is wrong that we continue to ask hardworking Rhode Island family to pay higher tax rates than our nation's wealthiest income earners.'" (votesmart.org)
  • David Cicilline. Cicilline Statement on Extension of Bush-Era Tax Cuts. 2 August 2012. "Far too many hard working Rhode Island families and small businesses continue to face serious economic challenges. They need and deserve the certainty of knowing that, come January 1, 2013, they will not see an increase in their federal income taxes. We had an opportunity today to pass a plan offered by Democrats in the House -- identical to a proposal that already passed in the Senate, and one that the President would sign -- that extends tax cuts for 98% of Americans and 97% of small businesses [¦] I will continue to fight for a balanced tax plan that protects working families, the middle class, and small businesses, and ensures the wealthiest among us pay their fair share." (votesmart.org)
  • David Cicilline. Fiscal Year 2013 Budget Resolution -- Hon. David N. Cicilline. 18 April 2012. "House Republican leadership held a vote on H. Con. Res. 112--The Republican Fiscal Year 2013 Budget Resolution. This budget proposal sets the wrong priorities for my home state of Rhode Island and the nation as a whole--extending tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans, making deep cuts to programs that serve middle class families, and ending the Medicare guarantee for our seniors [¦] budget proposed by Representative Paul Ryan (R WI), and approved 228 191 by the House of Representatives, would not only fail to create jobs, it would also give the wealthiest Americans an average tax cut of $150,000." (votesmart.org)

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  • David Cicilline. Letter to The Honorable Barack H. Obama, President of the United States. 21 June 2011. "Our economic vitality is a crucial component of our national security. The nearly decade-long war in Afghanistan drains our resources, even as we face serious economic challenges at home [¦] These funds are needed for rebuilding our own economy, reducing the deficit and generating jobs for Americans." (votesmart.org)
  • David Cicilline. Op-Ed. 2 September 2011. "If we are going to strengthen our manufacturing capabilities and make new products here at home, then we must have the ability to execute the timely and effective transport of goods, people, and ideas. This work will require significant investments, both public and private, in our nation's infrastructure. A critically important first step in this effort is the passage of a robust surface transportation reauthorization." (votesmart.org)
  • David Cicilline. The Huffington Post: An Irresponsible and Dangerous Spending Bill. 22 February 2011. "Can you imagine a nation that thinks so little of its workers that it would slash billions of dollars in job training? Can you imagine a nation that devalues our future to the point that it robs 9 million students the opportunity to pursue a higher education? Can you even imagine a nation that thinks so little of its citizens that it refuses to fund efforts to protect them from hazardous coal ash, polluted air and contaminated water? Imagine a nation where, under the cloak of deficit reduction, it wages a crusade against the National Endowment for the Arts and the Public Broadcasting System. Now, can you imagine a nation with such contempt for women that it denies basic health services through community clinics? And can you just imagine a nation that cares so little about protecting the lives of its people that it cuts billions of dollars worth of science and health funding, leaving people susceptible to disease -- and even death? Stop. Wake up. This isn't our imagination. This morning, we woke up to a nightmare in the making. These are the priorities the Republican Leadership proposed on the U.S. House floor this week and because of their super majority, they passed. Their spending bill is irresponsible and dangerous. It threatens jobs, undercuts American innovation, and jeopardizes investments in rebuilding our nation. To make matters worse, these draconian cuts by the Republican Leadership effectively finance $800 billion in Bush era tax cuts for the richest 2% of Americans. They also provide funding for oil and gas subsidies, not to mention fund the War in Afghanistan, now the longest war in our history which has lost support among a majority of Americans." (votesmart.org)
  • David Cicilline. Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2012. 14 July 2011. "The fact that our Nation's investment in High Speed Rail remains a target for the budget chopping block is not just disappointing--it is a threat to our economy. We have to commit to paying down our debt. But, we must also commit to putting people back to work, supporting our infrastructure, and ensuring our Nation's ability to compete in the global economy." (votesmart.org)
  • David Cicilline. Cicilline and Fitzpatrick Spearhead Effort to Improve Northeast Corridor. 19 August 2011. "Infrastructure improvements to the Northeast Corridor take on new urgency as it is an investment in job and economic opportunities for our region that will help reduce energy consumption and generate sustained economic activity. Our transportation infrastructure has pressing needs. In particular, we need to improve the efficiency of our transportation network. As the nation's most densely populated transportation corridor, the Northeast Corridor has a well-established passenger rail infrastructure. However, the infrastructure to support that transportation is dated and overburdened. We can put people back to work right now making these repairs in jobs that cannot be outsourced." (votesmart.org)
  • David Cicilline. Fitzpatrick, Cicilline Applaud Funding of Northeast Corridor Rail Projects. 25 August 2011. "With increasing gas prices and outdated infrastructure, rail is becoming an increasingly critical component of our nation's transportation system and our economy. From Bucks County to Providence, we applaud Secretary LaHood for his commitment to rail improvements that run through the hearts of our districts and the heart of America's commercial centers. Most importantly, these projects will create substantial construction and engineering jobs that will help put America back to work while improving our transportation network." (votesmart.org)
  • David Cicilline. Issue Position: Jobs and Economic Growth. 11 October 2011. "Bridges and roads across our country and our state are crumbling each and every day. In Rhode Island alone, there are more than 300 structurally deficient bridges and many miles of roads in desperate need of repair. With the situation growing more serious by the day, we have to move quickly to repair our national infrastructure -- both in the short-term to create jobs and to protect our long-term economic interests. In Congress, I will fight for a serious investment in repairing our nation's infrastructure and help to get Rhode Islanders back to work immediately." (votesmart.org)
  • David Cicilline. Jobs and the Make it in America Agenda. 10 May 2011 "Manufacturing jobs all across this country have seen a steep decline, from 20 million jobs in 1979 to about 12 million today, and the middle class has been left behind. And that's why this past week, when we launched the Make It in America agenda, I became so hopeful about this Congress' attention on manufacturing. This agenda is really about reversing manufacturing job loss. It's about investing in good-paying jobs, world-class education, top-notch research, and sound infrastructure. We need to create an environment that encourages American manufacturers to innovate, grow, keep, and create good jobs here in the United States." (votesmart.org)

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  • David Cicilline. Getting Americans Back to Work. 9 September 2011. "Last night, the President laid out a serious plan to get Rhode Islanders and Americans back to work. The President put forth a jobs plan that reflects many of the priorities I have been working on and have heard during my community suppers, small business tours, and visits with manufacturers. We heard strategies to rebuild American manufacturing and to make it in America again, creating jobs by enacting small business tax cuts, supporting workers by expanding middle class tax cuts, and rebuilding our Nation's roads, bridges, and schools. And providing greater support and job opportunities for returning veterans, the long-term unemployed, and our young people." (votesmart.org)
  • David Cicilline. Jobs Now. 13 September 2011 "Mr. Speaker, President Obama has offered the American Jobs Act, a clear path forward to putting our country back to work, helping small businesses succeed and hire and providing tax relief for our workers and rebuilding America. The emphasis of the plan is immediate action that will preserve and create jobs now. It will put money into the pockets of working Americans now, and it will give businesses job-creating tax breaks now. It will provide a boost to the economy that we need now." (votesmart.org)
  • David Cicilline. Speech. 13 September 2011. "Mr. Speaker, President Obama has offered the American Jobs Act, a clear path forward to putting our country back to work, helping small businesses succeed and hire and providing tax relief for our workers and rebuilding America. The emphasis of the plan is immediate action that will preserve and create jobs now. It will put money into the pockets of working Americans now, and it will give businesses job-creating tax breaks now. It will provide a boost to the economy that we need now." (votesmart.org)
  • David Cicilline. Woonsocket Patch - Cicilline Hails Success of SBA Loans, Touts Jobs Bill During Visit to WWIS. 1 October 2011. "'We need to get capital in the hands of Rhode Island small businesses, the proven job creators and backbone of our economy [¦] In part, the American Jobs Act would help put more dollars in the pockets of employees and consumers, and help our small businesses recover and grow. The Act would provide tax credits for businesses that hire workers who have been unemployed for six months, unemployed veterans, and service-disabled veterans. In addition, the legislation would cut small business payroll taxes in half for the 98% of firms with payrolls of $5 million and below, while also temporarily eliminating employer payroll taxes for small businesses that create jobs. These provisions would help small businesses like Wide World of Indoor Sports hire more workers and boost Rhode Island's economic recovery." (votesmart.org)
  • David Cicilline. Issue Position: Jobs and Economic Growth. 12 October 2011. "In Congress I will [¦] Fight to expand and make permanent the Advanced Manufacturing Tax Credit and the Research and Experimentation Tax Credit so Rhode Island can compete in the new economy." (votesmart.org)

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  • David Cicilline. Issue Positions: LGBT Rights. 12 October 2011. "I will also work to provide protection from bullying in schools, by supporting and working for passage of the Safe Schools Improvement Act (SSIA). The SSIA would amend the Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act (part of the No Child Left Behind Act) to require schools and districts receiving federal funds to adopt codes of conduct specifically prohibiting bullying and harassment, including on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity." (votesmart.org)
  • David Cicilline. Issue Position: Education. 12 October 2011. "Through the reauthorization process for the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, the law that funds primary and secondary education, Congress has an opportunity to build upon the significant reforms and initiatives of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. As a recipient of $75 million in funding through the Race to the Top Initiative, Rhode Island has an opportunity to create programs that enhance the training of teachers and administrators and implement reforms that will boost student achievement. In Congress I will work closely with the Rhode Island Department of Education and schools throughout the First District to ensure that the Elementary and Secondary Education Act meets the needs of students, parents, and teachers now and into the future." (votesmart.org)
  • David Cicilline. Rhode Islanders Celebrate Anniversary of Race to the Top. 24 August 2011. "I was proud to be part of Rhode Island's Race to the Top Delegation, along with Superintendant Tom Brady and Providence Teachers Union President Steve Smith, which traveled to Washington last year to present the best case for Rhode Island's application, and I am even more proud to be here with you today to celebrate our achievements. I applaud the work that has been done to strengthen the foundation Rhode Island has built to drive meaningful education reform and the public-private partnerships that are driving the state's successful initiative. Due to these partnerships, our state's education system will have a brighter future and our children will be college- and career-ready." (votesmart.org)
  • Richard C. Dujardin. The Providence Journal: Cicilline Answers Questions in "Teletown Hall." 1 March 2011. "The congressman commented that just as Rhode Island's education effort is being helped by a $75-million Race to the Top grant from the federal government, he foresees a need to fight 'for additional federal investment' and was happy to see that President Obama's budget proposal calls for more Race to the Top." (votesmart.org)

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  • David Cicilline. HR 1230. 112th Congress. Offshore Leasing Act. David Cicilline voted Nay on 05/05/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • David Cicilline. Cicilline Call. 17 May 2011. "It's been a busy week in Washington as David has been working hard to deliver for Rhode Island families. From demanding oil companies be held accountable, fighting to lower gas prices, pushing back against efforts to allow offshore drilling on our coastline, securing money to improve our infrastructure and create jobs, and sponsoring Make It in America Block Grant legislation, David has been working to make a meaningful difference for the First District." (www.cicilline.com)
  • Catherine Welch. Rhode Island Public Radio. RI Reps vote against offshore drilling bill. 13 May 2011. "Both David Cicilline and Jim Langevin voted against a bill passed in the U.S. House lifting offshore drilling restrictions." (www.publicbroadcasting.net)
  • David Cicilline. Providing for Consideration of H.R. 1229, Putting the Gulf of Mexico Back to Work Act, and Providing for Consideration of H.R. 1230, Restarting American Offshore Leasing Now Act. 5 May 2011. "Just last week the price of gasoline shot up to more than $4 and, as we all know, this is an increasingly familiar story for States all across this Nation, hurting families and small businesses [¦] We have got to find immediate solutions to lower the price of gas. But the legislation before us this morning calling for domestic drilling will not provide the short-term relief that's needed right now. At the same time, it will make drilling more dangerous for our environment, for our economy, and for our national security." (votesmart.org)
  • David Cicilline. Letter to Speaker Boehner and Leader Pelosi - High Gas Prices. 3 May 2011. "There are two measures that have been introduced in the House of Representatives, which I have co-sponsored, that will provide the immediate relief Americans need and deserve now [¦] This body will soon have before it three measures to promote offshore drilling, which experts indicate will have no immediate or near-term impact on the price of gas at the pump. It should instead be a priority of Congress to enact common sense consumer safeguards and price relief now." (votesmart.org)

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  • David Cicilline. Cicilline Statement on Earth Day. 22 April 2011. "The Republican budget includes tens of billions in tax breaks for Big Oil, and weakens our ability to ensure clean air and a healthier environment for our children, by eliminating nearly every tool the Environmental Protection Agency has to address serious public health threats from carbon pollution. It also slashes investments in clean energy -- like wind and solar. These key investments in energy would not only help rein in our dependence on foreign oil, but also create jobs." (votesmart.org)
  • David Cicilline. Climate Hawks Make Global Warming Denial Into Campaign Issue. 1 November 2010. "I believe we have a responsibility to address it and do whatever we can to protect our environment and develop and produce clean energy. I believe it is an opportunity for America to lead the world again in the production and development of clean energy. When Rep. Loughlin is out publicly talking about global climate change, he mocks it, that it's not serious. This is a serious issue. We have a responsibility to reduce carbon emissions, to address global climate change that is caused by pollution. There is broad scientific consensus on this." (thinkprogress.org)
  • David Cicilline. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. David Cicilline voted Nay on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • David Cicilline. Letter to The Honorable Lisa Jackson, EPA. 23 September 2011. "We are writing to express our support for the Environmental Protection Agency's final Cross-State Air Pollution Control Rule. This important public health standard will prevent approximately 34,000 premature deaths, more than 15,000 heart attacks, 19,000 cases of acute bronchitis, 4000,000 cases of aggravated asthma, and 1,8 million lost workdays annually. The aggregate health benefits will save up to $280 billion annually in avoided costs, at only a cost of only $800 million. This 350-1 benefit to cost ratio represents a great deal for the public and an opportunity to improve the quality of life and competitiveness of American metropolitan areas. In concert with other improvements to state and federal regulations, it will reduce sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxide by 73% and 54%, respectively, by 2014." (votesmart.org)

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  • David Cicilline. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Rhode Island State Legislative Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Ban the sale or transfer of all forms of semi-automatic weapons."
  • David Cicilline. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Rhode Island State Legislative Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Favor allowing citizens to carry concealed firearms."
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence endorsed David Cicilline in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • David Cicilline. Representative Cicilline Joins Representative McCarthy to Introduce Bill Banning High-Capacity Ammunition Magazines. 18 January 2011. "One of the greatest threats to peace in our communities today is gun violence. It is time for us to revisit our nation's gun laws. As the former Mayor of Providence, I have worked hard to reduce gun violence, and was a founding member of the Mayors' Coalition against Illegal Guns. In 2009, we made several recommendations for federal consideration specifically designed to prevent attacks like the one in Tucson. Representative McCarthy's bill, which I am proud to co-sponsor, gets to the heart of these recommendations by banning these dangerous weapons of mass terror." (votesmart.org)

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  • David Cicilline. Langevin, Cicilline Oppose GOP Efforts to Repeal Historic Health Reform Law. 19 January 2011. "My number one priority is to do everything I can to get Rhode Islanders back to work, to get our economy moving, and to confront the rising national deficit -- and that is what we should be focusing on. This law lowers drug costs for seniors, bans discrimination based on pre-existing conditions, and allows young people under the age of 26 to stay on their parents' insurance plans, and invests in wellness, among other benefits. Repealing this law would reverse all of that and hurt Rhode Island families. We should be working together to find practical solutions that improve this law and its impact on Rhode Islanders." (votesmart.org)
  • David Cicilline. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. David Cicilline voted Nay on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • David Cicilline. Issue Position: Health Care. 12 October 2011. "The passage last year of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act was a historic and vital step towards ensuring that every American has access to affordable health care. While there is room for improvement in the current law, for the thousands of Rhode Islanders without health insurance, protecting the programs created through the recent health care reform is one my top priorities in Congress." (votesmart.org)
  • David Cicilline. Opposing the Repeal of the Affordable Care Act. 10 February 2011. "I come to this Congress to help bring common sense solutions to complex problems. When I look at the impact of repealing the Affordable Care Act [¦] it is common sense, and an understanding of the struggles faced by so many Rhode Islanders that compels me to object so strongly to this proposed repeal." (votesmart.org)

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  • David Cicilline. Issue Position: Immigration Reform. 11 October 2011. "David believes that we must enact comprehensive immigration reform in this country. This reform must begin with securing our border and ensuring that those who are here without proper documentation be required to 'go to the end of the line,' pay a penalty, pay their taxes, and pass criminal background checks before receiving citizenship." (votesmart.org)
  • David Cicilline. Press Release: The Pawtucket Times - Cicilline: I'll Fight for Social Security. 27 September 2011. "Cicilline said he supports the DREAM Act. 'It's about making sure we as a country honor the values of young people who come here, study hard, play by the rules and work. He said America needs a national immigration policy. Separate immigration policies in individual states or individual cities and towns 'won't work,'' he said." (votesmart.org)
  • David Cicilline. Voter Guide: David Cicilline Profile (1st Congressional District). 10 September 2012. "I support the DREAM Act." (www.golocalprov.com)

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  • David Cicilline. Statement on Obama Administration Decision to No Longer Defend DOMA. 25 February 2011. "While the fight for marriage equality is far from over, President Obama's decision to no longer defend the constitutionality of DOMA in federal courts is a major civil rights victory for the LGBT community." (votesmart.org)
  • David Cicilline. The Hill - Rep. Cicilline Draws the Line on Protecting Social Security, Medicare Benefits. 3 October 2011. "People don't realize that the inequality that exists, that the consequences of having marriage discrimination in this country against gay and lesbian couples in terms of their access to healthcare and their ability to transfer their estates upon death, they're very practical consequences beyond the theory of equality that I hope everyone supports. The discrimination that exists has really harmful effects on members of our community -- my community." (votesmart.org)
  • David Cicilline. Urging House Republican Leaders Not to Defend DOMA. 4 March 2011. "The President correctly concluded last week that the Department of Justice (DOJ) should not defend the Defense of Marriage Act in court -- nor should the House of Representatives. In the 15 years since the passage of DOMA, the harmful stereotypes used to justify this law have been shattered. There simply is no legitimate reason for denying committed gay and lesbian couples the legal security, rights and responsibilities that marriage provides." (votesmart.org)
  • David Cicilline. Issue Position: LGBT Rights. 11 October 2011. "I will continue to work hard in Congress to ensure full LGBT equality in marriage, in the workplace, in schools, and in communities." Http://votesmart.org/speech_detail.php?sc_id=604675.

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  • David Cicilline. Statement on Death of Osama bin Laden. 2 May 2011. "The death of this madman and the leader of al Qaeda is an extraordinarily important achievement in the War on Terror, and as we approach the tenth anniversary of the 9-11 attacks, we remember the innocent lives lost that day and the sacrifice and dedication that the brave men and women in our armed forces and intelligence services make every day on our behalf. We must remain steadfast in our resolve to bring all of those who are responsible for terror against the United States to justice." (votesmart.org)

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  • David Cicilline. The Hill - Rep. Cicilline Draws the Line on Protecting Social Security, Medicare Benefits. 3 October 2011. "In my campaign people would say, "You're trying to scare people talking about Social Security or privatizing Social Security or changing Medicare,' and, lo and behold, nine months later, as predicted, that's exactly what the Republicans have tried to do." (votesmart.org)
  • David Cicilline. The Pawtucket Times - Cicilline: I'll Fight for Social Security. 27 September 2010. "We have to do everything we can to protect Social Security and fight privatization." (votesmart.org)
  • David Cicilline. Cicilline Kicks Off "Fighting for Social Security" Tour. 23 September 2011. "Ryan's proposal to privatize Social Security would cut guaranteed benefits, gamble Social Security in the stock market, and provide up to $940 billion in windfall profits to big Wall Street banks through management fees. Cicilline rejects the Ryan plan. Loughlin has not yet said whether he would support the Ryan budget plan in Congress." (votesmart.org)
  • David Cicilline. Cicilline to Leader Pelosi: Protect Social Security, Medicare & Medicaid Benefits. 15 July 2011. "Especially in these tough economic times, we should not be cutting Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid benefits that millions of our constituents paid into and depend on. Such benefit cuts should be off the table in current debt discussions. Our Republican colleagues should be embarrassed by their insistence that unless Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid benefits are cut, the nation will default on its debts. Middle-class families have sacrificed enough, and a deal that pushes the American Dream further out of reach, in order to pay for extending tax breaks for the rich and corporations, is simply unacceptable." (votesmart.org)

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Rhode Island State Legislative Election 1998 National Political Awareness Test

This candidate has responded to a Political Courage Test in a previous election. As a continued effort to provide the American public with factual information on candidates running for public office, these archived responses are made available here.

The Political Courage Test asks candidates which items they will support if elected. It does not ask them to indicate which items they will oppose. Through extensive research of public polling data, we discovered that voters are more concerned with what candidates would support when elected to office, not what they oppose. If a candidate does not select a response to any part or all of any question, it does not necessarily indicate that the candidate is opposed to that particular item.

Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning abortion.

Xa) Abortions should always be legally available.
b) Abortions should be legal only within the first trimester of pregnancy.
c) Abortions should be legal only when pregnancy resulted from incest, rape, or when the life of the woman is endangered.
d) Abortions should be legal only when the life of the woman is endangered.
e) Abortions should always be illegal.
f) Abortions should be limited by waiting periods and parental notification requirements.
g) Prohibit the late-term abortion procedure known as "partial-birth" abortion.
h) Support "buffer zones" by requiring demonstrators to stay at least 15 feet away from abortion clinic doorways and driveways.
i) Other
Yesj) Should Rhode Island government funding be provided to clinics and medical facilities that provide abortion services?

Indicate the principles you support (if any) concerning affirmative action. State government agencies should take race and sex into account in the following sectors:

Yesa) College and university admissions
Yesb) Public employment
Yesc) State contracting
d) Other

Indicate which principles you support (if any) to address crime.

a) Increase state funds for construction of state prisons and for hiring of additional prison staff.
b) Support contracting with private sector firms to build and/or manage state prisons.
c) End parole for repeat violent felons.
d) Support the use of the death penalty.
Xe) Oppose the death penalty.
Xf) Implement penalties other than incarceration for certain non-violent offenders.
g) Inform communities when a convicted sex offender moves into the community.
Xh) Increase state funds for programs which rehabilitate and educate inmates during and after their prison sentences.
Xi) Decriminalize the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes.
j) Strengthen penalties and sentences for drug-related crimes.
k) Strengthen penalties and sentences for sex offenders.
Xl) Lower the blood-alcohol-content limit defining drunk driving.
m) Prosecute juveniles who commit murder or other serious violent crimes as adults.
n) Other
Undecidedo) Do you support the current law requiring the state to take DNA samples from suspects in violent crimes?

Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning the economy and employment.

Xa) Provide low interest loans and tax credits for starting, expanding, or relocating businesses.
Xb) Reduce state government regulations on the private sector in order to encourage investment and economic expansion.
c) Support limits on cash damages in lawsuits against businesses and professionals for product liability or malpractice.
Xd) Increase funding for state job-training programs that retrain displaced workers or teach skills needed in today's job market.
e) Other
Nof) Should the state approve a gambling facility for the Narragansett Indians in Providence?

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding education.

Xa) Increase state funds for professional development of public school teachers and administrators.
Xb) Encourage private or corporate investment in public school programs.
c) Provide parents with state-funded vouchers to send their children to any participating school (public, private, religious).
Xd) Favor charter schools where independent groups receive state authorization and funding to establish new schools.
Xe) Support sex education programs which stress abstinence.
Xf) Support sex education programs which stress safe sexual practices.
Xg) Increase state funds for school construction and facility maintenance.
Xh) Increase state funds for hiring of additional teachers.
i) Endorse teacher-led voluntary prayer in public schools.
Xj) Increase state funding to develop full day kindergarten and preschool programs.
k) Other

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the environment and energy.

Xa) Require the use of cleaner burning fuels in order to prevent pollution.
b) Support "self-audit" legislation which creates incentives for industries to audit themselves and clean up pollution.
Xc) Require a cost/benefit analysis to determine the economic impact of proposed environmental regulations before they are implemented.
Xd) Require the state to fully compensate citizens when environmental regulations limit uses on privately owned land.
Xe) Provide funding for recycling programs in Rhode Island.
f) Request added flexibility from the federal government in enforcing and funding federal environmental regulations.
g) Suspend participation in unfunded, federally mandated environmental protection legislation.
h) Other
Yesi) State environmental regulations should not be stricter than federal law.
Undecidedj) Do you support increasing the minimum size for lobsters harvested in Rhode Island waters?
Undecidedk) Do you support instituting limits on the number of traps maintained by each lobsterman?

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding government reform.

a) Do you support limits on the number of terms of the following Rhode Island officials?

No1) State Senators and Representatives
No2) Governor

b) Do you support limiting the following types of contributions to state legislative candidates?

Yes1) Individual
Yes2) PAC
Yes3) Corporate
Yesc) Do you support requiring full and timely disclosure of campaign finance information?
Yesd) Do you support imposing spending limits on state level political campaigns?
Yese) Do you support partial funding from state taxes for state level political campaigns?
Nof) Would you vote to ratify an amendment to the U.S. Constitution requiring an annual balanced federal budget?
Nog) Do you support allowing members of the General Assembly to serve on state boards and commissions?
h) Other

Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning gun issues.

Xa) Ban the sale or transfer of all forms of semi-automatic weapons.
Xb) Increase state restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms.
c) Maintain state restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms.
d) Ease state restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms.
e) Repeal state restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms by law-abiding citizens.
f) Favor allowing citizens to carry concealed firearms.
Xg) Require manufacturers to provide child-safety locks with firearms.
h) Other

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding health issues.

Xa) Provide tax incentives to small businesses that provide health care to their employees.
Xb) Ensure that citizens have access to basic health care, through managed care, insurance reforms, or state funded care where necessary.
Xc) Support funding for RIte Care, which provides health care for uninsured pregnant women and children under age 18.
d) Transfer more existing Medicaid recipients into managed care programs.
Xe) Use state funds to continue some Medicaid coverage for legal immigrants.
f) Limit the amount of damages that can be awarded in medical malpractice lawsuits.
g) Guaranteeing medical care to all citizens is not a responsibility of state government.
Xh) Allow people to sue health maintenance organizations that deny treatment, when that action results in serious injury or death.
i) Other

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding social issues.

Xa) Increase state funding for programs to prevent teen pregnancy.
Xb) Provide tax credits for businesses that provide child care for their employees.
Xc) Increase state funds to provide child care to children in low-income working families.
Xd) Deny or suspend state-issued permits and licenses to parents who are delinquent in paying court-ordered child support.
Xe) Favor banning smoking in public places.
Xf) Increase state funding for Head Start in order to serve additional children and/or increase services from a half to a full day.
Xg) Increase state funding for community centers and other social agencies in areas with at-risk youth.
Xh) Support state funding of programs for at-risk youth such as guaranteed college loans and job training and placement.
i) Other
Yesj) Do you believe that the Rhode Island government should include sexual orientation in Rhode Island's anti-discrimination laws?
Yesk) Do you believe that the Rhode Island government should recognize same-sex marriages?

Indicate the funding levels you will support for the following general categories. Select one level only.

Greatly Increasea) Education (K-12)
Slightly Increaseb) Education (Higher)
Slightly Increasec) Environment
Slightly Increased) Health care
Maintain Statuse) Law enforcement
Maintain Statusf) Transportation infrastructure (highways, roads, bridges)
Maintain Statusg) Welfare
h) Other

Indicate the tax levels you will support. Select one level only.

Maintain Statusa) Alcohol taxes
Maintain Statusb) Capital gains taxes
Slightly Increasec) Cigarette taxes
Maintain Statusd) Corporate taxes
Maintain Statuse) Gas taxes
Maintain Statusf) Income taxes
Greatly Decreaseg) Property taxes
Slightly Decreaseh) Sales taxes
i) Other
Yesj) Do you support Rhode Island's flat tax structure for state income taxes?

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding welfare.

a) Maintain the five-year limit on welfare benefits.
Xb) Require that able-bodied recipients participate in work activities in order to receive benefits.
Xc) Increase employment and job training programs for welfare recipients.
Xd) Provide tax incentives to businesses that hire welfare recipients.
Xe) Provide child care for welfare recipients who work.
Xf) Increase access to public transportation for welfare recipients who work.
Xg) Allow welfare recipients to remain eligible for benefits while saving money for education, starting a business, or buying a home.
h) Limit benefits given to recipients if they have additional children while on welfare.
i) Eliminate government-funded welfare programs.
j) Other
Please explain what your two main legislative priorities will be if elected. Please explain how you would obtain any additional government funding needed to implement these priorities.