The Rhode Island AFL-CIO’s COPE (Committee on Political Education) convention that was held in Providence last Friday decided to put the labor organization on record against Republican Allan Fung’s campaign for governor.
Rhode Island senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse listened to stories from Rhode Islanders about struggling to pay off student loan debt.
A bill that will start moving in the Senate next week lowers the rate for many borrowers to 3.86 percent. Whitehouse said it faces strong resistance from Republicans in the Senate, but he believes that if any bill can gain traction it’s this one.
U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel is scheduled to be in Rhode Island Wednesday. He’ll be speaking at an event at the U.S. Naval War College in Newport.
Hagel will also speak on defense technology and industry at the ‘Defense Innovation Days’. This conference brings lawmakers and defense industry reps together to discuss changes and trends in the industry. Rhode Island has long relied on the defense industry for jobs, currently, with several government contracts manufacturing submarines.
For some indication of what Sen. Jack Reed’s reelection campaign will look like: Today’s announcement of top Obama Administration officials who will be visiting Rhode Island in the coming weeks.
On Monday, August 18, Jane Chu, chairwoman of the National Endowment for the Arts will touch down in Pawtucket, Providence and East Providence to meet with non-profit and community leaders and local artists.
U.S. Senator Jack Reed is gearing up for yet another campaign cycle. Reed, who’s held his Senate Office since 1997 will face Republican Mark Zaccaria in the November general election.
Reed stopped by Rhode Island Public Radio to speak with our political analyst Scott MacKay about the crises at our borders and abroad, Rhode Island’s economy, and hitting the campaign trail once again.
U.S. Sen Jack Reed, D-R.I., supports President Barack Obama’s military air strikes against Islamic militants in Iraq.
In a statement, Reed, a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said that while he supports the president’s current air strike policy, he does not back sending ground troops back into Iraq for a extended period.
U.S. Sen. Jack Reed, D-R.I., has joined with fellow Democratic senators Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Dick Durbin of Illinois in urging President Obama to use an executive order to reduce or get rid of tax breaks for companies that move their headquarters overseas to avoid paying U.S. taxes.
In letter to the president the three Democratic senators stated that while Congress considers a legislative solution there is a need for swift action by the president.
The website Politico reports President Barack Obama is scheduled to be in the resort town on August 29th.
He's expected to be at a fundraising event in Newport for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.
The site reports that though the president's approval rating remains rather low, he's still a big draw on the fundraising circuit. As mid-term elections approach, Obama has attended 16 fundraisers this cycle.
At the behest of House Judiciary Committee Chairman Cale Keable, D-Burrillville, the Rhode Island House has finally voted to ratify the 17th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which reqired direct election of U.S. Senators.
Before the amendment took effect in 1913, senators were elected by state legislators. That system was widely criticized for breeding corruption as senate aspirants bribed lawmakers to secure the votes needed to win senate seats.