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9:09 am
Thu July 31, 2014

President Barack Obama Expected To Visit Newport In August

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.

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Politics
9:22 pm
Thu January 30, 2014

U.S. Senate Passes Bill Delaying Jump in Flood Insurance Rates

Sen. Jack Reeds holds a press conference after the Senate passed legislation that delays flood insurance rate hikes.
Credit Courtesy: Sen. Jack Reed's Office

Rhode Island’s senators are applauding a 67- 32 vote passing legislation that delays a spike in flood insurance premiums. Sen. Jack Reed said the Senate took a positive, bi-partisan step, while Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse called the measure a necessary step to balance solvency of the federal flood insurance program with rate shock.

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Unemployment
8:50 am
Mon January 6, 2014

Sen Reed Leads Push For Long-Term Unemployment Benefits Extension

RI Senator Jack Reed is leading the push for extending long-term unemployment benefits.
Credit Flo Jonic / RIPR

U.S. Senator Jack Reed, who has taken a leadership role in the democratic drive to renew long-term unemployment insurance benefits, has made a national call for Republicans to join the effort.

Reed was one of four Senate democrats who held a nationwide media conference call Sunday in an effort to break a congressional logjam over long-term unemployment insurance. The insurance expired last week when lawmakers failed to extend a recession-era law providing nearly a year of benefits after state jobless benefits run out.

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Economy
8:31 am
Fri December 27, 2013

Unemployment Benefits Set To End For Thousands Of Rhode Islanders

Rhode Island now has the highest rate of unemployment in the country, tied with Nevada.
Credit RIPR FILE

Making ends meet is about to get harder for thousands of Rhode Island families who will lose their unemployment benefits Saturday.  Those taking the hit are the long-term unemployed.

Congressional failure to renew the Emergency Unemployment Compensation program will result in the loss of benefits to 1.3 million Americans starting tomorrow. In Rhode Island, six thousand long-term unemployed individuals will lose their weekly checks. In the first six months of 2014 another nine thousand will join their ranks.

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Politics
10:15 am
Thu October 17, 2013

Reed Hopes Government Shutdown Has Not Caused Lasting Damage

Rhode Island's senior senator Jack Reed hopes lasting damage has not been done by the government shutdown.
Credit Flo Jonic / RIPR

U.S Senator Jack Reed said the deal ending the partial government shutdown in the U.S. is long overdue.

“It should have not been contemplated or undertaken in the first place and now we have to get down to real, serious, principled negotiations.”

He added that he hopes the partial shutdown hasn’t caused lasting harm to relationships formed across the aisle in the senate.

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RI News
2:14 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

Most Civilian Defense Workers Back on the Job in Rhode Island

Most of the civilian defense workers who were furloughed last week in Rhode Island because of the partial government shutdown are back to work. 

U.S. Senator Jack Reed says the 300 workers furloughed by the Rhode Island National Guard have been brought back.  The same goes for the 800 civilian defense workers who were furloughed at Naval Station Newport. Naval Station spokeswoman Lisa Rama said workers are glad to be back, even though they’re still not getting paid.

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RI News
4:23 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

Federal Prosecutors Feel Pinch of Shutdown

Federal Courts in Rhode Island are feeling the effects of the partial government shutdown.
Credit Catherine Welch / RIPR

The federal government shutdown is having an impact on the prosecution of federal cases in Rhode Island. 

U.S. Attorney Peter Neronha has had to furlough a third to a half of his 45-person staff because of the federal government shutdown.  He said they’re managing by bringing in people who are working on the most urgent cases and then rotating them as the cases change.

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RI News
8:59 am
Wed October 2, 2013

Naval Station Newport Grapples with the Federal Shutdown

Operations at the Naval Station Newport are carrying on without hundreds of civilian workers caught up in the partial government shut down. The Naval Station Newport says about 800 civilians were furloughed. And over at the Naval War College, civilian instructors are staying home Wednesday and throughout the shutdown. Commander Carla McCarthy said that’s forced some classes to be suspended.

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Politics
10:40 am
Fri September 27, 2013

Reed Warns Against Government Shutdown

Senior Senator Jack Reed, is fighting proposals to shut down the government, if a budget approval cannot be reached.
Credit RIPR FILE

Senator Jack Reed took to the Senate floor Thursday to make an impassioned speech against shutting down the government. That’s a strategy backed by  House Republicans as a way of defunding Obamacare.  Rhode Island’s senior senator called a potential shutdown “unfortunate and inappropriate.”

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Politics
10:55 am
Thu September 5, 2013

Congressional Q+A Langevin on Syria, Data Collection, and the Sequester

Congressman Jim Langevin stopped by the Rhode Island Public Radio Studios.
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

With Congress on its August recess, Rhode Island Pubic Radio invited the four members of the Rhode Island delegation in to our studio to talk about major issues facing the state and the nation. We conclude our series  with Congressman Jim Langevin.

We’d like to note this interview was recorded before President Obama asked Congress to authorize a strike against Syria.

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