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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.
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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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Congressional Q+A
4:00 am
Wed September 4, 2013

Congressional Q+A: Cicilline on the Economy, Surveillance, Obamacare + More

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 continue our series today with Congressman David Cicilline. (This interview was taped before President Obama asked Congress to authorize a strike against Syria.)

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Politics
9:05 am
Thu August 29, 2013

Reed and Whitehouse Hear About The Effects of the Sequester In Rhode Island

Rhode Island’s two US senators say the across-the-board spending cuts known as the sequester are having a negative effect across the Ocean State.  Reports, the impact of those cuts was the focus of a forum in Providence Wednesday.

Rhode Island Housing, which recently lost 30 employees partly due to federal spending cuts, was the site of the forum hosted by Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse.

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Arts & Culture
2:57 pm
Wed August 7, 2013

Rhode Island Film Fest Highlights Legacy of Sen. Pell

The late Senator Pell fought for the creation of the Pell Grants in the 1970's, which are now used by about 9 million students annually.
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The Rhode Island International Film Festival is underway.  One movie highlights the loan program named for the late Senator Claiborne Pell.

A documentary about Pell Grants will receive its world premiere in Providence as part of the week-long film festival.

The movie follows the battle Senator Claiborne Pell fought in Congress to pass the grant program in the seventies.

It was written and directed by Steven Feinberg, who’s also the executive director of the Rhode Island Film and Television Office.

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On Politics
2:26 pm
Tue June 11, 2013

Cicilline + GOP Counterpart Wager on the Stanley Cup, to Tout Bi-Partisanship

Congressman David Cicilline is touting a casual Stanley Cup bet with a Republican counterpart from Illinois, Adam Kinzinger, as a way of bolstering bi-partisanship in Congress.

Kinzinger and Cicilline are members of No Labels, a group seeking to overcome partisan gridlock in DC.

Via news release:

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Education
1:23 am
Fri May 10, 2013

Sen. Jack Reed Proposes Changes to Student Loan Interest Rates

Congress has until July 1st before some federal student loan interest rates double from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent.

Staring down a July 1st deadline, lawmakers on Capitol Hill are looking at ways to control the costs of federal student loans. Senator Jack Reed is behind a measure that would overhaul how student loan interest rates are calculated.

Reed and a handful of democrats in Congress are pushing legislation that offers adjustable rates and caps the maximum interest rates on federal loans. The bill also allows borrowers stuck with high interest rates to refinance.

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Political Roundtable
9:47 am
Fri April 5, 2013

Bonus Q+A: Cicilline on North Korea, Same-Sex Marriage, and Manufacturing

Congressman David Cicilline discusses a range of issues during a visit with Bonus Q+A, including increasing manufacturing in Rhode Island, a Democratic proposal to raise the minimum wage, sharp rhetoric from North Korea, and more.

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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri April 5, 2013

Political Roundtable: Cicilline on DC Gridlock, Immigration Reform, Gordon Fox + More

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Congressman David Cicilline joins the Roundtable this week to discuss hyper-partisanship in Congress, the outlook for an immigration overhaul, his encouraging of House Speaker Gordon Fox to run for mayor of Providence, and other topics.

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Politics
8:42 am
Mon March 18, 2013

Reprieve for Liberian refugees

Rhode Island Senator Jack Reed
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Rhode Island’s large Liberian community got some good news over the weekend. President Barack Obama announced that he is extending their stay an additional 18 months.  But Senator Jack Reed thinks they deserve better.

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On Politics
2:38 pm
Tue March 12, 2013

Can RI Elect Some Blue-Collar People to Congress? Part II

Former RI congressman Eddie Beard got held up last October as an example of something quite rare -- a blue-collar worker who went on to serve in the hallowed halls of the nation's capital.

If you want a sense of why this situation persists, consider the latest breakdown by the watchdog group MapLight of how much it cost to win a seat in Congress in 2012:

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