Jack Reed

Thanks for stopping by for my weekly column. We're headed toward the pre-holiday slowdown, although the political hot stove league continues to simmer. As usual, your tips and thoughts are welcome, and you can follow me on the twitters throughout the week. Here we go.

Ian Donnis / RIPR

Senator Jack Reed backs President Obama's view that American troops should play a supporting role, rather than a primary one, in the fight with Islamic State. Reed discussed the issue, as well as gun violence, climate change, and other topics during a recent interview with Rhode Island Public Radio.

Thanks for stopping by for my weekly column -- a little extra breezy this week due to a hectic Friday. As usual your tips and thoughts are welcome via email, and you can follow me through the week on the twitters. Here we go.

Senator Jack Reed calls self-radicalized assailants like those responsible for the San Bernardino, California mass shooting one of the top threats facing the US. The couple that launched the attack did not appear to be on the radar of US intelligence.

RIPR file photo

Rhode Island's senior U.S. senator, Democrat Jack Reed, has called for a vote on legislation to address gun violence following a mass shooting Wednesday in San Bernardino, California.

The shooting claimed at least 14 lives at a center providing services for the disabled, but the motive remains unclear.

John Bender / RIPR

Since the Paris terrorist attacks, Americans and Rhode Islanders have been engaged in debate over the fate of refugees.  RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says Rhode Islanders must consider our state’s immigrant heritage.

The group, the “Rhode Island Anti-war Committee” is planning a peaceful picket at an event attended by U.S. Senator Jack Reed Sunday in Providence. The group is calling on the lawmaker to push for a drawdown from international conflicts.

The group wants Reed to call for the removal of U.S. troops from the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. This year President Barack Obama announced that he would delay a planned drawdown of troops from Afghanistan.

Ambar Espinoza / RIPR

Don’t be fooled by the recent blush of September-like weather; New Englanders know winter is on  the way.

In this vein, Rhode Island’s Congressional delegation announced today that the state is getting an additional $2.4 million in federal money from the Federal  Emergency Management Agency to help defray cleanup costs from last winter’s big January snowstorm.

RIPR FILE

Dental insurer Delta Dental of Rhode Island has announced more than $1 million in a series of gifts to support clinics and health professionals across Rhode Island to provide oral health care to those in need.

RIPR FILE

Rhode Island’s U.S. Senator Jack Reed says he supports President Barack Obama’s decision to keep thousands of troops in Afghanistan. The policy reversal will leave one of the President’s promises unfulfilled.

Wikimedia Commons

Rhode Island’s two U.S. Senators, Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse are pushing to increase the national smoking age to 21. The two lawmakers joined other Congressmen introducing the legislation Wednesday.

Rhode Island is getting one-million dollars to help repair the Park Avenue Bridge in Cranston.The bridge was closed for several weeks this summer.

The money will also help pay for the eventual replacement of the century old bridge. The span was shut for several weeks in June after inspectors deemed it structurally deficient.

Some wondered if the closure was politically motivated. The bridge is close to House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello’s law office. The speaker didn’t push to take up a statehouse proposal for infrastructure repair last session.

Kristin Gourlay

On the 14th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on New York and the Pentagon, Rhode Island State Police hosted a morning memorial service for the victims. Governor Gina Raimondo was expected to attend, along with U.S. Senator Jack Reed and other state officials.

Raimondo requested that U.S. and Rhode Island flags fly at half staff until Monday, September 14th.

Gregorio Borgia / AP

Sen. Jack Reed is accepting requests from Rhode Islanders for tickets to Pope Francis address to Congress on Thursday, Sept. 24. Pope Francis will be the first pope to ever address a joint session of the U.S. Congress.

The tickets are outdoors and standing room. Ticketholders will be able to watch the pope’s speech on outdoor Jumbotrons that will be set up. After the address, His Holiness is slated to make an appearance at the West Front of the U.S. Capitol.

RIPR FILE

Rhode Island’s U.S. Senator Jack Reed is in Ukraine this week, to monitor the continued conflict between that country and Russia. 

Reed says the simmering tensions between Ukraine and Russia remain a top security challenge for the U.S. and Europe. Last year Russia annexed the Crimea region of Ukraine, initiating an international conflict.

Reed has called on the Obama Administration to provide defense to Ukraine. Reed is the Ranking Democrat on the Senate Armed Services Committee.

Pages