Jack Reed

Education
9:07 am
Tue August 27, 2013

Reed Brings $1.5M to Woonsocket's Head Start Program

Senator Reed has secured $1.5 million for Woonsocket's Head Start program, the city will still have 30 fewer slots.
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Senator Jack Reed is in Woonsocket Tuesday, bringing a gift from the federal government.

Senator Jack Reed has secured $1.5 million for the Woonsocket Head Start program.  The money won’t be enough to make up for sequestration cuts, according to Reed’s office.

Woonsocket will still lose 30 Head Start slots this fall. Statewide, some 370 slots will be lost.

Nationwide, sequestration has forced Head Start to eliminate and reduce services for more than 57-thousand children for the coming school year, according to the U.S. Health and Human Services Department.

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On Politics
1:40 pm
Wed August 21, 2013

VP Biden Cancels Plan to Come to RI Because of Son's Condition

Vice President Joe Biden has canceled plans to headline a Newport fundraiser Thursday for the Democratic National Committee and to appear during a Salve Regina University event honoring Nuala Pell, the widow of the late senator Claiborne Pell.

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On Politics
4:45 pm
Fri August 16, 2013

TGIF: 12 Things to Know About RI Politics + Media

Welcome back to my Friday column. As always you can reach me at idonnis (at) ripr (dot) org. Let's get started.

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On Politics
2:11 pm
Fri August 16, 2013

Why does the GOP so fear Obamacare?

The debate over Obamacare rages from Providence to Pasadena. As the state moves closer to launching its health insurance exchange, RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay parses the arguments and traces the law’s Rhode Island roots.

Ask Rhode Island Republican State Chairman Mark Smiley what he thinks of the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare and you’ll get a blunt answer:  He says, ``I hate it.’’

Smiley’s position is simple and wedded to his party’s national stance: Repeal the entire law and start over. ``Socialism,’’ he says, ``doesn’t work.’’

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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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Politics
8:51 am
Tue August 6, 2013

Reed Confident RI's Manufacturing Sector Will Get Federal Boost

Senator Reed expects the state to receive federal grant money, to be used to boost the state's manufacturing jobs.
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Senator Jack Reed said he’s confident that Rhode Island will receive federal money meant to boost the state’s manufacturing sector.

Reed and the three other members of the congressional delegation took part Monday in a manufacturing forum at URI’s Providence campus. About 100 people attended the discussion.

Reed said the outlook is good for Rhode Island to get a preliminary grant of up to 200-thousand dollars to foster a strategy for adding manufacturing jobs.

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Health Care
8:40 am
Tue August 6, 2013

Congressional Delegates Gather in Support of Obamacare

Rhode Island’s congressional delegation helped launch Monday an effort to encourage participation in the federal healthcare overhaul known as Obamacare.  Nine community health centers around the state will play a role in the campaign.

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Scott MacKay Commentary
8:27 am
Mon August 5, 2013

Little Rhody's Big Image Problem

What's right about Rhode Island, asks Scott MacKay, what about the great restaurants, fresh lobster and miles of beautiful coastline.
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Once again, Rhode Island has embarked on an advertising campaign to raise our state’s flagging self-esteem. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says it’s time for us to stop running down our tiny corner of New England.

Back in 1996, when Jack Reed was running his first U.S. Senate campaign, Texas Gov. Ann Richards came to Newport to speak at a Reed fund-raiser. The tart-tongued Texan introduced the vertically-challenged Rhode Island Democrat by saying to prolonged laughter that Reed is proof ``that size doesn’t matter.’’

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Transportation
8:49 am
Tue July 30, 2013

T.F. Green Airport Starts Upgrades

T.F. Green airport in Quonset has begun a four-year upgrade, which will improve the runways.
Credit Catherine Welch / RIPR

An ambitious four-year plan to upgrade T.F. Green Airport has finally gotten underway. Monday one of the airport’s two runways was shut down to make way for the removal of a hangar.  Next month work begins on a new de-icing fluid treatment plant.

Peter Frazer, general counsel to the Rhode Island Airport Corporation, said none of this should inconvenience travelers.

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On Politics
3:48 pm
Wed July 10, 2013

Reed's student loan interest limit fails again

Rhode Island Sen. Jack Reed has failed again in his attempt to hold down college student loan rates.

The Senate has once again failed to pass Democrat  Reed’s legislation that would keep federal student college loans from doubling in interest. Reed’s bill failed on a procedural motion by a vote of 51 to 49. Sixty votes were needed to end the Republican filibuster.

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