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August 3, 2016
On the ‘Rhode’ Again
           Congressman Langevin with Mayor Elorza at the 2016 PVD Fest

Dear Friends,

In order to effectively represent my constituents and the issues that are important to our state, I need to know what those issues are from every angle and perspective. I need to know what challenges our communities are facing. I need to know what resources our businesses need, how our schools are performing, and what keeps parents up at night. And the best way to get that information is simple: by listening and engaging with my fellow Rhode Islanders. Whether it’s at an in-person Town Hall meeting, at my quarterly Lunch with Langevin, online at a Twitter Town Hall, or just in the local coffee shop, I want my constituents to reach out, say hello, and share their stories.

Starting this week, I’m embarking on a summer road trip – or a ‘Rhode’ trip, if you will – to hear some of those stories.

Throughout the month of August, I will be zig-zagging my way through the Second District, visiting every community I represent. Congress is in recess for the August District Work Period, so before the start of autumn, I will have spent time in each of the 21 cities and towns in the district. I will be visiting businesses, meeting constituents, and having meaningful conversations with Rhode Islanders on a host of issues. Together, we will discuss everything from health care and education to workforce development and the economy. And together, we can brainstorm solutions. Your opinion matters and it helps to inform my work in Congress.

I hope you will join me on this journey by following social media with the hashtag, #LangevinRhodeTrip, and through the interactive map on my website. As always, you can be part of the discussion on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and Instagram.

And if you see me on the road this summer, I hope you will introduce yourself and share your story. I can’t wait to hear it.

            Sincerely,

           Rep. Langevin's Signature

Congressman Langevin with Congressman John Ratcliffe (R-TX) in Israel
Cyber Progress
Though not at the pace I would like, the awareness of cybersecurity as a national security and economic challenge continues to grow. President Obama just issued a policy directive that moves toward a more centralized cyber effort within government and makes way for a faster, more effective response to a potential cyber attack. As co-founder and co-chair of the Congressional Cybersecurity Caucus, I continue to do my part, as well, and introduced two bills along with Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-TX) that would strengthen collaborative cybersecurity research and development efforts with Israel.
 
Congressman Langevin chats with a constituent at the Building Futures event
Strengthening CTE
As co-chair of the Career and Technical Education Caucus, supporting skills training and workforce development programs is always on my mind. I was proud to join a bipartisan group of legislators to push that goal forward with the introduction of legislation that reauthorizes and modernizes the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act, and ensures that education in America reflects the demands of our economy.
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