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December 1, 2015
Smaller is Better
           Congressman Langevin at Bone Appetit in East Greenwich

Dear Friends,

I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving filled with good food, laughter and, most importantly, family and friends. Spending quality time with the people we love is the best part of the holiday season, but I also love the opportunity to spoil the special people in my life. I enjoy the search for a meaningful gift, and relish the moment when it brings a smile to their faces.

As you start the hunt for the perfect stocking stuffers or Hanukkah presents, I hope you will join me in supporting small businesses this season.

Since 2010, the Small Business Saturday campaign has served as an important reminder that when you spend money at small, locally-owned businesses, those dollars are more likely to stay in the community. And in Rhode Island, where small businesses account for 96 percent of our state’s employers, the impact is significant. Small businesses are the main engine for economic growth and job creation, and when we shop small, we are investing in our state. This is a commitment we should make, not only all season long, but every day of the year.

I am fortunate to have the opportunity to tour many small businesses in our state, and I see time and again that the hardworking owners and staff are committed to helping Rhode Island grow. On my blog, Langevin Hits the Rhode, I post regularly about businesses I have visited. Before you head out on your next shopping excursion, I encourage you to check out the blog and learn more about the small businesses that you can support in your area.

Together, we can make the holidays an even more meaningful time of year for our state, for small businesses and, ultimately, for the loved ones unwrapping these local gifts.

            Sincerely,

           Rep. Langevin's Signature

Congressman Langevin at Rhode Island Hospital's Spine Center
Break from the Action
One of my greatest achievements was when my Lifespan Respite Care Act was signed into law in 2006. Much has changed since then, but the need for strong, coordinated respite care services has not. I recently introduced legislation that would reauthorize the program at $15 million per year over five years, ensuring that family caregivers have the support they so desperately need.
 
Congressman Langevin at the Block Island School
Issuing a Challenge
As co-chair of the Career and Technical Education Caucus, I believe we must support programs that produce a skilled workforce for high-wage, high-skill careers. STEM industries are on the rise, and I want Rhode Island students to be ready to seize those opportunities. To spark interest and sharpen skills, I have launched my Congressional App Challenge for high school students. Entries will be accepted through January 15, 2016, so please spread the word!
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