A Fresh Start

Jan 6, 2014
           Congressman Langevin and some of his staff at the RI Community Food Bank Holiday Meal Drive Open House

Dear Friends,

Happy New Year! I hope you had a wonderful holiday season, and I wish you a happy and healthy 2014. Our calendars are wide open for opportunities to improve our lives and the lives of those around us. Unfortunately, 2013 was billed as the year of the “do nothing” Congress. But the script for 2014 has not yet been written, and I hope Congress will be able to move forward and forge a new record of accomplishment.

In 2014, I want to be part of the “making change” Congress, starting with the extension of unemployment insurance for 1.3 million Americans. In Rhode Island in particular, a state with an unemployment rate at 9 percent, this benefit cut is unacceptable and would be a step backward during what has already been a challenging economic recovery. I appreciate the leadership of my Senate colleague Jack Reed on this issue, and I support his efforts to extend benefits immediately while a long-term plan can be devised.

Our 2014 to-do list doesn’t end there. We have a lot of ground to make up, and that should include passage of legislation to promote job growth, immigration reform and responsible tax reform. It is especially important that we agree upon a clear path forward for our budgetary priorities. Last year was plagued by indecision and bickering; I am hopeful this year will be different and we can avoid another battle over the debt ceiling. Shutting down the government again and injecting more uncertainty into our economy is not an option.

I am anxious to return to Washington this week to start crossing items off the list. What issues are most important to you? Share your thoughts via email, Facebook and Twitter, and check out my YouTube and Flickr pages.

            Sincerely,

           Rep. Langevin's Signature

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Get Covered
One of my top priorities in Congress has been the establishment of a universal health care system that increases quality, affordability and efficiency. The rollout of the Affordable Care Act was challenging, but I am confident that we can learn from these growing pains and continue to improve the system. I was proud to sign up for my insurance through the exchange. If you are having trouble with your coverage through HealthSource RI, please contact my office. We are here to help!
 
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Buying Local
The holidays are over, but that shouldn’t stop you from supporting small business in Rhode Island. In December, I embarked on a “shop small” tour, meeting with business owners at locally-owned shops at The Mill at Shady Lea in North Kingstown, the arcade in Providence and Garden City Center in Cranston. Read about my visits on my blog and learn more about the economic importance of small business.
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