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May 2, 2016
Did You Hear the Good News?
           Congressman Langevin with Energy Secretary Moniz at ICERM

Dear Friends,

There’s an expression in the media, “if it bleeds, it leads.” The top news stories of the day are often focused on crime, corruption, or disaster. The media has a responsibility to report on these issues and, yes, we face incredible challenges. But there are countless good things happening in our community, as well, and I think it’s important that we stop to smell the roses, so to speak, and celebrate the good news of the day.

Did you know, for example, that the Tomaquag Museum in Exeter was awarded a 2016 National Medal for Museum and Library Sciences? This is the most prestigious recognition out there for museums and libraries, and Tomaquag – whose Executive Director, Loren Spears, is a member of my Arts Advisory Committee – was one of just 10 institutions nationwide to earn this distinction.

Did you know that President Obama recently unveiled a plan to invest $90 million in expanding apprenticeships? As co-chair of the Congressional Career and Technical Education Caucus, I understand that hands-on learning and on-the-job training are proven methods for strengthening our workforce and therefore our economy, and this investment will be a huge boost for both.

Or did you know that Rhode Island hosted U.S. Secretary of Energy Dr. Ernest Moniz for a roundtable conversation on clean energy? We have much to be proud of in this arena, especially with our world-class colleges and universities, and our state’s vibrant culture of research, technology, and innovation was at center stage for this important visit.

There is creativity, kindness, and innovation around every corner in Rhode Island, and that’s something we should never stop celebrating. Keep up with the good news on my social media platforms on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and Instagram.


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I am always looking for new ways to engage my constituents, from my quarterly Lunch with Langevin program to my in-person Town Hall meetings. On May 9, from 12 to 1 p.m., I will engage a new audience of constituents with my first-ever Twitter Town Hall. You can participate in this online, interactive forum by tweeting your questions with the hashtag, #AskLangevin, or following along at Twitter.com/JimLangevin.
Congressman Langevin speaking at the Computer Science for Rhode Island roll out
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Our society is increasingly reliant on technology, and as is the case with all networked devices – from smart meters to connected cars – there is the threat of abuse. The ability to bring medical devices online presents a tremendous opportunity for health care providers and patients, making it possible to deliver care more efficiently and effectively, but it does not come without its risks. I weighed in on the cybersecurity protocols needed for medical devices in a letter to the Food and Drug Administration. Manufacturers must do everything possible to address vulnerabilities and protect patients.
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