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JANUARY 10, 2018
I hope you had a wonderful holiday season and a very happy New Year! A new year is a time for reflection, and I have been thinking a lot about the challenges we have faced as a nation over the past year. But as we head into 2018, I am confident that we will be resilient. I’m looking forward to returning to Washington, D.C., to continue working for my constituents on policies that matter most to them.
First and foremost, that means representing the views of Rhode Islanders in the legislative process. So far in the 115th Congress, I have authored 22 bills and amendments and co-sponsored 322 additional pieces of legislation. In particular, I have focused on cybersecurity, national security, healthcare, and career and technical education, and I remain committed to advancing policy solutions in these areas. I will also continue to oppose efforts to undermine programs that Rhode Islanders rely on.
Being accessible to my constituents is also a priority of mine, and with this in mind, I try to host as many public events in Rhode Island as my schedule permits. In 2017, I hosted 10 public forums, including four town hall meetings and four Lunch with Langevin events. Each forum allowed me to hear directly from my constituents on issues most important to them, which I then take with me to Washington to help shape my work.
2017 was not just a busy year for me, but also for my dedicated staff who have been helping constituents navigate the federal bureaucracy and answering policy questions. From helping seniors receive the benefits they earned to assisting veterans with their health care to making housing more accessible for families, my hardworking team resolved 655 constituent cases.
Through our efforts, we helped Rhode Islanders secure $1,513,010 in federal benefits and savings, more than twice as much as 2016! More broadly, I helped provide $333,899,578 in federal funding to the Second District and statewide agencies that serve our district.
2017 was an uncertain time for our country, but I am optimistic about the opportunities the new year will bring.
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