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JANUARY 8, 2019
It is my sincere hope that you enjoyed the holidays with loved ones and began the New Year with renewed hope for what we can accomplish together during this critical period for our state and country. As we enter 2020, I want to take a moment to thank you for allowing me to fight for you in Washington another year. There is no doubt that we face unprecedented challenges, but my focus remains on preserving government of the people, by the people, and for the people.
While I am eager to continue my work on behalf of Rhode Island’s Second Congressional District this upcoming session, I wanted to take the opportunity to reflect on 2019. With your support and advocacy, our country took meaningful steps to better the lives of Americans.
I am proud that the House of Representatives considered and passed bills essential for the common good including legislation to cut high health care costs, raise wages, protect the integrity of elections, preserve our environment, ensure equal pay for equal work, and support our brave service members. As part of this work, I authored 27 bills and amendments and cosponsored 276 pieces of legislation.
My duties in Washington certainly take considerable time and effort, but I also want to highlight the important work done on the ground in Rhode Island. The senior citizen who is pinching pennies to pay for medication, the laborer seeking a good paying job to feed their family, the student with great potential that just needs a little help, and the veteran who has given their all and is simply looking for a hand up – these are our friends and neighbors, and my Rhode Island office is here to help them navigate the various federal departments and agencies that can provide them with assistance.
My dedicated constituent representatives know the challenges that many Rhode Islanders face. In 2019, my office resolved problems for 637 constituents, helping in wide ranging matters related to Social Security and veterans affairs. In total, my office helped procure over $2 million in benefits and savings for Rhode Islanders in need. Even more, working collaboratively with organizations we helped secure over $526 million in federal grants for the Second Congressional District.
At the top of my mind is how my advocacy makes a difference in the lives of hardworking people, from the bustling commercial districts of Providence, to the beautiful shores of Narragansett, and the lively main streets of towns like Westerly. To hear directly from Rhode Islanders about the most pressing issues and what I can do to help, this year my office hosted 215 public events including four as part of the “Lunch with Langevin” series. We also continued to engage 440 community leaders across eight advisory committees because we know that the best results for our state will be achieved when we hear from diverse stakeholders.
Working hand in hand, we have much to be proud of, but our work is far from over and very real challenges remain. I enter the new decade cognizant of the opportunities that lie ahead to fundamentally improve our great state and nation and leave no one behind.
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