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July 8, 2019
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Dear Friends,

Article I of the Constitution gives Congress the “power of the purse.” As such, it is our responsibility to fund the many important federal programs that benefit Rhode Islanders. Throughout the month of June, the House of Representatives passed legislation to fulfill this important duty for the 2020 fiscal year, which begins on September 30. From national defense needs to programs that help families at the local level, our bills make critical investments in our nation and include important resources I secured for Rhode Island.

In particular, I was pleased to obtain $5 million in funding for the Southeast New England Coastal Watershed Restoration Program to help preserve Rhode Island’s estuaries and other coastal waterways. Coastal waterways are abundant across Rhode Island and are incredibly important to our economy and the cultural identity of our state. This funding will help ensure they are protected for future generations.

I also helped lead the effort to include funding for the purchase of an additional Virginia-class submarine to be manufactured in part in Quonset at Electric Boat, which employs thousands of Rhode Islanders and indirectly supports thousands more through its robust local supply chain. These submarines better position the U.S. Navy to carry out its operations on the seas, and the construction process is a boon for our state’s economy.

During House floor consideration, I amended this year’s bills to advance a number of other important priorities, including increases in funding for the Spinal Cord Injury Research Program, the Lifespan Respite Care Program, and the Regional Information Sharing Systems Program, which supports local and state law enforcement agencies.

To keep up with my ongoing efforts to ensure federal tax dollars come back to Rhode Island, and for updates on many other issues, please visit my website and follow me on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and Instagram.

            Sincerely,

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Congressman Langevin with Senator Whitehouse in Normandy, France
Normandy 75 Years Later
I joined Senator Whitehouse and a Congressional Delegation to Normandy, France, to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Allied D-Day invasion. We gathered with veterans, active duty servicemembers, and foreign dignitaries at ceremonies honoring those who served in this historic battle. The world will always remember the heroes of that day who fought and died for liberty, freedom, and the promise of a better tomorrow.
 
Congressman Langevin speaks at the Rhode Island Congressional Breakfast
Talking Business
The Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce hosted Senator Jack Reed, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, Congressman David Cicilline and me for its annual Rhode Island Congressional Breakfast. We discussed the state of the economy and the work we are doing as a delegation to improve the business climate in Rhode Island. Our priority in Congress is to find ways to get more Americans working and to help them to climb the ladder of opportunity
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