Senator Reed, a member of the Appropriations Committee who has delivered key funding for federal research, joined Governor Raimondo and others at the ground breaking of the Wexford Innovation Center in the heart of Providence’s jewelry district. Developed by Wexford Science and Technology, the Wexford Innovation Center will be a multi-purpose hub of innovation in the city. Brown University’s School of Professional Studies and the Cambridge Innovation Center are serving as the project’s anchor tenants. According to a study by the Rhode Island Commerce Corporation, the center will house up to 800 jobs once the project is fully operational.
With a vote expected on the latest Senate Republican Trumpcare bill - known as the “Graham-Cassidy” bill - in the Senate, U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse joined with doctors and senior advocates to discuss how the bill would hurt Rhode Islanders and Americans across the country and would force patients and states to pay more for less health coverage.
Reed Tours Lincoln Fire Department to See New, Improved Emergency Communications Equipment in Action
After delivering nearly $650,000 in federal funding to help the Albion, Lime Rock, Manville, Quinville, and Saylvesville Fire Districts - along with the Lincoln Rescue Department - purchase new communications equipment, Senator Reed joined firefighters and public officials at the Lime Rock Fire Station in Lincoln for a celebration and firsthand look at the enhanced emergency communications gear.
Thanks to the federal funding, local firefighters have 70 new portable radios, 26 mobile radios, and 9 mobile repeater units to enhance the speed and effectiveness of communication between the districts.
Senator Reed took a tour of various locations and street murals in Westerly. Stops included Ritacco's Market, the Westerly Education Center, and the Westerly Health Center,
Senator Reed, a former member of the Smithsonian Board of Regents, visited the International Tennis Hall of Fame and Museum in Newport. In May, the museum earned a prestigious designation as an official affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C. - the first independent sports hall of fame to earn this recognition. Through this new affiliation, the Hall of Fame will have special access to the Smithsonian’s network of exhibitions, education initiatives, research expertise and resources for use in developing new exhibitions, programs, and educational experiences.
On the 16th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Senator Reed joined members of the Rhode Island State Police, local police departments, the Rhode Island National Guard, Governor Raimondo, and others for a memorial ceremony at the Rhode Island State Police headquarters in North Scituate. The ceremony honored Rhode Island victims of the attacks, those who risked their lives to save others, and fallen Rhode Island Service Members who were killed since 9/11.
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