Reed, Whitehouse Announce $2 Million in Anti-Domestic Violence Grants & Call for Swift Passage of VAWA
Senator Reed and U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse joined with women’s advocates and survivors of domestic abuse to call on the U.S. Senate to swiftly approve the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act. The bill preserves advancements to protect women that were made in previous reauthorizations, and includes improvements to prevent domestic violence and sexual assault and to support survivors. The Senators also outlined federal funding that Rhode Island organizations are receiving, including five grants totaling over $2 million from the U.S. Department of Justice to support crime victims, hold perpetrators accountable, and strengthen services for survivors of domestic and sexual violence.
In advance of Small Business Saturday, which took place the Saturday after Thanksgiving, Senator Reed underwent a walking tour of local shops, stores, and restaurants along High Street in downtown Westerly.
Today, Senator Reed joined Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) Director Peter Alviti to tour several transportation projects around the state. As the Ranking Member of the Appropriations Transportation and Housing and Urban Development (THUD) Subcommittee, Senator Reed advocates for the state’s interests and works to improve our transportation infrastructure and accelerate economic growth. He recently led efforts to secure a $25 million BUILD grant to upgrade the Washington Bridge and has delivered federal funds to help the state upgrade our roads and bridges, as well as our airports, railways, ports, and bike paths. Today’s tour included stops in North Kingstown, Warwick, Johnston, Cumberland, Providence, and Cranston.
Senator Reed joined Southside Community Land Trust (SCLT) and local growers to tour Urban Edge Farm and announce a new $600,000 initiative that SCLT is spearheading to help new and beginning farmers in the state. Located on the Cranston-Johnston border on land leased from the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM), SCLT’s 50-acre Urban Edge Farm serves as hub for small-scale, environmentally sustainable, commercial agriculture.
Senator Reed joined Middletown officials including Town Council President Robert Sylvia, Town Administrator Shawn Brown, and others at the dedication ceremony for a new Veterans Memorial in Middletown.
Senator Reed visited the Hope Alzheimer’s Center in Cranston to meet patients and honor the service of 16 patients who are also veterans.
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