Senator Reed joined Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, Congressman Jim Langevin, Warwick Mayor Scott Avedesian, and others at Conimicut Point in Warwick to discuss various initiatives to build more coastal infrastructure in Rhode Island.
Senator Reed visited Brown University for a firsthand look at how some of Rhode Island’s leading researchers are using federal funding to develop cutting-edge clean energy technologies. He also warned that if the Trump Administration’s deep budget cuts to science, medical, energy, and technology research are implemented, they could result in the loss of thousands of jobs, stall innovation, and threaten important scientific breakthroughs.
According to President Trump’s fiscal year 2018 budget blueprint, which was released last month, every single science-related agency except the National Nuclear Security Administration would have its budget slashed. Steep cuts to several programs at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS); the National Institutes of Health (NIH); the U.S. Commerce Department and other federal agencies would be implemented to fund a $54 billion increase in the defense budget.
Senator Reed welcomed twenty three Rhode Island World War II veterans and one Korean War veteran to our nation’s capital and thanked them for their service and sacrifice. The group traveled from Rhode Island to Washington, DC on a trip sponsored by the Honor Flight Network and the Rhode Island Association of Fire Chiefs, who seek to honor the sacrifices of our veterans by transporting them free of charge to our nation’s capital to tour the monument built in their honor and other historic landmarks.
Senator Reed toured progress on the renovation of the American Tourister Mill in Warren. The $30-million redevelopment project has received a state commitment of $5 million in historic rehabilitation tax credits, the maximum amount available for a single plan. The owners hope to begin building apartments and commercial and retail space in the historic complex.
In honor of Women’s History Month, Senator Reed and the Women’s Fund of Rhode Island teamed up for a Women’s History Month Roundtable at the Providence Public Library. The theme of this year’s Women’s History Month was “Honoring Trailblazing Women in Labor and Business.” The roundtable celebrated the impact of women in labor and business in Rhode Island and nationwide.
The roundtable featured a presentation and discussion with a panel of distinguished Rhode Island women entitled “Women Leading the Way in Labor and Business.” Panelists included Sierra Barter, CEO and co-founder of the Lady Project; Maureen Martin, Secretary-Treasurer of the Rhode Island AFL-CIO/Director of Political Activities at the RI Federation of Teachers and Healthcare Professionals; Tejal Tarro, Chair of the Rhode Island Commission on Women; and Jennifer Silbert, Senior Project Manager at Opportunity@Work.
Senator Reed celebrated St. Patrick's Day early by marching in the 61st annual Newport St. Patrick’s Day Parade, a storied Newport tradition. Lifelong Newport resident and community leader Alice Claire Walling Dias served as the Grand Marshal.
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