• Reed Honors Rep. Melvoid Benson at Rededication of North Kingstown Post Office

    Reed Honors Rep. Melvoid Benson at Rededication of North Kingstown Post Office

    9/25/2016 — 

    Senator Reed joined Governor Gina Raimondo, U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, and U.S. Representative Jim Langevin in honoring the late Melvoid Benson at a ceremony renaming the U.S. Post Office at 7715 Post Road in North Kingstown in her honor. A teacher, community leader, and former State Representative, the Honorable Melvoid J. Benson (Estes) was the first black woman to be elected to the Rhode Island legislature from the Second Congressional District. She served seven terms as a State Representative from 1990 to 2004.  The Melvoid J. Benson Post Office Building will be the first post office in Rhode Island history to be named in honor of an African-American.  

  • Reed Celebrates Success of College Readiness Program at Middletown High School

    Reed Celebrates Success of College Readiness Program at Middletown High School

    9/23/2016 — 

    Senator Reed celebrated the first-year success of the National Math & Science Initiative (NMSI) College Readiness Program at Middletown High School.  Funding for the program was provided to the school through the Department of Defense’s (DoD) “Military Child Pilot Program,” which requires the DoD to establish a set of activities to improve the quality of science, technology, and engineering and mathematics (STEM) for students and teachers at schools with high numbers of military dependent children.  As a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Senator Reed helped to authorize the Military Child Pilot Program in the fiscal year 2015 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). 

  • Reed Joins Oyster Farmers at 2016 Ocean State Oyster Festival

    Reed Joins Oyster Farmers at 2016 Ocean State Oyster Festival

    9/17/2016 — 

    Senator Reed attended the 2016 Ocean State Oyster Festival, where he sampled local oysters and spoke with local oyster farmers about current conditions in Rhode Island’s growing aquaculture industry. Reed has worked over the years to secure federal funding to help the state’s oyster farmers grow their businesses, and in 2014 he helped deliver $182,000 in funding from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) for the University of Rhode Island (URI) to study the effects of food-borne disease outbreaks on Rhode Island’s oysters.

  • Reed Serves Lunch to Local Homeless Veterans During 24th Annual Operation Stand Down RI

    Reed Serves Lunch to Local Homeless Veterans During 24th Annual Operation Stand Down RI

    9/17/2016 — 

    Senator Reed helped serve lunch to local homeless veterans as part of the 24th Annual Operation Stand Down RI (OSDRI) at Diamond Hill State Park in Cumberland.  Each year, OSDRI sets up a military-style encampment during the three-day event and helps veterans connect with needed services from federal, state, and community agencies on site.  Since 2013, Senator Reed has helped secure over $1.3 million in federal appropriations for OSDRI to provide at-risk and homeless veterans with housing, job training, and supportive services.

  • Reed Visits Volunteer Program for Homeless RI Veterans

    Reed Visits Volunteer Program for Homeless RI Veterans

    9/16/2016 — 

    Senator Reed joined members of the community and volunteers from the Home Depot Foundation’s Team Depot program to improve YWCA Rhode Island’s Gateway to Independence Transitional Housing Facility in Providence.  The volunteers participated in a variety of hands-on projects such as painting and flooring the facility.  Gateway to Independence is the largest transitional housing program in Rhode Island for veterans that is sponsored by the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (VA) and helps provide transitional housing and services to homeless Veterans, such as case management, education, and counseling.  As the Ranking Member of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation and Housing and Urban Development (THUD), Senator Reed recently helped deliver nearly $6 million for Continuum of Care (CoC) grants for Rhode Island homeless assistance programs, as well as $60 million for HUD-Veterans Affairs Supported Housing (HUD-VASH) to provide housing for 8,000 homeless veterans nationwide.

  • Reed Announces $4.6 Million to Help Restore Narragansett Bay & Neighboring Watersheds

    Reed Announces $4.6 Million to Help Restore Narragansett Bay & Neighboring Watersheds

    9/16/2016 — 

    Senator Reed joined U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Regional Administrator Curt Spalding and others to announce the recipients of $4.6 million in eight federal grants focused on coastal watershed efforts in southeast Rhode Island and Massachusetts, funded through EPA’s Southeast New England Program (SNEP).  The grants will fund regional efforts in areas such as water monitoring, watershed planning, nutrient and/or septic management, and resilience to climate change.  Senator Reed, a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, led efforts to establish and fund the SNEP for Coastal Watershed Restoration and included $7 million for the program in the fiscal year 2016 omnibus package.

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