Senator Reed spoke at the ribbon cutting and grand opening ceremony of a new community center for Amos House, a nonprofit organization that provides hospitality and other services to Rhode Island’s homeless and works in tandem with other agencies to address hunger, addiction, and poverty in the state.
Construction on the four story, 29,000 square-foot building began in December of 2014. The new building will feature a soup kitchen with a large dining hall, classrooms, community rooms, training centers and office space for staff. As the Ranking Member of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Senator Reed successfully secured nearly $6 million in Continuum of Care (CoC) for Rhode Island homeless assistance programs this year, including nearly $90,000 for Amos House.
Senator Reed joined the Rhode Island Congressional Delegation and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Regional Administrator Curt Spalding at Festival Pier in Pawtucket to announce over $1 million in EPA brownfields grants that will help assess and clean up contaminated sites in Rhode Island. The Rhode Island Infrastructure Bank is receiving a revolving loan fund grant from the EPA to help clean up sites with contaminated substances, while the RI Department of Environmental Management (DEM) is recieving two assessment grants to address contamination from both hazardous substances and petroleum. As a member of the Appropriations Subcommittee that oversees federal funding for all EPA programs, Senator Reed has worked for years to help deliver necessary funds to clean up Rhode Island’s brownfields. In 2002, he helped pave the way for this project and others like it by working to pass the Small Business Liability Relief and Brownfields Revitalization Act, enabling states and communities around the country to clean up and revitalize brownfields sites.
Senator Reed greeted attendees and marched in the 39th annual Rhode Island Day of Portugal Parade and Festival to celebrate the heritage, culture, and accomplishments of Portugal and Portuguese-Americans. Reed serves as co-chair of the Friends of Portugal Caucus in the U.S. Senate. The annual parade will begin at the State House and continue to the Alex & Ani Center in downtown Providence. This year’s parade featured João Luis Morgado Pachedo as Grand Marshal.
Senator Reed and the Rhode Island Congressional Delegation joined Governor Raimondo, Mayor Elorza, and other state leaders in the 51st Annual Gaspee Days Parade. Each year, the parade celebrates the 1772 burning of the hated British revenue schooner HMS Gaspee in Narragansett Bay by Rhode Island colonists, known as the “First Blow to Freedom” in the lead up to the American Revolutionary War. The parade began on Narragansett Parkway in Warwick and continued through Pawtuxet Village to Broad Street in Cranston.
On Monday, U.S. Senator Jack Reed and U.S. Maritime Administration (MARAD) Administrator Paul “Chip” Jaenichen toured some of Rhode Island’s key port infrastructure and met with marine shipping leaders in Newport and Providence.
First, Senator Reed and Administrator Jaenichen traveled to Newport Shipyard, where they inspected a new Marine Travel Lift, which was purchased with a recent $744,990 Small Shipyards Grant. They also received a tour of the shipyard from Charlie Dana and Eli Dana, the shipyard’s General Manager and Dock Master. As the Ranking Member of the Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development and Related Agencies (THUD) Appropriations Subcommittee, Senator Reed led the effort to restore federal funding for the Small Shipyard Grant Program in the FY 2016 Omnibus Appropriations law and helped secure the grant money for the Marine Travel Lift in April of this year.
Senator Reed and Administrator Jaenichen then headed to ProvPort in Providence, where they met with Governor Gina Raimondo and port officials at 11:30 a.m. for a press conference to discuss the TIGER Grant Crane and Barge Project and to christen a new, 300 foot $7.4 million barge.
Senator Reed joined Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza and others for a live performance at City Hall to kick off this year's PVDFest in Providence. Now in its second year, PVDFest is a four-day outdoor party in downtown Providence that features music, art, dancing, poetry, theater, food trucks, and more from artists from Rhode Island and around the world. About 100,000 people were estimated to attend this year's festival, which featured over 500 artists, 13 stages, 30 food trucks, and the attendence of 11 local arts organizations.
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