Reed Helps Offer Disaster Assistance to RIers Affected by Gas Outage at Business Recovery Center in Newport
In the wake of January’s natural gas outage affecting thousands of consumers on Aquidneck Island, U.S. Senator Jack Reed (D-RI) joined U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) officials in Newport to announce the availability of low-interest federal disaster loans to Rhode Island small businesses and non-profits affected by the multi-day disruption.
Senator Reed presented posthumous medals to the family of John Joseph Welch, a Pawtucket native and World War II veteran who earned medals for his service but never received them during his lifetime. Sons John and Andrew Welch accepted multiple medals on their father’s behalf, including the: Army Air Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, American Campaign Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with a Bronze Service Star, War II Victory Medal, and Service Lapel Button WWII. Born in Pawtucket on July 3, 1920, Mr. Welch served in the U.S. Army Air Corp from 1942-1945 and was stationed in New Guinea. He served on the flight crew of a B-17 and B-24 in bombing missions over Japan in the Pacific Theater during World War II. Mr. Welch passed away in 1970 at the age of 50.
Senator Reed visited Crossroads Rhode Island to meet with leading advocates from around the state who are working together to help end homelessness and celebrate $1,109,903 in new federal Continuum of Care (CoC) grants for Rhode Island homeless assistance programs that will go to Crossroads, Rhode Island Coalition for the Homeless (RICH), RIHousing, and Sojourner House.
Senator Reed announced $917,000 in federal Family Self-Sufficiency Grants to help Rhode Islanders achieve personal goals, gain financial independence, and help build stronger communities.
Reed Recognizes Jamestown Melrose School Students & Faculty For Earning National Blue Ribbon School Honor
Senator Reed visited Melrose School in Jamestown to celebrate the school’s federal designation as a 2018 National Blue Ribbon School. The U.S. Department of Education awarded the National Blue Ribbon to Jamestown Melrose for being an “Exemplary High Performing School.” Nationwide, just 349 schools earned National Blue Ribbon Schools status for 2018, including three in Rhode Island.
The Rhode Island Congressional Delegation met with local federal employees to call on President Trump to reopen the federal government. Representatives from unions representing TSA officers and air traffic controllers discussed the hardships faced by employees who are still required to come to work even while they are not being paid. House Democrats have passed bills to open closed agencies including the TSA and FAA, but they have been ignored by the President. As of this past Saturday, the government shutdown is the longest on record.
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