Giffords: “We are proud to endorse Congressman Jim Langevin for Congress in 2018”

Giffords: “We are proud to endorse Congressman Jim Langevin for Congress in 2018”


Jim Langevin

US House – Rhode Island – 2nd District – Democrat

About Jim Langevin

Congressman Jim Langevin has been an avid supporter of gun safety during his nearly 30 years of public service. Congressman Langevin supports legislation to expand background checks, allow the temporary removal of firearms from people who pose a danger to themselves or others, ban assault weapons, restart federal research into gun violence, and prevent domestic abusers and stalkers from possessing guns. Congressman Langevin has also introduced legislation to prevent children from being injured by guns in their homes and to require regular inspections of firearms dealers. Congressman Langevin has voted against legislation which gives legal immunity to the gun industry, and has voted against concealed carry reciprocity legislation—currently the gun lobby’s top legislative priority—multiple times.

We are proud to endorse Congressman Jim Langevin for Congress in 2018.
Clean Water Action: Clean Water Action Announces Rhode Island Endorsements for the 2018 General Election

Clean Water Action: Clean Water Action Announces Rhode Island Endorsements for the 2018 General Election


PROVIDENCE – Clean Water Action is pleased to announce its list of endorsed candidates for the 2018 general election being held on Tuesday, November 6th.

“Rhode Island’s natural resources are our state’s greatest asset, and we need to do everything in our power to make sure that we protect them,” said Johnathan Berard, Clean Water Action’s Rhode Island State Director. “These candidates have earned our endorsement because of their commitment to safeguarding our environment and public health. They have pledged their support for policies that will reduce consumption of single-use plastics and plastic pollution, protect our drinking water supply and water resources, and move swiftly towards a vision of 100% renewable energy for our state.”

Clean Water Action Rhode Island proudly endorses the following candidates for US Congress, Governor, Treasurer, and the General Assembly:

U.S. Senate

  • Sheldon Whitehouse (D)

U.S. House of Representatives

  • David Cicilline (D), House District 1
  • Jim Langevin (D), House District 2


  • Gina Raimondo (D)


  • Seth Magaziner (D)

State Senate

  • Adam Satchell (D), District 9
  • Dawn Euer (D), District 13
  • Val Lawson (D), District 14
  • Dennis Lavallee (D), District 19
  • Josh Miller (D), District 28
  • Jennifer Douglas (D), District 34
  • Bridget Valverde (D), District 35

State Representative

  • Christopher Blazejewski (D), District 2
  • Rebecca Kislak (D), District 4
  • Marcia Ranglin-Vassell (D), District 5
  • John Lombardi (D), District 8
  • Anastasia Williams (D), District 9
  • Grace Diaz (D), District 11
  • Joseph Almeida (D), District 12
  • Arthur Handy (D), District 18
  • David Bennett (D), District 20
  • Justine Caldwell (D), District 30
  • Carol Hagan McEntee (D), District 33
  • Teresa Tanzi (D), District 34
  • Kathleen Fogarty (D), District 35
  • Lauren Niedel-Gresh (D), District 40
  • Michael Steiner (D), District 41
  • John “Jack” Lyle, Jr. (R), District 46
  • Michael Morin (D), District 49
  • Karen Alzate (D), District 60
  • Katherine Kazarian (D), District 63
  • Liana Cassar (D), District 66
  • Jason Knight (D), District 67
  • Laufton Asencao (D), District 68
  • Susan Donovan (D), District 69
  • Dennis Canario (D), District 71
  • Terri Cortvriend (D), District 72
  • Deborah Ruggiero (D), District 74
  • Lauren Carson (D), District 75
The Hill: Congress falls flat on election security as midterms near

The Hill: Congress falls flat on election security as midterms near

By Jacqueline Thomsen

Congress has failed to pass any legislation to secure U.S. voting systems in the two years since Russia interfered in the 2016 election, a troubling setback with the midterms less than six weeks away.

Lawmakers have repeatedly demanded agencies step up their efforts to prevent election meddling but in the end struggled to act themselves, raising questions about whether the U.S. has done enough to protect future elections.

A key GOP senator predicted to The Hill last week that a bipartisan election security bill, seen as Congress’s best chance of passing legislation on the issue, wouldn’t pass before the midterms. And on Friday, House lawmakers left town for the campaign trail, ending any chance of clearing the legislation ahead of November.

Lawmakers have openly expressed frustration they were not able to act before the 2018 elections.

Rep. Tom Rooney (R-Fla.), who introduced the House version of the election security bill, said it was “disappointing.”

“If you want to call it a message that we’re sending to the American people, that we’re doing everything that we can to ensure that the integrity of the vote is sacred,” he said, “If we have these opportunities to do something and we don’t, then that definitely sends the wrong message. That maybe we just don’t care or whatever.”

Rep. James Langevin (D-R.I.), the co-founder of the Congressional Cybersecurity Caucus, said not passing the legislation was “a missed opportunity” to better protect U.S. elections.

“Every community needs to be on guard, alert and realize that the Russians are a very well-resourced and capable bad actor that are again trying to interfere with our elections,” he said.

Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.), one of the bill’s cosponsors, told The Hill that the text of the bill is still being worked out after recent changes prompted concerns from state election officials and the White House.

It had appeared the bill would make it across the finish line but last month Reuters reported that the White House had stepped in to hold up the bill. A GOP Senate aide told The Hill at the time that it was paused over a lack of Republican support and over concerns raised by outside groups.
The White House did not return multiple requests for comment, and a spokesperson for Senate Rules and Administration Committee Chairman Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), who delayed the bill’s markup, declined to comment further.

Lankford said the White House told him it had not held up the bill. But he added that “they didn’t talk to me about it in advance.”

Like other lawmakers and experts, Lankford pointed out that even if the bill had passed ahead of the midterms, it would still be too late to implement any of the measures ahead of November’s elections.

“The bigger issue is not the legislation,” Lankford said. “The bigger issue is what the administration has done in the meantime to try to actually get all this done.”

The Department of Homeland Security has offered some cybersecurity support to state election officials, and President Trump signed an executive order earlier this month authorizing sanctions against those found interfering in U.S. elections.

Lawmakers also included $380 million for states to update and secure their election systems in an appropriations bill passed in March. That funding was initially authorized under the Help America Vote Act of 2002, passed in response to the 2000 presidential election, but this year’s grants were the first authorized under the law since fiscal 2010.

However, when Democrats tried to pass more election security funding earlier this year, Republicans knocked down the measure, arguing that substantial funds had already been allocated.

Other security bills have also been introduced after the 2016 elections, but the bipartisan bill spearheaded by Lankford and Sen. Amy Klobuchar(D-Minn.) was touted as the best shot to legislation on the books shielding U.S. election systems from cyber attacks.

Even so, it remained the subject of extensive debate: The original bill included a pilot program for states to conduct audits on limiting risks, which would examine a number of ballots to ensure that systems weren’t compromised.

But that program became mandatory in a later version of the bill, costing it support from state officials and advocacy groups who argued the measure would be too great of a burden.

Voting groups have also voiced disappointment at the lack of action, but were quick to praise Klobuchar and Lankford’s bipartisan push to pass legislation.

Vermont Secretary of State Jim Condos (D), the president of the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS), told The Hill that while many states are already implementing the measures that would be included in the bill, it was disappointing to not have them on the books. NASS has not taken a public stance on the legislation.

He said that the bill would “send a strong message” to bad cyber actors like Russia, which interfered in the 2016 election, as well as to Americans that their election systems are secure.

“I think this would go a long way to helping us let the public know that our systems are strong and, on top of that, that everyone takes [the issue] seriously,” Condos said.

It is unclear if Congress will be any closer to overcoming the hurdles to legislation after the midterms.

But advocates insist they will keep pushing for a solution.

“This is a time for unity where the country has to unite to fight off foreign meddling in our election because that undermines our democracy,” said Marian Schneider, the president of Verified Voting.
But she also noted that the Lankford-Klobuchar bill was originally introduced in December 2017 and that lawmakers had months to finalize the text.

“I think there’s an unfortunate thing going on here that whenever elections is the topic or is the subject area that it becomes politicized,” she said.

WJAR: Biden to RI Democrats: Midterms are ‘bigger than politics’

WJAR: Biden to RI Democrats: Midterms are ‘bigger than politics’

By Parker Gavigan

Hundreds of Democratic supporters skipped a beautiful Sunday afternoon to make their way to the Rhode Island Convention Center for party politics.

Squeezed into a small room on the top floor was a who’s who of Democratic lawmakers, warming up the crowd for the headliner, former Vice President Joe Biden.

“I’m from that other small state. The second smallest state. You guys have a bigger population than we do,” joked Biden about his home state of Delaware.

“We love Joe Biden. Hopefully, Joe will run for president in 2020,” said Norbet Oliveira, a union representative.

“Go for it,” said Debbie Marandola of Warwick.

Biden last stumped for local politicians in 2016, when he referred to some of Rhode Island’s largest bridges being held up by “damn Lincoln logs.”

This time, he reaffirmed his commitment to Rhode Island leaders.

“The thing that your delegation has, more than almost any, is people with great character, with backbone,” said Biden.

Gov. Gina Raimondo spoke for about 10 minutes, as did the state’s entire congressional delegation.

Reps. Jim Langevin and David Cicilline and Sens. Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse, coming off a busy week in Washington with the Judge Brett Kavanaugh hearings, also rallied their troops.

Biden didn’t mention 2020, but said he believed Dr. Christine Blasey Ford was credible and deserved an FBI investigation after her accusations against Kavanaugh.

The former vice president also verbally attacked President Donald Trump and assaults on the free press, the Justice Department and other institutions.

He urged Democrats to turn out at the polls for the midterm elections.

“Folks, this election is bigger than politics. That’s not hyperbole. It’s bigger than politics. The core values that built this nation are at risk,” said Biden.

Block Island Times: Langevin tours the island

Block Island Times: Langevin tours the island

By Cassius Shuman

It was smooth sailing under sunny skies for Congressman James Langevin, who took the Block Island Ferry over to the island to visit with his constituents on Sept. 20.  Langevin toured the island, as is customary each year, visiting the Block Island School, the Block Island Power Company, North Light Fibers, the Medical Center, and The National Hotel, where he participated in a meet and greet luncheon hosted by the Democratic Town Committee.

Topics that Langevin discussed during his visit were the current state of affairs in Washington under the Trump administration, the importance of voting in November, gun control, the affordable care act and healthcare, environmental protection and climate change, the importance of creating jobs, higher wages, student loans, and education. Langevin, who has served for 18 years in Congress, said he was “optimistic about the upcoming November election.”

While speaking with The Block Island Times at the school, Langevin said his message to the public heading into the mid-term election is to, “Get out and vote. I’m hoping there is a good voter turnout, and it sends a message to Washington that the direction we’re going in is the wrong direction.”

Langevin, a Democrat, said the Republicans in Congress are ineffective in standing up to the administration, and are a detriment to social, economic and environmental programs. “Look at the tax reform bill that was passed by this administration; it’s written to benefit corporations and the wealthiest one percent,” he said.

During a discussion with the Student Council, teacher Jayne Conway asked Langevin if a “blue wave” happens during the upcoming election, will “impeachment be on the table?” A blue wave would mean that the Democratic Party was elected to a majority in both houses of Congress in November.

“There is a possibility of a blue wave,” but it is “too early to think about impeachment” of the President, he said. “We need Robert Mueller to finish his (Special Counsel) investigation, and then we’ll go from there.” Mueller, who is Special Counsel for the Department of Justice, is leading a law enforcement and counterintelligence investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.  

Student Mac Brown asked the congressman what his hardest decision has been during his tenure in Congress. Langevin said voting on the Iraq War, which he opposed, was a really “tough” decision. “I had to weigh all of the information, and whether or not there were weapons of mass destruction,” he said.

After meeting with the Student Council, Langevin spent time chatting with fellow wheelchair user Mason Miro, who has been recognized by the Muscular Dystrophy Association as a special Ambassador. The two chatted about their wheelchair designs, school, and Block Island. Mason, who is a fourth grade student, told Langevin that his favorite class was gym.

“I’m glad you’re raising awareness (about Muscular Dystrophy),” said Langevin of Miro. “I’m really proud of you.”

“We all are,” said school Principal Kristine Monje.

Town Council members who attended Langevin’s lunch at The National echoed his sentiments about voting and lauded his appearance on the island. First Warden Ken Lacoste was not in attendance. At one point, Langevin was pulled away from the luncheon to speak on his cellphone with Cristopher Krebs, who is Under Secretary for the Department of Homeland Security. 

Sen. Susan Sosnowski, who represents Block Island, and toured the island with Langevin, said, “I think it’s really important that the congressman continues to support Block Island. He is always reachable on issues concerning the island.” Sosnowski added: “I don’t think a lot of people know what Jim deals with every day. He deserves a lot of credit — he’s an inspiration.”

Councilor Chris Willi said, “Voting is crucial. Get your two cents in,” before noting that Langevin “does a good job of getting out into the community.”

“It shows that he cares. It’s a good representation of listening to people, and experiencing different things,” remarked Councilor Sven Risom.

Councilor Martha Ball said it was “good to have someone representing us who comes and visits the island. It’s always a good connection to have.”

Inside Cybersecurity: Rep. Langevin: Restructuring cyber oversight a top priority for Democrats

Inside Cybersecurity: Rep. Langevin: Restructuring cyber oversight a top priority for Democrats

By Charlie Mitchell

Streamlining congressional oversight of cybersecurity policy, creating a high-level “cyber director” role at the White House and — of course — closer scrutiny of Trump administration cyber efforts will top the priority list if Democrats take the House in November, according to one key Democratic lawmaker.

“We haven’t moved the ball enough on [cyber] oversight,” Rep. James Langevin (D-RI) told Inside Cybersecurity. “It needs to happen faster and more comprehensively.”

Langevin is the co-founder of the bipartisan Congressional Cybersecurity Caucus and a senior member of the Armed Services and Homeland Security committees.

He is in line to chair Armed Services’ cyber-focused emerging threats subcommittee if the Democrats get the net 24-seat pickup they need on Election Day to secure a House majority. Nonpartisan analyses and the latest polling aggregations show the Democrats poised to make the necessary gains.

But within the House’s current committee structure, Langevin said, “oversight of cybersecurity is too stove-piped — the jurisdictional issue is a problem and we need to streamline.”

What’s the problem? “Jurisdiction, jurisdiction, jurisdiction,” Langevin said. “It’s a major roadblock to legislation and oversight.”

With eighty-plus committees and subcommittees exercising authority over myriad cyber issues, “we need more agility in oversight,” Langevin said. “That takes strong leadership at the speaker and minority leader level. I hope we’re in the majority and can streamline oversight. That will be one of my top priorities.”

Otherwise, the ninth-term lawmaker said, “the only thing that moves the needle on cyber is a crisis.”

On other issues, Langevin cited the upcoming one-year anniversary of the Equifax hack in calling for action on data security and breach notice legislation, such as the bill he has introduced that would require notification to consumers within 30 days of detecting a breach and give the Federal Trade Commission statutory authority for “coordinating responses” to cyber attacks.

“There hasn’t been enough done to prevent future Equifaxes from happening or to notify consumers” of breaches, he said.

Langevin said that he will also push for a “Senate-confirmed cyber director role with budget authority, at the White House.”

“There needs to be one person who is responsible and accountable for what the policy is and what the metrics are for success.”

Such a position would have significantly more authority than the White House cyber coordinator role that President Trump eliminated earlier this year — and that was a creation of the Obama administration that lacked statutory authority.

Langevin likened the position he envisions — and has detailed in legislation introduced in the past two Congresses — to the Director of National Intelligence or the Director of National Drug Control Policy.

Langevin also discussed the new National Risk Management Center that the Department of Homeland Security has launched, calling it “a positive step forward” and saying he is “looking forward to hearing from them.”

“We need to make sure they have the tools they need and that the [National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center] is more operational in real time. But the risk management center could have real value,” he said.

Still, Langevin said, “we need to get better at assuring interagency coordination. The primacy of DHS is important, which is why enactment of NPPD reorganization is essential.”

Bipartisan legislation has cleared the House that would transform NPPD into a cybersecurity agency, but it remains stalled in the Senate, a source of bipartisan frustration among House members.

“Organizing and making clear the mission of NPPD is important, but we also need to know who is coordinating the whole-of-government strategy,” Langevin said, underscoring the need for a high-level policy director.

The lawmaker also expressed concerns that not enough has been done to secure state elections systems amid ongoing hostile action from Russia.

“We’re going into the elections with just a Band-Aid,” he said. “Time is short now but I’m concerned about DHS having enough resources to deal with states an localities, and to protect other critical infrastructure.”

With concerns lingering about proper state and federal role son election security, he added: “I encourage states to reach out for assistance — the federal government is never going to take over the electoral process.”