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  • December 15, 2010
    By David Scharfenberg

    Media coverage of the Republican filibuster of a major defense bill last week focused on the high-profile spat over repeal of the "don't ask, don't tell" policy, which bans gays and lesbians from serving openly in the military.

    But the death of the legislation also meant the death of Rhode Island Congressman Jim Langevin's cybersecurity amendment which would, among other things, strengthen the hand of the president's cybersecurity czar by giving him budget authority over large swaths of the government vulnerable to attack.

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  • September 02, 2010
    By David Scharfenberg

    I've got a piece in today's Phoenix on the daunting challenge of cybersecurity. Experts say our power grid, financial systems, and telecommunications are vulnerable to hackers. And erecting a comprehensive defense is a near impossibility: intruders need find only one weak point to break in and do damage.

    The local angle is Congressman Jim Langevin's heavy involvement in the issue.

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  • July 22, 2010
    By David Scharfenberg

    From Congressman Jim Langevin's office:

    Congressman Jim Langevin (D-RI), who is quadriplegic, will preside over the US House of Representatives for the first time on Monday, July 26th. The Speaker’s rostrum on the House Floor has just been made wheelchair-accessible through a series of lifts. This historic event is timed to coincide with the 20th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

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  • June 22, 2010
    By David Scharfenberg

    Ernest Greco, the latest Democratic entry in the other Congressional race - you know the race for Representative James Langevin's seat - will probably have a hard time gaining traction against his better known primary foes: the incumbent, who is pro-life, and former State Representative Betsy Dennigan, who is pro-choice.

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  • June 01, 2010
    By David Scharfenberg

    The House vote to repeal the "don't ask, don't tell" policy, which bans gays and lesbians from openly seving in the military, grabbed headlines last week. But it was not the only notable amendment to the annual Pentagon policy bill.

    Another amendment, a combination of measures authored by Representative James Langevin of Rhode Island and Representative Diane Watson of California, would create an Office of Cyberspace in the White House with a Senate-approved director.

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  • March 19, 2010
    By David Scharfenberg

    In a letter to supporters, Representative James Langevin confirms what he has long telegraphed - he will be a vote in favor of health reform. Langevin's pro-life views had raised some questions about whether he would back a Senate version of the bill containing less stringent restrictions on federal funding for abortion.

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  • March 18, 2010
    By David Scharfenberg

    With the House expected to vote on the health care reform bill as soon as Sunday, pro-life Democrat James Langevin continues to send strong signals that he'll support the package. The latest appears in a piece in today's Boston Globe on the crumbling Catholic opposition to the bill:

    “We’re talking about a health insurance reform bill that is going to cut costs for the majority of people in this country, improve quality while ensuring that patients can choose their own doctors, and cover the millions of uninsured,’’ Langevin said.

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  • March 17, 2010
    By David Scharfenberg

    For the political junkie, a fascinating "whip count" over at DC publication The Hill, running through the House Democrats who will be key votes on health care reform. Rhode Island's James Langevin, whose pro-life position has led to questions about how he might vote on a Senate version of the bill that offers up less stringent restrictions on public financing of abortion, is listed among 17 in the "leaning yes or likely yes" category.

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  • March 08, 2010
    By David Scharfenberg

    Sources say Bill Clegg, former executive director for ethics and compliance at Textron, is doing the rounds with GOP leaders and weighing a run in the Republican primary for the seat currently held by Representative James Langevin.

    Clegg is not a well-known figure in political circles, but has suggested he has some money he could pour into the race.

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  • February 25, 2010
    By David Scharfenberg

    The Providence Journal has a story today suggesting that Congressman James Langevin could be a pivotal vote on health care reform, given the thin margins in the House and Langevin's position as a pro-life Democrat. Abortion restrictions, after all, are a flashpoint in the debate. And a handful of pro-life Democrats managed to win tougher-than-expected provisions in the initial House version of health care reform because their votes were so valuable.

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  • January 12, 2010
    By David Scharfenberg

    Union leaders, progressive activists and officials from the AARP will rally outside Representative Patrick Kennedy's office today at 2 p.m., pressing the Congressman and Representative James Langevin to push for the more liberal House version of the health care reform bill.

    They will urge Kennedy and Langevin to stand up for the more generous subsidies for health coverage found in the House bill.

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  • December 03, 2009
    By David Scharfenberg

    The Providence Journal ran a recent piece suggesting, rightly, that pro-life Congressman Jim Langevin will play a more central role in the Congressional tussle over health care reform and abortion than Congressman Patrick Kennedy.

    Langevin was among a small group of representatives who tried to work out a compromise that would prevent abortion from scuttling health care reform, only to watch that compromise fall apart on the eve of the House vote.

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  • November 09, 2009
    By David Scharfenberg

    Shane Harris over at the Atlantic suggests that last night's 60 Minutes piece on cyber security will raise the profile of the issue. The story, he suggests, also annoints US Representative James Langevin the chief spokesman on the issue:

    On the legislative side, electrical plant owners and operators of other critical infrastructures should take note: Rep.

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  • November 09, 2009
    By David Scharfenberg

    Rhody's Congressional delegation was in the spotlight this weekend. First, Senator Jack Reed was on CBS' Face the Nation doing battle with Republican Senator Lindsey Graham, of South Carolina, on health care reform. Reed voiced support for a public option, while acknowledging an "active debate" on alternatives to a straight public option: an opt-out provision for states and a trigger that would allow the public option to kick in if private insurers are unable to meet certain metrics for care.

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  • October 02, 2009
    By David Scharfenberg

    State Representative Elizabeth Dennigan's announcement, last night, that she is resigning her seat to focus on her primary challenge to Congressman Jim Langevin came with an interesting bit of icing - an endorsement from Gordon Fox, majority leader in the state's House of Representatives.

    The endorsement is not terribly surprising.

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