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  • The Senator's Week Ahead Schedule for September 29 - October 5

    The Week Ahead

    Monday, September 29 at 8:45 a.m. – The Senator will be joined by Mayor Dennis Williams to announce the City of Wilmington’s selection in the Department of Justice’s Violence Reduction Network. Joining one of only five cities in the US, the VRN is a new, elite federal network that brings all of the expertise and experience of the federal government – with leaders from former local police who have reduced crime in their communities to help make cities safer. Lobby of Wilmington Train Station, Wilmington, DEOpen to press. Contact Brian P. Cunningham at 302-685-2795.

    Monday, September 29 at 11 a.m. – The Senator will attend the Violence Reduction Network official kickoff event. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, 99 New York Avenue, Washington, DC. Open to press. Contact the office of public affairs for Department of Justice, 703-305-0289. 

    Tuesday, September 30 at 9:30 a.m. – The Senator will attend and give remarks at the Delaware Public Employees Council 81 AFSCME Constitutional Convention. Dover Downs, Dover, DE. – Open to press. Contact Brian P. Cunningham at 302-685-2795.

    Tuesday, September 30 at 6 p.m.  – The Senator will address the 9th Annual Delaware Trust Conference reception. 2014 Delaware Trust Conference presents a novel approach to wealth planning.  This, the ninth annual edition of this premiere trust event, will feature detailed case studies to tell a story of the Delaware Trust advantage. The Hotel DuPont, Wilmington, DE – Closed to press.

    Thursday, October 2, at 6 p.m. – The Senator will attend the Cancer Support Community of Delaware fundraiser “Partnering for a Purpose” at Janssen’s Market. The sold out event will feature tastings from local restaurants like The House of William & Merry, Piccolina Toscana and Caffe Gelato. 3801 Kennett Pike, Wilmington, DE – Open to press. Contact Brian P. Cunningham at 302-685-2795.

    Friday, October 3 at 10 a.m. – The Senator will mark National Manufacturing Day with several visits to local manufacturers throughout Delaware. Senator Coons will begin the day touring and meeting employees of Air Liquide’s research and development facility. Sen. Coons will be joined by graduate students from the University of Delaware to gain a clearer understanding of manufacturing process in the future. 200 GBC Drive, Newark, DE – Open to the press. Contact Brian P. Cunningham at 302-685-2795.

    Friday, October 3 at 12 p.m. – The Senator will join employees of PPG for lunch and meet with plant head Mitch Magee, chair of Delaware Manufacturing Association. PPG was founded in 1883 as Pittsburgh Plate Glass and is a global supplier of paints, coatings, optical products, specialty materials, glass and fiber glass. The PPG factory employs more than 60 people in Delaware. 886 Lynnbury Woods Rd, Dover, DE – Open to press. Contact Brian P. Cunningham 302-685-2795.

    Friday, October 3 at 2 p.m. – The Senator will be joined by Delaware Department of Economic Development head Alan Levin and faculty from Polytech adult education program to highlight some of the unique partnerships DEDO has with Hirsh Industries. Hirsh Industries, LLC manufactures and supplies filing, storage, and organization products for personal and commercial use. 1525 McKee Rd, Dover, DE 19904 – Open to press. Contact Brian P. Cunningham 302-685-2795.

    Note: Schedule is subject to change.

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  • The Week Ahead for Senator Chris Coons - September 16-19

    The Week Ahead

    Tuesday, September 16 at 9:30 a.m. — The Senator will address the Opening Session of the Judicial Conference of the United States. The Senator, who chairs the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Bankruptcy and the Courts, will discuss the state of the U.S. Court System and the need to fill judicial vacancies. East Conference Room, Supreme Court Building, Washington, D.C.

    Tuesday, September 16 at 10:30 a.m. — The Senator will attend the Angels in Adoption Senate Pin Ceremony. The Congressional Coalition on Adoptions Institute’s Angels in Adoption Program honors individuals, couples, and organizations that have made extraordinary contributions on behalf of children in need of families. Senator Coons will present Sherfone Johnson, a Delawarean, with an award for her work on adoption. Kennedy Caucus Room, 325 Russell Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C. 

    Wednesday, September 17 at 9:00 a.m. The Senator will chair a Senate Democratic Steering and Outreach Committee meeting on reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank. Paul Sullivan, a Delawarean and Director of International Business Development at Acrow Bridge, will join executives from Boeing, Dow, General Electric, and others to discuss the importance of reauthorizing the Export-Import Bank. U.S. Capitol, Washington, D.C. – Closed to press.

    Wednesday, September 17 at 12:00 p.m. – The Senator will preside over the Senate until 2:00 p.m. Senate Chamber, U.S. Capitol, Washington, D.C. – Open to press who wish to sit in the Senate Gallery.

    Wednesday, September 17 at 2:00 p.m. – The Senator will speak at the Annual Chamber Day hosted by the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce. 106 Dirksen Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C.

    Wednesday, September 17 at 2:30 p.m. The Senator will attend a Foreign Relations Committee hearing on Iraq. The committee will examine the United States’ strategy to defeat the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant. Secretary of State John Kerry will testify. 444 Dirksen Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C. – Open to press. Contact Foreign Relations Committee’s Adam Sharon at 202-224-4651. 

    Wednesday, September 17 at 5:30 p.m. – The Senator will attend the White House Congressional Picnic. The White House, Washington, D.C.

    Thursday, September 18 at 11:00 a.m. – The Senator will attend a Judiciary Committee business meeting. 226 Dirksen Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C. – Open to press. Contact Judiciary Committee’s Jessica Brady at 202-224-7703.

    Thursday, September 18 at 2:15 p.m. The Senator will attend a Foreign Relations Committee business meeting. The Committee will consider several ambassadorial nominations, a resolution sponsored by Senator Coons recognizing the severe threat that the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, and other items. S-116 U.S. Capitol, Washington, D.C. – Open to press. Contact Foreign Relations Committee’s Adam Sharon at 202-224-4651. 

    Thursday, September 18 at 5:30 p.m. – The Senator will attend the Golden Goose Award Ceremony, which recognizes scientists and engineers whose federally funded research has had a significant human and economic benefit. Library of Congress, Washington D.C.

    Friday, September 19 at 7:00 a.m. – The Senator will attend the Delaware State University Prayer Breakfast. DSU, MLK Student Center, Dover, DE.

    Friday, September 19 at 10:00 a.m. – The Senator will attend the Chimes Delaware 20th Anniversary Open House. Chimes Delaware is one of the largest providers in Delaware of community services for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities and co-occurring disabilities. Enterprise Business Park, 165 Commerce Way, Dover, DE.

    Friday, September 19 at 2:00 p.m. – The Senator will participate in a roundtable discussion on foster care with members of the Delaware Congressional Delegation; representatives from the Delaware Department of Services to Children, Youth and their Families; and foster care providing agencies. The discussion will focus on legislative issues that impact youth in care. Department of Services to Children, Youth and their Families, 1825 Faulkland Rd., Wilmington, DE.

    Note: Schedule is subject to change.

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  • Manufacturing Update for August 2014

    Manufacturing Jobs for America monthly manufacturing update

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    International Trade Commission assesses duties on unfair imports of oil country tubular goods
    The International Trade Commission (ITC) voted to assess duties on unfairly traded imports of oil country tubular goods (OCTG) that materially injure the domestic steel industry. The ITC approval will result in additional duties being imposed on OCTG producers, preventing them from undermining the U.S. steel industry. In July, the Department of Commerce overturned an initial ruling and found that Korean producers of OCTG, like those in other countries, have been selling the product at less than fair value in the United States.  This vote by the ITC marks final approval of that finding.

    Several members of Manufacturing Jobs for America and other Senators had previously written to and testified before the Department of Commerce and ITC about the importance of preserving a level playing field for the U.S. steel industry. Following the final vote, several members of Manufacturing Jobs for America praised the ruling.

    • Sen. Donnelly (D-IN) said, “I am glad to see the International Trade Commission standing up for the American manufacturing industry and the Hoosier steel community in this final decision. Their ruling reinforces what I have been saying from the start—that American workers deserve a level playing field on which to compete.”
    • Sen. Franken (D-MN) said, "This finding is a victory for Minnesota's iron ore industry and the important jobs it produces.  American iron and steel producers and our workers can compete with anyone in the world on a level playing field.  But we can't accept when other countries dump their goods here at anti-competitive prices, undercutting Minnesota's producers."
    • Sen. Klobuchar (D-MN) said, “This is a significant victory for hardworking miners in Minnesota and across the country, and I’m pleased that the ITC heeded our calls for action.  … These new penalties will help crack down on illegal trade practices and protect steelworker jobs.”

    More: ITC finding | Donnelly release | Franken release | Klobuchar release 

    OMB delays proposed “factoryless goods producer” revisions to NAICS
    OMB announced that it will delay a proposed revision to the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) that would introduce the concept of a “factoryless goods producer.”  This would have counted manufacturing as domestic in the U.S. Census even if the manufacturing were conducted entirely overseas.  In July, Senators Brown (D-OH), Baldwin (D-WI), Cardin (D-MD), Coons (D-DE), Merkley (D-OR), Stabenow (D-MI), and Tester (D-MT), most of whom are members of Manufacturing Jobs for America, wrote to OMB Acting Director Deese to express their concerns about this proposed change.
    More: Brown release | EPI blog post

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    Senators call on GAO to analyze federal manufacturing programs
    In a letter to Government Accountability Office (GAO) Comptroller General Gene Dodaro, bipartisan group of Senators asked the Office to analyze federal manufacturing policies and provide recommendations for improvement.  The senators requested answers to a range of questions about the scope, effectiveness, and potential for redundancy of federal manufacturing programs and tax incentives.  The information will help to inform congressional and executive branch efforts to support the United States’ steadily recovering manufacturing sector. “Manufacturing plays a critical role in our country’s economy,” the senators wrote. “Accounting for nearly $2 trillion of our nation’s output, more than 12 million Americans are directly employed in manufacturing.”

    “Given the importance of manufacturing in the United States, it is critical that federal manufacturing policy be effective,” the senators continued. “However, because the sector is diverse, no one federal department or agency deals exclusively with manufacturing.”

    The letter was signed by Senators Coons (D-DE), Blunt (R-MO), Coburn (R-OK), Schatz (D-HI), Kirk (R-IL), Warner (R-VA), and Graham (R-SC).
    More: Letter | Coons release

    MJA Members demonstrate support for Ex-Im reauthorization
    A number of MJA members recently spoke in support of reauthorizing the Export-Import bank, highlighting manufacturers in their district’s supported by the bank.  The Export-Import Bank is set to expire September 30, after which it will not be able to issue new loans.

    • Senator Baldwin (D-WI) visited Marine Travelift and Dan’s Fish, two Wisconsin businesses that have been helped by Export-Import Bank investments.   “If American businesses have a level playing field, they can compete against anyone. The Export-Import Bank is an important tool that helps us create that level playing field, bringing fairness to global trade and supporting American businesses so they can create jobs and grow,” said Baldwin.
    • Senator Landrieu (D-LA) called on Congress to reauthorize the Export-Import Bank in order to continue recent positive momentum on the U.S. trade deficit, which fell to a five-month low in July.  “The American energy revolution and strong pro-export policies continue to narrow our trade deficit. Now is the time to provide certainty to American businesses looking to ship their goods and services abroad by reauthorizing the Export-Import Bank,” Sen. Landrieu said.
    • Senator McCaskill (D-MO) met with executives and employees at Western Forms, a manufacturer of aluminum forming systems, to rally support for the job-creating benefits of the Export-Import Bank.  McCaskill heard from Western Forms employees on how their company had been positively impacted by the bank, and discussed ways the bank’s funding has allowed them to create jobs in Missouri and compete in the global marketplace.  “The Export-Import Bank is one of the most important tools available to help Missouri companies create jobs and succeed in the increasingly competitive global market,” said McCaskill.
    • Senator Shaheen (D-NH) visited Corfin Industries, WS Badger, and Mercury Systems to highlight how high-tech manufacturing and export opportunities can help businesses grow and create jobs.  “Export promotion has been a top priority of mine ever since my days as New Hampshire governor, and it will continue to be a priority of mine as we look for ways to boost our small businesses so they can create more jobs,” said Shaheen.

    More: Baldwin release | Landrieu release | McCaskill release | Shaheen release

    Sen. Brown visits local steel manufacturer
    Sen. Brown (D-OH) visited Warren Steel Holdings, where he outlined efforts to boost domestically-manufactured steel and keep Ohioans at work.  Earlier in the month, Sen. Brown had worked with U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH-13) and the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio to reach a deal to put workers of Warren Steel Holdings back to work. “Manufacturing is a cornerstone of our economy and it’s making a comeback,” Brown said. “That’s why it’s so important to keep the momentum going, by enforcing trade policies that ensure our workers can compete on a level playing field.  We should also pass my bill that would ensure that American infrastructure projects use American-made steel.”
    More: Brown release

    Senators Warner and Mikulski visit Newport News Shipbuilding
    Huntington Ingalls Industries hosted Senators Warner (D-VA) and Mikulski (D-MD) for a tour of the company's Newport News Shipbuilding division. The visit provided the Senators an opportunity to meet shipbuilders and get a behind-the-scenes look at the defense industrial base and American manufacturing. Newport News Shipbuilding President Matt Mulherin accompanied the Senators on the shipyard tour, which included a visit to one of the shipyard's submarine construction facilities where PCU John Warner (SSN 785) is under construction. Huntington Ingalls Industries designs, builds and manages the life-cycle of the most complex nuclear and conventionally-powered ships for the U.S. Navy and Coast Guard.  Headquartered in Newport News, Virginia, HII employs more than 39,000 people operating both domestically and internationally.
    More: Warner press release

    Shaheen visits local training centers and manufacturer
    Sen. Shaheen visited River Valley Community College to highlight how job training programs like the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training Grant Program can bolster economic opportunity for local manufacturers and help prepare students for high-skill careers. Shaheen also visited Pro-Cut International to highlight how expanding trade and exporting opportunities can help small manufacturers expand and create jobs.  Pro-Cut has taken advantage of the State Trade Export Promotion (STEP) to tap into new overseas markets and grow.
    More: Shaheen release

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  • The Week Ahead for Senator Chris Coons September 9-13

    The Week Ahead

    Tuesday, September 9 at 10:50 a.m. — The Senator will meet with Neil Beahan and Mark Pruitt, Delaware Middle School and High School Principals of the Year. 123 Russell Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C. 

    Wednesday, September 10 at 9:00 a.m. — The Senator will attend a Senate Democratic Steering and Outreach Committee meeting with leaders from the LGBT community. U.S. Capitol, Washington, D.C. – Closed to press.

    Wednesday, September 10 at 2:00 p.m. – The Senator will preside over the Senate until 3:30 p.m. Senate Chamber, U.S. Capitol, Washington, D.C. – Open to press who wish to sit in the Senate Gallery.

    Wednesday, September 10 at 5:00 p.m. The Senator will co-host a Human Rights Caucus briefing on the persecution of Iraqi minorities. Speakers from the State Department, United States Institute for Peace, Human Rights Watch, and other organizations will discuss ISIS’s human rights violations and escalation of atrocities in Syria and Iraq, and outline policy options for Congress and the Administration. 485 Russell Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C. – Open to press. 

    Thursday, September 11 at 10:00 a.m. – The Senator will attend a Senate Judiciary Committee business meeting. 226 Dirksen Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C. – Open to press. Contact Judiciary Committee’s Jessica Brady at 202-224-7703.

    Thursday, September 11 at 3:15 p.m. – The Senator will chair a Senate Foreign Relations Committee nominations hearing for ambassadors to Senegal and Guinea-Bissau, Madagascar and the Union of the Comoros, and Malawi. S-116 U.S. Capitol, Washington, D.C.– Open to press. Contact Foreign Relations Committee’s Adam Sharon at 202-224-4651.

    Friday, September 12 at 11:00 a.m. – The Senator will deliver remarks at the Delaware Volunteer Firefighter’s Association conference. Dover Downs, Dover, DE – Open to press. Contact Brian P. Cunningham at 302-685-2795.

    Friday, September 12 at 5:00 p.m. – The Senator will deliver keynote remarks at National Swearing In Day, in celebration of the 20th anniversary of AmeriCorps. Senator Coons, who serves as honorary co-chair of this event, will honor alumni and welcome more than 100 new members to AmeriCorps. Clayton Hall, 100 David Hollowell Drive, Newark, DE – Open to press. Contact Brian P. Cunningham at 302-685-2795.

    Saturday, September 13 at 1:00 p.m. – The Senator will attend the Delaware Volunteer Firefighter’s Association Parade. State Street, Dover, DE – Open to press. Contact Delaware Volunteer Firefighter’s Association at 302-734-9390.

    Note: Schedule is subject to change.

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  • The Week Ahead for Senator Chris Coons - September 4-7

    The Week Ahead

    Thursday, September 4 at 10 a.m. – The Senator will visit the Delaware Delegation’s job skills training seminar at the Wilmington Library. This will be the delegation’s first workshop dedicated to helping Delawareans develop job search skills and market themselves to potential employers. The workshop runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and is free and open to the public. Wilmington Public Library, 10 East 10th Street, Wilmington, DEOpen to press. Contact Brian P. Cunningham at 302-685-2795.

    Thursday, September 4 at 11 a.m. – The Senator will give the keynote address at a United States Citizenship and Immigration Services naturalization ceremony at the Boggs Federal Building. Participants will take their Oath of Allegiance to complete the process of becoming a U.S. citizen. Judge Mary Pat Thynge will conduct the oath. J. Caleb Boggs Federal Building 844 N. King Street, Wilmington, DE – Open to press. Contact Brian P. Cunningham at 302-685-2795.

    Thursday, September 4 at 4 p.m.  – The Senator will speak to members of Leadership Delaware. Leadership Delaware, Inc. is a nonprofit leadership foundation established for the purpose of identifying, tutoring, and mentoring outstanding young Delawareans. 411 Legislative Avenue, Dover, DE – Closed to press.

    Friday, September 5 at 8:30 a.m. – The Senator will join the Delaware Congressional Delegation for a tour of the Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children hospital expansion project. The expansion features 144 single patient rooms, new 44-bed Emergency Department, an expanded Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, and a new atrium that will provide easy access to all services. 2200 Concord Pike, Wilmington, DE  – Closed to press.

    Friday, September 5 at 10:30 a.m. – The Senator will greet employers and job seekers at the Delaware Congressional Delegation’s job fair at Delaware Technical & Community College Wilmington Campus. The job fair will feature over 80 employers seeking to fill full and part-time positions. The fair is free and open to the public and runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 333 North Shipley Street, Wilmington, DE – Open to press. Contact Brian P. Cunningham at 302-685-2795.

    Friday, September 5 at 11:30 a.m. – The Senator will attend the Latin American Community Center Open House recognizing the start of Hispanic Heritage Month. Attended by more than 400 individuals each year, the LACC Open House showcases delicious Latin American cuisine, cooked entirely by LACC staff, who prepare a dish typical of their native land. LACC brings a culinary adventure replete with the sights, sounds, colors and flavors of Latin America to Wilmington. 403 N Van Buren St, Wilmington, DE – Open to the press. Contact Brian P. Cunningham at 302-685-2795.

    Friday, September 5 at 2 p.m. – The Senator will join Nativity Prep 8th grader Jaylen McDaniel on a tour of his school. Jaylen recently met Sen. Coons at a Wilmington West Rotary meeting and extended an invitation to him to tour the school. Nativity Prep is a Catholic middle school that serves low-income boys of all faiths in grades five through eight. 1515 Linden Street, Wilmington, DE – Open to press. Contact Brian P. Cunningham 302-685-2795.

    Saturday, September 6 at 10 a.m. – The Senator will attend the homecoming ceremony for members of the 238th Aviation Battalion. Army Aviation Support Facility, 33 Corporate Circle, New Castle DE – Open to press. Contact Brian P. Cunningham 302-685-2795.

    Sunday, September 7 at 3 p.m. – The Senator will be the guest speaker at The Presbyterian Church of Dover’s 300th Anniversary. The church will be celebrating their tercentennial throughout the weekend with service, song, fellowship and worship. 54 S State St, Dover, DE – Open to press. Contact Brian P. Cunningham 302-685-2795.

    Note: Schedule is subject to change.

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  • The Week Ahead for Senator Chris Coons - August 25-31

    The Week Ahead

    Monday, August 25 at 10:30 a.m. – The Senator will attend the Delaware Congressional Delegation’s Veterans Job Fair. Thirty employers will be on hand looking to hire veterans from 10 am – 2 pm at the Carlisle Fire Company. Middletown Memorial Fire Hall, 27 West Green Street, Middletown, DE – Open to press. Contact Brian P. Cunningham at 302-650-7858.

    Tuesday, August 26 at 9:30 a.m.  – The Senator will deliver the keynote address at the Alzheimer’s Association Coffee with Congress event. The Alzheimer’s Association is working to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research, to provide care and support for all affected, and to reduce the risk of dementia through promotion of brain health. Rookery North Golf Club, 6152 S. Rehoboth Blvd., Milford, DE – Open to press. Contact Brian P. Cunningham at 302-650-7858.

    Tuesday, August 26 at 11:00 a.m.  – The Senator will visit and help serve lunch at the Modern Maturity Center. The Modern Maturity Center offers a wide array of activities, programs, and meal options to local senior citizens. Modern Maturity Center, 1121 Forrest Ave., Dover, DE  – Open to press. Contact Brian P. Cunningham at 302-650-7858

    Wednesday, August 27 at 10:00 a.m. – The Senator will attend InterDigital check presentation in support of the Delaware Children’s MuseumInterDigital is a Delaware based company that produces, markets, sells and licenses wireless digital radio-telephone systems for voice and data communications. Delaware Children’s Museum, 550 Justison Street, Wilmington, DE – Open to press. Contact Brian P. Cunningham at 302-677-4366.

    Friday, August 29 at 7:30 a.m. – The Senator will present Circle of Honor awards to United Parcel Service (UPS) drivers who have achieved 25 years of safe driving. Twenty employees from the area will be recognized. UPS employs nearly 400 men and women at this location, is one of the largest logistics companies in the world, and has a long tradition of working with organized labor and hiring veterans. UPS, 325 Ruthar Drive, Newark, DE – Open to press. Contact Brian P. Cunningham at 302-650-7858.

    Sunday, August 31 at 9:00 a.m. – The Senator will attend Sunday service of August Quarterly at the Chase Center on the Riverfront. August Quarterly is the nation’s oldest African American festival celebrating religious freedom, freedom of speech, and the right of assembly. Chase Center on the Riverfront, Wilmington, DE – Open to the press.

    Note: Schedule is subject to change.

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  • Senator Coons helps award $1M grant for downstate Habitat for Humanity projects

    Habitat for Humanity Grant Award

    Senator Coons joined Kent and Sussex County Habitat for Humanity members, bankers, and civic leaders in Frederica, Delaware Friday to help award $1 million in affordable housing grants for four local housing construction projects.

    The grants, provided to Central Delaware Habitat and Sussex County Habitat by Fulton Bank and Wilmington Savings Fund Society (WSFS), will be used to complete 17 new housing units in in Frederica, Georgetown, Laurel, and Rehoboth Beach. Kent and Sussex Habitat for Humanity members, along with Jocelyn Tice, Executive Director of Central Delaware Habitat, and Kevin Gilmore, Executive Director of Sussex County Habitat, attended the presentation.

    “Simple, decent, and affordable housing is a cornerstone for the American dream,” said Senator Coons. “Thanks to great community partners like Federal Home Loan Bank of Pittsburgh, Fulton Bank, and WSFS financially supporting community organizations like Central Delaware Habitat for Humanity and Sussex County Habitat for Humanity, more Delawareans are able to reach their life goal of owning their own home.”

    Senator Coons, a passionate advocate for national service, spoke to those in attendance about the value of the services that Habitat for Humanity provides for Delawareans.

    “Habitat for Humanity volunteers build communities of hope here in Delaware,” Chris said. “Each grant received enables Habitat to further their mission by building more homes and neighborhoods, but most importantly it allows members of our community to come together to serve one another.”

    Click here to learn more about volunteer opportunities with Central Delaware Habitat for Humanity

    Click here to learn more about volunteer opportunities with Sussex Habitat for Humanity

  • Manufacturing Update for July 2014

    Manufacturing Jobs for America monthly manufacturing update

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    Passed by the House -- Department of Energy Laboratory Modernization and Technology Transfer Act
    The House passed H.R. 5120, the Department of Energy Laboratory Modernization and Technology Transfer Act of 2014, on suspension on July 22. The bill is a companion to the America INNOVATES Act (S. 1973), sponsored by Sens. Chris Coons (D-DE) and Marco Rubio (R-FL). Both bills increase the flexibility of the national lab system, allow more flexibility to work with the private sector, and “vertically integrate” the Department of Energy’s energy and science research. H.R. 5120 was introduced by Reps. Hultgran (R-IL-14) and Kilmer (D-WA-6), and is cosponsored by Reps. Fattah (D-PA-2), Johnson (D-TX-30), Lipinski (D-IL-3), Lujan (D-NM-3), Lummis (R-WY), Nunnelee (R-MS-1), Smith (R-TX-21), Swalwell (D-CA-15), and Veasey (D-TX-33). 
    More: Kilmer press release 

    Presidential actions -- Improving workforce training
    A new White House report, compiled by Vice President Biden, details strategies for improving federal workforce training.  The report outlines new actions the Administration will take to strengthen program coordination and accountability, expand investment in apprenticeships and effective on-the-job training, and enable federal agencies to pilot promising new training models. The report includes examples of successful job training programs around the country and a number of steps the administration is taking to build on the progress Congress achieved by passing the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA).  These steps include competitive grants, a job-driven checklist, improved information, and expanding on programs that have been proven to work.
    More: Ready to Work report 

    Approved out of Committee -- Revitalize American Manufacturing and Innovation Act
    The House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology approved H.R. 2996, the Revitalize American Manufacturing and Innovation Act (RAMI), out of Committee by voice vote. RAMI is the House companion to Sen. Brown (D-OH) and Blunt’s (R-MO) National Network of Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI), also known as the Hubs Bill.  Both bills bring together industry, academia, and government to accelerate manufacturing innovation and bridge the gap between basic research and product development.
    More: Markup 

    Introduced and voted on -- Bring Jobs Home Act
    Sens. Pryor (D-AR), Stabenow (D-MI), and Walsh (D-MT) introduced the Bring Jobs Home Act, which closes a tax loophole that pays for companies for moving jobs overseas.  It also provides a 20% tax credit to help companies with the cost of bringing jobs back to America.  The bill was cosponsored by Sens. Baldwin (D-WI), Blumenthal (D-CT), Coons (D-DE), Durbin (D-IL), Franken (D-MN), Hagan (D-NC), Klobuchar (D-MN), Markey (D-MA), McCaskill (D-MO), Merkley (D-OR), Reed (D-RI), Rockefeller (D-WV), Schatz (D-HI), Schumer (D-NY), Shaheen (D-NH), Udall (D-CO), Udall (D-NM), Warner (D-VA), and Whitehouse (D-RI). Sen. Stabenow said: "It's outrageous that, right now, American workers are paying through the tax code to ship their own jobs overseas. We need to close this indefensible loophole and instead start rewarding the companies that are doing the right thing and bringing jobs back to America.” The bill was brought to the floor at the end of July, but the Senate failed to agree to cloture to end debate.
    More: Stabenow release | Walsh release

    Introduced -- COMPETES Act
    Sens. Rockefeller (D-WV) and Coons (D-DE) introduced the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2014.  The bill is cosponsored by Sens. Durbin (D-IL), Nelson (D-FL), Pryor (D-AR), and Markey (D-MA). The COMPETES Act extends and enhances federal investments in cutting-edge research and education.  The bill builds on the America COMPETES Act of 2007 and its 2010 reauthorization. The legislation authorizes stable and sustained increases in R&D funding for the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).   The bill also promotes the economic benefits of promising R&D and addresses agency efforts to increase participation in STEM fields, particularly among women and minorities.
    More: Coons release

    Introduced -- Manufacturing Universities
    Sens. Graham (R-SC) and Coons (D-DE) introduced bipartisan legislation to help schools strengthen their engineering programs to meet the growing demands of 21st century manufacturing. The bill would designate 25 universities as ‘Manufacturing Universities.’ Designated schools would receive $5 million per year for four years to meet specific goals, including focusing engineering programs on manufacturing, building new partnerships with manufacturing firms, growing training opportunities, and fostering manufacturing entrepreneurship. “It’s critical that our schools and universities equip students for success in manufacturing and contribute to the research and development that drives advanced manufacturing,” said Senator Coons.
    More: Coons release

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  • Senator Coons' office accepting fall 2014 internship applications

    Senator Coons meets with students in Delaware

    Interested in working for Senator Coons in Washington or Delaware? The Office of Senator Chris Coons is seeking interns for offices in Washington, DC, Wilmington, DE, and Dover, DE for the fall of 2014. Responsibilities include answering phones, greeting visitors, sorting mail, handling requests for flags and tours, and assisting front office as well as legislative staff. Please note that all positions are unpaid, but may qualify for academic credit if eligible. 

    This position requires outstanding organizational abilities, strong communication skills, attention to detail, poise, flexibility, and an ability to prioritize in an extremely fast-paced office. Motivated, hard-working, and professional applicants looking to get a taste of Capitol Hill or state congressional offices are encouraged to apply.

    Interested candidates should e-mail Eric Wall at Eric_Wall@coons.senate.gov with the subject line reading “Intern” and include a cover letter, resume, and one brief (2-3 pages) writing sample. Applicants should also specify which offices they are interested in applying to. Applications received by Sept. 1 will be given priority. Delaware ties a plus, but not required. Absolutely no walk-ins or phone calls.

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  • VIDEO: Senator Coons weighs in on U.S. involvement in Iraq on MSNBC

    Senator Coons, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, joined MSNBC's Jonathan Capehart on Sunday to discuss U.S. engagement in Iraq, including weekend airstrikes to protect the Yazidi minority group and U.S. personnel from advancing ISIS militants. Senator Coons expressed support for the President's emergency actions and urged Iraqi leaders to pursue a political solution and form an inclusive goverment.

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