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  • The Week Ahead for Senator Chris Coons for April 13-19

    The Week Ahead

    Monday, April 13 at 11:30 a.m. — The Senator will deliver remarks at a press conference announcing an $18.8 million dollar grant to fund a new job training program with local partners. Delaware’s Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) has been awarded a three-year, $18.8 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to work with local partners in providing job training and intensive case management to Delawareans who receive food benefits and have limited job skills or work experience. Delaware is one of 10 states to receive the competitive grants seeking collaborative ways to move people into employment. Central Baptist Church, 839 Pine Street, Wilmington, DE. – Open to press. Contact: Jill Fredel (DHSS) at 302-357-7498.                                                                                                                                                             

    Tuesday, April 14 at 2:15 p.m. – The Senator will attend a meeting of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to mark up the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015. This bill would allow Congress to review a potential nuclear agreement made with Iran. Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room 419, Washington, D.C. – Open to press. Contact: Sean Coit at 202-224-0351.

    Tuesday, April 14 at 6 p.m. The Senator will attend the French Congressional Caucus Reception. The French ambassador has invited all members of the 114th Congress in addition to the members of the French Caucus and representatives of French companies who have invested in the United States to attend this reception. French Embassy, 2221 Kalorama Road NW, Washington, D.C. – Closed to press.

    Wednesday, April 15 at 9:30 a.m. – The Senator will attend Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing entitled “American Food Aid: Why Reform Matters.” Witnesses include Ms. Dina Esposito, Director of the Office of Food for Peace, United States Agency for International Development, Mr. David Ray, Vice President for Policy and Advocacy, CARE USA, Dr. Vincent Smith, Professor of Economics, Department of Agricultural Economics and Economics at Montana State University, and Dr. Stephanie Mercier, Senior Policy Advisor, Farm Journal Foundation. Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room 419, Washington, D.C. – Open to press. Contact: Contact: Sean Coit at 202-224-0351.

    Wednesday, April 15 at 12 p.m. — The Senator will be recognized by Delaware’s delegation of the Biotechnology Industry Organization as Legislator of the Year. BIO is the largest trade organization representing the biotechnology industry in the United States and around the world. Russell Senate Office Building, Room 119, Washington, D.C. – Closed to press.

    Thursday, April 16 at 4:30 p.m. — The Senator will attend the 27th Annual National Fire and Emergency Services Dinner. Each year, approximately 2,000 fire and emergency officials participate in the CFSI's National Fire and Emergency Services Dinner and Seminars Program. Washington Hilton, International Ballroom, 1919 Connecticut Avenue NW, Washington, D.C. – Open to press. Contact: National Fire and Emergency Services’ Sean Carroll at 202-371-1277.

    Friday, April 17 at 6 p.m. – The Senator will attend the Delaware Humane Society’s Patron Party. The Senator is an honorary co-chair of this event for the Delaware Humane Association, a non-profit no-kill animal care and adoption center serving Delaware since 1957. Closed to press. 

  • Manufacturing Update for March 2015

    Manufacturing Jobs for America monthly manufacturing update

    1. LATEST POLICY

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    President Obama launches competition for new textiles-focused manufacturing innovation institute; new White House Supply Chain Innovation Initiative; and funding to support small manufacturers
    On March 18th in Cleveland Ohio, the President announced nearly $500 million in public-private investment to strengthen American manufacturing by investing in cutting-edge technologies through a new, textiles-focused manufacturing institute competition led by the Department of Defense, and by sharpening the capabilities of small manufacturers through Manufacturing Extension Partnership competitions in twelve states. The White House, as detailed in a new report, is also launching a Supply Chain Innovation Initiative focused on building public-private partnerships to strengthen the small U.S. manufacturers that anchor the nation’s supply chains.
    More: White House Press Release

    Sens. Coons, Graham, Gillibrand, Ayotte and Baldwin introduce bipartisan bill to designate ‘Manufacturing Universities’
    U.S. Senators Chris Coons (D-Del.), who leads the Manufacturing Jobs for America campaign, Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.), and Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) introduced bipartisan legislation to help schools strengthen their engineering programs and meet the growing demands of 21st century manufacturing. The bill would designate 25 universities as ‘Manufacturing Universities’ and provide incentives to better align educational offerings with the needs of modern manufacturers. The incentives would be used to bolster universities’ efforts to focus on manufacturing engineering and curricula specifically related to targeted industries.
    More:  Coons Release

    Merkley, Franken introduce legislation to promote education in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM)
    Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley and Senator Al Franken (D-MN) introduced legislation designed to increase student access to courses in STEM education subjects and provide additional resources to recruit, train, and support teachers of these subjects. Merkley and Franken will seek to include the bill in the Senate’s re-write of the No Child Left Behind Act this year. The bill is endorsed by the STEM Education Coalition, an alliance of more than 500 businesses and professional and education organizations.
    More: Merkley Release 

    Klobuchar, Hoeven reintroduce bipartisan legislation to help fuel innovation, boost America’s competitiveness
    Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and John Hoeven (R-ND) reintroduced bipartisan legislation that would help fuel innovation and boost America’s competitiveness in the global economy. The Innovate America Act would help cut red tape, expand successful education programs, promote U.S. exports in new markets, and help America retain its competitive edge.
    More: Klobuchar Release

    Shaheen introduces legislation to reauthorize Export-Import Bank
    U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen introduced legislation to expand and improve the Export-Import Bank to help small businesses sell their products overseas. The Promoting U.S. Jobs through Exports Act of 2015 would provide long term certainty for small businesses by extending the Export-Import Bank through 2022, continuing the bank’s ability to provide businesses with tools they need to compete in the global marketplace and create American jobs. The Promoting U.S. Jobs through Exports Act of 2015 is co-sponsored by Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Al Franken (D-MN) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA). 
    More:  Shaheen Release


    2. OTHER NEWS

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    Announcement of new MEP Director
    Carroll A. Thomas has been selected to serve as the next MEP Director after a full and open competition and a rigorous review process. Her selection is pending Department of Commerce approval.
    More: NIST Release 

    Sen. Brown announces nearly $450,000 to spur economic development and manufacturing innovation in Lima
    Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) announced that the U.S. Department of Commerce’s (DOC) Economic Development Administration (EDA) has awarded $449,950 to the Ohio Energy and Advanced Manufacturing Center in Lima for a Center for High Strain Rate Forming Commercialization. The Center will bring together several manufacturers to spur innovation and commercialization through collaboration and co-investment. In October 2014, Brown wrote to the U.S. Department of Commerce, urging the department to give the Ohio Energy and Advanced Manufacturing Center’s proposal full and fair consideration.
    More: Brown Release

    MADE in MD: Cardin visits AstraZeneca’s Biologics Manufacturing Center, site of more than $200 million investment
    U.S. Senator Ben Cardin toured the AstraZeneca biologics manufacturing center in Frederick as part of his ongoing “Made in Maryland” jobs tour that highlights the diversity of Maryland products and the Marylanders who make them.
    More: Cardin Release

    Brookings Center for Technology Innovation releases new paper - Innovation and manufacturing labor: a value-chain perspective
    In a new paper, Kate Whitefoot and Walter Valdivia offer a fresh insight into the sector’s labor composition and trends by examining employment in manufacturing from a value chain perspective. While the manufacturing sector shed millions of jobs in the 2002-2010 period—a period that included the Great Recession—employment in upstream services expanded 26 percent for market analysis, 13 percent for research and development, and 23 percent for design and technical services. Average wages for these services increased over 10 percent in that period. Going forward, this pattern is likely to be repeated. Technical occupations, particularly in upstream segments are expected to have the largest increases in employment and wages.
    More: Brookings

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  • Sen. Coons to bring top companies directly to job-seekers training for IT skills

    WILMINGTON, Del. - On Tuesday, Senator Coons visited the ITWorks learning lab in Wilmington, bringing with him top management staff from Barclays, CapitalOne, and JPMorganChase to connect directly with jobseekers. Those three companies combined have more than 1000 local entry-level IT job positions available at this time.

    ITWorks is an award-winning, 16-week immersive IT training program, free of charge to motivated young adults who have not completed college. Throughout the course of the program, students can earn up to two professional IT certifications and are given real-world experience during a five-week internship.

    Through ITWorks, young people become job-ready for a technologically sophisticated workplace by teaching them PC configuration and networking skills, troubleshooting, customer service and communication skills, all while acquiring an understanding of a professional work environment. ITWorks provides these students with an experience that will help improve their income potential for life—and 75% of ITWorks graduates move into full-time employment in the IT sector within 7 months of graduation.

    “Keep up the good work, keep plying your craft,” said Sen. Coons, addressing the ITWorks students assembled Monday. “The skills you have learned here and continue to learn here will benefit you in the future and will help you become a successful individual.”

    On Monday, students at ITWorks were able to meet with representatives from some of those companies and apply some of the professionalism and career skills also taught in the program. Delaware, a state home to many banking companies with positions in IT that constantly need to be filled, benefits greatly from nonprofit programs like ITWorks.

    For more additional coverage, click HERE.

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  • The Senator's Week Ahead Schedule for March 30-April 5

    The Week Ahead

    Monday, March 30 at 11 a.m. — The Senator will tour the Delaware Historical Society and view their recent renovations. The Delaware Historical Society is a non-profit organization that preserves, explores, shares and promotes Delaware history, heritage and culture to strengthen our community.  505 N. Market Street, Wilmington, DE 19801 – Event is closed to press.

    Monday, March 30 at 4 p.m. – The Senator will tour the Center for Composite Materials lab at the University of Delaware. UD-CCM has been internationally recognized as a center of excellence for interdisciplinary research, education, and technology transfer in the areas of materials and synthesis, multifunctional materials, processing science, mechanics and design, sensing and control, and software. 101 Academy Street, Newark, DE 19716. Event is open to press. Contact: Brian P. Cunningham at 302-650-7858.

    Tuesday, March 31 at 10:30 a.m. The Senator will visit ITWorks joined with members of Delaware’s finance community. Sen. Coons will bring members of the banking community, including representatives from Barclays, CapitalOne and JPMorgan Chase, who have about 1,000 IT jobs to fill locally. ITWorks is a free 16-week technology training program for unemployed and underemployed urban young adults, ages 18 to 26, which prepares them for an entry-level IT job and provides them with a pathway to a career in technology. 625 North Orange Street.  Event is open to press. Contact: Brian P. Cunningham at 302-650-7858.

    Wednesday, April 1 at 10:00 a.m. — The Senator will attend the delegation grants fair hosted by Sens. Carper, Coons and Rep. Carney at Delaware State University’s Dover campus. The free event is designed to help Delawareans better understand the process of finding and securing grant opportunities. The fair is open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. MLK Student Center at the Delaware State University MLK Building, Dover, DE 19901. Event is open to press. Contact: Drew Slater at Congressman Carney’s office at 302-854-0667.

    Wednesday, April 1 at 3 p.m. – The Senator will meet with Dean Nancy Targett at the University of Delaware’s Lewes Campus to gain a better understanding of the school’s recent research with underwater drones. Currently, Dean Targett leads the University of Delaware’s College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment. Effective July 1st, Dean Targett will serve as interim president of the University of Delaware following current president Patrick Harker’s departure from the university. Smith Lab, 700 Pilottown Rd, Lewes, Sussex, Delaware 19958.

    Wednesday, April 1 at 7 p.m. — The Senator will deliver brief remarks at the monthly meeting of the Sussex County Association of Towns. SCAT consists of individuals from town leadership, the legislature, city engineers, representatives from government agencies as well as private industry representatives from various towns in Sussex County who represent the interests of each town. Bridgeville Fire Hall, 311 Market Street, Bridgeville, DE. Open to press. Contact:  Robin Griffith (302) 855-7743 or rgriffith@sussexcountyde.gov.

    Thursday, April 2 at 12 p.m. The Senator will visit with Citibank’s leadership and employees. Citibank currently employees more than 1,000 people in their Delaware offices. 1000 North West Street, Wilmington, DE 19802. Event is closed to press.

  • DAFB breaks ground on new runway

    DOVER, Del. – On Monday, Senator Coons attended the groundbreaking ceremony for Runway 01-19 at Dover Air Force base in Kent County. This event marked the beginning of a project that will, over the months to come, replace the existing Runway 01-19 with a new runway meeting the requirements for heavy strength runway pavement, in addition to repairing the instrument landing system and the runway approach lighting system.

    The Air Force Civil Engineer Center awarded $98.3 million to Versar, Inc. and Johnson Controls in 2014 in order to complete this project. Initial work on the project began in early February of this year, and the new Runway 01-19 is expected to be finished in June of 2016.

    "This runway is especially critical for warfighters and maintaining the cutting edge of our United States Air Force," said Sen. Coons. “The investment in this runway is a key piece in making sure that we continue to have an airport here that is best in class, that is BRAC-proof and that continues to make it's lasting contribution to moving our country's 20 percent strategic airlift capability."

    The runway has been in service since the 1940s and is crucial to permitting the C-5M Super Galaxies and C-17A Globemaster IIIs to accomplish their missions for the 436th and 512th Airlift Wings. In the last year alone, 31 Dover AFB aircraft touch downed on 230 airfields in 62 countries.

    Dover Airforce Base is home to the Department of Defense’s largest aerial port and the nation's only Port Mortuary, which is expected to see changes to its operations as a result of the project. Safety remains the highest priority.

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  • The Senator's Week Ahead Schedule for March 23-29

    The Week Ahead

    Monday, March 23 at 8 a.m. — The Senator will deliver remarks at the CEO Council for Growth. The CEO Council is a devoted group of business, higher education, and civic leaders who commit their time and efforts to enhancing economic growth and prosperity in the 11-county region across northern Delaware, southern New Jersey and southeastern Pennsylvania. The CEO Council is an initiative of the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce influencing regional and national policy through advocacy. 2301 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103 – Event is closed to press.

    Monday, March 23 at 12 p.m. – The Senator will attend the Kent County job fair hosted by Sens. Carper, Coons and Rep. Carney at Wilmington University’s Dover campus. This is the 24th delegation job fair hosted since 2011. More than 50 companies representing the private and public sector will be on hand to meet and greet job candidates. The job fair is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wilmington University Dover campus, Dover, DE 19901. Event is open to press. Contact: Brian P. Cunningham at 302-650-7858.

    Monday, March 23 at 1 p.m.  The Senator will attend Runway 1-19 groundbreaking ceremony at the Dover Air Force Base. This project will completely replace the existing 9,600 foot long, 150 foot wide 69 year-old runway to meet the requirements for modified heavy strength runway pavement. This project will also include the repair of the instrument landing system and runway approach lighting system. Dover Air Force Base, Dover, DE. Event is open to press. Contact: DAFB’s Sarah Bergstein at 302-677-3370.

    Tuesday, March 24 at 10:30 a.m. — The Senator will attend a hearing of the Senate FSGG Appropriations Subcommittee on the judiciary FY16 budget request. The Honorable Julia Smith Gibbons, United States Court of Appeals and Mr. James C. Duff, Director, Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts are witnesses. Dirksen Senate Office Building Room 138, Washington, D.C. — Open to press. Contact: Appropriation Committee’s Vince Morris at 202-224-1010.

    Wednesday, March 25 at 10:30 a.m. – The Senator will attend a joint meeting of Congress for remarks delivered by His Excellency Ashraf Ghani, President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan. President Ghani’s address will offer him an opportunity to outline his version for the future of Afghanistan and the U.S.-Afghanistan bilateral relationship. President Ghani is expected to thank the United States, U.S. service members, and diplomats for their efforts to bring about peace and security in Afghanistan. United States House of Representatives, Washington, D.C. Event is open to credentialed press.

    Wednesday, March 25 at 3 p.m. — The Senator will attend a hearing of the Senate FSGG Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water that will review the President’s Fiscal Year 2016 funding request and budget justification for US Department of Energy. Witnesses will be Dr. Ernest Moniz, Secretary, US Department of Energy, and Dr. Franklin Orr, Under Secretary for Science and Energy, US Department of Energy. Dirksen Senate Office Building Room 124, Washington, D.C. — Open to press. Contact: Appropriation Committee’s Vince Morris at 202-224-1010

    Saturday, March 28 at 9 a.m. – The Senator will attend and deliver brief remarks at Delaware State University’s 4th annual Inspired Day of Service. This day of service is an opportunity for DSU’s community to demonstrate the core values of the university and an outstanding opportunity for Inspire Scholars to work towards the completion of their community service requirements. Sen. Coons will join some of the Inspire Scholars for volunteer service at Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore. MLK Student Center, Dover, DE 19901. Event is open to press. Contact: Delaware State University’s Carlos Holmes at 302-857-6062.

    Saturday, March 28 at 12 p.m. – The Senator will deliver brief remarks at the Delaware Wing Civil Air Patrol annual Conference and Banquet. The volunteers of CAP perform three key missions: emergency services, which includes search and rescue (by air and ground) and disaster relief operations, aerospace education for youth and the general public and cadet programs for teenage youth ages 12-21. About 450 men, women and cadets, currently serve within the Delaware Wing. The Landings, Dover Air Force Base, Dover, DE 19901. Event is open to press. Contact: Delaware Civil Air Patrol’s Major Richard Hamm at 302-897-8384. 

    Saturday, March 28 at 2:15 p.m. – The Senator will attend Delaware Odyssey of the Mind Science Fair State Finals. The Odyssey of the Mind is an international educational program that provides creative problem-solving opportunities for students from kindergarten through college. Team members apply their creativity to solve problems that range from building mechanical devices to presenting their own interpretation of literary classics. They then bring their solutions to competition on the local, state, and World level. Bob Carpenter Center, Newark, DE 19716. Event is open to press.

  • The Senator's Week Ahead Schedule for March 16-22

    Wednesday, March 18 at 10 a.m. — The Senator will attend a hearing of the Senate Judiciary Committee on patent reform entitled “The Impact of Abusive Patent Litigation Practices on the American Economy.” Earlier this month, Senators Coons, Durbin (D-Ill.), and Hirono (D-Hawaii) introduced legislation to strengthen America’s patent system and target abusers. The STRONG Patents Act takes a series of focused, thoughtful steps to make the patent system work for individual inventors and research-intensive companies from every sector of the economy. Dirksen Senate Office Building Room 226, Washington, D.C. — Open to press. Contact: Judiciary Committee’s Beth Levine at 202-224-5225.

    Wednesday, March 18 at 10:30 a.m. — The Senator will attend a hearing of the Senate Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (THUD) Appropriations Subcommittee on the Department of Transportation’s FY16 budget request. United States Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx will be the lone witness. Senator Coons, who is a daily rider on Amtrak, will question Sec. Foxx on the railroad’s funding. Dirksen Senate Office Building Room 562, Washington, D.C. — Open to press. Contact: Appropriation Committee’s Vince Morris at 202-224-1010.

    Thursday, March 19 at 9:30 a.m. — The Senator will attend a hearing of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on African Affairs entitled: “U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit Seven Months Later: Progress and Setbacks” presided by Senator Jeff Flake (R-Ari.). Witnesses will include Ben Leo, Senior Fellow Director of Rethinking US Development Policy Center for Global Development and Karen Daniel, Executive Director, CFO Black and Veatch. Dirksen Senate Office Building Room 419, Washington, D.C. — Open to press. Contact: Foreign Relations Committee’s Foreign Relations Committee’s Tara DiJulio at 202-224-6797.

    Thursday, March 19 at 10 a.m. — The Senator will attend a Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee hearing on patent reform called “Patent Reform: Protecting Innovation and Entrepreneurship.” The work of this hearing is to develop an alternate path to reforming the patent system. Witnesses will include a diverse group of stakeholders relevant to patent reform. Russell Senate Office Building Room 428A, Washington, D.C. — Open to press. Contact: Small Business Committee’s Sue Walitsky at 202-224-4524.

    Thursday, March 19 at 3:30 p.m. — The Senator will attend a hearing of the Senate Judiciary Oversight Subcommittee entitled “Reining in Amnesty: Texas vs. United States and Its Implications.” Dirksen Senate Office Building Room 226, Washington, D.C. — Open to press. Contact: Judiciary Committee’s Beth Levine at 202-224-5225.

    Thursday, March 19 at 6 p.m. — The Senator will attend the International Conservation Caucus Foundation Gala where the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall will receive an award for Exceptional Leadership in Conservation. The ICCF is an educational foundation promoting the projection of U.S. leadership for international conservation worldwide. Andrew Mellon Auditorium, 1301 Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C. — Closed to press.

    Note: Schedule is subject to change.

  • The Senator's Week Ahead Schedule for March 2-6

    Monday, March 2 at 8:30 a.m. — The Senator will join Sen. Carper and Rep. Carney and Secretary of Veterans Affairs Bob McDonald at the Annual Veterans Summit at the Wilmington VA Medical Center. They will tour the medical center, meet with leadership and stakeholders, and greet veterans. 1601 Kirkwood Highway, Wilmington, DE 19805. Contact: Katie Wilson at 302-598-4915 or Katie_Wilson@carper.senate.gov.

    Monday, March 2 at 5:00 p.m. — The Senator will deliver remarks at the ONE Power Summit. ONE Power summit brings over 200 of ONE’s top volunteers from 50 states to Washington, D.C. to engage Members of Congress about the life-saving programs that are the core of ONE’s policy agenda. U.S. Capitol, Washington, D.C. — Closed to press.

    Tuesday, March 3 at 2:30 p.m. — The Senator will attend an Appropriations Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government hearing. Secretary of the Treasury Jack Lew will give a review of the President’s FY16 funding request and budget justification for the U.S. Department of Treasury. Senator Coons serves as ranking member of the subcommittee. 192 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Open to press.

    Wednesday, March 4 at 11:00 a.m. — The Senator will deliver remarks at the annual Inventing America Conference. He will speak about pending patent legislation as the conference highlights the critical role that the U.S. patent system has on American invention and economic growth. The Newseum. 555 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, D.C. 20001. Open to press. Contact: Kat Maramba 202-827-9678 or kathrina@BlueEngineMedia.com.

    Friday, March 6 and Saturday, March 7 — The Senator will participate in the annual Faith & Politics Civil Rights Pilgrimage. The Faith and Politics Institute hosts an annual three-day pilgrimage to civil rights landmarks in Alabama that gives Congressional leaders an opportunity to visit historic site and reflect on the nation’s civil rights journey. The weekend will end with a symbolic march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama. Senator Coons also participated in the pilgrimage in 2013. Open to press. Contact: Faith and Politics Institute 202-546-1299

    Note: Schedule is subject to change.

  • The Senator's Week Ahead Schedule for February 23-March 1

    Monday, February 23 at 11:30 a.m. — The Senator will visit the Henrietta Johnson Medical Center and meet with Richard Melke, the new chief executive officer. HJMC is part of a national network of federally funded Community Health Centers delivering quality, comprehensive health services to America’s medically underserved communities. 601 New Castle Ave., Wilmington, DE 19801—Walk-through is open to press. Contact: Brian Cunningham at 302-573-6054

    Tuesday, February 24 at 10 a.m. — The Senator will attend an Appropriations Subcommittee on State and Foreign Operations hearing. Secretary of State John Kerry will review the President’s Fiscal Year 2016 funding request and budget justification for the U.S. Department of State. 192 Dirksen Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C. — Open to the press. Contact: Ian Koski at 202-224-5042.

    Tuesday, February 24 at 6 p.m. — The Senator will deliver remarks at a reception for the Alliance to Save Energy. The Alliance to Save Energy promotes energy efficiency to achieve a healthier economy, a cleaner environment, and greater energy security. Kennedy Caucus Room, Russell Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C.

    Wednesday, February 25 at 9:00 a.m. — The Senator will attend a Democratic Steering and Outreach Committee meeting on criminal justice reform. U.S. Capitol, Washington, D.C. — Closed to press.

    Thursday, February 26 at 10:00 a.m. — The Senator will attend a Judiciary Committee business meeting. The Committee will vote on, amongst other things, the nomination of Loretta Lynch for Attorney General of the United States, and the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act, of which Senator Coons is a cosponsor. 226 Dirksen Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C. — Open to press. Contact: Ian Koski at 202-224-5042.

    Thursday, February 26 at 10:30 a.m. — The Senator will attend an Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, and Science hearing. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker will review the President’s Fiscal Year 2016 funding requests and budget justification for the U.S. Department of Commerce. 192 Dirksen Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C. — Open to press. Contact: Mara Stark-Alcala at Mara_sa@appro.senate.gov

    Thursday, February 26 at 1:30 p.m. — The Senator will introduce President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia at an event he is hosting with the U.S. Institute of Peace. President Sirleaf will offer her thanks to the American people for their support during the Ebola crisis, to Congress for authorizing funding to help stop the outbreak, to the Administration for its bold deployment to the region, and to aid organizations for going to the region to care for those infected. The President will also discuss the need for sustained investment in the region’s public health infrastructure in order to prevent future outbreaks. 216 Hart Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C. — Open to press. RSVP: www.bit.ly/sirleafmedia 

    Note: Schedule is subject to change.

  • The Senator's Week Ahead Schedule for February 16-22

    Tuesday, February 17 at 8 a.m. — The Senator will attend the 32nd annual Delaware National Guard Prayer Breakfast. The breakfast will feature guest speaker Maj. Gen. Nadja West, Joint Staff Surgeon at the Pentagon who will address this year’s theme: “Overcoming Challenges in Life”. Cavalier Country Club, 100 Addison Drive, Newark, DE — Open to press. Contact: Officer Candidate Wendy McDougall at 302-270-0720.

    Tuesday, February 17 at 9 a.m. — The Senator will deliver remarks at the ribbon cutting ceremony for Navient’s new Wilmington headquarters. Navient is the nation’s largest student loan servicer that provides customer service and collects payments on student loans. The new offices will be home to more than 120 Navient employees. Navient offices, 123 Justison Street, Wilmington, DE – Open to the press. Contact: Nikki Lavoie at 302-283-4057.

    Wednesday, February 18 at 9:30 a.m. — The Senator will be a guest on Maxima 95.3 with host Kevin Andrade. The Senator will discuss a number a wide range of topics such as immigration and jobs. Listen live to the show by tuning in or stream it on www.max953.com. Maxima 95.3, 20200 DuPont Blvd, Georgetown, DE.

    Wednesday, February 18 at 10 a.m. — The Senator will attend the grand opening for new Wyndham Hotel. The new hotel is located just minutes from downtown Georgetown, historic Milton, and Delaware’s many beaches. Microtel by Wyndham, 22297 DuPont Highway, Georgetown, DE — Open to press.

    Thursday, February 19 at 2:30 p.m. — The Senator will attend a student/employer roundtable with US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and US Secretary of Labor Tom Perez. The event will bring together students from Delaware Technical Community College with teachers, administrators, elected officials and Secretaries Duncan and Perez to discuss the job market of the future. DTCC, 400 Stanton-Christiana Road, Newark, DE. – Open to press. Contact: Brian P. Cunningham at 302-650-7858.

    Note: Schedule is subject to change.

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