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  • The Week Ahead for Senator Chris Coons August 30 to September 6

    The Week Ahead

    Sunday, August 30 at 9 a.m. – The Senator will attend the August Quarterly Worship Service. The service is a culmination of 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.

    Monday, August 31 at 10 a.m. — The Senator will attend and deliver remarks at the Delaware National Guard event celebrating 360 years of service to the Colonies, the State of Delaware and the United States of America. Fort Christina Park, Wilmington, DE. Open to press. Contact Lt. Col. Len Gratteri at 202.326.7128.

    Tuesday, September 1 at 11:30 a.m. — The Senator will attend and deliver remarks beside leaders from Delaware Technical Community College to announce a federal grant award to make “STEM Up Delaware,” a program that will inspire high school minority students to go into the science, technology, engineering and math fields, a reality. Delaware Tech, along with its partners Nemours and the Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University, will use this program to incorporate STEM and health care education into Delaware high schools with high minority and other underrepresented student bodies. DTCC Wilmington Campus. Open to press. Contact Brian P. Cunningham at 302-685-2795.

    Tuesday, September 1 at 2 p.m. – The Senator will host a press event announcing his vote on the Iran nuclear deal. After weeks of carefully scrutinizing the deal, meeting with nuclear experts, diplomats, attending more than a dozen hearings and briefings, and meeting with constituents up and down the state, Senator Coons will announce whether he will support or not support the agreement. University of Delaware’s International Studies Building, 44 Kent Way, Newark, DE. Open to press. Please RSVP through brian_cunningham@coons.senate.gov. Contact Brian P. Cunningham at 302.685-2795.

    Wednesday, September 2 at 1 p.m. — U.S. Senators Tom Carper and Chris Coons will be joined by Delaware State University President Dr. Harry Williams, Delaware River and Bay Authority Airport Administrator Steve Williams and graduates of DSU’s aviation program who are now working in the aviation industry, to announce another $5,813,539 million dollar grant to update and expand the Delaware Airpark. Open to press. 127 Durham Lane, Dover, DE. Contact Brian P. Cunningham at 302.650.7858.

    Thursday, September 3 at 11 a.m. – The Senator will deliver keynote remarks at Unites States Naturalization Ceremony. Judge Leonard Stark will give the remarks for Oath of Allegiance to 60 new citizens from 29 countries. Open to press. US District of Court of Delaware, Boggs Federal Building, Courtroom 6B, 905 North King Street, Wilmington, DE. Open to press. Contact John Cerino 302.573.6170.

    Friday, September 4 at 11:30 a.m. – The Senator will attend the Latin American Community Center’s Open House Celebration in recognition of Hispanic Heritage Month. The Latin American Community Center Open House kicks off Hispanic Heritage month in our community and is an opportunity for sponsors, funders and colleagues to visit El Centro Latino and celebrate Hispanic culture and food. 403 North Van Buren Street, Wilmington, DE. Open to press. Contact Brian P. Cunningham at 302.685.2795.

  • The Senator's Week Ahead Schedule for July 14-17

    The Week Ahead

    Monday, July 13 at 10 a.m. – The Senator will attend Congressman John Carney’s first “Veterans Office Hours” event. Congressman Carney’s office has created a series of veteran focused events for the month of July, bringing together the Wilmington VA (medical and benefits sides), a variety of veterans service organizations, the Commission on Veterans Affairs, and delegation offices so that veterans who need assistance, can get help they are looking for. Other locations and dates for Veteran’s Office Hours are Monday, July 20 in Dover (Fox Post American Legion) from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.; and Monday, July 27 at the Millsboro American Legion from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Open to press. Contact Albert Shields at 302. 561.5043.

    Tuesday, July 14 at 11:45 a.m. — The Senator will deliver keynote remarks at the 19th Annual Green Chemistry and Engineering Conference. As the longest running green chemistry conference in the United States, GC&E invites scientists, decision-makers, students, and advocates to come together, compare findings, and discuss the science of the future. Bethesda North Marriott Hotel, 5701 Marinelli Road, Bethesda, MD. Open to press. Contact Amanda Nurmi at 202.872.6170.

    Tuesday, July 14 at 3:30 p.m. — The Senator will attend a Small Business Committee hearing entitled “Challenges and Opportunities for Small Businesses Engaged in Energy Development and Energy Intensive Manufacturing.Senate Russell 428A, Washington, D.C. Open to press. Contact Sean Coit at 202.224.0351.

    Friday, July 17 at 11:30 a.m. — The Senator will meet with the proprietors of David Bromberg Violins and tour the American Violin Collection that will be donated to the American Library of Congress. Open to press. 601 North Market Street, Wilmington, DE. Contact Brian P. Cunningham at 302.650.7858

  • Week Ahead Schedule for June 22-25

    The Week Ahead

    Monday, June 22 at 9 a.m. — The Senator will host Ex-Im Bank Chairman and President Fred Hochberg and will visit with New Castle-based companies Voight & Schweitzer as well as Acrow Bridge. They will discuss the importance of the Ex-Im Bank and how they continue to assist small businesses by filling gaps in private export financing. Voight & Schweitzer, 511 Carroll Drive, New Castle, DE. Open to press. Contact Brian P. Cunningham at 302.650.7858.

    Tuesday, June 23 at 10 a.m. — The Senator will attend an Appropriations subcommittee hearing of Transportation, Housing and Urban Development subcommittee. Senate Dirksen 128, Washington, D.C. Open to press. Contact Sean Coit at 202.224.0351.

    Tuesday, June 23 at 10:30 a.m. — The Senator will attend the Appropriations subcommittee of Financial Services and General Government hearing on the recent Office of Personnel Management data breach. Senate Dirksen 125, Washington, D.C. Open to press. Contact Sean Coit at 202.224.0351.

    Tuesday, June 23 at 2 p.m. — The Senator will host a briefing of Human Rights Caucus “The Crisis in Sudan: Prospects for Justice and Peace.” March 2015 marked ten years since the UN Security Council referred the situation in Sudan to the International Criminal Court (ICC). In 2003-2004, the Sudanese government and Janjaweed militias pursued an ethnic cleansing campaign in the Darfur region that claimed an estimated 300,000 lives and displaced over 2 million people. Senate Russell 188, Washington, D.C. Open to press. Contact Sean Coit at 202.224.0351.

    Tuesday, June 23 at 2:30 p.m. — The Senator will deliver remarks to Hill interns as part of the Summer Intern Lecture Series. The series is hosted by the Senate and House Rules Committees and provides an opportunity for interns to hear from prominent political figures. Speakers typically share details about their personal experiences, advice for interns, and take questions. The speakers are made up of Members of Congress, journalists, Cabinet Secretaries, administration officials, and Supreme Court Justices. Senate Visitors Center 212-10. Event is closed to press.

    Wednesday, June 24 at 9 a.m. – The Senator will attend a steering committee on voting rights. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.  The discussion will bring together civil rights and advocacy groups to discuss ways to reduce barriers in voter registration and turnout, as well as the Voting Rights Amendment Act, the legislative response to the 2013 U.S. Supreme Court decision in Shelby County v. Holder.” Senate Room 207 Mansfield Room, Washington, DC. Open to press. Contact Sean Coit at 202.224.0351.

    Wednesday, June 24 at 6:30 p.m. – The Senator will deliver remarks at the opening dinner of the Railroad Council Convention. Baltimore Hilton, Baltimore, MD. Event is not open to press.

    Thursday, June 25 at 6:30 p.m. The Senator will attend the Lessons & Legacy of the Civil Rights Movement - Conversations with Congressman John Lewis and Peggy Wallace Kennedy. Honorary co-hosts include Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC), Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD), Rep. John Lewis (D-GA), Rep. Martha Roby (R-AL), Rep. Terri Sewell (D-AL). This evening offers an opportunity to continue Congressional conversations on lessons and legacies from the spiritual energies of the civil rights movement. House Visitors Center, Washington, DC. Open to press.

  • Sen. Coons Weekly Schedule June 15-19

    The Week Ahead

    Monday, June 15 at 7 p.m. — The Senator will perform in “Will on the Hill,” The Shakespeare Theatre Company’s annual benefit. Each spring, STC welcomes Members of Congress, Senators, and distinguished Washington insiders onto the Company’s stage to perform scenes from Shakespeare—infused with comedic references to contemporary politics. Will on the Hill pays tribute to the unique dynamic of Washington, DC and provides a wonderful way to engage new audiences and support the Shakespeare Theatre Company’s artistic, education and community outreach programs. Sydney Harmon Hall, 610 F. Street NW, Washington, D.C. 

    Wednesday, June 17 at 2 p.m. – The Senator will attend Senate Foreign Relations Committee nomination hearing for Ms. Gayle Smith, of Ohio, to be Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development. Senate Dirksen Building, Room 419, Washington, DC. Open to press. Contact Sean Coit at 202.224.0351.

    Tuesday, June 17 at 5:30 p.m. – The Senator will attend The White House Congressional Picnic. This year’s theme is “malt shop.” 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington, DC. Closed to press.

    Wednesday, June 17 at 6:30 p.m. – The Senator will attend and will be recognized by the United States Global Leadership Coalition at their 2015 Tribute Dinner honoring outstanding champions of America’s leadership in the world. The U.S. Global Leadership Coalition (USGLC) is a broad-based influential network of 400 businesses and NGOs; national security and foreign policy experts; and business, faith-based, academic and community leaders in all 50 states who support a smart power approach of elevating diplomacy and development alongside defense in order to build a better, safer world. Ritz Carlton, 1150 22nd Street NW, Washington, DC. Open to press. Contact: Sidney Traynham at 202-730-4136.

    Friday, June 19 at 8:30 a.m. – The Senator will deliver remarks at the Emergency Poultry Disease Response (EPDR) Program at the University of Delaware. The certificate program is aimed at teaching both local and international participants about preparedness planning, biosecurity and assessment, and rapid response techniques and technology with regard to avian disease outbreaks.Allen Laboratory, 531 South College Avenue, University of Delaware, Newark, DE. Opened to press. Contact Brian P. Cunningham at 302.650.7858.


  • The Week Ahead for Senator Chris Coons June 8-12

    The Week Ahead

    Monday, June 8 at 9 a.m. — The Senator will deliver remarks to volunteers from US Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development and Milford Housing Corporation, to celebrate National Homeownership Month as well as 50 years of USDA-RD Self Help Housing. Volunteers will include USDA and Congressional staff, as well as community volunteers and self-help families. 12555 Deer Forrest Road, Bridgeville, DE. – Open to press. Contact Brian P. Cunningham at 302.650.7858.

    Monday, June 8 at 11:30 a.m. — The Senator will join USDA Acting Deputy Under Secretary Vernita Dore and USDA Rural Development State Director Bill McGowan to announce a $300,000 grant to the Town of Smyrna. Rural Development funds will be used to establish a revolving loan program. The initial loan will be used to construct and renovate the building that will be occupied and opening soon as the “Inn at Duck Creek” and will provide areas for public use. 2 North Main Street, Smyrna, DE. Open to press. Contact Brian P. Cunningham at 302.650.7858.

    Tuesday, June 9 at 11 a.m. – The Senator will attend and deliver remarks at “Children’s Hospitals: Looking Beyond the Walls of the Clinic to Keep Children Healthy.” The event, hosted by Nemours and other agencies, will discuss  how their respective children’s health systems have developed innovative approaches that go beyond the clinical setting to promote health in the places that children live, learn and play.  A common thread in these initiatives is the role that public-private partnerships have played in catalyzing important work to improve child health and well-being. Senate Visitors Center 203-2, Washington, DC. Open to press. Contact Chris Manning (Nemours) at 302.298.7309.

    Tuesday, June 9 at 2:30 p.m. – The Senator will attend Senate Foreign Relations Committee business meeting to discuss nominations for Ambassador posts including Ms. Azita Raji, of California, to be Ambassador to Sweden, Ms. Nancy Bikoff Pettit, of Virginia, to be Ambassador to Latvia, Mr. Gregory T. Delawie, of Virginia, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Republic of Kosovo and others. Senate Dirksen 419, Washington, D.C. Open to press. Contact Sean Coit at 202.224.0351.

    Wednesday, June 10 at 9 a.m. – The Senator will attend a Steering Committee Meeting on Economic Impacts of and Solutions to Climate Change. The discussion will bring together environmental leaders from across the country to discuss the specific economic costs of not addressing climate change. Senate Room 207. Open to press. Contact Sean Coit at 202.224.0351.

    Wednesday, June 10 at 10:30 a.m. – The Senator will attend Appropriations markup for Commerce, Justice and Science. Senate Dirksen Room 192. Open to press. Contact Sean Coit at 202.224.0351.

    Wednesday, June 10 at 7 p.m. – The Senator will introduce Governor Jack Markell at the Keystone Awards Dinner. Governor Markell will receive Keystone’s Leadership in Government award. Since 1994, Keystone Policy Center has proudly honored exemplary leaders and decision-makers who embody the Center's belief that lasting results are crafted by considering diverse perspectives and building consensus. Honorees are selected for their leadership, vision, outstanding problem-solving skills and efforts to seek consensus-based solutions to challenging issues. The Newseum, Washington, DC. Closed to press.

    Thursday, June 11 at 10:30 a.m. – The Senator will attend the Appropriations full committee markup for Defense, Commerce, Justice and Science and Legislative Branch of government. The program includes: Markup of the “Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2016,” Markup of the “Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2016,” and Markup of the “Legislative Branch Appropriations Act, 2016.” Senate Dirksen Room 106. Open to press. Contact Sean Coit at 202.224.0351.

    Friday, June 12, at 8 a.m. – The Senator will deliver remarks at Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition's Shining Light Awards. The DBCC will recognize Sussex County Chapter Women’s Council of Realtors, survivor Jacquie Connell, Helen F. Graham Cancer Center and Delmarva Broadcasting Company of Central Delaware. Chase Center on the Riverfront, Wilmington, DE. Open to press. Contact Beth Krallis  302.778.1102.

    Friday, June 12 at 12 p.m. – The Senator will deliver keynote remarks at ITWorks graduation ceremony. This is ITWorks’s 13th graduating class and 6th for Delaware. ITWORKS is an award-winning IT training program that is free of charge to young adults. Over 16 weeks, students earn up to two professional IT certifications and gain on-the-job experience during a five-week internship at leading corporations and nonprofits. Capital One's Oliver Evans Building, 301 W 11th Street, Wilmington, DE. Open to press. Contact Becca Johnson 302.256-5015 x112.

  • The Week Ahead for Senator Chris Coons for May 26-28

    Tuesday, May 26 at 12:30 p.m. — The Senator will host Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet, head of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and Member of President Obama’s Cabinet, on a small business walking tour/owner meet-and-greet along downtown Wilmington’s Market Street commercial corridor. The tour highlights downtown Wilmington’s entrepreneurial spirit, as well as the accessibility of SBA resources and how they can help small businesses start and grow. La Fia, 421 North Market Street, Wilmington, DE. – Open to press. Contact: Brian P. Cunningham at 302.573.6054.

    Wednesday, May 27 at 9 a.m. – The Senator will deliver remarks at the ground breaking of initial phase of The Flats, a new construction project by the Todmorden Foundation that will benefit low-income persons as well as people with disabilities. The event will conclude with a $500,000 grant presentation from Federal Home Loan Bank of Pittsburgh and their member institution, WSFS. 500 North Bancroft Parkway, Wilmington, DE. Open to press. Contact Brian P. Cunningham at 302.573.6054.

    Thursday, May 28 at 9 a.m.  The Senator will visit Crystal Steel Fabricators and talk with workers about their most recent projects. Founded in 1992, Crystal Steel Fabricators, Inc. has grown from a single site in Delmar, DE to global scope. It has been an AISC Certified Fabricator for over 14 years, now carrying Fracture Critical, Bridge Component Standard and Sophisticated Paint Endorsements in addition to Steel Building Structures certification. It serves the largest and most sophisticated clients in the industry including Bechtel, Bovis Lend Lease, Gilbane, Skanska, Holder, HESS, Turner, Clark, Jacobs, CAM, Hensel-Phelps and Whiting-Turner, delivering steel to jobsites up and down the East Coast.  Open to press. Contact Brian P. Cunningham at 302.573.6054. 

    Thursday, May 28 at 2 p.m. — The Senator will visit with USDA Rural Development Director Dr. Bill McGowan for a walking tour and discussion of recent federal grants the town of Laurel received. Grants include Rural Business Enterprise Grant (RBEG) for $38,000 for planning study for a commercial business park and a Preliminary Planning Grant (PPG) for $24,000 to complete an engineering report for a well in town. Laurel, DE, address. – Open to press. Contact: Brian P. Cunningham 302.650.7858. 

  • The Week Ahead for Senator Chris Coons for May 11-16

    Monday, May 11 at 7:30 a.m. — The Senator will deliver the keynote speech at the 4th Annual Kind to Kids Foundation Spring Celebration.Kind to Kids protects and aids foster children, especially those who have been victims of abuse or neglect. At this celebration, Capital One will be given the Kind to Kids Business Community Service award and Henry Tucker will receive their Young Adult Rising Star award. Hotel DuPont, Gold Ballroom, Wilmington, DE. – Open to press. Contact: Caroline Jones at (302) 521-1111.

    Monday, May 12 at 3:45 p.m. – The Senator will attend the Emerging Global Entrepreneurs Event at the White House featuring remarks by President Obama, senior Administration officials, young entrepreneurs from around the world, and guests from the popular TV show Shark Tank. The event will highlight the impact of the Administration’s efforts to advance the frontiers of entrepreneurship around the world and the potential for young people to transform their lives and their communities through entrepreneurship. The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington, D.C. Open to credentialed press. 

    Tuesday, May 12 at 9:00 a.m.  The Senator will attend the Congressional Child Survival Prayer Breakfast. At this event, co-sponsored by Food for the Hungry, World Vision, Catholic Relief Services and other faith-based organizations, more than 150 religious leaders, development organizations, Congressional Members and their staffs will come together to bring prayers and attention to the issues of global health and child survival in the developing world. Rayburn House Office Building, Room B338, Washington, DC. – Open to press. Contact: Lucas Koach at lkoach@fh.org.

    Tuesday, May 12 at 10:30 a.m. – The Senator will attend the Appropriations FSGG Subcommittee hearing regarding the Federal Communications Commission’s Fiscal Year 2016 budget request. Witnesses testifying will be Mr. Thomas Wheeler, Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission and Mr. Ajit Pai, Republican Commissioner of the Federal Communications Commission. Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room 138, Washington, D.C. – Open to press. Contact: Sean Coit at 202-224-0351.

    Tuesday, May 12 at 6 p.m. — The Senator will attend the CARE Gala dinner honoring outgoing CARE president and CEO Dr. Helene Gayle. Dr. Gayle has faithfully served the CARE foundation in its mission to provide disaster relief and fight global poverty since 2006. U.S. Department of Health Secretary Burwell will be the keynote speaker at this event. Washington Hilton, 1919 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, D.C. – Open to press. Contact: Sean Coit at 202-224-0351.

    Wednesday, May 13 at 10:25 a.m. — The Senator will deliver remarks at the Alliance to Save Energy’s Energy Efficiency Global Forum. This event will bring together heads of government and visionaries from the leading non-government organizations to discuss the nexus between doubling energy productivity and meeting regional and national climate goals.  Washington Convention Center, 801 Mount Vernon Place NW, Washington, D.C. –  Open to press. Contact: Becca Rohrer at 202-530-2206.

    Wednesday, May 13 at 5:30 p.m. – The Senator will attend the Rotary International Congressional Reception. Senator Coons was a 2014 recipient of Rotary’s “Champion of Polio Eradication” Award and will be recognized for this accomplishment at this event. Senate Mansfield Room 207, Washington D.C. – Open to press. Contact: Sean Coit at 202-224-0351.

    Thursday, May 14 at 6:30 p.m. – The Senator will attend the Delaware Bankers Association 120th Annual Dinner.  Since 1895, the Delaware Bankers Association has aimed to support its member institutions with leadership and information that will provide their employees, their communities, and the state with a safe and viable financial services industry.  Hotel DuPont, Gold Ballroom, Wilmington, DE. – Closed to press.

    Thursday, May 14 at 7 p.m. – The Senator will attend the Wilmington Metropolitan Urban League’s 8th Annual Lions and Legends Awards Celebration Dinner. This event will commemorate the signing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Chase Center on the Riverfront, Wilmington, DE. – Open to press. Contact: Rochelle Kilby at 302-402-3185.

    Thursday, May 14 at 8 p.m. – The Senator will attend “Breaking Bread Behind Bars.” This groundbreaking event was designed by late award-winning restaurateur Matt Haley. Inmates are invited to be involved in the preparation of a meal and then dine as guests at that meal alongside business and civic leaders who can potentially facilitate their employment after their release from incarceration. Baylor Women’s Correctional Institution, Wilmington, DE. – Open to press. Contact: Ajit George at 302-656-0201.

    Friday, May 15 at 9:15 a.m. – Sen. Carper and Coons will join Lieutenant Colonel Bliss, for an update on the Broadkill Beach dredging project, where federal contractors are turning back the clock on more than sixty years’ worth of storm erosion and sea level rise damage. Broadkill Beach, DE. – Open to press. Contact: Brian P. Cunningham at 302-685-2795.

    Friday, May 15 at 12 p.m. – The Senator will deliver the keynote remarks at the First State Community Loan Fund’s Annual Luncheon. The theme of the luncheon will be how federal programs have positively impacted the First State Community Loan Fund at its ability to serve its clients. Sheraton Wilmington South, 365 Airport Road in New Castle, DE. – Open to press. Contact: Vandell Hampton at 302-652-6774.

    Friday, May 15 at 2 p.m. – The Senator will attend the Bench and Bar Conference. This event will feature judges from the district of Delaware, the Third Circuit, and the Federal Circuit, and other distinguished speakers and honored guests.  Chase Center at the River Front, Wilmington, DE. – Open to press. Contact: Rebecca Baird at 302-658-5279.

    Saturday, May 16 at 6:00 p.m. – The Senator will attend a reception welcoming the Former President of Ghana, John Kufuor, to Delaware. John Kofi Adyekum Kufuor served as the second President of the Fourth Republic of Ghana and Chairman of the African Union.  Closed to press.

    Saturday, May 16 at 7:15 p.m. – The Senator will deliver remarks at the Disabled American Veterans Department Convention Banquet. This is the 45th Annual Department and the 39th Department Auxiliary Convention. Walter L Fox Post 2, American Legion, 835 South Bay Road, Dover, DE. – Open to press. Contact: Paul Lardizzone at 302-382-3448.

  • Carper, Coons, Carney host job fair in Sussex County

    REHOBOTH, Del. – U.S. Senators Tom Carper and Chris Coons and U.S. Representative John Carney (all D-Del.) hosted a job fair at the Rehoboth Beach Convention Center on Monday featuring more than 70 currently-hiring employers, with over 200 job seekers in attendance. This was the third of three such fairs hosted by the delegation this year.

    Organizations from the public and private sectors, including Kate Spade, the Wilmington Police Department, and the University of Delaware met with prospective employees, accepted resumes and applications, and in some cases conducted on-the-spot job interviews.

    Visitors to the job fair were also invited to attend job seeking skills workshops with Goodwill of Delaware and Delaware County. During these workshops, “Dress for Success” and “Interview Skills,” participants will learn how to build a neat and professional wardrobe and how to present oneself during an interview.

    Since 2011, the Congressional Delegation has hosted 26 job fairs in Delaware, including four specifically for veterans. Past job fairs hosted by the Congressional Delegation took place in New Castle County on April 10th at Delaware Technical Community College’s Stanton campus and in Kent County on March 23rd at Wilmington University’s Dover Campus. These fairs successfully connected hundreds of unemployed Delawareans with prospective employers.

  • Senator Coons speaks at panel on criminal justice reform

    WILMINGTON, Del. – On Monday, Senator Coons sat down with other leaders and reformers in the field of criminal justice at Salesianum High School’s Centenary Hall for “Incarceration Nation,” the latest in the Salesianum Breakfast Speaker Series. Panelists participated in a lively discussion about mass incarceration in the United States and then fielded questions from an audience of community members, professionals, and Salesianum students.

    “The United States is home to 5% of the world’s population, but nearly a quarter of the world’s prisoners,” said Salesianum’s President Brendan P. Kennealey in his opening remarks. The goal of the discussion was to consider the impacts, both social and economic, of America’s mass incarceration epidemic.

    Senator Coons was joined by two other panelists in the field of criminal justice. The Honorable John Gleeson, a federal judge from the Eastern District of New York, has recently made news for his efforts to raise awareness about the controversial effects of mandatory minimum sentencing. Also on the panel was United States Attorney for the District of Delaware Charles Oberly III. Prior to taking that position, Mr. Oberly was the longest-serving state Attorney General in Delaware’s history, serving three four-year terms. Chief Justice Leo E. Strine of the Delaware Supreme Court moderated the discussion.

    Panelists zeroed in on mandatory minimum sentencing and the efficacy of electing federal judges to the bench as potential contributing factors to the trend towards mass incarceration. This question of the effectiveness of imprisonment on reducing crime rates is particularly timely as Wilmington is suffers from an epidemic of violent crime.

    “What we need is an attitude of humility in the face of the vast human suffering that is really at the core of the criminal justice system,” Senator Coons said in his closing remarks, “for victims and for those who commit crimes and for those who put themselves at risk investigating and prosecuting crimes. An attitude of humility is what I try to encourage in my colleagues in the Senate as we examine this issue and try to find a bipartisan path forward.”

  • A look ahead at Sen. Coons' schedule for April 27-May 1

    The Week Ahead

    Monday, April 27 at 7:30 a.m. — The Senator will participate in a panel discussion on criminal justice reform called “Incarceration Nation.” He will join United States Attorney Charlie Oberly, Chief Justice Leo Strine and Judge John Gleeson, District Court Judge for the Eastern District of New York, as a part of Salesianum’s Breakfast Lecture Series to discuss causes and solutions for the United States’ large prison population. Salesianum School, 1801 North Broom Street, Wilmington DE. – Open to press. Contact: Betsy Dougart at 302-356-2660.

    Tuesday, April 28 at 6:45 p.m. – The Senator will attend the Refugees International Gala. The Senator will be honored with a Congressional Award for “demonstrating extraordinary leadership and commitment to humanitarian action” at this event.  Andrew Mellon Auditorium, 1301 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington DC. – Open to press. Contact: Kendra Davis at 703-582-3203.

    Wednesday, April 29 at 9:15 a.m.  The Senator will attend a breakfast discussion on building a strong American workforce. He will be joined by Secretary of Labor Tom Perez, U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), and National Association of Manufacturers President Jay Timmons to discuss ways that Congress can improve skills training programs for the jobs of tomorrow. Union Station’s Columbus Room, 40 Massachusetts Ave NE, Washington, DC. – Open to press. Contact: Whitney Mitchell (Third Way) wmitchell@thirdway.org.

    Wednesday, April 29 at 5 p.m. – The Senator will attend the Paul H. Douglas Award for Ethics in Government Ceremony. The Paul H. Douglas Award for Ethics in Government is given annually to a government official whose career demonstrates and promotes respect for high standards of public service; this year, Representative John Lewis will be honored for his work with the civil rights movement. Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room 106, Washington, DC. – Open to press. Contact: Jim Paul at 217-244-6762.

    Wednesday, April 29 at 6 p.m. — The Senator will attend the March of Dimes Gourmet Gala. At this unique event, the Senator will participate in a competitive cook-off against other Senators and Representatives preparing and serving their favorite dishes to locally acclaimed professional chefs. Proceeds from this event support the March of Dimes foundation, which funds lifesaving research and programs and works to end premature birth, birth defects and infant mortality.  National Building Museum, 440 G Street NW, Washington, D.C. – Open to press. Contact: Sean Coit at 202-224-0351.

    Thursday, April 30 at 10 a.m. – The Senator will testify at the Senate Committee on Environment and Natural Resources’ hearing on energy efficiency legislation. Sen. Coons will testify on the Coons-Collins weatherization bill and Coons-Gardner Energy Savings Through Public Private Partnerships act. Sen. Coons will be on a Members panel with Senators Collins (R-ME) and Klobuchar (D-MN). Dirksen-366, Washington D.C. Open to press. Contact: Sean Coit at 202-224-0351.

    Thursday, April 30 at 7:30 p.m. – The Senator will attend a dinner with the Council on Competitiveness Executive Committee. The Council’s goal is to increase the United States' economic competitiveness in the global marketplace and to bring high-value economic activity into the United States. The Council works to facilitate the debate on competitiveness by bringing together business, labor, academic and government leaders to evaluate economic challenges and opportunities. The Army-Navy Club, 901 17th Street NW, Washington, DC. – Open to press. Contact: Andrew Steigerwald at ASteigerwald@compete.org

    Friday, May 1 at 2:00 p.m.  – The Senator will attend the investiture of Collins J. Seitz Jr as a Justice on the Supreme Court of Delaware. Collins J. Seitz Jr is a native Delawarean and a longtime corporate lawyer, specializing in commercial, intellectual property, and trust cases.  The Baby Grand, 818 N Market Street, Wilmington, DE. – Open to press. Contact: Kathryn Wolinski at 302-255-0099.

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