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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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  • 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

  • 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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  • VIDEO: Senator Coons recaps U.S.-Africa Summit on MSNBC

    The historic Africa Summit in Washington last week aimed to cast Africa in a new light and give Americans a real understanding about the opportunities in a diverse set of countries with burgeoning middle classes. Senator Coons joined MSNBC's Jonathan Capehart on Sunday to discuss key takeaways from the three-day conference involving more than 40 African heads of state.

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  • The Week Ahead for Senator Chris Coons - August 13 to 17

    The Week Ahead

    Wednesday, August 13 at 1:00 p.m. – The Senator will visit BASF Chemical Company to tour the facility and meet with employees. The Delaware site is a global supply point of high-performance pigments. Newport, DEClosed to press.

    Wednesday, August 13 at 7:00 p.m. – The Senator will give the commencement address at the James H. Groves Adult High School Graduation Ceremony. The Groves Adult High School is a secondary school designed for adult students working toward a high school diploma. This year marks the school’s 50th anniversary. Sussex Technical High School, 17099 County Seat Highway, Georgetown, DE – Open to press. Contact Brian P. Cunningham at 302-650-7858.

    Friday, August 15 at 8:00 a.m. – The Senator will visit the Summer Food Service Program at Bethesda Preschool in Middletown and will distribute breakfast to students. The program provides a stable source of nutritious foods to Delaware children during the summer months while school is not in session. 116 E. Main Street, Middletown, DE – Open to press. Contact Brian P. Cunningham at 302-650-7858.

    Friday, August 15 at 10:00 a.m. – The Senator will attend the Change in Command Ceremony for the Dover AFB 436th Wing at Hangar 706. Colonel Richard G. Moore, Jr. will transfer command of the 436th Airlift Wing to Colonel Michael W. Grismer, Jr. Dover Air Force Base, Hangar 706, Dover, DE – Open to press. Contact Brian P. Cunningham at 302-650-7858.

    Friday, August 15 at 1:00 p.m. – The Senator will join Central Delaware and Sussex County Habitat for Humanity members, bankers, and civic leaders to help award $1 million in affordable housing grants to complete four Habitat projects. The grants, delivered through Fulton Bank and Wilmington Savings Fund Society, will allow community volunteers and family members to complete 17 new units of Habitat housing in four downstate neighborhoods. 24 Coleman Avenue, Frederica, DE – Open to press. Contact Brian P. Cunningham at 302-650-7858.

    Friday, August 15 at 2:30 p.m. – The Senator will visit the Delaware State Police Forensic Firearms Unit, which plays an important role in the investigation of gun crimes in Delaware. Dover, DE – Closed to press.

    Friday, August 15 at 5:00 p.m. – The Senator will drop by a Newark Police K9 fundraising event at the University of Delaware Courtyard Marriott Hotel. The event brings together prominent community leaders to support the K9 Department fund. 400 David Hollowell Drive, Newark, DE – Open to press. Contact Brian P. Cunningham 302-650-7858.

    Saturday, August 16 at 9:00 a.m. – The Senator will march in the 21st Annual Middletown Old-Tyme Peach Festival. Broad Street, Middletown, DE – Open to press.

    Note: Schedule is subject to change.


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  • Senator Coons honored for commitment to community development

    The National Association of Development Organizations (NADO) has honored Senator Coons with this year’s Congressional Partnership Award for his support of community and economic development policies that create jobs and increase the long-term competitiveness of American workers. 

    The National Association of Development Organizations is an advocate for federal community and economic development programs, as well as policies that help communities improve their local economies and quality of life. NADO’s biennial Congressional Partnership Award recognizes members of Congress who have been committed to promoting economic development programs at the local and regional level. Read more about NADO here

    “I’m honored to receive this award from the National Association of Development Organizations,” Senator Coons said. “To keep America competitive, we have to invest in programs that develop and grow our economy, especially at the local and regional level. During my time as New Castle County Executive, I witnessed how critical local development programs are to American workers. While in the Senate, I have made job creation a top priority, and I’m grateful for the opportunity to work with NADO to advance our shared goals.”

    “Senator Coons is a true leader who has displayed an unwavering commitment to providing new economic opportunities for our nation’s local communities,” said NADO President Peter Gregory.

    As the leader of Manufacturing Jobs for America, a campaign in the Senate to promote legislation that helps manufacturers create jobs, Chris has been a champion for economic growth, both in Delaware and at the national level. The initiative includes more than 30 bills, roughly half of which are bi-partisan. The pillars of the initiative include training a 21st century skilled workforce, expanding access to capital, opening up markets abroad, and implementing a national manufacturing strategy. Already, seven provisions have been enacted into law, while five more have been passed out of committees. Click here to learn more about Manufacturing Jobs for America and stay up to date on progress.

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