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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.

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  • The Week Ahead for Senator Chris Coons: July 22 to 26

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    Tuesday, July 22 at 10:00 a.m. – The Senator will attend a Foreign Relations Committee business meeting. The committee will consider the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, adopted by the UN General Assembly in 2006 and signed by the U.S. in 2009. S-116, U.S. Capitol, Washington, D.C. – Open to press. Contact Foreign Relations Committee’s Adam Sharon at 202-224-4651.

    Wednesday, July 23 at 9:00 a.m. – The Senator will attend a Democratic Steering and Outreach Committee meeting with Jewish leaders. The discussion will focus on events in the Middle East as well as domestic issues important to the Jewish community. U.S. Capitol, Washington, D.C. – Closed to press. 

    Wednesday, July 23 at 2:00 p.m. – The Senator will preside over the Senate until 4:00 p.m. Senate Chamber, U.S. Capitol, Washington, D.C. – Open to press who wish to sit in the Senate Gallery.

    Thursday, July 24 at 9:00 a.m. – The Senator will hold a “pen and pad” press conference focused on legislation he’s championed to support American manufacturers, and progress to date on the Senate’s Manufacturing Jobs for America campaign. 127-A Russell Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C. – Open to press. Contact Ian Koski at 202-224-5042.

    Thursday, July 24 at 10:00 a.m. – The Senator will attend a Foreign Relations Committee hearing. The Committee will examine Iraq at a crossroads, focusing on options for United States policy. 419 Dirksen Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C. – Open to press. Contact Foreign Relations Committee’s Adam Sharon at 202-224-4651. 

    Friday, July 25 at 9:00 a.m. – The Senator will attend Delaware Future Farmers of America’s annual breakfast at the Delaware State FairClub House Restaurant, Harrington Fair Grounds, Harrington, DE. Open to press. Contact Brian P. Cunningham at 302-650-7858.

    Friday, July 25 at 10:30 a.m. – The Senator will tour the Delaware State Fair with representatives from the Small Business Administration. Harrington Fair Grounds, Harrington, DE. 

    Friday, July 25 at 1:00 p.m. – The Senator will greet Delawareans at the Delaware State Fair until 2:30 p.m. Harrington Fair Grounds, Harrington, DE. 

    Saturday, July 26 at 3:00 p.m. – The Senator will visit the Delaware State Fair until 7 p.m. and attend fair events including the 4-H Awards Celebration. Harrington Fair Grounds, Harrington, DE. 

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  • The Week Ahead for Senator Chris Coons: July 14 to 18

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    Monday, July 14 at 10:00 a.m. – The Senator will speak at the dedication ceremony for Wilmington’s Jim Sills Bridge, named in honor of former Wilmington Mayor James H. Sills, Jr. Northeast Corner of the Market Street Bridge, Wilmington, DE – Open to press. Contact Brian P. Cunningham at 302-650-7858. 

    Wednesday, July 16 at 9:00 a.m. – The Senator will attend a Democratic Steering and Outreach Committee meeting on voting rights. The meeting will bring together advocacy groups and national organizations to discuss challenges and solutions to improve voter registration and turnout. U.S. Capitol, Washington, D.C. – Closed to press. 

    Wednesday, July 16 at 10:00 a.m. – The Senator will attend a Foreign Relations Committee business meeting. S-116, U.S. Capitol, Washington, D.C. – Open to press. Contact Foreign Relations Committee’s Adam Sharon at 202-224-4651.

    Wednesday, July 16 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, July 16 at 3:00 p.m. – The Senator will attend the swearing-in ceremony for Crystal Nix Hines as U.S. Ambassador to UNESCO. State Department, Benjamin Franklin Room, 8th Floor, 2201 C Street NW, Washington, D.C.

    Thursday, July 17 at 9:30 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, July 17 at 10:00 a.m. The Senator will attend a Senate Appropriations Committee markup of the FY15 Department of Defense appropriations bill. 106 Dirksen Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C. – Open to press. Contact Appropriations Committee’s Vince Morris at 202-224-1010.

    Thursday, July 17 at 12:00 p.m. – The Senator will speak on the Senate Floor about the Bring Jobs Home Act and the need to focus on manufacturing jobs. Senate Chamber, U.S. Capitol, Washington, D.C. – Open to press who wish to sit in the Senate Gallery. Note: Exact time subject to change.

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  • The Week Ahead for Senator Chris Coons: June 24 to 29

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    Tuesday, June 24 at 10:00 a.m. – The Senator will attend a Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security markup of the FY15 Homeland Security appropriations bill. 138 Dirksen Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C. – Open to press. 

    Tuesday, June 24 at 10:15 a.m. The Senator will chair a Judiciary Committee hearing on judicial nominations. Nominees include: Pamela Harris, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Fourth Circuit; Pamela Pepper, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Wisconsin; Brenda K. Sannes, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of New York; Patricia M. McCarthy, to be a Judge of the United States Court of Federal Claims; Jeri Kaylene Somers, to be a Judge of the United States Court of Federal Claims. 226 Dirksen Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C. – Open to press.

    Tuesday, June 24 at 2:15 p.m. – The Senator will attend a Foreign Relations Committee business meeting. Among the items on the agenda will be the Energize Africa Act, bipartisan legislation cosponsored by Senator Coons to help provide 50 million Africans with first-time access to electricity and add 20,000 megawatts of electricity to the African grid by 2020. S-116, U.S. Capitol, Washington, D.C. – Open to press.

    Tuesday, June 24 at 6:45 p.m. The Senator will attend the South Africa-Washington International Program’s Third Annual Wilson Center Forum and Reception. SAWIP is a student program aimed at developing future generations of leaders for a post-conflict South Africa. South African Ambassador Ebrahim Rasool will present Senators Coons — chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on African Affairs — and Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) — the subcommittee’s ranking member — with SAWIP’s annual Ubuntu Award. The Woodrow Wilson Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C. 

    Wednesday, June 25 at 9:00 a.m. – The Senator will attend a Democratic Steering and Outreach Committee meeting on infrastructure investment. The discussion will focus on job creation and the federal government’s role in fostering public/private partnerships at the local level. U.S. Capitol, Washington, D.C. – Closed to press. 

    Wednesday, June 25 at 10:00 a.m. The Senator will attend a Judiciary Committee hearing on the Voting Rights Amendment Act. The Committee will consider the Voting Rights Amendment Act, bipartisan legislation cosponsored by Senator Coons to modernize and restore the protections of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. 226 Dirksen Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C. – Open to press.

    Wednesday, June 25 at 2:00 p.m. – The Senator will preside over the Senate until 4:00 p.m. Senate Chamber, U.S. Capitol, Washington, D.C. – Open to press who wish to sit in the Senate Gallery.

    Wednesday, June 25 at 5:00 p.m. The Senator will co-host a reception organized by the child advocacy coalition “5th Birthday and Beyond” celebrating American leadership and unprecedented global gains in child survival and health. SR-325 Kennedy Caucus Room, Russell Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C.

    Thursday, June 26 at 9:30 a.m. – The Senator will attend a Judiciary Committee business meeting. 226 Dirksen Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C. – Open to press.

    Thursday, June 26 at 10:30 a.m. – The Senator will attend a Senate Appropriations Committee markup of the FY15 Financial Services and General Government and Homeland Security appropriations bills. 106 Dirksen Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C. – Open to press. 

    Friday, June 27 at 2:00 p.m. – The Senator will highlight Delaware’s FIRST recipient of the Rural Economic Development Loan Program. Senator Coons will join USDA Rural Development State Director, Dr. Bill McGowan, Senator Carper, and Congressman Carney for a press event to highlight the award made to the Delaware Municipal Electric Corporation. Milford City Hall, 180 Vickers Drive, Milford, DE – Open to press.

    Friday, July 27 at 3:00 p.m. – The Senator will announce funding to increase resiliency of vulnerable Bayshore habitats. Senator Coons will join Governor Markell, Senator Carper, Congressman Carney, and DNREC Secretary Collin O’Mara to announce $6.9 million in federal funding to design and construct projects for Delaware Bay wetland and beach habitats that will minimize coastal flooding and enhance the resiliency of communities and ecosystems degraded by storms, including Hurricane Sandy in 2012. The funding will support Delaware’s efforts to protect lands, infrastructure, and communities along the Bayshore from future coastal storms and sea level rise. The federal grants will leverage state, local and partner funds. DuPont Nature Center, 2992 Lighthouse Rd., Milford, DE – Open to press. 

    Saturday, June 28 at 9:00 a.m. ? The Senator will attend the Wilmington Peacekeepers 2nd Annual Children’s Rally for Peace. The Wilmington Peacekeepers are an ethnically diverse and multi-denominational group that aims to promote peace within our society by ending gun violence and promoting youth education. Kirkwood Park, Wilmington, DE  ? Open to press.

    Saturday, June 28 at 11:00 a.m. ? The Senator will attend the Positively Dover 2014 African American Festival, an event that unites ethnic groups while exchanging cultural and artistic experiences. The festival takes place at the Legislative Mall, where visitors can explore African and African American culture through vendors and entertainment. Capitol Complex, Dover, DE ? Open to press.

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  • The Week Ahead for Senator Chris Coons: June 16 to June 20

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    Monday, June 16 at 9:00 a.m. – The Senator will visit the Garrison Energy Center’s new Dover site. The 309-megawatt combined-cycle electric generating facility will enhance reliability for Delaware and the regional power market and will be one of the cleanest and most efficient plants in the country. Garrison Oak Technical Park, Dover, DE – Closed to press.

    Monday, June 16 at 10:00 a.m. –  The Senator will speak at the Girls State program at Wesley College. Girls State is a country-wide nonpartisan program that provides high school girls who have completed their junior year with an opportunity to study responsible citizenship and learn about the government. Wesley College, Gooding Hall, Room 206, Dover, DE – Open to press. Contact Brian P. Cunningham at 302-650-7858.

    Tuesday, June 17 at 12:30 p.m. –  The Senator will attend a bio-based products showcase hosted by the Senate Agriculture Committee featuring bio-based technologies manufactured by DuPont. The ‘Grow It Here, Make It Here’ Spotlight on Innovation event will highlight new technologies from more than 30 innovators from across the country. SR-325 Kennedy Caucus Room, Russell Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C. – Open to press. Contact Agriculture Committee’s Ben Becker at 202-224-5466.

    Tuesday, June 17 at 4:00 p.m. – The Senator will attend an Appropriations Committee business meeting to consider the FY15 Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Agencies appropriations bill. 138 Dirksen Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C. – Open to press. Contact Appropriations Committee’s Vince Morris at 202-224-1010.

    Wednesday, June 18 at 9:00 a.m. – The Senator will attend an African American Media Roundtable hosted by the Democratic Steering and Outreach Committee. Commemorating the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Civil Rights Act, the discussion will bring together media experts, professionals, and advocates from around the country to evaluate effective communications methods and discuss how to best reach the African American community through today’s media sources. U.S. Capitol, Washington, D.C.

    Wednesday, June 18 at 1:30 p.m. – The Senator will host a briefing on the Department of Energy’s advanced manufacturing initiatives. Mark Johnson, director of DOE’s Advanced Manufacturing Office, and Libby Wayman, director of the Clean Energy Manufacturing Initiative, will brief Congressional staff on DOE’s work to support U.S. advanced manufacturing and clean energy innovation. 366 Dirksen Senate Office Building, Washington D.C.

    Wednesday, June 18 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, June 18 at 3:30 p.m. – The Senator will attend a Senate Judiciary Subcommittee markup of S.J. Res. 19, a constitutional amendment cosponsored by Senator Coons to overturn the Supreme Court’s ruling in Citizens United. 226 Dirksen Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C. – Open to press. Contact Judiciary Committee’s Jessica Brady at 202-224-7703

    Thursday, June 19 at 9:30 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, June 19 at 10:30 a.m. – The Senator will attend a Senate Appropriations Committee markup of the FY15 Energy and Water Development; State, Foreign Operations, and Related Agencies; and Legislative Branch appropriations bills. 106 Dirksen Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C. – Open to press. Contact Appropriations Committee’s Vince Morris at 202-224-1010. 

    Friday, June 20 at 4:00 p.m. – The Senator will deliver remarks at a town hall meeting with members of Delaware’s Kenyan diaspora community at an event hosted by the Rockefeller-Aspen Institute Diaspora Program. The meeting will focus on how the U.S.-Kenyan diaspora can support development efforts in Kenya. Angaza Sharon Seventh Day Adventist Church, 210 Executive Drive, Newark, DE – Open to press. Contact Brian P. Cunningham at 302-650-7858.

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  • The Week Ahead for Senator Chris Coons: June 10 to June 14

    The Week Ahead

    Tuesday, June 10 at 5:00 p.m. The Senator will attend a reception in the Capitol honoring Delaware students selected for the U.S. Service Academies Class of 2018. SVC 201 Capitol Visitors Center, U.S. Capitol, Washington, D.C. – Open to press.

    Wednesday, June 11 at 1:30 p.m. The Senator will speak on the Senate Floor about climate change and the EPA’s new carbon pollution standards for power plants. Senate Chamber, U.S. Capitol, Washington, D.C. – Open to press who wish to sit in the Senate Gallery. Note: Exact time subject to change.

    Wednesday, June 11 at 3:15 p.m. The Senator will attend a Budget Committee meeting on the confirmation of Shaun Donovan, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, to be Director of the Office of Management and Budget. 608 Dirksen Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C. – Open to press. Contact Senate Budget Committee’s Eli Zupnick at 202-224-5398.

    Wednesday, June 11 at 4:00 p.m. – The Senator will attend a Senate Judiciary Subcommittee markup of S.J. Res. 19, a constitutional amendment cosponsored by Senator Coons to overturn the Supreme Court’s ruling in Citizens United and restore the authority to regulate campaign finance to Congress, individual states, and the American people. 226 Dirksen Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C. – Open to press. Contact Judiciary Committee’s Jessica Brady at 202-224-7703

    Wednesday, June 11 at 7:30 p.m. The Senator will speak at the Keystone Center’s 21st Annual Leadership Awards Dinner. Senator Coons will present the 2014 Keystone Leadership in Government Award to Senator Rob Portman (R-Ohio). The Mayflower Renaissance, 1127 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C.

    Thursday, June 12 at 9:15 a.m. The Senator will attend a Judiciary Committee business meeting. The Committee will consider bipartisan legislation introduced by Senator Coons to reauthorize the Victims of Child Abuse Act and save Children’s Advocacy Centers for victims of child abuse. 226 Dirksen Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C. – Open to press. Contact Judiciary Committee’s Jessica Brady at 202-224-7703.

    Thursday, June 12 at 11:00 a.m. – The Senator will attend a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing to examine regional implications of a nuclear deal with Iran. 419 Dirksen Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C. – Open to press. Contact Contact Foreign Relations Committee’s Adam Sharon at 202-224-4651.

    Thursday, June 12 at 6:15 p.m. The Senator will speak at a reception hosted by Save the Children focused on national and global children’s priorities, including early childhood education initiatives and newborn child survival. 1 Constitution Avenue, NE, Washington, D.C.

    Friday, June 13 at 10:00 a.m.  The Senator will visit manufacturers at Seaford’s Craig Technologies and Flow Smart, Inc. Craig Technologies produces high quality plastic components for a range of industries and Flow Smart specializes in custom plastic and metal parts for the pharmaceutical, biotech, and food processing industries. 103 Davis Drive, Seaford, DE – Open to press. Contact Brian P. Cunningham at 302-650-7858. 

    Friday, June 13 at 12:00 p.m.  The Senator will visit with owners of Georgetown’s Fat Daddy’s BBQ, known for its pulled pork egg rolls, ribs and baked beans. 13203 Seashore Highway, Georgetown, DE  – Open to press. Contact Brian P. Cunningham at 302-650-7858.

    Friday, June 13 at 1:30 p.m.  The Senator will visit with employees and tour OA Newton, a major manufacturer of material handling solutions and blend products for plastics processors, wood-composite lumber companies, and tire manufacturers. Senator Coons will join employees to learn more about the company’s manufacturing processes. 16356 Sussex Highway, Bridgeville, DE  Open to press. Contact Brian P. Cunningham at 302-650-7858.

    Saturday, June 14 at 11:00 a.m.  The Senator will attend the annual Separation Day Parade, celebrating the historic 1776 decision by the Colonial Assembly to proclaim Delaware’s three counties  New Castle, Kent, and Sussex  independent of Great Britain, thus forming Delaware as the first state. Historic New Castle, New Castle, DE  Open to press. Contact Kim Burgmuller at 302-322-9801.

    Saturday, June 14 at 5:30 p.m.  The Senator will attend the Delaware Nature Society’s annual Farm to Fork event at Coverdale Farms. Senator Coons will join attendees for a meal consisting of all organically grown foods straight from the farm. Coverdale Farms, 543 Way Road, Greenville, DE

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  • The Week Ahead for Senator Chris Coons: May 19 to May 22

    The Week Ahead

    Monday, May 19 at 10:00 a.m. – The Senator will attend a job fair in Sussex County hosted by the Delaware Congressional delegation. More than 70 employers will be on hand hiring for more than 800 jobs. This is the delegation’s third job fair this year and 17th since 2011. Rehoboth Beach Convention Center, 229 Rehoboth Avenue, Rehoboth Beach, DE – Open to press. Contact Brian P. Cunningham at 302-573-6054.

    Tuesday, May 20 at 2:15 p.m. – The Senator will attend a Foreign Relations Committee business meeting. The committee will consider S. Res.426, a resolution introduced by Senator Coons supporting the goals and ideals of World Malaria Day, as well as several nominations. S-116 U.S. Capitol, Washington, D.C. – Open to press. Contact Foreign Relations Committee’s Adam Sharon at 202-224-4651.

    Wednesday, May 21 at 8:30 a.m. – The Senator will co-host the Congressional Child Survival Prayer Breakfast. SR-325 Kennedy Caucus Room, Russell Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C.

    Wednesday, May 21 at 11:30 a.m. – The Senator will meet with the New Castle County Chamber of Commerce to share updates on his work in Congress and key issues of interest to the business community. U.S. Capitol Visitor’s Center, Washington, D.C. – Closed to press.

    Wednesday, May 21 at 11:30 a.m. – The Senator will attend a Judiciary Committee hearing on FBI oversight. FBI Director James B. Comey, Jr. will testify. 226 Dirksen Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C. – Open to press. Contact Judiciary Committee’s Jessica Brady at 202-224-7703.

    Wednesday, May 21 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.

    Thursday, May 21 at 2:15 p.m. – The Senator will chair a joint hearing of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on African Affairs and Subcommittee on East Asian and Pacific Affairs to examine the escalating international wildlife trafficking crisis, focusing on ecological, economic and national security issues. 419 Dirksen Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C. – Open to press. Contact Ian Koski at 202-224-5042.

    Wednesday, May 21 at 6:30 p.m. – The Senator will attend the Senate Leadership Dinner honoring the Spouses of the Senate. United States Botanical Garden, Washington, D.C.

    Thursday, May 22 at 9:30 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, May 22 at 10:00 a.m. – The Senator will attend a Senate Appropriations Committee markup of Agriculture, Military Construction, and Veterans Affairs bills. 106 Dirksen Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C. – Open to press. Contact Appropriations Committee’s Vince Morris at 202-224-1010.

    Thursday, May 22 at 6:00 p.m. – The Senator will speak at the Global Child Nutrition Foundation’s "A Possible Dream" Gala honoring USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah as a champion of child nutrition. Ronald Reagan Building and Int'l Trade Center, Rotunda Room, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, D.C.

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  • The Week Ahead for Senator Chris Coons: May 12 to May 18

    The Week Ahead

    Tuesday, May 13 at 9:45 a.m. – The Senator will appear on MSNBC’s The Daily Rundown to preview Thursday’s African Affairs Subcommittee hearing on the kidnapping of 276 schoolgirls in Nigeria.

    Tuesday, May 13 at 11:00 a.m. – The Senator will attend a Judiciary Committee hearing on judicial nominations. The Committee will consider two nominees for Circuit Judge and five nominees for District Judge. 226 Dirksen Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C. – Open to press. Contact Judiciary Committee’s Jessica Brady at 202-224-7703.

    Tuesday, May 13 at 3:15 p.m. – The Senator will attend a hearing of the Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism entitled “Economic Espionage and Trade Secret Theft: Are Our Laws Adequate for Today’s Threats?” The Committee will examine legislation introduced by Senator Coons and Senator Orin Hatch (R-Utah) to create the first federal private right-of-action for the theft of trade secrets. 226 Dirksen Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C. – Open to press. Contact Judiciary Committee’s Jessica Brady at 202-224-7703.

    Wednesday, May 14 at 9:00 a.m. – The Senator will attend a Democratic Steering and Outreach Committee meeting on conservation and sportsmen’s issues with members of the outdoor recreation community. Delaware Wild Lands Executive Director Kate Hackett will join Senator Coons for the discussion. U.S. Capitol, Washington, D.C. – Closed to press.

    Wednesday, May 14 at 10:00 a.m. – The Senator will attend a Judiciary Committee hearing entitled “The Bulletproof Vest Partnership Grant Program: Supporting Law Enforcement Officers When it Matters Most.” Texas police officer Ann Carrizales, whose life was saved by a bulletproof vest purchased through the program, and International Association of Chiefs of Police Chief Yousry A. Zakhary will testify about the need to reauthorize the program. 226 Dirksen Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C. – Open to press. Contact Judiciary Committee’s Jessica Brady at 202-224-7703.

    Wednesday, May 14 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, May 14 at 3:00 p.m. The Senator will attend a hearing of the Senate Appropriations Financial Services and General Government Subcommittee on FY 2015 resource needs of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission. SEC Chairman Mary Jo White and U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission Acting Chairman Mark P. Wetjen will testify. 138 Dirksen Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C. – Open to press. Contact Appropriations Committee’s Vince Morris at 202-224-1010.

    Wednesday, May 14 at 3:30 p.m. – The Senator will speak on the Senate Floor about the tax extenders bill and a provision he authored to allow startup companies and small businesses to access the successful R&D Tax Credit. Senate Chamber, U.S. Capitol, Washington, D.C. – Open to press who wish to sit in the Senate Gallery. Note: Exact time subject to change. 

    Thursday, May 15 at 10:00 a.m. – The Senator will chair a hearing of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on African Affairs on Boko Haram’s kidnapping of 276 schoolgirls in Nigeria. The hearing will examine U.S. offers of assistance to the Nigerian government and any impediments that may be slowing the deployment of that assistance. The hearing will also take a broader look at the root causes of Boko Haram’s years-long terror campaign in the region. The proceedings will be broadcast live on C-SPAN 3. 419 Dirksen Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C. – Open to press. Contact Ian Koski at 202-224-5042.

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  • The Week Ahead for Senator Chris Coons: May 6 to May 11

    The Week Ahead

    Tuesday May 6 at 8:00 p.m. – The Senator will attend Ducks Unlimited’s Capitol Hill Dinner and Auction celebrating the organization’s conservation policy work. Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, 400 New Jersey Avenue, NW Washington, D.C.– Open to press. Contact Heather Stegner at 202-347-1530.

    Wednesday, May 7 at 11:30 a.m. – The Senator will speak on the Senate Floor calling on colleagues to reauthorize the lifesaving Federal Bulletproof Vest Partnership. Senate Chamber, U.S. Capitol, Washington, D.C. – Open to press who wish to sit in the Senate Gallery. Note: Exact time subject to change.

    Wednesday, May 7 at 1:30 p.m. The Senator will speak about intellectual property and innovation at the 25th Annual BakerHostetler Legislative Seminar. The Seminar is a one-day program for business leaders focused on tax, budget, health care, and technology policy. Hyatt Hotel, 400 New Jersey Ave NW, Washington, D.C.

    Wednesday, May 7 at 2:00 p.m. The Senator will attend a hearing of the Senate Appropriations Homeland Security Subcommittee on cybersecurity. Representatives from the Department of Homeland Security and the private sector will testify. 192 Dirksen Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C. – Open to press. Contact Appropriations Committee’s Vince Morris at 202-224-1010.

    Wednesday, May 7 at 3:00 p.m. – The Senator will preside over the Senate until 4:00 p.m. Senate Chamber, U.S. Capitol, Washington, D.C. – Open to press who wish to sit in the Senate Gallery.

    Thursday, May 8 at 10:00 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, May 8 at 11:15 a.m.  – The Senator will attend a Budget Committee hearing on the U.S. economic and fiscal outlook. Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen will testify. 608 Dirksen Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C. – Open to press. Contact Senate Budget Committee’s Eli Zupnick at 202-224-5398. 

    Friday, May 9 at 7:30 a.m. – The Senator will receive the Leadership in Service award at the 3rd Annual Kind to Kids Spring Celebration Breakfast. Kind to Kids serves foster children and children in poverty in Delaware. Hotel DuPont, Wilmington, DE – Open to press. Contact Caroline Jones at 302- 654-5440.

    Saturday, May 10 at 10:30 a.m. – The Senator will deliver brief remarks at the Wesley College Commencement Ceremony. Wesley College, Dashiell Amphitheater, Dover, DE – Open to press. Contact Chris Agar at 302-736-2354.

    Sunday, May 11 at 10:00 a.m. – The Senator will attend Delaware State University’s 124th Commencement Ceremony. Delaware State University, Alumni Stadium, Dover, DE – Open to press. Contact Carlos Holmes at 302-857-6060.

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  • The Week Ahead for Senator Chris Coons: April 28 to May 4

    The Week Ahead

    Tuesday, April 29 at 3:30 p.m. – The Senator will attend a hearing of the Appropriations Committee on federally funded research. Witnesses include Dr. John Holdren, Director of the White House’s Office of Science and Technology Policy, Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz, NIH Director Frances Collins, NSF Director France Córdova, and Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency Director Arati Prabhakar. G50 Dirksen Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C. – Open to press. Contact Appropriations Committee’s Vince Morris at 202-224-1010.

    Tuesday, April 29 at 5:00 p.m. – The Senator will speak at a World Malaria Day reception hosted by Malaria No More. World Malaria Day was instituted by the World Health Assembly in May 2007 as a day for recognizing the global effort to provide effective control of malaria. Senator Coons is co-chair of the Senate Caucus on Malaria and Neglected Tropical Diseases. 334 Cannon House Office Building, Washington, D.C.

    Tuesday, April 29 at 7:45 p.m. – The Senator will attend the National Restaurant Association Restaurant Neighbor Awards Dinner. Sussex County restaurateur Matt Haley, owner of the Delaware restaurant group SoDel Concepts, will be honored with the 2014 Restaurant Neighbor/Cornerstone Humanitarian Award. Ronald Reagan Building and Int'l Trade Center, Atrium, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, D.C.

    Wednesday, April 30 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, April 30 at 2:00 p.m. – The Senator will attend a hearing of the Appropriations Financial Services and General Government Subcommittee on the President’s FY 2015 funding request and budget justification for the Department of the Treasury and the IRS. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew and IRS Commissioner John Koskinen will testify. 138 Dirksen Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C. – Open to press. Contact Appropriations Committee’s Vince Morris at 202-224-1010.

    Thursday, May 1 at 10:00 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, May 1 at 2:30 p.m. – The Senator will speak on the Senate Floor about the Supreme Court’s ruling in McCutcheon v. FEC and the growing influence of money in politics. Senate Chamber, U.S. Capitol, Washington, D.C. – Open to press who wish to sit in the Senate Gallery. Note: Exact time subject to change.

    Thursday, May 1 at 3:00 p.m. – The Senator will preside over the Senate until 4:00 p.m. Senate Chamber, U.S. Capitol, Washington, D.C. – Open to press who wish to sit in the Senate Gallery.

    Thursday, May 1 at 4:00 p.m. – The Senator will speak at a briefing entitled Maximizing the Return on Financial Aid Through Early College and Dual and Concurrent Enrollment. The briefing is organized by the National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships, Jobs for the Future, Middle College National Consortium, Bard College, and EdWorks. Senator Coons will discuss bipartisan legislation he is working on to expand early college offerings for Pell Grant eligible students. 592 Dirksen Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C.

    Thursday, May 1 at 6:30 p.m. – The Senator will attend the 26th Annual National Fire and Emergency Services Dinner hosted by the Congressional Fire Services Institute. The event brings together first responders from across the country to recognize individuals and organizations for their outstanding leadership and advocacy work. Washington Hilton, International Ballroom, 1919 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, D.C. 

    Friday, May 2 at 8:30 a.m. – The Senator will deliver remarks at the Middle Atlantic Regional Council of the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials conference. MARC NAHRO is a leading housing and community development advocate for the provision of adequate and affordable housing and strong viable communities. Dover Downs, Dover, DE – Open to press. Contact Carrie Casey at 302-442-2474.

    Friday, May 2 at 9:30 a.m. – The Senator will meet with Smyrna School District Superintendent Deborah Wicks to tour Smyrna High School and discuss the importance of STEM education. Smyrna High School, 500 Duck Creek Pkwy, Smyrna, DE – Open to press. Contact Patrice Scuse at Patrice.Scuse@smyrna.k12.de.us.

    Friday, May 2 at 12:15 p.m. – The Senator will deliver keynote remarks at the annual Delaware State Bar Association’s Law Day program. Senator Coons’ remarks will focus on the day’s theme: Rule of Law: Why Every Vote Matters and will touch on his recent work in Congress to restore the protections of the Voting Rights ActHotel DuPont, Gold Ballroom, Wilmington, DE – Open to press. Contact DSBA’s Rebecca Baird at 302-658-5279.

    Note: Schedule is subject to change.

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