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

    Senator Coons talks to MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell about his goals for the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit and the challenges and opportunties surrounding the three-day event. 

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  • The Week Ahead for Senator Chris Coons - August 4 to August 9

    The Week Ahead

    Monday, August 4 at 11:00 a.m. – The Senator will participate in the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) Forum Congressional Panel, part of the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit. African and U.S. trade officials will discuss the future of the AGOA program and U.S. plans to pursue renewal of AGOA legislation. The Senator will share his goals for the legislation during a panel discussion titled “Congressional Views on Renewing AGOA.” World Bank, Prescott Auditorium, 1818 H Street NW, Washington, D.C.

    Monday, August 4 at 4 p.m. – The Senator will co-host the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit Congressional Reception for African Heads of State. The Senator will join the chairs of the Senate Foreign Relations and House Foreign Affairs Committees to welcome African leaders to Capitol Hill. 325 Kennedy Caucus Room, Russell Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C.

    Tuesday, August 5 at 9:00 a.m. – The Senator will attend the U.S.-Africa Business Forum, hosted by the U.S. Department of Commerce and Bloomberg Philanthropies. The full-day forum will focus on strengthening trade and financial ties between the United States and Africa. President Obama, Secretary Pritzker, Mayor Bloomberg, and other senior U.S. government officials will participate along with CEOs from top U.S. companies. Mandarin Oriental, 1330 Maryland Ave SW, Washington, D.C.

    Tuesday, August 5 at 7:00 p.m. – The Senator will attend the White House Dinner on the occasion of the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit, hosted by President and Mrs. Obama for African heads of state and government and select guests. The White House, Washington, D.C.

    Saturday, August 9 at 11 a.m. – The Senator will attend the 2014 Eastern Shore AFRAM Festival. Each year this African American festival shares the unique contributions made throughout the Diaspora by the ancestors and their descendants to the arts, history and cultures of the World. Seaford Sports Complex, Seaford, DE.

    Note: Schedule is subject to change.

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  • The Week Ahead for Senator Chris Coons: July 28 to August 2

    The Week Ahead 

    Monday, July 28 at 9:00 a.m. – The Senator will speak at the Young African Leaders Initiative Presidential Summit. The Senator will participate in the Congressional Forum on Investing in the Next Generation of Africa, a panel discussion moderated by Cokie Roberts. Omni Shoreham Hotel, Regency Ballroom, 2500 Calvert Street, NW, Washington, D.C.

    Monday, July 28 at 12:30 p.m. The Senator will join the Delaware delegation for an event honoring UDairy Director Melinda Litvinas who is being honored by the White House this week as a “Future of American Agriculture” Champion of Change. 342 Dirksen Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C.

    Monday, July 28 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.

    Monday, July 28 at 4:00 p.m. The Senator will speak on the Senate Floor about the progress of his Manufacturing Jobs for America campaign to pass good manufacturing bills in Congress. 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.

    Tuesday, July 29 at 9:30 a.m. – The Senator will attend a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on nominations. 226 Dirksen Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C. – Open to press. Contact Judiciary Committee’s Jessica Brady at 202-224-7703.

    Tuesday, July 29 at 10:00 a.m. – The Senator will attend a Foreign Relations Committee hearing on Iran, focusing on the status of negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program. 419 Dirksen Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C. – Open to press. Contact Foreign Relations Committee’s Adam Sharon at 202-224-4651.

    Tuesday, July 29 at 11:00 a.m. – The Senator will attend a Budget Committee hearing examining the economic and budgetary consequences of climate change and focusing on the cost of inaction. 608 Dirksen Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C. — Open to press. Contact Budget Committee’s Eli Zupnick at 202-224-5398.

    Tuesday, July 29 at 3:20 p.m. – The Senator will chair a Foreign Relations Committee hearing to consider the nomination of Donald Heflin to be Ambassador to the Republic of Cabo Verde. 419 Dirksen Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C. – Open to press. Contact Foreign Relations Committee’s Adam Sharon at 202-224-4651.

    Wednesday, July 30 at 9:00 a.m. — The Senator will attend a Senate Democratic Steering and Outreach Committee meeting. The discussion will bring together advocacy groups and national organizations to discuss challenges facing students, including student loan debt and college affordability. U.S. Capitol, Washington, D.C. – Closed to press.

    Wednesday, July 30 at 1:30 p.m. The Senator will co-host a Senate Law Enforcement Caucus event with Senator Roy Blunt (R-Mo) on Regional Information Sharing Systems, tools that keep state and local officers connected and allow access to law enforcement databases across jurisdictional boundaries. 485 Russell Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C. ­– Open to press. Contact Jamie Serlin at 202-224-5042. 

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

    Wednesday, July 30 at 3:00 p.m. – The Senator will speak on the Senate Floor about the upcoming U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit. 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, July 31 at 9:00 a.m. The Senator will host a pen and pad press conference with reporters to preview the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit and discuss goals for U.S.-Africa trade policy. 127-A Russell Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C. – Open to press. Contact Jamie Serlin at 202-224-5042 or Jamie_Serlin@coons.senate.gov to RSVP.

    Friday, August 1 at 10:00 a.m. – The Senator will attend the formal dedication ceremony for the new Armed Forces Reserve Center, headquarters for the Delaware Army and Air National Guard and Navy Operational Support Center. Delaware National Guard/Armed Forces Reserve Command, 250 Airport Road, New Castle, DE. – Open to press. Contact Brian P. Cunningham at 302-650-7858.

    Saturday, August 2 at 12:00 p.m. – The Senator will attend the Delaware Pride Festival. Leg Hall Lawn, Dover, DE.

    Note: Schedule is subject to change.

  • VIDEO: Senator Coons talks to NBC 10 about workforce training bill

    Philly's NBC 10 News reports on the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Actsigned into law by the President Tuesday. Senator Coons, who leads the Senate's Manufacturing Jobs for America campaign, attended the bill signing ceremony and talked to NBC 10 outside the White House about what the bill means for American workers. Click here to read more about the bill.

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

    The Week Ahead

    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. 

    Note: Schedule is subject to change.

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

    The Week Ahead

    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.

    Note: Schedule is subject to change.

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  • VIDEO: Senator Coons discusses plan to address child refugee crisis

    Speaking at a Senate Appropriations Committee hearing Thursday, Senator Coons urged colleagues to support the President’s emergency funding request and focus additional resources on addressing the root cause of the crisis on the border.

    “I think the evidence is clear that the children who we are seeing and who are being interdicted at our southern border at record numbers are fleeing dramatically increased levels of violence in three Central American countries — Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras,” Senator Coons said. “And if this increase in refugees coming to the United States was caused by some change in policy, we would see a comparable flood of refugees from other countries throughout Central America, but we don't. It's just these three countries, and it's because of the conditions in these three countries, as your testimony suggested. And so, it's my hope that a significant share of the investment and the action that will be taken as a result of this emergency supplemental will focus on those countries.”

    Senator Coons also praised the emergency funding bill for directing resources to guarantee due process protections – required under the 2008 Trafficking Victims Protection Act – for children detained by border security. 

    “I'm pleased this requests additional badly needed resources for immigration judges, for an expansion of the legal orientation program, and for counsel for minors, because while we know we have a significant backlog, we have significant unmet detention costs and humanitarian costs,” Senator Coons said. “I think we need to act now to fix our most urgent problems rather than removing the basic due process protections embedded in the [Trafficking Victims Protection Act], a law that was adopted unanimously by Congress and signed into law by President Bush.”

    Senator Coons spoke on the Senate floor yesterday to call on Congress to responsibly confront the crisis at the border. Watch and read his remarks here: http://1.usa.gov/1lV0pLw

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