U.S. Senator Chris Coons of Delaware

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  • 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.

  • The Senator's Week Ahead Schedule April 20-27

    The Week Ahead 

    Monday, April 20 at 11:30 a.m. — The Senator will deliver the keynote speech for the Delaware Jefferson Awards Ceremony. The Jefferson Awards for Public Service are given at both national and local levels to “ordinary people who do extraordinary things without expectation of recognition.” Hotel DuPont, Gold Ballroom, Wilmington, DE. – Open to press. Contact Nancy Leonard at 302-530-8722.

    Tuesday, April 21 at 10:30 a.m.  The Senator will deliver remarks at the Association of American Universities’ Spring Meeting. The Association of American Universities (AAU) is an international organization of leading research universities devoted to maintaining a strong system of academic research and education. The Four Seasons Georgetown, 2800 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC. – Open to press. Contact: Sean Coit at 202-224-0351.

    Wednesday, April 22 at 9:00 a.m. – The Senator will attend a Steering Committee meeting to discuss reform of the Elementary and Secondary Schools Act. This discussion will bring together advocacy groups and national organizations to discuss issues critical to the reauthorization of the ESEA and how Senate Democrats can best meet the needs of students across the country. Senate Room 207, Mansfield Room, Washington, D.C. – Open to press. Contact: Sean Coit at 202-224-0351.

    Wednesday, April 22 at 12:30 p.m. — The Senator will deliver a keynote speech for a World Malaria Day event. This event, hosted by the Friends of the Global Fight Against AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria, will bring together a range of speakers and stakeholders united in the fight against this infectious disease. Senate Visitors Center Room 210, Washington, D.C. – Open to press. Contact: Houston Ernst at Houston@globalfight.org.

    Thursday, April 23 at 8:30 a.m. – The Senator will speak at a breakfast for the American Chemical Society. The American Chemical Society is a scientific society based in the United States that supports scientific inquiry in the field of chemistry. Dirksen Senate Office Building Room 120, Washington D.C. Open to press. Contact: Ryan Davison at 202-872-6241.

    Thursday, April 23 at 5:15 p.m. – The Senator will attend a reception for former British Prime Minister Tony Blair. This event will have a specific focus on Mr. Blair’s Africa Governance Initiative, which supports the effectiveness of governments in Africa. Georgetown University, Washington, D.C. – Open to press. Contact: Danielle Gram at danielle.gram@tb-agi-us.org.

    Friday, April 24 at 5:00 p.m. – The Senator will attend the Del-PAC Student Leadership Dinner. Hosted by the University of Delaware’s AIPAC-trained student group, this dinner will bring together more than 100 student leaders and activists from the campus community to discuss Israel and the American-Israeli relationship. Gore Educational Building, South College Avenue, University of Delaware-Newark, DE. – Open to press. Contact: Josh Berkowitz at josh.ada.berkowitz@gmail.com.

    Friday, April 24 at 6:15p.m. – The Senator will attend the retirement celebration for Dr. Joseph Pika. Dr. Pika has been an integral part of the University of Delaware’s Political Science and International Relations department since he joined the faculty in 1981. Courtyard Marriot Ballroom at the University of Delaware, Newark, DE. – Closed to press.

    Friday, April 24 at 7:30 p.m. – The Senator will attend the 11th Annual WOW Awards Celebration. The WOW Awards Celebration is the signature fundraiser of the Delaware HIV Consortium. With a new theme every year, the WOW Awards Celebration recognizes leaders in the field of HIV/AIDS and raises much-needed funds for Delawareans living with the disease. Clarion Hotel, 1612 N. Dupont Highway, New Castle, DE. – Open to press. Contact: Scott MacKenzie at 302-654-5417.

    Saturday, April 25 at 9:15 a.m. – The Senator will attend the 2015 Brain Tumor Walk. This annual event benefits the National Brain Tumor Society; proceeds from it support research to find a cure for brain tumors, public policy advocacy, and patient information to make sure that the critical needs of the brain tumor community are being met. Dravo Plaza at the Wilmington Riverfront, 1080 Justison Street, Wilmington, DE. – Open to press.

    Saturday, April 25 at 5:30 p.m. – The Senator will attend the 2015 Common Wealth Awards hosted by The PNC Financial Services Group. These awards recognize individuals who have enriched modern society in a range of human endeavors; honorees this year include musician Jon Bon Jovi and actor Edward Norton for Public Service awards, in addition to entrepreneur and founder of Wikipedia, Jimmy Wales for the Mass Communications Award. Hotel DuPont, Wilmington, DE. – For press inquiries, contact: Nicole Berger at nicole.berger@pnc.com.

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

    The Week Ahead

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Manufacturing Update for March 2015

    Manufacturing Jobs for America monthly manufacturing update



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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    The Week Ahead

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • DAFB breaks ground on new runway

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

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

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

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

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

    Department of Defense
    Dover Air Force Base
    Kent County
  • The Senator's Week Ahead Schedule for March 23-29

    The Week Ahead

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Note: Schedule is subject to change.

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