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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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  • Manufacturing Update for June 2014

    Manufacturing Jobs for America monthly manufacturing update

    1. LATEST POLICY
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    Passed by the Senate -- Five Manufacturing Jobs for America bills in Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act

    The Senate passed the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) on June 25.  The bill includes five innovative skills-training provisions from the Manufacturing Jobs for America campaign to help prepare America’s workforce for the manufacturing jobs of the 21st century.  The bill now heads to the House of Representatives for approval. The bills included were:

    Adult Education and Economic Growth Act (S. 1400), sponsored by Sens. Reed (D-RI) and Brown (D-OH)
    WIOA includes key portions of S.1400, which seeks to increase investment in adult education, expand access to technology and digital literacy skills for adult learners, require better coordination and integration of adult education with state workforce development systems and postsecondary education, and strengthen English and civics education for new Americans. More: Reed press release

    America Works Act (S. 453), sponsored by Sens. Hagan (D-NC), Donnelly (D-IN), Heller (R-NV), Klobuchar (D-MN), and Schumer (D-NY)
    WIOA includes provisions from S. 453, which seeks to prioritize federal funding for job training programs that offer portable, national, and industry-recognized credentials. This reform would promote job-training programs that match the skills of workers with the needs of local employers, thereby training individuals for the jobs that are available in their communities right now.
    More: Hagan press release | Donnelly press release

    On-the-Job Training Act (S. 1227), sponsored by Sens. Shaheen (D-NH) and Cochran (R-MS)
    WIOA includes aspects of S. 1227 to significantly expand opportunities for on-the-job-training. WIOA requires state workforce investment boards to disseminate information identifying on-the-job-training opportunities and boosts incentives for employers to participate in on-the-job-training programs.
    More: Shaheen press release

    SECTORS Act (S. 1226), sponsored by Sens. Brown (D-OH), Casey (D-PA), Collins (R-ME), and Durbin (D-IL)
    WIOA includes provisions from S.1226 to require state and local Workforce Investment Boards to establish sector-based partnerships between employers, educators, and local workforce administrators to train workers for the most in-demand 21st century jobs.
    More: Brown press release

    Community College to Career Fund (S. 1269), sponsored by Sens. Franken (D-MN), Begich (D-AK), Durbin (D-IL), and Schatz (D-HI)
    WIOA includes aspects of S.1269 to create partnerships between businesses and schools that facilitate effective job training.
    More: Franken press release 

    Executive Action -- Presidential actions to revitalize manufacturing
    The administration announced new federal actions and new commitments from Mayors and other local leaders to invest in manufacturing. New actions announced include:

    ‘Mayors Maker Challenge’
    More than 90 Mayors and local leaders committed to the ‘Mayors Maker Challenge’ to expand access to physical locations and new manufacturing and prototyping equipment in their communities, spur manufacturing entrepreneurship, and inspire young people to pursue careers in manufacturing and engineering.

    Streamlining access to $5 billion of advanced equipment in over 700 R&D facilities
    The Administration will help manufacturing entrepreneurs access $5 billion worth of advanced equipment in federal R&D facilities that they may use to develop new technologies and launch new inventions.  For example, entrepreneurs might access NASA’s National Center for Advanced Manufacturing to produce the high-strength, defect-free joints required for cutting-edge aeronautics.

    Expanding investment in the Materials Genome Initiative
    Five federal agencies will invest more than $150 million in ground-breaking research to support the Materials Genome Initiative, upping the Administration’s investment in the manufacturing of advanced materials.  The Materials Genome Initiative is a public-private endeavor that aims to cut in half the time it takes to develop novel materials that can fuel advanced manufacturing and bolster the 21st century American economy.
    More: White House press release

    Passed by Committee -- Manufacturing priorities in CJS Appropriations
    The Senate Appropriations Committee included a number of manufacturing priorities in the Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies appropriations bill, which supports key programs for manufacturers and entrepreneurs. Included in the bill were:

    Manufacturing Extension Partnerships
    Manufacturing Extension Partnerships (MEPs) are the only public-private partnership dedicated to providing technical support and services to small and medium-sized manufacturers.  The Appropriations Committee recognized the importance of MEPs by raising funding to $141 million, a $13 million increase.  According to data from the National Institute of Standards and Technology, every dollar invested in MEP facilitates $19 in new sales growth and $21 in new client investment.

    National Manufacturing Strategy
    The bill directs the Office of Science & Technology Policy to report to Congress with a comprehensive plan to develop a national manufacturing strategy.  This language compliments the American Manufacturing Competitiveness Act, which is part of Manufacturing Jobs for America and was introduced by Sens. Coons (D-DE) and Kirk (R-IL). 

    Bio-Manufacturing
    The bill includes language recognizing the importance of U.S. bio-manufacturing and directing the National Science Foundation (NSF) to increase support for it in its advanced manufacturing portfolio by dedicating at least $15 million to new bio-manufacturing initiatives. 

    Foreign Commercial Service
    The Department of Commerce announced the expansion of the Foreign Commercial Service, including four new offices in Angola, Tanzania, Ethiopia, and Mozambique and four office expansions in Kenya, Ghana, Morocco, and Libya.  The expansion will create nearly 70 new positions and post 17 additional officers globally to help U.S. manufacturers get started in exporting or increase sales to new global markets. 

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  • The Week Ahead for Senator Chris Coons: July 1 to 3

    The Week Ahead

    Tuesday, July 1 at 11:00 a.m. - The Senator will deliver remarks at the homecoming ceremony for the Delaware National Guard’s 150th Engineer Company, which is returning from Bagram, Afghanistan.  Army Aviation Support Facility, 33 Corporate Circle, New Castle, DE – Open to press. Contact Brian P. Cunningham at 302-650-7858.

    Tuesday, July 1 at 1:30 p.m. - The Senator will tour and meet employees at the Fraunhofer Center for Molecular Biology. Employees will brief Senator Coons on some of the latest technological advances Fraunhofer CMB has made in developing applications for vaccines, therapeutics, reagents and diagnostics. The Senator will also update Fraunhofer leadership on his work to boost support for bio-manufacturing in the National Science Foundation’s advanced manufacturing portfolio. Newark, DE. – Closed to press.

    Wednesday, July 2 at 10:00 a.m. - The Senator will join members of the Delaware delegation and USDA Rural Development State Director Bill McGowan to announce wastewater system improvements that will help protect the health and safety of families and provide significant clean water benefits for the Muderkill River and Delaware Bay. 139 Milford Neck Road, Milford, DE – Open to press. Contact Kathy Beisner at 302-943-3818.

    Wednesday, July 2 at 12:00 p.m. - The Senator will deliver keynote remarks at a luncheon hosted by the Wilmington West Rotary Club. Rotary brings business and professional people together to serve our community, and enriches the lives of our members through fellowship and friendship. University and Whist Club, 8th and Broom Streets, Wilmington, DE­ ? Open to press. Contact Brian P. Cunningham at 302-650-7858.

    Wednesday, July 2 at 3:30 p.m. - The Senator will visit the Wilmington Hope Commission’s Achievement Center. The Hope Commission is leading efforts to successfully reintegrate ex-offenders back into the community through case management. The Achievement Center offers ex-offenders training, therapy, job placement, and educational support services. 38 Vandever Ave, Wilmington, DE – Open to press. Contact Brian P. Cunningham at 302-650-7858.

    Thursday, July 3 at 11:00 a.m. - The Senator will speak at an event hosted by the Young African Leadership Initiative. Senator Coons will speak to the attendees about civic leadership. University of Delaware, Elliott Hall, 26 East Main Street, Newark, DE – Open to the press. Contact Colin Miller at cdmiller@udel.edu.

  • VIDEO: Senator Coons talks I-495 closure, national infrastructure backlog

    Senator Coons speaks with Comcast Newsmakers’ Jill Horner about the status of I-495 bridge repairs and bipartisan proposals to spur investment in critical infrastructure improvements across the nation. The federal Highway Trust Fund, which finances 80 percent of the cost of all state highway maintenance projects, will run out of funding as soon as early August if Congress fails to act.

    "If we want modern infrastructure, if we want bridges and roads that work when we need them to, we have to pay for them," Chris said.

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

    The Week Ahead

    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.

    Note: Schedule is subject to change.

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

    The Week Ahead

    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.

    Note: Schedule is subject to change.

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  • Senator Coons calls on Congress to act on climate change

    In a personal speech on the Senate floor this week, Senator Coons shared his own first-hand account of the climate change impacts he has witnessed during trips to Glacier National Park in Montana, the Santa Marta Mountains in Colombia, and at home in Delaware. He urged his colleagues in Congress to take action now – to support clean energy and energy efficiency and back responsible limits on harmful carbon emissions – so we can change the course of our future and leave our children a healthier world. Read his full remarks here: http://1.usa.gov/SAoDDB

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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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  • Manufacturing Update for May 2014

    Manufacturing Jobs for America monthly manufacturing update

    1. LATEST POLICY
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    Passed by Congress -- “Buy America” provisions in WRRDA
    Congress recently passed the Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA).  The bill includes provisions introduced by Sens. Brown (D-OH) and Merkley (D-OR) that ensure American-made iron and steel are used in federally-funded water infrastructure projects when available and competitively priced. “For our economy to continue adding jobs, we must ensure American taxpayer dollars are used to support manufacturers and workers at home, not overseas,” Brown said. “I thank my colleagues for passing legislation that will strengthen our economy and infrastructure while benefitting Ohio manufacturers." "If we don’t make things in America, we won’t have a middle class in America,” Merkley said. “Today’s news is a huge victory for the principle that American tax dollars should support American jobs.”
    More: Brown press release

    Secretary Pritzker announces first 12 Manufacturing Communities
    Commerce Secretary Pritzker announced the first 12 communities that will be designated Manufacturing Communities as part of the Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership (IMCP) Initiative.  The program is designed to accelerate the resurgence of manufacturing in communities by supporting the development of long-term economic development strategies. The 12 communities were selected from 70 that applied based on the strength of their economic development plans, the potential for impact in their communities, and the depths of their partnerships across the public and private sector. The Manufacturing Communities will receive coordinated support for their strategies from eleven federal agencies with $1.3 billion available in federal economic development assistance.  The communities will also receive a dedicated federal liaison at each agency to help them navigate available federal resources. “The 12 Manufacturing Communities announced today represent a diverse group of communities with the most comprehensive economic development plans to attract business investment that will increase their competitiveness,” said U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker.
    More: Commerce press release | White House fact sheet

    Introduced -- Defend Trade Secrets Act
    Senators Hatch (R-UT) and Coons (D-DE) introduced the Defend Trade Secrets Act to help combat the loss of an estimated $160 billion to $480 billion each year in the United States to the theft of corporate trade secrets. The bill empowers manufacturers and other companies to protect their trade secrets in federal court by creating a federal private right-of-action. “The intellectual property that drives the U.S. economy has never been more valuable, or more vulnerable,” Senator Coons said.  “American companies are losing jobs because of the theft of trade secrets every day.  This bipartisan bill will empower American companies to protect their jobs by legally confronting those who steal their trade secrets.  It will finally give trade secrets the same legal protections that other forms of critical intellectual property already enjoy.”
    More: Hatch press release | Coons press release

    Hearing -- Judiciary hearing on trade secrets
    Manufacturing leaders testified before the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism on the need for urgent action to combat trade secret theft and protect American manufacturing jobs.  The witnesses urged Congress to pass the Defend Trade Secrets Act, which empowers companies to defend their trade secrets in federal court and recover stolen intellectual property before it is sold to competitors. Pursuing trade theft cases in state courts results in “a whole lot more expense,” said Doug Norman, Vice President and General Patent Counsel for Eli Lilly, as well as “a whole lot more risk, because we may not be able to isolate and seize the stolen materials as quickly.”
    More: Coons press release

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    News -- Landrieu urges BASF to build plant in Louisiana
    Sen. Landrieu (D-LA) wrote to BASF urging the company to locate its new propylene facility in Louisiana, where it would create thousands of high-paying jobs and fuel the revival of manufacturing. “Louisiana is at the center of a global manufacturing renaissance and a natural gas boom, made possible by extraordinary and swift advances in technology to locate, capture and produce natural gas,” Sen. Landrieu said. 
    More: Landrieu press release

    News -- Baldwin testifies before International Trade Commission on behalf of Wisconsin manufacturers
    Sen. Baldwin (D-WI) testified before the International Trade Commission (ITC) on behalf of a Wisconsin manufacturer, Felker Brothers of Marshfield.  Sen. Baldwin appeared to highlight the importance of the stainless pipe industry.  The manufacturer is a petitioner in an antidumping investigation on imports of welded stainless pressure pipe from Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam.  At the ITC hearing, Baldwin focused on the challenges that Felker and the industry have faced from unfairly traded imports.
    More: Baldwin press release

    News -- Brown calls on administration to protect steel manufacturers
    Sen. Brown joined Northeast Ohio workers at a rally to call on the Obama Administration to protect Ohio steel manufacturers and the jobs they support. Outside of the U. S. Steel facility in Lorain, Brown and local steelworkers urged the Commerce Department (DOC) to crack down on countries that unfairly dump their steel in the U.S. market, threatening American jobs and competitiveness. A recent report from the Economic Policy Institute (EPI), supported by Sen. Brown, finds that a surge in imports is putting half a million U.S. manufacturing jobs at risk.
    More: Brown press release | EPI report

    News -- Schumer, Gillibrand announce manufacturing grants to University of Rochester and SEMATECH Albany
    Sens. Gillibrand (D-NY) and Schumer (D-NY) announced grants for the University of Rochester’s New York Photonics Manufacturing Initiative and SEMATECH Albany from the Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). The grants will strengthen the nation’s optics, photonics and imaging manufacturers, and support SEMATECH’s Semiconductor Supply Chain Roadmapping initiative, respectively.
    More: Gillibrand University of Rochester release | Gillibrand SEMATECH release

    News -- Harkin announces economic development funding for Iowa
    Sen. Harkin (D-IA) announced that three Iowa regions were awarded grants through the Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration to help establish comprehensive economic development strategies in their region. 
    More: Harkin press release

    News -- Shaheen opens Southern New Hampshire Regional Economic Development Center
    Sen. Shaheen (D-NH) joined members of the New Hampshire congressional delegation in opening the Southern New Hampshire Regional Economic Development Center, which will help support small manufacturers with counseling, pre-loan packaging, assistance in finding a location, alternative financing, and employee training.  Sen. Shaheen supported REDC’s grant application to the Economic Development Administration, and in April of 2012 announced REDC’s selection for a $432,000 grant which made the new center possible.
    More: Shaheen press release

    News -- Cardin tours Maryland manufacturers
    Sen. Cardin (D-MD) launched a Made in Maryland Job Tour, touring a number of Maryland manufacturers.  Among the manufacturers he toured was HunterDouglas, where 860 employees manufacture high end, custom window fashions. 
    More: Cardin press release

    News -- Coons tours local manufacturer
    Sen. Coons (D-DE) visited WhiteOptics, a manufacturer of raw materials for LED lighting.  While there, the Senator took the opportunity to address questions on how protecting trade secrets can help encourage innovation.
    More: Coons blog post

    News -- President Obama meets with manufacturing leaders
    The President met with manufacturing leaders to announce a forum to attract more American and foreign companies to create jobs in the U.S. “We have made enormous strides over the last several years not just recovering from a Great Recession, but taking advantage of and now marketing the advantages of doing business in the United States — whether it’s low energy costs, an incredibly productive workforce,” the President said. 
    More: Detroit News

    News -- NIST announces award to MTConnect to promote advanced manufacturing
    NIST recently announced an award for MTConnect, “an open, royalty-free standard intended to foster greater interoperability between manufacturing devices and software applications.” "This is the promised land," says Doug Woods, president of the Association for Manufacturing Technology (AMT) and a champion of MTConnect. 
    More: IndustryWeek | NIST announcement

    News -- Production of new Ford Transit Van launched at new Kansas City plant
    Ford recently launched production of the new Ford Transit Van at its Kansas City Assembly Plant.  With 2,000 new jobs at the plant supported by a $1.1 billion investment, Ford is now more than 75 percent toward its goal of creating 12,000 jobs in the United States by 2015.  In addition to the Transit Van, the Kansas City Assembly Plant produces the Ford F-150, and employs 4,878 workers on three crews.
    More: Ford

    Report -- “The all-of-the-above energy strategy as a path to sustainable economic growth”
    The White House recently issued a report detailing how an all-of-the-above energy strategy can help fuel economic growth.  Energy prices are of particular importance to manufacturers, and have helped  fuel the U.S. manufacturing renaissance in recent years.
    More: White House

    News -- Commerce Department honors manufacturers for export success
    Commerce Secretary Pritzker honored 65 U.S. exporters at the 2014 President’s “E” Awards.  The 52nd anniversary of the awards, the “E” Awards are the highest recognition any U.S. entity can receive for significant contributions to increasing American exports.
    More: Commerce Department

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