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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, January 31, 2013
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Senator Coons named chair of Judiciary Subcommittee on Bankruptcy and the Courts

Subcommittee will have jurisdiction over key piece of Delaware’s judicial economy

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.) has been named chairman of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Bankruptcy and the Courts for the 113th Congress, giving him oversight of the nation’s bankruptcy court system, as well as court administration and management, judicial rules and procedures, the creation of new courts and judgeships, and legal reform and liability issues.

“I am honored by Chairman Leahy’s decision to entrust the Bankruptcy and the Courts Subcommittee to my leadership and thank the full Committee for endorsing that action,” Senator Coons said. “Americans find themselves in contact with the courts when they are at their most vulnerable — usually when they’ve been hurt by someone, find themselves unable to pay their debts, or have been accused of failing to meet their legal obligations to others. We must be mindful that Americans rely on courts to help them when disputes do arise and it is imperative that the courts are able to resolve them fairly, efficiently, and at a minimum of cost and inconvenience to all concerned. I take this obligation seriously.”

“I congratulate Senator Coons on his new subcommittee chairmanship,” Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) said. “The Bankruptcy and the Courts Subcommittee will play an important role in ensuring that our federal courts have the resources they need to do their job for the American people. I am confident that Senator Coons will lead this subcommittee with the rigor and passion he has brought to all of his work since joining the Judiciary Committee, and I look forward to working with him on many issues in the 113th Congress.”

Senator Coons has served on the Senate Judiciary Committee since being sworn-into office in November 2010.

“Over the course of this Congress, I hope to examine a broad range of issues that fall under the jurisdiction of the Bankruptcy and the Courts Subcommittee,” Senator Coons said. “We have a judicial vacancy crisis in many parts of this country, and I’d like to look at what can be done to address it. Our federal courts have traditionally been the last bastion for many Americans to assert their civil rights, but recent federal court decisions have made it harder to not only enforce federal civil rights, but also rights that people may have as a consumer or as an employee under state law. That has to change.

“The subcommittee also has jurisdiction over the Bankruptcy Code,” Senator Coons continued. “Delaware has a well established and respected bankruptcy bench and bar, and I look forward to working with Delaware experts to make sure that our bankruptcy system resolves cases predictably and with the proper balance between the interests of creditors and debtors.

“Finally, I look forward to working with Senator Sessions as my ranking member,” Senator Coons said. “Senator Sessions is a respected member of the Judiciary Committee and this will be the seventh consecutive Congress during which he has served as either ranking member of chairman of this subcommittee. I look forward to his guidance and expertise as we work together to shape the subcommittee’s agenda.”

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