Press Releases

06.19.18

Sen. Coons, colleagues call for hearing on President Trump’s family separation policy

WASHINGTON - On Monday, U.S. Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.) and all of the Senate Judiciary Committee Democrats sent a letter to Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), calling on him to promptly hold a hearing on the Trump administration's inhumane family separation policy. Since President Trump announced his "zero-tolerance" policy, nearly 2,500 children - some of them just infants - have been torn away from their families at the border. Leahy and Judiciary Committee Democrats wrot… Continue Reading


06.18.18

[VIDEO] Sen. Coons seeks assurance from Director Wray that the FBI will not interfere in Special Counsel Mueller’s investigation

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, today questioned Michael Horowitz, Inspector General for the Department of Justice, and Christopher Wray, Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, at a hearing examining the DOJ Inspector General's report on the FBI's handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation and various other issues. "Director Wray, I've expressed time and again that I am concerned that the Department of Justice is be… Continue Reading


06.18.18

Sens. Carper, Coons secure initiatives for Delaware National Guard, small manufacturers in annual defense policy bill

WASHINGTON - Today, the U.S. Senate passed the annual National Defense Authorization Act, which includes support for the National Guard and defense manufacturing championed by U.S. Senators Tom Carper and Chris Coons (both D-Del.). "The annual defense spending authorization bill is a crucial piece of legislation that funds our military and helps to enhance our national security." said Senator Carper. "By working together with our colleagues on both sides of the aisle, we were able to pass a th… Continue Reading


06.15.18

[VIDEO] Sen. Coons presses Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs nominee on how the U.S. can help advance democracy in Zimbabwe

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, pressed Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs nominee Ambassador Tibor Nagy on U.S.-Zimbabwe relations and broader political and economic reforms as prospects for free, fair, and credible elections in Zimbabwe remain uncertain ahead of voters going to the polls on July 30, 2018. In early April, Senator Coons met with President Emmerson Mnangagwa of Zimbabwe as part of a bipartisan Senat… Continue Reading


06.15.18

Sen. Coons joins nearly 30 colleagues to oppose oil and gas development in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.) and 29 of his Senate colleagues wrote to Secretary Zinke in response to the Department of the Interior's notice to begin an Environmental Impact Statement for drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. In addition to Senator Coons, the letter was also signed by Senators Cantwell (D-Wash.), Schumer (D-N.Y.), Markey (D-Mass.), Carper (D-Del.), Udall (D-N.M.), Wyden (D-Ore.), Bennet (D-Colo.), Duckworth (D-Ill.), Feinstein (D-Calif.), Blumenthal… Continue Reading


06.15.18

ICYMI: Sens. Coons, Flake featured in WIRED: “Senators demand answers from Amazon on Echo’s snooping habits”

WASHINGTON - In case you missed it, below is an exclusive article from WIRED spotlighting the efforts by U.S. Senators Chris Coons (D-Del.) and Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) to press Amazon on consumer privacy practices. Earlier this week, Senators Coons and Flake sent a letter to Amazon Chief Executive Officer Jeff Bezos to request information on the technical design elements and privacy features of Echo devices and Alexa software. WIRED: Senators demand answers from Amazon on Echo's snooping habits … Continue Reading


06.15.18

Coons, Flake press Amazon on consumer privacy practices

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Chris Coons (D-Del.) and Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) earlier this week sent a letter to Amazon Chief Executive Officer Jeff Bezos to request information on the technical design elements and privacy features of Echo devices and Alexa software. The letter follows recent news reports indicating that Amazon products may share private consumer conversations and information that potentially puts Amazon users' privacy at risk. As Chairman and Ranking Member of the Judiciary Subcommi… Continue Reading


06.15.18

Sen. Coons applauds bipartisan wins for Delaware in Senate Farm Bill

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.) applauded passage of the 2018 Farm Bill by the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry by a bipartisan vote of 20-1. The bill now moves to the full Senate for consideration. "Defending Delaware's working families, farmers, and our environment are top priorities for me," said Sen. Coons. "I am pleased that the leadership of the Senate Agriculture Committee worked together to craft a bipartisan package that will sustain the farm … Continue Reading


06.14.18

Sen. Coons secures funding for manufacturing, science priorities

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.), the first Delaware Senator in more than four decades to serve on the critical Appropriations Committee, secured funding for the Manufacturing Extension Partnership program, the Manufacturing USA Institutes, and scientific research in the Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Appropriations bill, which passed the Senate Appropriations Committee today with bipartisan support. Support for Commerce Senator Coons advocated strongly for $15… Continue Reading


06.14.18

Sen. Coons statement on Inspector General report

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee and co-author of the bipartisan Special Counsel Independence and Integrity Act, released the following statement on the Inspector General's report on the 2016 election. "Over the next few days, I will be digging into the details of this lengthy Inspector General report, but as the coverage and spin of this report begins, it's important to be clear about what this is and what this isn't. "This is an impo… Continue Reading


06.14.18

Sen. Coons secures funding for law enforcement bulletproof vests, programs to support victims of child abuse in annual appropriations bill

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.), the first Delaware Senator in more than four decades to serve on the critical Appropriations Committee, secured funding for critical law enforcement priorities, including support for the Bulletproof Vest Partnership, Children's Advocacy Centers, Missing and Exploited Children programs, and the Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) program in the Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Appropriations bill, which passed the Senate Appr… Continue Reading


06.14.18

Sen. Coons secures funding for Delaware River Basin Restoration Program, UD Lewes Sea Grant College Program, other environmental priorities

Appropriations bill includes $4 million for the Delaware River Basin Restoration Program, $71 million for NOAA's Sea Grant College Program, including University of Delaware's Lewes' program WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.), the first Delaware Senator in more than four decades to serve on the critical Appropriations Committee, secured funding for environmental programs critical to Delaware in the Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies and Interior, Environment, and Rela… Continue Reading


06.14.18

Sen. Coons cosponsors legislation to halt separation of immigrant families

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, joined Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and 37 of their colleagues in cosponsoring legislation to keep immigrant families together by preventing the Department of Homeland Security from taking children from their parents at the border. The Keep Families Together Act was developed in consultation with child welfare experts to ensure the federal government is acting in… Continue Reading


06.14.18

REMINDER: Ahead of SCOTUS ruling, Sen. Coons, Rep. Lofgren led congressional amici brief opposing Trump travel ban

"[T]he best way to protect the security of the nation, to uphold foundational American values, and to safeguard our democracy is to respect the Constitution's fundamental protections and the laws passed by Congress." WASHINGTON - In case you missed it, U.S. Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.) and Representative Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) led the amici curiae brief signed by Members of Congress in support of Hawaii's lawsuit challenging the President's proclamation banning travel to the United States from … Continue Reading


06.13.18

Bipartisan, bicameral bill from Sens. Coons, Young & Reps. Norcross, McKinley expands registered apprenticeship programs in high-growth job sectors

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Chris Coons (D-DE) and Todd Young (R-IN) and U.S. Representatives Donald Norcross (D-NJ) and David McKinley (R-WV) today introduced the Apprenticeship Hubs Across America Act. This bill establishes a new initiative to grow and expand highly successful Apprenticeship Hubs, which are organizations that help employers design, develop, and deliver registered apprenticeship programs to provide targeted training to displaced workers looking to pursue new careers and to help … Continue Reading


06.12.18

Sen. Coons: “This was a dream outcome for Kim Jong Un.”

Sen. Coons: "This was a dream outcome for Kim Jong Un…legitimacy on the world stage, an invitation to the White House, no concessions on human rights, and no clear concessions on a timeline or a process for denuclearization." Sen. Coons: "I think President Trump would have been stronger going into this summit had he left the G-7 in Canada with a united declaration of support for sanctions and for our negotiating stature. Instead he left with the G-7 in disarray." Sen. Coons on the outco… Continue Reading


06.11.18

Sen. Coons, colleagues, raise concerns over potential threat of Chinese attempts to undermine U.S. democracy

Wilmington, DE - Today, U.S. Senator Chris Coons (D - Del.), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and co-chair of the Senate Human Rights Caucus, and a bipartisan group of senators sent a letter to the Trump administration, raising concerns about China's attempts to undermine democratic institutions and civil discourse in the United States and supplant American leadership and alliances abroad. The senators, including members of the Senate Foreign Relations, Armed Services, Intellig… Continue Reading


06.07.18

Sen. Coons’ statement on deal reached by Trump administration with China’s ZTE

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.) released the following statement on the agreement the Trump administration reportedly reached with Chinese telecom company ZTE, which was penalized for repeatedly and intentionally violating U.S. sanctions on Iran and North Korea. "Unless the administration got some real concessions from China with regards to North Korea's nuclear program and addressing our national security concerns, President Trump's deal, at its best, represents a major c… Continue Reading


06.07.18

In annual appropriations bills, Sen. Coons secures funding for Delaware transportation infrastructure, housing, and the Delaware National Guard

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.), the first Delaware Senator in more than four decades to serve on the critical Appropriations Committee, joined his colleagues on the committee to approve the appropriations bill for Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies as well as the Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies bill. Both of these bills passed out of the Appropriations Committee and are now ready for debate by the full Senate. "Servi… Continue Reading


06.07.18

Coons, Capito celebrate passage of bipartisan bill to establish National EMS Memorial

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Chris Coons (D-DE) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) celebrated the passage yesterday of the National Emergency Medical Services Commemorative Work Act, which would allow the National Emergency Medical Services Memorial Foundation to establish a commemorative work on federal land to pay tribute to the commitment and service represented by emergency medical services (EMS). The memorial would be constructed in the greater District of Columbia area. Each year, 850,000 EMS … Continue Reading

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