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10.16.18

Senators introduce bipartisan resolution celebrating World Food Day

Washington - U.S. Senators Chris Coons (D-Del.), Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), and John Boozman (R-Ark.) introduced a resolution in the Senate designating today as "World Food Day." Global hunger has been on the rise for the last three years, and an estimated 821 million people were undernourished in 2017. Each year, the United States joins 130 other nations and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in celebrating World Food Day to promote global aware… Continue Reading


10.16.18

[VIDEO] Sen. Coons on disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi: “If President Trump won’t send a strong signal…then the Senate should step forward and do it.”

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, last night joined CNN's Cuomo Prime Time. "Whether it was to kidnap and interrogate a journalist or whether it was with the intention of killing him, either way they bear the responsibility for an interrogation, whether it was intended to lead to his death or intended to simply lead to his kidnapping," said Senator Coons. "Either of those count as a fundamental violation of human rights under th… Continue Reading


10.12.18

Coons, Capito celebrate passage of bipartisan bill to honor commitment and service of EMS members

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Chris Coons (D-Del.) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.V.) celebrated the passage of the National Emergency Medical Services Commemorative Work Act, which will allow the construction of a national memorial on federal land to pay tribute to the commitment and service of emergency medical services (EMS) first responders. The bill now heads to the President's desk to be signed into law. The memorial will be funded by a private non-profit foundation, the Nationa… Continue Reading


10.11.18

Coons, Gardner celebrate passage of resolution recognizing the benefits of electric cooperative voluntary energy reduction programs

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Chris Coons (D-Del.) and Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) celebrated the passage of their Senate resolution on the importance of voluntary energy reduction programs at electric cooperatives. Electric cooperatives are member-owned not-for-profit organizations that provide affordable, at-cost power to their members. The resolution specifically highlights the "Beat the Peak" demand response program, which allows members of participating cooperatives to receive alerts during periods… Continue Reading


10.11.18

President Trump signs into law Coons, Kennedy bill to ensure musical artists are compensated for pre-1972 recordings when Americans stream their music

WASHINGTON - Today, President Trump signed into law the CLASSICS Act, introduced by a bipartisan group of senators led by U.S. Senators Chris Coons (D-Del.) and John Kennedy (R-Louis.), that will ensure that recording artists from the pre-1972 music eras are fairly compensated when their music is played digitally. A new provision will allow libraries and archives to make reproductions of recordings from this era that are not being commercially exploited to ensure that there are no barriers to pr… Continue Reading


10.11.18

Sen. Coons: Dreiband is wrong choice to lead Civil Rights Division

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, today urged colleagues to join him in opposing the nomination of Eric Dreiband, President Trump's nominee to be the Assistant Attorney General of the Civil Rights Division at the U.S. Department of Justice. "I have approached each of President Trump's nominees with an open mind, as I believe is my responsibility," said Coons. "However, I have also considered each of these nominees with an appreciation f… Continue Reading


10.10.18

Sens. Coons, Graham, Kaine, Gardner introduce legislation to foster economic development and community ties between Israelis and Palestinians

WASHINGTON - Last week, U.S. Senators Chris Coons (D-Del.), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), Tim Kaine (D-Va.), and Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) introduced the Palestinian Partnership Fund Act of 2018. This legislation will promote economic development, help finance joint ventures between Palestinian entrepreneurs and companies in the United States, Israel, and countries in the Middle East, and foster community building to support greater people-to-people cooperation. "I am pleased to introduce this bipart… Continue Reading


10.09.18

Sens. Coons, Tillis call on Saudis to investigate disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Chris Coons (D-Del.) and Thom Tillis (R-N.C.), co-chairs of the Senate Human Rights Caucus, released the following statement. "We are closely following the concerning reports about the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul one week ago today. Freedom of the press is a fundamental democratic value, and it sends a chilling message to journalists and those who support democracy around the world when voices of dissent a… Continue Reading


10.09.18

Senator Coons’ statement on UN Ambassador Nikki Haley’s resignation

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released the following statement on the resignation of U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley. "Ambassador Haley was a positive influence on the Administration's foreign policy. She communicated frequently with Congress, and she regularly spoke up for human rights, rule of law, and other fundamental democratic freedoms around the world. I plan to continue working with her in her… Continue Reading


10.05.18

[VIDEO] Sen. Coons on the FBI investigation: “You can’t find what you don’t look for.”

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, today joined Good Morning America to discuss the Kavanaugh nomination. "You can't find what you don't look for. There were a few people interviewed and they were the people who were potential eyewitnesses to both incidents, but both Debbie Ramirez and Dr. Ford came forward when they were interviewed, in Ramirez's case, or when they testified to the committee and tried to offer additional corroborating w… Continue Reading


10.04.18

Sens. Coons, Booker statement on reports of political interference in Nigeria

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Chris Coons (D-Del.) and Cory Booker (D-N.J.), both members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement. "As Members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, we are troubled by reports of incidents of political interference and intimidation of voters, journalists, and civil society observers in Nigeria by some security agencies and political party supporters. Nigeria is Africa's largest economy and a key U.S. partner on the continent… Continue Reading


10.04.18

Sens. Coons, Carper, Booker, Durbin, Rep. Blunt Rochester condemn human rights abuses in Cameroon

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Chris Coons (D-Del.), Tom Carper (D-Del.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), and Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and U.S. Representative Lisa Blunt Rochester (D-Del.) released the following statement. "We condemn the gross human rights abuses carried out by Cameroonian state security forces in Anglophone regions of the country, where citizens have long suffered discrimination and a lack of economic development. We urge the Government to halt military abuses, ensure protection of civilians… Continue Reading


10.04.18

[VIDEO] Sen. Coons: “There is an ocean of pain in this nation not yet fully heard, not yet appropriately resolved, not yet fully addressed.”

Sen. Coons: "Whatever comes out of this week, whatever comes out of the proceedings of this floor today and tomorrow and this weekend, we must listen and recognize that hundreds of thousands of American women and men have been victims, are victims, will be victims of sexual assault." Sen. Coons: "Our country is watching. This is a moment where the Senate as an institution and the country as a whole needs to show we can and will do better. And I hope we will listen." WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator C… Continue Reading


10.03.18

Carper, Coons applaud passage of package to fight opioid crisis in Delaware

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Carper and Chris Coons (both D-Del.) applauded the passage of the bipartisan SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act. The legislative package, which passed the Senate and House and is expected to be signed into law by the President, will provide critical tools to help states like Delaware combat the opioid epidemic. The bill comes as Delaware's Department of Health and Social Services has found that more people died in August of suspected drug overdoses in … Continue Reading


10.03.18

[VIDEO] Sen. Coons: “I hope the FBI has been allowed to follow all the reasonable leads from the credible allegations.”

WASHINGTON, D.C. - This morning, U.S. Senators Chris Coons (D-Del.) and Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), both members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, joined the TODAY Show to discuss the FBI investigation into the allegations against Judge Brett Kavanaugh. "When Dr. Ford came forward with what President Trump described as credible and compelling testimony, I thought and my friend Jeff Flake thought that that deserved a brief, a week long further investigation to show the victims of sexual assault in … Continue Reading


10.03.18

Corker-Coons BUILD Act to Become Law

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Chris Coons (D-Del.) and Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), both members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today praised Senate passage of The Better Utilization of Investments Leading to Development Act of 2018 (BUILD Act) as part of legislation to reauthorize the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). With strong support in Congress, from the administration, and among key stakeholders, the BUILD Act, coauthored by Corker and Coons in the Senate, will promote economic gro… Continue Reading


10.02.18

Sen. Coons op-ed: “Here’s what the FBI investigation into the Kavanaugh allegations should look like”

WASHINGTON - In case you missed it, U.S. Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, published an op-ed in The Washington Post on the FBI investigation into the allegations against President Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Judge Brett Kavanaugh. The Washington Post: Here's what the FBI investigation into the Kavanaugh allegations should look like By Chris Coons Over recent weeks, as the Senate and our nation have wrestled with the serious allegations of sexual as… Continue Reading


10.01.18

[AUDIO] Sen. Coons on FBI investigation: “It has to be well beyond the initial very narrow scope of four witnesses, four individuals being interviewed.”

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, today joined Steve Inskeep on NPR Morning Edition to discuss the status of the Kavanaugh nomination. "I think part of what made Senator Flake join me in a week-long pause was his concern that this hearing and this environment is not just tearing apart our committee and the Senate, but reflects a way in which we're tearing the country apart," said Senator Coons. "Look, the real hero in all of this I think… Continue Reading


09.30.18

[VIDEO] Sen. Coons on the FBI investigation: “The core issue is, are they going to fully investigate the allegations in front of us?”

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, joined MSNBC's Chris Hayes at the 2018 Global Citizen Festival to discuss the status of the Kavanaugh nomination. "I support it being one week. That's what a compromise is all about. I would have liked longer. But one week I think was a key compromise and commitment here," said Senator Coons. "The core issue is, are they going to fully investigate the allegations in front of us? Will they just ques… Continue Reading


09.28.18

VIDEO: Sen. Coons remarks in the Judiciary Committee

WASHINGTON - To watch U.S. Senator Chris Coons' (D-Del.) remarks in the Judiciary Committee from earlier today, click here: https://youtu.be/yG5AroRVXFg ###… Continue Reading

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