Press Releases

08.11.18

Sen. Coons’ statement on rushed Supreme Court confirmation hearings

WILMINGTON - U.S. Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, released the following statement after Chairman Grassley scheduled confirmation hearings for Judge Kavanaugh for the first week of September. "I'm deeply disappointed that Chairman Grassley has decided to rush the Supreme Court confirmation hearings for Judge Kavanaugh without our having access to his full record. Both parties used to believe in fully vetting nominees for life-tenured positions on the S… Continue Reading


08.08.18

Sen. Coons condemns post-election security crackdown in Zimbabwe

WILMINGTON - U.S. Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement on reports of violent government-sponsored attacks in Zimbabwe since the elections on July 30. "I am watching the situation in Zimbabwe very closely, and I am concerned about reports of arbitrary arrests, detentions, and government-sponsored violence. These tactics have no place in a democracy, and the government must ensure they stop immediately. "Any disagree… Continue Reading


08.02.18

Senators Coons, Isakson, Booker, statement on election in Zimbabwe

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Chris Coons (D-Del.), Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.), and Cory Booker (D-N.J.), all members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee's Subcommittee on African Affairs, released the following statement after the July 30 election in Zimbabwe. "As members of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee's Subcommittee on African Affairs, we strongly condemn yesterday's violence in Harare, Zimbabwe, following elections on July 30. We call upon leaders of all political parties, es… Continue Reading


08.02.18

Sens. Coons, Murkowski, Harris introduce bill to recognize ‘Hidden Figures’ for contributions to U.S. leadership during the Space Race

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Chris Coons (D-Del.), Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), and Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), along with 44 of their colleagues, introduced a bipartisan bill to award Congressional Gold Medals to Katherine Johnson and Dr. Christine Darden and to posthumously award Congressional Gold Medals to Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson. The bill serves to commend these women for their contributions to NASA's success during the Space Race and highlight their broader impact on society; paving the… Continue Reading


08.02.18

Sen. Coons’ statement on Wini Omer

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement on the Government of Sudan's attempts to target Wini Omer. "I am deeply concerned about the Government of Sudan's repeated attempts to target Wini Omer, a Sudanese journalist and outspoken advocate for women's rights. I call upon the government of Sudan to drop charges against her and repeal legislation that threatens civil liberties and the rights of women throu… Continue Reading


08.02.18

Senate passes Coons, Rubio bill to enhance U.S. Security Assistance to Israel

WASHINGTON - Yesterday, the Senate passed bipartisan legislation introduced by U.S. Senators Chris Coons (D-Del.) and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), both members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, to authorize at least $3.3 billion in annual security assistance to Israel. "The passage of this bipartisan legislation represents the continuation of America's unshakable, seven-decade commitment to Israel's security," said Senator Coons. "The security assistance included in this bill will help Israe… Continue Reading


08.02.18

Sens. Coons, Ernst introduce bill to help veterans translate military training into college credit

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Chris Coons (D-Del.) and Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) introduced bipartisan legislation to provide more veterans an opportunity to translate their military training into college credit, which is important to helping increase veteran graduation rates. The Military Learning for Credit Act allows all veterans to use veterans educational assistance funds to cover portfolio assessments and fees for standardized examinations that can be translated into college credit at thousands of … Continue Reading


08.02.18

Senators Urge the Administration to Provide More Information on Family Reunification Process

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Chris Coons (D-Del.) and James Lankford (R-Okla.) led a letter from 14 bipartisan senators to the Attorney General and Secretaries of the Departments of Homeland Security (DHS) and Health and Human Services (HHS) requesting more information about migrant family reunification at the border. On June 20, President Trump issued an Executive Order to end the separation of families who cross the border illegally. The Senators are requesting more information on the reunifica… Continue Reading


08.01.18

Sen. Coons successfully secures $416 million for anti-drug programs, $250 million to promote community development

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.), Ranking Member of the Senate Appropriations Financial Services and General Government Subcommittee, secured funding for key federal agencies in the fiscal year 2019 Senate's Financial Services and General Government bill, which passed the Senate today with bipartisan support. "Serving on the critical Appropriations Committee gives me an important opportunity to fight for programs and funding that are important to Delaware and our country, and as t… Continue Reading


08.01.18

Sens. Coons, Booker statement on Peter Ajak

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Chris Coons (D-Del.) and Cory Booker (D-N.J.) released the following statement on the reported detention of South Sudanese peace activist Peter Ajak. "We are deeply concerned about the reported detention of South Sudanese peace activist Peter Biar Ajak by South Sudan's National Security Service after his criticism of the direction of the South Sudanese peace process. We are also troubled by reports that President Salva Kiir personally ordered a crackdown on governme… Continue Reading


08.01.18

Sen. Coons successfully secures $4M for Delaware River Basin Restoration Program, $3.8B for Rural Development, $1.94B for Amtrak

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.), a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, secured funding for important Delaware programs in the appropriations bills for Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies; Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies; and, Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration. All three bills passed out of the Senate today with strong, bipartisan support. "Serving on the Appropriations Committee gives me an importa… Continue Reading


08.01.18

Sens. Carper, Coons support Delaware’s National Guard in annual defense bill

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Carper and Chris Coons (both D - Del.) voted on Wednesday for the National Defense Authorization Act, which includes continued investments in the National Guard and defense manufacturing. The bill now heads to President Trump's desk for his signature. "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… Continue Reading


08.01.18

[VIDEO] Sen. Coons reads U.S. Code to Rudy Giuliani after Trump lawyer claims “collusion is not a crime”

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, filmed the following video after President Trump's personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, and the President spent the past several days claiming that "collusion is not a crime." Full audio and video of the statement below are available here. "Hi, I'm U.S. Senator Chris Coons from Delaware, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee. I've recently noticed that Rudy Giuliani, President Trump's personal lawyer, ha… Continue Reading


07.31.18

Sen. Coons, colleagues demand investigation into reports that DHS officials illegally destroyed records of children separated from parents at the border

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Chris Coons (D-Del.), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Mazie K. Hirono (D-HI), Cory A. Booker (D-NJ), and Kamala Harris (D-CA) wrote the Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen and Acting Inspector General John Kelly demanding in investigation into reports that the Department of Homeland Security "has been improperly - and perhaps unlawfully - destroying records of families that it forcibly separated at the border." According to at least … Continue Reading


07.31.18

President Trump signs Sens. Coons, Rubio bill to help expand access to technical training, college

WASHINGTON - Today, President Trump signed into law legislation based on the American Dream Accounts Act, introduced by U.S. Senators Chris Coons (D-Del.) and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), that will help to increase the number of students able to access and complete technical training and a college education. This legislation will authorize the Department of Education to award funding to support innovative and comprehensive partnerships that support students in preparation for technical training and co… Continue Reading


07.31.18

Sen. Coons asks GAO to study commercial and government use of facial recognition

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.) joined Senators Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Ed Markey, (D-Mass.), Cory Booker, (D-N.J.) and House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), today, in asking the Government Accountability Office to study both commercial and government use of facial recognition to determine the potential market, uses, and possible abuses of the technology. "Given the recent advances in commercial facial recognition technology - and its expanded use by state… Continue Reading


07.30.18

Sens. Coons, Collins introduce bipartisan bill to promote innovation in sustainable chemistry

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Chris Coons (D-Del.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine) reintroduced the Sustainable Chemistry Research and Development Act of 2018 today. This bipartisan bill encourages the development of new and innovative chemicals, products and processes with an improved environmental footprint through efficient use of resources, reducing or eliminating exposure to hazardous substances, or otherwise minimizing harm to human health and the environment. "Finding ways to encourage innovati… Continue Reading


07.28.18

Sen. Coons’ statement on key Kavanaugh documents

WILMINGTON- U.S. Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, released the following statement after Senate Republicans refused to request documents related to Judge Kavanaugh's time as White House Staff Secretary. "The next Supreme Court justice will have a significant impact on the lives of all Americans. That's why it's absolutely critical that we're able to assess Judge Kavanaugh's full record, including his time as White House Staff Secretary. I am deeply disap… Continue Reading


07.26.18

Sens. Coons, Gardner & Reps. Lance, Matsui introduce legislation to address the opioid crisis through the prevention of drug diversion

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Chris Coons (D-Del.) and Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) and U.S. Representatives Leonard Lance (R-N.J.) and Doris Matsui (D-Calif.) introduced legislation to prevent drug diversion in real time before it has the ability to inflict damage in our communities. Currently, no law enforcement agency or private party has the ability to provide real-time, nationwide oversight of all orders for controlled substances, which is a major contributing factor to disproportionate pres… Continue Reading


07.26.18

Sens. Flake, Coons bill to promote free, fair elections & political, economic reforms in Zimbabwe passes Congress ahead of elections on July 30

WASHINGTON - Yesterday, both the House and Senate passed bipartisan legislation introduced by U.S. Senators Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) and Chris Coons (D-Del.), both members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, to update the framework for U.S. relations with the Government of Zimbabwe. Senators Flake and Coons led a bipartisan Congressional delegation to Harare, Zimbabwe's capital, in April. The bill revises the Zimbabwe Democracy and Economic Recovery Act of 2001 and sets forth the steps Zimba… Continue Reading

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