Press Releases

05.16.19

Klobuchar, Coons Press U.S. Election Assistance Commission on Cybersecurity Expertise and Agency Management

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Rules and Administration, and Chris Coons (D-DE), Ranking Member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government, sent a letter to the U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) over reports that a lead official responsible for certifying voting systems has stepped down, potentially leaving the agency without sufficient cybersecurity expertise ahead of future elections… Continue Reading


05.16.19

Sens. Coons, Ernst introduce bipartisan resolution celebrating Vision To Learn helping 200,000 students

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Chris Coons (D-Del.) and Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) today led a bipartisan coalition of Senators in recognizing national nonprofit Vision To Learn for reaching the important milestone of helping 200,000 children nationwide. Vision To Learn travels to schools across the country, providing free eye exams and free glasses to children in low-income communities. To view the resolution, please click here. "When you can improve the vision of a child, you open up an entire new wor… Continue Reading


05.15.19

Sen. Coons votes to permanently authorize and fund the Patrick Leahy Bulletproof Vest Partnership Grant Program for local law enforcement agencies

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.), a co-founder of the Senate Law Enforcement Caucus, voted yesterday to pass a permanent reauthorization of the Patrick Leahy Bulletproof Vest Partnership Grant Program, which provides bulletproof vests to local law enforcement agencies. Thousands of vests have been purchased by Delaware law enforcement through the partnership over its 20-year history, including more than 2,000 in the last five years. On February 11, 2013, bulletproof vests p… Continue Reading


05.09.19

Sens. Coons, Gardner, Gillibrand, Tillis, Hassan, Peters, Moran, and Rubio introduce bipartisan bill to increase U.S. advanced manufacturing’s global competitiveness

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Chris Coons (D-Del.), Cory Gardner (R-Colo.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Thom Tillis (R-N.C.), Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.), Gary Peters (D-Mich.), Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) today introduced the Global Leadership in Advanced Manufacturing Act, which will promote expansion of the national network of Manufacturing USA institutes and strengthen American manufacturing. The Manufacturing USA program is a national network of 14 public-private partnership i… Continue Reading


05.08.19

[VIDEO] Sen. Coons: Trump “is genuinely pushing the boundaries of presidential power.”

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, today joined CNN New Day. "What worries is me is that we have two new Supreme Court justices, and an Attorney General, who have publicly and repeatedly asserted a view of presidential power that I think is historically overbroad. Meaning they support this unitary executive theory idea, that when Justice Scalia first wrote about it in a dissent, was very much a minority view. They are now in a position to… Continue Reading


05.07.19

Sens. Carper, Coons join landmark legislation to protect workers’ right to organize

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Carper and Chris Coons (both D-Del.) joined House and Senate Democrats in introducing the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act - comprehensive legislation to strengthen protections for workers' right to organize a union and bargain for higher wages, better benefits, and safer working conditions. As wage inequality continues to leave workers and middle-class families behind, this legislation would empower millions of Americans to stand together and ensure hard… Continue Reading


05.06.19

ICYMI: Sen. Coons op-ed in Delaware State News: ‘Reimagining our commitment to national service’

WASHINGTON - In case you missed it, U.S. Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.) published an op-ed in the Delaware State News on the ACTION for National Service Act that will make it possible for young people to earn funds for college tuition by giving back to their country through national service programs, like AmeriCorps. Delaware State News: Reimagining our commitment to national service By Chris Coons Our nation's young people face several challenges: the high cost of college and the burden of s… Continue Reading


05.03.19

Coons, Blunt introduce National Law Enforcement Museum Commemorative Coin Act

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Chris Coons (Del.) and Roy Blunt (Mo.), co-chairs of the Senate Law Enforcement Caucus, yesterday introduced their bipartisan National Law Enforcement Museum Commemorative Coin Act, legislation authorizing the Treasury Department to mint coins to commemorate the opening of the National Law Enforcement Museum. The museum is dedicated to highlighting and honoring past, present, and future law enforcement officers. "The women and men of law enforcement protect and serve … Continue Reading


05.01.19

[VIDEO]: Sen. Coons to AG Barr: “The President ordered the White House counsel to have Special Counsel Mueller fired. He fabricated evidence to cover it up. And, whether or not you could make a criminal charge of this, it is unacceptable”

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, today questioned Attorney General William Barr in the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Russian interference with the 2016 presidential election. "I frankly, Mr. Attorney General, have concerns that your March 24 letter obscured that conduct, and as a result worked to protect the President for several weeks rather than give the full truth to the American people as I now believe Special Counsel Muell… Continue Reading


05.01.19

[VIDEO] Sen. Coons: “The Attorney General is conceiving of himself as the President’s lawyer, not the people’s lawyer.”

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, today joined CNN New Day to preview the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing with Attorney General William Barr. "I am now convinced that the Attorney General is conceiving of himself as the President's lawyer, not the people's lawyer. As someone who really was trying out for the role of President's attorney by sending in an unsolicited 19-page memo attacking Robert Mueller's theory of obstruction and then… Continue Reading


05.01.19

Sens. Coons, Wicker reintroduce Maritime SAFE Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Chris Coons (D-Del.) and Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) today reintroduced the Maritime Security and Fisheries Enforcement (Maritime SAFE) Act that would promote a whole-of-government strategy to combat illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing. IUU fishing threatens the national security of the United States and food security around the world. Actors involved in IUU fishing have been known to conduct other illicit activities such as weapons, drugs, and human tr… Continue Reading


04.29.19

Sen. Coons co-sponsors permanent bulletproof vest partnership reauthorization

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.) is proud to co-sponsor a bill that would permanently reauthorize the Bulletproof Vest Partnership with an increase of $5 million to raise the investment to $30 million nationally. As the founder and member of the Senate Law Enforcement Caucus, Senator Coons has continually championed this program that benefits local law enforcement agencies in Delaware and around the county. "The Bulletproof Vest Partnership is a critical program that highlig… Continue Reading


04.27.19

In China, Senators Coons & Hassan Meet with Government Officials to Discuss How to Strengthen Efforts to Combat Fentanyl Trafficking that Contributes to Opioid Crisis in the U.S.

BEIJING, CHINA - Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Senator Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.), a member of the Senate Homeland Security and Finance Committees, Thursday met with the Vice Chairman of China's National Narcotics Control Commission, Liu Yuejin. The Senators stressed the importance of strengthening efforts to combat fentanyl trafficking from China that contributes to the devastating opioid crisis in the United States. China's National Narcotics… Continue Reading


04.26.19

ICYMI: Sens. Coons, Klobuchar: This retirement bill is the market-based, deliverable, & bold plan we should coalesce around as a party

WASHINGTON - In case you missed it, U.S. Senators Chris Coons (D-Del.) and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) published an op-ed in CNN Business about the Saving for the Future Act, landmark legislation they introduced to address the looming retirement crisis and help ensure that Americans are able to afford emergency expenses. CNN Business: Coons and Klobuchar: Most Americans can't save for retirement. We want to fix that. By Chris Coons and Amy Klobuchar By some measures, it's true that the American e… Continue Reading


04.24.19

[TRANSCRIPT] Sens. Coons, Hassan reinforce importance of U.S.-South Korea alliance, achieving denuclearization

Sen. Coons: "This ironclad partnership [is] the linchpin of security in the region, and… we hope to continue to sustain it for a very long time to come." Sen. Hassan: "[O]ur alliance is based on our shared values, our commitment to democracy and freedom, a commitment and a treasured value..." WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Chris Coons (D-Del.) and Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.) held a press availability in Seoul, where they met with senior officials to reinforce the U.S.-South Korea alliance and di… Continue Reading


04.23.19

[TRANSCRIPT] Sens. Coons, Hassan reinforce importance of U.S.-Japan alliance in Tokyo

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Chris Coons (D-Del.) and Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.) held a press availability in Tokyo, where they met with senior officials this week to reinforce the U.S.-Japan alliance and discuss ways to advance our shared interests and values. The Senators met with U.S. Ambassador to Japan Bill Hagerty and members of the Diet, Japan's parliament, to discuss ways to strengthen and deepen the partnership between the U.S. and Japan. They were briefed by Lieutenant General Kevin Schnei… Continue Reading


04.18.19

Sen. Coons statement on Special Counsel Mueller’s report

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, released the following statement after Attorney General William Barr released a redacted version of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report to Congress and the public. "Special Counsel Mueller was charged with investigating important issues: whether the President or his team illegally coordinated with the Russian government during the 2016 campaign and whether they engaged in obstruction of justice. Sin… Continue Reading


04.17.19

Sens. Coons and Tillis and Reps. Collins, Johnson, and Stivers Release Section 101 Patent Reform Framework

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Chris Coons (D-Del.) and Thom Tillis (R-N.C.), Ranking Member and Chair of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Intellectual Property, and Representatives Doug Collins (R-Ga.), Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Committee, Hank Johnson (D-Ga.), and Steve Stivers (R-Ohio) released a bipartisan, bicameral framework on Section 101 patent reform. The framework comes just months after Senators Coons and Tillis revived the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on In… Continue Reading


04.12.19

Sens. Coons, Graham, Kaine, Isakson, Booker, Murphy on the removal of Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), Tim Kaine (D-Va.), Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), and Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement after Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir was removed from office following months of protests. "After four months of the biggest political demonstrations in a generation, the Sudanese army removed President Omar al-Bashir from power, ending his 30 y… Continue Reading


04.10.19

Sen. Coons introduces Domenic and Ed’s Law to provide relief to parents of disabled children

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.) today introduced Domenic and Ed's Law, legislation to allow a parent whose child develops a total and permanent disability to qualify for student loan discharge. This legislation was originally part of the Senators' Stop Taxing Death and Disability Act which would both amend the Higher Education Act to provide student loan forgiveness to parents who take out loans for their children and also change the Internal Revenue Code to exempt individua… Continue Reading

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