Press Releases

01.16.19

VIDEO/TRANSCRIPT: Barr to Sen Coons: “If someone tried to stop a bona fide, lawful investigation to cover up wrongdoing, I would resign.”

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.), a. member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, yesterday questioned President Trump's nominee for Attorney General, William Barr. Video and audio of the Senator's second round available here. Key excerpt 1: Sen. Coons: "You also said in response to my first round of questions that the Special Counsel regulations shouldn't be rescinded during this investigation. Just to be clear, you would refuse to rescind them if the President asked even if that … Continue Reading


01.16.19

[VIDEO] Sen. Coons on Fox News: “The next best move is for the President to agree to reopen the government and let us begin working.”

Sen. Coons: "For us to have a meaningful conversation, we have got to reopen the government." Sen. Coons: "It's important for those in the Senate who want to work together to end this shutdown to begin finding some middle ground." Sen. Coons: "There is a whole group of us who are talking, but I will tell you the next best move is for the President to agree to reopen the government and let us begin working." WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.), a member of the Senate Judiciary Commi… Continue Reading


01.15.19

VIDEO/TRANSCRIPT: Sen. Coons questions AG nominee William Barr

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, today questioned President Trump's nominee for Attorney General, William Barr. "If you learned that the White House not directly through you, but through other means, was attempting to interfere with the investigation, would you report that information to the Special Counsel and to Congress?" asked Senator Coons. "There are some conclusions in there about interfering and, if I thought something imprope… Continue Reading


01.15.19

Senators urge Zimbabwe officials to respect the rights of protestors and restore access to social media, internet, and telephone services

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. "We are deeply troubled by reports of deaths, widespread arrests, beatings, and harassment of protestors by security forces of the Government of Zimbabwe. The Zimbabwean people have the constitutional right to protest peacefully and express themselves regarding developments in their country. Government officials and security forces m… Continue Reading


01.15.19

[VIDEO] Sen. Coons on the shutdown: “The majority leader is nowhere to be found in these negotiations.”

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, last night joined MSNBC's Hardball ahead of the confirmation hearing for President Trump's nominee for Attorney General, William Barr. "When William Barr served as Attorney General, more than 25 years ago, we didn't have a President who was under investigation and whose personal attorney and campaign manager and national security adviser had either pled guilty to or been convicted of a variety of crime… Continue Reading


01.15.19

Coons, Young introduce bipartisan, bicameral bill to support entrepreneurs

WASHINGTON - The bipartisan Innovators to Entrepreneurs Act of 2019 was introduced today by U.S. Senators Chris Coons (D-DE) and Todd Young (R-IN), and U.S. Representatives Dan Lipinski (D-IL), Daniel Webster (R-FL), Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX), and Frank Lucas (R-OK). This bill encourages broader participation in the successful National Science Foundation Innovation Corps (I-Corps) program and provides additional training for innovators to learn how to turn their research into a company. I-Co… Continue Reading


01.15.19

Senators reintroduce bill boosting agriculture education

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Chris Coons (D-Del.), Todd Young (R-Ind.), Doug Jones (D-Ala.), and James Lankford (R-Okla.) announced they have reintroduced legislation in the 116th Congress to update and modernize the charter for the Future Farmers of America (FFA), which will better reflect agriculture education in the 21st Century. The National FFA Organization's Federal Charter Amendments Act updates the FFA's charter to allow for student officer vice presidents to reflect the regional d… Continue Reading


01.11.19

On eve of Barr hearings, Sen. Coons, Democratic colleagues call for comprehensive review of Justice Department ethics rules

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.) joined other Senate Judiciary Committee members in calling on the Department of Justice (DOJ) Inspector General to perform a complete review of its ethics processes and procedures following revelations of disregard for vital ethics rules by Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker. Department ethics review is about to be tested again as attorney general nominee William Barr comes before the Senate, the senators add. In addition to Senator Coon… Continue Reading


01.10.19

Following announcement of disputed election results, Senators implore DRC officials to refrain from violence and respect rights of the Congolese people

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Chris Coons (D-Del.), Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Todd Young (R-Ind.), and Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) released the following statement. "In the days and weeks ahead, we implore officials in the Democratic Republic of Congo to adhere to the rule of law, refrain from violence, and respect the rights of the Congolese people enshrined in the constitution. To avoid the destabilizing and tragic cycle of violence following both the 2006 and 2011 national electi… Continue Reading


01.10.19

Carper, Coons to Trump: Ensure Federal Contractor Employees Receive Pay

WASHINGTON D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Carper and Chris Coons (both D-Del.) joined 32 Democratic Senators in writing to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to urge them to direct federal agencies to work with contractors to provide back pay to compensate low- and middle-income contractor employees for the wages they have lost during the shutdown. Under their existing authority, federal contracting officers should use provisions that allow them to modify the terms of the contract to wor… Continue Reading


01.09.19

Sens. Coons, Cruz introduce Cambodian Trade Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sens. Chris Coons (D-Del.) and Ted Cruz (R-Texas) introduced the Cambodian Trade Act of 2019, which would require the administration to review the preferential trade treatment Cambodia receives under the General System of Preferences (GSP). The full bill text may be viewed here. "I question whether Cambodia should have preferential access to U.S. markets," Sen. Coons said. "Countries that undermine democracy, ignore labor standards, disregard human rights, and fail to pr… Continue Reading


01.09.19

Senator Coons’ statement on reports of Deputy AG Rosenstein’s plans to leave DOJ

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee and the co-author of the Special Counsel Independence and Integrity Act, issued the following statement in response to news reports that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein may be stepping down from his position in the coming weeks. "I'm deeply concerned by news reports that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who has overseen Special Counsel Mueller's investigation, may leave his position in the c… Continue Reading


01.08.19

[VIDEO] Sen. Coons: “This President has trouble hearing yes. Democrats are saying yes, we want to invest in border security and find a fix to our immigration system.”

Sen. Coons on the Mueller investigation: "We need to move forward with protecting Mueller investigation particularly with what is happening at the Department of Justice with an acting attorney general." Sen. Coons on President Trump's address: "I hope to hear from the President tonight some empathy for the hundreds of thousands of American families who work for the federal government who are going to be impacted by this shutdown." WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.), a member of the… Continue Reading


01.08.19

Sens. Graham, Coons, Tillis, Booker re-introduce the Special Counsel Independence and Integrity Act

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), Chris Coons (D-Del.), Thom Tillis (R-N.C.), and Cory Booker (D-N.J.) this week will re-introduce the Special Counsel Independence and Integrity Act. The legislation would protect Special Counsels from inappropriate removal or political pressure. The bill passed the Senate Judiciary Committee last Congress with an overwhelming bipartisan vote of 14-7. The Special Counsel Independence and Integrity Act: Codifies existing Department of Just… Continue Reading


12.29.18

Sen. Coons’ statement on tomorrow’s elections in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

WILMINGTON - U.S. Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement ahead of tomorrow's long-delayed elections in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. "I call on the authorities of the Democratic Republic of Congo ensure that long delayed elections take place as scheduled tomorrow, December 30 and that the Congolese people are able to participate freely. Security forces, candidates, and their supporters must refrain from violen… Continue Reading


12.20.18

Coons, Blunt bill to protect victims of child abuse passes House, is on its way to the President’s desk

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Chris Coons (Del.) and Roy Blunt (Mo.), co-chairs of the Senate Law Enforcement Caucus, announced that their bipartisan legislation to reauthorize the Victims of Child Abuse Act (VOCAA) passed the House with overwhelming bipartisan support and is on its way to the president's desk. The legislation provides funding for Children's Advocacy Centers that serve child victims and help law enforcement hold perpetrators accountable. "Children's Advocacy Centers protect… Continue Reading


12.20.18

[VIDEO] Sen. Coons: Trump’s Syria decision “a great big Christmas gift to the Ayatollah Khamenei, to Vladimir Putin, and Bashar al-Assad”

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, this morning joined MSNBC's Morning Joe. "For us to unilaterally withdraw and abandon the Kurds to an almost certain advance by either the Turks or the Iranians or both, I think is just, why would anyone stand alongside us and fight in such an important conflict as our work against ISIS in the future if this is how we treat our partners, the Kurds in this important fight against ISIS? So, you'll … Continue Reading


12.20.18

Sen. Coons’ statement on President Trump’s decision to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement on the Trump Administration's surprise announcement that it intends to quickly withdraw U.S. forces from Syria: "I am alarmed by the Administration's abrupt withdrawal of U.S. troops from Syria. The Administration must clearly explain to the American people why a withdrawal serves our national interests, strengthens our allies, prevents the re-emergence of ISIS,… Continue Reading


12.20.18

Congress Passes Carper, Coons, Blunt Rochester Bill to Fix Coastal Barrier Resources Map Affecting North Bethany Beach Homeowners

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Delaware's Congressional Delegation, U.S. Senators Tom Carper and Chris Coons, and Congresswoman Lisa Blunt Rochester (all D-Del.), celebrated the passage of the Strengthening Coastal Communities Act of 2018, which included legislation they led in the House and Senate that adjusts the boundary maps under the Coastal Barrier Resources Act (CBRA) for Delaware's North Bethany Beach map unit. The Strengthening Coastal Communities Act also adjusts maps in Florida, North Carolina an… Continue Reading


12.19.18

Sens. Coons, Flake introduce landmark bipartisan legislation to put money in the pockets of working families by pricing carbon pollution

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Chris Coons (D-Del.) and Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) today introduced bipartisan legislation to pay a monthly dividend to every American family. The Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act places an increasing price on carbon and other greenhouse gas emissions, designed to drive down pollution, address climate change, and encourage market-driven innovation in clean energy technologies. Revenues received will be returned directly to the American people in the form of a mon… Continue Reading

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