Press Releases

12.11.18

Sens. Carper, Coons, Rep. Blunt Rochester Secure Major Wins for Delaware Farmers in Bipartisan Farm Bill

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Carper and Chris Coons and U.S. Representative Lisa Blunt Rochester (all D-Del.) lauded the major wins for Delaware farmers that the delegation was able to secure in the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 - more commonly known as the Farm Bill. These key provisions will help provide much-needed certainty to Delaware farmers while also maintaining important environmental protections that keep our air, water and land clean and safe. The final text of bill… Continue Reading


12.11.18

Sen. Coons: “America is not an ethnicity or a faith or a geography. America is an idea.”

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, recently delivered the keynote address at the Muslim Advocates Annual Gala. In his remarks, Senator Coons explored the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead to advance civil rights for the American Muslim community. "[T]he call of Muslim Advocates and the call of all of us, is to stop bigotry in its tracks. And the way we will do that is by confronting fear with hope and hate with love. And by find… Continue Reading


12.11.18

Carper, Coons, Blunt Rochester, Carney Announce Over $22 Million to Bolster Delaware Memorial Bridge

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Senator Tom Carper, top Democrat on the Environment and Public Works Committee (EPW), Senator Chris Coons, Congresswoman Lisa Blunt Rochester and Governor John Carney (all D-Del.) announced a $22.25 million Department of Transportation (DOT) Better Utilizing Investment to Leverage Development (BUILD) grant, awarded to Delaware River and Bay Authority (DRBA), for improvements to the Delaware Memorial Bridge. BUILD, previously known as the TIGER grants program, provides … Continue Reading


12.10.18

Sens. Coons and Tillis, Rep. Lowenthal introduce resolution honoring Human Rights Day

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Chris Coons (D-Del.) and Thom Tillis (R-N.C.), co-chairs of the Senate Human Rights Caucus, and Congressman Alan Lowenthal (D-CA-47) today introduced resolutions in the United States Senate and House of Representatives honoring Human Rights Day and the 70th anniversary of the United Nations' ratification of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. "Today, we celebrate the 70th anniversary of the ratification of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and honor th… Continue Reading


12.10.18

Sens. Coons, Tillis introduce resolution to establish a Human Rights Commission in honor of the late Senator McCain

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Chris Coons (D-Del.) and Thom Tillis (R-N.C.), co-chairs of the Senate Human Rights Caucus, today introduced a resolution to establish a John S. McCain III Human Rights Commission, modeled after the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission in the U.S. House of Representatives. If passed, the resolution would create a bipartisan commission to examine human rights violations through regular hearings and briefings, and promote human rights initiatives in the Senate. Joining Sen… Continue Reading


12.10.18

ICYMI: Sen. Coons profiled in The Philadelphia Inquirer: “Can this Delaware senator save civility in Congress?”

WASHINGTON - In case you missed it, The Philadelphia Inquirer published a profile on U.S. Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.) following Senator Coons' remarks at the New York Avenue Presbyterian Church last week. Read the full profile here: http://www2.philly.com/news/chris-coons-prayer-breakfast-saving-civility-20181209.html Excerpt from the profile: "Coons - who has a divinity degree from Yale, previously served as an elder in his Presbyterian church, and still preaches on occasional Sundays - tur… Continue Reading


12.08.18

Sen. Coons statement on President Trump’s nomination of Heather Nauert as US Ambassador to the United Nations

WILMINGTON - Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement following President Trump's announcement that he will nominate State Department Spokeswoman Heather Nauert to serve as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations: "I look forward to meeting Heather Nauert and reviewing her record and qualifications for this critical post. Previous U.S. Ambassadors to the UN have brought a wealth of relevant experience to this position - from … Continue Reading


12.08.18

Sen. Coons’ statement on the nomination of William Barr as Attorney General

WILMINGTON - Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee and co-author of the Special Counsel Independence and Integrity Act, issued the following statement following President Trump's announcement that he will nominate former Attorney General William Barr to lead the Department of Justice: "A nomination for Attorney General is long-overdue, given that Matthew Whitaker has been serving as the Acting Attorney General for a month without Senate confirmation, and the n… Continue Reading


12.06.18

Sen. Coons, bipartisan colleagues introduce resolution to hold Saudi Crown Prince accountable for killing of Jamal Khashoggi

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Chris Coons (D-Delaware), Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina), Dianne Feinstein (D-California), Marco Rubio (R-Florida), Ed Markey (D-Massachusetts), and Todd Young (R-Indiana) introduced a Senate Resolution that holds Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia Mohammed bin Salman accountable for contributing to the humanitarian crisis in Yemen, the blockade of Qatar, the jailing of political dissidents within Saudi Arabia, the use of force to intimidate rivals, and the abhorrent and … Continue Reading


12.03.18

ICYMI: Sen. Coons in The News Journal: “Congress has a chance to pass major, bipartisan criminal justice reform now”

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, published an op-ed in The News Journal on criminal justice reform. Congress has a chance to pass major, bipartisan criminal justice reform now By Chris Coons At a time when Congress, the White House, and the nation seem hopelessly divided, there is one critical, even difficult issue on which many Republicans and Democrats, conservative and progressive groups, and President Trump agree: criminal justi… Continue Reading


12.03.18

Senators urge U.S. News to consider a school’s role in spurring social mobility in 2020 college rankings

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Chris Coons (D-Del.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), and Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) today sent a letter urging U.S. News & World Report to further change their methodology for college rankings by more expansively considering a school's diversity, inclusion, and representation. "U.S. News may claim that it now adequately addresses economic diversity by adjusting its new Pell metrics by the share of the s… Continue Reading


11.28.18

Sens. Coons, Lankford pen letter urging delay of new tax liabilities on nonprofits

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Chris Coons (D-Del.) and James Lankford (R-Okla.), co-chairs of the National Prayer Breakfast and the Senate Prayer Breakfast, sent a letter to the Secretary of the Treasury, Steven Mnuchin, expressing their concerns about the challenges faced by tax-exempt organizations, such as charitable nonprofits, houses of worship, and foundations, regarding compliance with new tax liabilities. Enacted in December 2017, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act applies the Unrelated Business I… Continue Reading


11.28.18

Senator Coons calls on President Trump to work with allies at G20 summit to urge Chinese President Xi Jinping to end China’s discriminatory economic practices

WASHINGTON - Prior to the G20 summit in Buenos Aires and a meeting between President Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping, U.S. Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.), a member of the Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement calling on President Trump to work with our European and Asian allies to pressure China to change its discriminatory trade practices such as intellectual property theft, forced technology transfer, and cyber hacking of foreign firms. "In Buenos Aires this weeke… Continue Reading


11.27.18

Sens. Coons, Young introduce bipartisan bill to support entrepreneurs

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Chris Coons (D-Del.) and Todd Young (R-Indiana) introduced the Innovators to Entrepreneurs Act of 2018 today. This bipartisan 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. "Training our most promising entrepreneurs to navigate the transition from the laboratory to the marketplace supports U.S.-gro… Continue Reading


11.19.18

Sens. Coons, Portman lead bipartisan letter to President Trump supporting US-UK trade agreement post-Brexit

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Chris Coons (D-Del.) and Rob Portman (R-Ohio), co-chairs of the Senate U.K. Trade Caucus, today led a bipartisan group of Senators in sending a letter to President Trump supporting a bilateral trade agreement with the United Kingdom after its departure from the European Union next year. "The economic ties between the United States and the United Kingdom are longstanding and significant. The United Kingdom is the fourth-largest export market for American goods and serv… Continue Reading


11.19.18

Sens. Coons, Tillis join VP Pence in condemning violence against Burma’s Rohingya

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Chris Coons (D-Del.) and Thom Tillis (R-N.C.), co-chairs of the Senate Human Rights Caucus, issued the following statement in response to Vice President Pence's criticism of the treatment of Burma's Rohingya. "As co-chairs of the Senate Human Rights Caucus, we have repeatedly condemned the persecution of the Rohingya Muslims in Burma's Rakhine State and called on the Government of Burma to release Reuters journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo. We applaud Vice Pre… Continue Reading


11.14.18

Senator Coons applauds passage of the Coast Guard reauthorization

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.), a member of the Appropriations Committee, applauded Senate passage of S.140, the Frank LoBiondo Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2018. The bill authorizes funding for the U.S. Coast Guard for fiscal years 2018 and 2019 and includes legislation that Senator Coons co-sponsored to promote maritime commerce - the Commercial Vessel Incidental Discharge Act (VIDA). Vessels take on and discharge water to provide stability, and VIDA will lead to uniform st… Continue Reading


11.14.18

[VIDEO] Sen. Coons on the Special Counsel: “We ought to take responsible bipartisan action here to prevent what would otherwise be a constitutional crisis.”

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Chris Coons (D-Del.) and Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) today joined MSNBC's Morning Joe to discuss Special Counsel Robert Mueller and working with President Trump. "Frankly, the very day that President Trump forced the resignation of Jeff Sessions as attorney general he also, again, denounced Mueller's investigation as a hoax and tweeted that he could fire Mueller at any time. Why that's not enough of a warning for the majority leader, for our colleagues, I don't know, but th… Continue Reading


11.13.18

Sens. Coons, Rubio write letter to Secs. Pompeo, Mattis expressing concern about China’s expanding influence in the Horn of Africa

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Chris Coons (D-Del.) and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), both members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, sent a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Secretary of Defense James Mattis expressing concern about Djibouti's recent nationalization of the Doraleh Container Terminal and the possibility that this development will allow China to expand its influence and challenge U.S. interests in the Horn of Africa. In February 2018, the Government of Djibouti seized co… Continue Reading


11.13.18

ICYMI – WSJ: Sens. Coons and Flake urge President Trump to stop criticizing Fed

WASHINGTON - In case you missed it, U.S. Senators Chris Coons (D-Del.) and Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) were featured in TheWall Street Journal after the Senators called on President Trump to stop publicly criticizing the Federal Reserve. The Wall Street Journal: Two Senators Urge Trump to Stop Criticizing Fed By Nick Timiraos Two U.S. senators called on President Trump Monday to stop publicly criticizing the Federal Reserve and warned his comments could jeopardize the central bank's credibility an… Continue Reading

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