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02.15.19

Young and Coons Applaud Senate Passage of National FFA Week Resolution

WASHINGTON - The Senate passed a bipartisan resolution yesterday introduced by Senators Todd Young (R-Ind.) and Chris Coons (D-Del.), and cosponsored by a bipartisan group of over 40 additional Senators, to mark February 16-23, 2019 as National FFA Week. In addition to designating National FFA Week, the resolution recognizes the important role of the National FFA Organization in developing young leaders and providing educational and career opportunities to students, and celebrates 50 years of fe… Continue Reading


02.15.19

Sen. Coons secures funding for FEMA, transportation infrastructure, small businesses, and a pay-raise for federal civilian employees

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.), the first Delaware Senator in more than four decades to serve on the critical Appropriations Committee, secured funding for key economic development priorities, including support for transportation infrastructure, small businesses, disaster relief, advanced manufacturing, housing, and research and development in the remaining appropriations bills for fiscal year 2019, which passed the Senate and House yesterday with strong, bipartisan support. Pres… Continue Reading


02.15.19

Sen. Coons’ agriculture and rural development, coastal protection, and environmental priorities included in final appropriations bill

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.), the first Delaware Senator in more than four decades to serve on the critical Appropriations Committee, secured funding for vital agriculture, rural development, and environmental priorities, including support for the poultry industry, conservation, and rural housing programs in the remaining appropriations bills for fiscal year 2019, which passed the Senate and House yesterday with strong, bipartisan support. President Trump signed the legislation… Continue Reading


02.15.19

Sen. Coons secures funding for law enforcement, bulletproof vests and programs to support victims of child abuse

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.), the first Delaware Senator in more than four decades to serve on the Appropriations Committee, secured funding for critical law enforcement priorities, including support for the Bulletproof Vest Partnership, Children's Advocacy Centers, the Byrne-JAG program, Missing and Exploited Children programs, and the Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) program in the remaining appropriations bills for fiscal year 2019, which passed the Senate and Hou… Continue Reading


02.14.19

Sen. Coons’ statement on bipartisan government funding bill, President’s possible emergency declaration

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.) released the following statement. "While I am encouraged that President Trump will finally sign into law the bipartisan agreement reached by Republicans and Democrats in Congress to fund the government and make robust investments in smart border security, his decision to declare a national emergency in order to build a wall along our southern border is a serious mistake. "It is the responsibility of President Trump - and any President - to declar… Continue Reading


02.14.19

NEXT THURSDAY: Sen. Coons to host town hall meeting in Cheswold at 7 p.m.

WILMINGTON, Del. - U.S. Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.) will host a town hall on Thursday, February 21 at 7 p.m. at the Cheswold Fire Company in Cheswold, Delaware. The discussion is open-forum and is free and open to the public. To attend, please register at https://www.eventbrite.com/o/senator-chris-coons-18816070918 or call Senator Coons' office at (302) 573-6347. Registered guests will be admitted on a first come, first serve basis. Seating capacity is limited. Members of Sen. Coons' constit… Continue Reading


02.13.19

[VIDEO] Sen. Coons explains vote on William Barr: “We must be clear-eyed about the moment our country is facing”

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, today delivered remarks on the Senate floor on President Trump's nominee for Attorney General, William Barr. "We must be clear-eyed about the moment our country is facing and the Attorney General's potentially pivotal role in ensuring the integrity of the rule of law and our democratic institutions," said Senator Coons. "I believe it is my responsibility in the Senate to protect the Special Counsel inve… Continue Reading


02.13.19

Senate passes bill from Sens. Scott, Coons to strengthen partnerships between HBCUs like DSU and federal agencies

WASHINGTON - Yesterday, the U.S. Senate passed legislation announced by U.S. Senators Chris Coons (D-Del.) and Tim Scott (R-S.C.) less than one week ago that will strengthen partnerships between federal agencies and the country's more than 100 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). The legislation is likely to soon pass the House of Representatives and could become law within the coming weeks. The HBCU Propelling Agency Relationships Towards a New Era of Results for Students (HBC… Continue Reading


02.12.19

ICMYI: Sen. Coons op-ed: “Congress must do more to stem opioid tide”

LEWES, Del. - In case you missed it, U.S. Senators Chris Coons (D-Del.) recently published an op-ed in Delaware's Cape Gazette, calling for congress to do more to fight the opioid epidemic. "Overdose deaths from prescription opioid painkillers and related heroin use have reached epidemic levels in Delaware and across the country. Each time we open the newspaper, it seems we're confronted with new, jarring headlines that capture the painful reality of this crisis. In 2017, nearly 350 people die… Continue Reading


02.12.19

Sen. Coons celebrates Senate passage of Public Lands Package, including wins for Delaware

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.) today applauded the Senate passage of the Natural Resources Management Act (S. 47), which includes over 100 public lands bills and several provisions that directly benefit the state of Delaware, including legislation to permanently reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). The package also includes a bipartisan provision based on legislation introduced by Coons and Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) to bring national recognition t… Continue Reading


02.11.19

Sen. Coons’ statement on Rep. Omar’s comments

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement. "Rep. Omar's use of an anti-Semitic stereotype has no place in our discourse, period. We can have policy debates and disagreements without this type of hurtful language and innuendo, and public officials are particularly responsible for choosing their words carefully. I'm glad that she has apologized. "The U.S.-Israel relationship enjoys broad, bipartisan s… Continue Reading


02.08.19

Carper, Coons Blunt Rochester Announce $8.2 Million to Help Homeless in Delaware

WILMINGTON, Del. - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Carper and Chris Coons and U.S. Representative Lisa Blunt Rochester (all D-Del.) announced grant awards totalling $8,249,505 from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to organizations in Delaware. The Continuum of Care (CoC) Competition awarded grants to 30 programs and organizations that assist Delaware's homeless population. The CoC Program is designed to promote communitywide commitment to the goal of ending homelessness; provide fun… Continue Reading


02.07.19

Coons and Tillis to lead Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Intellectual Property

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Chris Coons (D-DE) were announced as Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Intellectual Property. Jurisdiction of the Subcommittee on Intellectual Property includes the United State Patent and Trademark Office, the United States Copyright Office, oversight of the functions of the federal government as they relate to intellectual property, patents, copyrights, trademarks, and trade secrets. "The United State… Continue Reading


02.07.19

Sen. Coons’ Statement on William Barr

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, released the following statement on his decision not to support President Trump's nominee for Attorney General, William Barr. Coons is co-chairing the National Prayer Breakfast today and will vote by proxy. "Over the past few weeks, I have carefully weighed William Barr's nomination to be Attorney General. Initially, I was encouraged that the President selected a nominee who had previously served in … Continue Reading


02.06.19

Sens. Coons, Scott introduce legislation to strengthen partnerships between HBCUs and federal agencies

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Chris Coons (D-Del.) and Tim Scott (R-S.C.) introduced legislation to strengthen partnerships between federal agencies and the country's more than 100 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). The HBCU Propelling Agency Relationships Towards a New Era of Results for Students (HBCU PARTNERS) Act was introduced along with U.S. Senators Doug Jones (D-AL), David Perdue (R-GA), Kamala Harris (D-CA), Roger Wicker (R-MS), Tim Kaine (D-VA), and Marsha Blackb… Continue Reading


02.05.19

Sen. Coons calls on Treasury Department to optimize Opportunity Zone program’s impact on distressed communities in DE, across the country

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Chris Coons (D-Del.), a member of the Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee, and Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), a member of the Senate Finance Committee, sent a letter urging Secretary of the Treasury, Steven Mnuchin, to protect the original intent of the Opportunity Zone policy, namely to harness capital and generate investment, new business, and well-paying jobs in economically distressed communities. "I was an original cosponsor of the Investing in Oppor… Continue Reading


02.05.19

Senator Coons will host Wilmington Police Chief Robert Tracy at the State of the Union address

WILMINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Chris Coons (D-Del), announced his guest to the President's State of the Union will be Wilmington Police Chief Robert Tracy. "It's my honor to be joined by Chief Tracy at the State of the Union," said Sen. Coons. "In just a short time Chief Tracy has been at the helm of the Wilmington Police Department, he has made a measurable impact on the safety of the residents, quality of life in the city, and built a stronger bond of trust with those he serves. I am than… Continue Reading


02.04.19

Sen. Coons, colleagues introduce legislation to protect small businesses from data breaches

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.), a member of the Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee, introduced legislation to provide notification requirements and free credit reports to small businesses in the wake of a data breach. Senator Coons introduced the legislation along with U.S. Senators Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), John Kennedy (R-Louis.), and Doug Jones (D-Ala.). "Building and maintaining healthy credit is critical for entrepreneurs as they acquire funding to grow their … Continue Reading


02.01.19

Sen. Coons statement on U.S. withdrawal from the INF Treaty

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement. "I have no doubt that Russia is in violation of the Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, an important agreement negotiated by former President Ronald Reagan that eliminated an entire class of nuclear weapons that threatened Europe during the Cold War. I am concerned, though, that the Trump administration's decision to withdraw from the treaty without … Continue Reading


02.01.19

INHOFE, KING, COONS INTRODUCE CIVICS ACT

WASHINGTON - Sens. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), Angus King (I-Maine) and Chris Coons (D-Del.) introduced theConstitution education Is Valuable In Community Schools (CIVICS) Act today to support the development of Constitution and civics education curriculum for students across the country. "There is an old document around that nobody reads anymore called the Constitution," Inhofe said. "It established the basis and formation of our nation: that we are a government of the people, by the people and for … Continue Reading

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