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Carper, Coons co-sponsor bipartisan legislation to restore wetlands and migratory bird habitat

WASHINGTON, D.C. - On the 30th anniversary of the North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA), U.S. Senators Tom Carper (D-Del.) and Chris Coons co-sponsored bipartisan legislation to reauthorize NAWCA through 2024. The legislation would also increase authorized annual funding for the program to $60 million. NAWCA was originally enacted in 1989 to provide federal cost-share funding-in partnership with funding from state and local governments, private industry, and non-profit organizations l… Continue Reading


Carper, Coons reintroduce bicameral bill to block Muslim Ban implementation

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Carper and Chris Coons (both D-Del.) joined Rep. Judy Chu (CA-27) and Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT) in introducing companion bills in the House and Senate to block the implementation of President Trump's executive order blocking travel from majority Muslim countries. The bills would prohibit the use of any funds or fees to implement Executive Order 13780, signed on March 6, 2017. "President Trump's travel ban was born out of fear and hostility and will not improve … Continue Reading


Sen. Coons statement on legislative package to strengthen U.S. security in the Middle East

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement on the Senate vote on a motion to proceed to S.1, the Strengthening America's Security in the Middle East Act of 2019. "Today, the Senate will vote on a motion to proceed to S.1, the Strengthening America's Security in the Middle East Act, legislation that combines four different provisions on U.S. policy in the Middle East, a region where President Trump's uncle… Continue Reading


Senators introduce bipartisan bill to expand and support teacher leadership opportunities

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Chris Coons (D-DE), Joni Ernst (R-IA), Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Cory Gardner (R-CO), Chris Murphy (D-CT), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Doug Jones (D-AL), Pat Roberts (R-KS), Jim Inhofe (R-OK), and Jack Reed (D-RI) today introduced the Teachers Are Leaders Act, which would create partnerships between colleges and high-need schools to develop and support innovative teacher leader roles. Teachers are one of the most important factors in student achievement. Unfortunately, … Continue Reading


[VIDEO] Sen. Coons: President Trump “should let the Senate and this new bipartisan conference committee do its work.”

Sen. Coons: "I want whatever new money is spent on border security to be spent as wisely, as smartly, and as effectively as possible." Sen. Coons on Venezuela: "This is a critical moment both in the history of Venezuela and in our relations in this hemisphere." WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.), a member of the Senate Appropriations and Foreign Relations Committees, today joined CNN New Day to discuss border security, the Mueller probe, and Venezuela. "The 35-day long federal shu… Continue Reading


Sen. Coons statement on agreement to end the partial government shutdown

WILMINGTON - U.S. Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.) released the following statement after President Trump agreed to support a three week continuing resolution to end the partial government shutdown and reopen the federal government. "For the last 35 days, millions of Americans have faced increasing threats to our health and safety and hundreds of thousands of federal employees have endured significant hardships simply because President Trump refused to accept a bipartisan agreement in Congress to f… Continue Reading


[VIDEO]: Sen. Coons: “I have to ask, what's it going to take for us to re-open this government?”

Sen. Coons: "We all know the human cost of this shutdown." Sen. Coons: "We have to show our country and the world that democracy can work and I am optimistic that with the passion and commitment that I've heard from my bipartisan colleagues who stand on the floor with me tonight that it is possible to get this done." WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.) delivered remarks on the Senate floor about the partial government shutdown. "We have to show our country and the world tha… Continue Reading


Carper, Coons urge FTC to protect servicemembers from identity theft

WASHINGTON - Today, Senators Carper and Coons (both D-Del.), sent a letter to Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Chairman Joseph Simons urging the protection of active duty military consumers by creating a strong and effective final rule to implement free credit monitoring through the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act. The bipartisan Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief and Consumer Protection Act provides regulatory relief for community banks and credit unions that are … Continue Reading


Sen. Coons calls for SBA’s plan to address the shutdown’s growing loan backlog

WILMINGTON - U.S. Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.) and members of the Senate Small Business & Entrepreneurship Committee wrote to Small Business Administration (SBA) Administrator Linda McMahon today requesting the SBA's plan for addressing the backlog of loan approvals, which continues to grow as the government shutdown drags on. They note in their letter that the SBA's loan processing centers are not processing loans during the shutdown, causing small business owners to lose out on an estimat… Continue Reading


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


[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


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


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


[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


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


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


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


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


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


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

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