Press Releases


[VIDEO] Sen. Coons: “Matt Whitaker strikes me as a clear and present danger to the independence of the Special Counsel”

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, joined Kasie Hunt on MSNBC's Kasie DC to discuss his legislation to protect the Special Counsel. "This is a balanced, bipartisan bill, and I respect that the Majority Leader has said in the past that the Mueller investigation should not be interfered with, but I don't understand on what basis he thinks President Trump who continues as recently as last week to criticize and question and challenge the Muel… Continue Reading


Sens. Coons, Flake urge President Trump to respect the independence of Fed officials on interest rates

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Chris Coons (D-Del.) and Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) sent a letter to President Trump urging him to respect the independence of Federal Reserve (Fed) officials and to refrain from pressuring the Fed on interest rates. The Senators' letter comes after the President repeatedly criticized the Fed for its interest rate decisions. "We share a deep concern that if you continue to verbally attack the Fed-suggesting that a particular monetary policy is owed to you as president-you w… Continue Reading


Sen. Coons’ statement on AG Sessions’ forced resignation, appointment of Matthew Whitaker as Acting AG

WILMINGTON - U.S. Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee and co-author of the Special Counsel Independence and Integrity Act, released the following statement after Attorney General Jeff Sessions was forced to resign today and President Trump named attorney Matthew Whitaker the Acting Attorney General. "President Trump has repeatedly attacked both the Attorney General and the Department of Justice over the Mueller investigation," said Senator Coons. "I am deep… Continue Reading


Sens. Coons, Portman, Reps. Roskam, Langevin press Sec. DeVos to discharge all existing and future Parent PLUS Loans taken out on behalf of permanently disabled students

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Chris Coons (D-Del.) and Rob Portman (R-Ohio) and U.S. Representatives Peter Roskam (R-Ill.) and James Langevin (D-R.I.) yesterday sent a letter to Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos reiterating their request from March 27, 2018 that the Department of Education discharge all existing and future Parent PLUS Loans taken out on behalf of students who become totally and permanently disabled. In December 2018, President Trump signed the Stop Taxing Death and Disability Ac… Continue Reading


ICYMI: Sen. Coons’ BUILD Act featured in Quartz: “How the US will transform its investment role in Africa with a new $60 billion agency”

WASHINGTON - In case you missed it, Quartz Africa published an article spotlighting the passage of the Better Utilization of Investments Leading to Development Act of 2018 (BUILD Act), legislation introduced by U.S. Senators Chris Coons (D-Del.) and Bob Corker (R-Tenn.). With strong support in Congress, from the administration, and among key stakeholders, the BUILD Act will promote economic growth in developing countries through U.S. business investment while saving taxpayers $20 million. The B… Continue Reading


ICYMI: Sen. Coons essay: “The Case for a U.S.-India Partnership”

WASHINGTON - In case you missed it, U.S. Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.), and former Assistant Secretary of State Puneet Talwar, recently published an essay in The National Interest, calling for closer ties between the United States and India. The article is available on the TNI website and will be published in the November/December 2018 issue of The National Interest magazine. The National Interest: The Case for a U.S.-India Partnership by Chris Coons and Puneet Talwar The United States must… Continue Reading


Senators introduce bipartisan resolution celebrating World Food Day

Washington - U.S. Senators Chris Coons (D-Del.), Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), and John Boozman (R-Ark.) introduced a resolution in the Senate designating today as "World Food Day." Global hunger has been on the rise for the last three years, and an estimated 821 million people were undernourished in 2017. Each year, the United States joins 130 other nations and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in celebrating World Food Day to promote global aware… Continue Reading


[VIDEO] Sen. Coons on disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi: “If President Trump won’t send a strong signal…then the Senate should step forward and do it.”

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, last night joined CNN's Cuomo Prime Time. "Whether it was to kidnap and interrogate a journalist or whether it was with the intention of killing him, either way they bear the responsibility for an interrogation, whether it was intended to lead to his death or intended to simply lead to his kidnapping," said Senator Coons. "Either of those count as a fundamental violation of human rights under th… Continue Reading


Coons, Capito celebrate passage of bipartisan bill to honor commitment and service of EMS members

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Chris Coons (D-Del.) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.V.) celebrated the passage of the National Emergency Medical Services Commemorative Work Act, which will allow the construction of a national memorial on federal land to pay tribute to the commitment and service of emergency medical services (EMS) first responders. The bill now heads to the President's desk to be signed into law. The memorial will be funded by a private non-profit foundation, the Nationa… Continue Reading


Coons, Gardner celebrate passage of resolution recognizing the benefits of electric cooperative voluntary energy reduction programs

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Chris Coons (D-Del.) and Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) celebrated the passage of their Senate resolution on the importance of voluntary energy reduction programs at electric cooperatives. Electric cooperatives are member-owned not-for-profit organizations that provide affordable, at-cost power to their members. The resolution specifically highlights the "Beat the Peak" demand response program, which allows members of participating cooperatives to receive alerts during periods… Continue Reading


President Trump signs into law Coons, Kennedy bill to ensure musical artists are compensated for pre-1972 recordings when Americans stream their music

WASHINGTON - Today, President Trump signed into law the CLASSICS Act, introduced by a bipartisan group of senators led by U.S. Senators Chris Coons (D-Del.) and John Kennedy (R-Louis.), that will ensure that recording artists from the pre-1972 music eras are fairly compensated when their music is played digitally. A new provision will allow libraries and archives to make reproductions of recordings from this era that are not being commercially exploited to ensure that there are no barriers to pr… Continue Reading


Sen. Coons: Dreiband is wrong choice to lead Civil Rights Division

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, today urged colleagues to join him in opposing the nomination of Eric Dreiband, President Trump's nominee to be the Assistant Attorney General of the Civil Rights Division at the U.S. Department of Justice. "I have approached each of President Trump's nominees with an open mind, as I believe is my responsibility," said Coons. "However, I have also considered each of these nominees with an appreciation f… Continue Reading


Sens. Coons, Graham, Kaine, Gardner introduce legislation to foster economic development and community ties between Israelis and Palestinians

WASHINGTON - Last week, U.S. Senators Chris Coons (D-Del.), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), Tim Kaine (D-Va.), and Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) introduced the Palestinian Partnership Fund Act of 2018. This legislation will promote economic development, help finance joint ventures between Palestinian entrepreneurs and companies in the United States, Israel, and countries in the Middle East, and foster community building to support greater people-to-people cooperation. "I am pleased to introduce this bipart… Continue Reading


Sens. Coons, Tillis call on Saudis to investigate disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Chris Coons (D-Del.) and Thom Tillis (R-N.C.), co-chairs of the Senate Human Rights Caucus, released the following statement. "We are closely following the concerning reports about the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul one week ago today. Freedom of the press is a fundamental democratic value, and it sends a chilling message to journalists and those who support democracy around the world when voices of dissent a… Continue Reading


Senator Coons’ statement on UN Ambassador Nikki Haley’s resignation

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released the following statement on the resignation of U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley. "Ambassador Haley was a positive influence on the Administration's foreign policy. She communicated frequently with Congress, and she regularly spoke up for human rights, rule of law, and other fundamental democratic freedoms around the world. I plan to continue working with her in her… Continue Reading


[VIDEO] Sen. Coons on the FBI investigation: “You can’t find what you don’t look for.”

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, today joined Good Morning America to discuss the Kavanaugh nomination. "You can't find what you don't look for. There were a few people interviewed and they were the people who were potential eyewitnesses to both incidents, but both Debbie Ramirez and Dr. Ford came forward when they were interviewed, in Ramirez's case, or when they testified to the committee and tried to offer additional corroborating w… Continue Reading


Sens. Coons, Booker statement on reports of political interference in Nigeria

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. "As Members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, we are troubled by reports of incidents of political interference and intimidation of voters, journalists, and civil society observers in Nigeria by some security agencies and political party supporters. Nigeria is Africa's largest economy and a key U.S. partner on the continent… Continue Reading


Sens. Coons, Carper, Booker, Durbin, Rep. Blunt Rochester condemn human rights abuses in Cameroon

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Chris Coons (D-Del.), Tom Carper (D-Del.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), and Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and U.S. Representative Lisa Blunt Rochester (D-Del.) released the following statement. "We condemn the gross human rights abuses carried out by Cameroonian state security forces in Anglophone regions of the country, where citizens have long suffered discrimination and a lack of economic development. We urge the Government to halt military abuses, ensure protection of civilians… Continue Reading


[VIDEO] Sen. Coons: “There is an ocean of pain in this nation not yet fully heard, not yet appropriately resolved, not yet fully addressed.”

Sen. Coons: "Whatever comes out of this week, whatever comes out of the proceedings of this floor today and tomorrow and this weekend, we must listen and recognize that hundreds of thousands of American women and men have been victims, are victims, will be victims of sexual assault." Sen. Coons: "Our country is watching. This is a moment where the Senate as an institution and the country as a whole needs to show we can and will do better. And I hope we will listen." WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator C… Continue Reading


Carper, Coons applaud passage of package to fight opioid crisis in Delaware

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Carper and Chris Coons (both D-Del.) applauded the passage of the bipartisan SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act. The legislative package, which passed the Senate and House and is expected to be signed into law by the President, will provide critical tools to help states like Delaware combat the opioid epidemic. The bill comes as Delaware's Department of Health and Social Services has found that more people died in August of suspected drug overdoses in … Continue Reading

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