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9:14 am
Thu July 3, 2014

Senator Chris Coons Meets With Young African Leaders at WH

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NEWARK, Del. (AP) - A group a young African leaders is meeting with U.S. Sen. Chris Coons in Delaware as part of a White House fellowship program.

The University of Delaware is hosting 25 young civic leaders from African countries as part of the Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders, a six-week program on American campuses. 

Program participants were scheduled to meet with Coons on Thursday on the UD campus.

Coons, who spent part of his junior year of college in Kenya, is chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on African Affairs.

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9:54 am
Thu June 5, 2014

A Firm "No" to 2014 Senate Race from Christine O'Donnell

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Christine O’Donnell will not be running for U.S. Senate in 2014.

She sent her announcement out to supporters in an email.

The Tea Party favor upset congressman Mike Castles bid for Delaware’s senate seat vacated by Vice President Joe Biden in the republican primary only to lose to Democrat Chris Coons in the general election of 2010.

WBOC reports that neither the Democratic state party nor Coons’ campaign would comment on “a non-announcement.”

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11:45 am
Fri May 23, 2014

Chris Coons Demands Assurances from VA Over Scandal

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Senator Chris Coons want the new director of the Wilmington Veterans Affairs Medical Center to certify that there is no effort to disguise the backlogs of patient care – a scandal that has ripped through the agency nationally.

The Delaware Democrat wrote that any neglect or suffering by veterans is appalling and demanded to be assured this was not occurring at VA facilities in the state.

The Wilmington News Journal reports it is not known if the Wilmington facility near Elsmere is one of the 26 centers that are now under investigation by the VA.

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11:35 am
Fri May 23, 2014

Christine O'Donnell Declares Victory for Tea Party Movement

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Despite the recent defeats of Tea Party candidates in recent Republican primaries Christine O’Donnell who also lost her bid for a senate seat in Delaware declared victory.

She said the Tea Party movement had clearly driven the moderate Republican into extinction and has made the federal deficit and debt part of the national dialogue.

She told the Wilmington News Journal she believed the movement had been very successful.

As for a rematch with Senator Chris Coons…who beat in the 2010 general election she replied, “highly unlikely.”

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9:33 am
Thu May 15, 2014

Senator Chris Coons Calls for Anti-Trust Review for Pfizer Aquisition

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Senator Chris Coons has called on the Federal Trade Commission and the Justice Department to review the proposed acquisition of the British based AstraZeneca by Pfizer for a potential anti-trust violation.

The Delaware Democrat wrote in his letter to the agencies that Pfizer has a history of acquiring drug companies and slashing jobs.

He charged that the acquisition could lead to fewer drugs and have adverse effects on the consumer.

If the acquisition goes through Pfizer could reincorporate in the United Kingdom with a tax savings of $1 billion.

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8:37 am
Mon April 28, 2014

Delaware Senator To Change Vote on DOJ Nominee

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Senator Chris Coons has privately apologized to Delaware’s African American Community for voting against President Obama’s nominee to head up the civil rights division.

The Gannett Washingtion Bureau reports that two people who attended a recent meeting said that Coons agreed to reverse his March 5th vote against Debo Adegbile.

The nominee became controversial after defending Mumia Abu-Jamal who was convicted of killing a Philadelphia police officer.

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8:37 am
Wed April 23, 2014

First Coast-to-Coast National Trail Proposed

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Senator Chris Coons says he will introduce legislation that would make the American Discovery Trail part of the National Trails System.

There are a number of agencies that currently oversee 68-hundred mile long trail that runs from Cape Henlopen State Park to Point Reyes National Seashore.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the cost of maintaining the trail is estimated at $2-million a year.

The Delaware Democrat says the principle opposition comes from those leaders who fear the trail would become an excuse for the state to take privately owned lands.

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1:30 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Delaware Congressional Delegation Gets In on Today's Annual Poultry Banquest

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SALISBURY, Md. (AP) - Members of Delaware's congressional delegation are joining in an annual celebration of the Delmarva region's poultry industry.

U.S. Sens. Tom Carper and Chris Coons both planned to attend the 58th annual Delmarva Poultry Industry banquet in Salisbury, Md. on Wednesday.

The event, sponsored by Delmarva Poultry Industry Inc., honors the region's chicken farmers and other members of the poultry industry.

Maryland comptroller general Peter Franchot also was expected to attend the evening event at the Wicomico Youth and Civic Center.

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1:30 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Delaware Congressional Delegate Gets In on Today's Annual Poultry Banquest

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SALISBURY, Md. (AP) - Members of Delaware's congressional delegation are joining in an annual celebration of the Delmarva region's poultry industry.

U.S. Sens. Tom Carper and Chris Coons both planned to attend the 58th annual Delmarva Poultry Industry banquet in Salisbury, Md. on Wednesday.

The event, sponsored by Delmarva Poultry Industry Inc., honors the region's chicken farmers and other members of the poultry industry.

Maryland comptroller general Peter Franchot also was expected to attend the evening event at the Wicomico Youth and Civic Center.

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9:09 am
Tue March 11, 2014

Former President Clinton Addresses Wilmington Forum on Africa

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Former president Bill Clinton says "creative cooperation" is needed among private and public sector entities to help tackle challenges facing the continent of Africa.

Speaking Monday at a conference on Africa sponsored by U.S. Sen. Chris Coons, Clinton said issues such as food insecurity, disease and resource management have to be confronted to improve the lives of Africans.

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11:20 am
Tue February 25, 2014

Christine O'Donnell Asks for Sympathy and Money

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Christine O’Donnell, the Tea Party favorite who lost her Senate bid against Democrat Chris Coons, is trying to raise money again and sympathy.

This time she claimed that he was victimized by the IRS and Delaware’s Division of Revenue.

O’Donnell wrote an op-ed for the New York Post on Saturday in which she claims she was preyed upon by state and federal officials who leaked her private tax records damaging her 2010 Senate campaign.  

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9:36 am
Tue February 25, 2014

Former President Clinton To Make Appearance in Wilmington

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Former President Bill Clinton will come to Wilmignton next month for a conference on Africa.

“The Opportunity: Africa” event has been hosted by Senator Chris Coons for the last two years.

Clinton’s foundation invests in Africa and he will be the key note speaker at the March 10th event at the Chase Center.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the conference connects businesses, faith communities and individuals with top experts on Africa.

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12:12 pm
Wed February 19, 2014

Delaware Senator Backs Crop Insurance For Poultry

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Senator Chris Coons is pushing for a federal crop insurance program for the poultry industry.

The recent farm fill contains an amendment that calls for a report on the feasibility of such a program to insure the poultry industry against business disruptions and a catastrophic event.

The Delaware Democrat believes it would have helped out growers like Allen Family Foods in Sussex County which went bankrupt three years ago.

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8:53 am
Thu January 9, 2014

Delaware Senators Split on Iran Sanctions

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Delaware’s two senators are divided over whether to add additional sanctions against Iran to curb its nuclear program.

Senator Chris Coons is a co-sponsor of legislation that would add sanctions if Iran fails to abide by the interim agreement signed in November.

The Delaware Democrat tells the Wilmington News Journal that congress should have sanctions “at the ready.’

Meanwhile, Carper and nine other Democrats want the Senate to hold off on sanctions legislation.

President Obama has threatened a veto.

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8:43 am
Mon November 4, 2013

Job Fair Today in Newark

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NEWARK, Del. (AP) - Delaware's congressional delegation is hosting yet another job fair in an effort to help put unemployed Delawareans back to work.

Senators Tom Carper and Chris Coons and Congressman John Carney are hosting their last job fair of the year on Monday at the Embassy Suites in Newark.

Gov. Jack Markell also plans to speak at the job fair, which is being organized with the help of Brandywine Counseling and Career Services and includes more than 50 potential employers.

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8:54 am
Tue October 22, 2013

Senator Chris Coons: Optimistic About Budget Deal

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Senator Chris Coons believes that the budget committee appointed to hammer out a budget by December 13th will be successful.

As a member of the 29 member committee that came out of the government shutdown the Delaware Democrat told the Wilmington News Journal that he chooses to be optimistic.

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8:36 am
Thu October 3, 2013

Government Shutdown Update

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Senator Chris Coons says he expected the government shutdown will go on for a couple of weeks.

The Delaware Democrat tells WDEL that if it does persist the shutdown is likely to run into the deadline for a default on the debt ceiling, which he called a disaster.

But, he says that the President is right not accept proposals by House Republicans to restore some government services but not others.

That, he told the station, is “just a slow bleed” that would have a negative impact on the economy and millions of Americans.

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10:05 am
Wed September 11, 2013

Delmarva Democratic Delegation Lining up Behind the President on Syria

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President Obama's address last night found Senator Ben Cardin pleased with his performance noting that Obama showed no signs of pushing for immediate action.

Cardin voted to for the resolution approved by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee authorizing military action.

Meanwhile, even before the President’s address his fellow Maryland Democrat Barbara Mikulski  announced that she will support the President’s request to authorize air strikes against Syria.

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9:33 am
Mon September 9, 2013

Delmarva Congressional Delegation Divided on Syrian Military Strike

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Senator Chris Coons tried to make the case for a military strike against Syria during an appearance on CNN’s “State of the Union” program saying that it would deter another chemical weapons attack.

He said that not to act would result in Syrian President Bashar al-Assad would continue to slaughter his people with chemical weapons.

The Delaware Democrat in the Senator Foreign Relations Committee voted to support authorization for military force and added an amendment with Senator John McCain to use military force to change the momentum on the battle field for the rebels.

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8:56 am
Thu September 5, 2013

Syrian Intervention Resolution Gets Backing of Delmarva Senators

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Maryland Democrat Ben Cardin cast his vote for a resolution that would limit an air strike against Syria from 60 to 90 days.

It was approved by the Senator Foreign Relations Committee on a 10-to-7 vote yesterday.

In addition, the measure would narrow the conflict to Syria’s borders and prohibit U.S. troops on Syrian soil.

Cardin pointed out that unlike Iraq there was clear evidence that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad used chemical weapons to kill more than 1-thousand people.

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11:54 am
Tue August 6, 2013

Delaware Lawmakers Hail WTO Decision on Broilers

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The Delaware congressional delegation praised the decision by the World Trade Organization decision that Chinese poultry barriers are unfair.

American poultry farmers complained that China’s decision to impose higher duties on chicken broiler products was unjustified under international trade laws.

The imposition of the duties was followed by an 80 percent drop in American exports to China.

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9:28 am
Wed July 24, 2013

Christine O'Donnell Pulls Back in Senate Run, Charles Otto Files in Somerset

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With speculation rising about another match up with Senator Chris Coons Tea Party favorite Christine O’Donnell sought to tamp down speculation that she will make another bid next year.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that O’Donnell tweeted, “To be clear a 2014 Senate run isn’t even on my radar!”

At a special Republican Party Convention last Saturday O’Donnell said she did not know when she might make a decision about a campaign next year.

In September she did say that she owed it to her supporters to consider another run.

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9:11 am
Tue July 23, 2013

O'Donnell: Another Senate Bid in Delaware?

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She could be back.

Tea Party favorite Christine O’Donnell, who lost her bid for a seat in the Senate against Democrat Chris Coons in the tidal wave election of 2010, is now the center of speculation for another against him.

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9:09 am
Mon July 22, 2013

Delaware Officials Oppose New Financial Industry Restrictions

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Delaware’s two senators say they oppose separating commercial and investment banking that’s contained in a measure authored by fellow Democrat Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren.

It would return the banking system back towards the Depression-era Glass-Steagall law that was repealed in 1999.

The law was aimed at protecting federally insured bank deposits from riskier trading business.

Delaware is home to some major financial companies and they have lobbied heavily against a non-binding resolution in the Delaware General Assembly supporting passage in Washington.

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10:30 am
Fri June 21, 2013

Senator Chris Coons Named to Senate Appropriations Committee

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WASHINGTON (AP) - Sen. Chris Coons, Delaware's junior senator, has been appointed to the Senate Appropriations Committee.

Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Barbara Mikulski, a Maryland Democrat, announced Coons' appointment on Thursday. Coons will take over the seat held by New Jersey Sen. Frank Lautenberg, who died June 3.

Mikulski said she and Coons have worked together on issues that affect Maryland and Delaware.

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10:48 am
Fri May 31, 2013

Bullet Proof Vests Needed in Wake of Courthouse Shooting

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Two police officers who were shot at the New Castle County Courthouse earlier this year are joining U.S. Sen. Chris Coons in calling for Congress to reauthorize a bill to provide bulletproof vests to law enforcement officials.

Corporal Steve Rinehart and Sergeant Michael Manley both Capitol Police officers, were to join Coons on Friday outside the courthouse in Wilmington.

Rinehart and Manely both were wearing armor obtained through the federal Bulletproof Vest Partnership when they were shot in February.

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10:00 am
Wed May 1, 2013

Delaware Gets Big Federal Money for Beach Replenishment

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Delaware government officials announced the First state has gotten $30 million in federal funding to restore its beaches as they mark the 6 month anniversary of Hurricane Sandy.

The funds will be used for beach replenishment on the beaches along the coast running from Lewes to Fenwick Island as well as dunes and additional beaches north of the Indian River Inlet.

The federal money comes from the 2013 Disaster Relief Appropriations Act.

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9:30 am
Fri February 22, 2013

Delaware Senators on Cybersecurity and Trade

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Delaware’s Senators were busy this week.

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Reacting to a new White House report on the growing threat of Chinese cyber hacking, Democrat Tom Carper called it the biggest threat to the country’s economic recovery.

He said that the US need a better offense that includes standards for best practices in order to protect intellectual property.

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Meanwhile, the junior senator from Delaware Chris Coons was in Cape Town South Africa on a trade mission.

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10:51 am
Fri December 7, 2012

Poultry Industry Gets Boost in Trade With Russia

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Delaware Senators Tom Carper and Chris Coons voted yesterday for a bill establishing permanent normal trade relations with Russia.

And that’s good news for the poultry industry on the peninsula, for whom, Russia is a major market.


In 1974 the provision was imposed on the former Soviet Union over emigration of Jews and other Soviet minorities.


The measure cleared the House last month and now goes to President Obama for his signature.

 

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8:24 am
Wed October 17, 2012

Job Fair at Christiana Mall Today

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Delaware’s congressional delegation will host a free seasonal job fair from 4-8 p.m. today at the Christiana Mall with retail and department stores looking for holiday hires.


There is no preregistration.


Sens. Tom Carper and Chris Coons and Rep. John Carney said urged job seekers to come with resume’s in hand.


This is the eighth fair the three have organized in the last two years.

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