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The avian flu has hit the poultry industry with a vengeance leaving 48 million chickens and turkey dead since last December.

The U.S. Agriculture Department has been moving quickly to round of the birds as quickly as possible and killing them before it spreads.

In the Mid-West the pandemic appears to have slowed.

But during a senate committee hearing yesterday on Capitol Hill Delaware Democrat Tom Carper warned of becoming too complacent.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - U.S. Sen. Tom Carper has invited a Delaware animal scientist to participate in a congressional hearing on the avian flu threat, a significant issue for the Delmarva peninsula's poultry industry.
 
Jack Gelb Jr. is among several witnesses scheduled to testify at Wednesday's meeting in Washington of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.
 
Gelb is director of the Avian Biosciences Center at the University of Delaware's College of Agriculture and Natural Resources.
 

Beau Biden Remembered

Jun 1, 2015
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Brain cancer took the life of 46 year old Beau Biden.

The Vice President’s son was taken to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center last month but at the time there was no word on why he was being treated.

The former Delaware Attorney General and rising political star in the Democratic Party had been diagnosed with brain cancer two years ago.

He also suffered a mild stroke in 2010.

Biden decided against a third term as Attorney General setting his sights on the governorship next year.

Reactions poured in at the news of his death.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - A historic Wilmington church is officially becoming part of Delaware's new National Historical Park.

U.S. Sen. Tom Carper planned to join the Rev. Patricia Downing on Monday for the signing of a cooperative easement agreement adding Old Swedes Church to the park.

The church is the oldest in the country standing as originally built and still used for worship. It was built in the late 1690s by descendants of Swedish colonists who crossed the Atlantic aboard the Kalmar Nyckel in 1638.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Members of Delaware's congressional delegation are applauding the Obama administration's challenge to Indonesia's restrictions on agricultural imports.

U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman has asked the World Trade Organization to establish a dispute settlement panel to examine Indonesia's import restrictions on a wide range of agricultural products, including poultry.

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Senator Tom Carper will not be attending today’s address to congress by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

He will be joining 40 other Democrats in boycotting the controversial address.

The Delaware Democrat described the Prime Minister’s speech as wholly inappropriate with the Israeli election just two weeks away.

Carper and other Democrats took sharp aim at how the address came about with House Speaker John Boehner inviting the Israeli leader without consultation with the White House.

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Senator Ben Cardin says that President’s decision to temporarily allow some 5 million undocumented immigrants to stay in this country is a sign that the congress should act.

The Maryland Democrat  noted that the Senate voted 18 months ago for a comprehensive immigration bill on a vote of 68-to-32 and that the House of Representatives has failed to act.

Meanwhile, Senator Tom Carper also blasted the House for failing to approve legislation and that the president was justified in being frustrated with Congress in failing to deal with immigration reform.

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The U.S. Capitol Police say that four people were arrested yesterday at Senator Tom Carper’s Washington office where environmentalists were protesting his decision to support the Keystone XL pipeline in the Senate.

There were sit-ins at both the Delaware Democrat’s office and the office of another Democratic Senator Michael Bennett of Colorado.

Hayden Higgins a volunteer with the group of around 350 environmentalists told USA Today that they wanted to send a message that voting for the pipeline was a form of climate change denial.

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Senator Tom Carper says he will vote to authorize construction of the XL Keystone pipeline despite objections from environmentalists.

The Delaware Democrat says that he battle over the pipeline has virtually made it impossible for congress to address other clean-energy issues.

The $8 billion project would run a pipeline that would carry tar sands oil from northwest Canada to Gulf Coast refineries.

The Senate is expected to vote on the pipeline today.          

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - State officials are celebrating a milestone for Delaware's Drug Diversion Court, which has become a model for similar courts in other states.

Gov. Jack Markell and U.S. Sen. Tom Carper planned to join state health officials and judicial branch representatives Monday to mark the 20th anniversary of the Superior Court program.

The drug diversion court was established in 1994 and was among the first such courts in the United States. Officials now say there are 2,700 such courts nationwide.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - State officials have entered into a contract with a lobbyist who once worked for U.S. Sen. Tom Carper to operate Delaware's first medical marijuana dispensary.

Officials finalized an initial two-year contract Monday with First State Compassion Center, whose president is Mark Lally, a former state trooper who also served as Carper's Sussex County director.

FSCC plans to operate its medical marijuana "compassion center" in a Wilmington industrial park.

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The Senate approved a strategy to force a solution to the nation’s Highway Trust Fund pushed by Senator Tom Carper.

The Delaware Democrat’s legislation would ensure that the fund would be secure only through December.

That’s in contrast to a House bill that would keep it going through May.

Carper hopes the earlier deadline will force lawmakers to devise a long-term funding solution during a lame duck session of congress at the end of the year.

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Senator Tom Carper says he wants a permanent fix to ensure that the nation’s Highway Trust Fund has plenty of money to take care of the country’s roadways.

Last year the Delaware Democrat opposed a temporary fix that kept the government from going over a fiscal cliff.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that this year he is introducing an amendment that would force Congress to provide a long-term solution before Christmas.

The Highway Trust Fund is set to become insolvent this summer if Congress does not act.

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Senator Tom Carper, a member of the Senate Finance Committee says he’s concerned about the increasing number of companies who are reincorporating overseas.

The Delaware Democrat blames the outflow on “outdated “tax laws that encourage companies to relocate jobs and their money abroad.

Delaware’s lone congressional member John Carney, a member of the House Financial Services Committee, also called for overhauling the nation’s “outdated, complicated and anti-competitive” tax code.

Around two thirds of the Fortune 500 companies are incorporated in the First State.

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Senator Tom Carper says he wants to increase the federal gas tax as the nation’s Transportation Fund is about to run out of money later this summer.

It’s not a new idea for the Delaware Democrat.

He proposed an increase back in 2010.

Carper wants to raise the gas tax by four cents a year over the next three years.

After that the gas tax increases would be tied to the rate of inflation.

The last time the gas tax was raised was in 1993, when it increased to 18 cents.

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Senator Tom Carper wants to increase the federal gas tax by 3-to-4 cents a year for up to four years indexing it to inflation.

The Delaware Democrat says that would bring it back to the buying power of the 18.6 cents of 1993.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that he says the increase would make sure that the nation’s bridges would be in good shape.

Carper not only chairs the Senate Transportation Committee but is also a member of the finance committee.

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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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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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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Gov. Jack Markell and U.S. Sen. Tom Carper are joining Delaware's health and social services secretary to encourage state residents to sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act.

Open enrollment on Delaware health insurance exchange for coverage this year ends at midnight Monday.

With the deadline fast approaching, Delaware officials planned to gather Friday in Wilmington in a last-minute push to encourage residents to sign up for coverage.

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NEWARK, Del. (AP) - U.S. Sen. Tom Carper is joining University of Delaware officials in celebrating the achievements of a UD professor who recently won a presidential "green chemistry" award.

Richard Wool was recognized by the Environmental Protection Agency last month with the Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award.

Carper planned to tour Wool's lab on Friday for a demonstration of his products.

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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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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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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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Delaware’s two Democratic senators say they back military action against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in the wake of evidence his regime used chemical weapons that left around 15-hundred civilians dead.

Senator Tom Carper said he tended to favor the President’s request to authorize military action adding that the U.S. goal should be aimed at weakening Assad and bolstering the moderate rebel forces.

Meanwhile, Senator Chris Coons called for decisive action because of the chemical weapons attack.

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Former South Carolina Senator Jim DeMint railed against the Affordable Care Act yesterday during a national stop in Brandywine Hundred calling it un-American.

The Republican left office to head up the conservative Heritage Foundation and has been active in calling for repeal of the law.

Speaking to an enthusiastic crowd he warned that the law will not allow doctors to be paid enough to provide quality care and said he had other solutions to providing increased medical coverage such as tax cuts to businesses for health care coverage.

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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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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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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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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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Hearing on Damage From Hurricane Sandy

Maryland officials told a hearing of the Senate subcommittee on Homeland Security of the in Washington yesterday that they were determined to get federal aid for individual hit by Hurricane Sandy, especially for those on the Lower Shore.

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