Every dollar we fail to invest in America’s crumbling infrastructure is a dollar we fail to invest in America’s future.
For decades, critical improvements to our roads, bridges, railways and ports have gone overlooked by our federal government. You see them every day on your way to work or when you travel. They cause us headaches, but worse than that, they’re holding us back.
They cost us jobs that our communities sorely need and make it harder for our small businesses to grow and compete.
That’s why I’m supporting an innovative, bipartisan approach that partners with local communities to strategically fix the problem.
Planning for the future means building for the future. Help us do that by signing our petition urging passage of bipartisan solutions to improve our dated infrastructure.
When we neglect America’s infrastructure, we’re actually adding to America’s debt. We cannot keep kicking this can down the road, especially since the road is falling apart.
Funding these improvements would immediately create construction jobs, manufacturing jobs, engineering jobs and more. The truth is, every job at an American business relies on a properly functioning infrastructure.
The Building and Renewing Infrastructure for Development and Growth in Employment Act, or BRIDGE Act, would equip state and local governments with creative tools to leverage private funds for infrastructure improvements, while creating new jobs for the present and the future.
Thank you for standing with us in making American jobs our top priority.
For decades, we've fought for equal access to quality education for our children. The hard truth is that we still haven't achieved our goal, and something has to change.
Women and minorities are being pushed away from the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). We can and must do better because it's not only the right thing to do, it's also key to creating more American jobs and ensuring that our economy remains competitive.
There is legislation before the Senate right now that would help ensure true equality in education for all. That means providing opportunities in STEM education for every single child, no matter their gender or race.
Will you add your name now and join our call for Congress to pass this common sense legislation immediately?
Right now, only one-fifth of physics Ph.D.'s are awarded to women - and only half of these women are American. It's the same story for minorities, many of whom attend secondary schools that don't offer the same opportunities in STEM education. Women and minorities continue to face prejudices at every level of their STEM education and careers. It's unacceptable and there's action we can take now to do something about it.
The STEM Booster Act sets clear goals for increasing the participation of women and minorities in STEM fields by establishing online workshops, internships and mentoring programs that pair STEM professionals with underrepresented students. The bill would also create outreach programs in middle and high schools across the country to ensure that bright minds are exposed to STEM education early on.
If we're going to pass this common sense legislation that will help our children and keep us competitive with other countries around the world, we need to act now.
Thanks for standing with us and supporting bright young minds in Delaware and across the country.
We got the word last night: the House is set to vote Thursday on the Violence Against Women Act.
After a year's delay, a year which jeopardized vital programs for victims of domestic abuse and preventative law enforcement efforts, the House now has the opportunty to stand up against domestic abuse.
This shouldn't be a partisan issue. Partisan politics should never come ahead of the safety of our people.
It’s why I’ve been a co-sponsor of VAWA – which passed with an overwhelming majority in the Senate once again this month – and am calling on my colleagues in the House to pass this bill now.
Silenced domestic abuse victims need our support and it starts with our voice in Washington.
Tell the House of Representatives to stand up against domestic abuse by passing the Violence Against Women Act.
VAWA has been a critical and proven success in our collective work to end domestic abuse. It’s helped victims seek shelter, support and counsel, as well as provided law enforcement with the right tools to take on domestic abuse.
While VAWA has been a huge help, we still have a long way to go. This year’s authorization also builds on VAWA’s past success by expanding protections to college students, the LGBT population and others.
I’m also proud it includes the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act, a bill I also co-sponsored to combat human trafficking, an abuse becoming even more prevalent in these modern times.
Call on the House to work to end all forms of abuse: pass the Violence Against Women Act.
When lives are at stake, a failure to act is absolutely unacceptable. Please join me in urging the House to vote yes on Thursday.
As the sun shined over the Capitol on Monday, I sat with pride and envisioned the course we must chart to continue to move our country forward.
Our President couldn't have said it better: "For now decisions are upon us, and we cannot afford delay. We cannot mistake absolutism for principle, or substitute spectacle for politics, or treat name-calling as reasoned debate."
It's time for us to turn the page on the suffocating politics of the past.
No more obstructionism. No more political games. We must act now. It’s time we get to the people’s work.
As we kick off our new session, I’ve heard from many people up and down Delaware and across the country about what issues they would like to Congress confront this year. When a common answer has been “anything,” you know we have a problem.
If it were up to you, what would you like to see the new Congress tackle in 2013?
I’m determined to push Congress to move forward on so many issues. Here are just a few:
I’d really like to hear what you think.
Take a moment and share with me what you’d like the new Congress to focus on this year.
I’m eager to work with my colleagues, regardless of their party affiliation, and am determined to continue to be your voice in Washington so we can move our state and country forward, together.
Earlier today, Senator Chris Coons spoke on the Senate floor about how we can protect Americans from warrantless wiretapping.
Watch the speech below or read the full text here.
As families around Delaware come together to celebrate the holiday season, we wanted to take a moment to express how deeply grateful we are for your friendship and support.
Like so many Americans, our hearts will be heavy with thoughts of those who won't be able to be with their loved ones this year. Let's keep them in our prayers, and pledge to do everything we can to make our state, our country, and our world a better, safer and healthier place in the new year.
Wishing you the best,
Chris, Annie, Jack, Michael, Maggie & Riley
This is just horrible,” one person said. “There is no reason it should take this long.”
Americans waited in line for one, two – even seven hours.
No, this wasn’t outside a retail store on Black Friday. This was Election Day: one of the most important days of the year for our country. This is the United States of America – the right to vote is in our DNA – we have to fix this now.
That’s why I’ve introduced the Fair, Accurate, Secure and Timely Voting Act of 2012 (FAST Voting Act). The FAST Voting Act sets up a competitive grant program to encourage states to innovate their electoral procedures and learn from those who are getting the job done.
Sign our petition at www.FixOurElectionsNow.org to urge the passage of the FAST Voting Act.
The FAST Voting Act isn't about winners and losers, it's about voters and ensures that every person has the ability to exercise his or her right to vote.
Between the extraordinary lines, discarded registrations, inaccurate voter rolls, and deceptive calls and mailings, the widespread violations of the voters’ civil rights are not only embarrassing, but they’re destructive to our democracy.
We the people should demand accountability in our elections and pass the FAST Voting Act:
For many of us, voting was easy. I was able to vote early with in-person absentee voting. The line was short and the process was relatively simple.
The disparity, though, between my experience and that of some voters in states like Florida, Ohio and Virginia, is extremely disturbing. The FAST Voting Act helps remedy this by encouraging states to make it easier to register to vote, vote early and vote absentee. It’ll help shorten lines and make us more prepared for natural disasters. Ultimately it will preserve the security of our elections while making it easier for Americans to cast their votes.
The FAST Voting Act has already been endorsed up and down Delaware and nationally from the New York Times as a way to fix our broken election system.
As I work with other senators like Senator Mark Warner from Virginia to pass this legislation, please help us make sure electoral reform remains a priority issue. Sign and share our petition to Fix Our Elections Now:
Fixing our elections will not only ensure the rights of all our people are fulfilled, but it will move us forward to something we constantly should be striving for – a more perfect union.
Annie and I are getting ready for a record crowd of 40 who will gather with us for a potluck Thanksgiving celebration today. As we join together with family and friends to celebrate this uniquely American holiday, it's a great opportunity to reflect on how much we have to be thankful for.
We're so grateful for friends like you who have encouraged and supported us, for family traditions and favorite foods, and, more than anything, for the men and women at home and abroad who keep us safe. We're also mindful of those who have come through hard times this year, and for all who struggle for peace and justice.
We have difficult decisions to make in the weeks ahead, and it is my hope that when this holiday ends, we can return to Congress and find a path of constructive compromise that deals with our fiscal challenges and strengthens our country for the future.
Thank you for your friendship and your advice, and for believing in our future together. We are so grateful for all the hopes and prayers you have shared with us, and for the prospect of better days ahead.
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