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Senator Chris Coons

Appropriations; Ethics; Foreign Relations; Judiciary; Small Business and Entrepreneurship

“We must be careful stewards of our precious natural resources, ensuring that we can leave clean air, clean water, and healthy, vibrant ecosystems to our children. We are blessed in Delaware with lands, waterways, and wildlife that continue to be a source of pride, including our coastal ecosystems and those of the Chesapeake Bay watershed.”


Leadership: Calling it “the foundational challenge of the 21st Century,” Delaware Senator and ocean champion Chris Coons believes we have a moral responsibility to confront climate change. He recognizes that rising sea levels are a real threat to Delaware and our nation and that the growing frequency of catastrophic weather events put us all at risk. Senator Coons supports President Obama’s carbon emission limits, calling them “the most significant action that any country has taken to halt the devastating warming of our planet.” He has also called for a strategy that both attempts to slow the rate of climate change and also responsibly prepares for the now-unavoidable impacts of those coming changes.

Senator Coons has worked to protect our coastlines and has vocally resisted attempts to drill for oil off of Delaware’s beaches – receiving praise from the Sierra Club and other environmental groups for his strong stance on marine conservation. Senator Coons is a leading advocate for conservation programs that help protect wildlife and habitat, water quality, and open space on agricultural lands. Additionally, he is a cosponsor of the Land and Water Conservation Authorization and Funding Act (S. 338), which would secure permanent funding to protect land and waterways of state and national importance.

He also recognizes the importance of revitalizing and protecting the Chesapeake Bay and supports legislation to restore its ecological health and sustain its vital role in our economy.

Senator Coons sponsored:

  • S. 703 (Weatherization Enhancement and Local Energy Efficiency Investment and Accountability Act)
  • S. 1308 (Energy Savings Through Public-Private Partnerships Act of 2013)
  • S. 393 (White Clay Creek Wild and Scenic River Expansion Act of 2013)

Senator Coons cosponsored:

  • S. 338 (A bill to permanently reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund)
  • S. 519 (Chesapeake Bay Gateways and Watertrails Network Reauthorization Act)
  • S. 520 (A bill to amend the Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Act to reauthorize the Act)
  • S. 720 (Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act of 2015)
  • S. 858 (Energy Savings Through Public-Private Partnerships Act of 2015)
  • S. 890 (Land and Water Conservation Authorization and Funding Act of 2015)
  • S. 921 (Delaware River Basin Conservation Act of 2015)
  • S. 2089 (American Energy Innovation Act)
  • S. 2466 (A bill to amend the Safe Water Drinking Act to authorize the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency to notify the public if a State agency and public water system are not taking action to address a public health risk associated with drinking water requirements)
  • S. 2911 (Super Pollutants Act of 2014)
  • S. 1865 (Migratory Bird Habitat Investment and Enhancement Act, 2013)
  • S. 545 (Hydropower Regulatory Efficiency Act of 2013)
  • S. 913 (Oilheat Efficiency, Renewable Fuel Research and Jobs Training Act of 2013)
  • S. 741 (North American Wetlands Conservation Extension Act of 2014)
  • S. 3605 (Restoring Effective Environmental Protection Act of 2012)