Chris Coons on Government Reform



10-day process to fire Russia probe special prosecutor

Republican Senator Thom Tillis is working with Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), Chris Coons (D-Del.) and Cory Booker (D-N.J.) on a bill which would allow special counsel Robert Mueller a 10-day window to fight a potential removal by the Trump administration.

It was Tillis himself who first proposed the bill to protect Mueller in a conversation with Coons last summer, an important bipartisan partnership that's survived tough battles over taxes and health care.

Coons was struck by Tillis' fight for reparations for black victims of a North Carolina eugenics program. And Tillis was impressed that Coons was willing to fend off Democrats who wanted to pile on to the special counsel bill and turn it into a partisan attack on Trump. "He was pretty clear," Coons said, recalling how Tillis threatened to drop his support unless each new Democratic co-sponsor was matched by a Republican.

Source: Politico.com on Impeachment Proceedings against Trump , Apr 16, 2018

Nuclear option: Allow confirmation of Obama's appointees

Democrats in the Senate voted to end the filibuster as a way to block some presidential nominations. The move is known as the "nuclear option."

"Month after month, now year after year, we've seen as highly qualified nominees--for judgeships, for ambassadorships, for agency positions--have been filibustered or have been blocked," Coons said "and frankly it was with real regret and only after many attempts at some resolution that I voted for the reforms today."

The grid-lock that has seized Washington was the final straw for frustrated Democrats. Coons said Republican filibusters had made it clear the GOP were simply on a mission to block Obama's nominees. "A sort of blanket declaration that nobody was getting confirmed--regardless of how qualified, regardless of how bipartisan their record was--that made it clear that this was not based on the qualifications of the nominees," Coons said. "It was based on a rejection of the presidency of Barack Obama"

Source: WDEL reporting on 2014 Delaware Senate race , Nov 21, 2013

Consider 3-year freeze on non-defense discretionary spending

Q: What would you cut in the federal budget?

O'DONNELL: That's a great question because first of all we have got to tackle the deficit because our deficit is almost becoming equal to our national GDP.

Q: So what would you cut specifically?

O'DONNELL: First of all, cancel the unspent stimulus bill. Second, put a freeze on discretionary spending, put a hiring freeze on non-security personnel. And then, of course, when we're talking about cutting government spending, we've got to talk about waste, fraud and abuse.

COONS: Let me get back to the focus of the question, is what would you do to tackle the deficit? I would seriously consider supporting a freeze on non defense discretionary spending for three years, which would achieve significant reductions. I've also identified on my web site a series of reductions that I would support. Some of them are in agricultural price supports. Some are in federal office space, for example, or hiring. And several are in defense programs.

Source: CNN's Wolf Blitzer moderating 2010 Delaware Senate debate , Oct 13, 2010

Campaign spending is not a form of speech

Chris opposes the recent Supreme Court ruling on the Citizens United case. He believes we must reform our campaign finance laws but that true reform will only come once the judicial system finds that campaign spending is not a form of speech. Chris believes that Senators should never become lobbyists
Source: Delaware Congressional Election 2010 Political Courage Test , Sep 25, 2010

Require full disclosure of independent campaign expenditures.

Coons co-sponsored DISCLOSE Act

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