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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 20, 2018
CONTACT: Sean Coit at 202-224-5042 or email@example.com
Senator Coons announces opposition to Pompeo nomination
Sen. Coons: “I remain concerned that Director Pompeo will embolden, rather than moderate or restrain President Trump’s most belligerent and dangerous instincts.”
WILMINGTON, DE — U.S. Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, announced today that he will oppose CIA Director Mike Pompeo’s nomination to serve as Secretary of State.
“After careful consideration, I have decided that I will oppose CIA Director Mike Pompeo’s nomination to become Secretary of State.”
“While I respect his background of military and public service and am encouraged by his stated commitment to our diplomatic corps, I remain concerned that Director Pompeo will embolden, rather than moderate or restrain, President Trump’s most belligerent and dangerous instincts.”
“I do not make this decision lightly or without reservations. I am convinced Director Pompeo would be a strong advocate for the career professionals of the State Department and that he would repair some of the damage that vacancies and budget uncertainties have created over the past eighteen months. He is also knowledgeable and clear-eyed about the diplomatic and security challenges we face around the world.”
“However, I remain concerned that Director Pompeo will not challenge the President in critical moments. On vital decisions facing our country, Director Pompeo seems less concerned with rule of law and partnership with our allies and more inclined to emphasize unilateral action and the use of force.”
“Finally, Director Pompeo’s past statements as a Congressman and candidate on a range of issues give me great concern since the role of Secretary of State is in part to speak for all Americans on issues of our shared values to rest of the world.”
“Given these reasons, I will oppose Director Pompeoâ€™s nomination in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Monday.”
Thanks to all who contacted Coons!
Call Senator Coons ….202-224-5042
Over the past few days, several prominent senators have announced their intention to vote NO on Mike Pompeo’s confirmation [as Secretary of State], including some who voted to confirm him as CIA Director. [This included Klobuchar.]
Citing his anti-Muslim rhetoric and extreme positions on LGBT issues, his stated desire to bomb Iran and a host of other concerns, these senators recognize that Pompeo is simply not suited to serve as our nation’s top diplomat.
Currently, Senator Coons is the only Democratic Senator on the Foreign Relations Committee who hasn’t announced he’ll oppose Pompeo. And his vote is critically important.
If he votes no, Pompeo will NOT receive an endorsement from the committee. In all of American history, no candidate for Secretary of State has ever been confirmed after failing to receive the committee’s endorsement. That’s why we’re asking everyone in Delaware to call Senator Coons to encourage him to vote no. The call will take one minute, and it could make a world of difference.
Call Senator Coons now and tell him to oppose Mike Pompeo’s confirmation.
Then, please ask a friend to call. Ask three friends. Right now, Delaware is the battleground in the fight to stop Pompeo.
Coons is one of the worst “Democratic” senators. He betrays us over and over again. See this, for example: http://www.greendel.org/2018/03/12/action-alert-carper-coons-betray-us-yet-again/
Call Coons: 202-224-5042
Call Coons’ State Director, Jim Paoli, 302.573.6345
This is a bill purporting to be about cleanup of Delaware’s polluted waters. We aren’t convinced that the bill is good enough to justify support. We sent this letter to the sponsors and the members of the House Natural Resources Committee. Subsequently, the bill was tabled in committee.
A couple of years ago the “Delaware Nature Society” hired a real estate guy to promote a previous version of the bill. (He didn’t return our calls.) Continue reading
“Quisling Senate Democrats are collaborating with congressional Republicans and President Trump to roll back the Dodd-Frank financial reform bill.”
I could likely write a post every day about some disgusting action or vote by Carper/Coons (they are usually in lockstep). Most recently, on Feb 14th, we reported on their support for “big ag” pollution over peoples’ health and quality of life.
The Onion recently had this to say about Carper, but it might just as well be said about Coons:
“It’s as if some of these special interest groups think they can just walk into my office and buy my influence for no more than a few grand. Can you believe the goddamn nerve of people like that?”
“Having sworn to support and defend the Constitution, the very least I can do is demand the absolute best price for my vote.”
This time it’s bank deregulation.
Delaware regulators revise “advisories,” say it’s OK to eat more Delaware fish.
A Feb. 20, 2018 press release gives us the usual positive spin. There’s some truth in it.
Levels of some waterborne toxins are dropping, as they should be, given that some very contaminated sites have been somewhat cleaned up. These sites tend to discharge toxins such as PCBs, dioxins, DDT, other chlorinated pesticides, and mercury, into waterways. Also, mercury from coal-burning power plants, “biomass” burners, and garbage incinerators falls out into the water. Fish take this water in through their gills, absorb some of the toxins, and these end up in their flesh. Eat these fish, and some of the toxins end up in you. If you are pregnant they end up in your baby. Coal burning in Delaware has decreased and, with much effort, we have generally been able to hold the line on incinerators and “biomass” burners.
But the picture is not quite so favorable as suggested by the DNREC press release. Continue reading
The Wilmington News Journal did a piece on the Carper/Coons rollover to Big Ag, including:
“People in Southern Delaware are experiencing lots of problems from the ‘big ag’: air pollution, water pollution, stinks, dust,” wrote Green Delaware blogger Alan Muller. “Health problems and diminished quality of life are what oversized animal feeding facilities bring. One might think that Carper and Coons would be introducing legislation to get these problems under control. But no, they are seeking to reduce what weak protections environmental laws now provide.”
Thanks to Maria Payan for this table.
Green Delaware has written many times, over many years, about how poorly Delaware is represented by its “congressional delegation” of two senators and one congressperson. Whomever has held these positions, of either party, they have rarely sought to represent the human beings who elect them, focusing instead on servicing the special interests so overwhelmingly dominant in Delaware politics. Continue reading
Fights over Oil and gas exploration and production off the coasts of Delaware and New Jersey (sometimes called the Outer Continental Shelf) are nothing new–they go back decades. But, as he’s so good at, trump is converting a simmering issue into an crisis that urgently needs public resistance.
Green Delaware Continue reading
Action: Attend hearing or send in comments–details below.
The EPA “Clean Power Plan” (CPP) is a plan to begin limiting global warming emissions from electric generating plants. It’s not a strong plan and it’s very complicated–filling many hundreds of pages in the Federal Register. Green Delaware has never been very excited about it, because it doesn’t call for rapid or substantial reduction in carbon dioxide emissions. But it’s something–a powerful symbolic action if little more.
For background see these two previous Green Delaware posts about the CPP: Continue reading