Heading into the week President-elect Donald Trump and his new administration will take power in Washington, Delaware’s two US Senators are speaking out on cabinet nominees and pressing legislative business already on the docket on Capitol Hill.
Democrat Chris Coons announced he will vote against his senate colleague, Jeff Sessions of Alabama, who has been nominated for Attorney General. Coons, a member of the Judiciary Committee that is currently considering the nomination, will oppose Sessions “after reviewing Senator Sessions’ decades-long record and participating in a thorough Judiciary Committee hearing, and after also hearing from many Delawareans.”
Coons served with Sessions for a six year period when, according to Coons, they “worked together constructively on several criminal justice issues, including support for local law enforcement, reauthorization of the Victims of Child Abuse Act and restoration of funding to the Federal Public Defender Service.” However, Coons announced he cannot support Sessions because “on many important issues … Sessions has actively opposed bipartisan efforts to advance justice.”
Senator Tom Carper, a member of the Finance Committee, warned that efforts to repeal the controversial Affordable Care Act could “send shock waves through our economy, have lasting damage to our entire health care system and put patients’ lives at risk.”
Carper said he was “ready and willing to consider changes to our health care system that build on the progress made under the ACA” but cautioned that the country “cannot afford a reckless path that leaves millions of Americans in the lurch and doctors, hospitals, health centers, insurers and states with no recourse.”
Separately, Carper and Coons both blasted the President-elect’s plans to separate from his business interests with Carper calling the decision for Trump’s sons to run his global real estate organization “stunning and completely unacceptable,” calling on Trump to “fully eliminate all conflicts of interest before taking the oath of office next week.”