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Rep. Chris Coons, Delaware Democrat, accompanied by Sen. Robert Menendez, New Jersey democrat, talks about the Palestinian effort to seek U.N. recognition of statehood, Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2011, during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) **FILE**

Rep. Chris Coons, Delaware Democrat, accompanied by Sen. Robert Menendez, New Jersey democrat, talks about the Palestinian effort to seek U.N. recognition of statehood, Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2011, during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) **FILE**

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