January 04, 2015

Corker Discusses Key Foreign Policy Issues Facing the Senate in the New Congress on FOX News Sunday

CHATTANOOGA, TENN. – Appearing on Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace today, U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), discussed some of the major foreign policy issues facing the Senate in the year ahead including Iran sanctions, the administration’s new U.S. policy toward Cuba, the president’s plan to close Guantanamo Bay, and the fight against ISIS.

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On the administration’s new U.S. policy toward Cuba: “As I said when the announcement was made, the first thing we want to do is understand what behavioral changes Cuba is willing to make. So you'll see some rigorous hearings [in Congress on this issue]… No one has seen a list of the political folks that are being released from jail. There's a lot [we need] to know, and you'll see us having hearings before decisions are made as to what to do relative to this action.”

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On Iran sanctions: “There's no question if this deal falls apart there will be additional sanctions… This is one of the biggest issues we'll be dealing with and for Congress not to have a role is totally inappropriate, so we’re going to move through the committee process. The Banking Committee will take up one aspect of this and the Foreign Relations Committee will take up another and through regular order we'll see what will happen. I don't think there's any question for those in Iran or around the world that if this [nuclear discussion] falls apart, certainly there will be additional sanctions.”

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On the administration’s plans to close Guantanamo Bay: The fact is all of us have been open to major changes at Gitmo, but we're waiting for the administration to lay out a plan... That's what all of us have been seeking for the last six years, and that is a plan – ever since he's been in office – to deal with an issue that he campaigned on while running, and yet has never been forthcoming with.”

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On ISIS and passing an authorization for the use of military force:  “I think what we all are hoping to happen is getting the White House to lay out a plan that shows a plausible way to the outcome that they rhetorically have outlined….Certainly we'll have hearings in January and February. Hopefully they will finally come forth and lay out to us how they will achieve that outcome, but to me that's an important part of any authorization that we may put forward with Syria.”

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