Chairman's Press

November 28, 2018

Corker Votes to Discharge Yemen War Powers Resolution From Senate Foreign Relations Committee

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today voted in favor of discharging a resolution from the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to the Senate floor on the U.S. role in Yemen. The Senate advanced S.J.Res.54 by a vote of 63 to 37. Next week, absent a unanimous consent agreement, the Senate will hold a second procedural vote on the resolution. If agreed to, the Senate will then debate and potentially amend the resolution before a fina… Continue Reading


November 28, 2018

Corker Invites Natalie Grant to Testify at Hearing on Global Fight to End Modern Slavery

Click here or on the image above to watch the video. WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today invited Nashville singer-songwriter Natalie Grant to testify at a hearing on progress in the global fight to end modern slavery. Grant offered compelling testimony about what caused her to get involved in the anti-slavery movement and co-found Hope for Justice, a nonprofit devoted to ending modern slavery. Her testimony follows. "Well, … Continue Reading


November 28, 2018

Corker Convenes Hearing on Progress in Global Fight to End Modern Slavery

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today delivered the following remarks during a hearing on progress in the global fight to end modern slavery. The hearing featured testimony from Ambassador John Richmond, heard of the State Department's Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons; Natalie Grant, a singer-songwriter and the co-founder of Hope for Justice, a nonprofit devoted to ending modern slavery; and Shawna Bader-Blau,… Continue Reading


November 20, 2018

Corker, Menendez Demand Determination on Saudi Crown Prince Role in Murder of Jamal Khashoggi

WASHINGTON - In a letter to President Donald J. Trump, U.S. Senators Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) and Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), chairman and ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today demanded the administration make a determination specifically addressing whether Saudi Crown Prince Mohamed bin Salman is responsible for the murder of Jamal Khashoggi, a Saudi journalist and columnist for The Washington Post, by triggering a second Global Magnitsky investigation. Text of the letter is i… Continue Reading


November 15, 2018

Corker Statement on US Sanctions Against Saudi Arabian Officials for Murder of Jamal Khashoggi

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released the following statement in response to the Trump administration's sanctions under the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act against Saudi Arabian officials who were responsible for the murder of Jamal Khashoggi, a Saudi journalist and columnist for The Washington Post. "I have a lot of concerns about the trajectory that Saudi Arabia is on right now, and I think a price n… Continue Reading


November 14, 2018

Corker Convenes Roundtable on BUILD Act Implementation

(Pictured from left to right: Ivanka Trump, Advisor to the President, and Senator Bob Corker, R-Tenn.) WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, convened senior administration officials, members of Congress, and key stakeholders in international development for a roundtable to discuss implementation of the recently enacted Better Utilization of Investments Leading to Development (BUILD) Act of 2018, which was authored by Corker and Senat… Continue Reading


November 05, 2018

Corker Statement on Re-Imposition of Iran Sanctions

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. - U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released the following statement in response to the administration's re-imposition of sanctions on Iran that were lifted or waived under the 2015 nuclear deal, or the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). "The Trump administration deserves credit for re-imposing sanctions and dramatically reducing Iran's oil exports and revenues," said Corker, who voted against the nuclear dea… Continue Reading


October 19, 2018

Corker Statement on Saudi Arabia Claims Regarding Death of Jamal Khashoggi

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. - U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released the following statement in response to Saudi Arabia's claims regarding the death of Jamal Khashoggi, a Saudi journalist and columnist for The Washington Post. "The story the Saudis have told about Jamal Khashoggi's disappearance continues to change with each passing day, so we should not assume their latest story holds water," said Corker. "They can undergo their own invest… Continue Reading


October 12, 2018

Corker Statement on Release of American Pastor Andrew Brunson from Turkey

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. - U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today made the following statement on American Pastor Andrew Brunson, who was released from Turkey after two years of detention. Turkey imprisoned Brunson in 2016 and indicted him on unsubstantiated terrorism charges earlier this year. "This has been a long and painful ordeal for Pastor Brunson and his family, and we are relieved that they will finally be reunited after this long period o… Continue Reading


October 10, 2018

Corker, Menendez, Graham, Leahy Letter Triggers Global Magnitsky Investigation Into Disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi

WASHINGTON - In a letter to President Donald J. Trump, U.S. Senators Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) and Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), chairman and ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), chairman and ranking member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs, today triggered an investigation and Global Magnitsky sanctions determination regarding the disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi, a Saudi j… Continue Reading


October 09, 2018

Corker Statement on Nikki Haley Resignation

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released the following statement on the resignation of U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley. "Nikki Haley has been a fierce advocate for U.S. interests during her time as U.N. ambassador," said Corker. "While I hated to hear of her departure, I have enjoyed working with her and am thankful for her willingness to serve. I know Nikki will continue to be a strong voice for our cou… Continue Reading


October 03, 2018

Corker-Coons BUILD Act to Become Law

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) and Chris Coons (D-Del.), both members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today praised Senate passage of The Better Utilization of Investments Leading to Development Act of 2018 (BUILD Act) as part of legislation to reauthorize the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). With strong support in Congress, from the administration, and among key stakeholders, the BUILD Act, coauthored by Corker and Coons in the Senate, will promote economic gro… Continue Reading


September 28, 2018

Corker: Global Food Security Act Reauthorization to Become Law

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today praised passage of legislation reauthorizing The Global Food Security Act, which will now go to the president's desk to be signed into law. The bill also reauthorizes the U.S. Agency for International Development's (USAID) Emergency Food Security Program (EFSP). USAID has relied increasingly upon EFSP to avoid constraints that would prevent delivery of emergency food aid through the Food for… Continue Reading


September 28, 2018

Corker, Coons Praise House Passage of BUILD Act in FAA Reauthorization Bill

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) and Chris Coons (D-Del.), both members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today praised House of Representative's passage of The Better Utilization of Investments Leading to Development Act of 2018 (BUILD Act) as part of legislation to reauthorize the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). With strong support in Congress, from the administration, and among key stakeholders, the BUILD Act, coauthored by Corker and Coons in the Senate, will p… Continue Reading


September 26, 2018

Corker, Menendez: PEPFAR Reauthorization Bill Passes Committee, Extends Successful U.S. Program to Combat HIV/AIDS

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) and Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), the chairman and ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today praised committee passage of their legislation to extend the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) for another five years. PEPFAR was established in 2003 as an emergency response to alleviate the epidemic of HIV/AIDS, primarily on the continent of Africa. "For more than 15 years, PEPFAR has saved millions of lives by beginning … Continue Reading


September 25, 2018

Corker: Peace Corps Reform Bill to Become Law

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today praised passage of Peace Corps reform legislation he authored in the Senate, which will now be sent to the president's desk to be signed into law. The Sam Farr and Nick Castle Peace Corps Reform Act of 2018 will improve access to medical care for volunteers, strengthen accountability and oversight, and enhance procedures to reduce the risk of crime in the countries in which volunteers serve.… Continue Reading


September 18, 2018

Corker Holds Fourth in Series of Hearings on US-Russia Relations

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today delivered the following remarks during a hearing on the status of U.S.-Russia arms control efforts. The hearing was the fourth in a series examining U.S. policy toward Russia. The committee heard testimony from Under Secretary for Arms Control and International Security Andrea L. Thompson and Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Policy David J. Trachtenberg. "First, I want to thank our wit… Continue Reading


September 05, 2018

Corker Convenes Third in Series of Hearings on US-Russia Relations

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today delivered the following remarks during a hearing on the value of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). The hearing was the third in a series examining U.S. policy toward Russia. The committee heard testimony from Richard Haass, president of the Council on Foreign Relations; Nicholas Burns, former U.S. Permanent Representative to NATO; and Stanley Sloan, a professor at Middlebury Col… Continue Reading


August 21, 2018

Corker Convenes Second in Series of Hearings on US-Russia Relations

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today delivered the following remarks during a hearing on U.S.-Russia relations. The hearing is the second in a series examining U.S. policy toward Russia. "We want to thank our witnesses for being here today for the second in a series of hearings on Russia. "This committee is attempting to get a clearer sense of the administration's overall posture on Russia. And again, we thank you both for be… Continue Reading


August 16, 2018

Corker Convenes Nomination Hearing for Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today delivered the following remarks during a hearing on the nomination of Ambassador David Hale to serve as Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs. "Today we will consider the nomination of Ambassador David Hale to serve our country as Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs at the State Department. "We welcome you and thank you for your service to our country for many, many yea… Continue Reading

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