Chairman's Press

May 24, 2018

Corker Statement on Trump Administration Section 232 Investigation of Automobile Imports

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released the following statement after the Trump administration announced it was initiating an investigation under Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962 to "determine whether imports of automobiles, including SUVs, vans and light trucks, and automotive parts into the United States threaten to impair the national security as defined in Section 232." "I am very concerned about the pr… Continue Reading


May 24, 2018

Corker Statement at Hearing Featuring Testimony From Secretary of State Mike Pompeo

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today made the following statement during a hearing featuring testimony from Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. "We want to thank you for joining us today. And although you were here just six weeks ago for your confirmation hearing and have been in your position for only a month, again I want to commend you on an energetic and forceful start to your tenure. "We hold a budget hearing each year - and… Continue Reading


May 23, 2018

Corker Receives Freedom House Leadership Award

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, received Freedom House's annual Leadership Award along with former Vice President Joe Biden during a ceremony Wednesday night in Washington. Corker was honored for his work to end modern slavery and human trafficking worldwide. "Today we have 27 million people in the world that live in slavery on a daily basis; now that certainly is living without human rights," said Corker on Wednesday night as … Continue Reading


May 22, 2018

Corker Applauds Committee Passage of Resolution of Ratification for Marrakesh Treaty

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today applauded Senate Foreign Relations Committee passage of a resolution of advice and consent to ratify the Marrakesh Treaty, which would facilitate access to books and other published materials for the blind. The committee held a hearing on the treaty in April with testimony from the State Department and other key stakeholders, including representatives for the National Federation of the Blind… Continue Reading


May 17, 2018

Corker Statement on Confirmation of Gina Haspel as Director of the CIA

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) today released the following statement after voting to confirm Gina Haspel as director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). "With more than 30 years of CIA experience, Gina Haspel is qualified to lead the agency and has the experience needed to help address the emerging threats we face globally," said Corker. "She has risen through the ranks to serve in some of the most important posts around the world, and her service to our country is held i… Continue Reading


May 16, 2018

Corker Convenes Hearing on Updating Authorities Used to Fight Terror Abroad

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today convened a hearing on S.J. Res. 59, bipartisan legislation to replace the 2001 and 2002 authorizations for use of military force (AUMFs) with an updated AUMF against al-Qaida, the Taliban, and the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). The hearing is the committee's fourth in the past year to examine the AUMF with testimony from legal scholars, policy experts, and the Secretaries of State a… Continue Reading


May 16, 2018

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Business Meeting Action Report – May 16

WASHINGTON - The Senate Foreign Relations Committee today reported various nominations to the full Senate for consideration. The agenda and results from the committee's business meeting are included below and online here. U.S. Senate Foreign Relations CommitteeBusiness Meeting AgendaMay 16, 2018 10:00 a.m. ETSenate Dirksen 419 Nominees Mr. Francis R. Fannon, of Virginia, to be an Assistant Secretary of State (Energy Resources). - Agreed to en bloc by voice vote (Senators Bob Menendez (D-N.J.… Continue Reading


May 14, 2018

Corker Statement on Opening of U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. - U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released the following statement on the opening of the U.S. embassy in Jerusalem. "Today's ceremony on the 70th anniversary of the founding of Israel reaffirms our close and enduring partnership with the only democracy in the Middle East," said Corker. "I applaud the Trump administration for following through on the bipartisan will of Congress to relocate the U.S. embassy, which is … Continue Reading


May 10, 2018

Corker Convenes Hearing on Modernizing Development Finance

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today made the following statement during a hearing on modernizing U.S. international development finance at no expected cost to taxpayers. Earlier this year, Corker introduced S.2463, the Better Utilization of Investments Leading to Development Act of 2018 (the BUILD Act), to establish a single, full-service, self-sustaining international development finance entity to reform and streamline the to… Continue Reading


May 09, 2018

Corker Statement on Release of American Citizens by North Korea

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement after the Trump administration announced the release of American citizens by North Korea. "We are all very thankful for the release of these American citizens who have been unjustly detained by North Korea for far too long, and I applaud the administration for working with Congress to build significant international pressure against the Kim regime," said Corker. "… Continue Reading


May 08, 2018

Corker Statement on Trump Decision to Withdraw From Iran Nuclear Deal

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released the following statement after President Donald J. Trump announced his decision to end U.S. participation in the Iran nuclear deal, also known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). The administration faced a May 12 deadline to renew certain sanctions relief for Iran under the JCPOA. Corker voted against the nuclear deal in 2015 and led the opposition in Congress. "The p… Continue Reading


May 07, 2018

Corker Receives First Annual Award for Congressional Leadership in Public Diplomacy

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today received the George Washington University Institute for Public Diplomacy and Global Communication's first annual Walter Roberts Award for Congressional Leadership in Public Diplomacy at a ceremony on Capitol Hill. Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs Marie Royce, Broadcasting Board of Governors CEO John Lansing, and University of Tennessee Center for Sport, Peace… Continue Reading


May 02, 2018

Corker Discusses Foreign Policy, Economy, Senate Tenure on CNBC

New York, N.Y. - During an appearance as a guest host on CNBC's "Squawk Box" today, U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and a member of the Senate Banking Committee and the Senate Budget Committee, discussed the potential for talks with North Korea, the future of the Iran nuclear deal, the administration's decision to impose new tariffs on steel and aluminum imports, and the economy. The senator also reflected on his Senate tenure and what he hop… Continue Reading


April 26, 2018

Corker Votes to Confirm Richard Grenell as U.S. Ambassador to Germany

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today voted to confirm Richard Grenell as U.S. Ambassador to Germany. The Senate approved the nomination by a vote of 56 to 42. The committee reported the nomination favorably to the full Senate in October of 2017 and again in January. Excerpts from Corker's remarks on the Senate floor in advance of the vote follow. "Mr. Grenell has a deep background in diplomacy and strategic communications. He … Continue Reading


April 26, 2018

Corker Votes to Confirm Mike Pompeo as Secretary of State

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today joined a bipartisan majority of senators in voting to confirm Mike Pompeo as Secretary of State. The Senate approved the nomination by a vote of 57 to 42. On Monday, the committee reported the nomination to the full Senate with a favorable recommendation. Corker's remarks on the Senate floor in advance of the vote follow. "Mr. President, I want to thank the ranking member [Senator Bob Menen… Continue Reading


April 24, 2018

Corker Praises Favorable Committee Vote on Mike Pompeo’s Nomination for Secretary of State

WASHINGTON - During an appearance on Fox News "America's Newsroom", U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, praised the committee vote yesterday to advance Mike Pompeo's nomination for Secretary of State to the full Senate, the state visit of French President Emmanuel Macron to Washington, the future of the Iran nuclear deal, the U.S. role in Syria, and possible talks with North Korea. Excerpts from the interview follow. On the favorable vote in co… Continue Reading


April 23, 2018

Corker: Foreign Relations Committee Favorably Approves Mike Pompeo’s Nomination for Secretary of State

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, presided over committee consideration of Mike Pompeo's nomination to serve as Secretary of State. The committee favorably reported the nomination to the full Senate for consideration. The committee also approved Thomas J. Hushek for Ambassador to South Sudan and Kirsten Dawn Madison for Assistant Secretary of State for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs. Corker's remarks at the b… Continue Reading


April 22, 2018

Corker Discusses Pompeo Nomination, Russia Relations, and North Korea

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. - During interviews on CNN "State of the Union" and ABC "This Week" today, U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, discussed the upcoming committee vote on Mike Pompeo's nomination to serve as Secretary of State, U.S. relations with Russia, and the potential for talks with North Korea. Excerpts of both interviews follow. On the need to confirm Mike Pompeo as Secretary of State: "This is a person that is highly qualified&hel… Continue Reading


April 20, 2018

Corker Writes Letter to Turkish President Erdogan Demanding Release of Pastor Andrew Brunson

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, joined a bipartisan group of 66 senators in a letter to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan demanding the release of American Pastor Andrew Brunson, who was unjustly detained in 2016 and charged with terrorism offenses. Corker has repeatedly raised Mr. Brunson's case with senior Turkish officials and top officials in both the Obama and Trump administrations. He also joined Senator Ben Car… Continue Reading


April 19, 2018

Corker Discusses Syria Strikes, New AUMF Proposal, Pompeo Vote, and North Korea

WASHINGTON - During interviews on CNN "New Day" and MSNBC "Andrea Mitchell Reports" today, U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, discussed U.S. precision strikes in Syria, his proposal to update authorities used to fight terror abroad, the upcoming committee vote on Mike Pompeo's nomination to serve as Secretary of State, and U.S. relations with North Korea. This week, Corker and Senator Tim Kaine (D-Va.) led a bipartisan group of senators in prop… Continue Reading

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