Chairman's Press

October 26, 2017

Corker Statement on Implementation of Sanctions Legislation

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released the following statement regarding implementation of sanctions legislation recently passed by Congress. "The Senate and House spoke loud and clear by overwhelmingly passing this piece of legislation and sent a strong signal to Iran, Russia and North Korea that our country will stand firm and united in the face of destabilizing behavior," said Corker. "The guidance provided today by … Continue Reading


October 24, 2017

Corker Statement at Hearing on U.S. Policy Toward Burma

WASHINGTON - With hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees fleeing violence in Burma, U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today convened a hearing to assess U.S. policy towards Burma, including geopolitical, economic, and humanitarian considerations. The committee heard testimony from senior U.S. officials with the State Department and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). "In 2009, the Obama administration shifted t… Continue Reading


October 19, 2017

Corker Statement at Hearing on Modernizing Food for Peace Program

WASHINGTON - With an estimated 815 million people suffering from hunger and 20 million at risk of starvation worldwide, U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today made the following statement at a hearing to examine current policies governing the delivery of food aid through the Food for Peace program and ways to use existing resources more efficiently to reach more people in need. "We are currently facing a historic humanitarian crisis with ove… Continue Reading


October 13, 2017

Corker Statement on Legislative Strategy to Address Flaws in Iran Nuclear Deal

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. - Ahead of an announcement by President Donald J. Trump on his decision regarding Iran's compliance with the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released the following statement regarding a comprehensive legislative strategy to address flaws in the nuclear agreement. "Over the last several months, we have been working closely with the State Department, National Security Counci… Continue Reading


October 05, 2017

Corker, Coons Introduce Bill to Improve Accountability and Effectiveness of US Role in International Organizations

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) and Chris Coons (D-Del.), both members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today introduced bipartisan legislation to review and improve the accountability and effectiveness of U.S. participation in international organizations. The Multilateral Aid Review Act of 2017 would establish an interagency task force with peer review to conduct regular evaluations of how well multilateral institutions carry out their missions and how they serve Ameri… Continue Reading


October 03, 2017

Corker Statement at Hearing on Nomination for U.S. Ambassador to India

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today made the following remarks during the nomination hearing for Kenneth Ian Juster to serve as U.S. ambassador to India. "Mr. Juster, it's a pleasure to welcome you here today. We're glad that you're the nominee to be our next ambassador to India. "As the two largest democracies in the world, the United States and India share a strategic interest in promoting and maintaining stability in the … Continue Reading


September 21, 2017

Corker Applauds President Trump’s Executive Order on North Korea

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released the following statement after President Donald Trump issued an executive order that authorizes additional U.S. sanctions on revenue streams that support North Korea's nuclear and ballistic missile programs. "I support and appreciate President Trump's strong action today against North Korea and his efforts to work closely with the leaders of South Korea and Japan to address th… Continue Reading


September 20, 2017

Corker Statement on Trump Address to United Nations General Assembly

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released the following statement regarding President Donald J. Trump's address to the United Nations General Assembly. "President Trump sent a very clear signal yesterday about what America stands for and who and what the world must stand against," said Corker. "After years of ambiguous messaging, the president's direct approach was a welcomed change, and I shared that with him when w… Continue Reading


September 19, 2017

Corker Statement at Nomination Hearing for US Ambassador to Russia and Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, on delivered the following remarks at a hearing on the nominations of Governor Jon Huntsman to serve as U.S. ambassador to Russia and Wess Mitchell to serve as assistant secretary of state for European and Eurasian Affairs. "Europe and Eurasia are home to some of our closest partners and also some of our greatest challenges. "Formed in 1949 to defend the free people of the West from the Soviet t… Continue Reading


September 19, 2017

Corker: UK Matches $25 Million US Investment in Global Fund to End Modern Slavery

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and leader in the global fight against modern slavery, today applauded the United Kingdom for matching the $25 million U.S. contribution to the Global Fund to End Modern Slavery (GFEMS) announced last week. The initial $50 million establishes a global fund aimed at dealing a mortal wound to modern slavery and human trafficking internationally as originally conceived and directed by the End Modern S… Continue Reading


September 19, 2017

Corker: Burma’s Aung San Suu Kyi Refuses to Acknowledge Military’s Role in Atrocities Against Rohingya

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, made the following statement in response to a speech by Aung San Suu Kyi of Burma about the humanitarian crisis facing the Rohingya minority. "Aung San Suu Kyi has long been dismissive of human rights concerns," said Corker. "She had yet another opportunity today to stand up for the Rohingya minority in Burma but instead refused to acknowledge the military's role in the ongoing atrocities. I join… Continue Reading


September 19, 2017

Senators Praise Committee Passage of Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), and Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), all members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today praised committee passage of legislation that strengthens U.S. global leadership in the fight to end modern slavery and human trafficking. The Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2017, which amends and reauthorizes international provisions of the Trafficking Victims Protect Act, will modify the criteri… Continue Reading


September 14, 2017

Corker: “Truly Monumental Day” as Global Fund to End Modern Slavery is Awarded $25 Million

WASHINGTON - On Thursday, U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, held a news conference with Senators Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Ben Cardin (D-Md.) to applaud the State Department's Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons award of $25 million to the Global Fund to End Modern Slavery (GFEMS). The funding establishes a bold global fund aimed at dealing a mortal wound to modern slavery and human trafficking internationally as originally c… Continue Reading


September 14, 2017

Senators Applaud $25 Million Award for Global Fund to End Modern Slavery

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), and Ben Cardin (D-Md.) today applauded a $25 million award from the State Department's Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons (TIP) for the Global Fund to End Modern Slavery (GFEMS). The funding establishes a bold global fund aimed at dealing a mortal wound to modern slavery and human trafficking internationally as originally conceived and directed by the End Modern Slavery Initiative Ac… Continue Reading


September 12, 2017

Corker Opening Statement at Hearing on Nominations

United States Senate Committee on Foreign Relations Hearing: Nominations September 12, 2017 U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), Chairman Opening Statement The position [of under Secretary for management] that Senator Enzi was just mentioning is vitally important to the functioning of the [State] Department, as he stated. Fourteen bureaus and offices report to the under secretary for management, including diplomatic security, consular affairs, and overseas building operations. The under … Continue Reading


September 06, 2017

Corker Opening Statement at Hearing on US-Turkey Relationship

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today delivered the following remarks at a hearing to assess priorities and challenges in the United States' relationship with Turkey. "Since serving beside the United States in the Korean War and then joining the North Atlantic Treaty Organization in 1952, Turkey has proven itself to be a strong ally and important partner to the United States. "We continue to see positive day-to-day cooperation… Continue Reading


September 03, 2017

Corker Statement on North Korea Nuclear Test

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. - U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released the following statement in response to reports of a nuclear test by North Korea, the sixth and most powerful nuclear test to date. "I spoke with General Kelly this morning as the president and his national security team continued their work to assess the situation in North Korea and communicate with our regional partners," said Corker. "We stand ready to work with the admin… Continue Reading


August 31, 2017

Corker Applauds Trump Administration Action Against Russia

JACKSON, Tenn. - U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released the following statement regarding steps taken by the Trump administration to regain parity in our diplomatic relationship by forcing the Russian government to close its consulate in San Francisco, a chancery annex in Washington, D.C., and a consular annex in New York City. The action follows recent demands by President Vladimir Putin that the U.S. reduce its footprint in Russia.… Continue Reading


August 28, 2017

Corker Statement on State Department Special Envoy Changes

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. - U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released the following statement in response to a letter from Secretary of State Rex Tillerson outlining organizational changes related to special envoys and related positions at the State Department. "Through the years, numbers of special envoys have accumulated at the State Department, and in many cases, their creation has done more harm than good by creating an environment in whi… Continue Reading


August 25, 2017

Corker Applauds Trump Administration Financial Sanctions on Venezuela

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. - U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released the following statement after the Trump administration announced financial sanctions on Venezuela. "These carefully calibrated sanctions send a strong signal to the Maduro regime while still allowing for much needed humanitarian assistance," said Corker. "As I said when I visited the country in 2015, Venezuela is a country with great unrealized potential and its people dese… Continue Reading

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