Chairman's Press

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


April 19, 2018

Corker: “We’re Much Better Off as a Nation Having Mike Pompeo as Secretary of State”

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today delivered the following remarks on the Senate floor in support of Mike Pompeo's nomination to serve as Secretary of State. The committee is scheduled to vote on the nomination on Monday, April 23. "Mr. President, thank you for acknowledging me and letting me speak today on behalf of our nominee to be Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo. "I did not know Mike Pompeo well. As a matter of fact, I'… Continue Reading


April 18, 2018

Corker Convenes Hearing to Consider Treaty to Expand Access to Books for the Blind

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today made the following statement during a hearing to consider the Marrakesh Treaty, which would facilitate access to books and other published materials for the blind. The committee heard testimony from Manisha Singh, Assistant Secretary of the State Department's Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs, and representatives for the National Federation of the Blind, the Association of American Pub… Continue Reading


April 17, 2018

Corker Statement at Hearing on U.S. Policy in Yemen

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today made the following statement during a hearing on U.S. policy in Yemen. "We thank Acting Assistant Secretary Satterfield, Assistant Secretary Karem and Mr. Jenkins for joining us here today. "This hearing will examine U.S. policy toward Yemen, particularly in light of the growing concern within Congress regarding the civil war and its dire humanitarian consequences. "According to the Unite… Continue Reading


April 16, 2018

Senators Propose Legislation to Update Authorities Used to Fight Terror Abroad

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) and Tim Kaine (D-Va.) today led a bipartisan group of senators in proposing 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 legislation, cosponsored by Senators Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), Chris Coons (D-Del.), Todd Young (R-Ind.), and Bill Nelson (D-Fla.), strengthens congressional oversight and transparency … Continue Reading


April 14, 2018

Corker Statement on Precision Strikes in Syria

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. - U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released the following statement in response to precision strikes in Syria. "The regrettable failure to hit back in 2013 in response to Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad's use of chemical weapons remains a failure of the Western world. Today, more than 500,000 people are dead in one of the worst humanitarian disasters in modern times," said Corker. "The precision strikes last night se… Continue Reading

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