Chairman's Press

July 28, 2017

Corker Statement on North Korea Ballistic Missile Launch

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 ballistic missile launch by North Korea. Yesterday, Corker supported near unanimous Senate passage of legislation to sanction Iran, Russia and North Korea, which has been sent to the president's desk to be signed into law. "In a resounding vote yesterday, the Senate sent a bill to the president that will impose tough sanct… Continue Reading


July 27, 2017

Corker Applauds Passage of Iran, Russia, North Korea Sanctions

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today applauded Senate passage of legislation to sanction Iran, Russia and North Korea. H.R.3364, the Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act, passed by a vote of 98 to 2 and will now be sent to the president's desk to be signed into law. "With near unanimous support in both chambers of Congress, this legislation sends a strong signal to Iran, Russia and North Korea that our countr… Continue Reading


July 27, 2017

Corker, Cardin Applaud Committee Passage of 2018 State Department Authorization Bill

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) and Ben Cardin (D-Md.), the chairman and ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today applauded committee passage of the fiscal year 2018 State Department authorization bill. This is the third year in a row that the committee has successfully passed an authorization bill for the department. Legislation combining the fiscal year 2016 and 2017 authorization bills was enacted last year, marking the first time in 14 years that an aut… Continue Reading


July 26, 2017

Corker Announces Path Forward on Sanctions Legislation

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today announced a path forward on legislation to sanction Iran, Russia and North Korea. "Following very productive discussions with Leader McCarthy, I am glad to announce that we have reached an agreement that will allow us to send sanctions legislation to the president's desk," said Corker. "The Senate will move to approve the Iran and Russia sanctions it originally passed six weeks ago, as well… Continue Reading


July 20, 2017

Corker Opening Statement at Nominations Hearing for U.S. Ambassadorships

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today delivered the following remarks at a hearing on nominations for U.S. ambassadorships. The nominees included Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas) to be ambassador to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), Kelly Craft to be ambassador to Canada, Robert Wood Johnson IV to be ambassador to the United Kingdom, Lewis Eisenberg to be ambassador to Italy and San Marino, and K.T. McFarland … Continue Reading


July 19, 2017

Corker Applauds Trump Administration Commitment to “Completely Annihilate ISIS”

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) today released the following statement after a classified briefing on the Trump administration's efforts to defeat ISIS. "I could not be more encouraged by the briefing provided by the administration today," said Corker. "There is a lot more clarity and a lot more focus on partnering with other countries to completely annihilate ISIS. There is a renewed energy and a renewed focus, and I think every senator present today knows this administration is… Continue Reading


July 18, 2017

Corker Statement on Trump Administration’s Actions Against Iran

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 actions against Iran. The administration announced new sanctions along with certification of Tehran's technical compliance with the 2015 nuclear deal, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). A decision on certification is required every 90 days under provisions of the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act (INARA),… Continue Reading


July 17, 2017

Corker Opening Statement at Hearing on 2018 State Department Authorization Bill

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, delivered the following remarks at a hearing on draft legislation to reauthorize the State Department for fiscal year 2018. In 2016, Corker led congressional passage of the first State Department authorization bill to become law in 14 years, fulfilling one of his top priorities as chairman. This year's authorization will build on last year's progress with a focus on improving organization of the d… Continue Reading


July 13, 2017

Corker Opening Statement at Hearing on 2017 State Department Trafficking in Persons Report

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and a leader in efforts to end modern slavery at home and abroad, delivered the following remarks at a hearing on the State Department's Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report. Last month, Corker joined Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Ivanka Trump at the launch ceremony for the report that grades countries on their progress in enforcing laws against forced labor, sexual servitude and other forms … Continue Reading


July 13, 2017

Corker Applauds Senate Confirmation of William Hagerty as U.S. Ambassador to Japan

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today applauded the Senate's confirmation of William Hagerty to serve as U.S. ambassador to Japan. The Senate voted 86 to12 in favor of the nomination. In advance of the vote, Corker delivered the following remarks on the Senate floor urging members to vote for Hagerty's confirmation. "I thank my friend and our senior senator, Lamar Alexander, for his eloquent comments about this great nominee, a… Continue Reading


July 12, 2017

Corker Opening Statement at Hearing on Taylor Force Act

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, delivered the following remarks at a hearing to consider the Taylor Force Act, legislation that would restrict U.S. economic aid to the West Bank and Gaza until the Palestinian Authority (PA) stops paying perpetrators of terrorism. The bill is named after a Vanderbilt University graduate student who was killed in a terrorist attack in Tel Aviv last year. The committee heard testimony from Elliott … Continue Reading


June 29, 2017

Corker Announces Senate Agreement on Technical Changes to Sanctions Bill

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today announced that the Senate has reached agreement on technical changes to legislation he authored to hold Iran and Russia accountable. The language passed the Senate by unanimous consent and has been sent to the House of Representatives for consideration. "The Senate has now transmitted to the House of Representatives the technical changes requested," said Corker. "I had a good conversation w… Continue Reading


June 27, 2017

Corker Takes Part in State Department Launch of 2017 Trafficking in Persons Report

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today joined Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Ivanka Trump at the State Department's launch of the 2017 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report. Afterwards, he praised the Trump administration for its commitment to ending modern slavery and human trafficking. The annual TIP report grades countries on their progress in enforcing laws against forced labor, sexual servitude and other forms of human t… Continue Reading


June 26, 2017

Corker Withholds Consent on Future Arms Sales to Gulf States Until Path to Resolve Dispute Is Established

WASHINGTON - In a letter to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today announced his intention to withhold consent for U.S. arms sales to member states of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) until there is a path for resolving the ongoing dispute. Major arms sales are subject to preliminary approval by the chairman and ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and House Foreign Affairs Committee bef… Continue Reading


June 20, 2017

Corker Opening Statement at Hearing to Review Congressional Authorizations for the Use of Military Force

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, delivered the following remarks at a hearing to review congressional authorizations for the use of military force. "We thank our witnesses for being here and all of our senators, who I know care deeply about this issue. "I would like to thank you for being here to testify. Your insights and experience will be helpful as we begin to re-engage on this difficult topic. "It has been well over a dec… Continue Reading


June 16, 2017

Corker Statement on Trump Cuba Announcement

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today made the following statement in response to President Donald Trump's announcement about changes in U.S. policy toward Cuba. "I appreciate the administration for re-evaluating U.S. policy toward Cuba based on whether it's achieving results," said Corker. "Following my own trip to Cuba last year, I came away with an even greater respect and admiration for the people of Cuba, who live in a cou… Continue Reading


June 15, 2017

Senate Overwhelmingly Passes Iran and Russia Sanctions

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released the following statement after the Senate overwhelmingly passed, by a vote of 98 to 2, legislation he authored to strengthen and expand sanctions on Iran and Russia. "For decades, Congress has slowly and irresponsibly ceded its authorities to the executive branch, particularly as it relates to foreign policy," said Corker. "Today marks a significant shift of power back to the Americ… Continue Reading


June 15, 2017

Corker Opening Statement at Nomination Hearing for Mark Green to Serve as USAID Administrator

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, delivered the following remarks at a hearing to consider the nomination of former U.S. Ambassador Mark Green to serve as administrator of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). "Ambassador Green, thank you so much for joining us today. "This is not the first time you have to testified before this committee, and you are certainly no stranger to the halls of the Capitol. … Continue Reading


June 13, 2017

Corker Credits Secretary Tillerson for Unprecedented Outreach

WASHINGTON - At a hearing to consider the State Department's fiscal year 2018 budget request, U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, credited Secretary of State Rex Tillerson for unprecedented outreach to the committee. He also thanked Tillerson for setting strategic priorities for operations of the State Department while emphasizing that Congress will ultimately determine spending levels for diplomacy and foreign assistance in the next fiscal year… Continue Reading


June 12, 2017

Senators Announce Agreement on Russia Sanctions

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Chairman Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), Ranking Member Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker (R-Tennessee) and Ranking Member Ben Cardin (D-Maryland) today announced a bipartisan agreement on legislation to strengthen and expand current U.S. sanctions on Russia. The amendment to the underlying Iran sanctions bill maintains and substantially expands sanctions against the government of Russia i… Continue Reading

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