Chairman's Press

July 01, 2016

Corker Condemns Abduction and Murder of Individuals Associated with IJM

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. - U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today condemned the abduction and murder of three individuals associated with International Justice Mission (IJM), including staff member, Willie Kimani, taxi driver, Joseph Muiruri, and client, Josephat Mwenda, who were abducted in Nairobi, Kenya, on June 23. "I am profoundly saddened to learn of the deaths of Willie Kimani, Joseph Muiruri and Josephat Mwenda, three individuals who gave … Continue Reading


June 30, 2016

Corker: Global Corruption Can Present National Security Risks to U.S.

WASHINGTON - During a hearing today on U.S. efforts to fight global corruption, U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, warned of the threat corrupt governments pose to U.S. national security interests. The annual cost of corruption, according to estimates cited by the World Economic Forum, amounts to approximately five percent of global economic output or roughly $2.6 trillion. "Widespread, pervasive public breach of trust internationally can unde… Continue Reading


June 30, 2016

Corker: U.S. Must Lead Global Effort to End Human Trafficking and Modern Slav

WASHINGTON - Following the release of the State Department's 2016 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report, U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and author of the End Modern Slavery Initiative Act, reiterated his call for a U.S.-led global effort to end human trafficking and modern slavery. He attended the launch event for the 2016 report today at the State Department, where he congratulated individuals who were honored for their contributions to comba… Continue Reading


June 30, 2016

Corker Opening Statement at Hearing on "Violent Extremism, Kleptocracy, and the Dangers of Failing Governance"

United States Senate Committee on Foreign RelationsHearing: Corruption: Violent Extremism, Kleptocracy, and the Dangers of Failing Governance Thursday, June 30, 2016 U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), Chairman We'll consider the huge challenge of corruption and the extent to which widespread, pervasive public breach of trust internationally can undermine our most important national interests. Our witnesses today will point out that corruption goes far beyond the loss of foreign aid dol… Continue Reading


June 28, 2016

Corker: Obama Administration ISIS Strategy Not Adequate to Threat Facing U.S.

WASHINGTON - During a hearing today on global efforts to defeat ISIS, U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, expressed concern that the Obama administration's strategy is not adequate to the threat facing the United States from the terrorist group. "I fear that in spite of continued attacks on our homeland, our military response to ISIS does not adequately reflect the direct nature of this threat to the United States," said Corker. "I think many o… Continue Reading


June 28, 2016

Corker: Report Confirms White House Spin Contradicted Benghazi Reality

WASHINGTON - In an appearance on Fox News today, U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said the findings from the House Select Committee on Benghazi's report reveals the extent to which the Obama administration's initial public explanation of the September 11, 2012, terror attack on the U.S. diplomatic outpost in Libya deviated from on-the-ground reports and the administration's own communications following the attack. "I don't think anyone&helli… Continue Reading


June 28, 2016

Corker Opening Statement at Hearing on "Global Efforts to Defeat ISIS"

United States Senate Committee on Foreign RelationsHearing: Global Efforts to Defeat ISIS Tuesday, June 28, 2016 U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), Chairman Opening Statement Mr. McGurk, I'd like to thank you for again appearing before the committee. You have always been a direct witness, and we thank you for that. I think after most of your testifying, whether classified or in public, most people leave far more informed than they do with most witnesses. Hopefully you'll live up to that to… Continue Reading


June 26, 2016

Corker Expects U.S. to Draw Closer to UK after Brexit Vot

WASHINGTON - In an appearance on CNN's State of the Union today, U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, anticipated the U.S. would draw closer to the United Kingdom in the aftermath of the referendum to leave the European Union. He also pushed back on previous threats from President Obama that the UK's departure from the EU would force to them to the "back of the queue" on negotiating future trade agreements with Europe and the U.S. "To make comme… Continue Reading


June 24, 2016

Corker Statement on Brexit Vote

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. - U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today made the following statement about the United Kingdom's decision to leave the European Union. "A free people should choose their own way, and we respect the British decision to leave the European Union," said Corker. "Today's referendum will not change our special relationship with the United Kingdom. That close partnership will endure, and we will continue to work together to stren… Continue Reading


June 23, 2016

Global Gateways Trade Capacity Act Passes Senate Foreign Relations Committee

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 Global Gateways Trade Capacity Act (S.2201), their bipartisan legislation to improve the effectiveness of U.S. assistance for expanded trade in developing countries. "We need to reform U.S. foreign assistance to promote economic growth that can improve living standards and make societies more self-sufficient a… Continue Reading


June 17, 2016

Corker Urges Obama to Make Decision on U.S. Security Presence in Afghanistan Before NATO Summit

WASHINGTON - In a letter to President Barack Obama yesterday, U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, urged the president to make a decision about the continued presence of U.S. security assistance forces in Afghanistan before the upcoming NATO Summit in Warsaw. U.S. Army Gen. John Nicholson, commander of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan, finalized and submitted a report that is expected to include recommendations for the president to postpone th… Continue Reading


June 15, 2016

Corker Questions U.S. Approach to Libya

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today questioned the Obama administration's approach to Libya. The committee heard testimony from U.S. Special Envoy for Libya Jonathan Winer about U.S. support for the internationally-recognized Government of National Accord (GNA) in Tripoli as it attempts to establish legitimate authority over the entire country. "Five years after the U.S. decision to intervene in Libya, which I think most of u… Continue Reading


June 14, 2016

Corker, Cardin: Senate Foreign Relations Committee Meets with Dalai Lama

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) and Ben Cardin (D-Md.), the chairman and ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statements Tuesday after the committee met with His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Dr. Lobsang Sangay, the prime minister of the Tibetan government in exile. "We were honored to welcome the Dalai Lama and Dr. Lobsang Sangay today for a discussion about issues important to the U.S. and the people of Tibet," said Senator Corker. "At… Continue Reading


June 07, 2016

Corker: Resignation of UN Whistleblower ‘Appears to Be a Damning Indictment’ of Failed Zero-Tolerance Policy

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released the following statement after top United Nations (U.N.) whistleblower Anders Kompass resigned in protest over the U.N.'s failure to hold senior officials accountable for allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse (SEA) by peacekeeping forces and efforts to silence those who revealed them. "This resignation appears to be a damning indictment of the leadership at the United Nations… Continue Reading


June 07, 2016

Corker: Series of Destabilizing Russian Actions to Blame for Deteriorating Relationship with the U.S.

WASHINGTON - At a hearing on the U.S. approach to Russia, U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, cited a series of destabilizing Russian actions that are to blame for the deterioration of relations with the U.S. The committee heard testimony from Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense Dr. Michael Carpenter, David Satter of the Hudson Institute, and Vladimir Kara-Murza of the Open Russia Movement. "Russi… Continue Reading


June 07, 2016

Corker Stresses Importance of U.S. Leadership, Reiterates Opposition to Iran Deal

WASHINGTON - In a wide-ranging foreign policy discussion at the American Jewish Committee's annual Global Forum in Washington yesterday, U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and a leading opponent of the administration's nuclear deal with Iran, stressed the importance of U.S. global leadership and reiterated his opposition to the nuclear deal. Highlights of Corker's remarks are below. For more information about the event click here. Video footage… Continue Reading


May 24, 2016

Corker Urges More Pragmatic Approach to Strengthen U.S.-India Relationship

WASHINGTON - In advance of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's June 8 address to a joint meeting of Congress, U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, called for a more pragmatic approach to U.S.-India relations that will facilitate progress on outstanding differences while acknowledging overall cooperation between the two countries remains at "an all-time high". "We're not as brutally honest about our relationship with India as we should be, and … Continue Reading


May 24, 2016

Corker Opening Statement at Hearing on "U.S.-India Relations: Balancing Progress and Managing Expectations"

Hearing: U.S.-India Relations: Balancing Progress and Managing Expectations Tuesday, May 24, 2016 U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), Chairman The nature and scope of the U.S.-India relationship has changed significantly over the past couple of decades. Indeed, political, economic and strategic cooperation between the United States and India is at an all-time high. And there is considerable potential to further strengthen many aspects of the relationship. For example, I am encouraged … Continue Reading


May 21, 2016

Corker Statement on Apparent Death of Taliban Leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. - U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released the following statement regarding the apparent death of Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour. "If verified, the death of Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour would be an important victory in the fight against terror and welcome news to our military personnel in Afghanistan and the Afghan government," said Corker. "I am thankful for the work our military and intelligence com… Continue Reading


May 17, 2016

Corker Opening Statement at Hearing on the "War in Syria: Next Steps to Mitigate the Crisis"

Hearing: War in Syria: Next Steps to Mitigate the Crisis Tuesday, May 17, 2016 U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), Chairman Opening Statement Five years into the war, I think we can draw a few general conclusions. Without leverage on the Assad regime, we have little ability to influence a diplomatic solution to the war. The longer this war goes on, the more complicated it gets and the more people suffer. Today, we are at a meeting in the latest round of peace talks in Vienna. I talked to … Continue Reading

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