Chairman's Press

October 23, 2015

Corker, Cardin Introduce Global Gateways Trade Capacity Act

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) and Ben Cardin (D-Md.), the chairman and ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, introduced The Global Gateways Trade Capacity Act (S.2201), bipartisan legislation to improve the effectiveness of U.S. assistance for expanding trade in developing countries. Many countries face infrastructure and institutional limitations that prevent them from fulfilling trade commitments and opening their markets to the U.S. and the world. The Glo… Continue Reading


October 21, 2015

Corker Seeks U.S. Leadership at United Nations to Address Sexual Exploitation by Peacekeepers

WASHINGTON - In response to ongoing revelations about the extent of sexual exploitation and abuse at the hands of United Nations (UN) peacekeepers, U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, is urging the United States to exercise leadership at the UN citing the international body's failure to properly enforce a "zero-tolerance" policy on sexual abuse. The senator offered a series of recommendations for the U.S. to pursue at the UN in a letter to Secre… Continue Reading


October 16, 2015

Corker Statement on Iranian Violation of UN Ballistic Missile Testing Ban

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. - U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, made the following statement after U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations (U.N.) Samantha Power confirmed Iran violated a U.N. Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) banning ballistic missile testing: "The U.S. commitment to nonproliferation is meaningless if Iran can violate its international commitments without consequences," said Corker. "This serious violation requires immediate action by… Continue Reading


October 14, 2015

Senators to Secretary Kerry: Did Iranian Ballistic Missile Test Violate International Ban?

WASHINGTON - In a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry today, U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, along with committee members U.S. Senators Cory Gardner (R-Colo.), Tim Kaine (D-Va.), Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), David Perdue (R-Ga.), and Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.), are seeking a determination from the Obama administration on whether Iran's test of a ballistic missile on October 11th violated an existing Uni… Continue Reading


October 08, 2015

Corker Urges Long-term Framework for U.S. Support to Ukraine

WASHINGTON - During a hearing on the economic and political future of Ukraine, U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, urged the U.S. to establish a long-term framework for supporting domestic reform and security in Ukraine. He questioned the Obama administration's commitment to Ukraine after their hesitancy in providing greater defensive military assistance to help the country defend against Russian aggression. "Ukrainians are wondering if the Wes… Continue Reading


October 08, 2015

Electrify Africa Bill Passes Senate Foreign Relations Committee

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), and Chris Coons (D-Del.), all members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today praised committee passage of the Electrify Africa Act of 2015 (S.2152), which was also cosponsored by Senators Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Ed Markey (D-Mass.), Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.), and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska). With nearly 600 million Africans without electricity, this legislation will leverage private sector resources thr… Continue Reading


October 06, 2015

Corker: Conflict in Yemen Reflects Skepticism about U.S. Leadership After Iran Nuclear Deal

WASHINGTON - During the third in a series of hearings on the U.S. role and strategy in the Middle East, U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, argued skepticism about the Obama administration's commitment to the region after the Iran nuclear deal is playing out in the proxy war in Yemen where a Saudi Arabian-led coalition is fighting Houthi rebels supported by Tehran. "If you talk to our Gulf partners, there is clear skepticism about American lead… Continue Reading


September 29, 2015

Senator Corker Opening Statement at Hearing on "The U.S. Role and Strategy in the Middle East: The Humanitarian Crisis"

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Hearing The U.S. Role and Strategy in the Middle East: The Humanitarian Crisis Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) Opening Statement Today's hearing is the second in a series of hearings examining the role of the United States in the Middle East this hearing will focus on the immense humanitarian crisis emanating from the region. The images of hundreds of thousands of men, women and children fleeing for safety should challenge every moral fiber within us. These ar… Continue Reading


September 24, 2015

Corker, Durbin, Cardin, Rubio Applaud Committee Passage of USCIRF Reauthorization Bill

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) today applauded the unanimous passage by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee of their bipartisan legislation to reauthorize the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) for four years. The deficit neutral bill provides $3.5 million in annual funding, requires a strategic planning process to reinforce bipartisanship among commissioners and strengthens… Continue Reading


September 22, 2015

Corker Seeks TIP Report Integrity from Nominee to Combat Human Trafficking

WASHINGTON - At a nomination hearing today, U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, sought a commitment from Susan Coppedge, the president's nominee for Ambassador-at-Large and director of the U.S. Department of State's Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons (TIP), to work closely with Congress on elevating human trafficking as a priority for the U.S. government and to ensure the integrity of the annual Trafficking In Persons Report. Qu… Continue Reading


September 18, 2015

Bipartisan Leadership of Senate Foreign Relations and Senate Armed Services Committees Welcome Japan’s Passage of Collective Self-Defense Legislation

WASHINGTON - The bipartisan leadership of the Senate Foreign Relations and Armed Services Committees today welcomed the Japanese parliament's passage of legislation that will permit Japan to engage in collective self-defense, including coming to the aid of an ally. Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), Foreign Relations Ranking Member Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain (R-Ariz.), and Armed Services Ranking Member Jack Reed (D-R.I.… Continue Reading


September 16, 2015

Senator Corker Opening Statement at Hearing on "The U.S. Role and Strategy in the Middle East: Syria, Iraq, and the Fight against ISIS”

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Hearing"The U.S. Role and Strategy in the Middle East: Syria, Iraq, and the Fight against ISIS"Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) , ChairmanOpening Statement Today's hearing is the start of what will be a new series of hearings, examining the role of the United States in the Middle East. This hearing will focus on the conflict in Syria and Iraq and the humanitarian crisis resulting from the sustained and unrelenting violence in the region. Two of our witnesses tod… Continue Reading


September 15, 2015

Corker: Partisan Effort Once Again Denies American People Up-or-Down Vote on Deeply Flawed Iran Deal

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, once again condemned a partisan effort to deny the American people an up-or-down vote on a resolution disapproving of the Iran nuclear deal. Despite a bipartisan majority in Congress opposed to the agreement, Senate Democrats for the second time refused to allow a final vote on the resolution of disapproval. "Nearly every senator voted to allow Congress to take an up-or-down vote on whether we ag… Continue Reading


September 15, 2015

Corker: Despite Bipartisan Opposition to Iran Nuclear Deal, Partisan Minority Obstructs Vote of Disapproval

WASHINGTON - With bipartisan majorities in the House of Representatives and the Senate opposing the Iran nuclear deal, U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, decried a partisan effort by a minority of senators to obstruct an up-or-down vote on a resolution to disapprove of the agreement. The Senate will vote again this evening to move to a final vote on the resolution. Last week, a minority of Democrats prevented the 60 votes necessary to proceed. … Continue Reading


September 10, 2015

Corker: Senate Democrats Deny American People a Vote on Iran Nuclear Deal

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, condemned a partisan effort by Senate Democrats to block a vote on disapproval of the Iran nuclear deal. Earlier this year, 98 senators voted for Corker's bipartisan legislation to give Congress the opportunity to review and vote on the final agreement with Iran. "As I have said many times, I believe each senator should vote their conscience on the president's nuclear deal with Iran, but it is di… Continue Reading


September 08, 2015

Corker Opens Debate on Iran Nuclear Deal

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, reiterated his opposition to the Iran nuclear deal today when opening Senate debate on a resolution to disapprove of the agreement. Corker was the author of the law establishing the process for congressional review and a vote on the nuclear deal. "I oppose its implementation," said Corker. "Rather than ending it, this agreement allows the industrialization of the nuclear program of the world's le… Continue Reading


September 08, 2015

Corker Statement on Democrats’ Threat to Filibuster Iran Vote

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement today regarding the threat by some Senate Democrats to filibuster the resolution of disapproval on the Iran nuclear agreement. "This debate should be focused on the substance of the president's deal with Iran and whether this Congress believes we should allow the leading state sponsor of terrorism to have an industrialized nuclear weapons program with the approval… Continue Reading


August 20, 2015

Corker Statement on Inspections of Iranian Military Complex

JACKSON, Tenn. - U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, made the following statement today about reports concerning the agreement between the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and Iran regarding inspections of the Parchin military complex where Iran is believed to have conducted nuclear weapons development. "I am disappointed the White House is claiming these secret arrangements between Iran and the IAEA are nothing but routine, technical … Continue Reading


August 19, 2015

Corker Statement on Report Alleging IAEA Cedes Inspection of Suspect Military Site to Iran

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, made the following statement today about an Associated Press report alleging the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) will permit Iranians to inspect the Parchin military complex where Iran is believed to have conducted nuclear weapons development work. The secret agreement between the IAEA and Iran has not been provided to members of Congress or the Obama administration even though it is int… Continue Reading


August 17, 2015

Corker Washington Post Op-ed: Congress Should Reject Iran Nuclear Deal, Send It Back to the President

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, contributed an op-ed for The Washington Post on his decision to oppose the Iran nuclear agreement when Congress votes on a resolution of disapproval in September. Corker authored the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015, which became law, preventing the president from waiving or suspending congressional sanctions on Iran before Congress has the opportunity to review and vote on the agreement.… Continue Reading

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