Chairman's Press

August 06, 2015

Corker Fears Politicization of State Department’s 2015 Human Trafficking Report Over Questionable Upgrades

WASHINGTON - During a hearing to examine the U.S. Department of State 2015 Trafficking in Persons Report (TIP), U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, threatened to subpoena information from the department regarding internal deliberations about questionable upgrades for countries with poor records for combating human trafficking. This year's TIP report improved the status of Cuba, Malaysia and India despite minimal progress from those governments t… Continue Reading


August 04, 2015

Corker, Cardin Reintroduce Electrify Africa 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 reintroduced the Electrify Africa Act. With nearly 600 million Africans without electricity, this legislation, originally offered in the 113th Congress, will leverage public and private sector resources to extend electricity access throughout Africa, to help 50 million Africans with first-time access to electricity and to add 20,000 megawatts of… Continue Reading


July 31, 2015

Corker: After Less Than Two Weeks, Iran Already Accusing U.S. of Violating Nuclear Deal

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. - U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today issued the following statement regarding Iran's accusation of a U.S. violation of the nuclear agreement less than two weeks after the accord was announced: "This is why I am so concerned about the fact that after nine months, Iran will have all of the sanctions relief in hand," said Corker. "At that point, should we challenge anything, they will say the deal is off because we violat… Continue Reading


July 30, 2015

Corker Warns Iran Could Effectively Block Future Sanctions under Nuclear Deal

WASHINGTON - During a hearing on the implications of sanctions relief in the Iran nuclear deal, U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, warned language in the agreement could allow Tehran to effectively block future sanctions, including for terrorism, by threatening to stop compliance with the agreement. The committee's third hearing on the Iran deal featured testimony from Juan C. Zarate, a former U.S. counterterrorism official, and Richard Nephew,… Continue Reading


July 29, 2015

Corker Rejects Obama Administration’s False Choice on Iran Nuclear Deal

WASHINGTON - During the second in a series of hearings to examine the Iran nuclear deal, U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, rejected the Obama administration's false choice between supporting the nuclear deal or supporting war, which was part of the administration's presentation to Congress last week both in a private meeting and a public hearing. The committee heard testimony today on the Iran deal from Mark Dubowitz, executive director of the… Continue Reading


July 29, 2015

Senators Cardin and Corker Request Briefing on State Department’s Trafficking in Persons Report in Letter to Secretary Kerry

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-TN), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, wrote Secretary of State John Kerry to request a briefing on the Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report, which was released on Monday. In their letter, Senators Cardin and Corker write: "The State Department's annual Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report is an essential global tool for ensuring continued progre… Continue Reading


July 23, 2015

Corker: Iran Deal Enables State-Sponsor of Terror to Obtain an Industrialized Nuclear Program

WASHINGTON - At the first in a series of hearings on the Iran nuclear deal, U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, warned the agreement could ultimately reward a leading state-sponsor of terrorism with an industrial nuclear capability that would only be necessary for a weapons program. Testifying before the committee today were Secretary of State John Kerry, Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz, and Secretary of the Treasury Jack Lew. "We began 20 mon… Continue Reading


July 23, 2015

Senator Corker Opening Statement at Hearing to Review the Iran Nuclear Agreement

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Hearing to Review the Iran Nuclear Agreement Senator Corker Opening Statement July 23, 2015 I want to start today by thanking our committee. We would not be here today and we would not have the information that we have today if we had not passed the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act. This would not be taking place. I think the American people now understand what this debate was all about. When Congress put in place sanctions to bring Iran successfully to … Continue Reading


July 20, 2015

Corker: Obama Administration’s Endorsement of Iran Nuclear Deal at UN Before Vote in Congress is Contrary to Spirit of the Law

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. - U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement on the Obama administration's decision to endorse the Iran nuclear deal at the United Nations (UN) Security Council before a vote in Congress. "The administration's decision to endorse this agreement at the UN prior to a vote in Congress on behalf of the American people is contrary to the spirit of the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act, which was supported b… Continue Reading


July 16, 2015

Corker, Cardin Urge President Obama to Postpone United Nations Vote on Iran Deal Until Congress Considers the Agreement

WASHINGTON, DC - In a letter to President Barack Obama today, U.S. Senators Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) and Ben Cardin (D-Md.), the chairman and ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, urged the administration to postpone a United Nations Security Council vote on the Iran deal until Congress considers the agreement. The mandatory 60-day congressional review period does not begin until all documents associated with an agreement are submitted to Congress, along with assessments on compl… Continue Reading


July 15, 2015

Corker Applauds Expected Nomination of Susan Coppedge

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today applauded the expected nomination of Susan Coppedge to the position of Director of the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons with the rank of Ambassador at Large. The U.S. Department of State's Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons leads our nation's global engagement against human trafficking and was established in accordance with the Trafficking Victims Protecti… Continue Reading


July 14, 2015

Corker Statement on Announcement of Nuclear Agreement with Iran

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, made the following statement today regarding the announcement of a nuclear agreement with Iran: "Throughout these negotiations, I have expressed significant concerns to the administration about the crossing of red line after red line as we have moved from a goal of dismantling Iran's nuclear capabilities to managing its proliferation," said Corker. "I want to read the agreement in detail and full… Continue Reading


July 12, 2015

Corker on NBC’s Meet the Press: Iran Nuclear Talks Have “Been on a Downward Trend for Some Time”

WASHINGTON - Appearing on NBC's "Meet the Press" today, U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, emphasized the "downward trend" of the Iran nuclear negotiations as U.S. demands shifted from ending Iran's nuclear program to constraining their enrichment capability. "I think [the negotiations have] been on a downward trend for some time. We really crossed the rubicon when we went from dismantling their program to managing their proliferation," said C… Continue Reading


July 05, 2015

Corker Urges Administration to Take Time, Not Rush into Bad Deal with Iran

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. - As the P5+1 nations and Iran attempt to meet a new July 7 deadline for a nuclear agreement, U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, appeared on CBS News' Face the Nation today and urged the Obama administration to take the time needed and to not rush into a bad deal with Iran. "Obviously, [the administration is] very anxious. I think they look at this as a legacy issue," said Corker. "I have had several conversations with [Secr… Continue Reading


July 02, 2015

Corker Statement on Trip to Venezuela

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. - U.S. Senator Bob Corker R-Tenn., chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today made the following statement upon returning from Venezuela where he met with members of the opposition party, the families of political prisoners, business leaders and some government officials during a two day trip. "Venezuela is a country with great unrealized potential and abundant resources," said Corker. "However, it is very sad to see that the country's flawed economic policies … Continue Reading


June 25, 2015

Corker Convenes Hearing to Evaluate Key Components of Potential Final Nuclear Agreement with Iran

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today held a hearing with experts on the Middle East and nuclear non-proliferation to evaluate key components of a possible final nuclear agreement with Iran. Among the issues raised, the witnesses stressed the significance of intrusive verification of Iranian compliance backed by strict enforcement mechanisms, the necessity for disclosure of Iran's past weaponization work, and the durability of c… Continue Reading


June 24, 2015

Corker Holds Hearing Examining Past U.S. Negotiations to Stop Proliferation of Nuclear Technology and WMD

"Throughout the negotiations with Iran, I have been concerned that this administration has not learned from history and may repeat many of the mistakes made during the North Korea negotiations," said Corker. "Over the past month, this committee has been educating itself as much as possible so we can fairly evaluate any deal the administration may reach. And as we have met with nuclear scientists, regional experts and former administration personnel, I have become more and more concerned with the… Continue Reading


June 22, 2015

Corker Discusses Iran Nuclear Talks on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe”

WASHINGTON - Today in an appearance on MSNBC's "Morning Joe," U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, highlighted enactment of his legislation (The Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act) that gives Congress the opportunity to review any final nuclear deal before the president can waive congressional sanctions on Iran. He also called U.S. demands for "anytime, anywhere" inspections and disclosure of Iran's past research into weaponization of a nuclear we… Continue Reading


June 19, 2015

Corker: Obama Administration Raises Further Doubts about Iran Nuclear Deal Demands

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, responded to reports today that the Obama administration still is prepared to accept concessions regarding full disclosure of Iran's past attempts to develop a nuclear weapon, including permitting sanctions relief before those issues are fully resolved. "Last year, the administration assured our committee that the questions and concerns regarding Iran's previous weaponization efforts would be res… Continue Reading


June 17, 2015

Corker on Fox News: Secretary of State John Kerry Letting U.S. Demands in Iran Nuclear Negotiations Erode

WASHINGTON - Today in an appearance on Fox News' "America's Newsroom," U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said Secretary of State John Kerry is letting previous U.S. demands in Iran nuclear negotiations "erode" as a June 30 deadline nears for concluding a final agreement with Iran. "[I]f we can negotiate a strong deal that keeps Iran from getting a nuclear weapon, that's the best for us and for the world. But what's happening right now…… Continue Reading

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