Chairman's Press

February 24, 2015

Corker, Menendez Introduce Bipartisan End Modern Slavery Initiative Act of 2015

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), and Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), the chairman and ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today introduced bold, bipartisan legislation that will create a powerful effort in concert with the private sector and foreign governments to help eliminate modern slavery around the globe. The End Modern Slavery Initiative Act of 2015 (S. 553), also cosponsored by Senators John McCain (R-Ariz.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), … Continue Reading


February 22, 2015

Corker Discusses ISIS Threat and Bold, Bipartisan Initiative for Ending Modern Slavery on NBC’s Meet the Press

CHATTANOOGA, TENN. - Following his recent trip to Turkey, Kuwait and Iraq, U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, joined NBC's "Meet the Press" today to discuss the threat from ISIS and the debate Congress will be having over an authorization for the use of military force (AUMF). Corker also announced a bold, bipartisan proposal he is introducing this week that would create a focused, sustained effort to help eliminate modern slavery around the wor… Continue Reading


February 19, 2015

Corker Visits Turkey on Trip to Assess Coalition Efforts Against ISIS

ANKARA - U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, traveled to Ankara, Turkey on Thursday to discuss the long-standing partnership between the United States and Turkey. His meetings included President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, and Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ahmet Berat Conkar. "I appreciate President Erdogan's commitment to the strategic partnership between our two countries and his willingness to improve coope… Continue Reading


February 15, 2015

Corker Discusses the Fight against ISIS and Funding for Department of Homeland Security on CBS News’ Face the Nation

"I think there is a lot of skepticism about the administration's commitment to dealing with ISIS… so we are going to have the opportunity to look at that, to look at what is happening in Iraq, and then hopefully…create language that can, in fact, pass muster in both houses of Congress." CHATTANOOGA, TENN. - Appearing on CBS News' Face the Nation with Bob Schieffer today, U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, discussed the fight ag… Continue Reading


February 13, 2015

Corker, Coons Reintroduce Food for Peace Reform Act of 2015

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) and Chris Coons (D-Del.), both members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today reintroduced bipartisan legislation to reform U.S. global food assistance programs that will free up as much as $440 million annually through greater efficiencies in delivering aid, allowing the U.S. to reach an estimated eight to twelve million more people, in a shorter time period. "With limited aid available, it is our responsibility to ensure American resou… Continue Reading


February 12, 2015

Corker Statement on Ceasefire Agreement over Conflict in Ukraine

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today made the following statement about the ceasefire agreement that was announced in Minsk regarding the conflict in Eastern Ukraine. "I approach this ceasefire with caution, but I am hopeful that it will hold and begin to deescalate this conflict so Ukraine can finally determine a future free from Russian aggression. At the same time, the U.S. and Europe must be prepared to increase costs on R… Continue Reading


February 11, 2015

Corker Opening Statement at Hearing on “Ending Modern Slavery: The Role of U.S. Leadership”

U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations Hearing: "Ending Modern Slavery: The Role of U.S. Leadership" Wednesday, February 11, 2015 U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), Chairman Opening Statement This hearing of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee will come to order. Thank you so much for being here. I will introduce you in one moment. Thank the other committee members for their interest. We have convened this hearing to understand how U.S. leadership can best be deployed to deal a mo… Continue Reading


February 11, 2015

Corker Statement on President Obama’s Proposed Authorization for the Use of Military Force against ISIS

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, made the following statement about President Barack Obama's proposed authorization for the use of military force (AUMF) against ISIS that was submitted to Congress today. The Senate Foreign Relations Committee has jurisdiction over AUMF legislation. "I appreciate the president following the long tradition of seeking authorization for the use of military force from Congress," said Sen. Corker. "It… Continue Reading


February 10, 2015

Corker Statement on the Death of Kayla Mueller

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement today regarding the death of Kayla Mueller, who was killed after being held hostage by the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS). "As a father of two young women, I cannot imagine the pain and sadness Kayla Mueller's parents are experiencing," said Corker. "Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of this remarkable and brave woman who ded… Continue Reading


February 05, 2015

Corker Seeks President Obama’s Full Implementation of Ukraine Freedom Support Act

WASHINGTON - With Russia refusing to end its direct support of an escalating rebel offensive in Eastern Ukraine, U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, wrote President Barack Obama today urging the administration to fully implement the Ukraine Freedom Support Act. "We cannot allow Ukraine to fail. The United States and our allies must be more invested in Ukraine's success than Russia is in its failure," wrote Corker in his letter to the president.… Continue Reading


February 04, 2015

Congress Can Create and Lead a Vision for Ending Modern Slavery

WASHINGTON - During a hearing to examine the challenge of modern day slavery today, U.S. Senator Bob Corker, R-Tenn., chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, called for Congress to "create and lead a vision" to end this deplorable practice world-wide. "Congress can create and lead a vision to end modern day slavery," Corker said. "With the U.S. behind it; we can lead; we can solve; we can bring others to the table." The committee heard testimony from leading non-governmental organi… Continue Reading


February 04, 2015

Corker Opening Statement at Hearing on Ending Modern Slavery

United States Senate Committee on Foreign RelationsHearing: Ending Modern Slavery: What is the Best Way Forward? Wednesday, February 4, 2015 U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), ChairmanOpening Statement We have convened this hearing to examine modern slavery and what is being done about it. We recognize that the United States Congress and our executive agencies have worked hard to draw attention to and address modern slavery. But, I believe we have come to a point where we can do more. We need… Continue Reading


February 03, 2015

Corker Statement on Death of Jordanian Pilot

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement today regarding his meeting with King Abdullah II of Jordan. The meeting followed news reports of the death of a Jordanian pilot, First Lieutenant Moaz al-Kasasbeh, who was killed after being held hostage by the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS). "I met with King Abdullah II of Jordan today and extended our deepest sympathies to him, to the family of … Continue Reading


January 28, 2015

Corker Announces Republican Membership and Chairmen of Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittees

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today announced Republican members and chairmen of subcommittees for the 114th Congress following a committee vote to approve the jurisdiction, rules and organizational structure for the committee. "Our committee has very good subcommittee chairmen, and I look forward to working with them to help make the case to the American people how strategic U.S. engagement and strong leadership around the … Continue Reading


January 22, 2015

Corker Statement on the Death of King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz

WASHINGTON -U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement on the death of King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz of Saudi Arabia: "Our sympathies go to the family of King Abdullah and to the people of Saudi Arabia. King Abdullah was a strong ally of the United States and clear-eyed about many of the challenges the Saudi kingdom faces at home and abroad. I look forward to working with his successor to further strengthen the ties betwee… Continue Reading


January 21, 2015

Corker: Obama Administration Stiff-Arming Congress on Iran Nuclear Talks is Totally Unacceptable

WASHINGTON - In his first Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing as chairman, U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) objected to the Obama administration's apparent opposition to Congress having an up-or-down vote on a final agreement with Iran. "I want these negotiations to be successful…but just stiff-arming [Congress]…and saying, 'No, we really don't want you to play a role, we want you to just trust us,' is totally unacceptable from my standpoint," said Corker during the hearin… Continue Reading


January 21, 2015

Corker Opening Statement at Hearing on Iran Nuclear Negotiations: "Status of Talks and the Role of Congress"

United States Senate Committee on Foreign Relations Hearing: Iran Nuclear Negotiations: Status of Talks and the Role of Congress Wednesday, January 21, 2015 U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), ChairmanOpening Statement I'm going to call the meeting to order. And I would say to people in the audience that we would appreciate you refraining [from interjecting]. We understand people have strong emotions about much of what happens in this committee and others, and we hope you'll respect the work … Continue Reading


January 16, 2015

Corker Seeks Review of USAID Contracting Practices After Prominent Firms Implicated in Major Fraud and Corruption Charges

WASHINGTON - Following major fraud and bribery charges against former employees of two prominent USAID contractors, International Relief and Development (IRD) and the Louis Berger Group, Inc. (LBG), U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, is asking the Obama administration to explain why these entities with previous track records of poor performance and criminal abuse continue to be among the top recipients of U.S. taxpayer dollars for reconstructio… Continue Reading


January 15, 2015

Corker Discusses Key Issues Facing Congress in the Year Ahead

HERSHEY, Pennsylvania - Appearing on Bloomberg Television with Peter Cook from the Senate-House Republican retreat today, U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) discussed some of the major issues facing Congress in the year ahead including Iran nuclear discussions, an authorization for the use of military force (AUMF) against ISIS, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) funding in light of President Obama's recent executive action on immigration, the need for Congress to address housing finance reform… Continue Reading


January 07, 2015

Corker Elected Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) issued the following statement upon being named chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee for the 114th Congress. Corker's appointment will be confirmed Thursday during a meeting of Senate Republicans and is expected to be ratified when the Senate passes a resolution officially organizing committees in the coming days. "Tennesseans have given me the great privilege of serving in the United States Senate, and I am excited about the opportun… Continue Reading

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