Chairman's Press

March 10, 2015

Corker Opening Statement at Hearing on "U.S. Policy in Ukraine: Countering Russia and Driving Reform

United States Senate Committee on Foreign RelationsHearing: U.S. Policy In Ukraine: Countering Russia and Driving Reform Tuesday, March 10, 2015 U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), Chairman Opening Statement I want to begin this hearing by expressing my condolences to the family of Boris Nemtsov and the people of Russia. The murder of Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov just outside the Kremlin appears to be an attempt to silence those in Russia who want to see their country move away fro… Continue Reading


March 09, 2015

Corker, Menendez Seek Obama Administration Report on Defensive Lethal Assistance for Ukraine

WASHINGTON - In a letter to President Barack Obama today, U.S. Senators Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) and Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), the chairman and ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, asked the administration to submit a report to Congress on plans for providing defensive lethal assistance to Ukraine. The report, required by law under the Ukraine Freedom Support Act, was due on February 15. "We write to ask that you immediately submit to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee a re… Continue Reading


March 05, 2015

Corker Seeks Veto-Proof Majority for Bipartisan Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. - With bipartisan momentum building in the Senate behind legislation to require congressional review of a nuclear deal with Iran, U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement today regarding the effort to seek support from a supermajority of 67 senators to override a presidential veto of the bill, which the White House threatened last week. "The strongest signal we can send to the U.S. negotiators is ha… Continue Reading


March 04, 2015

Corker Statement on Pursuit of Committee Vote on Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said he continues to pursue a committee vote on his bipartisan legislation requiring congressional review of any final nuclear agreement with Iran. "I am encouraged by the growing support for the bipartisan Corker-Menendez Iran bill and look forward to working through the committee process to build additional support so that Congress has the ability to weigh in on behalf of the American people on… Continue Reading


March 03, 2015

Corker Statement on Senate Consideration of Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said he welcomed upcoming Senate consideration of his bipartisan bill requiring congressional review of any comprehensive nuclear agreement with Iran. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) announced the legislation will be taken up on the Senate floor next week. Senator Corker indicated the Foreign Relations Committee could vote on the bill next Tuesday and the resulting legislation would… Continue Reading


March 03, 2015

Corker Statement on Netanyahu Address to Congress

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement regarding Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's address to a joint meeting of Congress today. "Prime Minister Netanyahu delivered a very strong speech, dispelled any sense of partisanship and focused on what is one of the greatest national security issues of our time. Israel is a great friend and ally to the United States, and it is important that our relati… Continue Reading


February 28, 2015

Corker Statement on White House Veto Threat Against Bipartisan Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. - U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, made the following statement regarding the White House's threat of a presidential veto against his bipartisan bill requiring congressional review of any comprehensive nuclear agreement with Iran. "It is disappointing that the president feels he is the only one who speaks for the citizens of our country," said Corker. "Congress put these sanctions in place and helped bring Iran to the tabl… Continue Reading


February 28, 2015

Corker Statement on Murder of Russian Opposition Leader Boris Nemtsov

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. - U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, made the following statement today regarding the murder of Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov, who was shot to death on Friday night in Moscow. "The brutal slaying of Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov just outside the Kremlin appears to be an attempt to silence those in Russia wanting to see their country move away from the authoritarianism, corruption, and lawlessness of Vladi… Continue Reading


February 27, 2015

Corker, Menendez, Graham, Kaine Introduce Bipartisan Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), and Tim Kaine (D-Va.) introduced bipartisan legislation requiring congressional review of any comprehensive nuclear agreement with Iran. The Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015 would mandate the president submit the text of any agreement to Congress and prohibit the administration from suspending congressional sanctions for 60 days. During that period, Congress would have the opportunity to … Continue Reading


February 25, 2015

Corker Opening Statement at Hearing on "The Fight Against ISIS: Building the Coalition and Ensuring Military Effectiveness"

United States Senate Committee on Foreign Relations Hearing: The Fight Against ISIS: Building the Coalition and Ensuring Military Effectiveness Wednesday, February 25, 2015 U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), Chairman Opening Statement The president has sent forward a request for the authorization for the use of military force [against ISIS]. Because of the nature and the way that this is happening, that the conflict has been ongoing for about six months now, I think one of the things that mo… Continue Reading


February 24, 2015

Corker Opening Statement at Hearing on President's State Department Budget Request for FY 2016

United States Senate Committee on Foreign Relations Hearing: Review of Resources, Priorities and Programs in the FY 2016 State Department Budget Request Witness: Secretary of State John Kerry Tuesday, February 24, 2015 U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), Chairman Opening Statement Mr. Secretary, I know you've been doing a lot of traveling around the world and have a lot of important issues to deal with. And we appreciate very much you coming in today to talk about your budget and your test… Continue Reading


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

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