Chairman's Press

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


June 15, 2015

Corker Highlights Concerns with Iran Nuclear Negotiations in Letter to the President

WASHINGTON - In a letter to President Barack Obama today regarding nuclear negotiations with Iran, U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, expressed alarm over recent reports that the administration might accept further restrictions on inspections of Iranian nuclear facilities and less than full disclosure of possible military dimensions of Tehran's nuclear program if a final agreement is reached. "It is breathtaking to see how far from your origin… Continue Reading


June 09, 2015

Corker-Cardin State Department Authorization Bill Passes Committee Unanimously

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 unanimous committee passage of the Fiscal Year 2016 Department of State Operations Authorization and Embassy Security Act. The legislation initiates various reforms to diplomacy programs and core operations of the State Department. The bill also includes embassy security provisions to improve protection of U.S. diplomatic facilities a… Continue Reading


June 03, 2015

Corker Holds Hearing on Implications of Iran Nuclear Deal for U.S. Interests in the Middle East

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, held a hearing with former U.S. diplomats to the Middle East to discuss how a nuclear agreement with Iran would impact U.S. interests in the region. As negotiators from the P5+1 nations and Iran attempt to meet a June 30 deadline for a final agreement, the committee is holding a series of briefings and hearings this month to prepare members for congressional review of a final deal if one is reache… Continue Reading


June 03, 2015

Corker Opening Statement at Hearing on Implications of The Iran Nuclear Agreement For U.S. Policy In The Middle East

United States Senate Committee on Foreign Relations Hearing: Implications Of The Iran Nuclear Agreement For U.S. Policy In The Middle East June 3, 2015 U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), Chairman Opening Statement This hearing is the part of a series of events we are holding this month to prepare members of the committee to evaluate a possible nuclear agreement with Iran. We are not here today to focus on the specific parameter. Just for edification, last night we met in a classified settin… Continue Reading


May 22, 2015

Corker’s Bipartisan Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act Becomes Law

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement after the president signed the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015 into law. The bill, which passed the Senate 98 to 1 and the House of Representatives 400 to 25, requires congressional review of any final nuclear agreement with Iran before the president can waive sanctions imposed by Congress. "After more than a year of bipartisan work and a veto threat from … Continue Reading


May 20, 2015

Corker Opening Statement at Hearing on “U.S.-Cuban Relations - The Way Forward”

United States Senate Committee on Foreign RelationsHearing: "U.S. Cuban Relations - The Way Forward"Wednesday, May 20, 2015 U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), Chairman Opening Statement Today we will hear from the State Department's Assistant Secretary for Western Hemisphere Affairs on the strategy behind the President's significant shift in U.S. policy towards Cuba. Assistant Secretary Jacobson is joined at the witness table by the Counselor of the State Department, Ambassador Thomas Shannon… Continue Reading


May 14, 2015

Corker’s Bipartisan Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act Passes House 400 to 25

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement after the House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed his bipartisan Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015. The bill, which will now be sent to the president to be signed into law, requires congressional review of any final nuclear agreement with Iran before the president can waive or suspend sanctions imposed by Congress. Last week, the Senate approved the le… Continue Reading


May 13, 2015

Corker Opening Statement at Hearing on “Safeguarding American Interests in the East and South China Seas”

United States Senate Committee on Foreign RelationsHearing: "Safeguarding American Interests in the East and South China Seas"May 13, 2015 U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), Chairman Opening Statement In June 2014, this committee held a hearing on the future of U.S.-China relations. And at that time, I raised concerns over the lack of a coherent China policy, including the absence of sustained high-level engagement from senior administration officials despite the consistent rhetoric that the … Continue Reading


May 13, 2015

Corker: Lack of Effective Deterrent to China’s Provocative Maritime Expansion Threatens U.S. Credibility in Asia-Pacific

WASHINGTON - At a hearing today on provocative Chinese territorial expansion in disputed islands of the East and South China Seas, U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, raised concerns about the U.S. losing credibility in the Asia-Pacific by the Obama administration providing no effective deterrent to China's actions. "I see no price whatsoever that China is paying for their activities in the South and East China Seas. None…We're paying t… Continue Reading


May 12, 2015

Corker Opening Statement at Hearing on Renewal of U.S.-China Civil Nuclear Agreement

United States Senate Committee on Foreign RelationsHearing: "The Civil Nuclear Agreement With China: Balancing The Potential Risks and Rewards"May 12, 2015 U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), Chairman Opening Statement Today we begin the exercise of our statutory responsibility - a responsibility Congress requested - to review agreements between the United States and foreign nations related to cooperation on civil nuclear programs. We must examine the political, economic and security aspec… Continue Reading


May 07, 2015

Corker’s Bipartisan Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act Passes Senate 98 to 1

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement after the Senate overwhelmingly passed his bipartisan Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015. The bill, which will now be considered by the House of Representatives, requires congressional review of any final nuclear agreement with Iran before the president can waive or suspend sanctions imposed by Congress. "Today's overwhelming, bipartisan vote sends a strong… Continue Reading


April 28, 2015

Corker: Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015 Now Has Veto-Proof Majority Support in Senate

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today announced the bipartisan Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015 now has 67 Senate sponsors, which is enough to override a presidential veto. The legislation, which is now being debated on the Senate floor, requires the president to submit any final nuclear deal with Iran to Congress before being able to waive or suspend congressional sanctions. The Senate Foreign Relations Committee voted… Continue Reading


April 28, 2015

Corker Amendment Requires Persian Text of Any Final Nuclear Agreement with Iran to Be Submitted to Congress

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today introduced an amendment to the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015 that would require the Persian text of any final deal with Iran to be submitted to Congress. The amendment is intended to clear up any disputes between the United States and Iran over interpretations of a final agreement. After the recent framework agreement was announced, significant disagreements emerged between Wash… Continue Reading


April 28, 2015

Corker, Cardin Introduce Resolution on the Significance of US-Japan Relationship in Advance of Prime Minister Abe’s Address to Congress

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Ben Cardin (D-Md.), the committee's ranking member, yesterday introduced a bipartisan resolution (S.Res.152) on the significance of the United States' relationship with Japan as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe arrives in Washington this week for a state visit where he will address a joint meeting of Congress on Wednesday. "I have had the pleasure of meeting with Prime Minister Abe, and I appreciat… Continue Reading


April 23, 2015

Corker Opens Senate Debate on Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today opened Senate debate of his bipartisan legislation, the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015, that would require the president to submit any final nuclear deal with Iran to Congress before being able to waive or suspend congressional sanctions. Last week, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee voted unanimously to approve the legislation, which now has 62 cosponsors, including Corker. I… Continue Reading


April 22, 2015

Corker Holds Hearing on State Department Reauthorization

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today presided over a hearing on reauthorization of the U.S. Department of State. The committee heard testimony from Deputy Secretary of State for Management and Resources Heather Higginbottom. "One of our top priorities in this committee is to restore regular committee consideration of a State Department authorization bill - reviving a process that will help the department become more efficient … Continue Reading


April 22, 2015

Corker Opening Statement at Hearing on "State Department Reauthorization: Ensuring Effective U.S. Diplomacy Within A Responsible Budget"

United States Senate Committee on Foreign RelationsHearing: State Department Reauthorization: Ensuring Effective U.S. Diplomacy Within A Responsible Budget Wednesday, April 22, 2015 U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), ChairmanOpening Statement Thank you Deputy Secretary Higginbottom for your continued service to our country and for your testimony today. State Department operations have not been reauthorized since 2003, which means the department's authorities are old and its budget has not b… Continue Reading


April 19, 2015

Corker on CNN’s “State of the Union”: Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act Restricts President Obama’s “Free Hand” to Implement a Final Nuclear Agreement with Iran

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. - Appearing on CNN's "State of the Union" today, U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said enactment of his congressional review legislation would restrict President Obama's "free hand" to implement a final nuclear agreement with Iran, if one is reached. Last week, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee voted unanimously to approve the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015 that requires the president to submit any final dea… Continue Reading

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