Chairman's Press

December 17, 2014

Corker Statement on Release of Alan Gross, President’s Announcement of U.S. Policy Change toward Cuba

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), ranking member of Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement today regarding the president's announcement of the release of American Alan Gross and the administration's policy change toward Cuba: "This morning, I was notified of the release of Alan Gross as well as the president's negotiations with the Cuban government. I am pleased Alan Gross will be reunited with this family after suffering years of unjust imprisonment an… Continue Reading


December 15, 2014

Senate Passes Durbin-Corker Water for The World Act

WASHINGTON-The Senate today unanimously passed The Paul Simon Water for the World Act of 2014, bipartisan legislation to significantly improve access to clean water and sanitation around the world. The bill is sponsored by U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Bob Corker (R-TN), and cosponsored by Senators Chris Coons (D-DE) and Jeff Flake (R-AZ). The bill was passed earlier this month by the House of Representatives, where it is sponsored by Representatives Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) and Ted Poe (R-… Continue Reading


December 11, 2014

Corker Statement on Committee Consideration of Authorization for the Use of Military Force Against ISIS

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Corker, (R-Tenn.), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations committee, made the following statement today regarding the committee's consideration of legislation authorizing the use of military force against ISIS. "We know the legislation the committee considered today is going nowhere," said Corker, who opposed the legislation that passed on a party-line vote. "I think it would be stronger for our country if the administration would work with Congress on an … Continue Reading


December 11, 2014

Senate Unanimously Passes Corker Legislation to Support Ukraine, Expand Sanctions Against Russia

WASHINGTON - Following Senate passage today of his bill to provide lethal military and non-military assistance for Ukraine and expand sanctions against Russia, U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said unanimous support for the legislation demonstrates "a firm commitment to Ukrainian sovereignty" in response to a continued Russian invasion. Since the last round of U.S. sanctions on September 12, Russia has repeatedly violated its commitment… Continue Reading


December 09, 2014

Corker: Committee Passage of Partisan AUMF Against ISIS Would Weaken Our Nation

WASHINGTON - At a hearing today to consider an authorization for the use of military force against ISIS, U.S. Senator Bob Corker, R-Tenn., ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, warned committee passage of a partisan bill at the end of the congressional session that does not become law would weaken the nation's ability to defeat the terrorist organization. He continued to urge the administration to explicitly seek an authorization from Congress. "I know we're not going to get… Continue Reading


December 02, 2014

Corker Statement on Diplomatic Nominations

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement on the administration and Senate Majority Leader's decision to push through two controversial, political ambassador nominees rather than focus on approving experienced diplomats to fill vacancies in positions around the world: "It is disappointing that in a transparent move, the White House and the Senate Majority Leader have chosen to prioritize doing p… Continue Reading


November 24, 2014

Corker Statement on Iran Nuclear Negotiations

CHATTANOOGA, Tennessee - U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, made the following statement on the Iran nuclear negotiations. "Since the beginning, I have been concerned about a series of rolling extensions becoming the norm and reducing our leverage. However, I would rather the administration continue to negotiate than agree to a bad deal that would only create more instability in the region and around the world," said Corker. "With so muc… Continue Reading


November 08, 2014

Corker: Secretary Kerry “Undermines His Credibility and that of our Nation” by Denying Link between Iran Nuclear Talks and ISIS Strategy

CHATTANOOGA, Tennessee - U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said Secretary of State John Kerry "undermines his credibility and that of our nation" by denying a link between the Iran nuclear negotiations and the administration's strategy against ISIS. "Secretary Kerry undermines his credibility and that of our nation by making such a disingenuous statement. Of course the negotiations with Iran are affecting the administration's approach t… Continue Reading


November 03, 2014

Corker: Russia’s Recognition of Illegal Rebel Vote in Eastern Ukraine Demands Firm Response from U.S. and Europe

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. - Following reports that Russia has affirmed a rebel-held election in parts of Eastern Ukraine and violated terms of a ceasefire agreement, U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said recognition of the illegal vote demands a firm response from the U.S. and Europe, including consideration of stiffer sanctions on Russia and stepped-up assistance to Ukraine given the ongoing threat from Russian aggression. "Russia's recognit… Continue Reading


October 21, 2014

Corker Urges U.S. and Other Nations to Accelerate Efforts to Stop Ebola Outbreak in West Africa

NASHVILLE, Tennessee - U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement today after speaking with U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Rajiv Shah about the U.S. response to Ebola in West Africa. "As we address this problem, the most important thing for us to do is to contain and stop Ebola in West Africa, and for that reason, I talked with Administrator Shah to receive an update on the U.S. res… Continue Reading


October 14, 2014

Wall Street Journal Editorial Says Corker-Sponsored Bill “Gives U.S. Stronger Leverage” in Iran Nuclear Negotiations

WASHINGTON - An editorial ("Obama, Congress and Iran") in today's Wall Street Journal urges the Obama administration to embrace legislation sponsored by Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, that "gives U.S. stronger leverage" in nuclear negotiations with Iran. The editorial states the Iran Nuclear Negotiations Act of 2014 sends a message to Iran "that Congress won't sign off on a bad agreement that puts America's interests at risk and is ready t… Continue Reading


September 29, 2014

Corker, Hatch Seek Update from Obama Administration on WTO Compliance for Foreign Export-Import Banks

WASHINGTON - In a letter to United States Trade Representative Michael Froman, U.S. Senators Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) and Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) asked the Obama administration to update Congress on efforts to ensure that foreign export-import banks are in compliance with World Trade Organization (WTO) rules. Recent growth in the size and scope of some foreign entities has raised questions about their adherence to the WTO Agreement on Subsidies and Countervailing Measures and standards set by the Organ… Continue Reading


September 23, 2014

Corker Statement on U.S.-Arab Coalition Military Strikes Against ISIS in Syria

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn.- U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today made the following statement regarding military strikes carried out by the U.S. and a coalition of Arab nations against ISIS in Syria: "I'm encouraged by the participation of our Arab allies in this operation and hope this is the first step in building a lasting regional coalition committed to confronting ISIS," said Corker. ###… Continue Reading


September 19, 2014

United States Senate pledges support for fight to contain Ebola outbreak and save lives

United States Senate pledges support for fight to contain Ebola outbreak and save lives Unanimously passes bipartisan resolution supporting those affected by humanitarian crisis WASHINGTON - The United States Senate this week recognized the severe threat posed by the outbreak of Ebola in West Africa and offered its support for robust efforts to combat the virus and provide humanitarian relief for those affected. In a resolution adopted unanimously Thursday night, the Senate recognized the supp… Continue Reading


September 18, 2014

Corker: Foreign Relations Committee Unanimously Approves Ukraine Freedom Support Act

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, praised the committee's unanimous passage (18-0) today of bipartisan legislation that expands sanctions on Russia's defense, financial and energy sectors, as well as provides lethal military and non-military assistance for Ukraine. Earlier in the day, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko addressed a joint session of Congress in which he appealed to the U.S. for lethal military aid to help d… Continue Reading


September 18, 2014

Corker Supports Bill to Train Vetted, Moderate Syrian Opposition in Fight Against ISIS

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) today issued the following statement after voting for a three-month authorization to arm and train the moderate Syrian opposition in the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS): "Thus far, the administration has been sophomoric, vague and unprepared to define an approach to ISIS that meets any test of seriousness. I am willing to give the administration three months to try to develop a training program in hopes it can be a … Continue Reading


September 17, 2014

Corker: Obama Administration “Exercising Worst Judgment Possible” By Not Seeking Authorization from Congress for Use of Force Against ISIS

WASHINGTON - At a hearing with Secretary of State John Kerry on the U.S. strategy to defeat the terrorist group the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS), U.S. Senator Bob Corker, R-Tenn., ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said the Obama administration was exhibiting the "worst judgment possible" by not seeking explicit authorization from Congress for the use of military force against ISIS. "[T]o say that you're going to do this regardless of what we say, you're… Continue Reading


September 16, 2014

Menendez, Corker Introduce Ukraine Freedom Support Act of 2014

Senate Foreign Relations Committee will vote on legislation this Thursday, hours after Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko addresses a joint meeting of Congress Washington, D.C. - Chairman Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Ranking Member Bob Corker (R-TN) introduced the Ukraine Freedom Support Act of 2014, legislation that imposes broad sanctions on Russia's defense, energy, and financial sectors, as well as increases military and non-military assistance for Ukraine. The legislation will be taken u… Continue Reading


September 10, 2014

Corker: President Obama is “Exercising Poor Judgment” by not Seeking Authorization from Congress for Use of Force Against ISIS

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today issued the following statement following President Obama's address to the nation regarding the U.S. strategy against the terrorist organization the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS): "While much of the wording in the president's speech was good, the substance of how we accomplish what he laid out is what matters. I believe the president is exercising poor judgment by not … Continue Reading


September 09, 2014

Corker: “Extremely Lacking in Judgment” for President Not to Seek Authorization from Congress to Defeat ISIS

WASHINGTON - Appearing on CNN's "The Situation Room" today to discuss President's Obama's address Wednesday night on U.S. plans to defeat the terrorist group Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS), U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said the administration's apparent decision not to seek authorization from Congress is "extremely lacking in judgment." "I think the president should come to Congress and ask for the authorization for… Continue Reading

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