Chairman's Press

January 30, 2014

Corker: Inconsistent Demands in Civil Nuclear Cooperation Agreements Threaten U.S. Nonproliferation Objectives

WASHINGTON - At a hearing today examining U.S. policy governing civilian nuclear cooperation agreements with foreign governments (known as "123 agreements"), U.S. Senator Bob Corker, R-Tenn., ranking member of the Foreign Relations Committee, said the Obama administration's inconsistent demands regarding enrichment and reprocessing (ENR), also reflected in negotiations with Iran, threaten U.S. national security interests to prevent the proliferation of nuclear material. The administration has s… Continue Reading


January 24, 2014

Corker Endorses Expansion of U.S. Sanctions Against Violence and Suppression of Civil Liberties in Ukraine

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Corker, R-Tenn., ranking member of the Foreign Relations Committee, today endorsed expanding U.S. sanctions against those involved in violence and suppression of civil liberties in Ukraine. "With the situation in Ukraine growing worse by the day, I support the administration taking a tough stance through visa sanctions and also extending financial sanctions against anyone responsible for violence, human rights abuses and the Ukrainian government's suppression of ci… Continue Reading


January 17, 2014

Senators Seek Additions to Magnitsky List of Russian Human Rights Abusers

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Robert Menendez, D-N.J., Bob Corker, R-Tenn., Ben Cardin, D-Md., and John McCain, R-Ariz., all members of the Foreign Relations Committee, today requested the Obama administration add individuals to a U.S. government list of Russian human rights abusers who are subject to U.S. sanctions and travel restrictions. Enacted in 2012, the Sergei Magnitsky Rule of Law and Accountability Act, requires the U.S. government to maintain a list of individuals involved in human righ… Continue Reading


January 17, 2014

Corker Statement on President Obama’s Speech about NSA Surveillance Programs

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Corker, R-Tenn., ranking member of the Foreign Relations Committee, made the following statement in response to President Obama's speech today about NSA surveillance programs. "The continued leaks of classified information threaten our security, undermining the gathering of intelligence information necessary to keep us safe. Having received detailed briefings in recent months, including at the NSA, about these programs, I believe our intelligence professionals are… Continue Reading


January 15, 2014

Corker: U.S. Leadership at the Right Moment in Ukraine Could Have Been Decisive

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Corker, R-Tenn., ranking member of the Foreign Relations Committee, made the following statement at a hearing to consider the implications of the crisis in Ukraine for U.S. foreign policy in the region. "I think that the importance of Ukraine is not entirely appreciated. With the exception of Russia, Ukraine is the largest country in Europe, with a population of 46 million people, and vast, unrealized potential. And while Ukraine is critically important in its own … Continue Reading


January 15, 2014

Corker Statement on Committee Passage of Two-Year Extension of South Korea Civil Nuclear Agreement

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Corker, R-Tenn., ranking member of the Foreign Relations Committee, today made the following statement at a business meeting to consider legislation providing a two-year extension of the U.S.-Republic of Korea civil nuclear cooperation agreement (referred to as a "123 agreement"). The committee passed the legislation by voice vote. "I want to thank the chairman and his staff for working together collaboratively with my team to move forward with the extension of th… Continue Reading


January 10, 2014

Corker: Obama Administration Should Maintain Commitment to Nuclear Modernization in FY 2015 Budget Request

WASHINGTON - After Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel expressed support for resources to modernize the nation's nuclear arsenal, U.S. Senator Bob Corker, R-Tenn., ranking member of the Foreign Relations Committee, called on the Obama administration to include necessary funding in the 2015 budget request to maintain their commitment to full modernization. In the 2010 Senate debate over the New START Treaty with Russia, the president agreed to provide the full and necessary funding to upgrade and m… Continue Reading


December 24, 2013

Bipartisan Congressional Leaders Call for End of Hostilities and Encourage Inclusive Political Dialogue in South Sudan

Washington, D.C. - Today, a bipartisan and bicameral group of Congressional leaders expressed deep concern to South Sudan President Salva Kiir Mayardit about the growing ethnic violence and deteriorating security situation in the world's newest independent nation. The Congressional leaders called on all political leaders to cease hostilities and exercise restraint to prevent the violence from further escalating and emphasized the importance of an inclusive political dialogue. The Congressional… Continue Reading


December 20, 2013

Corker: Advocating for U.S. Disability Rights Abroad Should Not Come at the Expense of the Constitution

WASHINGTON -U.S. Senator Bob Corker, R-Tenn., ranking member of the Foreign Relations Committee, today announced he cannot support Senate approval of the U.N. Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), citing concerns that U.S. ratification could undermine the Constitutional balance between the state and federal governments and the legitimacy of our democratic processes. In doing so, Corker urged the U.S. to pursue different means of advocating for the rights of the disabled … Continue Reading


December 12, 2013

In Case You Missed It: Corker: “No Sacrifice” for Iran in Interim Deal

WASHINGTON - During a Senate Banking Committee hearing on negotiations over Iran's nuclear program, U.S. Senator Bob Corker, R-Tenn., ranking member of the Foreign Relations Committee, said the interim agreement requires "no sacrifice" of Iran and that the sanctions relief being offered by the U.S. risks creating "a rush" to do business with Iran. "Once you begin loosening sanctions, and people begin to see that Iran is now going to become not a rogue country but part of the international commu… Continue Reading


December 05, 2013

Corker Comments on Passing of Former South African President Nelson Mandela

U.S. Senator Bob Corker, R-Tenn., ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, made the following statement regarding the passing of former South African President Nelson Mandela. "As an inspirational leader, Nelson Mandela brought about a better way of life for his people of South Africa and inspired millions throughout the world. While we are all saddened by his passing, his personal story and contributions to freedom, democracy, and human rights will live on forever," said Cor… Continue Reading


December 05, 2013

Corker Completes Middle East Trip with Visits to Oman and Bahrain

MANAMA, Bahrain - U.S. Senator Bob Corker, R-Tenn., ranking member of the Foreign Relations Committee, completed a three-nation trip to the Middle East today in Bahrain where he continued to assess U.S. diplomatic and security relations in the Gulf region. After a visit with U.S. Ambassador Thomas C. Krajeski, he met with Crown Prince Sheikh Salman bin Hamad al Khalifa to discuss the state of U.S.-Bahrain relations and the Crown Prince's ongoing efforts for political reform and stability amidst… Continue Reading


December 05, 2013

Corker Joins Bipartisan Group of Senators in Warning China Against Air Defense Zone

WASHINGTON - In a letter to Chinese Ambassador Cui Tiankai, U.S. Senator Bob Corker, R-Tenn., ranking member of the Foreign Relations Committee, joined fellow colleagues Robert Menendez, D-N.J., Marco Rubio, R-Fla., and Ben Cardin, D-M.D., in urging the Chinese government not to implement an Air Defense Zone in the East China Sea. "We are deeply concerned about your government's recent unilateral announcement of the establishment of an Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ). The declaration of … Continue Reading


December 03, 2013

Corker Hears Saudi Concerns on Syria and Iran

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia - On a trip to assess U.S. diplomatic and security ties with allies in the Middle East, U.S. Senator Bob Corker, R-Tenn., ranking member of the Foreign Relations Committee, met with Saudi Arabian officials on Monday and Tuesday in Riyadh where he heard concerns about the worsening conflict in Syria and Iran's role in the region, among other issues. "While U.S. decision-making in the Middle East in recent years has no doubt caught many of our allies off guard and caused them… Continue Reading


December 02, 2013

Corker: PEPFAR Bill Becomes Law, Reinforces Success of U.S. Program Combating HIV/AIDS

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Corker, R-Tenn., ranking member of the Foreign Relations Committee, said legislation signed into law today will reinforce PEPFAR's (the U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief) success in combating HIV/AIDS globally. PEPFAR was initiated by President George W. Bush. "PEPFAR has saved millions of lives in the global fight against HIV/AIDS, so with this legislation now signed into law, we will be able to reinforce those gains as the program transitions from a… Continue Reading


December 02, 2013

Corker Objects to Shutting Out U.S. Textile Firms in Defense Bill

WASHINGTON - In a letter to Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin, D-MI, and Ranking Member Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., U.S. Senator Bob Corker, R-Tenn., ranking member on the Foreign Relations Committee, objected to attempts to include language in the National Defense Authorization Act of 2014 that would shut out U.S. textile firms from selling products to Department of Defense commissaries and exchange stores. If enacted, the language Corker is objecting to would only permit the department to… Continue Reading


November 24, 2013

In Case You Missed It: Corker on Fox News Sunday: Time for Congress to Hold Obama Administration’s Feet to the Fire on Iran

WASHINGTON - On Fox News Sunday, U.S. Senator Bob Corker, R-Tenn., ranking member of the Foreign Relations Committee, said Congress should hold the Obama administration's "feet to the fire" over the interim deal with Iran to ensure it does not become a final agreement. He also raised concerns about the interim deal granting tacit approval for Iran to continue enriching uranium, which violates six U.N. Security Council resolutions. "Iran has consolidated their gains and have sanctions relief. I … Continue Reading


November 21, 2013

Bipartisan Statement on Iran Sanctions

WASHINGTON, DC - A bipartisan group of 14 U.S. Senators today released the following statement regarding the Senate's consideration of Iran sanctions legislation: "A nuclear weapons capable Iran presents a grave threat to the national security interest of the United States and its allies, and we are committed to preventing Iran from acquiring this capability. We will work together to reconcile Democratic and Republican proposals over the coming weeks and to pass bipartisan Iran sanctions legis… Continue Reading


November 21, 2013

Corker Introduces Legislation to Keep Pressure on Iran

WASHINGTON - Following an announcement that the Senate will consider Iran legislation in December, U.S. Senator Bob Corker, R-Tenn., ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, introduced a bill setting conditions for an acceptable final agreement with Iran that would restrict sanctions relief until Iran agrees to eliminate the threat of its nuclear program. The Iran Nuclear Compliance Act of 2013, consistent with Iran's existing obligations under the U.N. Security Council, requir… Continue Reading


November 19, 2013

Corker Statement Following White House Meeting on Iran Negotiations

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Corker, R-Tenn., ranking member of the Foreign Relations Committee, today made the following statement after a meeting at the White House to discuss negotiations with Iran. "Democrats have procedurally blocked the Senate from taking any action on Iran this week. As such, we will closely monitor what happens in Geneva and examine the details of any interim deal. After leaving the meeting at the White House today, I am still concerned we will trade away our leverag… Continue Reading

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