Chairman's Press

May 26, 2014

Corker Concludes Visits to NATO Partners, Reemphasizes U.S. Commitment to Europe

WARSAW, Poland - U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today issued the following statement after a media roundtable in Warsaw, Poland, concluding a four-day trip to NATO countries to reemphasize U.S. commitment to Europe after Russia's destabilizing actions in Ukraine. "The events in Ukraine have been a wake up call and demand change in the West's approach to central and eastern Europe. We must deal with a new reality together with Poland … Continue Reading


May 25, 2014

Corker Statement on Ukrainian Presidential Election

WARSAW, Poland - U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement regarding today's presidential election in Ukraine: "Defying external threats by Russia, Ukrainians have demonstrated a commitment to determine their own future in an election that I'm hopeful can be a turning point for a new beginning in Ukraine," said Corker. "I am encouraged that the people of Ukraine elected Petro Poroshenko in a decisive victory so h… Continue Reading


May 22, 2014

In Case You Missed It: Corker Renews Call for Congress to Update 9/11 Authorization for Use of Force to Address Evolving Terrorist Threat

WASHINGTON - In a hearing yesterday to discuss the future of the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) against al Qaeda and associated forces, U.S. Senator Corker, R-Tenn., ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, renewed a call for Congress to update the 2001 AUMF in order to address new and emerging terrorist threats while also ensuring appropriate congressional oversight and preserving the president's flexibility to act in the event of imminent threats to the na… Continue Reading


May 14, 2014

In Case You Missed It: Corker: Obama Administration “Doesn’t Appear to Be Doing Anything” to Prevent Russia from Disrupting May 25 Ukrainian Election

WASHINGTON - Citing the ineffectiveness of limited U.S. sanctions to deter Russia from their continued interference in Ukraine, U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said the Obama administration doesn't appear to be doing anything to prevent Russia from interfering with Ukraine's presidential election on May 25. "It's very frustrating…to see what Russia's doing inside Ukraine, for Russia to be making statements that they've moved tr… Continue Reading


May 06, 2014

In Case You Missed It: Corker Urges Administration to Apply Tougher Sanctions on Russia Rather than “Waiting Until Damage is Done” in Ukraine

WASHINGTON - At a hearing on the U.S. response to the crisis in Ukraine, U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today questioned why the Obama administration is "hiding beyond Europe" and waiting "until the damage is done" by Russia in Ukraine before applying tougher sanctions against some significant entities in key sectors of Russian economy. Last week, President Obama declared the U.S. trigger for applying "broad-based sectoral sanctions" … Continue Reading


May 05, 2014

In Case You Missed It: Corker: “No Question” Russia’s Meddling in Ukraine Meets President Obama’s Threshold for Tougher Sanctions

WASHINGTON - On CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper" today, U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said there is "no question" the Putin regime's continued destabilization of Ukraine meets President Obama's threshold for imposing tougher sanctions on Russia. "I think we should hit four banks, one or two of the energy companies, not the entire sectors but just to let Putin know that there is a price to pay for the meddling that is taking place … Continue Reading


May 02, 2014

Corker “Deeply Concerned” about Obama Administration’s “Tepid and Hesitant” Response to Russian Actions in Ukraine

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. - In response to violent clashes between pro-Russian militants and Ukrainian security forces in eastern Ukraine and President Obama's comments today at the White House, U.S. Senator Bob Corker, R-Tenn., ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said he is "deeply concerned" about the Obama administration's "tepid and hesitant" response to Russia's actions in Ukraine. "I am deeply concerned that the administration continues to be so tepid and hesitant in using … Continue Reading


April 30, 2014

Corker, Senate Republicans Introduce Strategic U.S. Response to Deter Russian Aggression in Europe

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today introduced legislation with 24 Senate Republicans providing a strategic U.S. response to deter Russian aggression in Europe, which threatens regional security and prosperity that is critical for maintaining economic growth in the United States. "Rather than react to events as they unfold, which has been the policy of this administration, we need to inflict more direct consequences on… Continue Reading


April 29, 2014

Corker: No Logical Reason Not to Build Keystone XL Pipeline

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today cosponsored legislation to remove the requirement for presidential approval of the Keystone XL pipeline, which has been delayed for more than five years. The State Department has yet to approve construction of the final section of the pipeline, which, if completed, will have the capacity to transfer more than 800,000 barrels of oil per day from Canada to refineries on the Gulf Coast of… Continue Reading


April 28, 2014

Corker and Ayotte: Latest U.S. Sanctions on Russia Just a Slap on the Wrist

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Senator Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.), ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Readiness Subcommittee, issued the following statement today regarding the additional sanctions imposed by the Obama administration on Russian officials and entities: "After a week of rhetoric from the administration, I had hoped we would have responded to Russia's blatant violations of its commitments to cease e… Continue Reading


April 27, 2014

In Case You Missed It: Corker on CBS Face the Nation: Sanctions on Russian Individuals Not Enough to Change Putin’s Behavior

WASHINGTON - On CBS Face the Nation today, U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said the Obama administration's sanctions on individuals in Russia have not gone far enough to change President Vladimir Putin's behavior, calling instead for new sanctions to target significant Russian entities in the banking and energy sectors that would send "shock waves" into the Russian economy. "I'm very concerned that, as we've seen from this administrat… Continue Reading


April 25, 2014

Corker: Putin Only Emboldened by Obama Administration's Empty Rhetoric on New Sanctions

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. - U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today made the following statement regarding the Obama administration's failure to enforce the threat of new sanctions despite Russia's continued interference in eastern Ukraine and refusal to take any steps to implement the Geneva agreement that was supposed to de-escalate the crisis. "President Putin is only emboldened by empty rhetoric, so it is time for the administration to bac… Continue Reading


April 23, 2014

Corker: Ukraine Success Critical for U.S., European Allies

Kyiv, UKRAINE - Following a press conference today at the Ukraine Crisis Media Center in Kyiv, Ukraine, U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the statement below urging the U.S. to impose more forceful sanctions on Russia. Corker also stressed the importance of the Ukraine elections occurring without delay on May 25, 2014: "I am very impressed with the commitment of the leaders I met today in Ukraine, the prime minister, the presid… Continue Reading


April 22, 2014

Corker: Russian Interference in Ukraine and Moldova is “A Wake-Up Call”

Chisinau, MOLDOVA - After meetings today in Moldova with top government officials and parliamentarians, U.S. Senator Bob Corker, R-Tenn., ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said Russia's interference in Ukraine and Moldova is "a wake-up call," calling on the U.S. to strengthen relations with both countries in order to help stabilize the region. "What's happening in Ukraine and Moldova is a wake-up call. Americans are beginning to understand we are paying the price for our… Continue Reading


April 20, 2014

In Case You Missed It: Corker on NBC’s Meet the Press Urges Administration to Impose Tougher Sanctions on Russia

CHATTANOOGA, TENN. - On NBC's Meet the Press today, U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, urged the administration to impose targeted sanctions on Russian companies in the energy and financial sectors and warned that eastern Ukraine will be lost if Russian President Vladimir Putin does not feel real consequences for Russia's aggression in Ukraine. "I don't think Putin believes we're really going to punish them... We keep waiting to see what… Continue Reading


April 18, 2014

Corker: Obama Administration Makes “Every Excuse Imaginable” to Delay Keystone XL Pipeline Decision

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. - U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement on the Obama administration's announcement that it will delay again its decision on the Keystone XL pipeline: "It's amazing to watch this administration make every excuse imaginable to delay a project that is unquestionably a win for our country, our economy and American workers," said Corker. "After more than five years of environmental reviews, it's … Continue Reading


April 18, 2014

In Case You Missed It: Corker: Obama Administration’s Response to Russia’s Intervention in Ukraine “a Day Late and a Dollar Short”

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. - Appearing on CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper" today, U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said the Obama administration's response to Russia's intervention in Ukraine has been "a day late and a dollar short." "I think the administration has created this air of permissiveness," said Corker. "What we did in Syria, by jumping into Russia's lap and letting them drive policy there after the chemical weapons issue came to t… Continue Reading


April 12, 2014

Corker Urges President Obama to Impose New Sanctions on Russia to Deter Further Intervention in Ukraine

WASHINGTON - With European Union ministers to discuss new sanctions against Russia on Monday, U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, sent a letter to President Barack Obama today calling on the U.S. to show leadership and impose additional sanctions on Russian-owned companies as a deterrent to further Russian military intervention in Ukraine. "Rather than wait for a Russian invasion of eastern Ukraine to implement additional sanctions, which… Continue Reading


April 09, 2014

In Case You Missed It: Corker Urges More Economic Sanctions Against Russia “As Another Shot Across the Bow”

WASHINGTON - In an appearance on MSNBC's "The Daily Rundown," U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, called for "another shot across the bow" to deter Russia from further intervention in Ukraine and urged the Obama administration to begin implementing the president's executive order authorizing additional sanctions that woul affect the Russian economy. Russian troops remain amassed on the Ukrainian border, and yesterday Secretary of State Joh… Continue Reading


April 08, 2014

Corker Asks Kerry to Follow Through on Commitment for Syria Briefing

WASHINGTON - In a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry, U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, asked the secretary to follow through on a commitment to provide a detailed briefing for members of the committee on the U.S. strategy in Syria. In testimony today before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Secretary Kerry offered to brief members on Syria.‎ "Given your stated commitment to provide full information to our committee abou… Continue Reading

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