Chairman's Press

August 06, 2014

Corker Op-ed in The Washington Post: Obama is an Unreliable Ally

WASHINGTON - In an op-ed in The Washington Post today, U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, writes that the administration's handling of the massacres in Syria, the unrest in Libya and the ongoing Russian aggression in Ukraine are unfortunate learning lessons for U.S. allies across the globe that President Obama, "despite his bold pronouncements and moral posturing, cannot be counted on." Washington Post (Corker op-ed): Obama is an unrelia… Continue Reading


August 04, 2014

Joint Statement on the U.S. Africa Leaders Summit and the 13th Annual AGOA Forum


July 29, 2014

Corker: Obama Administration Won’t Commit to Seeking Congressional Review of Final Iran Nuclear Deal

WASHINGTON - During questioning today at a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing regarding Iran nuclear negotiations, U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, exposed the administration's willingness to sign a final agreement with Iran without seeking review and approval from Congress. In testimony before the committee, Under Secretary of State Wendy Sherman instead only committed to consulting with Congress on the negotiations, a departur… Continue Reading


July 29, 2014

Corker Releases Hold on Venezuela Sanctions Bill After Maduro Government Disrupts Extradition of Drug-Trafficker Wanted in the U.S.

WASHINGTON - Following recent attempts by the Venezuelan government to prevent the extradition of former Venezuelan General Hugo Carvajal who is wanted on drug-trafficking charges in the United States, U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, announced today that he has withdrawn his objection to S.2142, the Venezuela Defense of Human Rights and Civil Society Act of 2014. "A regional dialogue remains the best option to help Venezuelans find a … Continue Reading


July 24, 2014

Corker: Continued Flow of Russian Weapons into Ukraine Demands “Decisive U.S. Action with or without Europe”

WASHINGTON - With NATO reporting Russian weaponry continues to flow into Ukraine after the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said the U.S. must take "decisive action with or without Europe" to expand existing sanctions against significant Russian entities in key sectors of the Russian economy. "Since the Malaysia Airlines tragedy, Russia continues to send weapons into Ukraine and build up troops… Continue Reading


July 23, 2014

Senators Seek Congressional Review and Enforcement of Any Final Iran Nuclear Agreement

WASHINGTON - With a four-month extension of Iran nuclear talks announced by the Obama administration last week, U.S. Senators Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), John McCain (R-Ariz.), James Risch (R-Idaho), and Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) introduced legislation today requiring congressional review of any final agreement with Iran. The bill also would prevent further extensions of the negotiations, strictly enforce Iran's compliance, and prevent implementation of a fina… Continue Reading


July 23, 2014

Corker: MH17 Investigation is “Going to Point Directly at Russia”

WASHINGTON - Appearing on MSNBC's Daily Rundown today to discuss the missile strike on Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 over Ukraine, U.S. Senator Bob Corker, R-Tenn., ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said the investigation is "going to point directly at Russia" and there is bipartisan support for the U.S. "to act alone without Europe" in expanding existing sanctions against significant Russian entities in the energy, financial and defense sectors. "[W]e want to make sure… Continue Reading


July 20, 2014

Corker on Fox News Sunday: Missile Strike on Malaysian Airliner Should “Galvanize” U.S. and International Community to Make Putin Pay for “This Outrageous Act”

CHATTANOOGA, TENN. - Appearing on Fox News Sunday today, U.S. Senator Bob Corker, R-Tenn., ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said the missile strike on a Malaysian airliner over Ukraine should "galvanize" the U.S. and the international community to finally make Russian President Vladimir Putin pay for his role in supporting pro-Russian separatists in Eastern Ukraine. "I've been incredibly discouraged by not only the U.S. response but candidly Europe's response [to Russia… Continue Reading


July 18, 2014

Corker on Extension of Iran Nuclear Talks: “We All Knew This Was Coming”

WASHINGTON - Following the announcement of an extension in nuclear talks with Iran, U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said there must be a firm end date to the negotiations while also insisting on the opportunity for Congress to weigh in on any final deal and ensure Iran's full compliance. "With a disappointing beginning negotiating position that included a built-in extension, we all knew this was coming," said Corker. "In spite of that… Continue Reading


July 16, 2014

Corker Statement on New U.S. Sanctions Against Russian Entities

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today issued the following statement regarding the administration's announcement that it has imposed new U.S. sanctions against Russian entities in the banking, energy and defense sectors, including Gazprombank, Novatek, Rosneft and Vnesheconombank (VEB bank): "While the delay in imposing real costs on Russia has been damaging to U.S. credibility, today's announcement by the administration … Continue Reading


July 09, 2014

In Case You Missed It: Corker: “Hollow” Threats of Tougher U.S. Sanctions on Russia Resemble Administration’s “Red Line” in Syria

WASHINGTON - At a hearing to examine developments in Ukraine, U.S. Senator Bob Corker, R-Tenn., ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today said the "hollow" threats of tougher U.S. sanctions against Russia resemble the Obama administration's decision not to enforce a red line in Syria after the Assad regime used chemical weapons. "I really feel like the sanctions threats have been very hollow….[and] have some of the same characteristics of the 'red line'…in S… Continue Reading


June 19, 2014

Menendez, Corker Introduce International Child Abduction Prevention and Return Act

Washington, D.C. - Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Ranking Member Bob Corker (R-TN) today introduced the Sean and David Goldman International Child Abduction Prevention and Return Act to better address the growing problem of international parental child abduction. "It was New Jersey native David Goldman's extraordinary five-year battle to bring his son, Sean, home from Brazil that highlighted for me the horrendous problem of international parental child … Continue Reading


June 19, 2014

Menendez, Corker, Coons, Isakson, Markey, Johanns Introduce Energize Africa Bill

Bill will stimulate economic growth, improve access to education in Africa Supporters encouraged to utilize hash tag #EnergizeAfrica on social media Washington, D.C. - Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Ranking Member Bob Corker (R-TN), along with Senators Chris Coons (D-DE), Johnny Isakson (R-GA), Edward J. Markey (D-MA), and Mike Johanns (R-NE) introduced the Energize Africa Act, a bill seeking to help contribute a meaningful role in providing nearly 600 mil… Continue Reading


June 14, 2014

Corker Calls for President Obama to Impose Tough Sanctions on Russia for Tanks Crossing Into Ukraine

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. - U.S. Senator Bob Corker, R-Tenn., ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today called on President Obama to impose tough sanctions against Russia now that the U.S. has confirmed Russian tanks crossed the border of Ukraine. "With Russian tanks having crossed into Ukraine, the president must impose the tough sanctions he promised as the situation on the ground has clearly escalated. None of the minor actions that have been taken so far have changed Putin's … Continue Reading


June 13, 2014

Corker Statement on Crisis in Iraq

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. - U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today issued the following statement regarding the crisis in Iraq where militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) have taken control of major cities and could threaten the capitol city of Baghdad: "Assuming the government of Iraq is willing to take immediate, concrete steps to rectify the political problems within their country, the administration, working wi… Continue Reading


June 05, 2014

Corker: Assad Exploits Unfulfilled Chemical Weapons Agreement to Retain Power in Syria

WASHINGTON - Following the re-election of Bashar al-Assad in Syria, U.S. Senator Bob Corker, R-Tenn., ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said Assad's exploitation of an unfulfilled chemical weapons deal has allowed him to retain power in Syria. "Assad's horrific use of poison gas against his own people has allowed him to stay in power by exploiting an unfulfilled chemical weapons deal while continuing to kill tens of thousands of people without consequences," said Corker.… Continue Reading


June 03, 2014

Corker, Coons Introduce Food for Peace Reform Act of 2014

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) and Chris Coons (D-Del.), both members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today introduced bipartisan legislation reforming U.S. global food assistance program that will free up as much as $440 million annually through greater efficiencies in delivering aid, allowing the U.S. to reach an estimated seven to nine million more people, in a shorter time period. "At a time when our budget is strained and U.S. resources are limited, Congress ne… Continue Reading


May 27, 2014

Corker Statement on Afghanistan Troop Level Announcement

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today issued the following statement regarding the president's announcement on U.S. troop levels in Afghanistan: "While we all want to see our brave men and women in uniform return home safely, I applaud the president's announcement today that he will support the size of the residual security forces requested by U.S. commanders," said Corker. "Although I am pleased the president has acknowl… Continue Reading


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

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