Chairman's Press

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


November 18, 2013

Corker: PEPFAR Bill Passes Senate, 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 unanimously passed by the Senate today will reinforce PEPFAR's (the U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief) success in combating HIV and AIDS globally. PEPFAR was initiated by President George W. Bush. "PEPFAR has saved millions of lives in the global fight against HIV/AIDS, and this legislation will help reinforce those gains as the program transitions from an emergency… Continue Reading


November 10, 2013

In Case You Missed It: Corker on NBC’s “Meet the Press”: “We’re Worried We're Dealing Away Our Leverage” in Iran Negotiations

WASHINGTON - In an appearance on NBC's "Meet the Press" today, U.S. Senator Bob Corker, R-Tenn., ranking member on the Foreign Relations Committee, raised concerns about the Obama administration potentially "dealing away" U.S. leverage in negotiations with Iran by prematurely lifting sanctions as part of a partial agreement that does not halt Iran's path to a nuclear weapon. "The [U.N.] security council resolutions call for a complete stoppage [of Iran's enrichment activities]…so you can… Continue Reading


November 05, 2013

In Case You Missed It: Corker: Supreme Court Case Highlights Concerns about Impact of Treaties on U.S. Law

WASHINGTON - During a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing to consider the U.N. Disabilities Treaty, U.S. Senator Bob Corker, R-Tenn., ranking member of the committee, noted a current Supreme Court case as evidence of a treaty's potential to expand federal power beyond current limits and sought answers as to whether Congress can impose appropriate limitations (known as "reservations, understandings and declarations" or "RUDs" that accompany passage of a treaty and represent U.S. understand… Continue Reading


October 31, 2013

In Case You Missed It: Corker: Lack of U.S. Support for Moderate Opposition in Syria “An Embarrassment,” Allies Questioning U.S. “Reliability”

WASHINGTON - In response to U.S. Ambassador to Syria Robert Ford's testimony defending the Obama administration's slow delivery of long-promised aid to moderate forces in Syria, U.S. Senator Bob Corker, R-Tenn., ranking member of the Foreign Relations Committee, called the lack of U.S. support for the opposition an "embarrassment," arguing that with Russia's hands "now on the steering wheel" in Syria, the U.S. lacks a strategy for resolving the conflict or for the region as whole, which is causi… Continue Reading


October 30, 2013

Corker Urges Obama to Address Security, Iran, Governance Issues with Iraqi PM Maliki

WASHINGTON - In a letter to President Obama about Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's visit to Washington this week, U.S. Senator Bob Corker, R-Tenn., ranking member of the Foreign Relations Committee, joined Senators John McCain, R-Ariz., Carl Levin, D-Mich., James Inhofe, R-Okla., Robert Menendez, D-NJ, and Lindsey Graham, R-SC, in calling on the president to use his meeting Friday with Maliki to address important issues regarding the United States' strategic relationship with Iraq, includi… Continue Reading


October 28, 2013

Corker: Inconsistency in Civilian Nuclear Deals Threatens U.S. Non-Proliferation Goals

WASHINGTON - In a letter today to Secretary of State John Kerry, U.S. Senator Bob Corker, R-Tenn., ranking member of the Foreign Relations Committee, raised concerns about inconsistencies in new civilian nuclear cooperation agreements (known as "123 agreements") with other countries threatening U.S. nuclear non-proliferation goals. A recently completed agreement between the U.S. and Vietnam, for example, could permit future enrichment and reprocessing (ENR) of spent nuclear fuel in direct confl… Continue Reading


October 22, 2013

Corker, Alexander, Blunt: Attacks Against Christians in Egypt Warrant A Clear U.S. Response

WASHINGTON - In a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry, U.S. Senator Bob Corker, R-Tenn., ranking member of the Foreign Relations Committee, and Senators Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., and Roy Blunt, R-Mo., said recent reports of more frequent, targeted attacks against Coptic churches and individuals in Egypt "warrants a clear U.S. response." "Egypt's Christian minority and their ability to worship are in danger. The situation warrants a clear U.S. response. We are especially troubled by reports… Continue Reading


October 14, 2013

Corker to Obama Administration: Hold Firm on Sanctions in Negotiations with Iran

WASHINGTON - As negotiations begin tomorrow in Geneva over Iran's nuclear program, U.S. Senator Bob Corker, R-Tenn., ranking member of the Foreign Relations Committee, today urged the Obama administration to hold firm on sanctions with Iran. "With limited time for diplomacy to work, the administration should hold firm on sanctions, which brought Iran to the table and remain the greatest leverage point we have. Eagerness to exploit an opening with Iran should not lead to concessions before Iran… Continue Reading

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