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  • 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...
  • 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,...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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....
  • 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...
  • 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...