Ranking Member's Press

January 25, 2019

Risch Statement on Resolution of Greek-Macedonian Name Dispute

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Jim Risch (R-ID), chairman of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement regarding the Greek Parliament's vote to ratify the Prespa Agreement. "I extend my congratulations to the people of Greece and Macedonia for the resolution of a long-running dispute over Macedonia's name. Today's vote in the Greek Parliament to ratify the Prespa Agreement and change Macedonia to North Macedonia will remove an obstacle to that nation's long-aw… Continue Reading


January 08, 2019

Risch Elected Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Announces Committee Membership

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-ID) today was elected chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee for the 116 th Congress. Notably, Risch is the third Idahoan to serve as chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, following William Borah's tenure from 1925-1933 and Frank Church's two year term from 1979-1980. "I am glad to have the confidence of my colleagues who have elected me chairman of this historic committee," said Risch. "I have a great deal of respect for the leg… Continue Reading


December 28, 2018

Corker Announces Portman Will Lead Congressional Efforts to End Modern Slavery Worldwide

WASHINGTON - As his time in Congress comes to a close, U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today announced that Senator Rob Portman (R-Ohio) will take the helm of congressional efforts to combat modern slavery and human trafficking worldwide. "For years, Senator Portman has been a champion in Congress in the fight against human trafficking here at home, and I can think of no one better to take up the mantle in the global fight against this scou… Continue Reading


December 21, 2018

Corker, Menendez Praise House Passage of Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) and Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), the chairman and ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today praised House passage of legislation that strengthens U.S. global leadership in the fight to end modern slavery and human trafficking. The Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2017, which amends and reauthorizes international provisions of the Trafficking Victims Protect Act, will modify the criteria for determining whether c… Continue Reading


December 20, 2018

Corker Statement on Secretary Mattis

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released the following statement regarding the resignation of Secretary of Defense James Mattis. "I admire and respect General Mattis as much as anyone I have ever met in the public arena," said Corker. "He is a patriot who cares deeply about our country and the men and women in uniform who look to him for leadership and sound judgement. He has always put country above self and represents t… Continue Reading


December 13, 2018

Corker Offers Resolution Condemning Murder of Jamal Khashoggi

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today will introduce a Senate joint resolution holding Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman responsible for the murder of Jamal Khashoggi, a former Saudi journalist and columnist for The Washington Post. The resolution condemns Khashoggi's killing and insists on accountability for those involved in his death. Cosponsors of the resolution include Senators Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), Marco Ru… Continue Reading


November 28, 2018

Corker Votes to Discharge Yemen War Powers Resolution From Senate Foreign Relations Committee

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today voted in favor of discharging a resolution from the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to the Senate floor on the U.S. role in Yemen. The Senate advanced S.J.Res.54 by a vote of 63 to 37. Next week, absent a unanimous consent agreement, the Senate will hold a second procedural vote on the resolution. If agreed to, the Senate will then debate and potentially amend the resolution before a fina… Continue Reading


November 28, 2018

Corker Invites Natalie Grant to Testify at Hearing on Global Fight to End Modern Slavery

Click here or on the image above to watch the video. WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today invited Nashville singer-songwriter Natalie Grant to testify at a hearing on progress in the global fight to end modern slavery. Grant offered compelling testimony about what caused her to get involved in the anti-slavery movement and co-found Hope for Justice, a nonprofit devoted to ending modern slavery. Her testimony follows. "Well, … Continue Reading


November 28, 2018

Corker Convenes Hearing on Progress in Global Fight to End Modern Slavery

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today delivered the following remarks during a hearing on progress in the global fight to end modern slavery. The hearing featured testimony from Ambassador John Richmond, heard of the State Department's Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons; Natalie Grant, a singer-songwriter and the co-founder of Hope for Justice, a nonprofit devoted to ending modern slavery; and Shawna Bader-Blau,… Continue Reading


November 20, 2018

Corker, Menendez Demand Determination on Saudi Crown Prince Role in Murder of Jamal Khashoggi

WASHINGTON - In a letter to President Donald J. Trump, U.S. Senators Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) and Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), chairman and ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today demanded the administration make a determination specifically addressing whether Saudi Crown Prince Mohamed bin Salman is responsible for the murder of Jamal Khashoggi, a Saudi journalist and columnist for The Washington Post, by triggering a second Global Magnitsky investigation. Text of the letter is i… Continue Reading


November 15, 2018

Corker Statement on US Sanctions Against Saudi Arabian Officials for Murder of Jamal Khashoggi

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released the following statement in response to the Trump administration's sanctions under the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act against Saudi Arabian officials who were responsible for the murder of Jamal Khashoggi, a Saudi journalist and columnist for The Washington Post. "I have a lot of concerns about the trajectory that Saudi Arabia is on right now, and I think a price n… Continue Reading


November 14, 2018

Corker Convenes Roundtable on BUILD Act Implementation

(Pictured from left to right: Ivanka Trump, Advisor to the President, and Senator Bob Corker, R-Tenn.) WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, convened senior administration officials, members of Congress, and key stakeholders in international development for a roundtable to discuss implementation of the recently enacted Better Utilization of Investments Leading to Development (BUILD) Act of 2018, which was authored by Corker and Senat… Continue Reading


November 05, 2018

Corker Statement on Re-Imposition of Iran Sanctions

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. - U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released the following statement in response to the administration's re-imposition of sanctions on Iran that were lifted or waived under the 2015 nuclear deal, or the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). "The Trump administration deserves credit for re-imposing sanctions and dramatically reducing Iran's oil exports and revenues," said Corker, who voted against the nuclear dea… Continue Reading


October 19, 2018

Corker Statement on Saudi Arabia Claims Regarding Death of Jamal Khashoggi

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. - U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released the following statement in response to Saudi Arabia's claims regarding the death of Jamal Khashoggi, a Saudi journalist and columnist for The Washington Post. "The story the Saudis have told about Jamal Khashoggi's disappearance continues to change with each passing day, so we should not assume their latest story holds water," said Corker. "They can undergo their own invest… Continue Reading


October 12, 2018

Corker Statement on Release of American Pastor Andrew Brunson from Turkey

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. - U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today made the following statement on American Pastor Andrew Brunson, who was released from Turkey after two years of detention. Turkey imprisoned Brunson in 2016 and indicted him on unsubstantiated terrorism charges earlier this year. "This has been a long and painful ordeal for Pastor Brunson and his family, and we are relieved that they will finally be reunited after this long period o… Continue Reading


October 10, 2018

Corker, Menendez, Graham, Leahy Letter Triggers Global Magnitsky Investigation Into Disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi

WASHINGTON - In a letter to President Donald J. Trump, U.S. Senators Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) and Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), chairman and ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), chairman and ranking member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs, today triggered an investigation and Global Magnitsky sanctions determination regarding the disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi, a Saudi j… Continue Reading


October 09, 2018

Corker Statement on Nikki Haley Resignation

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released the following statement on the resignation of U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley. "Nikki Haley has been a fierce advocate for U.S. interests during her time as U.N. ambassador," said Corker. "While I hated to hear of her departure, I have enjoyed working with her and am thankful for her willingness to serve. I know Nikki will continue to be a strong voice for our cou… Continue Reading


October 03, 2018

Corker-Coons BUILD Act to Become Law

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) and Chris Coons (D-Del.), both members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today praised Senate passage of The Better Utilization of Investments Leading to Development Act of 2018 (BUILD Act) as part of legislation to reauthorize the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). With strong support in Congress, from the administration, and among key stakeholders, the BUILD Act, coauthored by Corker and Coons in the Senate, will promote economic gro… Continue Reading


September 28, 2018

Corker: Global Food Security Act Reauthorization to Become Law

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today praised passage of legislation reauthorizing The Global Food Security Act, which will now go to the president's desk to be signed into law. The bill also reauthorizes the U.S. Agency for International Development's (USAID) Emergency Food Security Program (EFSP). USAID has relied increasingly upon EFSP to avoid constraints that would prevent delivery of emergency food aid through the Food for… Continue Reading


September 28, 2018

Corker, Coons Praise House Passage of BUILD Act in FAA Reauthorization Bill

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) and Chris Coons (D-Del.), both members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today praised House of Representative's passage of The Better Utilization of Investments Leading to Development Act of 2018 (BUILD Act) as part of legislation to reauthorize the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). With strong support in Congress, from the administration, and among key stakeholders, the BUILD Act, coauthored by Corker and Coons in the Senate, will p… Continue Reading

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