Ranking Member's Press

June 12, 2018

Corker Statement on North Korea Summit

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released the following statement after President Donald J. Trump met with Kim Jong Un in Singapore. "While I am glad the president and Kim Jong Un were able to meet, it is difficult to determine what of concrete nature has occurred," said Corker. "I look forward to having Secretary Pompeo before our committee soon to share his insights and look forward to carrying out our oversight responsi… Continue Reading


June 07, 2018

Support Continues to Grow for Legislation Requiring Congressional Approval of National Security-Designated Tariffs

WASHINGTON - Support continues to grow for legislation introduced Wednesday by U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and a bipartisan group of senators to require congressional approval of tariffs designated under Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962. The legislation, cosponsored by Senators Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.), Pat Toomey (R-Pa.), Mark Warner (D-Va.), Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), Chris V… Continue Reading


June 06, 2018

Broad Support for Legislation Requiring Congressional Approval of National Security-Designated Tariffs

WASHINGTON - Legislation introduced today by U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and a bipartisan group of senators to require congressional approval of tariffs designated under Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962 is attracting a wide range of support. The legislation, cosponsored by Senators Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.), Pat Toomey (R-Pa.), Mark Warner (D-Va.), Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), Chr… Continue Reading


June 06, 2018

Senators Introduce Legislation to Require Congressional Approval of National Security-Designated Tariffs

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.), Pat Toomey (R-Pa.), Mark Warner (D-Va.), Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Mike Lee (R-Utah), Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.), and Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) today introduced legislation to require congressional approval of tariffs designated under Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962. The bill requires the president to submit to Congress an… Continue Reading


May 31, 2018

Corker Statement on Administration Steel and Aluminum Tariff Announcement

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. - U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released the following statement after the administration announced it would impose tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from Canada, Mexico, and the European Union. "Imposing steel and aluminum tariffs on our most important trading partners is the wrong approach and represents an abuse of authority intended only for national security purposes," said Corker. "If we truly want to le… Continue Reading


May 26, 2018

Corker Statement on Release of American Citizen Josh Holt

CARACAS, Venezuela - U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today issued the following statement on the release of American citizen Josh Holt and his wife, Thamy, who have been detained in a Venezuelan prison for the last two years. "I am pleased to join Senator Hatch and President Trump in announcing the release of Josh and Thamy Holt," said Corker. "Senator Hatch has worked tirelessly on the Holt family's behalf, and I was honored to play a smal… Continue Reading


May 24, 2018

Corker Statement on Trump Administration Section 232 Investigation of Automobile Imports

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released the following statement after the Trump administration announced it was initiating an investigation under Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962 to "determine whether imports of automobiles, including SUVs, vans and light trucks, and automotive parts into the United States threaten to impair the national security as defined in Section 232." "I am very concerned about the pr… Continue Reading


May 24, 2018

Corker Statement at Hearing Featuring Testimony From Secretary of State Mike Pompeo

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today made the following statement during a hearing featuring testimony from Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. "We want to thank you for joining us today. And although you were here just six weeks ago for your confirmation hearing and have been in your position for only a month, again I want to commend you on an energetic and forceful start to your tenure. "We hold a budget hearing each year - and… Continue Reading


May 23, 2018

Corker Receives Freedom House Leadership Award

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, received Freedom House's annual Leadership Award along with former Vice President Joe Biden during a ceremony Wednesday night in Washington. Corker was honored for his work to end modern slavery and human trafficking worldwide. "Today we have 27 million people in the world that live in slavery on a daily basis; now that certainly is living without human rights," said Corker on Wednesday night as … Continue Reading


May 22, 2018

Corker Applauds Committee Passage of Resolution of Ratification for Marrakesh Treaty

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today applauded Senate Foreign Relations Committee passage of a resolution of advice and consent to ratify the Marrakesh Treaty, which would facilitate access to books and other published materials for the blind. The committee held a hearing on the treaty in April with testimony from the State Department and other key stakeholders, including representatives for the National Federation of the Blind… Continue Reading


May 17, 2018

Corker Statement on Confirmation of Gina Haspel as Director of the CIA

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) today released the following statement after voting to confirm Gina Haspel as director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). "With more than 30 years of CIA experience, Gina Haspel is qualified to lead the agency and has the experience needed to help address the emerging threats we face globally," said Corker. "She has risen through the ranks to serve in some of the most important posts around the world, and her service to our country is held i… Continue Reading


May 16, 2018

Corker Convenes Hearing on Updating Authorities Used to Fight Terror Abroad

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today convened a hearing on S.J. Res. 59, bipartisan legislation to replace the 2001 and 2002 authorizations for use of military force (AUMFs) with an updated AUMF against al-Qaida, the Taliban, and the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). The hearing is the committee's fourth in the past year to examine the AUMF with testimony from legal scholars, policy experts, and the Secretaries of State a… Continue Reading


May 16, 2018

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Business Meeting Action Report – May 16

WASHINGTON - The Senate Foreign Relations Committee today reported various nominations to the full Senate for consideration. The agenda and results from the committee's business meeting are included below and online here. U.S. Senate Foreign Relations CommitteeBusiness Meeting AgendaMay 16, 2018 10:00 a.m. ETSenate Dirksen 419 Nominees Mr. Francis R. Fannon, of Virginia, to be an Assistant Secretary of State (Energy Resources). - Agreed to en bloc by voice vote (Senators Bob Menendez (D-N.J.… Continue Reading


May 14, 2018

Corker Statement on Opening of U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. - U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released the following statement on the opening of the U.S. embassy in Jerusalem. "Today's ceremony on the 70th anniversary of the founding of Israel reaffirms our close and enduring partnership with the only democracy in the Middle East," said Corker. "I applaud the Trump administration for following through on the bipartisan will of Congress to relocate the U.S. embassy, which is … Continue Reading


May 10, 2018

Corker Convenes Hearing on Modernizing Development Finance

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today made the following statement during a hearing on modernizing U.S. international development finance at no expected cost to taxpayers. Earlier this year, Corker introduced S.2463, the Better Utilization of Investments Leading to Development Act of 2018 (the BUILD Act), to establish a single, full-service, self-sustaining international development finance entity to reform and streamline the to… Continue Reading


May 09, 2018

Corker Statement on Release of American Citizens by North Korea

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement after the Trump administration announced the release of American citizens by North Korea. "We are all very thankful for the release of these American citizens who have been unjustly detained by North Korea for far too long, and I applaud the administration for working with Congress to build significant international pressure against the Kim regime," said Corker. "… Continue Reading


May 08, 2018

Corker Statement on Trump Decision to Withdraw From Iran Nuclear Deal

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released the following statement after President Donald J. Trump announced his decision to end U.S. participation in the Iran nuclear deal, also known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). The administration faced a May 12 deadline to renew certain sanctions relief for Iran under the JCPOA. Corker voted against the nuclear deal in 2015 and led the opposition in Congress. "The p… Continue Reading


May 07, 2018

Corker Receives First Annual Award for Congressional Leadership in Public Diplomacy

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today received the George Washington University Institute for Public Diplomacy and Global Communication's first annual Walter Roberts Award for Congressional Leadership in Public Diplomacy at a ceremony on Capitol Hill. Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs Marie Royce, Broadcasting Board of Governors CEO John Lansing, and University of Tennessee Center for Sport, Peace… Continue Reading


May 02, 2018

Corker Discusses Foreign Policy, Economy, Senate Tenure on CNBC

New York, N.Y. - During an appearance as a guest host on CNBC's "Squawk Box" today, U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and a member of the Senate Banking Committee and the Senate Budget Committee, discussed the potential for talks with North Korea, the future of the Iran nuclear deal, the administration's decision to impose new tariffs on steel and aluminum imports, and the economy. The senator also reflected on his Senate tenure and what he hop… Continue Reading


April 26, 2018

Corker Votes to Confirm Richard Grenell as U.S. Ambassador to Germany

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today voted to confirm Richard Grenell as U.S. Ambassador to Germany. The Senate approved the nomination by a vote of 56 to 42. The committee reported the nomination favorably to the full Senate in October of 2017 and again in January. Excerpts from Corker's remarks on the Senate floor in advance of the vote follow. "Mr. Grenell has a deep background in diplomacy and strategic communications. He … Continue Reading

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