Ranking Member's Press

August 02, 2018

Corker Convenes Hearing for Nominee to Head State Department Trafficking in Persons Office

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, yesterday convened a hearing on nominations for Director of the State Department Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons (TIP) and Assistant Secretary of State for Political-Military Affairs (PM). The committee heard testimony from John Richmond, the nominee for the TIP office, and R. Clarke Cooper, the nominee for the PM bureau. "We cannot forget that modern slavery exists because pe… Continue Reading


July 26, 2018

Corker, Menendez Applaud Committee Passage of Bill Demanding Turkey End Unjust Detention of US Citizens

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) and Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), chairman and ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today applauded committee passage of their bipartisan legislation demanding Turkey end the unjust detention of U.S. citizens in Turkey, including Pastor Andrew Brunson. The bill, introduced last week along with Senators Thom Tillis (R-N.C.), Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), James Lankford (R-Okla.), and Bill Nelson (D-Fla.), would restrict loans from internati… Continue Reading


July 25, 2018

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

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today delivered the following opening statement at a hearing featuring testimony from Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on President Donald J. Trump's recent meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, as well as the administration's ongoing dialogue with North Korea. "Secretary Pompeo, we are glad to have you here today. We are grateful for your service to our country. I have faith in your leade… Continue Reading


July 24, 2018

Senate Committees Announce Series of Hearings on Russia

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), chairman of the Senate Banking Committee, today announced their committees will hold a series of hearings on Russia. "We worked closely together to write the Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act, which substantially expanded sanctions on Russia and overwhelmingly passed both the Senate and House last summer, and are eager to continue the important work… Continue Reading


July 19, 2018

Senators Introduce Bill Demanding Turkey End Unjust Detention of US Citizens

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) and Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), chairman and ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today introduced bipartisan legislation with Senators Thom Tillis (R-N.C.), Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), James Lankford (R-Okla.), and Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) to restrict loans from international financial institutions to Turkey until the Turkish government ends the unjust detention of U.S. citizens. In 2016, Turkey imprisoned American Pastor Andrew Brunson a… Continue Reading


July 12, 2018

Corker Convenes Hearing on International Implications of US Trade Policy

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today convened a hearing on the implications of tariffs for U.S. foreign policy and the international economy. The hearing examined the domestic and international impact of recent trade actions by the administration, including the implementation of tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from Canada, Mexico, and the European Union. The committee heard testimony from Assistant Secretary of State for … Continue Reading


July 11, 2018

Corker: Committee Approves Resolution Supporting NATO

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today voted for committee passage of a resolution expressing support for the strategic importance of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) to the United States and urging its member states to work together at the summit meeting this week (July 11-12) to strengthen the alliance. Corker offered an amendment adopted by the committee reaffirming U.S. policy supporting Ukraine and condemning Ru… Continue Reading


July 06, 2018

Corker Returns From Trip to Nordic and Baltic Regions

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. - U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, returned on Thursday from a week-long trip (June 28-July 5) to the Nordic and Baltic regions, where he met with U.S. and foreign officials in Sweden, Denmark, Latvia, and Finland. The trip, led by Senator Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), focused on political and security issues important to the United States, including the effect of Russian influence in the regions. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Chris… Continue Reading


June 29, 2018

Corker Statement on Release of 2018 Trafficking in Persons Report

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released the following statement on the State Department's 2018 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report. The annual report evaluates countries on enforcing laws against forced labor, sexual servitude and other forms of human trafficking, as well as support of victims. On Wednesday, Corker met with individuals honored as "Trafficking in Persons Report Heroes" by the State Department this year for… Continue Reading


June 26, 2018

Corker Applauds Committee Passage of Cyber Diplomacy Bill

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today applauded committee passage of legislation to establish U.S. international policy for cyberspace. H.R. 3776, The "Cyber Diplomacy Act of 2017", which passed the House of Representatives in January, will establish a dedicated team for cyber issues to be led by a senior State Department official, encourage the president to pursue international arrangements on cyberspace with oversight from Con… Continue Reading


June 26, 2018

Corker, Coons BUILD Act to Modernize U.S. Development Finance Passes Committee

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) and Chris Coons (D-Del.), both members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today praised committee passage of their bipartisan legislation to promote economic growth in developing economies through U.S. business investment and provide more accountability for taxpayers at no expected cost. S.2463, The Better Utilization of Investments Leading to Development Act of 2018 (BUILD Act), will establish a single, full-service, self-sustaining intern… Continue Reading


June 20, 2018

Corker Says Trump Administration Is Abusing Its Authority to Implement Taxes on the American People

WASHINGTON - In remarks on the Senate floor today, U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, challenged the Senate to assert its constitutional authority on trade policy by passing his bipartisan legislation to require congressional approval of tariffs designated under Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962. Excerpts of the senator's remarks follow. "I rise today to talk about the abuse of authority that's taking place with the administration… Continue Reading


June 20, 2018

Corker, Colleagues Introduce Legislation to Keep Families Together and Ensure Integrity of Immigration Laws

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) today joined 25 of his colleagues to introduce the Keep Families Together and Enforce the Law Act, which would keep families together while ensuring the integrity of our nation's immigration laws. The legislation requires that children and their parents remain together during legal proceedings. "While the issues surrounding our immigration system are complex, we can all agree that innocent children should be protected, and I am hopeful the administ… Continue Reading


June 20, 2018

Corker Statement at Hearing on USAID Resources and Redesign

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today made the following statement during a hearing on resources and redesign of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). USAID Administrator Mark Green testified on the agency's transformation plan to better focus foreign assistance on helping countries become self-reliant. "The United States Agency for International Development is the agency that carries out t… Continue Reading


June 20, 2018

Corker Expresses Deep Concern About Tariff Exclusion Process

WASHINGTON - In a letter to Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross, U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today expressed deep concern about the implementation of steel and aluminum tariffs recently imposed by the president under Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962 and sought assurances that the Department of Commerce will make exclusion decisions free of political interference or persuasion. Full text of the letter is below and available o… Continue Reading


June 19, 2018

Corker Hopes Congress Will ‘Rise to the Occasion’ on Trade Policy

WASHINGTON - In remarks on the Senate floor today, U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said he hopes Congress will "rise to the occasion" and assert its constitutional authority on trade policy by passing his bipartisan legislation to require congressional approval of tariffs designated under Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962. "The Constitution… gives the United States Congress the authority to deal with revenues and tariffs… Continue Reading


June 15, 2018

Corker Statement at Hearing on Nominations for US Ambassador and Assistant Secretary of State

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today made the following statement during a hearing on nominations for U.S. Ambassador to South Korea and Assistant Secretary of State for both Near Eastern and African Affairs. "Today we will consider the nominations of individuals to serve our nation in three roles: Ambassador to South Korea, and the positions of Assistant Secretary for both Near Eastern and African Affairs. If confirmed, these… Continue Reading


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

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