Ranking Member's Press

April 22, 2018

Corker Discusses Pompeo Nomination, Russia Relations, and North Korea

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. - During interviews on CNN "State of the Union" and ABC "This Week" today, U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, discussed the upcoming committee vote on Mike Pompeo's nomination to serve as Secretary of State, U.S. relations with Russia, and the potential for talks with North Korea. Excerpts of both interviews follow. On the need to confirm Mike Pompeo as Secretary of State: "This is a person that is highly qualified&hel… Continue Reading


April 20, 2018

Corker Writes Letter to Turkish President Erdogan Demanding Release of Pastor Andrew Brunson

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, joined a bipartisan group of 66 senators in a letter to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan demanding the release of American Pastor Andrew Brunson, who was unjustly detained in 2016 and charged with terrorism offenses. Corker has repeatedly raised Mr. Brunson's case with senior Turkish officials and top officials in both the Obama and Trump administrations. He also joined Senator Ben Car… Continue Reading


April 19, 2018

Corker Discusses Syria Strikes, New AUMF Proposal, Pompeo Vote, and North Korea

WASHINGTON - During interviews on CNN "New Day" and MSNBC "Andrea Mitchell Reports" today, U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, discussed U.S. precision strikes in Syria, his proposal to update authorities used to fight terror abroad, the upcoming committee vote on Mike Pompeo's nomination to serve as Secretary of State, and U.S. relations with North Korea. This week, Corker and Senator Tim Kaine (D-Va.) led a bipartisan group of senators in prop… Continue Reading


April 19, 2018

Corker: “We’re Much Better Off as a Nation Having Mike Pompeo as Secretary of State”

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today delivered the following remarks on the Senate floor in support of Mike Pompeo's nomination to serve as Secretary of State. The committee is scheduled to vote on the nomination on Monday, April 23. "Mr. President, thank you for acknowledging me and letting me speak today on behalf of our nominee to be Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo. "I did not know Mike Pompeo well. As a matter of fact, I'… Continue Reading


April 18, 2018

Corker Convenes Hearing to Consider Treaty to Expand Access to Books for the Blind

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today made the following statement during a hearing to consider the Marrakesh Treaty, which would facilitate access to books and other published materials for the blind. The committee heard testimony from Manisha Singh, Assistant Secretary of the State Department's Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs, and representatives for the National Federation of the Blind, the Association of American Pub… Continue Reading


April 17, 2018

Corker Statement at Hearing on U.S. Policy in Yemen

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today made the following statement during a hearing on U.S. policy in Yemen. "We thank Acting Assistant Secretary Satterfield, Assistant Secretary Karem and Mr. Jenkins for joining us here today. "This hearing will examine U.S. policy toward Yemen, particularly in light of the growing concern within Congress regarding the civil war and its dire humanitarian consequences. "According to the Unite… Continue Reading


April 16, 2018

Senators Propose Legislation to Update Authorities Used to Fight Terror Abroad

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) and Tim Kaine (D-Va.) today led a bipartisan group of senators in proposing 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 legislation, cosponsored by Senators Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), Chris Coons (D-Del.), Todd Young (R-Ind.), and Bill Nelson (D-Fla.), strengthens congressional oversight and transparency … Continue Reading


April 14, 2018

Corker Statement on Precision Strikes in Syria

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. - U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released the following statement in response to precision strikes in Syria. "The regrettable failure to hit back in 2013 in response to Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad's use of chemical weapons remains a failure of the Western world. Today, more than 500,000 people are dead in one of the worst humanitarian disasters in modern times," said Corker. "The precision strikes last night se… Continue Reading


April 12, 2018

Corker to ‘Avidly Support’ Confirmation of Mike Pompeo as Secretary of State

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today announced his decision to support the confirmation of Mike Pompeo to serve as Secretary of State following a committee hearing on the nomination. "Based on my personal meetings, and the phone calls, and certainly your outstanding testimony today, I think you're a person of high intellect," said Corker. "I think your background could not be better to serve in this capacity. I think you have … Continue Reading


April 12, 2018

Corker Statement at Nomination Hearing for Mike Pompeo

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today made the following statement at a hearing to consider the nomination of Mike Pompeo to serve as Secretary of State. "Director Pompeo, we welcome you here today, and we thank you for your willingness to serve our country, yet again, this time in the role of Secretary of State. "We are also glad that your family is here with you, and we extend our thanks to them for the sacrifices that your … Continue Reading


March 26, 2018

Corker Applauds Expulsion of Russian Officials

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. - U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released the following statement after the Trump administration announced the expulsion of 48 Russian officials serving at its bilateral mission to the United States and 12 others from the Russian mission to the United Nations, as well as the closure of Russia's consulate general in Seattle. "During the previous administration - from the annexation of Crimea, to the invasion of east… Continue Reading


March 22, 2018

Corker, Coons Food for Peace Modernization Act of 2018: What Are They Saying?

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today addressed the Chicago Council's 2018 Global Food Security Symposium, where he highlighted the importance of fixing inefficiencies in U.S. international food aid delivery at a time when so many children are at risk of famine around the world. On March 14, Corker and Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.) introduced bipartisan legislation to modernize U.S. global food assistance programs as part of the … Continue Reading


March 20, 2018

Corker Urges Senators to Oppose Bypassing Committee Process on Yemen Resolution

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today urged senators to oppose an attempt by sponsors of a resolution on Yemen to bypass the committee process and force consideration in the full Senate. Corker noted the Senate Foreign Relations Committee will hold a hearing on Yemen and committee members will continue working to reach consensus on legislation related to the situation in Yemen that could pass the committee. He also announced pla… Continue Reading


March 20, 2018

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Business Meeting Action Report – March 20

WASHINGTON - The Senate Foreign Relations Committee today reported various pieces of legislation, treaties, and nominations to the full Senate for consideration. The agenda and results from the committee's business meeting are included below. Text of the legislation is available online here. U.S. Senate Foreign Relations CommitteeBusiness Meeting AgendaMarch 20, 2018, 10:30 a.m. ETS-116 Legislation S. Res. 85, A resolution calling on the Government of Iran to fulfill repeated promises of ass… Continue Reading


March 19, 2018

Corker Statement on Turkish Offensive in Afrin

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released the following statement about the Turkish offensive in Afrin, Syria. "Turkey's capture of Afrin puts our hard-fought gains against ISIS at risk by drawing our local partners away from that fight," said Corker. "The administration should compel Turkey to stop its offensive against our partners and clearly state that no further interference in the campaign against ISIS will be tolera… Continue Reading


March 19, 2018

Corker Statement on Meeting with Secretary of State-Designate Mike Pompeo

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released the following statement after an hour-long meeting with Mike Pompeo, President Donald J. Trump's nominee to serve as secretary of state. "Director Pompeo and I had a very good meeting today," said Corker. "I was very impressed with him and his knowledge base and appreciated the opportunity to understand his world view. As I shared with him, our committee will move through the nomin… Continue Reading


March 18, 2018

Corker Talks Pompeo Nomination, North Korea, Iran Nuclear Deal on Face the Nation

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. - U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today appeared on CBS' Face the Nation. The senator sat down with moderator Margaret Brennan earlier this week to discuss the nomination of Mike Pompeo to serve as secretary of state, President Donald J. Trump's decision to accept an invitation to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, the Iran nuclear deal, and other news of the day. Excerpts follow. On the nomination of Mike Pompeo … Continue Reading


March 14, 2018

Corker, Coons Introduce Food for Peace Modernization Act of 2018

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) and Chris Coons (D-Del.), both members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today introduced bipartisan legislation to modernize U.S. global food assistance programs as part of the 2018 farm bill. The Food for Peace Modernization Act of 2018 (FPMA) proposes greater efficiencies in the Food for Peace program so the U.S. can free up as much as $275 million to provide life-saving food to nearly 9 million more people in a shorter time period. U.S… Continue Reading


March 14, 2018

Corker Discusses Pompeo Nomination, Deterring Russian Aggression on Fox News

WASHINGTON - During an appearance on Fox News "America's Newsroom", U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today discussed President Donald J. Trump's nomination of Mike Pompeo to serve as secretary of state and the U.S. and United Kingdom deterring Russian aggression. Excerpts follow. On the nomination of Mike Pompeo: "He's very smart. He obviously knows a lot about the world being head of the CIA, and I look forward to sitting down and talking … Continue Reading


March 13, 2018

Corker Praises Senate Passage of Nick Castle Peace Corps Reform Act of 2018

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate foreign Relations Committee, today praised unanimous Senate passage of legislation to reform the Peace Corps. The Nick Castle Peace Corps Reform Act of 2018 would improve access to medical care for volunteers, strengthen accountability and oversight, and enhance procedures to reduce the risk of crime in the countries in which volunteers serve. The legislation is named in honor of Nick Castle, of Brentwood, Calif., who lost h… Continue Reading

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