Ranking Member's Press

February 16, 2017

Corker Opening Statement at Hearing on Nomination of David Friedman to be U.S. Ambassador to Israel

United States Senate Committee on Foreign Relations Hearing: Nomination of David Friedman to be U.S. Ambassador to Israel February 16, 2017 U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), Chairman Opening Statement I want to welcome Mr. David Friedman to the committee today to discuss his nomination to be our ambassador to Israel. Over the last 70 years, the United States and Israel have enjoyed a close and meaningful relationship. This alliance has been a pillar of American and Israeli foreign p… Continue Reading


February 16, 2017

Congressional Leaders Seek Release of American Pastor Unjustly Detained in Turkey

WASHINGTON - Leaders of the Senate Foreign Relations and House Foreign Affairs Committees sent a letter signed by 78 members of Congress to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdo?an seeking the unconditional release of American pastor Andrew Brunson, who has been unjustly detained in Turkey since October and denied regular and appropriate access to legal counsel and American consular services. The letter was led by Senators Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) and Ben Cardin (D-Md.), the chairman and ranking membe… Continue Reading


February 15, 2017

Corker: U.S. at Historic Turning Point in Global Fight to End Modern Slavery

WASHINGTON - Ahead of the END IT Movement's fifth annual "Shine a Light on Slavery" day next week, U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, convened a hearing on Wednesday to assess progress by the U.S. to end modern slavery and human trafficking internationally, including recent enactment of authorizing legislation for the End Modern Slavery Initiative (EMSI). The hearing featured testimony from actor Ashton Kutcher, co-founder of Thorn, and Elisa M… Continue Reading


February 13, 2017

Ashton Kutcher to Testify at Hearing Ahead of END IT Movement’s Annual Shine a Light on Slavery Day

WASHINGTON - In advance of the END IT Movement's fifth annual "Shine a Light on Slavery" day, U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, will convene a hearing on February 15 to examine progress in U.S. global efforts to end modern slavery and human trafficking, including recent enactment of authorizing legislation for the End Modern Slavery Initiative. The hearing will feature testimony from actor Ashton Kutcher, co-founder of Thorn, and Elisa Massimi… Continue Reading


February 10, 2017

Corker Statement on Trump Meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Abe

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today made the following statement about President Donald J. Trump's meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. "There is tremendous opportunity to expand a relationship that is hugely beneficial for both countries, and I commend President Trump for recognizing that by welcoming Prime Minister Abe to the White House so early in his administration," said Corker. "Abe has proven to be a stron… Continue Reading


February 09, 2017

Corker Convenes Hearing on Broad Challenges Facing U.S. Policy Toward Russia

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today convened a hearing on the broad challenges ahead for U.S. policy toward Russia, during which he cited the various threats to American interests from Russian actions in recent years, especially the invasion of Ukraine. The committee heard testimony from former NATO Supreme Allied Commander Europe Gen. Philip M. Breedlove, USAF (Ret), and Julianne Smith, a senior fellow with the Center for New… Continue Reading


February 09, 2017

Corker Opening Statement at Hearing on “The United States, The Russian Federation, and the Challenges Ahead”

United States Senate Committee on Foreign Relations Hearing: "The United States, The Russian Federation and the Challenges Ahead" February 9, 2017 U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), Chairman Since November of last year, this committee has tried to get witnesses from the prior administration to testify about a wide range of issues currently challenging the United States-Russian relationship. While the Obama administration did make officials available for classified briefings, they woul… Continue Reading


February 07, 2017

Corker Opening Statement at Hearing on "The Plan to Defeat ISIS: Key Decisions and Considerations"

United States Senate Committee on Foreign Relations Hearing: "The Plan to Defeat ISIS: Key Decisions and Considerations" February 7, 2017 U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), Chairman Opening Statement I'd like to thank our witnesses for testifying today, and for your service to our country. I hope your experiences can be informative as we take stock of our efforts against ISIS. Last month, President Trump asked for a new plan to defeat ISIS. The preliminary draft should be completed b… Continue Reading


February 03, 2017

Corker on New Iran Sanctions: “We Finally Are Pushing Back in the Way That We Should”

WASHINGTON - During an interview on CNBC's "Closing Bell", U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today credited the Trump administration for imposing new sanctions on Iran following Tehran's most recent ballistic missile test that violated a U.N. Security Council resolution. "We finally are pushing back [on Iran] in the way that we should," said Corker. "They've violated the missile test ban; they've violated conventional weapons purchases; they'… Continue Reading


February 03, 2017

Corker Statement on Trump Administration Sanctions Against Iran

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 against Iran. "This announcement makes clear that it is a new day in U.S.-Iran relations and that we will no longer tolerate Iran's destabilizing behavior," said Corker. "A coordinated, multi-faceted effort to pushback against a range of illicit Iranian behavior is long overdue, and after speaking with Gene… Continue Reading


February 02, 2017

Cardin, Corker Lead 20 Bipartisan Colleagues in Iran Letter to President Trump

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), the Ranking Member and Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, led 20 of their bipartisan colleagues today in a letter to President Trump after reports that Iran conducted a ballistic missile test late last week. Joining Senators Cardin and Corker on the letter are Democratic Senators Tim Kaine (Va.), Debbie Stabenow (Mich.), Chris Coons (Del.), Richard Blumenthal (Conn.), Robert Menendez (N.J.), Bob Casey (Penn… Continue Reading


February 02, 2017

Corker Anticipates “Coordinated, Multi-Faceted Effort to Push Back” on Iran

WASHINGTON - During an appearance on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" today, U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, anticipated the U.S. will engage in a "coordinated, multi-faceted effort to push back" against Iran's most recent ballistic missile test and its other destabilizing actions in the Middle East. He also reiterated his opposition to the Iran nuclear deal and discussed the Obama administration's failure to respond to previous Iranian ballistic missi… Continue Reading


February 01, 2017

Corker: Senate Confirms Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today joined members of the Senate in voting to confirm Rex Tillerson to be Secretary of State. "Following a fair and exhaustive review in our committee, I am confident Rex Tillerson has the ability to be the effective leader the State Department needs," said Corker. "Mr. Tillerson led a global enterprise with 75,000 employees, possesses deep relationships around the world, and understands the cr… Continue Reading


January 31, 2017

Corker, Cardin Announce Subcommittee Membership for 115th Congress

WASHINGTON - Today, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee approved subcommittee membership, jurisdiction, rules and the budget for the committee in the 115th Congress. The subcommittee assignments are listed below and available online here. The committee's jurisdiction and rules are available here. Subcommittee on Near East, South Asia, Central Asia, and Counterterrorism Senator James E. Risch (R-Idaho) - Chairman Senator Tim Kaine (D-Va.) - Ranking Member Senator Mar… Continue Reading


January 31, 2017

Corker: U.S. Must Challenge Existing Assumptions in Addressing North Korean Nuclear and Ballistic Missile Threat

WASHINGTON - During a hearing to consider options for addressing the growing North Korean nuclear and ballistic missile threat, U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today urged the U.S. to "challenge existing assumptions and explore policy alternatives", noting that even as the U.S. ramped up sanctions targeting Pyongyang, the "current approach is not working" to denuclearize the Korean peninsula. "For nearly three decades, successive Republican… Continue Reading


January 31, 2017

Corker Opening Statement at Hearing on "Confronting the North Korea Threat: Reassessing Policy Options"

United States Senate Committee on Foreign Relations Hearing: "Confronting the North Korea Threat: Reassessing Policy Options" January 31, 2017 U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), Chairman Opening Statement The North Korea threat is one of the most urgent security challenges facing the United States. Yet for nearly three decades, successive Republican and Democratic administrations have pursued the seemingly elusive goal of North Korean denuclearization with little to show for t… Continue Reading


January 30, 2017

Corker: Rex Tillerson Will Be “Effective Leader” of State Department

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today urged his colleagues to support the nomination of Rex Tillerson to be Secretary of State. A majority of senators approved a procedural motion on Monday evening that will set a final vote on Tillerson's nomination on Wednesday. "As we proceed in ensuring the new administration has the leaders it needs to implement our nation's foreign policy going forward, I have great confidence that Rex Ti… Continue Reading


January 30, 2017

Corker Condemns Iran for Latest Ballistic Missile Violation

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today condemned Iran for reportedly conducting a ballistic missile test in violation of its international commitments. U.N. Security Council Resolution 2231, which endorses provisions of the Iran nuclear agreement (the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action) "calls upon Iran not to undertake any activity related to ballistic missiles designed to be capable of delivering nuclear weapons, including laun… Continue Reading


January 24, 2017

Corker Votes to Confirm Nikki Haley as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today voted to confirm Governor Nikki Haley (R-S.C.) as the next U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations. The Senate voted 96 to 4 in favor of her nomination this afternoon. Earlier in the day, Corker joined members of the committee in voting to favorably report her nomination to the full Senate for consideration. "I'm pleased to support Governor Nikki Haley as our ambassador to the United Nations,… Continue Reading


January 24, 2017

Corker Statement on Trump Executive Order to Advance Completion of Keystone XL Pipeline

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today made the following statement after President Donald J. Trump announced the signing of an executive order to advance completion of the Keystone XL pipeline. The Obama administration previously denied approval for the final segment of the Keystone XL pipeline in 2015 after years of exhaustive study and delays. "I am pleased years of illogical and political delays preventing completion of the … Continue Reading

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