Ranking Member's Press

March 23, 2017

Senators Introduce Comprehensive Legislation to Hold Iran Accountable

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), and Bob Casey (D-Pa.) today led a group of more than a dozen senators in introducing bipartisan legislation to hold Iran accountable. The legislation, cosponsored by Senators Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), James E. Risch (R-Idaho), Chris Coons (D-Del.), Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Todd Young (R-Ind.) and Joe Donnelly (D-I… Continue Reading


March 23, 2017

Corker Statement on Nomination of Bill Hagerty

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. - U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released the following statement on the nomination of William F. (Bill) Hagerty to serve as U.S. ambassador to Japan. "Japan is one of our most critical allies, and I could not imagine a more effective person in this role as the next ambassador of Japan," said Corker. "I have worked alongside Bill to negotiate significant foreign direct investment that has generated positive, materi… Continue Reading


March 22, 2017

Corker: U.S. Must Prioritize Humanitarian Access, Fix Inefficiencies in Food Aid Delivery Amid Global Humanitarian Crisis

WASHINGTON - At a hearing on the state of global humanitarian affairs, U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, called for prioritizing humanitarian access and reforming the delivery of U.S. global food assistance as the population of people suffering from conflict and failing governance is at a scale not seen since World War II. "Today's hearing is an opportunity to understand how these crises affect U.S. interests and review how we might better wo… Continue Reading


March 22, 2017

Corker Opening Statement at Hearing on The State of Global Humanitarian Affairs

United States Senate Committee on Foreign Relations Hearing: Flashing Red: The State of Global Humanitarian Affairs March 22, 2017 U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), Chairman Last month, the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees and the executive director of the World Food Program issued a warning regarding severe food shortages sweeping across Africa. Humanitarian crises are expanding, with a famine now afflicting South Sudan, and others threatening Somalia, Nigeria, and Yemen. Each of… Continue Reading


March 21, 2017

Corker: No Justice in Syria Until Assad Held Accountable for War Crimes

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today lamented the humanitarian crisis in Syria and urged the U.S. to pursue accountability for war crimes as the conflict enters its seventh year. Leaders of the Senate Foreign Relations and House Foreign Affairs Committees hosted a commemorative event today with the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum to recognize the atrocities and crimes against humanity suffered by Syrian civilians at the hands of… Continue Reading


March 20, 2017

Senators Urge Continued U.S. Support for Unity, Stability in Iraq

WASHINGTON - As Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi visits Washington, U.S. Senators Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) and Ben Cardin (D-Md.), the chairman and ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, led a bipartisan letter to President Donald J. Trump urging continued U.S. support to foster unity and stability in Iraq. In addition to Corker and Cardin, the letter was signed by Senators Jack Reed (D-R.I.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), Jeanne Shaheen… Continue Reading


March 16, 2017

Corker Statement on Trump Administration Budget Blueprint

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. - U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and a member of the Senate Budget Committee, today released the following statement regarding the Trump administration's budget blueprint. "I sincerely appreciate the Trump administration's effort to cut waste and encourage efficiency, but the fact is that until the president and Congress are willing to address the real drivers of our debt - Medicare and Social Security - we will be compli… Continue Reading


March 16, 2017

Senators Seek Release of U.S. Citizen Sandy Phan-Gillis From Two-Year Detention in China

WASHINGTON - Ahead of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's scheduled visit to Beijing on Saturday, U.S. Senators Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) and Ben Cardin (D-Md.), the chairman and ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, led a bipartisan letter to China's ambassador to the United States seeking the release of Sandy Phan-Gillis, an American citizen and Texas resident who has been held without trial in China since March 19, 2015. Senators Chris Coons (D-Del.), John Cornyn (R-Texas), Ted … Continue Reading


March 09, 2017

Corker Convenes Hearing on Conflict in Yemen

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today convened a hearing on the war in Yemen and efforts to resolve the three-year long conflict and combat the terrorism threat from Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), which controls significant territory within the country. "With the arrival of the new administration and the new reality that is emerging on the ground, it is a good time to reexamine the conflict," said Corker. "We must as… Continue Reading


March 09, 2017

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Approves Nomination of David Friedman to be U.S. Ambassador to Israel

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today joined a majority of committee colleagues in voting to favorably report the nomination of David Friedman to serve as U.S. ambassador to Israel to the full Senate for consideration. "Israel is our closest friend and strongest partner in the region, and this position is a vital post," said Corker. "Mr. Friedman is an impassioned advocate for America and for strengthening the mutually benefici… Continue Reading


March 09, 2017

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

United States Senate Committee on Foreign Relations Business Meeting: Nomination of David Friedman to be U.S. Ambassador to Israel March 9, 2017 U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), Chairman Opening Statement This business meeting of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee will come to order. Today we will consider the nomination of David Friedman to be the next U.S. Ambassador to Israel. Israel is our closest friend and strongest partner in the region, and this position is a vital po… Continue Reading


March 07, 2017

Senate Unanimously Approves Corker Resolution on Ending Modern Slavery

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today applauded unanimous Senate passage of his resolution to raise awareness about modern slavery and human trafficking. February 23rd marked the END IT Movement's fifth annual "Shine a Light on Slavery Day." To help kick off the awareness campaign, Corker held a hearing to assess progress by the U.S. to end sexual servitude, bonded labor, and trafficking. He also later visited the Vatican where … Continue Reading


March 06, 2017

Corker Statement on Iranian Ballistic Missile Tests

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today made the following statement in response to reports of Iranian ballistic missile tests in violation of international commitments. "These provocative tests are just the latest example of Iran's dangerous actions that demand a coordinated, multi-faceted response from the United States," said Corker. "The administration has already begun to push back in the way that we should, and I look forwa… Continue Reading


March 06, 2017

Corker Statement on Immigration Executive Order

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released the following statement on the president's immigration executive order. "I am very encouraged by the interagency approach the administration has taken to develop and implement the revised executive order," said Corker. "I also am pleased that Iraq, a critical partner in the fight against ISIS, has been removed from the countries subject to visa restrictions based on the commitments… Continue Reading


March 02, 2017

Corker Opening Statement at Hearing on "Venezuela: Options for U.S. Policy"

United States Senate Committee on Foreign Relations Hearing: Venezuela: Options for U.S. Policy March 2, 2017 U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), Chairman Opening Statement This morning, we will discuss U.S. policy toward Venezuela. We asked our witnesses to address three questions: What are our interests in Venezuela? What policy outcome should we seek in Venezuela? What policy tools will get us to that outcome? Venezuela is a beautiful country with vast resources and talented people. … Continue Reading


March 02, 2017

Corker: Situation in Venezuela “Bleak” Amid Worsening Crisis

WASHINGTON - On Thursday, March 2, U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, convened a hearing on the worsening political, humanitarian, and economic crisis in Venezuela to assess U.S. interests and policy options. The committee heard testimony today from Dr. David Smilde of Tulane University, Dr. Shannon O'Neil with the Council on Foreign Relations, and Mark Feierstein of the Center for Strategic and International Studies. "Venezuela is a beautiful… Continue Reading


February 28, 2017

Corker Expresses Optimism Regarding Mission to Defeat ISIS in Iraq

WASHINGTON - After returning from a trip to the Middle East last week, U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today convened a hearing on the U.S. plan to defeat ISIS, focusing on Iraq after the operation to liberate Mosul. Last week, Corker visited Iraq and Lebanon to meet with U.S. and foreign officials to assess progress in the fight against ISIS and U.S. efforts to strengthen regional stability. The committee heard testimony today from Dr. Mich… Continue Reading


February 28, 2017

Corker Opening Statement at Hearing on "Iraq After Mosul"

United States Senate Committee on Foreign Relations Hearing: Iraq After Mosul February 28, 2017 U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), Chairman Opening Statement I want to thank our witnesses for testifying today. We appreciate your willingness to come before this committee. I spent part of last week in Iraq, and I think it is quite clear that ISIS will soon lose all of its territory in Iraq. I think we are well on the way to making that happen. As we sit here, Iraqis are returning to their … Continue Reading


February 23, 2017

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Leaders Seek Accountability for War Crimes in Syria

WASHINGTON - Following a recent report accusing the Bashar al-Assad regime of atrocities in Syrian prisons, U.S. Senators Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) and Ben Cardin (D-Md.), the chairman and ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, led a bipartisan letter from committee members to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson seeking an update on U.S. plans to demand accountability for war crimes and crimes against humanity committed during the Syrian civil war. "In light of Amnesty International'… Continue Reading


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

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