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December 17, 2016

Corker: First State Department Authorization in 14 Years Becomes Law

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. - U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today praised the end of a "14-year drought" after President Obama signed the first State Department authorization bill into law since 2002. The legislation (S.1635) was unanimously approved by the Senate last Saturday after referral from the House of Representatives where lawmakers incorporated provisions from State Department authorization bills for fiscal years 2016 and 2017, which were… Continue Reading


December 16, 2016

Corker Statement on Deputy Secretary of State

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released the following statement: "Despite some in Washington trying to use rumor and innuendo to influence the decision, I have never had any conversation with anyone in the Trump organization about who should serve in the Deputy Secretary of State position, including the Secretary of State nominee, Rex Tillerson." ###… Continue Reading


December 13, 2016

Corker: Religious Freedom Bill to Become Law

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. - U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today praised unanimous passage of H.R.1150, the Frank R. Wolf International Religious Freedom Act, by the House of Representatives. The legislation, which was approved by the committee last Tuesday and the full Senate on Saturday, is now on its way to the president's desk to be signed into law. The bill seeks to advance religious freedom through enhanced diplomatic and foreign assistance … Continue Reading


December 13, 2016

Corker Statement on Nomination of Rex Tillerson

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. - U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released the following statement regarding President-elect Donald J. Trump's intention to nominate Rex Tillerson for Secretary of State. "I very much appreciated President-elect Trump calling me last night to let me know that he would be nominating Rex Tillerson for Secretary of State," said Corker. "Mr. Tillerson is a very impressive individual and has an extraordinary working know… Continue Reading


December 10, 2016

Corker: Congress Sends President First State Department Authorization in 14 Years

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today announced that for the first time in 14 years, a State Department authorization bill will be sent to the president's desk to be signed into law. Today, the Senate unanimously approved S.1635, legislation referred to the Senate earlier this week from the House of Representatives where lawmakers incorporated provisions from State Department authorization bills for fiscal years 2016 and 2017, w… Continue Reading


December 09, 2016

Corker Reiterates Strong Opposition to Arms Trade Treaty

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today reiterated his strong opposition to the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty after the Obama administration submitted the treaty to the Senate. Corker was among a bipartisan group of 53 senators who voted in favor of an amendment in 2013 to protect Americans' Second Amendment rights and prevent the U.S. from entering into the treaty. "Since 2012, many senators, including myself, have expressed … Continue Reading


December 08, 2016

Corker: Bill to Launch End Modern Slavery Initiative to Become Law

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today announced passage of his bold, bipartisan initiative to end modern slavery worldwide. The National Defense Authorization Act of 2017 (NDAA) overwhelmingly passed the Senate today and includes authorizing legislation for the End Modern Slavery Initiative. The initiative will help establish a powerful effort in concert with the private sector and foreign governments to eliminate modern slavery… Continue Reading


December 06, 2016

Corker Statement on Committee Approval of Montenegro’s Bid for NATO Membership

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released the following statement regarding committee approval of a resolution of advice and consent supporting Montenegro's membership in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). Representatives of the 28-member states signed the accession protocol for Montenegro to join the alliance on May 19, 2016. The U.S. Constitution requires a two-thirds vote of the Senate for the U.S. to approve… Continue Reading


December 06, 2016

Corker Praises Committee Passage of Religious Freedom Bill

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today praised committee passage of H.R.1150, the Frank R. Wolf International Religious Freedom Act. The committee-approved legislation seeks to advance religious freedom through enhanced diplomatic and foreign assistance efforts, including improved training for foreign service officers and greater flexibility for responding to cases of religious persecution. "This bill will help ensure that defe… Continue Reading


December 01, 2016

Corker Statement on Extension of Iran Sanctions Act

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today praised renewal of the Iran Sanctions Act (ISA), which ensures President-elect Donald J. Trump has the ability to reimpose the sanctions the Obama administration lifted to implement the Iran nuclear deal. The Senate extended ISA, which otherwise would expire at year's end, by a vote of 99 to 0. "Extending the Iran Sanctions Act gives us the ability to reimpose the sanctions the Obama admini… Continue Reading


December 01, 2016

Corker Opening Statement at Hearing on “The Future of Counterterrorism Strategy”

United States Senate Committee on Foreign Relations Hearing: "The Future of Counterterrorism Strategy" Thursday, December 1, 2016 U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), Chairman Opening Statement I want to thank our witnesses for testifying today. Both of you have had long careers working to defend our country against terrorists, and today is a great opportunity for us to learn from your experiences and hear your insights about the future. As the Mosul operation continues and the Raqqa c… Continue Reading


December 01, 2016

Corker: Effective U.S. Strategy to Fight Terrorism Must Respond to Evolving Threat

WASHINGTON - At a hearing today on the future of U.S. counterterrorism strategy, U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, discussed the need to address the evolving terrorist threat to protect the American people. The committee heard testimony from former U.S. counterterrorism officials, Juan C. Zarate and Daniel Benjamin. "As ISIS changes from an organization intent on retaining territory to one focused more on inspiring and directing violence and … Continue Reading


November 26, 2016

Corker Statement on the Death of Fidel Castro

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. - U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released the following statement regarding the death of former Cuban president Fidel Castro. "Under Fidel Castro's brutal and oppressive dictatorship, the Cuban people have suffered politically and economically for decades, and it is my hope that his passing might turn the page toward a better way of life for the many who have dreamed of a brighter future for their country," said Co… Continue Reading


September 29, 2016

Corker Laments Obama’s “Failed Presidency” on Foreign Policy

WASHINGTON - During a hearing on the conflict in Syria, U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, accused the Obama administration of a "failed presidency" on foreign policy after repeated refusal to take steps that could have alleviated humanitarian suffering and deterred the Assad regime's targeting of civilians. The latest U.S. attempt to broker a ceasefire collapsed after Russian forces were accused of attacking an aid convoy destined to relieve t… Continue Reading


September 28, 2016

Corker Statement on Passing of Shimon Peres

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, made the following statement regarding the passing of former Israeli Prime Minister and President Shimon Peres. "Shimon Peres was a close friend of the United States who will be remembered for his many years of loyal service to Israel and his efforts to seek peace," said Corker. "I extend my condolences to his family and the people of Israel as they mourn his passing and reflect on his many accom… Continue Reading


September 28, 2016

Senators Release Bipartisan Letter on Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), Mark Warner (D-Va.), Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), Jack Reed (D-R.I.), Pat Roberts (R-Kan.), Chris Coons (D-Del.), Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Dan Coats (R-Ind.), Bill Nelson (D-Fla.), John Thune (R-S.D.), Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), Angus King (I-Maine), Tom Carper (D-Del.), Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.), Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska)… Continue Reading


September 28, 2016

Corker Votes to Override Obama Veto of Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, delivered the following remarks on the Senate floor before voting to override President Barack Obama's veto of S. 2040, the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA): "Mr. President, I have met over the course of the last several days with the victims of 9/11 - like many people in this body have - and I don't think I've ever met a more gracious, genuine, sincere group of people. And I kno… Continue Reading


September 23, 2016

Corker Statement on Obama Administration U.N. Security Council Resolution on Nuclear Test-Ban Treaty

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. - U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement today on a resolution offered by the Obama administration at the U.N. Security Council (UNSC) regarding the Comprehensive Nuclear Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT), which the Senate rejected in 1999. "In so many cases, the president has tried to circumvent Congress by retreating to international organizations and 'executive agreements' in an attempt to unilaterally m… Continue Reading


September 23, 2016

Corker Statement on Apparent Collapse of Syria Ceasefire

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. - U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released the following statement after reports indicated that the ceasefire agreement in war-torn Syria between the U.S. and Russia has collapsed. "I am saddened for the people of Syria who are being murdered by barrel bombs, chemical weapons, and other munitions, and are being tortured and deprived of basic necessities," said Corker. "This was always to be the outcome of negotiatio… Continue Reading


September 20, 2016

Corker Opening Statement at Hearing on “South Sudan: Options in Crisis”

United States Senate Committee on Foreign RelationsHearing: "South Sudan: Options in Crisis" Tuesday, September 20, 2016 U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), Chairman Opening Statement It's been nearly a year since we last discussed the unwillingness of the South Sudanese officials to govern responsibly. Despite the significant efforts of the U.S. and the international community, violent impunity persists. As this crisis erupted in July, President Kiir's forces apparently fired on U.S. … Continue Reading

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