Ranking Member's Press

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


September 15, 2016

Corker Stresses Continued Challenges to U.S. Interests in Afghanistan

WASHINGTON - During a hearing on U.S. policy in Afghanistan, U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, stressed ongoing security and development challenges facing the country as the U.S. and other international partners prepare for an Afghanistan aid conference in Brussels next month. He expressed continued support for postponing a faster drawdown of the U.S. security presence this year and additional counterterrorism assistance for Afghan forces amid… Continue Reading


September 15, 2016

Corker Statement at Hearing on "Afghanistan: U.S. Policy and International Commitments"

United States Senate Committee on Foreign Relations Hearing: "Afghanistan: U.S. Policy and International Commitments" Thursday, September 15, 2016 U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), Chairman Obviously Afghanistan continues to be something that's important to our U.S. national interest. We brokered a government - the United States did in 2014 - that created both a president and CEO office that has not been confirmed through the loya jirga. I think we had concerns about that process taki… Continue Reading


September 14, 2016

Corker Statement on Announcement of U.S.-Israel Military Aid Package

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released the following statement on a memorandum of understanding (MOU) reached by the United States and Israel regarding military aid, which is expected to be signed this afternoon. "This agreement sends an important signal about our long-term commitment to Israel," said Corker. "While it is ultimately up to Congress to decide the level of appropriation, I am very pleased the military aid … Continue Reading


September 14, 2016

Corker Statement on Meeting with Burmese Leader Aung San Suu Kyi

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released the following statement after a breakfast meeting with Burmese leader Aung San Suu Kyi and congressional leaders at Vice President Joe Biden's residence in Washington, D.C. "While we certainly appreciate the work Aung San Suu Kyi has done to ensure a democratic transition in Burma, I am somewhat appalled by her dismissive reaction to concerns I raised this morning about the problem… Continue Reading


September 10, 2016

Corker Calls for Details of Syria Ceasefire Agreement to be Made Available to the Senate

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. - U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today called for the details of the Syria ceasefire agreement to be made available to the United States Senate. Yesterday in Geneva, Switzerland, Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov announced the U.S. and Russia have reached a ceasefire agreement in war-torn Syria. "We have inquired with the administration about the details of the ceasefire agreement i… Continue Reading


September 09, 2016

Corker Statement on North Korea Nuclear Test

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. - U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement after reports of a nuclear test by North Korea, the fifth conducted by the regime in the past decade. "Words alone from the Obama administration, China, and the United Nations Security Council will not stop the North Korea nuclear threat," said Corker. "Earlier this year, with bipartisan support, Congress passed the strongest North Korea sanctions legislat… Continue Reading

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