Ranking Member's Press

July 13, 2016

Senators to Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Hold Iran Accountable

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today announced they will introduce the Countering Iranian Threats Act of 2016. The bipartisan bill expands sanctions for ballistic missile development, support for terrorism, and other illicit Iranian actions; sanctions transfers of conventional weapons to or from Iran; and extends the Iran Sanctions Act. "As many anticipated, Iran continues to test the will of the United … Continue Reading


July 12, 2016

Corker: Continued Progress Needed to Strengthen Integrity of Human Trafficking Report

WASHINGTON - During a hearing today to examine the State Department's 2016 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report, U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, noted improvements over last year's report but argued for continued progress to strengthen the integrity of the Tier Rankings that will help support global efforts to fight human trafficking and end modern slavery. The annual report ranks countries based upon their commitment to enforcing laws agains… Continue Reading


July 12, 2016

Corker Opening Statement at Hearing on "Review of the 2016 Trafficking in Persons Report"

United States Senate Committee on Foreign Relations Hearing: Review of the 2016 Trafficking in Persons Report Tuesday, July 12, 2016 U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), Chairman Opening Statement Today, we will examine the recently released 2016 State Department Trafficking in Persons Report. The integrity of last year's report was called into question because of controversy over how the Tier Rankings were made regarding certain countries. This report and Tier Ranking… Continue Reading


July 12, 2016

Corker Statement on Ruling in South China Sea Maritime Dispute

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Corker, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today made the following statement after the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) issued a ruling that invalidates China's expansive sea claims surrounding disputed areas of the South China Sea. In 2013, the Philippines challenged China's attempts to establish control over an area encompassing nearly 90 percent of the South China Sea. The PCA settles disputes among states, state-entities, international orga… Continue Reading


July 08, 2016

Corker Applauds South Korea’s Decision to Enable Deployment of U.S. Missile Defense System

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today applauded South Korea's decision to enable deployment of the U.S. Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) missile defense system as a deterrent to the North Korea ballistic missile threat. "South Korea's decision to enable deployment of this system is a significant step in strengthening our alliance's capability to deter the North Korean ballistic missile threat," said Corker. "This imp… Continue Reading


July 07, 2016

Corker, Coons: House Passage of Global Food Security Act Marks Further Progress in U.S. Global

WASHINGTON - Following passage of the Global Food Security Act in the House of Representatives yesterday, U.S. Senators Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) and Chris Coons (D-Del.), both members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, highlighted further progress in their bipartisan effort to ensure U.S. food assistance is being used as effectively as possible. The Global Food Security Act, which passed the Senate in April, contains a first-time authorization for the U.S. Agency for International Developmen… Continue Reading


July 06, 2016

Corker Statement on President Obama’s Announcement on U.S. Forces in Afghanistan

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today made the following statement after President Obama announced his decision to maintain 8,400 U.S. forces in Afghanistan through the end of the year. "Announcing this decision prior to the NATO Summit helps set expectations about our commitment to a stable and democratic Afghanistan and continued support of our allies in this effort," said Corker. "While I think the number of U.S. forces sho… Continue Reading


July 01, 2016

Corker Condemns Abduction and Murder of Individuals Associated with IJM

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. - U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today condemned the abduction and murder of three individuals associated with International Justice Mission (IJM), including staff member, Willie Kimani, taxi driver, Joseph Muiruri, and client, Josephat Mwenda, who were abducted in Nairobi, Kenya, on June 23. "I am profoundly saddened to learn of the deaths of Willie Kimani, Joseph Muiruri and Josephat Mwenda, three individuals who gave … Continue Reading


June 30, 2016

Corker: Global Corruption Can Present National Security Risks to U.S.

WASHINGTON - During a hearing today on U.S. efforts to fight global corruption, U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, warned of the threat corrupt governments pose to U.S. national security interests. The annual cost of corruption, according to estimates cited by the World Economic Forum, amounts to approximately five percent of global economic output or roughly $2.6 trillion. "Widespread, pervasive public breach of trust internationally can unde… Continue Reading


June 30, 2016

Corker: U.S. Must Lead Global Effort to End Human Trafficking and Modern Slav

WASHINGTON - Following the release of the State Department's 2016 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report, U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and author of the End Modern Slavery Initiative Act, reiterated his call for a U.S.-led global effort to end human trafficking and modern slavery. He attended the launch event for the 2016 report today at the State Department, where he congratulated individuals who were honored for their contributions to comba… Continue Reading


June 30, 2016

Corker Opening Statement at Hearing on "Violent Extremism, Kleptocracy, and the Dangers of Failing Governance"

United States Senate Committee on Foreign RelationsHearing: Corruption: Violent Extremism, Kleptocracy, and the Dangers of Failing Governance Thursday, June 30, 2016 U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), Chairman We'll consider the huge challenge of corruption and the extent to which widespread, pervasive public breach of trust internationally can undermine our most important national interests. Our witnesses today will point out that corruption goes far beyond the loss of foreign aid dol… Continue Reading


June 28, 2016

Corker: Obama Administration ISIS Strategy Not Adequate to Threat Facing U.S.

WASHINGTON - During a hearing today on global efforts to defeat ISIS, U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, expressed concern that the Obama administration's strategy is not adequate to the threat facing the United States from the terrorist group. "I fear that in spite of continued attacks on our homeland, our military response to ISIS does not adequately reflect the direct nature of this threat to the United States," said Corker. "I think many o… Continue Reading


June 28, 2016

Corker: Report Confirms White House Spin Contradicted Benghazi Reality

WASHINGTON - In an appearance on Fox News today, U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said the findings from the House Select Committee on Benghazi's report reveals the extent to which the Obama administration's initial public explanation of the September 11, 2012, terror attack on the U.S. diplomatic outpost in Libya deviated from on-the-ground reports and the administration's own communications following the attack. "I don't think anyone&helli… Continue Reading


June 28, 2016

Corker Opening Statement at Hearing on "Global Efforts to Defeat ISIS"

United States Senate Committee on Foreign RelationsHearing: Global Efforts to Defeat ISIS Tuesday, June 28, 2016 U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), Chairman Opening Statement Mr. McGurk, I'd like to thank you for again appearing before the committee. You have always been a direct witness, and we thank you for that. I think after most of your testifying, whether classified or in public, most people leave far more informed than they do with most witnesses. Hopefully you'll live up to that to… Continue Reading


June 26, 2016

Corker Expects U.S. to Draw Closer to UK after Brexit Vot

WASHINGTON - In an appearance on CNN's State of the Union today, U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, anticipated the U.S. would draw closer to the United Kingdom in the aftermath of the referendum to leave the European Union. He also pushed back on previous threats from President Obama that the UK's departure from the EU would force to them to the "back of the queue" on negotiating future trade agreements with Europe and the U.S. "To make comme… Continue Reading


June 24, 2016

Corker Statement on Brexit Vote

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. - U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today made the following statement about the United Kingdom's decision to leave the European Union. "A free people should choose their own way, and we respect the British decision to leave the European Union," said Corker. "Today's referendum will not change our special relationship with the United Kingdom. That close partnership will endure, and we will continue to work together to stren… Continue Reading


June 23, 2016

Global Gateways Trade Capacity Act Passes Senate Foreign Relations Committee

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) and Ben Cardin (D-Md.), the chairman and ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today applauded committee passage of the Global Gateways Trade Capacity Act (S.2201), their bipartisan legislation to improve the effectiveness of U.S. assistance for expanded trade in developing countries. "We need to reform U.S. foreign assistance to promote economic growth that can improve living standards and make societies more self-sufficient a… Continue Reading


June 17, 2016

Corker Urges Obama to Make Decision on U.S. Security Presence in Afghanistan Before NATO Summit

WASHINGTON - In a letter to President Barack Obama yesterday, U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, urged the president to make a decision about the continued presence of U.S. security assistance forces in Afghanistan before the upcoming NATO Summit in Warsaw. U.S. Army Gen. John Nicholson, commander of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan, finalized and submitted a report that is expected to include recommendations for the president to postpone th… Continue Reading


June 15, 2016

Corker Questions U.S. Approach to Libya

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today questioned the Obama administration's approach to Libya. The committee heard testimony from U.S. Special Envoy for Libya Jonathan Winer about U.S. support for the internationally-recognized Government of National Accord (GNA) in Tripoli as it attempts to establish legitimate authority over the entire country. "Five years after the U.S. decision to intervene in Libya, which I think most of u… Continue Reading


June 14, 2016

Corker, Cardin: Senate Foreign Relations Committee Meets with Dalai Lama

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) and Ben Cardin (D-Md.), the chairman and ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statements Tuesday after the committee met with His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Dr. Lobsang Sangay, the prime minister of the Tibetan government in exile. "We were honored to welcome the Dalai Lama and Dr. Lobsang Sangay today for a discussion about issues important to the U.S. and the people of Tibet," said Senator Corker. "At… Continue Reading

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