Ranking Member's Press

April 05, 2016

Corker Opening Statement at Hearing on "Recent Iranian Actions and Implementation of the Nuclear Deal"

United States Senate Committee on Foreign RelationsHearing: Recent Iranian Actions and Implementation of the Nuclear Deal Tuesday, April 5, 2016 U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), ChairmanOpening Statement I want to thank our witness for testifying today. Ambassador [Thomas] Shannon, we congratulate you on your confirmation. We appreciate your continued service to our country, and we look forward to working with you in this capacity. Today, we are looking forward to hearing your thoughts on… Continue Reading


March 30, 2016

Corker: Lack of UN Security Council Action on Iran Defies Assurances from Obama Administration

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today said the U.N. Security Council's refusal to hold Iran accountable defies the Obama administration's assurances that a ban on Tehran's ability to test ballistic missiles would remain in place after implementation of the Iran nuclear deal this January. Diplomats cited in a Reuters report today suggest that Iran's repeated ballistic missile tests do not technically violate provisions of U.N… Continue Reading


March 27, 2016

Corker Statement on Deaths of Justin and Stephanie Shults in Brussels Terror Attacks

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. - U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement after reports that Tennessean Justin Shults and his wife Stephanie have been identified as among those killed in the terrorist attacks in Brussels, Belgium. Corker's office worked with the families and the State Department to help locate the couple after they were reported missing in the wake of the attacks at the Brussels Airport. "We are heartbroken by t… Continue Reading


March 18, 2016

Corker, Cardin Continue to Discuss Legislation to Hold Iran Accountable

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement on legislation to address Iran's ballistic missile provocations, including a joint statement with ranking member Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.). "We are continuing to work on bipartisan sanctions legislation," said Corker and Cardin. "Iran remains a bipartisan concern and we are committed to taking action to ensure that Iran does not become a threshold nuclear weapons… Continue Reading


March 17, 2016

Corker: Many Argue Threat of Nuclear Conflict is Greater than Ever

WASHINGTON - At a hearing to examine the Obama administration's nuclear non-proliferation record ahead of the president's Nuclear Security Summit (March 31 - April 1), U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, warned of the increasing risk of nuclear conflict around the world and the administration's inattention to the growing threat. President Obama first proposed the Nuclear Security Summit during a speech in Prague in 2009 as an international effor… Continue Reading


March 15, 2016

Corker: Obama Administration Neglects to Connect Russia’s Efforts in Syria and Ukraine

WASHINGTON - During a hearing to examine political, economic, and judicial reforms in Ukraine, U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, warned that the U.S. neglects to connect Moscow's military intervention in Syria with its desire to weaken the European Union's (EU) resolve over maintaining sanctions for the annexation of Crimea and the invasion of Eastern Ukraine. Given the migrant crisis and the scope of Russian trade with Europe, there is concer… Continue Reading


March 10, 2016

Corker, Coons Highlight Progress in Reform of U.S. Global Food Aid

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) and U.S. Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.), both members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today highlighted progress in their bipartisan effort to fix inefficiencies in the delivery of U.S. global food assistance. The Senate Foreign Relations Committee today approved the Global Food Security Act, which contains a first-time authorization for the U.S. Agency for International Development's (USAID) Emergency Food Security Program (EFSP). USAID ha… Continue Reading


March 10, 2016

Corker Statement on U.S. Sale of F-16 Aircraft to Pakistan

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today made the following statement regarding his vote to permit Pakistan's purchase of F-16 aircraft from the United States. In a procedural vote today, the Senate prevented a resolution that would block the sale from advancing. "I continue to oppose any taxpayer dollars being used at this time to support this sale given that Pakistan is providing safe haven to terrorist groups and refusing to ta… Continue Reading


March 09, 2016

Corker: Iran Testing Will of U.S. and International Community after Second Straight Day of Ballistic Missile Launches

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, made the following statement after reports of Iran launching ballistic missiles for a second straight day. "Reaping the rewards of sanctions relief from the nuclear deal, Iran's brazen ballistic missile launches for a second straight day and open hostility toward Israel represent a deliberate attempt to test the will of the U.S. and the international community," said Corker. "The Obama administra… Continue Reading


March 08, 2016

Corker Presents Priorities for State Department Authorization Bill

WASHINGTON - During a hearing to discuss reauthorization of the U.S. Department of State, U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today presented some of his priorities for improving the oversight, accountability and effectiveness of U.S. diplomacy abroad. Deputy Secretary of State for Management and Resources Heather Higginbottom testified on behalf of the Obama administration. "As chairman, one of my priorities has been to revive the State Depart… Continue Reading


March 08, 2016

Corker Opening Statement at Hearing on "Hearing: State Department Reauthorization: An Opportunity to Strengthen and Streamline U.S. Diplomacy"

United States Senate Committee on Foreign RelationsHearing: State Department Reauthorization: An Opportunity to Strengthen and Streamline U.S. Diplomacy Tuesday, March 8, 2016 U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), Chairman Opening Statement I want to thank Deputy Secretary Heather Higginbottom for your continued service to our country and for your testimony today. As chairman one of my priorities has been to revive the State Department reauthorization process, and I want to thank Senator Menen… Continue Reading


March 08, 2016

Corker Statement on Latest Iranian Launch of Ballistic Missiles

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, made the following statement after reports of Iran launching ballistic missiles. "Iran's complete disregard for the ballistic missile restrictions that remain in place must be met with swift and immediate consequences from the U.S. and the U.N. Security Council," said Corker. "The administration's hesitancy and the council's refusal to act after multiple violations last fall must not be repeated … Continue Reading


March 03, 2016

Corker Opening Statement at Hearing on "The Path Forward in Libya"

United States Senate Committee on Foreign RelationsHearing: The Path Forward in Libya Thursday, March 3, 2016 U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), Chairman Opening Statement I want to thank our witnesses for testifying today. I know Mr. Wehrey just returned, I think maybe this morning from Libya or last night, with pretty fresh input. We appreciate that very much. Like many policy issues, Libya has come in and out of the spotlight over the last five years. Today, we are again focused on Libya… Continue Reading


February 26, 2016

Corker: UN Security Council North Korea Resolution Can Be Catalyst for Tougher Global Stance Against Rogue Regime

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. - U.S. Senator Bob Corker, R-Tenn., chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today said the U.N. Security Council's strict enforcement of a new resolution targeting North Korea can be a catalyst for a tougher global stand against the growing nuclear and ballistic missile threat from the Kim regime. Last week, President Obama signed a bipartisan Senate bill into law that will expand and tighten enforcement of sanctions against North Korea. "If strictly enforced, thi… Continue Reading


February 25, 2016

Corker on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” Laments Outcome of Syria Civil War “Totally in Russia’s Hands Now”

WASHINGTON - In an appearance on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" today, U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said the outcome of Syria's civil war "is totally in Russia's hands now" after years of missed opportunities by the Obama administration to support the free Syrian opposition, which has allowed Moscow to intervene militarily on behalf of the regime of Bashar al-Assad. A provisional ceasefire brokered by the United States and Russia is set to take ef… Continue Reading


February 25, 2016

Corker: No Substitute for U.S. Leadership to End Modern Day Slavery

WASHINGTON - Coinciding with 'END IT' week to help shine a light on slavery and human trafficking, U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, yesterday convened a hearing featuring leading advocates and survivors who urged the U.S. to pursue a greater leadership role in ending modern day slavery. Today marks the END It Movement's third annual "Shine A Light On Slavery Day" when supporters from around the U.S. and around the world will raise awareness a… Continue Reading


February 23, 2016

Corker: Russia Using Syrian Refugees as “Weapon of War” to Stoke Instability in Europe

WASHINGTON - During a hearing today with Secretary of State John Kerry, U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, accused Russia of contributing to the flow of refugees from the Syrian conflict in order to stoke instability in Europe. "I think [Europeans] are concerned about what Russia is doing to destabilize the area using refugees as a weapon of war," he said regarding Russia's military support for the regime of Bashar al-Assad in Syria. Corker a… Continue Reading


February 18, 2016

Corker Statement on President Signing North Korea Sanctions and Policy Enhancement Act of 2016 into Law

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. - U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, made the following statement after President Obama signed the North Korea Sanctions and Policy Enhancement Act of 2016 into law. "We can no longer afford to allow North Korea's rogue regime to enhance its nuclear and missile capabilities without tougher consequences," said Corker. "This legislation provides a robust set of tools for the U.S. to deter North Korea's illicit behavior in a m… Continue Reading


February 08, 2016

Senators Applaud Electrify Africa Bill Becoming Law

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Chris Coons (D-Del.), all members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today applauded President Obama's signing of the Electrify Africa Act of 2015 (S.2152) into law. The bipartisan legislation, which was unanimously approved by the Senate last year and passed by the House of Representatives last week, will leverage private sector resources through loan guarantees to help 50 million Africans acce… Continue Reading


February 07, 2016

Corker CNN Op-ed: U.S. Needs More Proactive Approach to Counter North Korean Nuclear Threat

WASHINGTON - Following North Korea's latest illicit missile launch, U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, contributed an op-ed for CNN.com on the need for a more proactive U.S. approach to deal with the growing North Korean nuclear threat. The Senate is expected to debate and pass the North Korea Sanctions and Policy Enhancement Act of 2016 (Gardner-Menendez) this week. "The North Korea Sanctions and Policy Enhancement Act of 2016, which we expec… Continue Reading

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