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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


February 06, 2016

Corker Condemns North Korean Missile Launch

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today condemned North Korea's illicit missile launch and called 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. "I strongly condemn this latest provocation which demonstrates once again the need for a more proactive U.S. appr… Continue Reading


February 03, 2016

Corker, Cardin Introduce Resolution Urging Robust International Assistance for Syrian Humanitarian Relief

WASHINGTON - Ahead of Thursday's international donor conference on the crisis in Syria, U.S. Senators Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) and Ben Cardin (D-Md.), the chairman and ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, introduced a Senate resolution urging the nations of the world to join the United States, the United Kingdom, Kuwait, Germany and Norway in fulfilling their United Nations pledges for financial assistance to support humanitarian relief resulting from the conflict in Syria. "Th… Continue Reading


February 03, 2016

Corker Opening Statement at Hearing on "Strains on the European Union: Implications for American Foreign Policy"

United States Senate Committee on Foreign Relations Hearing: Strains on the European Union: Implications for American Foreign Policy February 3, 2016 U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), ChairmanOpening Statement We've been paying a lot of attention to what's happening in Europe. And I was at the World Economic Forum, I guess a week and a half ago, and they're paying a lot of attention to us. I think the presidential race here and some of the comments that have been made have caused people in … Continue Reading


January 29, 2016

Corker: No New Lending to Zimbabwe without Meaningful Reform

WASHINGTON - In a letter on Thursday to Secretary of the Treasury Jack Lew, U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, urged the Obama administration to use U.S. influence to prevent new international lending to Zimbabwe absent meaningful progress by the government to restore the rule of law and improve human rights. Recent reports indicate the International Monetary Fund (IMF), World Bank and African Development Bank may clear Zimbabwe of its $1.9 bil… Continue Reading


January 28, 2016

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Passes Gardner-Menendez North Korea Sanctions and Policy Enhancement Act

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Cory Gardner (R-Colo.), and Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), today announced Senate Foreign Relations Committee passage of the North Korea Sanctions and Policy Enhancement Act of 2016. As part of a more effective U.S. policy to achieve the peaceful disarmament of North Korea and advance human rights, the bipartisan Gardner-Menendez bill will expand and tighten enforcement of sanctions for North Korea's nuclear and ballistic missile de… Continue Reading


January 27, 2016

Corker Statement on Diplomatic Negotiations over Conflict in Syria

WASHINGTON - After speaking on the phone with a senior representative of the Syrian opposition, U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, made the following statement about diplomatic negotiations over the conflict in Syria. "Today I heard from Dr. Riyad Hijab, a senior representative of the Syrian opposition," said Corker. "As we know, the Assad regime- along with their Russian backers- continues to besiege cities, target civilians from the air and … Continue Reading


January 20, 2016

Corker: Bipartisan Concern over Perception of Middle East Realignment after Iran Deal Implementation

WASHINGTON - At the first committee hearing since implementation of the Iran nuclear agreement, U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, reiterated his opposition to the Iran deal and warned of the perception of realignment in the Middle East. Corker also said he feared the decline, or eventual collapse, of the international coalition assembled to hold Iran accountable as investment in Iran grows. "I think all of us have been very concerned about how… Continue Reading


January 20, 2016

Corker Statement on Obama Administration Decision to Approve Targeting of ISIS in Afghanistan

WASHINGTON - Following reports that the White House approved a request from the U.S. Department of Defense to authorize the targeting of ISIS militants in Afghanistan, U.S. Senator Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the followed statement. "I'm glad the administration is using the legal authority it already has to combat ISIS in Afghanistan," said Corker. "It has been a mistake to target al Qaeda but not ISIS in Afghanistan-a mistake that has permitted … Continue Reading


January 16, 2016

Corker Statement on the Release of American Prisoners and Implementation of the Iran Nuclear Agreement

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today issued the following statement in response to the release of Americans that were held in custody in Iran and the implementation of the Iran nuclear agreement. "While I am delighted that our citizens who have been unjustly held in Iran will be released back to the United States and reunited with their families, we need to understand more fully all the details and implications of this arrange… Continue Reading


January 06, 2016

Corker Statement on North Korean Hydrogen Bomb Test

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement regarding reports of a hydrogen bomb test by North Korea. "Reports of a North Korean nuclear weapon test late yesterday are troubling enough in isolation, but if confirmed, this news is especially disturbing when put in context with events of the last several years," said Corker. "If found to be yet another test, yesterday's event serves as a sober reminder that ig… Continue Reading


January 01, 2016

Corker: “Deep Concern” with Obama Administration Possibly Backing Away from Sanctioning Iran

CHATTANOOGA - U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement today regarding reports of the Obama administration backing away from plans earlier this week to impose sanctions on a number of Iranians and entities involved in Iran's ballistic missile program. Corker has been pressing the administration to hold Iran accountable for its repeated illicit ballistic missile tests that violate existing U.N. Security Council (UNSC) Re… Continue Reading


December 18, 2015

Senate Unanimously Passes Electrify Africa Bill

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 praised Senate passage of the Electrify Africa Act of 2015 (S.2152), legislation that will leverage private sector resources through loan guarantees to help 50 million Africans access electricity for the first-time and add 20,000 megawatts of electricity to the grid by 2020. Providing access to electricity will stimulate … Continue Reading


December 17, 2015

Corker Says Failure to Impose Consequences for Iran’s Ballistic Missile Violations Sets Dangerous Precedent for Enforcement of Nuclear Deal

WASHINGTON - At the first oversight hearing on expected implementation of the Iran nuclear agreement, U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, warned that the Obama administration's failure to impose consequences for Iran's violation of an international ban on ballistic missile testing sets a dangerous precedent for enforcement of the nuclear deal. Today's hearing featured testimony from Obama administration officials with the U.S. Department of Stat… Continue Reading

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