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April 28, 2015

Corker, Cardin Introduce Resolution on the Significance of US-Japan Relationship in Advance of Prime Minister Abe’s Address to Congress

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Ben Cardin (D-Md.), the committee's ranking member, yesterday introduced a bipartisan resolution (S.Res.152) on the significance of the United States' relationship with Japan as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe arrives in Washington this week for a state visit where he will address a joint meeting of Congress on Wednesday. "I have had the pleasure of meeting with Prime Minister Abe, and I appreciat… Continue Reading


April 23, 2015

Corker Opens Senate Debate on Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today opened Senate debate of his bipartisan legislation, the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015, that would require the president to submit any final nuclear deal with Iran to Congress before being able to waive or suspend congressional sanctions. Last week, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee voted unanimously to approve the legislation, which now has 62 cosponsors, including Corker. I… Continue Reading


April 22, 2015

Corker Holds Hearing on State Department Reauthorization

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today presided over a hearing on reauthorization of the U.S. Department of State. The committee heard testimony from Deputy Secretary of State for Management and Resources Heather Higginbottom. "One of our top priorities in this committee is to restore regular committee consideration of a State Department authorization bill - reviving a process that will help the department become more efficient … Continue Reading


April 22, 2015

Corker Opening Statement at Hearing on "State Department Reauthorization: Ensuring Effective U.S. Diplomacy Within A Responsible Budget"

United States Senate Committee on Foreign RelationsHearing: State Department Reauthorization: Ensuring Effective U.S. Diplomacy Within A Responsible Budget Wednesday, April 22, 2015 U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), ChairmanOpening Statement Thank you Deputy Secretary Higginbottom for your continued service to our country and for your testimony today. State Department operations have not been reauthorized since 2003, which means the department's authorities are old and its budget has not b… Continue Reading


April 19, 2015

Corker on CNN’s “State of the Union”: Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act Restricts President Obama’s “Free Hand” to Implement a Final Nuclear Agreement with Iran

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. - Appearing on CNN's "State of the Union" today, U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said enactment of his congressional review legislation would restrict President Obama's "free hand" to implement a final nuclear agreement with Iran, if one is reached. Last week, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee voted unanimously to approve the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015 that requires the president to submit any final dea… Continue Reading


April 17, 2015

Corker Statement on Introduction of Bipartisan Trade Promotion Authority Legislation

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today made the following statement regarding the introduction of bipartisan trade promotion authority legislation in the Senate and the House of Representatives. Yesterday, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), Ranking Member Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and House Ways and Means Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) announced The Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and Accountability Act of 20… Continue Reading


April 15, 2015

Corker Holds Senate Foreign Relations Committee Hearing on Food Aid Reform

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today presided over a hearing on the current status of U.S. international food assistance efforts and advocated for proposed reforms to the Food for Peace program that would provide more food faster to those in need without additional taxpayer resources. "Increasing flexibility in the Food for Peace program would provide up to $440 million in savings, allowing the U.S. to reach as many as 12 mill… Continue Reading


April 15, 2015

Corker Opening Statement at Hearing on "American Food Aid: Why Reform Matters"

United States Senate Committee on Foreign RelationsHearing: American Food Aid: Why Reform MattersWednesday, April 15, 2015 U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), Chairman Opening Statement I think people know that since 1954, U.S. international food aid programs have helped feed over three billion people and promote food security in over 150 countries. Most U.S. food aid is provided through Food for Peace, which is currently funded, on average at $1.6 billion annually Over the past five years,… Continue Reading


April 14, 2015

Corker: Senate Foreign Relations Committee Unanimously Approves Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today praised unanimous committee passage of the bipartisan Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015, which requires congressional review of any final agreement with Iran. "Despite opposition from the White House all along, I am proud of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee's unanimous support of this bill that will ensure the American people - through their elected representatives - will have… Continue Reading


April 05, 2015

Corker Says Discrepancies Over Political Framework Agreement with Iran Highlight Need for Congressional Review of Any Final Deal

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. - Today in an appearance on Fox News Sunday, U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said discrepancies between Iran and the United States over the political framework agreement that was reached last week to limit Tehran's nuclear program highlight the need for congressional review of any final deal. The Senate Foreign Relations Committee will vote on April 14 on Senator Corker's bipartisan legislation, the Iran Nuclear Agreement … Continue Reading


April 02, 2015

Corker Statement on Iran Nuclear Framework

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. - U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement regarding today's announcement that P5-plus-one nations have reached a political framework agreement with Iran. "A nuclear-armed Iran would lead to a less safe and less secure world, which is why the stakes are so high in the pursuit of a strong agreement that is fully enforceable, verifiable and is in our national security interests," said Sen. Bob Corker… Continue Reading


March 29, 2015

Corker Urges Obama Administration and Negotiators Not to “Rush Headlong” into a Bad Deal with Iran

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, urged the Obama administration and negotiators for other P5-plus-one nations not to "rush headlong" into a nuclear deal with Iran just to meet a March 31 target date for a political framework agreement. Negotiations will continue until June 30, which is the final deadline for a comprehensive agreement. "I am concerned our negotiators may be cutting corners and overlooking significant issues as th… Continue Reading


March 25, 2015

Corker Statement on Afghan President Ashraf Ghani’s Address to a Joint Meeting of Congress

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, made the following statement in advance of Afghan President Ashraf Ghani's address later today to a joint meeting of Congress. "I join my colleagues in welcoming Afghan President Ashraf Ghani to the U.S. Capitol for a joint meeting of Congress that comes at a pivotal time for his country and its relationship with the United States," said Corker. "We have a vested interest in the ability of Afghan… Continue Reading


March 24, 2015

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

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today made the following statement regarding President Barack Obama's announcement on plans for the U.S. security presence in Afghanistan. "I appreciate President Obama's announcement today that the United States will fulfill President Ghani's request for maintaining a stronger U.S. counter-terror and security presence in Afghanistan," said Corker. "This is the right decision in the effort to imp… Continue Reading


March 22, 2015

Corker: “Building, Strong Bipartisan Consensus” that Congress Should Review Any Final Nuclear Deal with Iran

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. - In an appearance on CBS News' "Face the Nation" today, U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said there is "a building, strong bipartisan consensus" for his legislation to require congressional review of any final nuclear agreement with Iran. The Senate Foreign Relations Committee will vote on the bill on April 14. "[W]e have a building, strong bipartisan consensus that at the end of the day, before anything is implemented, … Continue Reading


March 19, 2015

Corker, Menendez: Senate Foreign Relations Committee to Vote on Bipartisan Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act on April 14

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) and Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), the chairman and ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today announced the committee will vote on the bipartisan Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015 on April 14. "We have been working together very closely to ensure we have the strongest vote possible on the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act and to achieve that result, we have agreed to a markup of the bill in the Foreign Relations Committee … Continue Reading


March 18, 2015

Corker Statement on Israeli Election Results

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today made the following statement about the results of the national election in Israel. "The oldest and most stable democracy in the Middle East has once again gone through a hotly contested election and will peacefully form a new government. We congratulate Mr. Netanyahu on his victory and Mr. Herzog on his competitive run, and we look forward to continuing to build on our mutual interests," sa… Continue Reading


March 12, 2015

Corker to President Obama: Going Straight to U.N. on Iran Nuclear Deal Would Be “Direct Affront to the American People”

WASHINGTON - In a letter to President Barack Obama today, U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said any effort by the administration to circumvent Congress and go straight to the United Nations Security Council to implement a nuclear agreement with Iran would be "a direct affront to the American people." In the letter, Corker writes, "As you are also aware, there is significant and growing bipartisan support for Congress to consider and, as appr… Continue Reading


March 11, 2015

Corker Opening Statement at Hearing on "The President's Request for Authorization to Use Force Against ISIS: Military and Diplomatic Efforts"

United States Senate Committee on Foreign RelationsHearing: The President's Request for Authorization to Use Force Against ISIS: Military and Diplomatic Efforts Wednesday, March 11, 2015 U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), Chairman Opening Statement I want to welcome our distinguished witnesses today, and thank them for being here. This is an important topic. We know that each of you have been traveling extensively, and again want to thank you for being with us today to share your insights. … Continue Reading


March 10, 2015

Corker: Failure to Deliver on Commitments to Ukraine a Blight on U.S. Policy

WASHINGTON - Reflecting bipartisan concern in Congress over the Obama administration's hesitant response to Russian violations of a second ceasefire in Ukraine, U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today at a committee hearing on the crisis in Ukraine referred to the administration's failure to deliver on military and non-military assistance for Ukraine as "a blight" on 70 years of defending democracy in Europe. "Our country made a commitment in… Continue Reading

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