Ranking Member's Press

September 19, 2014

United States Senate pledges support for fight to contain Ebola outbreak and save lives

United States Senate pledges support for fight to contain Ebola outbreak and save lives Unanimously passes bipartisan resolution supporting those affected by humanitarian crisis WASHINGTON - The United States Senate this week recognized the severe threat posed by the outbreak of Ebola in West Africa and offered its support for robust efforts to combat the virus and provide humanitarian relief for those affected. In a resolution adopted unanimously Thursday night, the Senate recognized the supp… Continue Reading


September 18, 2014

Corker: Foreign Relations Committee Unanimously Approves Ukraine Freedom Support Act

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, praised the committee's unanimous passage (18-0) today of bipartisan legislation that expands sanctions on Russia's defense, financial and energy sectors, as well as provides lethal military and non-military assistance for Ukraine. Earlier in the day, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko addressed a joint session of Congress in which he appealed to the U.S. for lethal military aid to help d… Continue Reading


September 18, 2014

Corker Supports Bill to Train Vetted, Moderate Syrian Opposition in Fight Against ISIS

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) today issued the following statement after voting for a three-month authorization to arm and train the moderate Syrian opposition in the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS): "Thus far, the administration has been sophomoric, vague and unprepared to define an approach to ISIS that meets any test of seriousness. I am willing to give the administration three months to try to develop a training program in hopes it can be a … Continue Reading


September 17, 2014

Corker: Obama Administration “Exercising Worst Judgment Possible” By Not Seeking Authorization from Congress for Use of Force Against ISIS

WASHINGTON - At a hearing with Secretary of State John Kerry on the U.S. strategy to defeat the terrorist group the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS), U.S. Senator Bob Corker, R-Tenn., ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said the Obama administration was exhibiting the "worst judgment possible" by not seeking explicit authorization from Congress for the use of military force against ISIS. "[T]o say that you're going to do this regardless of what we say, you're… Continue Reading


September 16, 2014

Menendez, Corker Introduce Ukraine Freedom Support Act of 2014

Senate Foreign Relations Committee will vote on legislation this Thursday, hours after Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko addresses a joint meeting of Congress Washington, D.C. - Chairman Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Ranking Member Bob Corker (R-TN) introduced the Ukraine Freedom Support Act of 2014, legislation that imposes broad sanctions on Russia's defense, energy, and financial sectors, as well as increases military and non-military assistance for Ukraine. The legislation will be taken u… Continue Reading


September 10, 2014

Corker: President Obama is “Exercising Poor Judgment” by not Seeking Authorization from Congress for Use of Force Against ISIS

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today issued the following statement following President Obama's address to the nation regarding the U.S. strategy against the terrorist organization the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS): "While much of the wording in the president's speech was good, the substance of how we accomplish what he laid out is what matters. I believe the president is exercising poor judgment by not … Continue Reading


September 09, 2014

Corker: “Extremely Lacking in Judgment” for President Not to Seek Authorization from Congress to Defeat ISIS

WASHINGTON - Appearing on CNN's "The Situation Room" today to discuss President's Obama's address Wednesday night on U.S. plans to defeat the terrorist group Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS), U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said the administration's apparent decision not to seek authorization from Congress is "extremely lacking in judgment." "I think the president should come to Congress and ask for the authorization for… Continue Reading


September 08, 2014

Menendez, Corker Ask Speaker Boehner to Invite Ukrainian President Poroshenko to Address a Joint Session of Congress

Washington, D.C. - Chairman Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Ranking Member Bob Corker (R-TN) wrote Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) asking him to invite Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko to speak before a joint session of Congress on September 18th during his upcoming visit to Washington D.C. In the letter, the Senators wrote: "We believe that it is critically important for every Member of Congress to hear from Ukraine's President at this defining moment for not only Ukraine, but for Russia and the po… Continue Reading


September 03, 2014

Corker: U.S. Should Strongly Push Back Until Russia Ends its Aggression in Eastern Ukraine

WASHINGTON - Following President Obama's remarks in Estonia today regarding the situation in Ukraine and the need to strengthen the NATO alliance, U.S. Senator Bob Corker, (R-Tenn.) ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today said "the best show of our resolve" would be to "share intelligence inside Ukraine, provide appropriate lethal support" and "impose additional crippling sanctions" on Russia. Last week, NATO presented evidence of a dramatic escalation of Russian military… Continue Reading


August 26, 2014

Corker: Congress Should Weigh in On U.S. Action Against ISIS

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. - Appearing on MSNBC's "The Daily Rundown" this morning to discuss reports that the U.S. is laying the groundwork for airstrikes in Syria following actions by militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS), who have taken control of major cities in the region, U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said he hopes the White House will come to Congress and ask for a new authorization to address this threat t… Continue Reading


August 22, 2014

Corker Statement on Russian Convoy Entering Ukraine

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. - U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today issued the following statement regarding reports of a Russian convoy entering Ukraine with military artillery and personnel: "Reports of further Russian movement into Ukraine bear all the hallmarks of Crimea and must be met with strength, including broader, more crippling sanctions, appropriate lethal assistance and long-requested intelligence support for Ukraine. Our constant… Continue Reading


August 08, 2014

Corker Statement on President Obama’s Announcement on Iraq

MANILA, Philippines - U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today issued the following statement on President Obama's announcement regarding the U.S. response to the situation in Iraq: "I regret the situation in Iraq has devolved to where it is and the many decisions and circumstances that have led us to this point," said Corker. "While I support the administration's short-term actions to respond to the current crisis, I expect them to lay … Continue Reading


August 06, 2014

Corker Op-ed in The Washington Post: Obama is an Unreliable Ally

WASHINGTON - In an op-ed in The Washington Post today, U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, writes that the administration's handling of the massacres in Syria, the unrest in Libya and the ongoing Russian aggression in Ukraine are unfortunate learning lessons for U.S. allies across the globe that President Obama, "despite his bold pronouncements and moral posturing, cannot be counted on." Washington Post (Corker op-ed): Obama is an unrelia… Continue Reading


August 04, 2014

Joint Statement on the U.S. Africa Leaders Summit and the 13th Annual AGOA Forum


July 29, 2014

Corker: Obama Administration Won’t Commit to Seeking Congressional Review of Final Iran Nuclear Deal

WASHINGTON - During questioning today at a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing regarding Iran nuclear negotiations, U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, exposed the administration's willingness to sign a final agreement with Iran without seeking review and approval from Congress. In testimony before the committee, Under Secretary of State Wendy Sherman instead only committed to consulting with Congress on the negotiations, a departur… Continue Reading


July 29, 2014

Corker Releases Hold on Venezuela Sanctions Bill After Maduro Government Disrupts Extradition of Drug-Trafficker Wanted in the U.S.

WASHINGTON - Following recent attempts by the Venezuelan government to prevent the extradition of former Venezuelan General Hugo Carvajal who is wanted on drug-trafficking charges in the United States, U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, announced today that he has withdrawn his objection to S.2142, the Venezuela Defense of Human Rights and Civil Society Act of 2014. "A regional dialogue remains the best option to help Venezuelans find a … Continue Reading


July 24, 2014

Corker: Continued Flow of Russian Weapons into Ukraine Demands “Decisive U.S. Action with or without Europe”

WASHINGTON - With NATO reporting Russian weaponry continues to flow into Ukraine after the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said the U.S. must take "decisive action with or without Europe" to expand existing sanctions against significant Russian entities in key sectors of the Russian economy. "Since the Malaysia Airlines tragedy, Russia continues to send weapons into Ukraine and build up troops… Continue Reading


July 23, 2014

Senators Seek Congressional Review and Enforcement of Any Final Iran Nuclear Agreement

WASHINGTON - With a four-month extension of Iran nuclear talks announced by the Obama administration last week, U.S. Senators Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), John McCain (R-Ariz.), James Risch (R-Idaho), and Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) introduced legislation today requiring congressional review of any final agreement with Iran. The bill also would prevent further extensions of the negotiations, strictly enforce Iran's compliance, and prevent implementation of a fina… Continue Reading


July 23, 2014

Corker: MH17 Investigation is “Going to Point Directly at Russia”

WASHINGTON - Appearing on MSNBC's Daily Rundown today to discuss the missile strike on Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 over Ukraine, U.S. Senator Bob Corker, R-Tenn., ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said the investigation is "going to point directly at Russia" and there is bipartisan support for the U.S. "to act alone without Europe" in expanding existing sanctions against significant Russian entities in the energy, financial and defense sectors. "[W]e want to make sure… Continue Reading


July 20, 2014

Corker on Fox News Sunday: Missile Strike on Malaysian Airliner Should “Galvanize” U.S. and International Community to Make Putin Pay for “This Outrageous Act”

CHATTANOOGA, TENN. - Appearing on Fox News Sunday today, U.S. Senator Bob Corker, R-Tenn., ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said the missile strike on a Malaysian airliner over Ukraine should "galvanize" the U.S. and the international community to finally make Russian President Vladimir Putin pay for his role in supporting pro-Russian separatists in Eastern Ukraine. "I've been incredibly discouraged by not only the U.S. response but candidly Europe's response [to Russia… Continue Reading

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