Ranking Member's Press

July 18, 2014

Corker on Extension of Iran Nuclear Talks: “We All Knew This Was Coming”

WASHINGTON - Following the announcement of an extension in nuclear talks with Iran, U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said there must be a firm end date to the negotiations while also insisting on the opportunity for Congress to weigh in on any final deal and ensure Iran's full compliance. "With a disappointing beginning negotiating position that included a built-in extension, we all knew this was coming," said Corker. "In spite of that… Continue Reading


July 16, 2014

Corker Statement on New U.S. Sanctions Against Russian Entities

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today issued the following statement regarding the administration's announcement that it has imposed new U.S. sanctions against Russian entities in the banking, energy and defense sectors, including Gazprombank, Novatek, Rosneft and Vnesheconombank (VEB bank): "While the delay in imposing real costs on Russia has been damaging to U.S. credibility, today's announcement by the administration … Continue Reading


July 09, 2014

In Case You Missed It: Corker: “Hollow” Threats of Tougher U.S. Sanctions on Russia Resemble Administration’s “Red Line” in Syria

WASHINGTON - At a hearing to examine developments in Ukraine, U.S. Senator Bob Corker, R-Tenn., ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today said the "hollow" threats of tougher U.S. sanctions against Russia resemble the Obama administration's decision not to enforce a red line in Syria after the Assad regime used chemical weapons. "I really feel like the sanctions threats have been very hollow….[and] have some of the same characteristics of the 'red line'…in S… Continue Reading


June 19, 2014

Menendez, Corker Introduce International Child Abduction Prevention and Return Act

Washington, D.C. - Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Ranking Member Bob Corker (R-TN) today introduced the Sean and David Goldman International Child Abduction Prevention and Return Act to better address the growing problem of international parental child abduction. "It was New Jersey native David Goldman's extraordinary five-year battle to bring his son, Sean, home from Brazil that highlighted for me the horrendous problem of international parental child … Continue Reading


June 19, 2014

Menendez, Corker, Coons, Isakson, Markey, Johanns Introduce Energize Africa Bill

Bill will stimulate economic growth, improve access to education in Africa Supporters encouraged to utilize hash tag #EnergizeAfrica on social media Washington, D.C. - Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Ranking Member Bob Corker (R-TN), along with Senators Chris Coons (D-DE), Johnny Isakson (R-GA), Edward J. Markey (D-MA), and Mike Johanns (R-NE) introduced the Energize Africa Act, a bill seeking to help contribute a meaningful role in providing nearly 600 mil… Continue Reading


June 14, 2014

Corker Calls for President Obama to Impose Tough Sanctions on Russia for Tanks Crossing Into Ukraine

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. - U.S. Senator Bob Corker, R-Tenn., ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today called on President Obama to impose tough sanctions against Russia now that the U.S. has confirmed Russian tanks crossed the border of Ukraine. "With Russian tanks having crossed into Ukraine, the president must impose the tough sanctions he promised as the situation on the ground has clearly escalated. None of the minor actions that have been taken so far have changed Putin's … Continue Reading


June 13, 2014

Corker Statement on Crisis in Iraq

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. - U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today issued the following statement regarding the crisis in Iraq where militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) have taken control of major cities and could threaten the capitol city of Baghdad: "Assuming the government of Iraq is willing to take immediate, concrete steps to rectify the political problems within their country, the administration, working wi… Continue Reading


June 05, 2014

Corker: Assad Exploits Unfulfilled Chemical Weapons Agreement to Retain Power in Syria

WASHINGTON - Following the re-election of Bashar al-Assad in Syria, U.S. Senator Bob Corker, R-Tenn., ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said Assad's exploitation of an unfulfilled chemical weapons deal has allowed him to retain power in Syria. "Assad's horrific use of poison gas against his own people has allowed him to stay in power by exploiting an unfulfilled chemical weapons deal while continuing to kill tens of thousands of people without consequences," said Corker.… Continue Reading


June 03, 2014

Corker, Coons Introduce Food for Peace Reform Act of 2014

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) and Chris Coons (D-Del.), both members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today introduced bipartisan legislation reforming U.S. global food assistance program that will free up as much as $440 million annually through greater efficiencies in delivering aid, allowing the U.S. to reach an estimated seven to nine million more people, in a shorter time period. "At a time when our budget is strained and U.S. resources are limited, Congress ne… Continue Reading


May 27, 2014

Corker Statement on Afghanistan Troop Level Announcement

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today issued the following statement regarding the president's announcement on U.S. troop levels in Afghanistan: "While we all want to see our brave men and women in uniform return home safely, I applaud the president's announcement today that he will support the size of the residual security forces requested by U.S. commanders," said Corker. "Although I am pleased the president has acknowl… Continue Reading


May 26, 2014

Corker Concludes Visits to NATO Partners, Reemphasizes U.S. Commitment to Europe

WARSAW, Poland - U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today issued the following statement after a media roundtable in Warsaw, Poland, concluding a four-day trip to NATO countries to reemphasize U.S. commitment to Europe after Russia's destabilizing actions in Ukraine. "The events in Ukraine have been a wake up call and demand change in the West's approach to central and eastern Europe. We must deal with a new reality together with Poland … Continue Reading


May 25, 2014

Corker Statement on Ukrainian Presidential Election

WARSAW, Poland - U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement regarding today's presidential election in Ukraine: "Defying external threats by Russia, Ukrainians have demonstrated a commitment to determine their own future in an election that I'm hopeful can be a turning point for a new beginning in Ukraine," said Corker. "I am encouraged that the people of Ukraine elected Petro Poroshenko in a decisive victory so h… Continue Reading


May 22, 2014

In Case You Missed It: Corker Renews Call for Congress to Update 9/11 Authorization for Use of Force to Address Evolving Terrorist Threat

WASHINGTON - In a hearing yesterday to discuss the future of the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) against al Qaeda and associated forces, U.S. Senator Corker, R-Tenn., ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, renewed a call for Congress to update the 2001 AUMF in order to address new and emerging terrorist threats while also ensuring appropriate congressional oversight and preserving the president's flexibility to act in the event of imminent threats to the na… Continue Reading


May 14, 2014

In Case You Missed It: Corker: Obama Administration “Doesn’t Appear to Be Doing Anything” to Prevent Russia from Disrupting May 25 Ukrainian Election

WASHINGTON - Citing the ineffectiveness of limited U.S. sanctions to deter Russia from their continued interference in Ukraine, U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said the Obama administration doesn't appear to be doing anything to prevent Russia from interfering with Ukraine's presidential election on May 25. "It's very frustrating…to see what Russia's doing inside Ukraine, for Russia to be making statements that they've moved tr… Continue Reading


May 06, 2014

In Case You Missed It: Corker Urges Administration to Apply Tougher Sanctions on Russia Rather than “Waiting Until Damage is Done” in Ukraine

WASHINGTON - At a hearing on the U.S. response to the crisis in Ukraine, U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today questioned why the Obama administration is "hiding beyond Europe" and waiting "until the damage is done" by Russia in Ukraine before applying tougher sanctions against some significant entities in key sectors of Russian economy. Last week, President Obama declared the U.S. trigger for applying "broad-based sectoral sanctions" … Continue Reading


May 05, 2014

In Case You Missed It: Corker: “No Question” Russia’s Meddling in Ukraine Meets President Obama’s Threshold for Tougher Sanctions

WASHINGTON - On CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper" today, U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said there is "no question" the Putin regime's continued destabilization of Ukraine meets President Obama's threshold for imposing tougher sanctions on Russia. "I think we should hit four banks, one or two of the energy companies, not the entire sectors but just to let Putin know that there is a price to pay for the meddling that is taking place … Continue Reading


May 02, 2014

Corker “Deeply Concerned” about Obama Administration’s “Tepid and Hesitant” Response to Russian Actions in Ukraine

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. - In response to violent clashes between pro-Russian militants and Ukrainian security forces in eastern Ukraine and President Obama's comments today at the White House, U.S. Senator Bob Corker, R-Tenn., ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said he is "deeply concerned" about the Obama administration's "tepid and hesitant" response to Russia's actions in Ukraine. "I am deeply concerned that the administration continues to be so tepid and hesitant in using … Continue Reading


April 30, 2014

Corker, Senate Republicans Introduce Strategic U.S. Response to Deter Russian Aggression in Europe

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today introduced legislation with 24 Senate Republicans providing a strategic U.S. response to deter Russian aggression in Europe, which threatens regional security and prosperity that is critical for maintaining economic growth in the United States. "Rather than react to events as they unfold, which has been the policy of this administration, we need to inflict more direct consequences on… Continue Reading


April 29, 2014

Corker: No Logical Reason Not to Build Keystone XL Pipeline

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today cosponsored legislation to remove the requirement for presidential approval of the Keystone XL pipeline, which has been delayed for more than five years. The State Department has yet to approve construction of the final section of the pipeline, which, if completed, will have the capacity to transfer more than 800,000 barrels of oil per day from Canada to refineries on the Gulf Coast of… Continue Reading


April 28, 2014

Corker and Ayotte: Latest U.S. Sanctions on Russia Just a Slap on the Wrist

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Senator Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.), ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Readiness Subcommittee, issued the following statement today regarding the additional sanctions imposed by the Obama administration on Russian officials and entities: "After a week of rhetoric from the administration, I had hoped we would have responded to Russia's blatant violations of its commitments to cease e… Continue Reading

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