Ranking Member's Press

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


April 27, 2014

In Case You Missed It: Corker on CBS Face the Nation: Sanctions on Russian Individuals Not Enough to Change Putin’s Behavior

WASHINGTON - On CBS Face the Nation today, U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said the Obama administration's sanctions on individuals in Russia have not gone far enough to change President Vladimir Putin's behavior, calling instead for new sanctions to target significant Russian entities in the banking and energy sectors that would send "shock waves" into the Russian economy. "I'm very concerned that, as we've seen from this administrat… Continue Reading


April 25, 2014

Corker: Putin Only Emboldened by Obama Administration's Empty Rhetoric on New Sanctions

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. - U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today made the following statement regarding the Obama administration's failure to enforce the threat of new sanctions despite Russia's continued interference in eastern Ukraine and refusal to take any steps to implement the Geneva agreement that was supposed to de-escalate the crisis. "President Putin is only emboldened by empty rhetoric, so it is time for the administration to bac… Continue Reading


April 23, 2014

Corker: Ukraine Success Critical for U.S., European Allies

Kyiv, UKRAINE - Following a press conference today at the Ukraine Crisis Media Center in Kyiv, Ukraine, U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the statement below urging the U.S. to impose more forceful sanctions on Russia. Corker also stressed the importance of the Ukraine elections occurring without delay on May 25, 2014: "I am very impressed with the commitment of the leaders I met today in Ukraine, the prime minister, the presid… Continue Reading


April 22, 2014

Corker: Russian Interference in Ukraine and Moldova is “A Wake-Up Call”

Chisinau, MOLDOVA - After meetings today in Moldova with top government officials and parliamentarians, U.S. Senator Bob Corker, R-Tenn., ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said Russia's interference in Ukraine and Moldova is "a wake-up call," calling on the U.S. to strengthen relations with both countries in order to help stabilize the region. "What's happening in Ukraine and Moldova is a wake-up call. Americans are beginning to understand we are paying the price for our… Continue Reading


April 20, 2014

In Case You Missed It: Corker on NBC’s Meet the Press Urges Administration to Impose Tougher Sanctions on Russia

CHATTANOOGA, TENN. - On NBC's Meet the Press today, U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, urged the administration to impose targeted sanctions on Russian companies in the energy and financial sectors and warned that eastern Ukraine will be lost if Russian President Vladimir Putin does not feel real consequences for Russia's aggression in Ukraine. "I don't think Putin believes we're really going to punish them... We keep waiting to see what… Continue Reading


April 18, 2014

Corker: Obama Administration Makes “Every Excuse Imaginable” to Delay Keystone XL Pipeline Decision

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. - U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement on the Obama administration's announcement that it will delay again its decision on the Keystone XL pipeline: "It's amazing to watch this administration make every excuse imaginable to delay a project that is unquestionably a win for our country, our economy and American workers," said Corker. "After more than five years of environmental reviews, it's … Continue Reading


April 18, 2014

In Case You Missed It: Corker: Obama Administration’s Response to Russia’s Intervention in Ukraine “a Day Late and a Dollar Short”

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. - Appearing 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 the Obama administration's response to Russia's intervention in Ukraine has been "a day late and a dollar short." "I think the administration has created this air of permissiveness," said Corker. "What we did in Syria, by jumping into Russia's lap and letting them drive policy there after the chemical weapons issue came to t… Continue Reading


April 12, 2014

Corker Urges President Obama to Impose New Sanctions on Russia to Deter Further Intervention in Ukraine

WASHINGTON - With European Union ministers to discuss new sanctions against Russia on Monday, U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, sent a letter to President Barack Obama today calling on the U.S. to show leadership and impose additional sanctions on Russian-owned companies as a deterrent to further Russian military intervention in Ukraine. "Rather than wait for a Russian invasion of eastern Ukraine to implement additional sanctions, which… Continue Reading


April 09, 2014

In Case You Missed It: Corker Urges More Economic Sanctions Against Russia “As Another Shot Across the Bow”

WASHINGTON - In an appearance on MSNBC's "The Daily Rundown," U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, called for "another shot across the bow" to deter Russia from further intervention in Ukraine and urged the Obama administration to begin implementing the president's executive order authorizing additional sanctions that woul affect the Russian economy. Russian troops remain amassed on the Ukrainian border, and yesterday Secretary of State Joh… Continue Reading


April 08, 2014

Corker Asks Kerry to Follow Through on Commitment for Syria Briefing

WASHINGTON - In a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry, U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, asked the secretary to follow through on a commitment to provide a detailed briefing for members of the committee on the U.S. strategy in Syria. In testimony today before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Secretary Kerry offered to brief members on Syria.‎ "Given your stated commitment to provide full information to our committee abou… Continue Reading


April 03, 2014

Corker: 150,000 Killed in Syria, Still No Strategy from the Obama Administration

WASHINGTON - A week after a senior State Department official agreed to discuss with senators in a non-public setting the U.S. contingency plans for Syria, including military options and support for the Syrian opposition, U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said no briefing has been setup, leaving him to conclude that the Obama administration has no strategy for Syria even as the death toll in the conflict topped 150,000 this week. "A week… Continue Reading


April 02, 2014

Corker: Obama Administration Must Restore All Sanctions if Iranian-Russian Oil-for-Goods Deal Proceeds

WASHINGTON - In response to reports that Iran and Russia may be closer to signing an oil-for-goods deal, U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said the Obama administration must be prepared to restore all U.S. sanctions if Iran and Russia proceed with the scheme that would violate existing sanctions on Iran and undermine the interim agreement over Iran's nuclear program. "I strongly question how the administration could believe that negoti… Continue Reading


April 02, 2014

Corker: House Passage of Senate Ukraine Bill “Allows Congress to Speak with One Voice”

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said House passage today of the Senate Ukraine bill that he coauthored "allows Congress to speak with one voice in support of the Ukrainian people and against Russian aggression." The legislation now goes to the president to be signed into law. "Passage of this bill allows Congress to speak with one voice in support of the Ukrainian people and against Russian aggression," said Corker. "Al… Continue Reading


March 29, 2014

Corker: President Obama’s Comments on Syria “Completely Divorced from Reality”

U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said President Obama's comments on CBS about the decision not to use military force in Syria are "completely divorced from reality." "The president is contradicting his own decision to request congressional authorization for the use of military force in Syria, saying a few strikes would not have made a difference. This new version of events is completely divorced from reality, coming six months after he… Continue Reading


March 27, 2014

Corker: Senate Passage of Ukraine Bill Sends Strong Message of Support to Ukrainian People, Condemns Russia for Actions in Crimea

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said the Senate's passage of Ukraine legislation sends a strong message of support to the Ukrainian people and a strong signal to Russia by imposing tough sanctions on the Putin regime for its illegal actions in Crimea. "This bill sends a strong message of support to the Ukrainian people and a strong signal to Russia that there will be severe costs for Putin's illegal actions in Crimea and… Continue Reading


March 27, 2014

Corker: U.S. Should Expand Sanctions on Russian Banks to “Turn Up the Volume” on Putin Regime

WASHINGTON - In an appearance on MSNBC's "Daily Rundown," U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, discussed the upcoming vote on the Senate Ukraine bill today that he co-authored and said the U.S. should begin to implement sanctions against Russian banks to "turn up the volume" on the Putin regime. "[Y]ou don't want to throw the kitchen sink on the front end and not have anything left, otherwise Putin has nothing to lose. On the other hand, I… Continue Reading


March 26, 2014

Corker: Complete Failure of U.S. Policy in Syria Necessitates New Approach

WASHINGTON - At a hearing to examine next steps for U.S. policy toward the conflict in Syria after the failure of recent peace talks in Geneva, U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today said the failure of a sound strategy necessitates new policy ideas, including legislation in Congress, to find a way to end the Syrian conflict, which U.S. intelligence officials have said threatens the U.S. homeland. "We have no strategy in Syria; we hav… Continue Reading


March 21, 2014

Corker: President Obama Should Target Russian State-Owned Companies with Sanctions

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. - U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, called on President Obama to begin imposing sanctions against Russian state-owned enterprises that were authorized yesterday in his executive order. "The president's additional U.S. sanctions announced yesterday were appropriate steps, and he should target a number of state-owned companies to send shock waves into Russia's economy, demonstrating to the Putin regime that this is just… Continue Reading


March 18, 2014

Corker Urges Clear Consequences for Any Iranian Violations of Nuclear Agreement

NASHVILLE - U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today issued the following statement regarding reports that Iran's daily oil exports continue to rise and could result in a violation of the terms negotiated in the Joint Plan of Action, an agreement between Iran, the United States and five other world powers to try to dissuade Iran from pursuing a nuclear weapon. "Recent press reports indicate that as nuclear negotiations resume in Vienna, … Continue Reading

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