Ranking Member's Press

August 15, 2013

Corker Statement on Violence in Egypt

JORDAN - U.S. Senator Bob Corker, R-Tenn., ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, made the following statement today regarding the violence in Egypt. "The United States should continue to try to be a voice of calm in Egypt. I appreciated much of what the president had to say, and while it reflected an arms-length disapproval of the military's actions, I wish he had stressed more clearly the need for the Muslim Brotherhood to also act responsibly. I hope the White House is act… Continue Reading


August 13, 2013

Royce, Engel, Menendez, Corker Call For Human Rights Improvement in South Sudan

Washington, D.C. - Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, joined by Rep. Eliot Engel (D-NY), Ranking Member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Senator Menendez (D-NJ), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Senator Corker (R-TN), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, wrote a letter to South Sudan's President Kiir to express concerns with the deterioration of human rights conditions in the country and to urge President Kiir… Continue Reading


July 31, 2013

Corker: Immediate Cut Off of Security Assistance to Egypt Could Promote Instability, Threaten U.S. and Israel’s Interests

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Corker, R-Tenn., ranking member on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today spoke on the Senate floor against consideration of an amendment to immediately cut off U.S. security assistance to Egypt, arguing such a decision at this time could promote further instability and put U.S. interests and those of Israel at risk. Corker instead advocated for development of alternative legislation later in September that would address existing restrictions on U.S. foreign… Continue Reading


July 31, 2013

Corker Op-ed in Foreign Policy: "Out in the Open"

BY SEN. BOB CORKER | JULY 31, 2013 For the past 11 years, and especially the during the last five, a significant portion of U.S. foreign policy and warfighting has been conducted through covert action -- the secret efforts led by intelligence agencies to protect America's national security abroad. While these efforts have clearly been successful in many cases, they have grown much larger than the unique, limited means they were designed to be. Today, covert operations appear to have expanded to… Continue Reading


July 25, 2013

Corker: U.S. Should Call for Calm, Peaceful Transition to Democracy in Egypt

WASHINGTON - During a hearing today on the crisis in Egypt, U.S. Senator Bob Corker, R-Tenn., ranking member of the Foreign Relations Committee, said the U.S. should call for calm in Egypt and encourage a peaceful transition to democracy, rather than make an immediate decision about the future of the relationship with Egypt. Multiple witnesses at the hearing testified that an immediate end to U.S. assistance to Egypt could threaten U.S. influence, lead to further instability, and undermine U.S.… Continue Reading


July 16, 2013

Corker: Improving Embassy Security Requires Accountability and Setting Priorities

WASHINGTON - During a Foreign Relations Committee today on improving security at U.S. embassies overseas following last year's deadly terrorist attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, U.S. Senator Bob Corker, R-Tenn., reiterated his concerns about the lack of accountability regarding State Department officials who were placed on paid leave despite their involvement in security failures that preceded the attack. "We had…four people that have been put on leave and are still being paid&hel… Continue Reading


July 11, 2013

Corker: Obama Administration Must Quit Delaying Decision on Troop Levels in Afghanistan after 2014 to Preserve Security Progress

WASHINGTON - In a hearing to assess the U.S. transition in Afghanistan, U.S. Senator Bob Corker, R-Tenn., ranking member of the Foreign Relations Committee, called on President Barack Obama to quit delaying a decision on the number of U.S. forces to remain in Afghanistan after 2014. Corker made his fourth trip to Afghanistan and Pakistan over the weekend to evaluate U.S. policy in the region and to assess progress toward the planned reduction in U.S. forces in December 2014. "The administra… Continue Reading


July 11, 2013

Corker Participates in Woodrow Wilson Center Event: “AUMF: Reasserting the Role of Congress”

WASHINGTON - At the Woodrow Wilson Center today in Washington, U.S. Senator Bob Corker, ranking member of the Foreign Relations Committee, participated in a panel discussion on the future of the 2001 Authorization for the Use of Military Force against al Qaeda. "When you look at not only the activities that we have to some degree underway now, but the activities, you know we're going to have underway in the future, almost everyone would say there is a very thin thread between that AUMF that was… Continue Reading


July 10, 2013

Corker Statement on North American Apparel Retailers Plan to Improve Safety, Working Conditions in Bangladesh Garment Industry

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Corker, R-Tenn., ranking member of the Foreign Relations Committee, today made the following statement regarding a plan from the alliance of North American apparel retailers to help improve safety and working conditions in Bangladesh's ready-made garment industry. "I thank North American apparel retailers for honoring their commitment to put forward a plan that addresses worker safety and rights issues in Bangladesh. We look forward to reviewing it more fully in o… Continue Reading


July 09, 2013

Corker: Secrecy of Obama Administration’s Plan to Arm Syrian Opposition “Unacceptable,” Has Only Led to Further Delay at the Expense of U.S. Interests

WASHINGTON - In response to a report that the Obama administration's proposal to secretly arm the Syrian opposition is facing skepticism from the few members of Congress who have been briefed on the plan, U.S. Senator Bob Corker, R-Tenn., ranking member of the Foreign Relations Committee, today said the administration's approach "is unacceptable" and has only wasted time to help boost moderate forces in Syria "at the expense of our national interests." Since administration officials acknowledge… Continue Reading


July 08, 2013

Corker Makes Fourth Trip to Afghanistan as U.S. Looks to Transition

WASHINGTON - Following the recent transfer of lead security responsibility in Afghanistan from the U.S.-led NATO coalition to Afghan Security Forces, U.S. Senator Bob Corker, R-Tenn., ranking member of the Foreign Relations Committee, made his fourth trip to Afghanistan and Pakistan over the weekend to evaluate U.S. policy in the region and to assess progress toward the planned reduction in U.S. forces in December 2014. Corker's trip included meetings with senior government and business officia… Continue Reading


July 03, 2013

Corker Statement on Egypt

WASHINGTON - U. S. Senator Bob Corker, R-Tenn., ranking member on the Foreign Relations Committee, today made the following statement on the situation in Egypt. "The U.S. should support the aspirations of the Egyptian people seeking a peaceful, secure, and inclusive government. In determining the future of U.S. assistance, the administration should look at the regional picture with our vital national security interests in mind. Our long-standing cooperation with Egypt, which is essential for st… Continue Reading


June 27, 2013

Corker: Nominee for State Department Inspector General Long Overdue

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Corker, R-Tenn., ranking member of the Foreign Relations Committee, said the nomination today of a full-time Inspector General at the U.S. State Department is long overdue. President Barack Obama nominated Steve A. Linick as State Department Inspector General, filling a 5-year vacancy. "A full time, independent watchdog at the State Department is essential to protect the interest of taxpayers. While this nomination is long overdue, I appreciate the president respon… Continue Reading


June 19, 2013

Corker: Further Reduction of U.S. Nuclear Arsenal Without Modernization First Could Amount to “Unilateral Disarmament”

WASHINGTON - Responding to President Barack Obama's speech in Berlin signaling further reduction of U.S. nuclear forces, U.S. Senator Bob Corker, R-Tenn., ranking member of the Foreign Relations Committee, today said any additional limitations of the U.S. nuclear arsenal without first fulfilling commitments to modernization of existing forces could amount to "unilateral disarmament." On Tuesday, Secretary of State John Kerry called Senator Corker and assured him that any further reductions woul… Continue Reading


June 17, 2013

Corker Places Hold on Portion of Afghanistan Funding Until Obama Administration Provides Rationale for Alleged U.S. Cash Payments to Karzai

WASHINGTON - In a fourth letter to the Obama administration seeking a rationale for alleged U.S. cash payments to Afghan President Hamid Karzai, U.S. Senator Bob Corker, R-Tenn., ranking member of the Foreign Relations Committee, today announced a hold on $75 million in U.S. government funding for Afghanistan "until such time as I receive sufficient information on these matters and sufficient assurances that there is a process in place to ensure our policy towards governance in Afghanistan is co… Continue Reading


June 13, 2013

Corker Statement on Obama Administration’s Confirmation of Assad Regime’s Use of Chemical Weapons in Syria

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Corker, R-Tenn., ranking member of the Foreign Relations Committee, made the following statement regarding the Obama administration's confirmation of chemical weapons use in Syria. "Official confirmation of Assad's use of chemical weapons heightens the urgency for the U.S. to provide the kind of decisive support, including arms and training, to vetted Syrian opposition groups as soon as possible. While some sources are reporting that a decision may have been made, … Continue Reading


June 13, 2013

Corker Urges Obama Administration to Nominate Full-Time IG at State Department to Provide Accountability After 5-Year Vacancy

WASHINGTON - In a letter to President Barack Obama on Monday, U.S. Senator Bob Corker, R-Tenn., ranking member of the Foreign Relations Committee, called for the nomination of permanent Inspectors General at the State Department and USAID to provide accountability and prevent wasteful spending at both agencies. On Monday a nomination was made for a permanent IG at USAID, but the position remains vacant at the State Department. The letter to the president was also signed by Foreign Relations Comm… Continue Reading


June 13, 2013

Corker Continues Quest for Answers on Obama Administration’s Rationale for Alleged U.S. Cash Payments to Afghan President Karzai

WASHINGTON - Having not received a response from the Obama administration about the rationale for alleged secret cash payments to Afghan President Hamid Karzai, U.S. Senator Bob Corker, R-Tenn., ranking member of the Foreign Relations Committee, today sent his third letter to the president demanding a briefing to understand how these payments support U.S. objectives for Afghanistan. Corker further called for "a U.S. policy that is based, fundamentally, on the same values that make our nation gre… Continue Reading


June 10, 2013

Corker Urges President Obama to Provide Weapons & Training to Vetted Syrian Opposition Groups to Help Shift Balance Toward Moderates

WASHINGTON - With reports that the Obama administration is close to a decision on providing arms to the Syrian opposition, U.S. Senator Bob Corker, R-Tenn., ranking member on the Foreign Relations Committee, today sent a letter to President Barack Obama encouraging him to "begin providing lethal aid to appropriately vetted elements of the Syrian opposition" as part of "an overall strategy to strengthen moderate opposition forces in Syria" who could lead Syria after Assad. This approach provide… Continue Reading


June 07, 2013

Corker: Disclosure of NSA Surveillance Programs Necessitates Congressional Oversight to Ensure Anti-terrorism Actions Comply with the Law

WASHINGTON - Following a briefing for senators yesterday from U.S. intelligence officials regarding the recent disclosure of NSA terrorism surveillance programs encompassing a wide array of Americans' communications, U.S. Senator Bob Corker, R-Tenn., ranking member on the Foreign Relations Committee, said Congress must exercise its oversight responsibility to ensure these programs comply with the law, including looking at solutions to better protect the information of innocent Americans. "I thi… Continue Reading

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