Ranking Member's Press

March 14, 2014

Bipartisan Group of Senators Urge President Obama to Engage with Congress as Administration Develops New U.S. Policy Options for Syria

WASHINGTON, DC - Nine U.S. Senators urged President Obama to engage with Congress as he moves forward with developing new U.S. policy options for Syria. The letter was signed by Senators Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Bob Corker (R-TN), Carl Levin (D-MI), James Inhofe (R-OK), Tim Kaine (D-VA), John McCain (R-AZ), Chris Coons (D-DE), Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Angus King (I-ME). In their letter to President Obama, the nine Senators write: "The situation and our options may have grown more complicated, bu… Continue Reading


March 13, 2014

In Case You Missed It: Corker: U.S. Leadership Stiffens European Resolve on Sanctions in Response to Ukraine Crisis

WASHINGTON - Appearing on MSNBC's "Andrea Mitchell Reports," U.S. Senator Bob Corker, (R-Tenn.), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today said U.S. leadership has "stiffen[ed] the European resolve" regarding sanctions in response to Russia's military intervention in Ukraine. Yesterday, Corker supported committee passage of bipartisan legislation that provides U.S. assistance for Ukraine and imposes sanctions against threats to Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrit… Continue Reading


March 12, 2014

Corker Statement on Committee Passage of Ukraine Aid and Sanctions Legislation

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Corker, (R-Tenn.), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today made the following statement regarding the committee's passage of bipartisan legislation in response to the crisis in Ukraine. The bill, which passed 14-3, will support Ukraine's political and economic transition without adding to the debt and impose sanctions on those who threaten Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity. "This bill cements more fully 60 years of U.S. nationa… Continue Reading


March 06, 2014

In Case You Missed It: Corker Urges Strong, Unified U.S. Response to Russia’s Actions in Ukraine

WASHINGTON - At a hearing today that included testimony from Obama administration officials 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, said the U.S. needs "a unified and very strong reaction" to Russia's military intervention in Crimea "over a long time." Corker continues to work with Chairman Robert Menendez, D-N.J., on bipartisan legislation that will support Ukraine's political and economic transit… Continue Reading


March 06, 2014

In Case You Missed It: Corker: Syria “Disaster” a U.S. Foreign Policy Failure

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Corker, R-Tenn., ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today called the Obama administration's approach to resolving the worsening conflict in Syria "a failure" of U.S. foreign policy. "I could not be more disappointed at where we are in Syria. It's kind of amazing how prognosticators, both here on this panel…[and] around the world, stated what was going to happen to Syria over time if we didn't change the balance on the ground, and unfo… Continue Reading


March 01, 2014

Corker: U.S. Must Lead Immediate International Effort to Halt Russian Military Intervention in Ukraine

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. - U.S. Senator Bob Corker, R-Tenn., ranking member of the Foreign Relations Committee, today called on President Obama to lead an immediate international effort to halt Russian military intervention in Ukraine, including targeted sanctions. Russian actions violate commitments made to ensure Ukraine's territorial integrity under the 1994 Budapest Memorandum and when the 1997 Friendship Treaty was signed. "Vladimir Putin is seizing a neighboring territory - again - so President… Continue Reading


February 28, 2014

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Members Urge President Obama to Assist Peaceful, Democratic Transition in Ukraine

WASHINGTON - In a letter to President Barack Obama, U.S. Senators Robert Menendez, D-N.J., Bob Corker, R-Tenn., John Barrasso, R-Wyo., Ben Cardin, D-Md., Richard Durbin, D-Ill., Ron Johnson, R-Wis., Edward Markey, D-Mass., John McCain, R-Ariz., Chris Murphy, D-Conn., Jim Risch, R-Idaho, Marco Rubio, R-Fla., and Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., all members of the Foreign Relations Committee, expressed support for U.S. assistance in Ukraine and warned of Russian intervention that undermines Ukraine's unity… Continue Reading


February 27, 2014

Corker Joins END IT Movement to “Shine a Light on Slavery”

WASHINGTON - On "Shine a Light on Slavery Day" sponsored by the END IT Movement, U.S. Senator Bob Corker, R-Tenn., ranking member of the Foreign Relations Committee, expressed support for U.S. and international efforts to stop human trafficking. "It may be hard to believe in this day and age, but millions of people around the world are imprisoned in modern day slavery. The scourge of human trafficking that hurts the most vulnerable people, particularly women and children, is a heartbreaking gl… Continue Reading


February 25, 2014

Cardin, Rubio, Menendez and Corker Urge Greater Freedom of the Press in China

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on East Asian and Pacific Affairs, also Subcommittee Ranking Member Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Senate Foreign Relations Chairman Bob Menendez (D-NJ), and Ranking Member Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) have introduced a Senate Resolution (S. Res. 361) that urges the People's Republic of China to take meaningful steps to improve freedom of expression in China as fitting of a responsible international stakeholder. O… Continue Reading


February 23, 2014

Corker Statement on Latest Events in Ukraine

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. - U.S. Senator Bob Corker, R-Tenn., ranking member of the Foreign Relations Committee, made the following statement regarding the latest events in Ukraine. "The United States should do everything possible to ensure Ukraine remains one country and that their territorial and political integrity is maintained, allowing them the freedom to choose a future within Europe. We would hope that Yanukovych - knowing that remaining in his post will divide the country - would do what is … Continue Reading


February 21, 2014

Corker Statement on Developments in Ukraine

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. - U.S. Senator Bob Corker, R-Tenn., ranking member of the Foreign Relations Committee, made the following statement regarding developments in Ukraine and the U.S. and congressional response to the crisis. "While hopeful progress is being made to ease the crisis, the U.S. should have sanctions ready in case there is renewed violence or Yanukovych's government fails to proceed in good faith. The Ukrainian military must also continue to refrain from any crackdown of protesters… Continue Reading


February 11, 2014

Hoeven, Corker, GOP Senators to President: After Six Years, It’s Time to Approve Keystone XL

WASHINGTON - In light of the fifth and final environmental impact statement (EIS) that cleared the way for approval of the Keystone XL pipeline, Senators John Hoeven of North Dakota and Bob Corker of Tennessee today led all 45 Republican senators in writing to the President to again call for approval of the Keystone XL pipeline. On January 31, the State Department released its final EIS on the Keystone XL pipeline that found the project would have no significant impact on the environment and … Continue Reading


February 04, 2014

In Case You Missed It: Corker Fears Rolling Interim Agreements with Iran While Nuclear Threat Persists

"I want to see a negotiated settlement. I've always thought that the way you have a negotiated settlement, though, is you negotiate very hard on the front end. And I think there's a lot of concern that we, with Iran, are going to have just…rolling…interim agreements," said Corker. He also described the risks of the interim agreement providing Iran sanctions relief that could erode the international sanctions regime, allowing Iran to attract new business, while at the same time pe… Continue Reading


January 31, 2014

Corker: Obama Administration “Now Out of Excuses” on Keystone XL Pipeline

WASHINGTON - With the release today of another environmental analysis of the Keystone XL pipeline that did not alter a prior finding of no significant environmental impact from the project, U.S. Senator Bob Corker, R-Tenn., ranking member of the Foreign Relations Committee, said the Obama administration is "now out of excuses" for refusing to grant completion of the pipeline, which was first proposed in 2008. The State Department has yet to approve construction of the final section of the pipel… Continue Reading


January 30, 2014

Corker: Inconsistent Demands in Civil Nuclear Cooperation Agreements Threaten U.S. Nonproliferation Objectives

WASHINGTON - At a hearing today examining U.S. policy governing civilian nuclear cooperation agreements with foreign governments (known as "123 agreements"), U.S. Senator Bob Corker, R-Tenn., ranking member of the Foreign Relations Committee, said the Obama administration's inconsistent demands regarding enrichment and reprocessing (ENR), also reflected in negotiations with Iran, threaten U.S. national security interests to prevent the proliferation of nuclear material. The administration has s… Continue Reading


January 24, 2014

Corker Endorses Expansion of U.S. Sanctions Against Violence and Suppression of Civil Liberties in Ukraine

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Corker, R-Tenn., ranking member of the Foreign Relations Committee, today endorsed expanding U.S. sanctions against those involved in violence and suppression of civil liberties in Ukraine. "With the situation in Ukraine growing worse by the day, I support the administration taking a tough stance through visa sanctions and also extending financial sanctions against anyone responsible for violence, human rights abuses and the Ukrainian government's suppression of ci… Continue Reading


January 17, 2014

Senators Seek Additions to Magnitsky List of Russian Human Rights Abusers

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Robert Menendez, D-N.J., Bob Corker, R-Tenn., Ben Cardin, D-Md., and John McCain, R-Ariz., all members of the Foreign Relations Committee, today requested the Obama administration add individuals to a U.S. government list of Russian human rights abusers who are subject to U.S. sanctions and travel restrictions. Enacted in 2012, the Sergei Magnitsky Rule of Law and Accountability Act, requires the U.S. government to maintain a list of individuals involved in human righ… Continue Reading


January 17, 2014

Corker Statement on President Obama’s Speech about NSA Surveillance Programs

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Corker, R-Tenn., ranking member of the Foreign Relations Committee, made the following statement in response to President Obama's speech today about NSA surveillance programs. "The continued leaks of classified information threaten our security, undermining the gathering of intelligence information necessary to keep us safe. Having received detailed briefings in recent months, including at the NSA, about these programs, I believe our intelligence professionals are… Continue Reading


January 15, 2014

Corker: U.S. Leadership at the Right Moment in Ukraine Could Have Been Decisive

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Corker, R-Tenn., ranking member of the Foreign Relations Committee, made the following statement at a hearing to consider the implications of the crisis in Ukraine for U.S. foreign policy in the region. "I think that the importance of Ukraine is not entirely appreciated. With the exception of Russia, Ukraine is the largest country in Europe, with a population of 46 million people, and vast, unrealized potential. And while Ukraine is critically important in its own … Continue Reading


January 15, 2014

Corker Statement on Committee Passage of Two-Year Extension of South Korea Civil Nuclear Agreement

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Corker, R-Tenn., ranking member of the Foreign Relations Committee, today made the following statement at a business meeting to consider legislation providing a two-year extension of the U.S.-Republic of Korea civil nuclear cooperation agreement (referred to as a "123 agreement"). The committee passed the legislation by voice vote. "I want to thank the chairman and his staff for working together collaboratively with my team to move forward with the extension of th… Continue Reading

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