Ranking Member's Press

November 21, 2013

Bipartisan Statement on Iran Sanctions

WASHINGTON, DC - A bipartisan group of 14 U.S. Senators today released the following statement regarding the Senate's consideration of Iran sanctions legislation: "A nuclear weapons capable Iran presents a grave threat to the national security interest of the United States and its allies, and we are committed to preventing Iran from acquiring this capability. We will work together to reconcile Democratic and Republican proposals over the coming weeks and to pass bipartisan Iran sanctions legis… Continue Reading


November 21, 2013

Corker Introduces Legislation to Keep Pressure on Iran

WASHINGTON - Following an announcement that the Senate will consider Iran legislation in December, U.S. Senator Bob Corker, R-Tenn., ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, introduced a bill setting conditions for an acceptable final agreement with Iran that would restrict sanctions relief until Iran agrees to eliminate the threat of its nuclear program. The Iran Nuclear Compliance Act of 2013, consistent with Iran's existing obligations under the U.N. Security Council, requir… Continue Reading


November 19, 2013

Corker Statement Following White House Meeting on Iran Negotiations

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Corker, R-Tenn., ranking member of the Foreign Relations Committee, today made the following statement after a meeting at the White House to discuss negotiations with Iran. "Democrats have procedurally blocked the Senate from taking any action on Iran this week. As such, we will closely monitor what happens in Geneva and examine the details of any interim deal. After leaving the meeting at the White House today, I am still concerned we will trade away our leverag… Continue Reading


November 18, 2013

Corker: PEPFAR Bill Passes Senate, Reinforces Success of U.S. Program Combating HIV/AIDS

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Corker, R-Tenn., ranking member of the Foreign Relations Committee, said legislation unanimously passed by the Senate today will reinforce PEPFAR's (the U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief) success in combating HIV and AIDS globally. PEPFAR was initiated by President George W. Bush. "PEPFAR has saved millions of lives in the global fight against HIV/AIDS, and this legislation will help reinforce those gains as the program transitions from an emergency… Continue Reading


November 10, 2013

In Case You Missed It: Corker on NBC’s “Meet the Press”: “We’re Worried We're Dealing Away Our Leverage” in Iran Negotiations

WASHINGTON - In an appearance on NBC's "Meet the Press" today, U.S. Senator Bob Corker, R-Tenn., ranking member on the Foreign Relations Committee, raised concerns about the Obama administration potentially "dealing away" U.S. leverage in negotiations with Iran by prematurely lifting sanctions as part of a partial agreement that does not halt Iran's path to a nuclear weapon. "The [U.N.] security council resolutions call for a complete stoppage [of Iran's enrichment activities]…so you can… Continue Reading


November 05, 2013

In Case You Missed It: Corker: Supreme Court Case Highlights Concerns about Impact of Treaties on U.S. Law

WASHINGTON - During a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing to consider the U.N. Disabilities Treaty, U.S. Senator Bob Corker, R-Tenn., ranking member of the committee, noted a current Supreme Court case as evidence of a treaty's potential to expand federal power beyond current limits and sought answers as to whether Congress can impose appropriate limitations (known as "reservations, understandings and declarations" or "RUDs" that accompany passage of a treaty and represent U.S. understand… Continue Reading


October 31, 2013

In Case You Missed It: Corker: Lack of U.S. Support for Moderate Opposition in Syria “An Embarrassment,” Allies Questioning U.S. “Reliability”

WASHINGTON - In response to U.S. Ambassador to Syria Robert Ford's testimony defending the Obama administration's slow delivery of long-promised aid to moderate forces in Syria, U.S. Senator Bob Corker, R-Tenn., ranking member of the Foreign Relations Committee, called the lack of U.S. support for the opposition an "embarrassment," arguing that with Russia's hands "now on the steering wheel" in Syria, the U.S. lacks a strategy for resolving the conflict or for the region as whole, which is causi… Continue Reading


October 30, 2013

Corker Urges Obama to Address Security, Iran, Governance Issues with Iraqi PM Maliki

WASHINGTON - In a letter to President Obama about Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's visit to Washington this week, U.S. Senator Bob Corker, R-Tenn., ranking member of the Foreign Relations Committee, joined Senators John McCain, R-Ariz., Carl Levin, D-Mich., James Inhofe, R-Okla., Robert Menendez, D-NJ, and Lindsey Graham, R-SC, in calling on the president to use his meeting Friday with Maliki to address important issues regarding the United States' strategic relationship with Iraq, includi… Continue Reading


October 28, 2013

Corker: Inconsistency in Civilian Nuclear Deals Threatens U.S. Non-Proliferation Goals

WASHINGTON - In a letter today to Secretary of State John Kerry, U.S. Senator Bob Corker, R-Tenn., ranking member of the Foreign Relations Committee, raised concerns about inconsistencies in new civilian nuclear cooperation agreements (known as "123 agreements") with other countries threatening U.S. nuclear non-proliferation goals. A recently completed agreement between the U.S. and Vietnam, for example, could permit future enrichment and reprocessing (ENR) of spent nuclear fuel in direct confl… Continue Reading


October 22, 2013

Corker, Alexander, Blunt: Attacks Against Christians in Egypt Warrant A Clear U.S. Response

WASHINGTON - In a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry, U.S. Senator Bob Corker, R-Tenn., ranking member of the Foreign Relations Committee, and Senators Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., and Roy Blunt, R-Mo., said recent reports of more frequent, targeted attacks against Coptic churches and individuals in Egypt "warrants a clear U.S. response." "Egypt's Christian minority and their ability to worship are in danger. The situation warrants a clear U.S. response. We are especially troubled by reports… Continue Reading


October 14, 2013

Corker to Obama Administration: Hold Firm on Sanctions in Negotiations with Iran

WASHINGTON - As negotiations begin tomorrow in Geneva over Iran's nuclear program, U.S. Senator Bob Corker, R-Tenn., ranking member of the Foreign Relations Committee, today urged the Obama administration to hold firm on sanctions with Iran. "With limited time for diplomacy to work, the administration should hold firm on sanctions, which brought Iran to the table and remain the greatest leverage point we have. Eagerness to exploit an opening with Iran should not lead to concessions before Iran… Continue Reading


October 03, 2013

In Case You Missed It: Corker Presses Obama Administration for Clarity on Sanctions as U.S. Pursues Negotiations to End Iran’s Nuclear Weapons Program

WASHINGTON - During a hearing today, U.S. Senator Bob Corker, R-Tenn., ranking member of the Foreign Relations Committee, pressed the Obama administration for clarity regarding sanctions on Iran as the U.S. pursues negotiations to end Iran's nuclear weapons program. "I do believe the sanctions that we've put in place have created this moment. And I do know that the administration, in fairness, opposed some of those sanctions. And we had to sort of push the administration to the table. And yet, … Continue Reading


September 27, 2013

Corker Statement on U.N. Security Council Resolution on Syria’s Chemical Weapons

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Corker, R-Tenn., ranking member of the Foreign Relations Committee, today made the following statement regarding the U.N. Security Council's resolution on Syria's chemical weapons. "While we all want a verifiable diplomatic solution to Syria's chemical weapons, the lack of enforcement measures makes me highly skeptical of Russia's willingness to impose real consequences on Syria for non-compliance. As Syria is given a chance to fulfill its obligations, it's import… Continue Reading


September 25, 2013

Menendez, Corker Introduce Legislation to Strengthen PEPFAR and the Global Fight against HIV/AIDS

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Bob Corker (R-TN) today introduced the PEPFAR Stewardship and Oversight Act, legislation to extend critical authorities and strengthen oversight of the landmark 2003 legislation - The President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). "PEPFAR has saved millions of lives over the last ten years and today we recommit ourselves to this critical fight by extending and enhancing this vital program," said Menendez. "On this bipartisan legisl… Continue Reading


September 24, 2013

Corker Warns Obama Administration Against Any Action to Implement U.N. Arms Trade Treaty Without Senate Advice and Consent

WASHINGTON - Asserting the Senate's constitutional role on treaties, U.S. Senator Bob Corker, R-Tenn., ranking member of the Foreign Relations Committee, in a letter today warned the Obama administration against taking any action to implement the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty without Senate advice and consent. "The ATT raises significant legislative and constitutional questions. Any act to implement this treaty, provisionally or otherwise, before the Congress provides its advice and consent… Continue Reading


September 19, 2013

Corker: After 5 Years, Obama Administration Is the Only Thing Standing in the Way of Thousands of New Jobs, More North American Energy from Keystone XL Pipeline

WASHINGTON - Five years after TransCanada's initial application for the Keystone XL pipeline, U.S. Senator Bob Corker, R-Tenn., ranking member of the Foreign Relations Committee, today said the Obama administration is now the only thing standing in the way of thousands of new jobs and access to a large supply of North American energy from completion of the pipeline. The State Department has yet to approve construction of the final section of the pipeline, which, if completed, will have the capa… Continue Reading


September 14, 2013

Corker Statement on U.S.-Russia Agreement on Syrian Chemical Weapons

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. - U.S. Senator Bob Corker, R-Tenn., ranking member of the Foreign Relations Committee, today made the following statement regarding the announcement of an agreement between the U.S. and Russia on Syria's chemical weapons. "Absent the threat of force, it's unclear to me how Syrian compliance will be possible under the terms of any agreement. I'm still reviewing the details and believe Syria's willingness to follow through is very much an open question, but I remain supportive… Continue Reading


September 09, 2013

Corker Statement on Possible Negotiations on Syria’s Chemical Weapons

WASHINGTON - In response to reports of the possibility for negotiations that could lead to Syria turning over its chemical weapons, U.S. Senator Bob Corker, R-Tenn., ranking member of the Foreign Relations Committee, made the following statement. "While at this point I have healthy skepticism that this offer will change the situation and it will be several days before we can fully determine its credibility, I do know that it never would have been floated if the Senate Foreign Relations Committe… Continue Reading


September 04, 2013

Corker Statement on Foreign Relations Committee Passage of Limited Use of Force in Syria

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Corker, R-Tenn., ranking member of the Foreign Relations Committee, today made the following statement regarding committee passage of a limited authorization for the use of military force in Syria. "None of us want the U.S. mired down in another conflict, so the committee has significantly limited the president's original authorization, while still providing for an appropriate use of force in response to Assad's use of chemical weapons. It prevents boots on the gro… Continue Reading


September 03, 2013

Corker: New Syria Authorization Limits Scope and Duration of Military Action Against Assad Regime in Syria

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Corker, R-Tenn., ranking member of the Foreign Relations Committee, today said the agreement he reached this evening with Committee Chairman Bob Menendez, D-N.J., limits the scope and duration of a congressional authorization for the use of military force against the Assad regime in Syria. The new draft legislation being circulated to committee members this evening would strictly prohibit American "boots on the ground," limit the duration of any military action to 6… Continue Reading

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