Update from Senator Corker - January 18, 2017

Senator Bob Corker
2017-01-18 06:28:29
Bob Corker - U.S. Senator, Tennessee *"The World's at Its Best When America Leads"* During a nomination hearing last Wednesday to consider Rex Tillerson to be Secretary of State, Senator Corker, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, emphasized the importance of American leadership in the world and said he believed Tillerson would �rise to the occasion� and demonstrate he is �an inspired choice� to lead the State Department. �I believe the world's at its best when America leads,��*said Corker*. �I think most people at this dias believe the same thing, and we understand the importance of diplomacy.� �My sense is that you are going to rise to the occasion, that you are going to demonstrate that you are, in fact, an inspired choice, that you're going to be able to take the years of accomplishment in relationships and transfer that and translate it into a foreign policy that benefits U.S. national interests,��*Corker said to Tillerson*. [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/011117-26277-0163-rh_2.jpg] [link 1] **Click�here [link 2]�or on the image above to view video.** *Initiating Process to Repeal and Replace the Affordable Care Act* Senator Corker, a member of the Senate Budget Committee, last Thursday released the following statement after voting for final passage of the 2017 budget resolution (S. Con. Res. 3), which will guide the legislative process to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. �The Affordable Care Act has led to high premiums, rising out-of-pocket costs, and reduced choice across the Volunteer State, and I am pleased Congress has initiated the repeal and replace process,� *said Corker*. �We need a health care system that works for the American people, and I am encouraged that the debate has shifted in recent weeks from �repeal only� to �repeal and replace� in a thoughtful and deliberative manner. It is important to provide the incoming Trump administration, including its top health care official Dr. Tom Price, with time to review the regulatory and legislative steps needed to replace the Affordable Care Act with a responsible alternative that works well for Tennesseans and does not waste taxpayer resources.� *Honoring Former U.S. Senator Fred Thompson* Senator Corker, along with Senator Lamar Alexander and Representatives Diane Black, Marsha Blackburn, Steve Cohen, Jim Cooper, Scott DesJarlais, John J. Duncan, Jr., Chuck Fleischmann, David Kustoff and Phil Roe last week introduced a bill to name the new Nashville federal courthouse in honor of former U.S. Senator Fred Thompson. �Fred Thompson served the people of Tennessee and our country with great distinction,� *said Corker*. �Through his many different roles in public life, Fred never forgot where he came from, and our state and country miss his common sense approach to public service. I was proud to call him a friend and am pleased to join my colleagues to honor his life in this way.� *Looking Forward to Working With Dr. Ben Carson* During a Senate Banking Committee nomination hearing last Thursday to consider Dr. Ben Carson to be Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, Senator Corker said he is looking forward to helping Dr. Carson in any way he can. [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/carson_1.PNG] [link 3] **Click here [link 4] or on the image above to view video.** *Welcoming Tennesseans to Washington* Last Tuesday, Senators Corker and Alexander hosted Tennesseans at �Tennessee Tuesday,� a regular breakfast held on Capitol Hill every week the Senate is in session for visitors from the Volunteer State. For more information, click�*here* [link 5]. [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/TNT_2.jpg] *Strengthening Our Special Relationship With the United Kingdom* Last week, Senator Corker met with British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson to discuss the priority of a trade agreement that demonstrates the long-term special relationship between the United States and the United Kingdom. [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/boris_1.jpg] *Meeting With Nominee for Ambassador to Israel* Last Wednesday, Senator Corker welcomed David Friedman, President-elect Trump�s nominee for Ambassador to Israel, to the office for a wide-ranging conversation. [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/friedman_1.jpg]

"The World's at Its Best When America Leads"

During a nomination hearing last Wednesday to consider Rex Tillerson to be Secretary of State, Senator Corker, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, emphasized the importance of American leadership in the world and said he believed Tillerson would �rise to the occasion� and demonstrate he is �an inspired choice� to lead the State Department.

�I believe the world's at its best when America leads,� said Corker. �I think most people at this dias believe the same thing, and we understand the importance of diplomacy.�

�My sense is that you are going to rise to the occasion, that you are going to demonstrate that you are, in fact, an inspired choice, that you're going to be able to take the years of accomplishment in relationships and transfer that and translate it into a foreign policy that benefits U.S. national interests,� Corker said to Tillerson.

Click here or on the image above to view video.

Initiating Process to Repeal and Replace the Affordable Care Act

Senator Corker, a member of the Senate Budget Committee, last Thursday released the following statement after voting for final passage of the 2017 budget resolution (S. Con. Res. 3), which will guide the legislative process to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

�The Affordable Care Act has led to high premiums, rising out-of-pocket costs, and reduced choice across the Volunteer State, and I am pleased Congress has initiated the repeal and replace process,� said Corker. �We need a health care system that works for the American people, and I am encouraged that the debate has shifted in recent weeks from �repeal only� to �repeal and replace� in a thoughtful and deliberative manner. It is important to provide the incoming Trump administration, including its top health care official Dr. Tom Price, with time to review the regulatory and legislative steps needed to replace the Affordable Care Act with a responsible alternative that works well for Tennesseans and does not waste taxpayer resources.�

Honoring Former U.S. Senator Fred Thompson

Senator Corker, along with Senator Lamar Alexander and Representatives Diane Black, Marsha Blackburn, Steve Cohen, Jim Cooper, Scott DesJarlais, John J. Duncan, Jr., Chuck Fleischmann, David Kustoff and Phil Roe last week introduced a bill to name the new Nashville federal courthouse in honor of former U.S. Senator Fred Thompson.

�Fred Thompson served the people of Tennessee and our country with great distinction,� said Corker. �Through his many different roles in public life, Fred never forgot where he came from, and our state and country miss his common sense approach to public service. I was proud to call him a friend and am pleased to join my colleagues to honor his life in this way.�

Looking Forward to Working With Dr. Ben Carson

During a Senate Banking Committee nomination hearing last Thursday to consider Dr. Ben Carson to be Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, Senator Corker said he is looking forward to helping Dr. Carson in any way he can.

Click here or on the image above to view video.

Welcoming Tennesseans to Washington

Last Tuesday, Senators Corker and Alexander hosted Tennesseans at �Tennessee Tuesday,� a regular breakfast held on Capitol Hill every week the Senate is in session for visitors from the Volunteer State. For more information, click here.

Strengthening Our Special Relationship With the United Kingdom

Last week, Senator Corker met with British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson to discuss the priority of a trade agreement that demonstrates the long-term special relationship between the United States and the United Kingdom.

Meeting With Nominee for Ambassador to Israel

Last Wednesday, Senator Corker welcomed David Friedman, President-elect Trump�s nominee for Ambassador to Israel, to the office for a wide-ranging conversation.