Update from Senator Corker - February 6, 2017

Senator Bob Corker
2017-02-06 20:04:19
Bob Corker - U.S. Senator, Tennessee *Judge Gorsuch Is an Outstanding Choice for the U.S. Supreme Court* Following a meeting with Judge Neil Gorsuch on Thursday, Senator Corker announced his support for President Trump�s nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court. �I could not be more impressed with Judge Gorsuch and enthusiastically support his nomination,� *said Corker*. �He is an outstanding choice, and after meeting with him, it is very clear why the Senate unanimously confirmed him to the federal bench in 2006. Our next Supreme Court justice will have a lasting impact on the direction of our country, and I have full confidence in Judge Gorsuch�s dedication to upholding the Constitution and applying the rule of law in a fair and independent manner. I am pleased that President Trump has nominated such a well-respected and qualified individual, and I look forward to voting to confirm Judge Gorsuch as our next U.S. Supreme Court justice.� [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/02-02-17_Judge_Neil_Gorsuch_SCOTUS_Nominee_SM.jpg] *We Will No Longer Tolerate Iran's Destabilizing Behavior* On Friday, Senator Corker, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, credited the Trump administration for imposing new sanctions on Iran following Tehran�s most recent ballistic missile test that violated a U.N. Security Council resolution. �This announcement makes clear that it is a new day in U.S.-Iran relations and that we will no longer tolerate Iran�s destabilizing behavior,� *said Corker*. �A coordinated, multi-faceted effort to pushback against a range of illicit Iranian behavior is long overdue, and after speaking with General Flynn, I am very encouraged by the professionalism with which the administration has orchestrated these actions and how they have communicated their intentions to the international community. I look forward to working with the Trump administration and my congressional colleagues in a bipartisan manner to strongly enforce nuclear restrictions and further hold Iran accountable.� Corker voted against the nuclear deal with Iran and led the opposition in Congress. Since the agreement was signed in 2015, Iran has violated international restrictions on ballistic missiles and arms exports while also exceeding limits on nuclear material set by the JCPOA. *Dodd-Frank Reform Will Help Middle America* During an interview on CNBC on Friday, Senator Corker, a member of the Senate Banking Committee, was asked how rolling back Dodd-Frank would help the middle class. �The guys that are at the Rotary Clubs, and the Kiwanis Clubs, and the Lions Clubs, and the Chambers of Commerce in middle America are not these big banks,� *said Corker*. �They are regional and mostly community banks. They�re the ones that are bearing the brunt of this. They have a small asset base in which to spread the tremendous regulatory burden that they have and it is cramping credit� Most of the relief is going to come to community banks. That is going to be great for middle America. That�s where smaller businesses are getting their credit. That�s where most of the jobs in our country are created.� �I think you�re going to see relief up and down the spectrum,� *added Corker*. �Some of it will be done through executive action, as has been mentioned, but a lot of it will be done through legislation. And believe it or not, there is bipartisan support for that to occur, especially for the regional and smaller institutions across our country who have been so hurt.� [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/Capture_2.JPG] [link 1] **Click here [link 2] or on the image above to view video.** *Burdensome Federal Regulations Have Stifled Job Growth Across Our Country for Far Too Long* Last Monday, Senator Corker released the following statement regarding President Trump�s executive order to reduce burdensome federal regulations. �For far too long, burdensome federal regulations have stifled job growth across our country,� *said Corker*. �I applaud President Trump for following through on his promise to rein in federal bureaucrats and look forward to working with the administration on additional ways to unleash the American economy and create opportunities for hardworking Tennesseans.� *Secretary Tillerson Is Committed to Defending American Values and Restoring U.S. Credibility* On Wednesday, Senator Corker joined members of the Senate in voting to confirm Rex Tillerson to be secretary of state. �Following a fair and exhaustive review in our committee, I am confident Rex Tillerson has the ability to be the effective leader the State Department needs,� *said Corker*. �Mr. Tillerson led a global enterprise with 75,000 employees, possesses deep relationships around the world, and understands the critical role of U.S. leadership. He has expressed a commitment to defend American values and to restore U.S. credibility by strengthening old alliances and building new ones. I look forward to our committee forging a strong relationship with Secretary Tillerson and the department as we work together to protect our nation and advance our core national interests.� *General Motors to Invest $27 Million in Spring Hill Facility* On Friday, Senator Corker released the following statement after reports [link 3] that General Motors will invest $27 million in its Spring Hill facility to assemble a right-hand-drive vehicle for export to Australia. �This announcement is exciting news for the thousands of hardworking employees at the Spring Hill plant and further solidifies Tennessee as the best place in America to manufacture automobiles,� *said Corker*. �I thank General Motors for their continued investment in our state and applaud Governor Haslam and his team for their continued efforts to make the Volunteer State such a great place to do business.� *Welcoming Tennesseans to Washington* On Tuesday, Senators Corker and Alexander hosted more than 30 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 4]. [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/013117-26456-0004-ff.jpg] Senator Corker also enjoyed meeting with the Tennessee Bankers Association to discuss important issues affecting community banks. [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/TN_Bankers_SM_1.jpg] *MercyMe's Humanitarian Work in India* On Wednesday, Senator Corker welcomed the contemporary Christian music band MercyMe to his office and thanked the band members for their support of Compassion International's humanitarian work in India. [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/MercyMe_SM2_2.jpg] *Valuing Our Longstanding Friendship With Israel* On Wednesday, Senator Corker met with the speaker of Israel's parliament, Yuli Edelstein, and Israel's ambassador to the United States, Ron Dermer. Corker stressed the importance of our country's longstanding friendship with Israel. [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/02-01-17_Israeli_Knesset_SM_3.jpg]

Judge Gorsuch Is an Outstanding Choice for the U.S. Supreme Court

Following a meeting with Judge Neil Gorsuch on Thursday, Senator Corker announced his support for President Trump�s nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court.

�I could not be more impressed with Judge Gorsuch and enthusiastically support his nomination,� said Corker. �He is an outstanding choice, and after meeting with him, it is very clear why the Senate unanimously confirmed him to the federal bench in 2006. Our next Supreme Court justice will have a lasting impact on the direction of our country, and I have full confidence in Judge Gorsuch�s dedication to upholding the Constitution and applying the rule of law in a fair and independent manner. I am pleased that President Trump has nominated such a well-respected and qualified individual, and I look forward to voting to confirm Judge Gorsuch as our next U.S. Supreme Court justice.�

We Will No Longer Tolerate Iran's Destabilizing Behavior

On Friday, Senator Corker, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, credited the Trump administration for imposing new sanctions on Iran following Tehran�s most recent ballistic missile test that violated a U.N. Security Council resolution.

�This announcement makes clear that it is a new day in U.S.-Iran relations and that we will no longer tolerate Iran�s destabilizing behavior,� said Corker. �A coordinated, multi-faceted effort to pushback against a range of illicit Iranian behavior is long overdue, and after speaking with General Flynn, I am very encouraged by the professionalism with which the administration has orchestrated these actions and how they have communicated their intentions to the international community. I look forward to working with the Trump administration and my congressional colleagues in a bipartisan manner to strongly enforce nuclear restrictions and further hold Iran accountable.�

Corker voted against the nuclear deal with Iran and led the opposition in Congress. Since the agreement was signed in 2015, Iran has violated international restrictions on ballistic missiles and arms exports while also exceeding limits on nuclear material set by the JCPOA.

Dodd-Frank Reform Will Help Middle America

During an interview on CNBC on Friday, Senator Corker, a member of the Senate Banking Committee, was asked how rolling back Dodd-Frank would help the middle class.

�The guys that are at the Rotary Clubs, and the Kiwanis Clubs, and the Lions Clubs, and the Chambers of Commerce in middle America are not these big banks,� said Corker. �They are regional and mostly community banks. They�re the ones that are bearing the brunt of this. They have a small asset base in which to spread the tremendous regulatory burden that they have and it is cramping credit� Most of the relief is going to come to community banks. That is going to be great for middle America. That�s where smaller businesses are getting their credit. That�s where most of the jobs in our country are created.�

�I think you�re going to see relief up and down the spectrum,� added Corker. �Some of it will be done through executive action, as has been mentioned, but a lot of it will be done through legislation. And believe it or not, there is bipartisan support for that to occur, especially for the regional and smaller institutions across our country who have been so hurt.�

Click here or on the image above to view video.

Burdensome Federal Regulations Have Stifled Job Growth Across Our Country for Far Too Long

Last Monday, Senator Corker released the following statement regarding President Trump�s executive order to reduce burdensome federal regulations.

�For far too long, burdensome federal regulations have stifled job growth across our country,� said Corker. �I applaud President Trump for following through on his promise to rein in federal bureaucrats and look forward to working with the administration on additional ways to unleash the American economy and create opportunities for hardworking Tennesseans.�

Secretary Tillerson Is Committed to Defending American Values and Restoring U.S. Credibility

On Wednesday, Senator Corker joined members of the Senate in voting to confirm Rex Tillerson to be secretary of state.

�Following a fair and exhaustive review in our committee, I am confident Rex Tillerson has the ability to be the effective leader the State Department needs,� said Corker. �Mr. Tillerson led a global enterprise with 75,000 employees, possesses deep relationships around the world, and understands the critical role of U.S. leadership. He has expressed a commitment to defend American values and to restore U.S. credibility by strengthening old alliances and building new ones. I look forward to our committee forging a strong relationship with Secretary Tillerson and the department as we work together to protect our nation and advance our core national interests.�

General Motors to Invest $27 Million in Spring Hill Facility

On Friday, Senator Corker released the following statement after reports that General Motors will invest $27 million in its Spring Hill facility to assemble a right-hand-drive vehicle for export to Australia.

�This announcement is exciting news for the thousands of hardworking employees at the Spring Hill plant and further solidifies Tennessee as the best place in America to manufacture automobiles,� said Corker. �I thank General Motors for their continued investment in our state and applaud Governor Haslam and his team for their continued efforts to make the Volunteer State such a great place to do business.�

Welcoming Tennesseans to Washington

On Tuesday, Senators Corker and Alexander hosted more than 30 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.

Senator Corker also enjoyed meeting with the Tennessee Bankers Association to discuss important issues affecting community banks.

MercyMe's Humanitarian Work in India

On Wednesday, Senator Corker welcomed the contemporary Christian music band MercyMe to his office and thanked the band members for their support of Compassion International's humanitarian work in India.

Valuing Our Longstanding Friendship With Israel

On Wednesday, Senator Corker met with the speaker of Israel's parliament, Yuli Edelstein, and Israel's ambassador to the United States, Ron Dermer. Corker stressed the importance of our country's longstanding friendship with Israel.