Update from Senator Corker - February 12, 2017

Senator Bob Corker
2017-02-12 12:58:20
Bob Corker - U.S. Senator, Tennessee *Proud to Support the Nomination of Jeff Sessions as Attorney General* On Wednesday, Senator Corker released the following statement after voting for Senator Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) to serve as attorney general. �Jeff Sessions was a widely respected member of the Senate for more than two decades and has great respect for the rule of law,� *said Corker*. �I was proud to support his nomination and look forward to the work he will do on behalf of our country." *Tom Price Will Provide the Trump Administration With Responsible Advice on Health Care Policy and Reform* On Friday, Senator Corker released the following statement after voting for Congressman Tom Price to serve as secretary of health and human services. �As a respected physician and experienced lawmaker, Secretary Price will provide the Trump administration with responsible advice on health care policy and reform,� *said Corker*. �To effectively repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, Congress and the administration must work together, and Tom will play a very important role in that process. I have spoken with him about the work ahead, and I am confident he will serve our country well as we work to put in place an alternative that works for the American people and does not waste taxpayer resources.� Continuing Our Fight to End Modern Slavery* On Monday, Senator Corker joined a panel at a McCain Institute symposium to discuss the fight to end modern slavery and human trafficking. In 2015, Corker introduced the End Modern Slavery Initiative, and in December, the legislation authorizing the initiative was signed into law. To learn more about how this initiative will help end modern slavery, click�here [link 1].� [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/16422278_1069658056479990_6398805575908325488_o.jpg] [link 2] Photo courtesy of The McCain Institute.* **Click�here [link 3]�or on the image above to view video.** *Welcoming Tennesseans to Washington* On Tuesday, Senators Corker and Alexander hosted more than 80 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/020717-26524-0025-rb.jpg] On Tuesday, Senator Corker met with the Tennessee Association of Utility Districts and discussed the important services they provide across our state. [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/02-07-17_TAUD_Meeting_2.jpg] On Wednesday, Senator Corker met with the CEO of Memphis' Le Bonheur Children's Hospital, Meri Armour, and the CEO of Chattanooga's Children's Hospital at Erlanger, Don Mueller. The senator thanked them for being leaders in pediatric health. [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/007.jpg] *We Must No Longer Allow Moscow to Exploit What It Perceives as American Weakness* On Thursday, Senator Corker, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, convened a hearing on the broad challenges ahead for U.S. policy toward Russia, during which he cited the various threats to American interests from Russian actions in recent years, especially the invasion of Ukraine. The committee heard testimony from former NATO Supreme Allied Commander Europe Gen. Philip M. Breedlove, USAF (Ret), and Julianne Smith, a senior fellow with the Center for New American Strategy. �We must discuss the broad spectrum of issues that our country has with the Russian Federation and its behavior in recent years,� *said Corker*. �As we have heard multiple times in this room, Russia violated the Budapest Memorandum when it invaded Ukraine � where it continues to occupy stolen land and enable combat operations that kill innocent civilians. I appreciated the comments last week from our new ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, who strongly condemned Russia�s role in the recent escalation of violence in Eastern Ukraine and insisted U.S. sanctions over Crimea would remain in place.� In examining how to regain the initiative in the U.S. approach to Russia, he further emphasized �the importance of restoring a credible U.S. deterrent so Moscow no longer exploits what it perceives as American weakness.� [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/Russia_Hearing_1.jpg] [link 5] **Click here [link 6] or on the image above to view video.** *Honored to Meet Admiral John Richardson* On Thursday, Senator Corker met with Admiral John Richardson, our nation's highest ranking naval officer, and discussed a number of important global issues and the great work being done by our men and women in uniform. [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/Admiral_John_Richardson_SM_1.jpg] *Canada Is a Close Friend and Ally* On Tuesday, Senator Corker welcomed Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland to Washington. The senator stressed that Canada is not only our neighbor but a close friend and ally. [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/IMG_0159.JPG] *U.S.-Japan Alliance Will Continue to Provide an Anchor of Stability* On Friday, Senator Corker released the following statement about President Trump�s meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. �There is tremendous opportunity to expand a relationship that is hugely beneficial for both countries, and I commend President Trump for recognizing that by welcoming Prime Minister Abe to the White House so early in his administration,� *said Corker*. �Abe has proven to be a strong partner of the U.S., and he is prepared to work with President Trump to strengthen our economic and security cooperation even further. I�m very optimistic about the potential going forward and the strong signal sent by both leaders that the U.S.-Japan alliance will continue to provide an anchor of stability across the Asia-Pacific.�

Proud to Support the Nomination of Jeff Sessions as Attorney General

On Wednesday, Senator Corker released the following statement after voting for Senator Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) to serve as attorney general.

�Jeff Sessions was a widely respected member of the Senate for more than two decades and has great respect for the rule of law,� said Corker. �I was proud to support his nomination and look forward to the work he will do on behalf of our country."

Tom Price Will Provide the Trump Administration With Responsible Advice on Health Care Policy and Reform

On Friday, Senator Corker released the following statement after voting for Congressman Tom Price to serve as secretary of health and human services.

�As a respected physician and experienced lawmaker, Secretary Price will provide the Trump administration with responsible advice on health care policy and reform,� said Corker. �To effectively repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, Congress and the administration must work together, and Tom will play a very important role in that process. I have spoken with him about the work ahead, and I am confident he will serve our country well as we work to put in place an alternative that works for the American people and does not waste taxpayer resources.�

Continuing Our Fight to End Modern Slavery

On Monday, Senator Corker joined a panel at a McCain Institute symposium to discuss the fight to end modern slavery and human trafficking. In 2015, Corker introduced the End Modern Slavery Initiative, and in December, the legislation authorizing the initiative was signed into law. To learn more about how this initiative will help end modern slavery, click here

Photo courtesy of The McCain Institute.

Click here or on the image above to view video.

Welcoming Tennesseans to Washington

On Tuesday, Senators Corker and Alexander hosted more than 80 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.

On Tuesday, Senator Corker met with the Tennessee Association of Utility Districts and discussed the important services they provide across our state.

On Wednesday, Senator Corker met with the CEO of Memphis' Le Bonheur Children's Hospital, Meri Armour, and the CEO of Chattanooga's Children's Hospital at Erlanger, Don Mueller. The senator thanked them for being leaders in pediatric health.

We Must No Longer Allow Moscow to Exploit What It Perceives as American Weakness

On Thursday, Senator Corker, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, convened a hearing on the broad challenges ahead for U.S. policy toward Russia, during which he cited the various threats to American interests from Russian actions in recent years, especially the invasion of Ukraine. The committee heard testimony from former NATO Supreme Allied Commander Europe Gen. Philip M. Breedlove, USAF (Ret), and Julianne Smith, a senior fellow with the Center for New American Strategy.

�We must discuss the broad spectrum of issues that our country has with the Russian Federation and its behavior in recent years,� said Corker. �As we have heard multiple times in this room, Russia violated the Budapest Memorandum when it invaded Ukraine � where it continues to occupy stolen land and enable combat operations that kill innocent civilians. I appreciated the comments last week from our new ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, who strongly condemned Russia�s role in the recent escalation of violence in Eastern Ukraine and insisted U.S. sanctions over Crimea would remain in place.�

In examining how to regain the initiative in the U.S. approach to Russia, he further emphasized �the importance of restoring a credible U.S. deterrent so Moscow no longer exploits what it perceives as American weakness.�

Click here or on the image above to view video.

Honored to Meet Admiral John Richardson

On Thursday, Senator Corker met with Admiral John Richardson, our nation's highest ranking naval officer, and discussed a number of important global issues and the great work being done by our men and women in uniform.

Canada Is a Close Friend and Ally

On Tuesday, Senator Corker welcomed Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland to Washington. The senator stressed that Canada is not only our neighbor but a close friend and ally.

U.S.-Japan Alliance Will Continue to Provide an Anchor of Stability

On Friday, Senator Corker released the following statement about President Trump�s meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

�There is tremendous opportunity to expand a relationship that is hugely beneficial for both countries, and I commend President Trump for recognizing that by welcoming Prime Minister Abe to the White House so early in his administration,� said Corker. �Abe has proven to be a strong partner of the U.S., and he is prepared to work with President Trump to strengthen our economic and security cooperation even further. I�m very optimistic about the potential going forward and the strong signal sent by both leaders that the U.S.-Japan alliance will continue to provide an anchor of stability across the Asia-Pacific.�