Update from Senator Corker - February 21, 2017

Senator Bob Corker
2017-02-21 16:36:15
Bob Corker - U.S. Senator, Tennessee *U.S. at Historic Turning Point in Global Fight to End Modern Slavery* Ahead of the END IT Movement [link 1]�s fifth annual �Shine a Light on Slavery� day this week, Senator Corker, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, convened a hearing on Wednesday to assess progress by the U.S. to end modern slavery and human trafficking internationally, including recent enactment of authorizing legislation for the End Modern Slavery Initiative [link 2]. The hearing featured testimony from actor Ashton Kutcher, co-founder of Thorn [link 3], and Elisa Massimino, president and CEO of Human Rights First.� �We are at a historic turning point in the global fight to end modern slavery thanks to the incredible efforts of so many committed individuals, faith-based groups, and aid organizations throughout the U.S. and around the world,� *said Corker*. �In marking END IT Day, we highlight the horrific nature of modern slavery. We also highlight progress being made as the U.S. prepares to embark on an unprecedented global effort to end this scourge on humanity. This is important as we implement the authorization of the End Modern Slavery Initiative to measurably and sustainably ramp up all our efforts worldwide.� [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/corkeremsi.JPG] [link 4] **Click here [link 5] or on the image above to watch Corker's opening remarks.** [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/kutcher.JPG] [link 6] **Click here [link 7] or on the image above to watch Kutcher's testimony.** To join Senator Corker and the END IT Movement [link 8] in raising awareness about modern slavery and human trafficking, take a photo with a* red X *on your hand and post it on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter this Thursday, February 23, using *#EndSlaveryAct* and *#enditmovement*.� This simple action opens the door to conversations and allows us to tell more people that slavery still exists and that we are working to end it. To learn more, click here [link 9]. [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/CorkerEndItNow.jpg] *Honoring Master Sergeant Roddie Edmonds* Senator Corker, joined by Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Tim Kaine (D-Va.), last week introduced a bill to award the Congressional Gold Medal to Master Sergeant Rodrick �Roddie� Edmonds, a lifelong Tennessean, in recognition of his heroic actions during World War II. As the senior noncommissioned officer responsible for 1,275 members of the Armed Forces at a prisoner-of-war camp in Germany, Edmonds orchestrated a remarkable show of unity when the Nazis ordered him to identify and separate out the Jewish-American soldiers under his command. Disregarding the orders, Edmonds and all 1,275 soldiers stood together. Upon seeing the soldiers united as one, a German officer angrily shouted, �They cannot all be Jews!�, to which Edmonds replied, �We are all Jews here.� The German officer eventually turned away and left the scene. The actions taken by Edmonds saved the lives of approximately 200 Jewish-American members that day. �The courage and foresight Master Sergeant Edmonds showed that day to save the lives of approximately 200 Jewish-American soldiers is truly remarkable,��*said Corker*.��Even when faced with death himself, Master Sergeant Edmonds and the men under his command stood united to protect their fellow soldiers. His moral fortitude and humility serve as an example for us all, and I am pleased to join my colleagues to honor his life in this way.� Full text of the legislation, which includes details on Master Sergeant Edmonds� heroic actions, is available online here [link 10]. *Welcoming Tennesseans to Washington* Last 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 11]. [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/021417-26601-0062-rb_1.jpg] Last Tuesday, Senator Corker met with Tennessee State Treasurer David Lillard to discuss our state's financial status and future.� [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/IMG_0005_1.JPG] On Thursday, Senator Corker met with the Tennessee Hospital Association to discuss a number of issues impacting hospitals across the Volunteer State.� [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/017_2.JPG] On Thursday, Senator Corker had a wide-ranging discussion with Bryan Jordan, CEO of First Horizon. The Memphis-based company employs more than 4,000 people.� [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/007_2.JPG] *Mick Mulvaney Understands That the Inability to Get Our Fiscal House in Order Is One of the Greatest Threats to Our Nation* On Thursday, Senator Corker released the following statement after voting for Congressman Mick Mulvaney, President Donald J. Trump's choice to serve as director of the Office of Management and Budget. �Director Mulvaney understands that the inability to get our fiscal house in order is one of the greatest threats to our nation, and I am glad he will be serving our country in this capacity,� *said Corker*. �The U.S. is over $20 trillion in debt, and massive annual deficits are projected for years to come unless we drastically change spending habits in Washington. I have spoken with Director Mulvaney about the need for the Trump administration to put forward fiscally responsible budgets, and I will continue to push for reforms of our broken federal budget process.� *U.S. Fiscal Course Is Unsustainable* During a recent hearing to discuss the Federal Reserve�s semiannual monetary policy report, Senator Corker, a member of the Senate Banking Committee, questioned Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen about the role Congress and the administration should play to put the United States on a sustainable fiscal trajectory. �You're hoping the administration will develop policies that cause a sustainable trajectory relative to fiscal issues,� *said Corker*. �Is there anything that you�re seeing coming down the pipe or being debated that has caused you to raise that issue?� �I think we�ve known for many, many years that the U.S. fiscal trajectory is not sustainable,� *replied Yellen*. Corker added that Congress has been conducting itself �in a totally inappropriate way as it relates to the deficit� and agreed with Yellen that our country�s fiscal trajectory has been a long-standing problem that could be made worse by certain policies being discussed on Capitol Hill. �Well, some of the policies that are being discussed might well raise deficits and, in that context, they may also have impacts on economic growth� I do think it�s worth pointing out that fiscal sustainability has been a long standing problem and that the U.S. fiscal course, as our population ages and health care costs increase, is already not sustainable,�* said Yellen*. �[I] agree 100 percent,�* replied Corker*. [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/Corker_Yellen_Hearing_1.PNG] [link 12] **Click here [link 13] or on the image above to view video.** *Seeking Release of American Pastor Unjustly Detained in Turkey* On Wednesday, Senator Corker and members of the Senate Foreign Relations and House Foreign Affairs committees sent a letter signed by 78 members of Congress to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan seeking the unconditional release of American pastor Andrew Brunson, who has been unjustly detained in Turkey since October and denied regular and appropriate access to legal counsel and American consular services. To view a signed copy of the letter, click�here [link 14].

U.S. at Historic Turning Point in Global Fight to End Modern Slavery

Ahead of the END IT Movement�s fifth annual �Shine a Light on Slavery� day this week, Senator Corker, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, convened a hearing on Wednesday to assess progress by the U.S. to end modern slavery and human trafficking internationally, including recent enactment of authorizing legislation for the End Modern Slavery Initiative. The hearing featured testimony from actor Ashton Kutcher, co-founder of Thorn, and Elisa Massimino, president and CEO of Human Rights First. 

�We are at a historic turning point in the global fight to end modern slavery thanks to the incredible efforts of so many committed individuals, faith-based groups, and aid organizations throughout the U.S. and around the world,� said Corker. �In marking END IT Day, we highlight the horrific nature of modern slavery. We also highlight progress being made as the U.S. prepares to embark on an unprecedented global effort to end this scourge on humanity. This is important as we implement the authorization of the End Modern Slavery Initiative to measurably and sustainably ramp up all our efforts worldwide.�

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To join Senator Corker and the in raising awareness about modern slavery and human trafficking, take a photo with a red X on your hand and post it on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter this Thursday, February 23, using #EndSlaveryAct and #enditmovement

This simple action opens the door to conversations and allows us to tell more people that slavery still exists and that we are working to end it. To learn more, click

Honoring Master Sergeant Roddie Edmonds

Senator Corker, joined by Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Tim Kaine (D-Va.), last week introduced a bill to award the Congressional Gold Medal to Master Sergeant Rodrick �Roddie� Edmonds, a lifelong Tennessean, in recognition of his heroic actions during World War II.

As the senior noncommissioned officer responsible for 1,275 members of the Armed Forces at a prisoner-of-war camp in Germany, Edmonds orchestrated a remarkable show of unity when the Nazis ordered him to identify and separate out the Jewish-American soldiers under his command. Disregarding the orders, Edmonds and all 1,275 soldiers stood together. Upon seeing the soldiers united as one, a German officer angrily shouted, �They cannot all be Jews!�, to which Edmonds replied, �We are all Jews here.� The German officer eventually turned away and left the scene. The actions taken by Edmonds saved the lives of approximately 200 Jewish-American members that day.

�The courage and foresight Master Sergeant Edmonds showed that day to save the lives of approximately 200 Jewish-American soldiers is truly remarkable,� said CorkerEven when faced with death himself, Master Sergeant Edmonds and the men under his command stood united to protect their fellow soldiers. His moral fortitude and humility serve as an example for us all, and I am pleased to join my colleagues to honor his life in this way.�

Full text of the legislation, which includes details on Master Sergeant Edmonds� heroic actions, is available online Welcoming Tennesseans to Washington

Last 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

Last Tuesday, Senator Corker met with Tennessee State Treasurer David Lillard to discuss our state's financial status and future. 

On Thursday, Senator Corker met with the Tennessee Hospital Association to discuss a number of issues impacting hospitals across the Volunteer State. 

On Thursday, Senator Corker had a wide-ranging discussion with Bryan Jordan, CEO of First Horizon. The Memphis-based company employs more than 4,000 people. 

Mick Mulvaney Understands That the Inability to Get Our Fiscal House in Order Is One of the Greatest Threats to Our Nation

On Thursday, Senator Corker released the following statement after voting for Congressman Mick Mulvaney, President Donald J. Trump's choice to serve as director of the Office of Management and Budget.

�Director Mulvaney understands that the inability to get our fiscal house in order is one of the greatest threats to our nation, and I am glad he will be serving our country in this capacity,� said Corker. �The U.S. is over $20 trillion in debt, and massive annual deficits are projected for years to come unless we drastically change spending habits in Washington. I have spoken with Director Mulvaney about the need for the Trump administration to put forward fiscally responsible budgets, and I will continue to push for reforms of our broken federal budget process.�

U.S. Fiscal Course Is Unsustainable

During a recent hearing to discuss the Federal Reserve�s semiannual monetary policy report, Senator Corker, a member of the Senate Banking Committee, questioned Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen about the role Congress and the administration should play to put the United States on a sustainable fiscal trajectory.

�You're hoping the administration will develop policies that cause a sustainable trajectory relative to fiscal issues,� said Corker. �Is there anything that you�re seeing coming down the pipe or being debated that has caused you to raise that issue?�

�I think we�ve known for many, many years that the U.S. fiscal trajectory is not sustainable,� replied Yellen.

Corker added that Congress has been conducting itself �in a totally inappropriate way as it relates to the deficit� and agreed with Yellen that our country�s fiscal trajectory has been a long-standing problem that could be made worse by certain policies being discussed on Capitol Hill.

�Well, some of the policies that are being discussed might well raise deficits and, in that context, they may also have impacts on economic growth� I do think it�s worth pointing out that fiscal sustainability has been a long standing problem and that the U.S. fiscal course, as our population ages and health care costs increase, is already not sustainable,� said Yellen.

�[I] agree 100 percent,� replied Corker.

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Seeking Release of American Pastor Unjustly Detained in Turkey

On Wednesday, Senator Corker and members of the Senate Foreign Relations and House Foreign Affairs committees sent a letter signed by 78 members of Congress to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan seeking the unconditional release of American pastor Andrew Brunson, who has been unjustly detained in Turkey since October and denied regular and appropriate access to legal counsel and American consular services.

To view a signed copy of the letter, click