Update from Senator Corker - March 20, 2017

Senator Bob Corker
2017-03-20 19:40:20
Bob Corker - U.S. Senator, Tennessee *Traveling With President Trump to Tennessee* On Thursday, Senators Corker and Alexander joined President Trump on Air Force One to travel to Detroit before flying to Nashville for an event at The Hermitage to pay their respects to President Andrew Jackson on his 250th birthday. �A special thank you to Governor Bill Haslam and his incredible wife, who -- we just rode over together -- and Senators Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker, two great friends of mine, been a big, big help. Both incredible guys,� *said President Trump* at the event. [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/trumpcorker_1.jpg] On Air Force One, Senator Corker also met with Secretary of Labor Elaine Chao and Kellyanne Conway, a counselor to the president.� [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/conwaychao.jpg] *Discussing Health Care With President Trump* Senator Corker released the following statement on the House health care legislation after traveling with President Trump to Nashville:� �I had a discussion on Air Force One with President Trump about health care, and as this bill moves through the House of Representatives, I hope the following issues will be addressed. - *Cost.* The bill should help lower the cost of health care sooner rather than later. - *Affordability.* Tax credits must be sufficient enough to allow hardworking Americans not covered by their employer to reasonably purchase a health care plan that fits their needs. "I will be watching closely as the legislation progresses." *We Must Address the Real Drivers of Our Debt* On Thursday, Senator Corker, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and a member of the Senate Budget Committee, released the following statement regarding the Trump administration�s budget blueprint. �I sincerely appreciate the Trump administration�s effort to cut waste and encourage efficiency, but the fact is that until the president and Congress are willing to address the real drivers of our debt � Medicare and Social Security � we will be complicit in shackling future generations with the financial burden of our own lack of discipline,� *said Corker*. �That is not a legacy I want to leave.� �I truly believe we can solve our mandatory spending problem without harming those currently dependent on these programs, and I have offered numerous legislative proposals toward that end,� *continued Corker*. �I am hopeful that the complete 2018 budget to be delivered in May will include appropriate reforms because until we address this problem head on, discretionary spending will continue to be under severe pressure.� Corker also commented on the proposed budget blueprint for the U.S. Department of State. �Our team remains in close contact with the State Department,� *added Corker*. �Secretary Tillerson has said he willingly accepts this challenge, and I look forward to sitting down with him soon to discuss this proposal and how he believes he can accomplish his work at these budget levels. At the end of the day, while the administration proposes a budget, ultimately it is the role of Congress to dispose it and fund government. I believe we can strike an appropriate balance that recognizes the critical role of diplomacy in keeping our military out of harm�s way and appropriately advancing our nation�s interests while ensuring taxpayer dollars are used in the most efficient and effective manner.� *Welcoming Tennesseans to Washington* On Tuesday, Senators Corker and Alexander hosted more than 100 Tennesseans at a snowy �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 1]. [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/C66T41hWwAAzRwX.jpg] [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/031417-JAM-165.jpg] *Thanking Our Community Leaders* Last Sunday, Senator Corker had a wide-ranging discussion with this year's Leadership Tennessee class in Chattanooga. The senator appreciates the work these leaders do for our state.� [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/leadershiptn_1.jpg] *Supporting Dan Coats as Director of National Intelligence* On Thursday, Senator Corker released the following statement after former Senator Dan Coats (R-Ind.) was confirmed to serve as director of national intelligence. �Dan Coats has the leadership and judgment needed to serve as the director of national intelligence, as well as a true understanding of the important role the intelligence community plays in keeping our country safe,� *said Corker*. �It was an honor to serve alongside him in the Senate, and I am confident he will advise President Trump well as we continue to face many threats at home and abroad.�

Traveling With President Trump to Tennessee

On Thursday, Senators Corker and Alexander joined President Trump on Air Force One to travel to Detroit before flying to Nashville for an event at The Hermitage to pay their respects to President Andrew Jackson on his 250th birthday.

�A special thank you to Governor Bill Haslam and his incredible wife, who -- we just rode over together -- and Senators Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker, two great friends of mine, been a big, big help. Both incredible guys,� said President Trump at the event.

On Air Force One, Senator Corker also met with Secretary of Labor Elaine Chao and Kellyanne Conway, a counselor to the president. 

Discussing Health Care With President Trump

Senator Corker released the following statement on the House health care legislation after traveling with President Trump to Nashville: 

�I had a discussion on Air Force One with President Trump about health care, and as this bill moves through the House of Representatives, I hope the following issues will be addressed.

  • Cost. The bill should help lower the cost of health care sooner rather than later.
  • Affordability. Tax credits must be sufficient enough to allow hardworking Americans not covered by their employer to reasonably purchase a health care plan that fits their needs.

"I will be watching closely as the legislation progresses."

We Must Address the Real Drivers of Our Debt

On Thursday, Senator Corker, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and a member of the Senate Budget Committee, released the following statement regarding the Trump administration�s budget blueprint.

�I sincerely appreciate the Trump administration�s effort to cut waste and encourage efficiency, but the fact is that until the president and Congress are willing to address the real drivers of our debt � Medicare and Social Security � we will be complicit in shackling future generations with the financial burden of our own lack of discipline,� said Corker. �That is not a legacy I want to leave.�

�I truly believe we can solve our mandatory spending problem without harming those currently dependent on these programs, and I have offered numerous legislative proposals toward that end,� continued Corker. �I am hopeful that the complete 2018 budget to be delivered in May will include appropriate reforms because until we address this problem head on, discretionary spending will continue to be under severe pressure.�

Corker also commented on the proposed budget blueprint for the U.S. Department of State.

�Our team remains in close contact with the State Department,� added Corker. �Secretary Tillerson has said he willingly accepts this challenge, and I look forward to sitting down with him soon to discuss this proposal and how he believes he can accomplish his work at these budget levels. At the end of the day, while the administration proposes a budget, ultimately it is the role of Congress to dispose it and fund government. I believe we can strike an appropriate balance that recognizes the critical role of diplomacy in keeping our military out of harm�s way and appropriately advancing our nation�s interests while ensuring taxpayer dollars are used in the most efficient and effective manner.�

Welcoming Tennesseans to Washington

On Tuesday, Senators Corker and Alexander hosted more than 100 Tennesseans at a snowy �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.

Thanking Our Community Leaders

Last Sunday, Senator Corker had a wide-ranging discussion with this year's Leadership Tennessee class in Chattanooga. The senator appreciates the work these leaders do for our state. 

Supporting Dan Coats as Director of National Intelligence

On Thursday, Senator Corker released the following statement after former Senator Dan Coats (R-Ind.) was confirmed to serve as director of national intelligence.

�Dan Coats has the leadership and judgment needed to serve as the director of national intelligence, as well as a true understanding of the important role the intelligence community plays in keeping our country safe,� said Corker. �It was an honor to serve alongside him in the Senate, and I am confident he will advise President Trump well as we continue to face many threats at home and abroad.�