Traveling With President
Trump to Tennessee
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
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
�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
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
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
�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
Corker also commented
on the proposed budget blueprint for the U.S. Department of
�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
Tennesseans to Washington
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
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
Thursday, Senator Corker released the following statement after former
Senator Dan Coats (R-Ind.) was confirmed to serve as director of
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