Update from Senator Bob Corker - March 28, 2017

Senator Bob Corker
2017-03-28 06:15:48
Bob Corker - U.S. Senator, Tennessee *Proud to Support Judge Gorsuch* Last week, the Senate Judiciary Committee held four days of hearings to consider the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch, President Trump's nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court.� �Judge Gorsuch handled himself with great integrity and professionalism during his confirmation hearings,��said Corker*.��I could not be more impressed with him and am proud to support his nomination.� In early February, Senator Corker announced [link 1] his support for Judge Gorsuch following a meeting in the senator's Capitol Hill office. �Judge Gorsuch 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," *said Corker.�*"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/gorsuch.jpg] *Ready to Fix Our Broken Health Care System* On Friday, Senator Corker released the following statement on the American Health Care Act after speaking with President Trump on the telephone. �I had a nice talk with President Trump,� *said Corker*. �At some point, on behalf of the American people, we have to resolve the issues that are driving up costs, limiting choices, and causing the individual market to spiral downward. I stand ready to work with the administration and my colleagues on both sides of the aisle in order to fix our broken health care system.� *Meeting With Tennesseans* Last week, Senators Corker and Alexander hosted more than 210 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 2]. [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/TNT_3.jpg] Prior to Tennessee Tuesday, Senator Corker had breakfast with Cody Brock, a�Chattanooga high school student and history lover who was visiting Washington with his family as part of a trip made possible by the Make-A-Wish Foundation.� �It was truly a privilege to welcome Cody to Capitol Hill and have breakfast with him and his family in the Senate Dining Room,� *said Corker*. �Despite the challenges the Brock family faces, they have an outstanding outlook on life and it was inspiring to be with them. I thank the Make A Wish Foundation for their work to make Cody�s dreams come true and hope he enjoys the rest of his time in Washington.� [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/cody2.jpg] Senator Corker enjoyed welcoming JoJo and his family, of Franklin, to his office last week and was glad to play a small role in JoJo's adoption from the Democratic Republic of Congo.� [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/jojo.jpg] On Tuesday, Senator Corker had a great discussion with Dr. Jeff Balser, the dean of the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, about the importance of research and the care Vanderbilt University Medical Center provides Tennesseans. [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/vumc.jpg] Senator Corker met with the Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority and the Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority last week to discuss economic growth in their respective areas.� [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/memphisair.jpg] [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/nashvilleair.jpg] Senator Corker also had a wide-ranging discussion with the Greater Memphis Chamber and heard their thoughts on a number of issues impacting West Tennessee. [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/memphischamber.jpg] On Wednesday, Senator Corker spoke to Life Science Tennessee at their congressional breakfast in the Capitol.� [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/lifescitn.jpg] *Holding Iran Accountable* On Thursday, Senator Corker, as well Senators Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), and Bob Casey (D-Pa.), led a group of more than a dozen senators in introducing bipartisan legislation to hold Iran accountable. The legislation, cosponsored by Senators Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), James E. Risch (R-Idaho), Chris Coons (D-Del.), Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Todd Young (R-Ind.) and Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.), expands sanctions for ballistic missile development, support for terrorism, transfers of conventional weapons to or from Iran, and human rights violations. �This legislation demonstrates the strong bipartisan support in Congress for a comprehensive approach to holding Iran accountable by targeting all aspects of the regime�s destabilizing actions,��*said Corker*. �These steps will allow us to regain the initiative on Iran and pushback forcefully against this threat to our security and that of our allies.� *Bill Hagerty Will be an Effective Ambassador to Japan* On Thursday, Senator Corker released the following statement on the nomination of Tennessean William F. (Bill) Hagerty to serve as U.S. ambassador to Japan. �Japan is one of our most critical allies, and I could not imagine a more effective person in this role as the next ambassador of Japan,��*said Corker*. �I have worked alongside Bill to negotiate significant foreign direct investment that has generated positive, material impact on the lives of thousands of people and in our economy. He is a highly competent leader with exceptional negotiating skills that will serve America�s interests and our relationship with the Japanese people well.� *Promoting Religious Freedom Worldwide* On Tuesday, Senator Corker, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, spoke to the Religious Freedom Institute and thanked the organization for its work in making international religious liberty a top priority and key global issue. [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/rfi.jpg]

Proud to Support Judge Gorsuch

Last week, the Senate Judiciary Committee held four days of hearings to consider the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch, President Trump's nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court. 

Judge Gorsuch handled himself with great integrity and professionalism during his confirmation hearings, said Corker�I could not be more impressed with him and am proud to support his nomination.

In early February, Senator Corker

�Judge Gorsuch 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," said Corker. "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.�

Ready to Fix Our Broken Health Care System

On Friday, Senator Corker released the following statement on the American Health Care Act after speaking with President Trump on the telephone.

�I had a nice talk with President Trump,� said Corker. �At some point, on behalf of the American people, we have to resolve the issues that are driving up costs, limiting choices, and causing the individual market to spiral downward. I stand ready to work with the administration and my colleagues on both sides of the aisle in order to fix our broken health care system.�

Meeting With Tennesseans

Last week, Senators Corker and Alexander hosted more than 210 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.

Prior to Tennessee Tuesday, Senator Corker had breakfast with Cody Brock, a Chattanooga high school student and history lover who was visiting Washington with his family as part of a trip made possible by the Make-A-Wish Foundation. 

�It was truly a privilege to welcome Cody to Capitol Hill and have breakfast with him and his family in the Senate Dining Room,� said Corker. �Despite the challenges the Brock family faces, they have an outstanding outlook on life and it was inspiring to be with them. I thank the Make A Wish Foundation for their work to make Cody�s dreams come true and hope he enjoys the rest of his time in Washington.�

Senator Corker enjoyed welcoming JoJo and his family, of Franklin, to his office last week and was glad to play a small role in JoJo's adoption from the Democratic Republic of Congo. 

On Tuesday, Senator Corker had a great discussion with Dr. Jeff Balser, the dean of the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, about the importance of research and the care Vanderbilt University Medical Center provides Tennesseans.

Senator Corker met with the Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority and the Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority last week to discuss economic growth in their respective areas. 

Senator Corker also had a wide-ranging discussion with the Greater Memphis Chamber and heard their thoughts on a number of issues impacting West Tennessee.

On Wednesday, Senator Corker spoke to Life Science Tennessee at their congressional breakfast in the Capitol. 

Holding Iran Accountable

On Thursday, Senator Corker, as well Senators Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), and Bob Casey (D-Pa.), led a group of more than a dozen senators in introducing bipartisan legislation to hold Iran accountable. The legislation, cosponsored by Senators Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), James E. Risch (R-Idaho), Chris Coons (D-Del.), Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Todd Young (R-Ind.) and Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.), expands sanctions for ballistic missile development, support for terrorism, transfers of conventional weapons to or from Iran, and human rights violations.

�This legislation demonstrates the strong bipartisan support in Congress for a comprehensive approach to holding Iran accountable by targeting all aspects of the regime�s destabilizing actions,� said Corker. �These steps will allow us to regain the initiative on Iran and pushback forcefully against this threat to our security and that of our allies.�

Bill Hagerty Will be an Effective Ambassador to Japan

On Thursday, Senator Corker released the following statement on the nomination of Tennessean William F. (Bill) Hagerty to serve as U.S. ambassador to Japan.

�Japan is one of our most critical allies, and I could not imagine a more effective person in this role as the next ambassador of Japan,� said Corker. �I have worked alongside Bill to negotiate significant foreign direct investment that has generated positive, material impact on the lives of thousands of people and in our economy. He is a highly competent leader with exceptional negotiating skills that will serve America�s interests and our relationship with the Japanese people well.�

Promoting Religious Freedom Worldwide

On Tuesday, Senator Corker, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, spoke to the Religious Freedom Institute and thanked the organization for its work in making international religious liberty a top priority and key global issue.