Update from Senator Bob Corker - April 3, 2017

Senator Bob Corker
2017-04-03 18:55:04
Bob Corker - U.S. Senator, Tennessee *We Must Rescue Americans With Zero Options for Insurance on the Affordable Care Act Exchange* On Wednesday, Senators Corker and Alexander introduced legislation to rescue Americans with Affordable Care Act (ACA) subsidies who have zero options for health insurance on the exchanges for the 2018 plan year. �At some point, on behalf of the American people, Congress and the administration have to resolve the issues that are driving up health care costs, limiting choices, and causing the exchange market to spiral downward,��*said Corker*. �However, in the interim, we must take steps to ensure people in places like Knoxville, where more than 34,000 individuals receiving subsidies under current law will have zero options in 2018, have the opportunity to purchase health insurance off the exchange in the individual market.� If passed, the legislation will also waive the ACA's requirement to buy a specific health care plan or pay a fine in areas where there are zero insurance options on the exchange.�A full summary of the Health Care Options Act of 2017 is available here [link 1]. *Welcoming Tennesseans to Washington* On Tuesday, Senators Corker and Alexander hosted more than 200 Tennesseans, including the former Tennessee Adjutant General Retired Major General Gus L. Hargett and his family, 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_4.jpg] On Wednesday, Senator Corker had a wide-ranging discussion with Clarksville and Montgomery County leaders about the importance of Fort Campbell and the U.S. Army 101st Airborne Division.� [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/clarksville.jpg] Senator Corker also met with General Max Haston of the Tennessee National Guard. The senator appreciates his leadership and values his dedication to protecting our country.� [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/haston.jpg] On Wednesday, Senator Corker met with students from HOPE Inc. on the Capitol steps. The Kingsport-based organization empowers teens through education and life skills development.� [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/hopeinc.jpg] *New CBO Report Further Underscores the Need to Address Our Country's Fiscal Imbalance* On Thursday, Senator Corker, a member of the Senate Budget Committee, released the following statement after the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released its 2017 Long-Term Budget Outlook [link 3]. �This report further underscores the need for Congress and the administration to address our country�s dire fiscal imbalance,� *said Corker*. �We have been warned repeatedly by budget experts across the political spectrum about the urgent need to address our growing debt, yet every year we procrastinate and every year the problem grows greater and the solutions harder. I strongly encourage my colleagues to keep our precarious fiscal situation in mind as we turn to the next items on the legislative to-do list.� *Standing With Israel* On Monday, at the American Israel Public Affair Committee's (AIPAC) 2017 conference, Senator Corker had a great discussion about the efforts in Congress to support Israel and deter the threat from Iran. The senator also spoke with AIPAC members from Tennessee and stressed the importance of a strong U.S.-Israel relationship. [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/aipac.jpg] [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/aipac2_1.jpg] *Opportunity for Congress and the Trump Administration to Implement a New Strategic Vision for the U.S. Approach to the World* On Thursday, Senator Corker, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, expressed optimism about the opportunity for cooperation between Congress and the Trump administration on implementing a new strategic vision for the U.S. approach to the world. The comments came during a committee hearing featuring testimony from former national security advisor Stephen Hadley and former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright. �We stand at a moment of exceptional opportunity to take the strategic thinking we�re exploring at hearings like this one and work together with this new administration to turn it into reality,� *said Corker*. �There�s no question they are more accessible and welcoming of input than any administration I�ve dealt with since joining the committee.� He identified four broad challenges facing the U.S. internationally: (1) the �crisis of credibility�when it comes to the world�s view of the United States�; (2) the �serious problem with prioritization� and the need to �simplify and re-center our attention on the things that really matter�; (3) U.S. global engagement that is �disconnected from the beliefs and desires of the American people�; and (4) �the top threat to our national security� � �the long-term debt situation we have irresponsibly created�. �I think we�ve lost the American people on foreign policy in many ways,� *added Corker*, who expressed support for saving money and streamlining operations at the State Department. �To the extent we can make sure that what we�re doing at the State Department and at the U.N. really matters and that we�re not doing wasteful things, I think that actually builds a case for us to do some of the transformative things I see us doing around the world.� [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/Corker_hearing_1.jpg] [link 4] **Click here [link 5] or on the image above to view video.**

We Must Rescue Americans With Zero Options for Insurance on the Affordable Care Act Exchange

On Wednesday, Senators Corker and Alexander introduced legislation to rescue Americans with Affordable Care Act (ACA) subsidies who have zero options for health insurance on the exchanges for the 2018 plan year.

�At some point, on behalf of the American people, Congress and the administration have to resolve the issues that are driving up health care costs, limiting choices, and causing the exchange market to spiral downward,� said Corker. �However, in the interim, we must take steps to ensure people in places like Knoxville, where more than 34,000 individuals receiving subsidies under current law will have zero options in 2018, have the opportunity to purchase health insurance off the exchange in the individual market.�

If passed, the legislation will also waive the ACA's requirement to buy a specific health care plan or pay a fine in areas where there are zero insurance options on the exchangeA full summary of the Health Care Options Act of 2017 is available here.

Welcoming Tennesseans to Washington

On Tuesday, Senators Corker and Alexander hosted more than 200 Tennesseans, including the former Tennessee Adjutant General Retired Major General Gus L. Hargett and his family, 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

On Wednesday, Senator Corker had a wide-ranging discussion with Clarksville and Montgomery County leaders about the importance of Fort Campbell and the U.S. Army 101st Airborne Division. 

Senator Corker also met with General Max Haston of the Tennessee National Guard. The senator appreciates his leadership and values his dedication to protecting our country. 

On Wednesday, Senator Corker met with students from HOPE Inc. on the Capitol steps. The Kingsport-based organization empowers teens through education and life skills development. 

New CBO Report Further Underscores the Need to Address Our Country's Fiscal Imbalance

On Thursday, Senator Corker, a member of the Senate Budget Committee, released the following statement after the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released its .

�This report further underscores the need for Congress and the administration to address our country�s dire fiscal imbalance,� said Corker. �We have been warned repeatedly by budget experts across the political spectrum about the urgent need to address our growing debt, yet every year we procrastinate and every year the problem grows greater and the solutions harder. I strongly encourage my colleagues to keep our precarious fiscal situation in mind as we turn to the next items on the legislative to-do list.�

Standing With Israel

On Monday, at the American Israel Public Affair Committee's (AIPAC) 2017 conference, Senator Corker had a great discussion about the efforts in Congress to support Israel and deter the threat from Iran. The senator also spoke with AIPAC members from Tennessee and stressed the importance of a strong U.S.-Israel relationship.

Opportunity for Congress and the Trump Administration to Implement a New Strategic Vision for the U.S. Approach to the World

On Thursday, Senator Corker, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, expressed optimism about the opportunity for cooperation between Congress and the Trump administration on implementing a new strategic vision for the U.S. approach to the world. The comments came during a committee hearing featuring testimony from former national security advisor Stephen Hadley and former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright.

�We stand at a moment of exceptional opportunity to take the strategic thinking we�re exploring at hearings like this one and work together with this new administration to turn it into reality,� said Corker. �There�s no question they are more accessible and welcoming of input than any administration I�ve dealt with since joining the committee.�

He identified four broad challenges facing the U.S. internationally: (1) the �crisis of credibility�when it comes to the world�s view of the United States�; (2) the �serious problem with prioritization� and the need to �simplify and re-center our attention on the things that really matter�; (3) U.S. global engagement that is �disconnected from the beliefs and desires of the American people�; and (4) �the top threat to our national security� � �the long-term debt situation we have irresponsibly created�.

�I think we�ve lost the American people on foreign policy in many ways,� added Corker, who expressed support for saving money and streamlining operations at the State Department. �To the extent we can make sure that what we�re doing at the State Department and at the U.N. really matters and that we�re not doing wasteful things, I think that actually builds a case for us to do some of the transformative things I see us doing around the world.�

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