Update from Senator Bob Corker - April 11, 2017

Senator Bob Corker
2017-04-11 11:00:40
Bob Corker - U.S. Senator, Tennessee *Justice Neil Gorsuch Takes His Seat on the Supreme Court* Senator Corker released the following statement after voting to confirm Judge Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court last Friday. Gorsuch was sworn in by President Donald J. Trump on Monday.� �Our next Supreme Court justice will have a lasting impact on the direction of our country, and as I said on February 2 after meeting with Judge Gorsuch in my Capitol Hill office, I have full confidence in his dedication to upholding the Constitution and applying the rule of law in a fair an independent manner,� *said Corker*. �I am pleased President Trump nominated such a well-respected and qualified individual, and I was proud to cast a vote to confirm Judge Gorsuch.� [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/Corker_meeting_with_Gorsuch_2.jpg] *Mark Green is Well-Suited to Serve our Nation as Secretary of the Army* On Friday, Senator Corker released the following statement after President Trump announced his intent to nominate Mark E. Green, of Tennessee, to serve as Secretary of the Army. �As a West Point graduate and former military officer, Mark Green is well-suited to serve our nation as Secretary of the Army,��*said Corker*. �He is respected in both the military and business communities, and I know the people of Tennessee State Senate District 22 have greatly valued his leadership and dedication over the past four years. Mark has a true sense of duty, and I was proud to recommend him to President Trump for this distinguished position.� *Rescuing Americans With Zero Options for Insurance on the Affordable Care Act Exchanges* On Wednesday, Senator Corker joined News Channel 3 Memphis "Live at 9" to discuss how the Health Care Options Act of 2017 would rescue Americans left with zero options on the Affordable Care Act exchanges next year. The legislation would allow people in places like Knoxville, where more than 34,000 individuals receiving subsidies under current law will have zero options in 2018, to use their subsidy to purchase health insurance off the exchange in the individual market. �All across Tennessee, people have one choice, but in some cases they have no choice,��*said Corker*.��What this bill does is offer them the opportunity to buy something off the exchange -- not the plans that were laid out by the government, but other private health insurance plans that many Tennesseans are already able to purchase. It's not something to replace reforming Obamacare. It's something to, until that occurs, give people an option so that they can go ahead while this is being worked out and provide health care insurance for their families.� � A full summary of the Health Care Options Act of 2017 is available here [link 1]. � [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/wreg_1.PNG] [link 2] � **Click here [link 3] or on the image above to watch the video.** *Welcoming Tennesseans to Washington* Last Tuesday, Senators Corker and Alexander hosted more than 100 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 4]. [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/tnt_5.jpg] On Wednesday, Senator Corker met students, parents and teachers from the University School of Jackson on the Capitol steps.� [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/C8rJI_tWsAE755-.jpg] [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/hat.jpg] Senator Corker was glad to meet the Renfro family of Chattanooga during their trip to the nation's capital last week.� [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/renfro.jpg] On Thursday, Senator Corker met with Nashville singer-songwriter Rory Feek as part of GRAMMYs On The Hill advocacy day. [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/feek.jpg] Senator Corker was proud to congratulate Jackson Police Capt. Mike Holt for receiving the Allied Professional Award from the U.S. Department of Justice for his important work. [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/jacksonpolice.jpg] *Proud of Our Nation After U.S. Missile Strikes in Syria* In an appearance on MSNBC�s �Andrea Mitchell Reports,� Senator Corker, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, called the U.S. missile strikes in Syria �very successful� in sending a message to the Bashar al-Assad regime against the use of chemical weapons. Corker received a call Thursday evening from President Trump in which the senator expressed support for the president�s decision to take military action after the deadly chemical weapons attack in Syria on Tuesday.� �Very successful,� *said Corker* of the strikes. �I had a nice conversation with the president and told him I was really proud of our nation and I thanked him for taking the steps that he had taken. I felt like they were proportionate. They were the right steps. They weren�t over the top. They sent the right message and did an appropriate amount of destruction to the air base there in Syria.� Corker also said the United States should hold Assad accountable for war crimes and pressure Russia to end its support for his regime. �Assad is not a legitimate leader,� *added Corker*. �How we move beyond him, a big part of that is making sure he's held responsible for these crimes against humanity, these war crimes that have taken place. I don't think it's time to get into the details of that now, when you have a meeting getting ready to take place with Russia with Tillerson. I think those conversations will begin. The pressure ought to be on the Russians. If Putin wants to be truly a world leader and at the table of world leaders, they should immediately withdraw support for this war criminal if they have any degree of moral clarity. So, we'll see how they react to this in the very near future.� [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/Syria.jpg] [link 5] **Click here [link 6] or on the image above to watch the video.** *Holding the Assad Regime Accountable* On Friday, Senator Corker, as well as Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), Todd Young (R-Ind.), and Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), introduced the Syrian War Crimes Accountability Act to instruct the Secretary of State to report on war crimes, crimes against humanity, and genocide in Syria, as well as to authorize assistance for investigations and other credible transitional justice efforts, including a potential hybrid tribunal, to hold Assad and his regime accountable for their heinous acts. The Syrian civil war has lasted for six years and hundreds of thousands of Syrians have been killed, many at the hands of dictator Bashar al-Assad and his regime. Millions more have fled the country as refugees. �Bashar al-Assad continues to demonstrate that he is a brutal dictator who belongs behind bars,��*said Corker*.��The U.S. should contribute to a legitimate process that will pursue accountability for Assad and all those guilty of war crimes in Syria.� A section-by-section summary of the bill is available online here [link 7].

Justice Neil Gorsuch Takes His Seat on the Supreme Court

Senator Corker released the following statement after voting to confirm Judge Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court last Friday. Gorsuch was sworn in by President Donald J. Trump on Monday. 

�Our next Supreme Court justice will have a lasting impact on the direction of our country, and as I said on February 2 after meeting with Judge Gorsuch in my Capitol Hill office, I have full confidence in his dedication to upholding the Constitution and applying the rule of law in a fair an independent manner,� said Corker. �I am pleased President Trump nominated such a well-respected and qualified individual, and I was proud to cast a vote to confirm Judge Gorsuch.�

Mark Green is Well-Suited to Serve our Nation as Secretary of the Army

On Friday, Senator Corker released the following statement after President Trump announced his intent to nominate Mark E. Green, of Tennessee, to serve as Secretary of the Army.

�As a West Point graduate and former military officer, Mark Green is well-suited to serve our nation as Secretary of the Army,� said Corker. �He is respected in both the military and business communities, and I know the people of Tennessee State Senate District 22 have greatly valued his leadership and dedication over the past four years. Mark has a true sense of duty, and I was proud to recommend him to President Trump for this distinguished position.�

Rescuing Americans With Zero Options for Insurance on the Affordable Care Act Exchanges

On Wednesday, Senator Corker joined News Channel 3 Memphis "Live at 9" to discuss how the Health Care Options Act of 2017 would rescue Americans left with zero options on the Affordable Care Act exchanges next year. The legislation would allow people in places like Knoxville, where more than 34,000 individuals receiving subsidies under current law will have zero options in 2018, to use their subsidy to purchase health insurance off the exchange in the individual market.

All across Tennessee, people have one choice, but in some cases they have no choice, said CorkerWhat this bill does is offer them the opportunity to buy something off the exchange -- not the plans that were laid out by the government, but other private health insurance plans that many Tennesseans are already able to purchase. It's not something to replace reforming Obamacare. It's something to, until that occurs, give people an option so that they can go ahead while this is being worked out and provide health care insurance for their families.
 
A full summary of the Health Care Options Act of 2017 is available .
 
 
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Welcoming Tennesseans to Washington

Last Tuesday, Senators Corker and Alexander hosted more than 100 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

On Wednesday, Senator Corker met students, parents and teachers from the University School of Jackson on the Capitol steps. 

Senator Corker was glad to meet the Renfro family of Chattanooga during their trip to the nation's capital last week. 

On Thursday, Senator Corker met with Nashville singer-songwriter Rory Feek as part of GRAMMYs On The Hill advocacy day.

Senator Corker was proud to congratulate Jackson Police Capt. Mike Holt for receiving the Allied Professional Award from the U.S. Department of Justice for his important work.

Proud of Our Nation After U.S. Missile Strikes in Syria

In an appearance on MSNBC�s �Andrea Mitchell Reports,� Senator Corker, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, called the U.S. missile strikes in Syria �very successful� in sending a message to the Bashar al-Assad regime against the use of chemical weapons. Corker received a call Thursday evening from President Trump in which the senator expressed support for the president�s decision to take military action after the deadly chemical weapons attack in Syria on Tuesday. 

�Very successful,� said Corker of the strikes. �I had a nice conversation with the president and told him I was really proud of our nation and I thanked him for taking the steps that he had taken. I felt like they were proportionate. They were the right steps. They weren�t over the top. They sent the right message and did an appropriate amount of destruction to the air base there in Syria.�

Corker also said the United States should hold Assad accountable for war crimes and pressure Russia to end its support for his regime.

�Assad is not a legitimate leader,� added Corker. �How we move beyond him, a big part of that is making sure he's held responsible for these crimes against humanity, these war crimes that have taken place. I don't think it's time to get into the details of that now, when you have a meeting getting ready to take place with Russia with Tillerson. I think those conversations will begin. The pressure ought to be on the Russians. If Putin wants to be truly a world leader and at the table of world leaders, they should immediately withdraw support for this war criminal if they have any degree of moral clarity. So, we'll see how they react to this in the very near future.�

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Holding the Assad Regime Accountable

On Friday, Senator Corker, as well as Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), Todd Young (R-Ind.), and Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), introduced the Syrian War Crimes Accountability Act to instruct the Secretary of State to report on war crimes, crimes against humanity, and genocide in Syria, as well as to authorize assistance for investigations and other credible transitional justice efforts, including a potential hybrid tribunal, to hold Assad and his regime accountable for their heinous acts.

The Syrian civil war has lasted for six years and hundreds of thousands of Syrians have been killed, many at the hands of dictator Bashar al-Assad and his regime. Millions more have fled the country as refugees.

Bashar al-Assad continues to demonstrate that he is a brutal dictator who belongs behind bars, said CorkerThe U.S. should contribute to a legitimate process that will pursue accountability for Assad and all those guilty of war crimes in Syria.

A section-by-section summary of the bill is available online