Constituents Across the Volunteer State
Last week, Senator Corker traveled across the
Volunteer State and met with constituents in Shelby, Williamson,
Cumberland, Anderson and Davidson counties to provide an update on his work on
behalf of Tennesseans and share his perspective on how to address the
major challenges facing our nation.
Senator Corker began his travel in the Memphis area at a
town hall hosted by the Arlington Chamber of Commerce.
Senator Corker was pleased to
present the Bobby Dunavant Public Service Award to Collierville Mayor
Stan Joyner and Memphis Libraries director Keenon McCloy in Memphis
On Wednesday, Senator Corker met with Tennesseans at a breakfast
hosted by the Brentwood Rotary Club.
Senator Corker also had the
privilege of meeting with our men and women of the Tennessee National
Guard's 118th Air Wing on Wednesday.
On Thursday, Senator Corker traveled to
Crossville and had a lively discussion with Tennesseans about a wide range of
On Friday, Senator Corker was in Knoxville and spoke with WBIR (Ch.
10) about North Korea, his relationship with President Trump, and the
need for food aid reform.
Resources More Efficiently to Reach Millions More Each
Earlier this month, Senator
Corker, as well as Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.), both members of the
Senate Foreign Relations Committee, returned from a trip to the Bidi
Bidi refugee camp in Uganda, where more than 270,000 people reside
after fleeing war-torn South Sudan. The senators witnessed firsthand one
of the countries hardest hit by the current global food crisis in which
20 million people in Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan, and Yemen are at
risk of starvation. They sought to elevate international attention on
the historic and desperate nature of the humanitarian situation while
also making a plea for other donor countries to join the U.S. in
meeting the unprecedented need.
�We witnessed firsthand the immense suffering caused by the
current global food crisis, a situation that is purely man-made, with
corrupt governments and armed groups committing savage violence and pushing
millions of people to the brink of starvation.� said
Corker, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. �The
conflicts in East Africa and the massive refugee flows that have been
created make getting life-sustaining food to those in need an urgent
priority that only grows by the day. Senator Coons and I will continue to
press for using existing U.S. food aid resources more efficiently to
reach millions more people each year.�
In March, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee held a
hearing on the unprecedented state of global humanitarian
affairs with a focus on the expanding food crisis affecting in the Middle
East and Africa and how the U.S. and the world should respond. In
general, Corker and Coons would like to see reforms similar to those
included in the .
Following their visit to Uganda, Senators Corker and Coons discussed
the need for food aid reform on MSNBC "Morning Joe".
Ruth Holmberg's Impact Will Be Felt for Many Years to
Senator Corker released the following statement on the passing of Ruth
Holmberg, former publisher of the Chattanooga
�While the world knows Ruth Holmberg's
family for starting the New York Times, anyone who knew Ruth knew her
heart was always in Chattanooga,� said Corker. �In her
quiet way, she was one of the kindest and most generous champions for
our city that I have ever known and her impact will be felt for many
years to come. Her long-time leadership and stewardship of the
Chattanooga Times informed generations of our citizens and her advocacy for
the arts helped transform our community and establish it as a place with
tremendous heart and soul. She was a friend to so many and will be