Update from Senator Bob Corker - May 1, 2017

Senator Bob Corker
2017-05-01 10:52:52
Bob Corker - U.S. Senator, Tennessee *Preserving Tennessee's Wilderness for Future Generations* On Thursday, Senator Corker was joined by Senator Lamar Alexander and Representative Phil Roe in introducing the Tennessee Wilderness Act. The Senate version of the legislation would designate nearly 20,000 acres of the Cherokee National Forest as wilderness area while having no effect on privately owned land and not increasing costs for taxpayers. �Millions of people visit Tennessee each year to experience our incredible God-given outdoor amenities, and it�s important that the Cherokee National Forest be preserved for future generations of Americans to enjoy,� said Corker*. �I thank Senator Alexander and Representative Roe for their commitment to protecting our wilderness, and I encourage my colleagues to support this legislation.� To learn more about the Tennessee Wilderness Act, click here [link 1]. *Welcoming Tennesseans to Washington* On Tuesday, Senators Corker and Alexander hosted more than 80 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/1324_1.JPG] [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/1303.JPG] The Tennessee Ambulance Service Association also attended Tennessee Tuesday and thanked Senator Corker for his support of the Volunteer State's first responders.� [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/042517-JOY-007_1.jpg] Senator Corker met with members of the Tennessee Electric Cooperative Association on Tuesday morning and appreciated gaining insights from the director of Middle Tennessee Electric Membership Corporation, Dan Smith.� [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/tnelectric_1.jpg] *Photo courtesy of Tennessee Electric Cooperative Association.* Senator Corker welcomed students from Lebanon's Friendship Christian School to the Capitol on Tuesday afternoon.� [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/fcs_1.jpg] On Wednesday, Senator Corker enjoyed meeting with Patient Services Incorporated to learn about the work the non-profit does to impact the lives of patients like six-year-old Nashvillian Elise.� [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/IMG_0742_1.JPG] [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/IMG_0698.JPG] Senator Corker also had the opportunity on Wednesday to congratulate Marquavious Moore of Memphis' Harding Academy and Emma Selner of Rhodes College for their educational accomplishments. Marquavious was in Washington as a finalist in the 2017 Poetry Out Loud competition, and Emma was at the Capitol to discuss her work with the Council on Undergraduate Research.� [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/IMG_0640.JPG] [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/IMG_0689_1.JPG] Senator Corker spoke to Tennesseans with SHAPE America on Wednesday and learned about the programs the organization is promoting in schools to keep our kids active.� [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/shape.jpg] *Secretary Perdue Understands the Challenges Facing American Farmers* Senator Corker released the following statement on Tuesday after voting to confirm former Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue to serve as secretary of agriculture. The Senate confirmed Perdue by a vote of 87 to 11. �As a farmer, an agribusiness owner, and a former governor, Secretary Perdue has decades of experience and understands the challenges facing American farmers,� *said Corker*. �I was proud to support his nomination and am confident he will work tirelessly to help rural communities thrive while also ensuring the safety of our country�s food supply.� *Thanking Rotary International for Its Efforts to End Polio and Modern Slavery* On Tuesday, Senator Corker thanked members of Rotary International, including the organization's president and fellow Chattanoogan John Germ, for their efforts to end polio worldwide. The senator appreciates Rotary's support of the End Modern Slavery Initiative [link 3] and is excited to partner with Rotarians to end modern slavery and human trafficking across the globe.� [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/IMG_0742.JPG]

Preserving Tennessee's Wilderness for Future Generations

On Thursday, Senator Corker was joined by Senator Lamar Alexander and Representative Phil Roe in introducing the Tennessee Wilderness Act. The Senate version of the legislation would designate nearly 20,000 acres of the Cherokee National Forest as wilderness area while having no effect on privately owned land and not increasing costs for taxpayers.

�Millions of people visit Tennessee each year to experience our incredible God-given outdoor amenities, and it�s important that the Cherokee National Forest be preserved for future generations of Americans to enjoy,� said Corker. �I thank Senator Alexander and Representative Roe for their commitment to protecting our wilderness, and I encourage my colleagues to support this legislation.�

To learn more about the Tennessee Wilderness Act, click here.

Welcoming Tennesseans to Washington

On Tuesday, Senators Corker and Alexander hosted more than 80 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

The Tennessee Ambulance Service Association also attended Tennessee Tuesday and thanked Senator Corker for his support of the Volunteer State's first responders. 

Senator Corker met with members of the Tennessee Electric Cooperative Association on Tuesday morning and appreciated gaining insights from the director of Middle Tennessee Electric Membership Corporation, Dan Smith. 

Photo courtesy of Tennessee Electric Cooperative Association.

Senator Corker welcomed students from Lebanon's Friendship Christian School to the Capitol on Tuesday afternoon. 

On Wednesday, Senator Corker enjoyed meeting with Patient Services Incorporated to learn about the work the non-profit does to impact the lives of patients like six-year-old Nashvillian Elise. 

Senator Corker also had the opportunity on Wednesday to congratulate Marquavious Moore of Memphis' Harding Academy and Emma Selner of Rhodes College for their educational accomplishments. Marquavious was in Washington as a finalist in the 2017 Poetry Out Loud competition, and Emma was at the Capitol to discuss her work with the Council on Undergraduate Research. 

Senator Corker spoke to Tennesseans with SHAPE America on Wednesday and learned about the programs the organization is promoting in schools to keep our kids active. 

Secretary Perdue Understands the Challenges Facing American Farmers

Senator Corker released the following statement on Tuesday after voting to confirm former Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue to serve as secretary of agriculture. The Senate confirmed Perdue by a vote of 87 to 11.

�As a farmer, an agribusiness owner, and a former governor, Secretary Perdue has decades of experience and understands the challenges facing American farmers,� said Corker. �I was proud to support his nomination and am confident he will work tirelessly to help rural communities thrive while also ensuring the safety of our country�s food supply.�

Thanking Rotary International for Its Efforts to End Polio and Modern Slavery

On Tuesday, Senator Corker thanked members of Rotary International, including the organization's president and fellow Chattanoogan John Germ, for their efforts to end polio worldwide. The senator appreciates Rotary's support of the and is excited to partner with Rotarians to end modern slavery and human trafficking across the globe.