Update from Senator Bob Corker - May 8, 2017

Senator Bob Corker
2017-05-08 12:01:18
Bob Corker - U.S. Senator, Tennessee *Opposing the Trillion Dollar Spending Bill* Senator Corker, a member of the Senate Budget Committee, on Thursday released the following statement after voting against the fiscal year 2017 omnibus spending bill. �While this bill funds a number of important priorities, I could not support it because it increases spending by using the OCO slush fund without appropriately offsetting those increases in other places,� *said Corker.* �Every day that goes by, our fiscal situation becomes more of a threat to our country�s national security.� The fiscal year 2017 omnibus spending bill designates $104 billion for Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO), exceeding the recommended amount agreed to in the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 by $30 billion. OCO is intended to provide emergency funding for military missions overseas but has been repeatedly abused to fund normal operations at the Departments of Defense and State in order to avoid exceeding statutory spending caps. *Chattanooga Times Free Press (Cooper): Sen. Bob Corker's budget straight-talk [link 1]* *Americans Are Not Served Well by the Broken Budget Process* On Tuesday morning prior to the vote, Senator Corker discussed the federal budget process and his opposition to the trillion dollar spending bill on CNBC's��Squawk Box.� �As far as the budget goes, the playground bragging rights are not particularly interesting to me,��said Corker*. �We do need to pass bills � twelve appropriations bills � each year. The way we�re using this slush fund, Joe, this OCO (Overseas Contingency Operations) fund, is really inappropriate. We passed a budget agreement years ago to lower spending on discretionary items by $1.2 trillion, but using this slush fund, we've already spent $810�820 billion more than we were supposed to� It really is a broken process. What we�re doing when we get three or four staffers in the room at the end to really make the deal, what we really are doing is sending our young kids over the cliff as we spend more money than we should. So, it is a broken process. This year�s behind us, unfortunately� This is what happens, and Americans are not being served well by this [process].� [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/squawk.JPG] [link 2] **Click here [link 3] or on the image above to watch the interview.�** *Welcoming Tennesseans to Washington* On Tuesday, Senators Corker and Alexander hosted more than 70 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/050217-JOY-069_1.jpg] [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/014.JPG] On Tuesday, Senator Corker met with his friend and fellow Tennessean Bill Hagerty to discuss his nomination to serve as the next 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* in March after learning of Hagerty's nomination.� The Senate Foreign Relations Committee will hold a hearing to consider Hagerty's nomination on Thursday, May 18.� *The Tennessean: Bill Hagerty confirmation hearing set for May 18 [link 5]* [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/004.JPG] Senator Corker met with J.R. Hand and Jay Smith of Hand Family Companies on Tuesday afternoon. The Clarksville-based company employs thousands of people across Tennessee, Kentucky and Illinois.� [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/008.JPG] Later Tuesday, Senator Corker met with more than 90 members of the Tennessee Bankers Association and discussed the critical role they play in our local communities.� [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/011.JPG] *Nissan's Valued Investment in the Volunteer State* Last week, Senator Corker met with the new CEO of�Nissan, Hiroto Saikawa,�and the president of Nissan North America, Jos� Mu�oz, to discuss the company's valued investment in Tennessee. Nissan North America is headquartered in Franklin and has manufacturing facilities in Smyrna and Decherd.� [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/FullSizeRender_2.jpg] *Continuing Efforts to End Modern Slavery* On Tuesday, Senator Corker met with Louie Giglio and Ben Stuart of Passion City Church to discuss efforts to end modern slavery and human trafficking worldwide. The senator appreciates their support of the End Modern Slavery Initiative [link 6] and leadership of the END IT Movement [link 7].� [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/003.JPG] *Governor Branstad Understands the Challenges Facing the U.S.-China Relationship* Senator Corker, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, on Tuesday held a hearing on the nomination of Iowa Governor Terry Branstad to serve as U.S. ambassador to China.� �Beijing is not Des Moines, but I know that your relationship with President Xi spans decades, and I�m confident that you fully understand the breadth and depth of the challenges awaiting you in China,� *said Corker*.��As I have said previously, the U.S.-China relationship is one of the most consequential relationships for U.S. national interests. The nature of relations between Washington and Beijing will have a profound impact on the security, prosperity and stability in the region for the coming years. You will have a unique opportunity to help shape that relationship and move it in a direction that is beneficial for both countries. But it certainly will be a difficult task, as U.S. relations with China have been trending in the wrong direction for several years.� [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/12-Committee_Ch_-HD_9am-1pm_-_Corker_Opening_Statement_at_Nomination_of_Terry_Branstad_-_09_01_28_AM_1.jpg] [link 8] **Click here [link 9] or on the image above to watch the senator's remarks.**

Opposing the Trillion Dollar Spending Bill

Senator Corker, a member of the Senate Budget Committee, on Thursday released the following statement after voting against the fiscal year 2017 omnibus spending bill.

�While this bill funds a number of important priorities, I could not support it because it increases spending by using the OCO slush fund without appropriately offsetting those increases in other places,� said Corker. �Every day that goes by, our fiscal situation becomes more of a threat to our country�s national security.�

The fiscal year 2017 omnibus spending bill designates $104 billion for Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO), exceeding the recommended amount agreed to in the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 by $30 billion. OCO is intended to provide emergency funding for military missions overseas but has been repeatedly abused to fund normal operations at the Departments of Defense and State in order to avoid exceeding statutory spending caps.

Americans Are Not Served Well by the Broken Budget Process

On Tuesday morning prior to the vote, Senator Corker discussed the federal budget process and his opposition to the trillion dollar spending bill on CNBC's �Squawk Box.

�As far as the budget goes, the playground bragging rights are not particularly interesting to me,� said Corker. �We do need to pass bills � twelve appropriations bills � each year. The way we�re using this slush fund, Joe, this OCO (Overseas Contingency Operations) fund, is really inappropriate. We passed a budget agreement years ago to lower spending on discretionary items by $1.2 trillion, but using this slush fund, we've already spent $810�820 billion more than we were supposed to� It really is a broken process. What we�re doing when we get three or four staffers in the room at the end to really make the deal, what we really are doing is sending our young kids over the cliff as we spend more money than we should. So, it is a broken process. This year�s behind us, unfortunately� This is what happens, and Americans are not being served well by this [process].�

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Welcoming Tennesseans to Washington

On Tuesday, Senators Corker and Alexander hosted more than 70 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.

On Tuesday, Senator Corker met with his friend and fellow Tennessean Bill Hagerty to discuss his nomination to serve as the next 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 in March after learning of Hagerty's nomination. 

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee will hold a hearing to consider Hagerty's nomination on Thursday, May 18. 

The Tennessean: Bill Hagerty confirmation hearing set for May 18

Senator Corker met with J.R. Hand and Jay Smith of Hand Family Companies on Tuesday afternoon. The Clarksville-based company employs thousands of people across Tennessee, Kentucky and Illinois. 

Later Tuesday, Senator Corker met with more than 90 members of the Tennessee Bankers Association and discussed the critical role they play in our local communities. 

Nissan's Valued Investment in the Volunteer State

Last week, Senator Corker met with the new CEO of Nissan, Hiroto Saikawa, and the president of Nissan North America, Jos� Mu�oz, to discuss the company's valued investment in Tennessee. Nissan North America is headquartered in Franklin and has manufacturing facilities in Smyrna and Decherd. 

Continuing Efforts to End Modern Slavery

On Tuesday, Senator Corker met with Louie Giglio and Ben Stuart of Passion City Church to discuss efforts to end modern slavery and human trafficking worldwide. The senator appreciates their support of the and leadership of the

Governor Branstad Understands the Challenges Facing the U.S.-China Relationship

Senator Corker, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, on Tuesday held a hearing on the nomination of Iowa Governor Terry Branstad to serve as U.S. ambassador to China. 

�Beijing is not Des Moines, but I know that your relationship with President Xi spans decades, and I�m confident that you fully understand the breadth and depth of the challenges awaiting you in China,� said CorkerAs I have said previously, the U.S.-China relationship is one of the most consequential relationships for U.S. national interests. The nature of relations between Washington and Beijing will have a profound impact on the security, prosperity and stability in the region for the coming years. You will have a unique opportunity to help shape that relationship and move it in a direction that is beneficial for both countries. But it certainly will be a difficult task, as U.S. relations with China have been trending in the wrong direction for several years.

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