Update from Senator Bob Corker - May 22, 2017

Senator Bob Corker
2017-05-22 17:48:17
Bob Corker - U.S. Senator, Tennessee *Honoring Our Fallen Law Enforcement Officers* Senator Corker last week joined Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), as well as 61 Senate colleagues, to introduce a resolution designating the week of May 15 through May 21, 2017, as �National Police Week�. The resolution honors the 143 law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty during 2016, including six Tennesseans. The resolution passed the Senate unanimously on Thursday.� �I am grateful for the bravery and dedication of the men and women who keep our communities safe,� *said Corker*. �In the Volunteer State last year, we lost six law enforcement officers in the line of duty, and I am proud to join my colleagues in honoring their lives and the lives of officers across the country who made the ultimate sacrifice to protect their fellow citizens.� The six Tennesseans honored in the resolution are: - Sean Lewis Allred, Livingston Police Department; - De�Greaun Reshun Frazier, Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI); - Zachary Tyler Larnerd, Jackson County Sherriff�s Office; - Kenneth Ray Moats, Maryville Police Dept; - Verdell Smith, Sr., Memphis Police Dept; and - Martin Tase Sturgill, II, Humphreys County Sherriff�s Office Click�here [link 1]�to read the resolution.� The day after the resolution was introduced, Senator Corker met with the family of TBI Special Agent De'Greaun Frazier, who is honored in the resolution. [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/003_2.JPG] *Senator Corker greets Special Agent Frazier's daughter.�* [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/051517-FEY-096.jpg] *Senator Corker talks with the son of Special Agent Frazier.* [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/023.JPG] *Senator Corker thanks Special Agent Frazier's wife.* *Working With the White House to End Modern Slavery* On Wednesday, Senator Corker had a great meeting at the White House with Ivanka Trump about the fight against modern slavery and human trafficking, as well as the senator's�End Modern Slavery Initiative [link 2].� �Combating human trafficking and modern slavery is both a moral and strategic interest domestically and abroad,��*said Ivanka Trump*.� [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/Tweet.jpg] [link 3] *U.S. News & World Report: Ivanka Trump Holds Human Trafficking Talk [link 4]* *Memphis Commercial Appeal:�* [link 5]*Sen. Bob Corker's fight to end modern slavery catches Ivanka Trump's attention [link 6]* *Bill Hagerty Is One of the Most Outstanding Trump Appointments* At a hearing on Thursday to consider the nomination of William Hagerty of Tennessee to serve as U.S. ambassador to Japan, Senator Corker, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, made the following remarks in support of the nomination. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) introduced Mr. Hagerty to members of the committee. �I think [Senator Lamar Alexander] has done an outstanding job of laying out these credentials, and I agree that you are one of the most outstanding appointments that President Trump has made,��*said Corker*.��The relationship between [the United States and Japan] speaks for itself, and having [Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo] Abe here as one of the first visitors, I think, speaks to how the Trump administration and our country feel about Japan... I have seen [Mr. Hagerty] in business and the outstanding things that he has done [in Japan]. I have seen him represent our state and cause it to be the most important state relative to job creation in our country and the most heralded. I have seen him come into an administration that had some really tough issues and clean up that needed to be done on some economic issues, and I�ve seen him negotiate those in an appropriate and steadfast manner, while at the same time bringing people together... So, I am really, really proud of this nomination and so glad that I believe he will be ascending to this position quickly. And I know that he will represent the very best of country.� [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/051817-ROS-098.jpg] [link 7] **Click here [link 8] or on the image above to watch the senator's remarks.** Prior to the hearing, Corker welcomed the Hagerty family to Capitol Hill.� [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/020.JPG] *Welcoming Tennesseans to Washington* On Tuesday, Senators Corker and Alexander hosted more than 90 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 9]. [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/005.JPG] [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/010_1.JPG] Following Tennessee Tuesday, Senators Corker and Alexander met with members of Tennessee Chamber of Commerce & Industry.� [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/FullSizeRender_3.jpg] On Tuesday morning, Senator Corker met with Nashville-based Hope Through Healing Hands and Jennifer Nettles to learn more about their humanitarian work and global health advocacy.� [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/054.JPG] [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/061.JPG] On Wednesday, Senator Corker discussed a number of important issues with the Tennessee Association of Realtors.� [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/054_4.JPG] Senator Corker talked with the University of Tennessee-Knoxville's new chancellor, Beverly Davenport, on Wednesday. [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/utk.jpg] On Wednesday afternoon, Senator Corker met with Memphis-based International Paper, which employs nearly 2,800 individuals across the region. The senator expressed his appreciation of the company's investment in the Volunteer State. [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/056.JPG] Last week, Senator Corker spoke to students and teachers from T.A. Dugger Junior High School (Elizabethton), Rockwood Middle School and St. Ann Catholic School (Bartlett) on the Capitol steps.� [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/026.JPG] [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/016.JPG] [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/051817-FEY-115.jpg] A Real Opportunity to Complete Work on Housing Finance Reform* During a hearing on Thursday to receive an international and domestic policy update from U.S. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, Senator Corker, a member of the Senate Banking Committee, expressed optimism about the prospects of congressional action on housing finance reform. �It�s my sense that you�re strongly committed to finally dealing with housing finance reform in an appropriate way, is that correct?� *asked Corker*. �That is correct, and I hope that�s something we can do on bipartisan basis,�* replied Mnuchin*. �The only real way to do that is through congressional action, is that correct?��*continued Corker*. �My strong preference is to do it through congressional action and working with you and your colleagues,� answered Mnuchin*. �I will say that, obviously, the Treasury has a lot of exposure and taxpayers are at risk, but my strong preference is to do it exactly as you�ve described.� In closing, Corker thanked Mnuchin for his interest in housing finance reform and expressed his desire to complete the last major piece of unfinished business from the 2008 financial crisis. �I feel for the first time a real opportunity to align not just the interest of U.S. taxpayers and the fact that we want to have a housing finance system that is robust but also, in fairness, one that more fully aligns the public sector interest and the private sector interest,� *concluded Corker*. �I look forward to hopefully completing the work that� really should have been front and center on financial reform when we did it in 2010. And I want to thank you for your concern, your interest and, hopefully, involvement in bringing this to a close.� [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/mnuchin.JPG] [link 10] **Click here [link 11] or on the image above to watch the senator's remarks.**

Honoring Our Fallen Law Enforcement Officers

Senator Corker last week joined Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), as well as 61 Senate colleagues, to introduce a resolution designating the week of May 15 through May 21, 2017, as �National Police Week�. The resolution honors the 143 law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty during 2016, including six Tennesseans. The resolution passed the Senate unanimously on Thursday. 

�I am grateful for the bravery and dedication of the men and women who keep our communities safe,� said Corker. �In the Volunteer State last year, we lost six law enforcement officers in the line of duty, and I am proud to join my colleagues in honoring their lives and the lives of officers across the country who made the ultimate sacrifice to protect their fellow citizens.�

The six Tennesseans honored in the resolution are:

  • Sean Lewis Allred, Livingston Police Department;
  • De�Greaun Reshun Frazier, Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI);
  • Zachary Tyler Larnerd, Jackson County Sherriff�s Office;
  • Kenneth Ray Moats, Maryville Police Dept;
  • Verdell Smith, Sr., Memphis Police Dept; and
  • Martin Tase Sturgill, II, Humphreys County Sherriff�s Office

Click here to read the resolution. 

The day after the resolution was introduced, Senator Corker met with the family of TBI Special Agent De'Greaun Frazier, who is honored in the resolution.

Senator Corker greets Special Agent Frazier's daughter. 

Senator Corker talks with the son of Special Agent Frazier.

Senator Corker thanks Special Agent Frazier's wife.

Working With the White House to End Modern Slavery

On Wednesday, Senator Corker had a great meeting at the White House with Ivanka Trump about the fight against modern slavery and human trafficking, as well as the senator's 

�Combating human trafficking and modern slavery is both a moral and strategic interest domestically and abroad,� said Ivanka Trump

Memphis Commercial Appeal: 

Bill Hagerty Is One of the Most Outstanding Trump Appointments

At a hearing on Thursday to consider the nomination of William Hagerty of Tennessee to serve as U.S. ambassador to Japan, Senator Corker, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, made the following remarks in support of the nomination. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) introduced Mr. Hagerty to members of the committee.

�I think [Senator Lamar Alexander] has done an outstanding job of laying out these credentials, and I agree that you are one of the most outstanding appointments that President Trump has made,� said CorkerThe relationship between [the United States and Japan] speaks for itself, and having [Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo] Abe here as one of the first visitors, I think, speaks to how the Trump administration and our country feel about Japan... I have seen [Mr. Hagerty] in business and the outstanding things that he has done [in Japan]. I have seen him represent our state and cause it to be the most important state relative to job creation in our country and the most heralded. I have seen him come into an administration that had some really tough issues and clean up that needed to be done on some economic issues, and I�ve seen him negotiate those in an appropriate and steadfast manner, while at the same time bringing people together... So, I am really, really proud of this nomination and so glad that I believe he will be ascending to this position quickly. And I know that he will represent the very best of country.�

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Prior to the hearing, Corker welcomed the Hagerty family to Capitol Hill. 

Welcoming Tennesseans to Washington

On Tuesday, Senators Corker and Alexander hosted more than 90 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.

Following Tennessee Tuesday, Senators Corker and Alexander met with members of Tennessee Chamber of Commerce & Industry. 

On Tuesday morning, Senator Corker met with Nashville-based Hope Through Healing Hands and Jennifer Nettles to learn more about their humanitarian work and global health advocacy. 

On Wednesday, Senator Corker discussed a number of important issues with the Tennessee Association of Realtors. 

Senator Corker talked with the University of Tennessee-Knoxville's new chancellor, Beverly Davenport, on Wednesday.

On Wednesday afternoon, Senator Corker met with Memphis-based International Paper, which employs nearly 2,800 individuals across the region. The senator expressed his appreciation of the company's investment in the Volunteer State.

Last week, Senator Corker spoke to students and teachers from T.A. Dugger Junior High School (Elizabethton), Rockwood Middle School and St. Ann Catholic School (Bartlett) on the Capitol steps. 

A Real Opportunity to Complete Work on Housing Finance Reform

During a hearing on Thursday to receive an international and domestic policy update from U.S. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, Senator Corker, a member of the Senate Banking Committee, expressed optimism about the prospects of congressional action on housing finance reform.

�It�s my sense that you�re strongly committed to finally dealing with housing finance reform in an appropriate way, is that correct?� asked Corker.

�That is correct, and I hope that�s something we can do on bipartisan basis,� replied Mnuchin.

�The only real way to do that is through congressional action, is that correct?� continued Corker.

�My strong preference is to do it through congressional action and working with you and your colleagues,� answered Mnuchin. �I will say that, obviously, the Treasury has a lot of exposure and taxpayers are at risk, but my strong preference is to do it exactly as you�ve described.�

In closing, Corker thanked Mnuchin for his interest in housing finance reform and expressed his desire to complete the last major piece of unfinished business from the 2008 financial crisis.

�I feel for the first time a real opportunity to align not just the interest of U.S. taxpayers and the fact that we want to have a housing finance system that is robust but also, in fairness, one that more fully aligns the public sector interest and the private sector interest,� concluded Corker. �I look forward to hopefully completing the work that� really should have been front and center on financial reform when we did it in 2010. And I want to thank you for your concern, your interest and, hopefully, involvement in bringing this to a close.�

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