Update from Senator Bob Corker - May 30, 2017

Senator Bob Corker
2017-05-30 17:47:51
Bob Corker - U.S. Senator, Tennessee *Trump's First International Trip Was Executed to Near Perfection* Senator Corker, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, on Sunday released the following statement regarding President Donald J. Trump�s international trip. �I spoke with President Trump at length Sunday morning and told him that I could not be more pleased with his first international trip,� *said Corker*. �The trip was executed to near perfection and it appears the president has made great progress on the broad range of objectives his team articulated to me when I met with senior White House and State Department officials during their preparations.� �President Trump should be commended on the success of this trip, and I look forward to continuing our work together to address numbers of important issues,� *continued Corker*. �The challenges we face around the world are vast, but with a strategic focus on our long-term goals, I am confident we can reassert U.S. leadership, strengthen key alliances and improve security both at home and abroad.� �I also continue to be encouraged by the level of engagement between this White House and Congress on foreign policy matters, and I commend Secretary of State Tillerson, National Security Advisor McMaster, Senior Advisor Kushner and Deputy National Security Advisor Powell for their work to make the trip a remarkable success,� *concluded Corker*. At the request of the White House, Senator Corker hosted a meeting earlier this month during which National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster, Senior Advisor Jared Kushner and Deputy National Security Advisor Dina Powell provided information to and sought input from a number of senators regarding President Trump�s first international trip. *Remembering Those Who Made the Ultimate Sacrifice* On Memorial Day, Senator Corker tweeted the following statement: [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/memorialday.png] [link 1] *Holding Iran Accountable�* On Thursday, Senator Corker and�Senators Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), and Bob Casey (D-Pa.) applauded committee passage of their legislation to hold Iran accountable. The bipartisan legislation, now with 48 cosponsors, would expand sanctions for Iranian ballistic missile development, support for terrorism, transfers of conventional weapons to or from Iran, and human rights violations. �We can no longer allow the nuclear agreement with Iran to dictate U.S. policy throughout the Middle East, and this bill is an important first step in finally holding Iran accountable for their non-nuclear destabilizing activities,��*said Corker*. �As many of us predicted at the time, Iran�s rogue behavior has only escalated since implementation of the agreement, and this bipartisan bill approved by the committee will give the Trump administration additional tools for holding Tehran accountable. It also sends an important signal that the U.S. will no longer look the other way in the face of continued Iranian aggression. I am proud of the strong bipartisan momentum behind this effort and will push for timely consideration on the Senate floor.� Click�here [link 2]�to learn more about the�Countering Iran�s Destabilizing Activities Act of 2017. *Welcoming Tennesseans to Washington* Last 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 3]. [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/052317-RLH-069.jpg] [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/011_1.JPG] On Thursday, Senator Corker spoke to 8th graders and parents from Norris Middle School on the Capitol steps.� [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/013.JPG] [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/052517-RLH-623.jpg] *Pushing for a Budget That Gets Our Fiscal House in Order* Last Tuesday, Senator Corker, a member of the Senate Budget Committee, released the following statement regarding the Trump administration�s fiscal year 2018 budget request. �I appreciate the Trump administration�s attempt to cut waste and encourage efficiency, but we will never get our fiscal house in order until we take a holistic look at the federal budget, including Medicare and Social Security,��*said Corker*. �We can solve our fiscal issues without harming those who depend on these important programs, and I have offered legislative proposals toward that end.� �At the end of the day, it is the role of Congress to fund the federal government and many of the spending cuts included in the president�s budget will never occur,��*added Corker*. �I will continue to push for a budget that tackles our country�s mandatory spending problem head on.� *Working to Reverse the Disruptive NLRB "Micro-Union" Decision* On Wednesday, Senator Corker joined eleven of his Senate colleagues to introduce legislation that would reverse a 2011 National Labor Relations Board decision that allows unions to form individual bargaining units within the same company consisting of as few as two or three workers, called �micro-unions.� �This decision by the National Labor Relations Board is a perfect example of tremendous overreach at the federal level,� *said Corker*. �As a former businessman, I understand how difficult it can be for employers to create good-paying jobs when the government oversteps, and I�m pleased to join my colleagues in this effort to reverse a disruptive action that fragments the workplace.� *Honoring Fred Thompson* On Thursday, Senators Alexander and Corker along with Representatives Diane Black, Marsha Blackburn, Steve Cohen, Jim Cooper, Scott DesJarlais, John J. Duncan, Jr., Chuck Fleischmann, David Kustoff and Phil Roe urged the president to sign bipartisan legislation to name the new Nashville federal courthouse in honor of former U.S. Sen. Fred Thompson. �Fred Thompson was one of a kind,��*said Corker*. �He served the people of Tennessee and our country with great distinction, and through his many different roles in public life, Fred never forgot where he came from. I was proud to call him a friend and am pleased this legislation now heads to the president�s desk for his signature.� *Cheering on the Nashville Predators* Last week, Senator Corker congratulated the Preds on their huge win over the Anaheim Ducks to advance to their first ever Stanley Cup finals against the Pittsburgh Penguins. [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/Tweet_1.jpg] [link 4]

Trump's First International Trip Was Executed to Near Perfection

Senator Corker, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, on Sunday released the following statement regarding President Donald J. Trump�s international trip.

�I spoke with President Trump at length Sunday morning and told him that I could not be more pleased with his first international trip,� said Corker. �The trip was executed to near perfection and it appears the president has made great progress on the broad range of objectives his team articulated to me when I met with senior White House and State Department officials during their preparations.�

�President Trump should be commended on the success of this trip, and I look forward to continuing our work together to address numbers of important issues,� continued Corker. �The challenges we face around the world are vast, but with a strategic focus on our long-term goals, I am confident we can reassert U.S. leadership, strengthen key alliances and improve security both at home and abroad.�

�I also continue to be encouraged by the level of engagement between this White House and Congress on foreign policy matters, and I commend Secretary of State Tillerson, National Security Advisor McMaster, Senior Advisor Kushner and Deputy National Security Advisor Powell for their work to make the trip a remarkable success,� concluded Corker.

At the request of the White House, Senator Corker hosted a meeting earlier this month during which National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster, Senior Advisor Jared Kushner and Deputy National Security Advisor Dina Powell provided information to and sought input from a number of senators regarding President Trump�s first international trip.

Remembering Those Who Made the Ultimate Sacrifice

On Memorial Day, Senator Corker tweeted the following statement:

Holding Iran Accountable 

On Thursday, Senator Corker and Senators Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), and Bob Casey (D-Pa.) applauded committee passage of their legislation to hold Iran accountable. The bipartisan legislation, now with 48 cosponsors, would expand sanctions for Iranian ballistic missile development, support for terrorism, transfers of conventional weapons to or from Iran, and human rights violations.

�We can no longer allow the nuclear agreement with Iran to dictate U.S. policy throughout the Middle East, and this bill is an important first step in finally holding Iran accountable for their non-nuclear destabilizing activities,� said Corker. �As many of us predicted at the time, Iran�s rogue behavior has only escalated since implementation of the agreement, and this bipartisan bill approved by the committee will give the Trump administration additional tools for holding Tehran accountable. It also sends an important signal that the U.S. will no longer look the other way in the face of continued Iranian aggression. I am proud of the strong bipartisan momentum behind this effort and will push for timely consideration on the Senate floor.�

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Welcoming Tennesseans to Washington

Last 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.

On Thursday, Senator Corker spoke to 8th graders and parents from Norris Middle School on the Capitol steps. 

Pushing for a Budget That Gets Our Fiscal House in Order

Last Tuesday, Senator Corker, a member of the Senate Budget Committee, released the following statement regarding the Trump administration�s fiscal year 2018 budget request.

�I appreciate the Trump administration�s attempt to cut waste and encourage efficiency, but we will never get our fiscal house in order until we take a holistic look at the federal budget, including Medicare and Social Security,� said Corker. �We can solve our fiscal issues without harming those who depend on these important programs, and I have offered legislative proposals toward that end.�

�At the end of the day, it is the role of Congress to fund the federal government and many of the spending cuts included in the president�s budget will never occur,� added Corker. �I will continue to push for a budget that tackles our country�s mandatory spending problem head on.�

Working to Reverse the Disruptive NLRB "Micro-Union" Decision

On Wednesday, Senator Corker joined eleven of his Senate colleagues to introduce legislation that would reverse a 2011 National Labor Relations Board decision that allows unions to form individual bargaining units within the same company consisting of as few as two or three workers, called �micro-unions.�

�This decision by the National Labor Relations Board is a perfect example of tremendous overreach at the federal level,� said Corker. �As a former businessman, I understand how difficult it can be for employers to create good-paying jobs when the government oversteps, and I�m pleased to join my colleagues in this effort to reverse a disruptive action that fragments the workplace.�

Honoring Fred Thompson

On Thursday, Senators Alexander and Corker along with Representatives Diane Black, Marsha Blackburn, Steve Cohen, Jim Cooper, Scott DesJarlais, John J. Duncan, Jr., Chuck Fleischmann, David Kustoff and Phil Roe urged the president to sign bipartisan legislation to name the new Nashville federal courthouse in honor of former U.S. Sen. Fred Thompson.

�Fred Thompson was one of a kind,� said Corker. �He served the people of Tennessee and our country with great distinction, and through his many different roles in public life, Fred never forgot where he came from. I was proud to call him a friend and am pleased this legislation now heads to the president�s desk for his signature.�

Cheering on the Nashville Predators

Last week, Senator Corker congratulated the Preds on their huge win over the Anaheim Ducks to advance to their first ever Stanley Cup finals against the Pittsburgh Penguins.