Update from Senator Bob Corker - June 13, 2017

Senator Bob Corker
2017-06-13 07:25:28
Bob Corker - U.S. Senator, Tennessee *Working With President Trump on Foreign Policy Matters* Last week, Senator Corker visited the White House to work through some important foreign policy matters with President Trump. [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/CorkerPOTUS.jpg] [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/CorkerPOTUS4.jpg] [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/CorkerPOTUS5.jpg] [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/CorkerPOTUS3.jpg] *Official White House photos by Shealah Craighead* *Honoring Fred Thompson* On Wednesday, Senator Lamar Alexander and Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn joined Senator Corker in the Oval Office as President Trump signed legislation into law naming the new Nashville federal courthouse in honor of 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 the president has signed this legislation into law.� [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/IMG_0450_1.JPG] *Playing a Leading Role in Efforts to End Modern Slavery Both at Home and Abroad* Last week, Senator Corker joined a bipartisan group of his Senate colleagues in introducing the Abolish Human Trafficking Act and the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2017, which will strengthen and reauthorize key programs that support survivors of human trafficking and provide important resources to law enforcement agencies in the fight to end modern slavery. �These two pieces of legislation will play an important role in the fight against modern slavery within the United States by helping victims and giving law enforcement the tools they need to combat this brutal industry,� *said Corker*. �This scourge on humanity knows no borders or boundaries, and I remain committed to efforts that will help end trafficking and modern slavery worldwide.� Corker is a leader in efforts to end modern slavery at home and abroad. In addition to cosponsoring both bills to strengthen anti-human trafficking measures domestically, Corker previously proposed the End Modern Slavery Initiative [link 1], which was designed to leverage limited foreign aid dollars and galvanize tremendous support and investment from the public sector, philanthropic organizations and the private sector to eliminate modern slavery and human trafficking around the globe. In December, the president signed legislation into law that included authorizing language for the initiative. Click here [link 2] to learn more about the Abolish Human Trafficking Act. Click here [link 3] to learn more about the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2017.� *Welcoming Tennesseans to Washington* Last 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/042.JPG] [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/026_1.JPG] [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/038.JPG] Our Nation�s Veterans Deserve the Very Best Care* Senator Corker released the following statement regarding his support for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act of 2017 (S.1094), which passed the Senate unanimously last week. The bipartisan legislation will increase accountability within the VA by streamlining the process to fire misbehaving and underperforming employees, holding VA executives to higher standards, and ensuring appropriate due process protections for whistleblowers. The bill is now being considered by the House of Representatives. �Our nation�s veterans deserve the very best care, and I was proud to support this important legislation,� *said Corker*. �There have been systemic problems within the Department of Veterans Affairs for decades, and I am glad that Congress, Secretary Shulkin and the Trump administration are working together to tackle these challenges head on. While more reforms will be necessary, this is a step in the right direction, and I will continue to work with my colleagues to address the problems that have plagued the VA for far too long.� *No One More Well-Suited to Serve as U.S. Ambassador to Japan Than Bill Hagerty* On Wednesday, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee approved the nomination of Bill Hagerty to serve as U.S. ambassador to Japan. The nomination will now be considered by the full Senate. �There is no one more well-suited to fill this important role than Bill Hagerty,� *said Corker*. �Our nation will benefit from his leadership and experience as he carries on the tremendous legacy of U.S. ambassadors to Japan, and I look forward to his confirmation very soon.� *Stanley Black & Decker's Expansion is Great News for Madison County* [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/stnaley.JPG] [link 5] *Examining the Global Reach of ISIS* Following a series of recent terror attacks on several continents claimed by ISIS, Senator Corker convened a hearing last week to examine the global reach of ISIS.� �This is an important time to talk about ISIS and its global reach,��*said Corker*.��In the last few weeks, we�ve all witnessed the disturbing violence ISIS is inspiring, enabling, and directing outside of the Middle East. The attacks in London and Manchester. The violence against Coptic Christians in Egypt. The attempted seizure of a city in the Philippines. Here in the U.S., we�ve faced our own ISIS-inspired attacks. A lot of these attacks have occurred as ISIS has lost increasing amounts of territory in Iraq and Syria. This reality begs the question: What more should be done? And do our tactics need to evolve, particularly as the operation to retake Mosul nears an end and Syrian opposition forces begin to enter Raqqa?� [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/060817-RB2-045.jpg] [link 6] **Click**** here [link 7] ****or on the image above to watch the senator's remarks.**

Working With President Trump on Foreign Policy Matters

Last week, Senator Corker visited the White House to work through some important foreign policy matters with President Trump.

Official White House photos by Shealah Craighead

Honoring Fred Thompson

On Wednesday, Senator Lamar Alexander and Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn joined Senator Corker in the Oval Office as President Trump signed legislation into law naming the new Nashville federal courthouse in honor of Fred Thompson.

�Fred Thompson was one of a kind,� said CorkerHe 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 the president has signed this legislation into law.�

Playing a Leading Role in Efforts to End Modern Slavery Both at Home and Abroad

Last week, Senator Corker joined a bipartisan group of his Senate colleagues in introducing the Abolish Human Trafficking Act and the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2017, which will strengthen and reauthorize key programs that support survivors of human trafficking and provide important resources to law enforcement agencies in the fight to end modern slavery.

�These two pieces of legislation will play an important role in the fight against modern slavery within the United States by helping victims and giving law enforcement the tools they need to combat this brutal industry,� said Corker. �This scourge on humanity knows no borders or boundaries, and I remain committed to efforts that will help end trafficking and modern slavery worldwide.�

Corker is a leader in efforts to end modern slavery at home and abroad. In addition to cosponsoring both bills to strengthen anti-human trafficking measures domestically, Corker previously proposed the , which was designed to leverage limited foreign aid dollars and galvanize tremendous support and investment from the public sector, philanthropic organizations and the private sector to eliminate modern slavery and human trafficking around the globe. In December, the president signed legislation into law that included authorizing language for the initiative.

Click

Click

Welcoming Tennesseans to Washington

Last 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.

Our Nation�s Veterans Deserve the Very Best Care

Senator Corker released the following statement regarding his support for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act of 2017 (S.1094), which passed the Senate unanimously last week. The bipartisan legislation will increase accountability within the VA by streamlining the process to fire misbehaving and underperforming employees, holding VA executives to higher standards, and ensuring appropriate due process protections for whistleblowers. The bill is now being considered by the House of Representatives.

�Our nation�s veterans deserve the very best care, and I was proud to support this important legislation,� said Corker. �There have been systemic problems within the Department of Veterans Affairs for decades, and I am glad that Congress, Secretary Shulkin and the Trump administration are working together to tackle these challenges head on. While more reforms will be necessary, this is a step in the right direction, and I will continue to work with my colleagues to address the problems that have plagued the VA for far too long.�

No One More Well-Suited to Serve as U.S. Ambassador to Japan Than Bill Hagerty

On Wednesday, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee approved the nomination of Bill Hagerty to serve as U.S. ambassador to Japan. The nomination will now be considered by the full Senate.

�There is no one more well-suited to fill this important role than Bill Hagerty,� said Corker. �Our nation will benefit from his leadership and experience as he carries on the tremendous legacy of U.S. ambassadors to Japan, and I look forward to his confirmation very soon.�

Stanley Black & Decker's Expansion is Great News for Madison County

Examining the Global Reach of ISIS

Following a series of recent terror attacks on several continents claimed by ISIS, Senator Corker convened a hearing last week to examine the global reach of ISIS. 

�This is an important time to talk about ISIS and its global reach,� said CorkerIn the last few weeks, we�ve all witnessed the disturbing violence ISIS is inspiring, enabling, and directing outside of the Middle East. The attacks in London and Manchester. The violence against Coptic Christians in Egypt. The attempted seizure of a city in the Philippines. Here in the U.S., we�ve faced our own ISIS-inspired attacks. A lot of these attacks have occurred as ISIS has lost increasing amounts of territory in Iraq and Syria. This reality begs the question: What more should be done? And do our tactics need to evolve, particularly as the operation to retake Mosul nears an end and Syrian opposition forces begin to enter Raqqa?

Click or on the image above to watch the senator's remarks.