Update from Senator Bob Corker - June 20, 2017

Senator Bob Corker
2017-06-20 14:22:31
Bob Corker - U.S. Senator, Tennessee *Praying for Congressman Steve Scalise and Other Victims* Last week, House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.), Capitol Police officers David Bailey and Crystal Griner, congressional staffer Zack Barth, and Tyson Foods employee Matt Mika were wounded when a gunman opened fire on them as they were practicing for the Congressional Baseball Game. After hearing news of the brutal attack, Senator Corker posted the following tweet.� [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/wednesday.PNG] [link 1] The next day, at a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing that included testimony from Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), Senator Corker thanked the speaker for his leadership and the unifying comments [link 2] he made on the House floor after the shooting.� [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/061517-RH2-024.jpg] [link 3] **Click here [link 4] or on the image above to watch Senator Corker's comments to Speaker Ryan.*** Holding Iran and Russia Accountable* On Thursday, Senator Corker, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement after the Senate overwhelmingly passed, by a vote of 98 to 2, legislation he authored to strengthen and expand sanctions on Iran and Russia. �For decades, Congress has slowly and irresponsibly ceded its authorities to the executive branch, particularly as it relates to foreign policy,� *said Corker*. �This marks a significant shift of power back to the American people�s representatives, something that has been a top priority of mine since becoming the lead Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee more than four years ago.� �With passage of this legislation, the Senate reasserts congressional authority � while providing the Trump administration appropriate national security flexibility � and sends a clear signal to both Iran and Russia that our country will stand firm in the face of destabilizing behavior and that Congress will play a leading role in protecting our national interests,� *added Corker*. �I hope the overwhelming support for this legislation can serve as an example for what can be accomplished when we work together and put the interests of the American people first,� *concluded Corker*. Click here [link 5] to learn more about the�Countering Iran�s Destabilizing Activities Act of 2017 Prior to the vote, the senator spoke on the floor about Iran's rogue behavior and urged his colleagues to support the legislation.� �We see destabilizing act after destabilizing act � from missile launches, to arms transfers, to terrorist training, to illicit financial activities, to targeting Navy ships and detaining American citizens � the list goes on and on,� *said Corker*.��And it�s past time for us to take steps to protect the interests of the United States and our allies...Iran�s rogue behavior has only escalated since implementation of the [nuclear] agreement, and this bipartisan bill will give the administration tools for holding Tehran accountable.� [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/Corker_Floor_re_Iran.PNG] [link 6] **Click here [link 7]�or on the image above to watch the senator's remarks.** *Working With Rotarians to End Modern Slavery* Last week, Senator Corker was joined by Thorn [link 8]'s Ashton Kutcher and International Justice Mission [link 9]'s Gary Haugen at the Rotary International Convention in Atlanta to discuss the senator's End Modern Slavery Initiative [link 10] and progress in the fight to end human trafficking across the globe.� [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/IMG_0781.JPG.jpeg] Pleased With President Trump's Decision to Nominate Michael Dunavant* Last week, Senator Corker released the following statement regarding President Donald J. Trump�s nomination of Michael Dunavant to serve as U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Tennessee. �I could not be more pleased with President Trump�s decision to nominate Michael Dunavant to serve Tennesseans as U.S. Attorney for the Western District,��*said Corker*. �Throughout his career, including in his current role as district attorney general, Mike has distinguished himself in the West Tennessee legal community and shown great commitment to promoting public safety and enforcing the law. I congratulate Mike on being nominated for this important position and look forward to meeting with him as he begins the confirmation process.� *Thanking Secretary Tillerson for His Unprecedented Outreach* At a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing last week to consider the State Department�s fiscal year 2018 budget request, Senator Corker credited Secretary of State Rex Tillerson for unprecedented outreach to the committee. He also thanked Tillerson for setting strategic priorities for operations of the State Department while emphasizing that Congress will ultimately determine spending levels for diplomacy and foreign assistance in the next fiscal year. �I want to thank [Secretary Tillerson] for what I believe has been unprecedented outreach to this committee and others who have wanted to give input,��*said Corker*.��I�ll speak for myself, and I know others feel the same way. I am very thankful that you�re serving as secretary of state. I am very thankful that Secretary Mattis is serving as secretary of defense. I am very thankful that Mr. McMaster is serving as national security advisor. And I just have to tell you that around the world people are thankful that you are in these positions.� [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/061317-RH2-442.jpg] [link 11] **Click�here [link 12]�or on the image above to watch the senator's remarks.** *Welcoming Tennesseans to Washington* Last week, Senators Corker and Alexander hosted more than 100 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 13]. [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/068.JPG] [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/077copy.jpg] [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/082.JPG] Last Tuesday, Senator Corker met with Tennessee Titans President Steve Underwood and Counsel Burke Nihill, as well as the NFL's Senior Vice President of Labor Policy and League Affairs Adolpho Birch.�The Titans executives thanked the senator for his decades-long support and provided an update on the organization. During his time as commissioner of finance and administration for the state of Tennessee, Senator Corker was heavily involved in the recruitment of and eventual agreement with the Houston Oilers to move the organization to Tennessee. [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/061317-JF2-050.jpg] On Wednesday afternoon, Senators Corker and Alexander met with parents and students of the Tennessee History Day educational program that were visiting Washington for the National History Day Contest.� [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/061417-ROS-459.jpg] [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/013_2.JPG] [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/061417-ROS-462.jpg] Senators Corker and Alexander also welcomed students with Tennessee Electric Cooperative Association's youth program and students with Nashville's Simon Youth Foundation to Capitol Hill. [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/061417-RLH-055.jpg] [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/061417-ROS-478.jpg]

Praying for Congressman Steve Scalise and Other Victims

Last week, House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.), Capitol Police officers David Bailey and Crystal Griner, congressional staffer Zack Barth, and Tyson Foods employee Matt Mika were wounded when a gunman opened fire on them as they were practicing for the Congressional Baseball Game. After hearing news of the brutal attack, Senator Corker posted the following tweet. 

The next day, at a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing that included testimony from Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), Senator Corker thanked the speaker for his leadership and the he made on the House floor after the shooting. 

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Holding Iran and Russia Accountable

On Thursday, Senator Corker, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement after the Senate overwhelmingly passed, by a vote of 98 to 2, legislation he authored to strengthen and expand sanctions on Iran and Russia.

�For decades, Congress has slowly and irresponsibly ceded its authorities to the executive branch, particularly as it relates to foreign policy,� said Corker. �This marks a significant shift of power back to the American people�s representatives, something that has been a top priority of mine since becoming the lead Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee more than four years ago.�

�With passage of this legislation, the Senate reasserts congressional authority � while providing the Trump administration appropriate national security flexibility � and sends a clear signal to both Iran and Russia that our country will stand firm in the face of destabilizing behavior and that Congress will play a leading role in protecting our national interests,� added Corker.

�I hope the overwhelming support for this legislation can serve as an example for what can be accomplished when we work together and put the interests of the American people first,� concluded Corker.

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Prior to the vote, the senator spoke on the floor about Iran's rogue behavior and urged his colleagues to support the legislation. 

�We see destabilizing act after destabilizing act � from missile launches, to arms transfers, to terrorist training, to illicit financial activities, to targeting Navy ships and detaining American citizens � the list goes on and on,� said Corker. �And it�s past time for us to take steps to protect the interests of the United States and our allies...Iran�s rogue behavior has only escalated since implementation of the [nuclear] agreement, and this bipartisan bill will give the administration tools for holding Tehran accountable.�

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Working With Rotarians to End Modern Slavery

Last week, Senator Corker was joined by 's Gary Haugen at the Rotary International Convention in Atlanta to discuss the senator's and progress in the fight to end human trafficking across the globe. 

Pleased With President Trump's Decision to Nominate Michael Dunavant

Last week, Senator Corker released the following statement regarding President Donald J. Trump�s nomination of Michael Dunavant to serve as U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Tennessee.

�I could not be more pleased with President Trump�s decision to nominate Michael Dunavant to serve Tennesseans as U.S. Attorney for the Western District,� said Corker. �Throughout his career, including in his current role as district attorney general, Mike has distinguished himself in the West Tennessee legal community and shown great commitment to promoting public safety and enforcing the law. I congratulate Mike on being nominated for this important position and look forward to meeting with him as he begins the confirmation process.�

Thanking Secretary Tillerson for His Unprecedented Outreach

At a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing last week to consider the State Department�s fiscal year 2018 budget request, Senator Corker credited Secretary of State Rex Tillerson for unprecedented outreach to the committee. He also thanked Tillerson for setting strategic priorities for operations of the State Department while emphasizing that Congress will ultimately determine spending levels for diplomacy and foreign assistance in the next fiscal year.

I want to thank [Secretary Tillerson] for what I believe has been unprecedented outreach to this committee and others who have wanted to give input,� said CorkerI�ll speak for myself, and I know others feel the same way. I am very thankful that you�re serving as secretary of state. I am very thankful that Secretary Mattis is serving as secretary of defense. I am very thankful that Mr. McMaster is serving as national security advisor. And I just have to tell you that around the world people are thankful that you are in these positions.�

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Welcoming Tennesseans to Washington

Last week, Senators Corker and Alexander hosted more than 100 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.

Last Tuesday, Senator Corker met with Tennessee Titans President Steve Underwood and Counsel Burke Nihill, as well as the NFL's Senior Vice President of Labor Policy and League Affairs Adolpho Birch. The Titans executives thanked the senator for his decades-long support and provided an update on the organization. During his time as commissioner of finance and administration for the state of Tennessee, Senator Corker was heavily involved in the recruitment of and eventual agreement with the Houston Oilers to move the organization to Tennessee.

On Wednesday afternoon, Senators Corker and Alexander met with parents and students of the Tennessee History Day educational program that were visiting Washington for the National History Day Contest. 

Senators Corker and Alexander also welcomed students with Tennessee Electric Cooperative Association's youth program and students with Nashville's Simon Youth Foundation to Capitol Hill.