Update from Senator Bob Corker - June 27, 2017

Senator Bob Corker
2017-06-27 07:04:57
Bob Corker - U.S. Senator, Tennessee *Reviewing the Discussion Draft of the Senate Health Care Legislation* On Thursday afternoon, Senator Corker released the following statement regarding the discussion draft of the Senate health care legislation. �Under the current health care system, families in Tennessee and across our country face rising costs and have limited choices,� *said Corker*. �Congress has a responsibility to resolve these issues and stabilize the individual insurance market, and over the next several days, I will take time to fully review the legislative text and seek input from a wide range of stakeholders across our state. I will make a final decision based on whether this legislation, on the whole, is better than what is in place today.� Click here [link 1] to read the discussion draft of the Senate health care legislation. Click here [link 2] to read a summary of the discussion draft (courtesy of the Senate Budget Committee). Click here [link 3] to provide input to Senator Corker. *President Trump Is Keeping His Word to Veterans* On Friday, Senator Corker released the following statement after President Donald J. Trump signed into law the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act of 2017 (S.1094). 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. � � � �Our nation�s veterans deserve the very best care, and by signing legislation to improve accountability at the Department of Veterans Affairs, the president is keeping his word to the brave men and women who have served our country,��*said Corker*. �There have been systemic problems within the VA 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.� *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 4]. [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/IMG_6416.JPG] [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/IMG_6439.JPG] [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/IMG_6432.JPG] On Wednesday afternoon, Senators Corker and Alexander met the Congressional Award winners from Tennessee, Grace and Carmen. Each year, Congress recognizes young people across the country who have made and achieved goals in personal development, public service, physical fitness and outdoor exploration.� [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/062117-RLH-1052.jpg] [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/062117-RLH-1059.jpg] On Thursday, Senator Corker was honored to receive the National Eagle Award from the Associated Builders and Contractors of West Tennessee for his support of the local construction industry.� [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/062217-FEY-270.jpg] [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/062217-FEY-272.jpg] *President Trump Approves Disaster Assistance for 12 Tennessee Counties* On Friday, President Trump approved [link 5] federal disaster assistance for 12 Tennessee counties that were impacted by severe storms and flooding during the Memorial Day weekend. All members of the Tennessee congressional delegation supported [link 6] Governor Haslam's request, and Senator Corker thanked the president for approving the assistance.� [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/wbir.JPG] [link 7] *Memphis and Jackson Working With the Department of Justice to Reduce Violent Crime* On Wednesday, Senator Corker released the following statement after the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) selected [link 8] Memphis and Jackson as two of 12 cities to participate in the department�s National Public Safety Partnership (PSP) program. Through the partnership, the DOJ will support Memphis and Jackson law enforcement agencies and prosecutors in reducing violent crimes and gang violence. �Nothing affects families more than knowing they are safe in their community, and I am glad to see the cities of Memphis and Jackson working with the Department of Justice to combat violent crime,� *said Corker*. �This partnership will be an added resource for local law enforcement agencies in their efforts to enhance safety, and I look forward to following the program�s progress.�

Reviewing the Discussion Draft of the Senate Health Care Legislation

On Thursday afternoon, Senator Corker released the following statement regarding the discussion draft of the Senate health care legislation.

�Under the current health care system, families in Tennessee and across our country face rising costs and have limited choices,� said Corker. �Congress has a responsibility to resolve these issues and stabilize the individual insurance market, and over the next several days, I will take time to fully review the legislative text and seek input from a wide range of stakeholders across our state. I will make a final decision based on whether this legislation, on the whole, is better than what is in place today.�

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President Trump Is Keeping His Word to Veterans

On Friday, Senator Corker released the following statement after President Donald J. Trump signed into law the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act of 2017 (S.1094). 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.      

�Our nation�s veterans deserve the very best care, and by signing legislation to improve accountability at the Department of Veterans Affairs, the president is keeping his word to the brave men and women who have served our country,� said Corker. �There have been systemic problems within the VA 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.�

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.

On Wednesday afternoon, Senators Corker and Alexander met the Congressional Award winners from Tennessee, Grace and Carmen. Each year, Congress recognizes young people across the country who have made and achieved goals in personal development, public service, physical fitness and outdoor exploration. 

On Thursday, Senator Corker was honored to receive the National Eagle Award from the Associated Builders and Contractors of West Tennessee for his support of the local construction industry. 

President Trump Approves Disaster Assistance for 12 Tennessee Counties

On Friday, President Trump

Memphis and Jackson Working With the Department of Justice to Reduce Violent Crime

Last week, Senator Corker released the following statement after the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ)

�Nothing affects families more than knowing they are safe in their community, and I am glad to see the cities of Memphis and Jackson working with the Department of Justice to combat violent crime,� said Corker. �This partnership will be an added resource for local law enforcement agencies in their efforts to enhance safety, and I look forward to following the program�s progress.�