Update from Senator Bob Corker - July 7, 2017

Senator Bob Corker
2017-07-07 10:39:39
Bob Corker - U.S. Senator, Tennessee *Remembering What Unites Us on Independence Day* Senator Corker released the following statement in honor of Independence Day.� �This Independence Day, as we honor the brave service men and women who have fought to protect our freedoms, it is my hope that we also remember the many things that unite us as Americans,� *said Corker*. �Our country faces many challenges, but part of what makes America special is that generations before us have joined together to tackle problems head on and move our nation forward. I remain committed to working every day to leave behind a better world for our children and grandchildren and thank Tennesseans for giving me the privilege of serving them in the Senate.� The senator and his wife, Elizabeth, celebrated the day in Chattanooga with Ms. Hardin, 103, and many other patriotic Tennesseans.� [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/fourth1.jpg] [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/fourth2.jpg] *�Joint Operation��Veterans Event to Be Held in Knox County* �Joint Operation,� a free event to provide veterans and their families with a one-stop shop to access local resources and services, will be held in Knoxville on Wednesday, July 19, at The Jacob Building at Chilhowee Park. The event is sponsored by the offices of Senators Corker and Lamar Alexander, Congressman Jimmy Duncan, Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero, and Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett. �Joint Operation is a one-stop shop to make it easier for veterans to get the help they need and will bring more than 70 organizations under one roof to answer questions and offer assistance,� *said Corker*. �We are truly inspired by how the community is coming together to help those who have served our country and also appreciate the assistance we have received from Senator Alexander, Congressman Duncan, and Mayors Rogero and Burchett.� Joint Operation is open to all Tennessee veterans and their families and will feature more than 70 agencies and organizations with information on a number of resources, including: VA claim assistance, vocational rehabilitation, education, employment, mental health, housing, legal assistance and much more. More information, including a list of participating organizations, is available online here [link 1].�Stay tuned for additional �Joint Operation� events across the state. [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/JOINT_OPERATION__1__1.png] *Improving Health Care Reform Legislation* Last week, after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced he would delay a vote on the Senate health care legislation, Senator Corker made the following statement. �This is important and will affect people in very real ways,��*said Corker*.��Delaying the vote shows that we understand that and want to get it right. We will continue working over the next several days to improve this legislation and resolve a number of legitimate issues.� Click here [link 2] to provide input to the senator. *Working With the Trump Administration to End Modern Slavery* Senator Corker, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, last week joined Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Ivanka Trump at the State Department�s launch of the 2017 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report. The senator praised the Trump administration for its commitment to ending modern slavery and human trafficking. The annual TIP report grades countries on their progress in enforcing laws against forced labor, sexual servitude and other forms of human trafficking, while also supporting victims. At the launch of the TIP report, Ivanka Trump called human trafficking��a pervasive human rights issue affecting millions� and�applauded Corker's��unwavering commitment to this critical issue.� �The TIP report is a critical tool and plays an important role in our efforts to end modern slavery around the world,�* said Corker*. �This year�s report is a step forward in efforts to improve the transparency and integrity of the rankings, and I appreciate the Trump administration for its sincere commitment to tackling this massive problem, which affects more than 27 million people who are enslaved around the world. I look forward to continuing our efforts to establish an even larger leadership role for the United States as we work to end this plague on mankind once and for all.� Corker is a leader in efforts to end modern slavery at home and abroad. In addition to cosponsoring [link 3] legislation to strengthen anti-human trafficking measures domestically, Corker previously proposed the End Modern Slavery Initiative [link 4], which was designed to leverage limited foreign aid dollars and galvanize 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. [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/FullSizeRender_4.jpg] *President Trump Made an Excellent Decision Selecting Donald Cochran as U.S. Attorney for the Middle District* Last week, Senator Corker released the following statement regarding President Donald J. Trump�s nomination of Donald Cochran to serve as U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Tennessee. �President Trump has made another excellent decision in selecting Donald Cochran to serve Tennesseans as U.S. Attorney for the Middle District,� *said Corker*. �Don is a former prosecutor, respected law professor at Belmont University and U.S. Army veteran who has shown a great commitment to serving our country and enforcing the law. I congratulate him on being nominated for this critical position and am pleased to recommend him to my colleagues for confirmation.� *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 5]. [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/IMG_6543.JPG] [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/IMG_6531.JPG] [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/IMG_6537.JPG] Senator Corker met with Bill May, president of the Memphis-based American Cotton Shippers Association, about domestic and international trade last week. [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/IMG_6576.JPG] [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/IMG_6582.JPG] Senator Corker enjoyed meeting with the Tennessee Farmers Cooperative last week to discuss the important role they play in our local communities.� [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/IMG_6569.JPG] [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/IMG_6572.JPG] *Expressing Optimism on Housing Finance Reform* In a hearing last week on housing finance reform, Senator Corker, a member of the Senate Banking Committee, expressed optimism about the prospect of legislative action in the near term. �What I see happening right now is a real consolidation of ideas,� *said Corker*. �We have had think tanks that lean right, think tanks that lean left, [and] the Mortgage [Bankers] Association come together. It just seems to me that the thinking around what needs to happen with GSE reform is coming to a place where I truly believe we�re going to be able to pass a piece of legislation this year.� Corker also outlined a number of commonalities that currently exist as members of Congress, the administration, and a number of stakeholders continue discussions about the best path forward on reforming the government-sponsored enterprises (GSEs) Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/062917-RH1-482.jpg] [link 6] **Click here [link 7] or on the image above to watch the senator's remarks.**

Remembering What Unites Us on Independence Day

Senator Corker released the following statement in honor of Independence Day. 

�This Independence Day, as we honor the brave service men and women who have fought to protect our freedoms, it is my hope that we also remember the many things that unite us as Americans,� said Corker. �Our country faces many challenges, but part of what makes America special is that generations before us have joined together to tackle problems head on and move our nation forward. I remain committed to working every day to leave behind a better world for our children and grandchildren and thank Tennesseans for giving me the privilege of serving them in the Senate.�

The senator and his wife, Elizabeth, celebrated the day in Chattanooga with Ms. Hardin, 103, and many other patriotic Tennesseans. 

�Joint Operation� Veterans Event to Be Held in Knox County

�Joint Operation,� a free event to provide veterans and their families with a one-stop shop to access local resources and services, will be held in Knoxville on Wednesday, July 19, at The Jacob Building at Chilhowee Park. The event is sponsored by the offices of Senators Corker and Lamar Alexander, Congressman Jimmy Duncan, Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero, and Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett.

�Joint Operation is a one-stop shop to make it easier for veterans to get the help they need and will bring more than 70 organizations under one roof to answer questions and offer assistance,� said Corker. �We are truly inspired by how the community is coming together to help those who have served our country and also appreciate the assistance we have received from Senator Alexander, Congressman Duncan, and Mayors Rogero and Burchett.�

Joint Operation is open to all Tennessee veterans and their families and will feature more than 70 agencies and organizations with information on a number of resources, including: VA claim assistance, vocational rehabilitation, education, employment, mental health, housing, legal assistance and much more.

More information, including a list of participating organizations, is available online

Improving Health Care Reform Legislation

Last week, after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced he would delay a vote on the Senate health care legislation, Senator Corker made the following statement.

�This is important and will affect people in very real ways,� said Corker. �Delaying the vote shows that we understand that and want to get it right. We will continue working over the next several days to improve this legislation and resolve a number of legitimate issues.�

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Working With the Trump Administration to End Modern Slavery

Senator Corker, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, last week joined Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Ivanka Trump at the State Department�s launch of the 2017 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report. The senator praised the Trump administration for its commitment to ending modern slavery and human trafficking. The annual TIP report grades countries on their progress in enforcing laws against forced labor, sexual servitude and other forms of human trafficking, while also supporting victims.

At the launch of the TIP report, Ivanka Trump called human trafficking �a pervasive human rights issue affecting millions� and applauded Corker's unwavering commitment to this critical issue.

�The TIP report is a critical tool and plays an important role in our efforts to end modern slavery around the world,� said Corker. �This year�s report is a step forward in efforts to improve the transparency and integrity of the rankings, and I appreciate the Trump administration for its sincere commitment to tackling this massive problem, which affects more than 27 million people who are enslaved around the world. I look forward to continuing our efforts to establish an even larger leadership role for the United States as we work to end this plague on mankind once and for all.�

Corker is a leader in efforts to end modern slavery at home and abroad. In addition to cosponsoring legislation to strengthen anti-human trafficking measures domestically, Corker previously proposed the End Modern Slavery Initiative, which was designed to leverage limited foreign aid dollars and galvanize 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.

President Trump Made an Excellent Decision Selecting Donald Cochran as U.S. Attorney for the Middle District

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

�President Trump has made another excellent decision in selecting Donald Cochran to serve Tennesseans as U.S. Attorney for the Middle District,� said Corker. �Don is a former prosecutor, respected law professor at Belmont University and U.S. Army veteran who has shown a great commitment to serving our country and enforcing the law. I congratulate him on being nominated for this critical position and am pleased to recommend him to my colleagues for confirmation.�

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.

Senator Corker met with Bill May, president of the Memphis-based American Cotton Shippers Association, about domestic and international trade last week.

Senator Corker enjoyed meeting with the Tennessee Farmers Cooperative last week to discuss the important role they play in our local communities. 

Expressing Optimism on Housing Finance Reform

In a hearing last week on housing finance reform, Senator Corker, a member of the Senate Banking Committee, expressed optimism about the prospect of legislative action in the near term.

�What I see happening right now is a real consolidation of ideas,� said Corker. �We have had think tanks that lean right, think tanks that lean left, [and] the Mortgage [Bankers] Association come together. It just seems to me that the thinking around what needs to happen with GSE reform is coming to a place where I truly believe we�re going to be able to pass a piece of legislation this year.�

Corker also outlined a number of commonalities that currently exist as members of Congress, the administration, and a number of stakeholders continue discussions about the best path forward on reforming the government-sponsored enterprises (GSEs) Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

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