Update from Senator Bob Corker - July 18, 2017

Senator Bob Corker
2017-07-18 09:42:54
Bob Corker - U.S. Senator, Tennessee �Joint Operation��Veterans Event to Be Held This Wednesday 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 this 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.png] *Remembering Chattanooga's Fallen Five* On Sunday, two years after the terrorist attack in Chattanooga, Senator Corker remembered the Fallen Five and�spoke with News Channel 9 about�the community's incredible response.� [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/chastrong.PNG] [link 2] **Click here [link 3] or on the image above to watch Corker's remarks remembering the Fallen Five.** *Congress Should Stay in Washington as Long as It Takes to Complete Its Work* Last week, Senator Corker released the following statement after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) announced he would delay the start of the August recess until the third week of August. �I strongly support Leader McConnell�s decision to delay the start of the August recess,��*said Corker*. �The Senate has a number of critical issues on its plate, and I believe we should stay in Washington as long as it takes to complete our work on behalf of the American people.� *Using the Trafficking in Persons Report to Help End Modern Slavery* On Thursday, Senator Corker, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and a leader in efforts to end modern slavery at home and abroad, held a hearing on the State Department�s Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report. Last month, Corker joined [link 4] Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Ivanka Trump at the launch ceremony for the report that grades countries on their progress in enforcing laws against forced labor, sexual servitude and other forms of human trafficking, while also supporting victims. �Human trafficking largely exploits the vulnerable for profit,� *said Corker*.��There is no greater deterrent than to make it clear that perpetrators and those who collaborate with them will pay a heavy price for these crimes. This year�s report contains specific elements that our country and other countries can use to prosecute the crime of modern slavery. I hope that in compiling next year�s report you will continue to highlight examples of progress in prosecution and scrutinize where corruption and lack of progress are failing victims of modern slavery.� �Finally, I would like to thank Secretary Tillerson for announcing at the Trafficking in Persons Report rollout that the State Department is proceeding with the $1.5 billion End Modern Slavery Initiative [link 5] that Senator Menendez and I first presented to this committee in 2015,� *concluded Corker*. �This is a critical step in the effort to end modern slavery globally. To quote British Prime Minister Theresa May: �Victims will only find freedom if we cultivate a radically new, global and coordinated approach to defeat this vile crime.�� [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/071317-RP2-063.jpg] [link 6] **Click here [link 7] or on the image above to watch the senator's remarks.** *Bill Hagerty Will Represent the Very Best of Our Country During His Service in Japan* On Thursday, Senator Corker applauded the Senate�s confirmation of William Hagerty to serve as U.S. ambassador to Japan. The Senate voted 86 to12 in favor of the nomination. In advance of the vote, Corker spoke on the Senate floor urging members to vote for Hagerty�s confirmation. �I rise today also to offer my strong support for the nomination of Bill Hagerty to serve as the U.S. ambassador to Japan,� *said Corker*. �Bill is one of the most outstanding appointments that President Trump has made, and his confirmation is long overdue� As a fellow Tennessean, I have had the privilege of knowing Bill Hagerty and his family on a personal level. I have seen him in business and the outstanding things he has done there. I�ve seen him represent our state as commissioner of economic development and cause it to be one of the most heralded states in the country relative to job creation; and much of that had to do with his ability to deal with other governments around the world and cause them to be attracted to our state.� �There�s no one more well-suited to fill this important role, and I know that our nation will benefit from Bill�s leadership and experience as he carries the tremendous legacy of U.S. ambassadors to Japan, including the late Howard Baker, another fellow Tennessean,� *added Corker*. �I am really, really proud of this nomination and know that Bill will represent the very best of our country during his service in Japan.� [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/Hagerty_Speech_2_1.jpg] [link 8] **Click here [link 9] or on the image above to watch the senator's remarks.** *Applauding President Trump's Decision to Nominate Senator Mark Norris and Thomas Parker to Serve West Tennessee* Senator Corker on Thursday released the following statement regarding President Donald J. Trump�s nominations of Mark S. Norris, Sr. and Thomas L. Parker to serve as judges on the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee. �I welcome President Trump�s decision to nominate Mark Norris and Thomas Parker to serve West Tennessee as federal district court judges,� *said Corker*. �Mark has long been a devoted public servant in Tennessee, first in Shelby County and now as majority leader of the Tennessee State Senate. Tommy is a respected litigator and former federal prosecutor in Memphis. I am confident that they both understand the proper role of a judge and will faithfully uphold the law. I congratulate Mark and Tommy on their nominations and am pleased to recommend them to my colleagues for confirmation.� *Appreciative of President Trump Moving Quickly to Fill Critical Judicial Vacancies in Middle Tennessee* On Thursday, Senator Corker released the following statement regarding President Donald J. Trump�s nominations of William L. Campbell, Jr. and Eli J. Richardson to serve as judges on the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee. �These two vacancies have been designated as judicial emergencies, and I appreciate President Trump moving quickly to fill these critical positions by nominating William �Chip� Campbell and Eli Richardson,� *said Corker*. �Chip and Eli are respected lawyers, and I am confident that they will faithfully uphold the Constitution and impartially apply the law. I congratulate them on being nominated, and I am pleased to recommend them to my colleagues for swift confirmation.� Working to Combat the Opioid Epidemic* Earlier this month, Senator Corker joined Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price and Counselor to the President Kellyann Conway at a roundtable session in Chattanooga that focused on the opioid epidemic and addiction.��Moved by the stories of Tennesseans who have lived through addiction and inspired to hear how our state is working to combat this epidemic,��the senator posted [link 10] to Twitter*.� [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/opioid.jpg] *Welcoming Tennesseans to Washington* Last week, Senators Corker and Alexander hosted more than 130 Tennesseans, including students from Dyersburg, 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 11]. [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/IMG_6637.JPG] [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/IMG_6617.JPG] On Wednesday, Senator Corker welcomed Bank of America��Student Leaders� from Tennessee to the Capitol and thanked them for their focus on civic engagement and strengthening their communities. [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/071217-ROS-251_1.jpg] [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/071217-ROS-255.jpg] On Thursday morning, Senator Corker met with 5-year-old cancer survivor Lela, as well as her parents and doctors. Lela is one of the thousands of reasons why the work done at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital is a source of great pride in Tennessee.� [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/IMG_6667.JPG] [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/IMG_6693.JPG] [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/IMG_6700.JPG]

�Joint Operation� Veterans Event to Be Held This Wednesday 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 this 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. Stay tuned for additional Joint Operation events across the state.

Remembering Chattanooga's Fallen Five

On Sunday, two years after the terrorist attack in Chattanooga, Senator Corker remembered the Fallen Five and spoke with News Channel 9 about the community's incredible response. 

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Congress Should Stay in Washington as Long as It Takes to Complete Its Work

Last week, Senator Corker released the following statement after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) announced he would delay the start of the August recess until the third week of August.

�I strongly support Leader McConnell�s decision to delay the start of the August recess,� said Corker. �The Senate has a number of critical issues on its plate, and I believe we should stay in Washington as long as it takes to complete our work on behalf of the American people.�

Using the Trafficking in Persons Report to Help End Modern Slavery

On Thursday, Senator Corker, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and a leader in efforts to end modern slavery at home and abroad, held a hearing on the State Department�s Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report. Last month, Corker

�Human trafficking largely exploits the vulnerable for profit,� said Corker. �There is no greater deterrent than to make it clear that perpetrators and those who collaborate with them will pay a heavy price for these crimes. This year�s report contains specific elements that our country and other countries can use to prosecute the crime of modern slavery. I hope that in compiling next year�s report you will continue to highlight examples of progress in prosecution and scrutinize where corruption and lack of progress are failing victims of modern slavery.

�Finally, I would like to thank Secretary Tillerson for announcing at the Trafficking in Persons Report rollout that the State Department is proceeding with the $1.5 billion that Senator Menendez and I first presented to this committee in 2015,� concluded Corker. �This is a critical step in the effort to end modern slavery globally. To quote British Prime Minister Theresa May: �Victims will only find freedom if we cultivate a radically new, global and coordinated approach to defeat this vile crime.��

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Bill Hagerty Will Represent the Very Best of Our Country During His Service in Japan

On Thursday, Senator Corker applauded the Senate�s confirmation of William Hagerty to serve as U.S. ambassador to Japan. The Senate voted 86 to12 in favor of the nomination. In advance of the vote, Corker spoke on the Senate floor urging members to vote for Hagerty�s confirmation.

�I rise today also to offer my strong support for the nomination of Bill Hagerty to serve as the U.S. ambassador to Japan,� said Corker. �Bill is one of the most outstanding appointments that President Trump has made, and his confirmation is long overdue� As a fellow Tennessean, I have had the privilege of knowing Bill Hagerty and his family on a personal level. I have seen him in business and the outstanding things he has done there. I�ve seen him represent our state as commissioner of economic development and cause it to be one of the most heralded states in the country relative to job creation; and much of that had to do with his ability to deal with other governments around the world and cause them to be attracted to our state.�

�There�s no one more well-suited to fill this important role, and I know that our nation will benefit from Bill�s leadership and experience as he carries the tremendous legacy of U.S. ambassadors to Japan, including the late Howard Baker, another fellow Tennessean,� added Corker. �I am really, really proud of this nomination and know that Bill will represent the very best of our country during his service in Japan.�

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Applauding President Trump's Decision to Nominate Senator Mark Norris and Thomas Parker to Serve West Tennessee

Senator Corker on Thursday released the following statement regarding President Donald J. Trump�s nominations of Mark S. Norris, Sr. and Thomas L. Parker to serve as judges on the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee.

�I welcome President Trump�s decision to nominate Mark Norris and Thomas Parker to serve West Tennessee as federal district court judges,� said Corker. �Mark has long been a devoted public servant in Tennessee, first in Shelby County and now as majority leader of the Tennessee State Senate. Tommy is a respected litigator and former federal prosecutor in Memphis. I am confident that they both understand the proper role of a judge and will faithfully uphold the law. I congratulate Mark and Tommy on their nominations and am pleased to recommend them to my colleagues for confirmation.�

Appreciative of President Trump Moving Quickly to Fill Critical Judicial Vacancies in Middle Tennessee

On Thursday, Senator Corker released the following statement regarding President Donald J. Trump�s nominations of William L. Campbell, Jr. and Eli J. Richardson to serve as judges on the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee.

�These two vacancies have been designated as judicial emergencies, and I appreciate President Trump moving quickly to fill these critical positions by nominating William �Chip� Campbell and Eli Richardson,� said Corker. �Chip and Eli are respected lawyers, and I am confident that they will faithfully uphold the Constitution and impartially apply the law. I congratulate them on being nominated, and I am pleased to recommend them to my colleagues for swift confirmation.�

Working to Combat the Opioid Epidemic

Earlier this month, Senator Corker joined Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price and Counselor to the President Kellyann Conway at a roundtable session in Chattanooga that focused on the opioid epidemic and addiction. Moved by the stories of Tennesseans who have lived through addiction and inspired to hear how our state is working to combat this epidemic, the senator

Welcoming Tennesseans to Washington

Last week, Senators Corker and Alexander hosted more than 130 Tennesseans, including students from Dyersburg, 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, Senator Corker welcomed Bank of America �Student Leaders� from Tennessee to the Capitol and thanked them for their focus on civic engagement and strengthening their communities.

On Thursday morning, Senator Corker met with 5-year-old cancer survivor Lela, as well as her parents and doctors. Lela is one of the thousands of reasons why the work done at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital is a source of great pride in Tennessee.