Update from Senator Bob Corker - July 25, 2017

Senator Bob Corker
2017-07-25 06:26:19
Bob Corker - U.S. Senator, Tennessee *Joint Operation Veterans Event in Knoxville Was a Huge Success* On Wednesday, Senator Corker called �Joint Operation,� a free event to provide veterans and their families with a one-stop shop to access local resources and services, a �huge success� and thanked the veterans, organizations and agencies that participated. �The goal of Joint Operation was to make it easier for veterans to get the help they need, and I am glad more than 600 veterans and their families took advantage of Wednesday's event in Knoxville,� *said Corker*. �It was truly inspiring to see the local community come together to help these men and women who have served our country, and we appreciate the congressional offices, the city and county mayors, and all the groups involved for participating. I look forward to hosting additional Joint Operation events across the state in the future.� An estimated 600 veterans attended Joint Operation, which featured more than 70 organizations and agencies with information on a number of resources, including: VA claim assistance, vocational rehabilitation, education, employment, mental health, housing, legal assistance and much more. The event was the first in a series of Joint Operation events organized by Corker�s office and was sponsored by the offices of U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander, U.S. Congressman Jimmy Duncan, Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero, and Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett. Additional Joint Operation events will be held across the state in the future. Click here [link 1] for more information, including a full list of participating organizations. Veterans who need assistance can contact [link 2] Corker at any time by visiting corker.senate.gov or calling any of the senator�s six state offices. [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/07-19-17_Joint_Operation_Knoxville_2.jpg] [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/07-19-17_Joint_Operation_Knoxville_6.JPG] [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/07-19-17_Joint_Operation_Knoxville_5.JPG] [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/07-19-17_Joint_Operation_Knoxville_7.JPG] WATE��6 On Your Side��and WBIR Channel 10 were on hand at Joint Operation to report on the event's success and speak to some of the veterans in attendance.� [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/WATE_Joint_Op.JPG] [link 3] **Click here [link 4] or on the image above to watch WATE's report on Joint Operation.** ** [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/WBIR_Joint_Op.JPG]** [link 5] **Click here [link 6] or on the image above to watch WBIR's report on Joint Operation.** *Best Path Forward Is to Repeal the Affordable Care Act After a Reasonable Transition Period* On Thursday, Senator Corker released the following statement regarding the Senate health care debate. �After being involved in many discussions over the past several months with my colleagues and stakeholders across Tennessee, I believe the best path forward is for Congress to repeal the Affordable Care Act after a reasonable transition period,� *said Corker*. �This takes us back to a level playing field where, by a date certain, all sides have incentive to work together to develop a health care replacement that can generate broad support and will stand the test of time. Regardless of how we move forward, it is my hope that our focus will be not only on coverage but also on lowering the actual cost of health care.� Corker participated in a lengthy meeting held by senators last Wednesday night and also attended the lunch meeting held on Thursday afternoon at the White House. The senator will vote for the motion to proceed to debate health care on the Senate floor this week. *Trump Administration Is Focused on Annihilating ISIS* On Wednesday, Senator Corker released the following statement after a classified briefing on the Trump administration�s efforts to defeat ISIS. �I could not be more encouraged by the briefing provided by the administration,� *said Corker*. �There is a lot more clarity and a lot more focus on partnering with other countries to completely annihilate ISIS. There is a renewed energy and a renewed focus, and I think every senator present knows this administration is not playing around. Their approach is to kill members of ISIS and do everything they can to prevent them from escaping to other countries where they could inflict harm.� The classified briefing was led by Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Joseph Dunford. *President Trump Is Fully Committed to Confronting the Threat From Iran* Senator Corker, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, on Tuesday released the following statement in response to the Trump administration�s actions against Iran. The administration announced new sanctions along with certification of Tehran�s technical compliance with the 2015 nuclear deal, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).� �The administration�s actions clearly demonstrate that President Trump is fully committed to confront the threat from Iran in a strategic and effective way,� *said Corker*, who led opposition in Congress to the nuclear deal. �The non-binding nature of the nuclear deal and the expedited procedures in Congress for reimposing nuclear sanctions allow the administration to respond quickly to a material breach by Iran at any time. While the administration continues to evaluate its overall approach to Iran, the best way to hold Tehran accountable at present is for the House to act swiftly to enact tough sanctions for the regime�s bad acts outside the JCPOA.� On June 15, 2017, legislation coauthored by Corker to strengthen and expand sanctions on Iran and Russia passed the Senate by a vote of 98 to 2. The Iran component of the bill imposes new sanctions on the Iranian regime�s ballistic missile development, support for terrorism, transfers of conventional weapons, and human rights violations. *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 7]. [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/IMG_6737.JPG] [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/IMG_6730.JPG] On Tuesday, Senator Corker met with Christians United for Israel to discuss a number of issues important to the 60,000 Tennesseans the organization represents.� [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/IMG_6777.JPG] On Tuesday afternoon, Senator Corker met with Oak Ridge National Laboratories Director Thomas Zacharia and commended the laboratory for its ever-advancing work and keeping Tennessee on the forefront of science.� [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/IMG_6793.JPG] [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/IMG_6802.JPG] On Thursday morning, Senator Corker chatted with members of Tennessee Future Farmers of America during their visit to Capitol Hill.� [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/IMG_1312.JPG] [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/IMG_1318.JPG] *Doug Overbey Is an Outstanding Choice to Serve Tennesseans* On Friday, Senator Corker released the following statement regarding President Donald J. Trump�s nomination of J. Douglas Overbey to serve as U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Tennessee. �Doug Overbey is an outstanding choice to serve Tennesseans as U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District,� *said Corker*. �Doug has had a distinguished law career, spanning nearly four decades, and has served the Volunteer State honorably in the state legislature. I thank President Trump for choosing such a well-qualified individual for this important position and am proud to recommend Doug to my colleagues for confirmation.� *Praying for Senator John McCain* On Wednesday, after Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.) and his family�announced [link 8]�that�tissue pathology revealed he has a primary brain tumor known as a glioblastoma, Senator Corker offered [link 9] prayers for his good friend. McCain is in good spirits as he continues to recover at home with his family in Arizona. � [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/mccain.JPG] [link 10]

Joint Operation Veterans Event in Knoxville Was a Huge Success

On Wednesday, Senator Corker called �Joint Operation,� a free event to provide veterans and their families with a one-stop shop to access local resources and services, a �huge success� and thanked the veterans, organizations and agencies that participated.

�The goal of Joint Operation was to make it easier for veterans to get the help they need, and I am glad more than 600 veterans and their families took advantage of Wednesday's event in Knoxville,� said Corker. �It was truly inspiring to see the local community come together to help these men and women who have served our country, and we appreciate the congressional offices, the city and county mayors, and all the groups involved for participating. I look forward to hosting additional Joint Operation events across the state in the future.�

An estimated 600 veterans attended Joint Operation, which featured more than 70 organizations and agencies with information on a number of resources, including: VA claim assistance, vocational rehabilitation, education, employment, mental health, housing, legal assistance and much more.

The event was the first in a series of Joint Operation events organized by Corker�s office and was sponsored by the offices of U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander, U.S. Congressman Jimmy Duncan, Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero, and Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett. Additional Joint Operation events will be held across the state in the future.

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WATE 6 On Your Side� and WBIR Channel 10 were on hand at Joint Operation to report on the event's success and speak to some of the veterans in attendance. 

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Best Path Forward Is to Repeal the Affordable Care Act After a Reasonable Transition Period

On Thursday, Senator Corker released the following statement regarding the Senate health care debate.

�After being involved in many discussions over the past several months with my colleagues and stakeholders across Tennessee, I believe the best path forward is for Congress to repeal the Affordable Care Act after a reasonable transition period,� said Corker. �This takes us back to a level playing field where, by a date certain, all sides have incentive to work together to develop a health care replacement that can generate broad support and will stand the test of time. Regardless of how we move forward, it is my hope that our focus will be not only on coverage but also on lowering the actual cost of health care.�

Corker participated in a lengthy meeting held by senators last Wednesday night and also attended the lunch meeting held on Thursday afternoon at the White House. The senator will vote for the motion to proceed to debate health care on the Senate floor this week.

Trump Administration Is Focused on Annihilating ISIS

On Wednesday, Senator Corker released the following statement after a classified briefing on the Trump administration�s efforts to defeat ISIS.

�I could not be more encouraged by the briefing provided by the administration,� said Corker. �There is a lot more clarity and a lot more focus on partnering with other countries to completely annihilate ISIS. There is a renewed energy and a renewed focus, and I think every senator present knows this administration is not playing around. Their approach is to kill members of ISIS and do everything they can to prevent them from escaping to other countries where they could inflict harm.�

The classified briefing was led by Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Joseph Dunford.

President Trump Is Fully Committed to Confronting the Threat From Iran

Senator Corker, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, on Tuesday released the following statement in response to the Trump administration�s actions against Iran. The administration announced new sanctions along with certification of Tehran�s technical compliance with the 2015 nuclear deal, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). 

�The administration�s actions clearly demonstrate that President Trump is fully committed to confront the threat from Iran in a strategic and effective way,� said Corker, who led opposition in Congress to the nuclear deal. �The non-binding nature of the nuclear deal and the expedited procedures in Congress for reimposing nuclear sanctions allow the administration to respond quickly to a material breach by Iran at any time. While the administration continues to evaluate its overall approach to Iran, the best way to hold Tehran accountable at present is for the House to act swiftly to enact tough sanctions for the regime�s bad acts outside the JCPOA.�

On June 15, 2017, legislation coauthored by Corker to strengthen and expand sanctions on Iran and Russia passed the Senate by a vote of 98 to 2. The Iran component of the bill imposes new sanctions on the Iranian regime�s ballistic missile development, support for terrorism, transfers of conventional weapons, and human rights violations.

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 Tuesday, Senator Corker met with Christians United for Israel to discuss a number of issues important to the 60,000 Tennesseans the organization represents. 

On Tuesday afternoon, Senator Corker met with Oak Ridge National Laboratories Director Thomas Zacharia and commended the laboratory for its ever-advancing work and keeping Tennessee on the forefront of science. 

On Thursday morning, Senator Corker chatted with members of Tennessee Future Farmers of America during their visit to Capitol Hill. 

Doug Overbey Is an Outstanding Choice to Serve Tennesseans

On Friday, Senator Corker released the following statement regarding President Donald J. Trump�s nomination of J. Douglas Overbey to serve as U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Tennessee.

�Doug Overbey is an outstanding choice to serve Tennesseans as U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District,� said Corker. �Doug has had a distinguished law career, spanning nearly four decades, and has served the Volunteer State honorably in the state legislature. I thank President Trump for choosing such a well-qualified individual for this important position and am proud to recommend Doug to my colleagues for confirmation.�

Praying for Senator John McCain

On Wednesday, after Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.) and his family announced that tissue pathology revealed he has a primary brain tumor known as a glioblastoma, Senator Corker