Update from Senator Bob Corker - July 31, 2017

Senator Bob Corker
2017-07-31 13:31:29
Bob Corker - U.S. Senator, Tennessee *Voting to Repeal and Replace Obamacare* Early Friday morning, Senator Corker released the following statement regarding the Senate health care debate. �My strong preference was for Congress to advance legislation I supported to repeal Obamacare after a reasonable transition period,� *said Corker*. �I sincerely believed that was the best path forward and would have taken us back to a level playing field where, by a date certain, all sides would have had incentive to work together to develop a health care replacement that would generate broad support and stand the test of time. Unfortunately, that amendment failed to achieve the votes necessary to advance.� �I am disappointed that the Senate failed to advance legislation that would allow us to continue our work to repeal and replace Obamacare, which is driving up costs and limiting choices for families in Tennessee and across our country,�* added Corker*. �It is my hope that we will expeditiously move to a process that will generate an outcome that is better for the American people than what is in place today.� Corker voted on Wednesday to repeal Obamacare. The amendment failed to advance by a vote of 45 to 55. On Friday, Corker voted for the Health Care Freedom Act, which would have allowed Congress to continue its work to repeal and replace Obamacare. The legislation failed to advance by a vote of 49 to 51. *Praying for Congressman Phil Roe* On Wednesday after Congressman Phil Roe (R-Tenn.) announced [link 1] he was diagnosed with early-stage prostate cancer, Senator Corker wished him a speedy recovery.� [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/roe.JPG] [link 2] *Congratulating Tennessean Bill Hagerty* On Thursday, Senator Corker congratulated his friend and fellow Tennessean Bill Hagerty on being sworn in as U.S. ambassador to Japan. Earlier this month, the senator spoke [link 3] on the floor urging his colleagues to confirm Hagerty. Hagerty was confirmed by a vote of 86 to 12.� [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/IMG_3891.JPG] [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/IMG_3892.JPG] *Sending a Strong Signal to Iran, Russia and North Korea* Senator Corker, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, on Thursday applauded Senate passage of legislation to sanction Iran, Russia and North Korea. H.R.3364, the Countering America�s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act, passed by a vote of 98 to 2 and will now be sent to the president�s desk to be signed into law. �With near unanimous support in both chambers of Congress, this legislation sends a strong signal to Iran, Russia and North Korea that our country will stand firm and united in the face of their destabilizing behavior,� *said Corker*. �This bill ensures Congress will continue to play a leading role in defending the American people and our allies from these serious threats while providing the Trump administration appropriate national security flexibility. I hope the overwhelming support for this legislation can serve as an example for what can be accomplished when Congress works together and puts the interests of the American people first.� The Iran and Russia components of the legislation were developed in the Senate and originally passed the chamber on June 15 by a vote of 98 to 2.The North Korea language was added earlier this week during consideration by the House of Representatives. The House has committed to approving additional enhancements to the North Korea sanctions provisions in the near future. *Welcoming Tennesseans to Washington* Last week, Senators Corker and Alexander hosted more than 140 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_6891.JPG] [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/IMG_6904.JPG] [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/IMG_6843.JPG] On Wednesday, Senator Corker met with Tennesseans Claire, Jackson and Duncan about the work of Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and its impact on their daily lives.� [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/IMG_6915.JPG] [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/IMG_6938.JPG] On Thursday afternoon, Senator Corker met the Burns family of Greeneville during their visit to the Capitol.� [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/072717-FEY-301.jpg] [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/072717-FEY-308.jpg] *Ensuring Taxpayer Dollars Are Used in the Most Efficient Manner to Advance American Interests* Senator Corker on Thursday applauded Senate Foreign Relations Committee passage of the fiscal year 2018 State Department authorization bill. This is the third year in a row that the committee has successfully passed an authorization bill for the department. Legislation combining the fiscal year 2016 and 2017 authorization bills was enacted last year, marking the first time in 14 years that an authorization for the State Department became law. �One of my top priorities as chairman has been to ensure taxpayer dollars are used in the most efficient manner to advance American interests,� *said Corker*. �For the third consecutive year, the committee has passed an authorization bill on a bipartisan basis that strengthens oversight and improves how the State Department functions. This legislation speeds up construction of safer embassies at reduced cost to taxpayers, requires confirmation of special envoys while empowering the secretary to rein in these often unnecessary and duplicative positions, and ensures Congress will play a productive role in the reorganization of the department. It also better protects State�s computer networks from hackers, improves the security of classified information, and seeks to make public diplomacy more effective. I thank my colleagues for their important contributions to this effort.� Text of the legislation is available online here [link 5].

Voting to Repeal and Replace Obamacare

Early Friday morning, Senator Corker released the following statement regarding the Senate health care debate.

�My strong preference was for Congress to advance legislation I supported to repeal Obamacare after a reasonable transition period,� said Corker. �I sincerely believed that was the best path forward and would have taken us back to a level playing field where, by a date certain, all sides would have had incentive to work together to develop a health care replacement that would generate broad support and stand the test of time. Unfortunately, that amendment failed to achieve the votes necessary to advance.�

�I am disappointed that the Senate failed to advance legislation that would allow us to continue our work to repeal and replace Obamacare, which is driving up costs and limiting choices for families in Tennessee and across our country,� added Corker. �It is my hope that we will expeditiously move to a process that will generate an outcome that is better for the American people than what is in place today.�

Corker voted on Wednesday to repeal Obamacare. The amendment failed to advance by a vote of 45 to 55. On Friday, Corker voted for the Health Care Freedom Act, which would have allowed Congress to continue its work to repeal and replace Obamacare. The legislation failed to advance by a vote of 49 to 51.

Praying for Congressman Phil Roe

On Wednesday after Congressman Phil Roe (R-Tenn.)

Congratulating Tennessean Bill Hagerty

On Thursday, Senator Corker congratulated his friend and fellow Tennessean Bill Hagerty on being sworn in as U.S. ambassador to Japan. Earlier this month, the senator

Sending a Strong Signal to Iran, Russia and North Korea

Senator Corker, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, on Thursday applauded Senate passage of legislation to sanction Iran, Russia and North Korea. H.R.3364, the Countering America�s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act, passed by a vote of 98 to 2 and will now be sent to the president�s desk to be signed into law.

�With near unanimous support in both chambers of Congress, this legislation sends a strong signal to Iran, Russia and North Korea that our country will stand firm and united in the face of their destabilizing behavior,� said Corker. �This bill ensures Congress will continue to play a leading role in defending the American people and our allies from these serious threats while providing the Trump administration appropriate national security flexibility. I hope the overwhelming support for this legislation can serve as an example for what can be accomplished when Congress works together and puts the interests of the American people first.�

The Iran and Russia components of the legislation were developed in the Senate and originally passed the chamber on June 15 by a vote of 98 to 2.The North Korea language was added earlier this week during consideration by the House of Representatives. The House has committed to approving additional enhancements to the North Korea sanctions provisions in the near future.

Welcoming Tennesseans to Washington

Last week, Senators Corker and Alexander hosted more than 140 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, Senator Corker met with Tennesseans Claire, Jackson and Duncan about the work of Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and its impact on their daily lives. 

On Thursday afternoon, Senator Corker met the Burns family of Greeneville during their visit to the Capitol. 

Ensuring Taxpayer Dollars Are Used in the Most Efficient Manner to Advance American Interests

Senator Corker on Thursday applauded Senate Foreign Relations Committee passage of the fiscal year 2018 State Department authorization bill. This is the third year in a row that the committee has successfully passed an authorization bill for the department. Legislation combining the fiscal year 2016 and 2017 authorization bills was enacted last year, marking the first time in 14 years that an authorization for the State Department became law.

�One of my top priorities as chairman has been to ensure taxpayer dollars are used in the most efficient manner to advance American interests,� said Corker. �For the third consecutive year, the committee has passed an authorization bill on a bipartisan basis that strengthens oversight and improves how the State Department functions. This legislation speeds up construction of safer embassies at reduced cost to taxpayers, requires confirmation of special envoys while empowering the secretary to rein in these often unnecessary and duplicative positions, and ensures Congress will play a productive role in the reorganization of the department. It also better protects State�s computer networks from hackers, improves the security of classified information, and seeks to make public diplomacy more effective. I thank my colleagues for their important contributions to this effort.�

Text of the legislation is available online