Update from Senator Bob Corker - August 7, 2017

Senator Bob Corker
2017-08-07 11:21:59
Bob Corker - U.S. Senator, Tennessee *President Trump Should Fire the Leakers in the White House* On Thursday, Senator Corker encouraged President Trump and his chief of staff, General John Kelly, to fire every single person in the White House who is suspected of leaking information, infighting, or undermining the administration.� *Knoxville News Sentinel: Corker urges Trump to 'fire every single person' suspected of leaking or infighting* [link 1] [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/leakers.JPG] [link 2] **Click here [link 3] or on the image above to watch the senator's remarks.** *Congressman Duncan's Leadership and Voice Will Be Missed* Last week, Senator Corker released the following statement after U.S. Representative John J. Duncan Jr. (R-Tenn.) announced he will not seek re-election in 2018. �My friend Jimmy Duncan has represented the people of the 2nd District well for more than three decades in Congress,� *said Corker*. �I appreciate his no-nonsense, principled approach to public service and will sincerely miss his leadership and voice as a member of our delegation. I wish him, his wife, Lynn, and their family all the best as they prepare to enter this next chapter of their lives.� *Senate Foreign Relations Committee Passes the Taylor Force Act* On Thursday, Senators Corker and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) praised Senate Foreign Relations Committee passage of legislation demanding the Palestinian Authority end its policy of rewarding terrorism. The Taylor Force Act, legislation introduced by Graham and Corker, would restrict U.S. economic aid to the West Bank and Gaza until the Palestinian Authority stops paying terrorists guilty of violence against Israelis and Americans. The bill is named after a Vanderbilt University graduate student who was killed in a terrorist attack in Tel Aviv last year. �We absolutely cannot accept a policy that rewards acts of terrorism like the one that tragically took the life of Taylor Force,��*said Corker, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee*. �This legislation will force the Palestinian Authority to make a choice: either face the consequences of stoking violence or end this detestable practice immediately. I thank Senator Graham for his important role in this effort and look forward to this bill becoming law.� *FOX17 Nashville: Legislation named after Vanderbilt student killed by terrorist passes committee* [link 4] [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/080317-JY2-0601.jpg] [link 5] **Click here [link 6] or on the image above to watch the senator's remarks.** *Combatting Online Sex Trafficking and Modern Slavery* Senator Corker, a leader in efforts to end modern slavery at home and abroad, last week joined 19 of his Senate colleagues to introduce the Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act [link 7]. The narrowly-crafted legislation will target online sex trafficking by providing victims the opportunity to seek justice against websites, such as Backpage.com, that knowingly facilitate sex trafficking and allowing law enforcement officials to take action against these websites. ��This legislation will play an important role in the fight against online sex trafficking by ensuring victims have an opportunity to seek justice and enabling law enforcement officials to take action against websites like Backpage that facilitate this horrific crime,� *said Corker*. �This scourge on humanity knows no borders or boundaries, and I remain committed to efforts that will help end human trafficking and modern slavery worldwide.� Corker is a leader in efforts to end modern slavery at home and abroad. In addition to cosponsoring bills to strengthen anti-human trafficking measures domestically, Corker previously proposed the End Modern Slavery Initiative [link 8], which was designed to leverage limited foreign aid dollars and galvanize tremendous 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. *Glad Christopher Wray Will Lead the Brave Men and Women of the FBI* Last week, Senator Corker released the following statement after voting to confirm Christopher A. Wray, who was nominated by President Donald J. Trump to serve as director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The Senate confirmed Wray by a vote of 92 to 5. �During our meeting last month, Mr. Wray displayed the integrity and independence needed to head the FBI,��*said Corker*. �I am pleased the Senate has acted quickly to approve his nomination and am glad he will be serving our country in this capacity and leading the brave men and women of the bureau who help keep our country safe.� Corker met with Wray in his Capitol Hill office last month. [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/072617-FEY-106.jpg] *Administering the Oath to Former Intern and Tennessean Joe Riley* On Wednesday, Senator Corker had the honor of administering the oath to former intern Joe Riley of Athens as he was promoted to captain in the United States Army. Riley leaves for Afghanistan this month. [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/IMG_1439.JPG] [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/IMG_1421.JPG] *Meeting With Clarksville Mayor McMillan and Other U.S. Mayors* On Thursday, Senator Corker had a good discussion on infrastructure, health care and tax reform with Clarksville Mayor Kim McMillan, who was visiting Washington with the United States Conference of Mayors.� [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/IMG_7016_1.JPG] *Eastern District of Tennessee Working With Department of Justice to Combat Opioid Epidemic* On Wednesday, Senator Corker released the following statement after Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced [link 9] that the Eastern District of Tennessee has been selected as one of 12 federal judicial districts across the country to participate in the Department of Justice�s (DOJ) Opioid Fraud and Abuse Detection Unit. The pilot program will utilize data and assign an experienced prosecutor to the Eastern District to identify and prosecute individuals contributing to the opioid epidemic. �The prescription opioid epidemic is destroying lives and tearing apart families, and I am glad to see the Eastern District of Tennessee selected for this pilot program,� *said Corker*. �This partnership will be an added resource for the U.S. attorney�s office, and I am hopeful the efforts can bring to justice the pill mills and unlawful pharmacies that are profiting off the hardships of Tennesseans affected by opioid abuse. I applaud President Trump and Attorney General Sessions for their commitment to this critical issue and will continue working with them to further address this crisis.� Last year, Corker voted [link 10] for the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act, which authorized new funding to address the opioid crisis. In December, Corker voted [link 11] for Senator Lamar Alexander�s (R-Tenn.) 21st Century Cures Act, which provided state grant funding through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration to support a comprehensive array of prevention, treatment and recovery services to fight opioid addiction. Both bills were signed into law last year.

President Trump Should Fire the Leakers in the White House

On Thursday, Senator Corker encouraged President Trump and his chief of staff, General John Kelly, to fire every single person in the White House who is suspected of leaking information, infighting, or undermining the administration. 

Knoxville News Sentinel: Corker urges Trump to 'fire every single person' suspected of leaking or infighting

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Congressman Duncan's Leadership and Voice Will Be Missed

Last week, Senator Corker released the following statement after U.S. Representative John J. Duncan Jr. (R-Tenn.) announced he will not seek re-election in 2018.

�My friend Jimmy Duncan has represented the people of the 2nd District well for more than three decades in Congress,� said Corker. �I appreciate his no-nonsense, principled approach to public service and will sincerely miss his leadership and voice as a member of our delegation. I wish him, his wife, Lynn, and their family all the best as they prepare to enter this next chapter of their lives.�

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Passes the Taylor Force Act

On Thursday, Senators Corker and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) praised Senate Foreign Relations Committee passage of legislation demanding the Palestinian Authority end its policy of rewarding terrorism. The Taylor Force Act, legislation introduced by Graham and Corker, would restrict U.S. economic aid to the West Bank and Gaza until the Palestinian Authority stops paying terrorists guilty of violence against Israelis and Americans. The bill is named after a Vanderbilt University graduate student who was killed in a terrorist attack in Tel Aviv last year.

�We absolutely cannot accept a policy that rewards acts of terrorism like the one that tragically took the life of Taylor Force,� said Corker, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. �This legislation will force the Palestinian Authority to make a choice: either face the consequences of stoking violence or end this detestable practice immediately. I thank Senator Graham for his important role in this effort and look forward to this bill becoming law.�

FOX17 Nashville: Legislation named after Vanderbilt student killed by terrorist passes committee

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Combatting Online Sex Trafficking and Modern Slavery

Senator Corker, a leader in efforts to end modern slavery at home and abroad, last week joined 19 of his Senate colleagues to introduce the . The narrowly-crafted legislation will target online sex trafficking by providing victims the opportunity to seek justice against websites, such as Backpage.com, that knowingly facilitate sex trafficking and allowing law enforcement officials to take action against these websites.

 �This legislation will play an important role in the fight against online sex trafficking by ensuring victims have an opportunity to seek justice and enabling law enforcement officials to take action against websites like Backpage that facilitate this horrific crime,� said Corker. �This scourge on humanity knows no borders or boundaries, and I remain committed to efforts that will help end human trafficking and modern slavery worldwide.�

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

Glad Christopher Wray Will Lead the Brave Men and Women of the FBI

Last week, Senator Corker released the following statement after voting to confirm Christopher A. Wray, who was nominated by President Donald J. Trump to serve as director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The Senate confirmed Wray by a vote of 92 to 5.

�During our meeting last month, Mr. Wray displayed the integrity and independence needed to head the FBI,� said Corker. �I am pleased the Senate has acted quickly to approve his nomination and am glad he will be serving our country in this capacity and leading the brave men and women of the bureau who help keep our country safe.�

Corker met with Wray in his Capitol Hill office last month.

Administering the Oath to Former Intern and Tennessean Joe Riley

On Wednesday, Senator Corker had the honor of administering the oath to former intern Joe Riley of Athens as he was promoted to captain in the United States Army. Riley leaves for Afghanistan this month.

Meeting With Clarksville Mayor McMillan and Other U.S. Mayors

On Thursday, Senator Corker had a good discussion on infrastructure, health care and tax reform with Clarksville Mayor Kim McMillan, who was visiting Washington with the United States Conference of Mayors. 

Eastern District of Tennessee Working With Department of Justice to Combat Opioid Epidemic

On Wednesday, Senator Corker released the following statement after Attorney General Jeff Sessions

�The prescription opioid epidemic is destroying lives and tearing apart families, and I am glad to see the Eastern District of Tennessee selected for this pilot program,� said Corker. �This partnership will be an added resource for the U.S. attorney�s office, and I am hopeful the efforts can bring to justice the pill mills and unlawful pharmacies that are profiting off the hardships of Tennesseans affected by opioid abuse. I applaud President Trump and Attorney General Sessions for their commitment to this critical issue and will continue working with them to further address this crisis.�

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