Update from Senator Bob Corker - November 6, 2017

Senator Bob Corker
2017-11-06 14:44:51
Bob Corker - U.S. Senator, Tennessee *Excited About the Possibility of Tax Reform, but It Must Be Done Right* On Thursday, Senator Corker released the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives unveiled tax reform legislation. "I have a great deal of respect for the tax-writing committee in the House and appreciate the hard work its members have done to produce this piece of legislation," *said Corker*. "Throughout my time in public service, I have been a strong advocate for pro-growth tax reform and, like my colleagues, am excited about the possibility of producing the biggest tax rewrite since 1986." "That said, I cannot stress enough that what I care about is doing this right and implementing sound policy," *continued Corker*. "As I have made clear from the beginning of this debate, it is my hope that the final legislation - while allowing for current policy assumptions and reasonable dynamic scoring - will not add to the deficit, sets rates that are permanent in nature, and closes a minimum of $4 trillion in loopholes and special interest deductions. I appreciate the work the Senate tax-writing committee is doing to finalize legislative text and look forward to the debate ahead." On September 19, Corker and Senator Pat Toomey (R-Pa.), members of the Senate Budget Committee, announced [link 1] a budget agreement that gave the tax-writing committees enough headroom to achieve tax reform that eliminates loopholes and lowers tax rates for hardworking Americans. On October 19, Corker voted [link 2] for a budget resolution that carried the procedural tools requested by Senate leadership to kick-start the legislative process on tax reform. Corker is not a member of the Senate tax-writing committee. *Supporting the Judicial Nomination of Tennessee State Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris* On Wednesday, Senator Corker introduced Tennessee State Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on his nomination to serve as U.S. District Court Judge for the Western District of Tennessee. "I'm honored to introduce the majority leader of the Tennessee State Senate, Mark Norris, who has been nominated by the president to serve as the United States District Court Judge for the Western District of Tennessee," *said Corker*. "It is my pleasure to welcome Mark and all those who are supporting him, especially his wife, Chris, who is with him today... While he is probably most well-known for his dedicated public service in Tennessee, serving as a state senator for 16 years - something that I greatly appreciate because of the way he has presented himself and worked hard on behalf of our state - but he also has practiced law for more than three decades. He has significant experience as a civil litigator, having litigated cases both in trial and appellate courts, as well as before the United States Supreme Court." "In addition to his professional distinctions, Mark has long demonstrated a commitment to his community by serving in various leadership roles throughout Shelby County and the city of Memphis," *continued Corker*. "I know Mark will faithfully uphold the Constitution, and I believe his experience will greatly benefit the Western District. I wholeheartedly support his nomination, and thank the committee for holding this hearing, and encourage my colleagues to support his confirmation." [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/110117-FF2-057.jpg] [link 3] **Click here [link 4] or on the image above to watch the senator's remarks.** After the hearing, Corker met with the Norris family in his Capitol Hill office. [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/IMG_8587.JPG] *Honoring America's Nuclear Weapons Workers* Last week, Senator Corker released the following statement after the Senate unanimously passed a bipartisan resolution designating October 30, 2017, as a national day of remembrance to honor American workers who have helped develop the nation's nuclear weapons program. "In Tennessee and across our nation, civilian workers have made extraordinary contributions to our national defense, particularly during the Cold War," *said Corker*. "These individuals and their families have made tremendous sacrifices to keep Americans safe at home and abroad, and it is important that we honor their often unheralded work." Corker introduced the resolution with Senators Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Tom Udall (D-N.M.). Click here [link 5] to read the full text of the resolution. *Our Justice System Should Be Independent and Free of Political Interference* On Friday, Senator Corker released the following statement on the importance of an independent justice system after reports [link 6] that President Donald J. Trump refused to rule out firing Attorney General Jeff Sessions if the Department of Justice does not investigate what the president wishes. "Like me, most Americans hope that our justice system is independent and free of political interference,"* said Corker*. "President Trump's pressuring of the Justice Department and FBI to pursue cases against his adversaries and calling for punishment before trials take place are totally inappropriate and not only undermine our justice system but erode the American people's confidence in our institutions."

Excited About the Possibility of Tax Reform, but It Must Be Done Right

On Thursday, Senator Corker released the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives unveiled tax reform legislation.

“I have a great deal of respect for the tax-writing committee in the House and appreciate the hard work its members have done to produce this piece of legislation,” said Corker. “Throughout my time in public service, I have been a strong advocate for pro-growth tax reform and, like my colleagues, am excited about the possibility of producing the biggest tax rewrite since 1986.”

“That said, I cannot stress enough that what I care about is doing this right and implementing sound policy,” continued Corker. “As I have made clear from the beginning of this debate, it is my hope that the final legislation – while allowing for current policy assumptions and reasonable dynamic scoring – will not add to the deficit, sets rates that are permanent in nature, and closes a minimum of $4 trillion in loopholes and special interest deductions. I appreciate the work the Senate tax-writing committee is doing to finalize legislative text and look forward to the debate ahead.”

On September 19, Corker and Senator Pat Toomey (R-Pa.), members of the Senate Budget Committee, 

Supporting the Judicial Nomination of Tennessee State Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris

On Wednesday, Senator Corker introduced Tennessee State Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on his nomination to serve as U.S. District Court Judge for the Western District of Tennessee.

“I’m honored to introduce the majority leader of the Tennessee State Senate, Mark Norris, who has been nominated by the president to serve as the United States District Court Judge for the Western District of Tennessee,” said Corker. “It is my pleasure to welcome Mark and all those who are supporting him, especially his wife, Chris, who is with him today... While he is probably most well-known for his dedicated public service in Tennessee, serving as a state senator for 16 years – something that I greatly appreciate because of the way he has presented himself and worked hard on behalf of our state – but he also has practiced law for more than three decades. He has significant experience as a civil litigator, having litigated cases both in trial and appellate courts, as well as before the United States Supreme Court.”

“In addition to his professional distinctions, Mark has long demonstrated a commitment to his community by serving in various leadership roles throughout Shelby County and the city of Memphis,” continued Corker. “I know Mark will faithfully uphold the Constitution, and I believe his experience will greatly benefit the Western District. I wholeheartedly support his nomination, and thank the committee for holding this hearing, and encourage my colleagues to support his confirmation.”

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After the hearing, Corker met with the Norris family in his Capitol Hill office. 

Honoring America’s Nuclear Weapons Workers

Last week, Senator Corker released the following statement after the Senate unanimously passed a bipartisan resolution designating October 30, 2017, as a national day of remembrance to honor American workers who have helped develop the nation’s nuclear weapons program.

“In Tennessee and across our nation, civilian workers have made extraordinary contributions to our national defense, particularly during the Cold War,” said Corker. “These individuals and their families have made tremendous sacrifices to keep Americans safe at home and abroad, and it is important that we honor their often unheralded work.”

Corker introduced the resolution with Senators Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Tom Udall (D-N.M.). 

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Our Justice System Should Be Independent and Free of Political Interference

On Friday, Senator Corker released the following statement on the importance of an independent justice system after reports that"President Donald J. Trump refused to rule out firing Attorney General Jeff Sessions if the Department of Justice does not investigate what the president wishes.

“Like me, most Americans hope that our justice system is independent and free of political interference,” said Corker. “President Trump's pressuring of the Justice Department and FBI to pursue cases against his adversaries and calling for punishment before trials take place are totally inappropriate and not only undermine our justice system but erode the American people’s confidence in our institutions.”