Update from Senator Bob Corker - January 16, 2018

Senator Bob Corker
2018-01-16 17:14:35
Bob Corker - U.S. Senator, Tennessee Working With Trump Administration to Prevent a Nuclear-Armed Iran* On Friday, Senator Corker, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement regarding the administration's announcement on the Iran nuclear deal, also known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). "I think all Americans share the goal of stopping Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon," *said Corker, who voted against the nuclear deal and led the opposition in Congress*. "Those who opposed implementation of the JCPOA, including myself and the president, opposed it because we believed it was a bad agreement. Before us now is an opportunity to do better. At the president's request, I have been working with his national security team and a number of my Senate colleagues on both sides of the aisle on a way to address the flaws in the agreement without violating U.S. commitments. We have made significant progress over the past few months, and as I told the president when he called, we will continue working hard to achieve our shared goal: a better deal for America that will stand the test of time and actually prevent a nuclear-armed Iran." *Remembering Martin Luther King Jr.'s Legacy* Yesterday, Senator Corker posted the following tweet in remembrance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/mlktweet.png] [link 1] *Reforming the Peace Corps to Better Protect Volunteers* On Wednesday, Senators Corker, Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.), and Chris Coons (D-Del.) introduced legislation to reform the Peace Corps. The Nick Castle Peace Corps Reform Act of 2018 would improve access to medical care for volunteers, strengthen accountability and oversight, and enhance procedures to reduce the risk of crime in the countries in which volunteers serve. The legislation is named in honor of Nick Castle, of Brentwood, Calif., who lost his life at age 23 due to inadequate health care while serving in China in 2013. It was later determined by the inspector general that flaws in medical care and the response to his illness contributed to his death. Nick would have turned 28 today. "Very simple steps would have saved Nick's life," *said Sue and David Castle, the parents of Nick Castle*. "As parents, we have worked for legislation to ensure this never happens to another family, and we believe this legislation will make the changes that are needed. Nick wanted to make a difference in this world, but he didn't have time to do that. We hope with the passing of this legislation that he can make a true lasting impact on the Peace Corps." "I am always inspired by young people who actively seek ways to make a difference early in life," *said Corker*. "Peace Corps volunteers like Nick Castle, who spend 2-3 years overseas on behalf of our country, embody public service, and they deserve the very best support we can provide. This legislation not only provides much-needed oversight and accountability, but also will improve the care our volunteers receive while abroad and for service-related injuries when they return home. I look forward to advancing this bill in our committee very soon and hope to receive strong bipartisan support for our efforts to strengthen the Peace Corps." Click here [link 2] to learn more about the Nick Castle Peace Corps Reform Act of 2018.

Working With Trump Administration to Prevent a Nuclear-Armed Iran

On Friday, Senator Corker, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement regarding the administration’s announcement on the Iran nuclear deal, also known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

“I think all Americans share the goal of stopping Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon,” said Corker, who voted against the nuclear deal and led the opposition in Congress. “Those who opposed implementation of the JCPOA, including myself and the president, opposed it because we believed it was a bad agreement. Before us now is an opportunity to do better. At the president’s request, I have been working with his national security team and a number of my Senate colleagues on both sides of the aisle on a way to address the flaws in the agreement without violating U.S. commitments. We have made significant progress over the past few months, and as I told the president when he called, we will continue working hard to achieve our shared goal: a better deal for America that will stand the test of time and actually prevent a nuclear-armed Iran.”

Remembering Martin Luther King Jr.'s Legacy

Yesterday, Senator Corker posted the following tweet in remembrance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 

Reforming the Peace Corps to Better Protect Volunteers

On Wednesday, Senators Corker, Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.), and Chris Coons (D-Del.) introduced legislation to reform the Peace Corps. The Nick Castle Peace Corps Reform Act of 2018 would improve access to medical care for volunteers, strengthen accountability and oversight, and enhance procedures to reduce the risk of crime in the countries in which volunteers serve. The legislation is named in honor of Nick Castle, of Brentwood, Calif., who lost his life at age 23 due to inadequate health care while serving in China in 2013. It was later determined by the inspector general that flaws in medical care and the response to his illness contributed to his death. Nick would have turned 28 today.

“Very simple steps would have saved Nick’s life,” said Sue and David Castle, the parents of Nick Castle. “As parents, we have worked for legislation to ensure this never happens to another family, and we believe this legislation will make the changes that are needed. Nick wanted to make a difference in this world, but he didn’t have time to do that. We hope with the passing of this legislation that he can make a true lasting impact on the Peace Corps.”

"I am always inspired by young people who actively seek ways to make a difference early in life," said Corker. "Peace Corps volunteers like Nick Castle, who spend 2-3 years overseas on behalf of our country, embody public service, and they deserve the very best support we can provide. This legislation not only provides much-needed oversight and accountability, but also will improve the care our volunteers receive while abroad and for service-related injuries when they return home. I look forward to advancing this bill in our committee very soon and hope to receive strong bipartisan support for our efforts to strengthen the Peace Corps."

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