Update from Senator Bob Corker - February 5, 2018

Senator Bob Corker
2018-02-05 11:40:10
Bob Corker - U.S. Senator, Tennessee *Resolving the Immigration Challenges Facing Our Country* Ahead of President Donald J. Trump's first State of the Union address, Senator Corker discussed the need to resolve a number of the immigration challenges facing our country on Fox News' "America's Newsroom". "I think the president has put out a very good proposal," *said Corker*. "The question is: what is it that we can get 60 votes on?... But I see good progress." Corker also provided insight on the bipartisan immigration discussions occurring in the Senate. "I sat in on a meeting with about 20 legislators on both sides of the aisle, and my sense is people are starting with the lowest common denominator," *added Corker*. "Could we at least deal with DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) and security as a baseline, and then expand out to deal with some of the other issues? As you know, [Senate Majority Leader] Mitch McConnell is going to put a bill on the floor, and it is going to be amendable." "I think the lowest common denominator is $25 billion in security, which I think the more moderate members of the Democratic caucus are willing to accept, and then dealing specifically with the DACA population," *explained Corker*. "Then building out from there so that we can hopefully deal with chain migration, deal with the diversity lottery. All of those things would be enhancements that, to me, would make the bill far, far better. But the question is: what can we get 60 votes on?" "I think those people that are running for president in 2020, those people would like to have this as an issue," *concluded Corker*. "Those people that are running for re-election in 2018, they want to solve this issue. So, I think what you've got is a split in the Democratic caucus, and my guess is those who want to get something done are the ones that are going to be successful in this effort." [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/newsroom.PNG] [link 1] **Click here [link 2] or on the image above to watch the senator's interview.** Ensuring Songwriters Are Paid Fair Value for Their Songs* Senators Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Corker were recently joined by six of their Senate colleagues in introducing bipartisan legislation that would be the most significant change in music licensing laws in decades to ensure songwriters are paid fair value for their songs. "Our state is blessed with a vibrant music industry composed of talented songwriters, skilled musicians, and countless small and large businesses," said Corker*. "However, while the industry has transformed with advances in technology and new platforms providing access to music, we have yet to modernize the way music creators are compensated for their work. This legislation will help improve the music marketplace so that it works not only for consumers but also the countless people who bring to life the music we enjoy each day." The legislation is supported by the National Music Publishers Association (NMPA), the Digital Media Association (DiMA), the American Society for Composers, Authors and Publishers, (ASCAP) the Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI), the Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI) and the Songwriters of North America (SONA). Additional supporters include the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), the Recording Academy and the American Federation of Musicians. Click here [link 3] to learn about the Music Modernization Act. John Ryder Will Bring Valuable Experience to the TVA Board* Senator Corker released the following statement on Saturday after President Donald J. Trump announced his intent to nominate John L. Ryder to serve as a member of the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) Board of Directors. "With over 9 million customers, TVA is the largest public power utility in the nation, and it is critical that it remain a low-cost, reliable producer of electricity for both ratepayers and our state's business recruitment efforts," *said Corker*. "John Ryder is a highly respected leader in Tennessee and fully understands TVA's mission. He will bring valuable experience to the board, and I am honored to recommend him to my colleagues for swift confirmation." *Marriott International Joins the Fight to End Modern Slavery* Last month, Marriott International announced a new partnership [link 4] with the Global Fund to End Modern Slavery, a global fund aimed at dealing a mortal wound to modern slavery and human trafficking internationally as originally conceived and directed by Senator Corker's End Modern Slavery Initiative [link 5]. The senator is thankful for Marriott's commitment and leadership on this critical issue and was on hand last week when Marriott signed ECPAT-USA's Tourism Child-Protection Code of Conduct. [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/IMG_8911_1.JPG] *Welcoming Tennesseans to Washington* Last week, Senators Corker and Alexander hosted more than 25 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 6]. [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/013018-JK2-009.jpg] *Emphasizing the Opportunity for Congressional Action on Housing Finance Reform* During a hearing last week to receive the Financial Stability Oversight Council's annual report from U.S. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, Senator Corker, a member of the Senate Banking Committee, emphasized the opportunity for congressional action on housing finance reform. "I actually believe that we've got an opportunity to do something that's on this very complex topic that matters," *said Corker*. "We have an administration that's willing to work with us, and I think for the first time we have an opportunity because of just all the things that have occurred. We have a lot of interest out there. Let's face it. We have shareholders in these entities today, and I understand some of the rubs that have existed there. I think we've got an opportunity though to really deal with all of the interests in a manner that is fair but also move our nation ahead in a manner that we don't have these two behemoths that basically are 100 percent, right now, backed by the federal government. And I hope we'll get there." [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/banking.PNG] [link 7] **Click here [link 8] or on the image above to watch the senator's remarks.**

Resolving the Immigration Challenges Facing Our Country

Ahead of President Donald J. Trump’s first State of the Union address, Senator Corker discussed the need to resolve a number of the immigration challenges facing our country on Fox News’ “America’s Newsroom”.

“I think the president has put out a very good proposal,” said Corker. “The question is: what is it that we can get 60 votes on?... But I see good progress.”

Corker also provided insight on the bipartisan immigration discussions occurring in the Senate.

“I sat in on a meeting with about 20 legislators on both sides of the aisle, and my sense is people are starting with the lowest common denominator,” added Corker. “Could we at least deal with DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) and security as a baseline, and then expand out to deal with some of the other issues? As you know, [Senate Majority Leader] Mitch McConnell is going to put a bill on the floor, and it is going to be amendable.”

“I think the lowest common denominator is $25 billion in security, which I think the more moderate members of the Democratic caucus are willing to accept, and then dealing specifically with the DACA population,” explained Corker. “Then building out from there so that we can hopefully deal with chain migration, deal with the diversity lottery. All of those things would be enhancements that, to me, would make the bill far, far better. But the question is: what can we get 60 votes on?”

“I think those people that are running for president in 2020, those people would like to have this as an issue,” concluded Corker. “Those people that are running for re-election in 2018, they want to solve this issue. So, I think what you’ve got is a split in the Democratic caucus, and my guess is those who want to get something done are the ones that are going to be successful in this effort.”

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Ensuring Songwriters Are Paid Fair Value for Their Songs

Senators Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Corker were recently joined by six of their Senate colleagues in introducing bipartisan legislation that would be the most significant change in music licensing laws in decades to ensure songwriters are paid fair value for their songs. 

“Our state is blessed with a vibrant music industry composed of talented songwriters, skilled musicians, and countless small and large businesses,” said Corker. “However, while the industry has transformed with advances in technology and new platforms providing access to music, we have yet to modernize the way music creators are compensated for their work. This legislation will help improve the music marketplace so that it works not only for consumers but also the countless people who bring to life the music we enjoy each day.”

The legislation is supported by the National Music Publishers Association (NMPA), the Digital Media Association (DiMA), the American Society for Composers, Authors and Publishers, (ASCAP) the Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI), the Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI) and the Songwriters of North America (SONA). Additional supporters include the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), the Recording Academy and the American Federation of Musicians.

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John Ryder Will Bring Valuable Experience to the TVA Board

Senator Corker released the following statement on Saturday after President Donald J. Trump announced his intent to nominate John L. Ryder to serve as a member of the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) Board of Directors. 

“With over 9 million customers, TVA is the largest public power utility in the nation, and it is critical that it remain a low-cost, reliable producer of electricity for both ratepayers and our state’s business recruitment efforts,” said Corker. “John Ryder is a highly respected leader in Tennessee and fully understands TVA’s mission. He will bring valuable experience to the board, and I am honored to recommend him to my colleagues for swift confirmation.”

Marriott International Joins the Fight to End Modern Slavery

Last month, Marriott International announced a new  a global fund aimed at dealing a mortal wound to modern slavery and human trafficking internationally as originally conceived and directed by Senator Corker's End Modern Slavery Initiative. The senator is thankful for Marriott’s commitment and leadership on this critical issue and was on hand last week when Marriott signed ECPAT-USA's Tourism Child-Protection Code of Conduct. 

Welcoming Tennesseans to Washington

Last week, Senators Corker and Alexander hosted more than 25 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.

Emphasizing the Opportunity for Congressional Action on Housing Finance Reform

During a hearing last week to receive the Financial Stability Oversight Council’s annual report from U.S. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, Senator Corker, a member of the Senate Banking Committee, emphasized the opportunity for congressional action on housing finance reform.

“I actually believe that we’ve got an opportunity to do something that’s on this very complex topic that matters,” said Corker. “We have an administration that’s willing to work with us, and I think for the first time we have an opportunity because of just all the things that have occurred. We have a lot of interest out there. Let’s face it. We have shareholders in these entities today, and I understand some of the rubs that have existed there. I think we’ve got an opportunity though to really deal with all of the interests in a manner that is fair but also move our nation ahead in a manner that we don’t have these two behemoths that basically are 100 percent, right now, backed by the federal government. And I hope we’ll get there.”

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