Senate Budget Misses the Mark

Senator Bob Corker
2013-03-25 18:25:35
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Survey/Question [survey] Survey/Question [survey] Update from Senator Bob Corker* March 25, 2013* *Senate Budget Misses the Mark* Senator Corker opposed final passage of the Senate budget last week because it fails to address the biggest drivers of our debt�Medicare, Social Security and Medicaid�in an honest, meaningful way. �On top of adding $7.3 trillion to the national debt over the next decade, the Senate budget does nothing to reform and save our entitlement programs,� said Corker. �We cannot keep ignoring the reality that without reform, Medicare will be broke in 2024; Social Security, in 2033. These programs have already helped millions of Americans live better lives, and there�s no reason that if updated and reformed, they can�t help millions more. The best opportunity for reform that we have had in a long time will be in the next few months. I urge the president to use his bully pulpit to highlight the need for entitlement reform and to continue his outreach to congressional leaders, which I believe has been positive and constitutive. We must have the courage to make the tough choices necessary to save these programs and our country in the process." Senator Corker authored an amendment to prohibit the use of a budget gimmick to exceed spending limits. Read more:�1.usa.gov/Z9bYql [link 5].� He also cosponsored an amendment to jumpstart reform of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Read more:�1.usa.gov/X8Cfrg [link 6]. The Senate budget, authored by Budget Committee Chairman Patty Murray and Senate Democrats, failed to garner majority support, but was approved by a vote of 50 to 49 early Saturday morning.� Trade Deal with EU Is Good for U.S.�*Jobs and Prosperity* In a Bloomberg View op-ed [link 7] today, Senator Corker discusses how a successful trade deal with the European Union will strengthen America�s future competitiveness and prosperity. �The U.S. and the 27 nations of the European Union form the world�s largest trading area. Our combined population of 800 million generates almost half of the world�s gross domestic product. As the world�s two biggest markets, the U.S. and Europe account for more than 40 percent of world trade. In addition, the U.S. and Europe are heavily invested in each other�s economies. Our manufacturing processes are already highly integrated. In 2011, U.S. investors earned more than $250 billion in income on European assets.� Read more: bloom.bg/102zLYi [link 8]. *Time to Consider Updating Authorization for Use of Military Force* During a Foreign Relations Committee hearing on U.S. counterterrorism policies on Wednesday, Senator Corker called on Congress to consider updating the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force against al Qaeda in order to address new and emerging terrorist threats and to better protect the American people and our interests overseas. The Foreign Relations Committee has exclusive jurisdiction over the authorization of the use of military force.� �Former counterterrorism officials in both the Bush and Obama administrations have said the current authorities, originally directed at those responsible for 9/11 and groups like the Taliban that harbored them, are increasingly outdated to address new and emerging global terrorist threats. Therefore, we must ensure that Congress has fully granted our government all the tools and capabilities to work with our partners to confront these very real threats to the American people and our interests overseas. I appreciate the chairman�s attention to these issues, and I urge him to hold another hearing in the near future to consider reform of our counterterrorism policy, including possible legislation,� said Corker.� Read more:�1.usa.gov/10jH7bQ [link 9]. For full committee testimony, including footage of the hearing, visit: 1.usa.gov/15rXhiE [link 10]. *Corker Receives Center for the Study of the Presidency & Congress� *Publius Award** On Thursday, Senator Corker accepted the Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress��*Publius Award *for his bipartisan leadership in Congress*. *Prior to the dinner, Senator Corker and the other award recipient Senator Warner, spoke with the center�s presidential fellows, a group of 75 college students from across the country.� [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/ForNewsletter.jpg] March 21, 2013 � Senators Corker and Warner address guests and supporters of CSPC at its 46th Annual Awards Dinner. [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/ForNewsletter2.jpg] March 21, 2013 � Senator Corker speaks with the CSPC�s presidential fellows about his path to public service. Read more: 46th Annual Awards Dinner Honoring Senators Mark Warner and Bob Corker [link 11] *Tennesseans Visit Washington* Senators Corker and Alexander took questions from Franklin Road Academy (Nashville) students at Tuesday�s constituent breakfast on Capitol Hill. The breakfast, Tennessee Tuesday, is held every week the Senate is in session. For more information on Tennessee Tuesday, please visit: 1.usa.gov/14qbW20 [link 12]. [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/IMG_1487.JPG] March 19, 2013 � Senators Corker and Alexander meet with students from Franklin Road Academy of Nashville.� Also on Tuesday, Senator Corker met with Nashville Songwriter Hall of Fame member Roger Cook and Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI) Executive Director Barton Herbison to discuss the value of music and other issues important to songwriters and music publishers. [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/IMG_1500.JPG] March 19, 2013 � Senator Corker listens as Nashville Songwriter Hall of Fame member Roger Cook plays one of his hit compositions, �I�d Like to Teach the World to Sing.� *In the News* Tuesday�s Wall Street Journal editorial and Wednesday�s Washington Post editorial underscored Senator Corker�s call for Congress to give the Postal Service the flexibility it needs to remain viable and not be a burden to taxpayers. *Wall Street Journal (Editorial): Playing Post Office [link 13]* �When a business loses $15.9 billion a year, some changes are typically in order � say, cutting costs� The longer Congress waits to give Mr. Donahoe the power to close little-used rural post offices, end Saturday delivery and reduce pensions and the number of employees, the more likely it is that taxpayers will have to spend tens of billions of dollars to keep the entire operation from going bust�� Read more: on.wsj.com/15XXYT9 [link 14]. *Washington Post (Editorial): Congress drags its feet on halting Saturday mail delivery [link 15]* �The fact is that ending Saturday delivery is only a small part of the change the USPS needs to survive in the post-paper world. Yet seemingly even that is too much for a Congress wedded to the status quo and the special interests that benefit from it.� Read more: wapo.st/ZKiToM [link 16]. � *Other headlines from the week:* *Associated Press: [link 17] *�Weighing in on an issue of both national security and civil liberties, *Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., said the law passed days after the Sept. 11 terror attacks needs to be revised to deal with emerging threats and ensure greater congressional oversight.* For far too long, Congress has failed to fully exercise its constitutional responsibility to authorize the use of military force, including in the current struggle against al-Qaida, so I urge the committee to consider updating current anti-terrorism authorities to adapt to threats that did not exist in 2001 and to better protect our nation while upholding our morals and values,� Corker said at the start of a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on counterterrorism.� Read more: bit.ly/YKYde4 [link 18]. *Foreign Policy: [link 19] �Corker called for Congress to update the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) at a Wednesday hearing and said that he wants the SFRC to take the lead on revising the law *that was passed in the wake of the original 9/11 attacks. He prodded SFRC Chairman Bob Menendez (D-NJ) to hold a hearing on the issue and consider marking up legislation in their committee��Congress should amend the law to specify exactly how and when the president can use drones and kill or capture missions to kill people and Congress must �restore the appropriate balance of power between the legislative and executive branches of government while maintaining flexibility for the president to respond swiftly under threat of attack,� Corker said.� Read more: atfp.co/14igyHs [link 20]. *Washington Post: [link 21]�*�The administration has not said it plans to expand its use of drones for targeted killings beyond current CIA and military campaigns against al-Qaeda and the Taliban, and al-Qaeda associates in Yemen and Somalia. But the new designations potentially allows the administration to do so under its interpretation of the Authorization of the Use of Military Force passed by Congress after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.� *Lawmakers have raised concerns about that interpretation and questioned whether the law should be rewritten to reflect a changing terrorist threat and increase congressional oversight and involvement in the administration�s drone campaign. �I really do think this entire authorization needs to be updated,� Tennessee Sen. Bob Corker, the senior Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said* at a hearing Wednesday.� Read more: wapo.st/YKXkSR [link 22].�

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Update from Senator Bob Corker
March 25, 2013

Senate Budget Misses the Mark

Senator Corker opposed final passage of the Senate budget last week because it fails to address the biggest drivers of our debt�Medicare, Social Security and Medicaid�in an honest, meaningful way.

�On top of adding $7.3 trillion to the national debt over the next decade, the Senate budget does nothing to reform and save our entitlement programs,� said Corker. �We cannot keep ignoring the reality that without reform, Medicare will be broke in 2024; Social Security, in 2033. These programs have already helped millions of Americans live better lives, and there�s no reason that if updated and reformed, they can�t help millions more. The best opportunity for reform that we have had in a long time will be in the next few months. I urge the president to use his bully pulpit to highlight the need for entitlement reform and to continue his outreach to congressional leaders, which I believe has been positive and constitutive. We must have the courage to make the tough choices necessary to save these programs and our country in the process."

Senator Corker authored an amendment to prohibit the use of a budget gimmick to exceed spending limits. Read more:  He also cosponsored an amendment to jumpstart reform of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Read more:  The Senate budget, authored by Budget Committee Chairman Patty Murray and Senate Democrats, failed to garner majority support, but was approved by a vote of 50 to 49 early Saturday morning. 

Trade Deal with EU Is Good for U.S. Jobs and Prosperity

In a today, Senator Corker discusses how a successful trade deal with the European Union will strengthen America�s future competitiveness and prosperity.

�The U.S. and the 27 nations of the European Union form the world�s largest trading area. Our combined population of 800 million generates almost half of the world�s gross domestic product. As the world�s two biggest markets, the U.S. and Europe account for more than 40 percent of world trade. In addition, the U.S. and Europe are heavily invested in each other�s economies. Our manufacturing processes are already highly integrated. In 2011, U.S. investors earned more than $250 billion in income on European assets.� Read more: Time to Consider Updating Authorization for Use of Military Force

During a Foreign Relations Committee hearing on U.S. counterterrorism policies on Wednesday, Senator Corker called on Congress to consider updating the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force against al Qaeda in order to address new and emerging terrorist threats and to better protect the American people and our interests overseas. The Foreign Relations Committee has exclusive jurisdiction over the authorization of the use of military force. 

�Former counterterrorism officials in both the Bush and Obama administrations have said the current authorities, originally directed at those responsible for 9/11 and groups like the Taliban that harbored them, are increasingly outdated to address new and emerging global terrorist threats. Therefore, we must ensure that Congress has fully granted our government all the tools and capabilities to work with our partners to confront these very real threats to the American people and our interests overseas. I appreciate the chairman�s attention to these issues, and I urge him to hold another hearing in the near future to consider reform of our counterterrorism policy, including possible legislation,� said Corker. 

Read more:  For full committee testimony, including footage of the hearing, visit: Corker Receives Center for the Study of the Presidency & Congress� Publius Award

On Thursday, Senator Corker accepted the Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress� Publius Award for his bipartisan leadership in Congress. Prior to the dinner, Senator Corker and the other award recipient Senator Warner, spoke with the center�s presidential fellows, a group of 75 college students from across the country. 


March 21, 2013 � Senators Corker and Warner address guests and supporters of CSPC at its 46th Annual Awards Dinner.


March 21, 2013 � Senator Corker speaks with the CSPC�s presidential fellows about his path to public service.

Read more:

Tennesseans Visit Washington

Senators Corker and Alexander took questions from Franklin Road Academy (Nashville) students at Tuesday�s constituent breakfast on Capitol Hill. The breakfast, Tennessee Tuesday, is held every week the Senate is in session. For more information on Tennessee Tuesday, please visit:
March 19, 2013 � Senators Corker and Alexander meet with students from Franklin Road Academy of Nashville. 

Also on Tuesday, Senator Corker met with Nashville Songwriter Hall of Fame member Roger Cook and Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI) Executive Director Barton Herbison to discuss the value of music and other issues important to songwriters and music publishers.


March 19, 2013 � Senator Corker listens as Nashville Songwriter Hall of Fame member Roger Cook plays one of his hit compositions, �I�d Like to Teach the World to Sing.�

In the News

Tuesday�s Wall Street Journal editorial and Wednesday�s Washington Post editorial underscored Senator Corker�s call for Congress to give the Postal Service the flexibility it needs to remain viable and not be a burden to taxpayers.


�When a business loses $15.9 billion a year, some changes are typically in order � say, cutting costs� The longer Congress waits to give Mr. Donahoe the power to close little-used rural post offices, end Saturday delivery and reduce pensions and the number of employees, the more likely it is that taxpayers will have to spend tens of billions of dollars to keep the entire operation from going bust�� Read more:

�The fact is that ending Saturday delivery is only a small part of the change the USPS needs to survive in the post-paper world. Yet seemingly even that is too much for a Congress wedded to the status quo and the special interests that benefit from it.� Read more:

Other headlines from the week:

�Weighing in on an issue of both national security and civil liberties, Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., said the law passed days after the Sept. 11 terror attacks needs to be revised to deal with emerging threats and ensure greater congressional oversight. For far too long, Congress has failed to fully exercise its constitutional responsibility to authorize the use of military force, including in the current struggle against al-Qaida, so I urge the committee to consider updating current anti-terrorism authorities to adapt to threats that did not exist in 2001 and to better protect our nation while upholding our morals and values,� Corker said at the start of a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on counterterrorism.� Read more: �Corker called for Congress to update the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) at a Wednesday hearing and said that he wants the SFRC to take the lead on revising the law that was passed in the wake of the original 9/11 attacks. He prodded SFRC Chairman Bob Menendez (D-NJ) to hold a hearing on the issue and consider marking up legislation in their committee��Congress should amend the law to specify exactly how and when the president can use drones and kill or capture missions to kill people and Congress must �restore the appropriate balance of power between the legislative and executive branches of government while maintaining flexibility for the president to respond swiftly under threat of attack,� Corker said.� Read more:  �The administration has not said it plans to expand its use of drones for targeted killings beyond current CIA and military campaigns against al-Qaeda and the Taliban, and al-Qaeda associates in Yemen and Somalia. But the new designations potentially allows the administration to do so under its interpretation of the Authorization of the Use of Military Force passed by Congress after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.  Lawmakers have raised concerns about that interpretation and questioned whether the law should be rewritten to reflect a changing terrorist threat and increase congressional oversight and involvement in the administration�s drone campaign. �I really do think this entire authorization needs to be updated,� Tennessee Sen. Bob Corker, the senior Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said at a hearing Wednesday.� Read more: