Update from Senator Bob Corker - April 27, 2013

Senator Bob Corker
2013-04-27 08:31:57
Bob Corker - U.S. Senator, Tennessee [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/1277156967_Twitter_48x48.png] [link 1] [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/FacebookIcon_thumb.png] [link 2] [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/YoutubeIcon_thumb.png] [link 3] *E-MAIL UPDATES* *Yes, please periodically send me e-mail updates.** Click Here [link 4] *By subscribing to my e-mail updates, you are authorizing me to send regular e-mail updates from my office to your e-mail account. Survey/Question [survey] Survey/Question [survey] *Update from Senator Bob Corker April 27, 2013* *Marketplace Fairness Act is a States� Rights Bill* Senator Corker made the following statement on Monday after voting in favor of debating S. 743, �The Marketplace Fairness Act of 2013.� �I think most Tennesseans would agree that we�re fortunate not to have a state income tax, and to help ensure that remains the case, it�s important our sales tax system works. This is a states� rights bill that gives states like Tennessee the ability to enforce existing state tax laws and collect sales taxes on online purchases if they choose. It also levels the playing field between local brick-and-mortar businesses, who have invested in the state and currently have to collect sales taxes, and online retailers who are sometimes out-of-state entities and do not have to collect the Tennessee sales tax,� said Corker. In a Wall Street Journal column [link 5] earlier this month, former Reagan economic advisor and Nashville resident Art Laffer, writes in favor of the Marketplace Fairness Act, saying, �Addressing e-fairness from a pro-growth perspective creates several benefits for the economy.� Read more about the Marketplace Fairness Act here [link 6]. *U.S. Assessment of Chemical Agent�s Use in Syria �Deeply Troubling�* Senator Corker called a U.S. intelligence assessment that chemical agents have been used in Syria �deeply troubling.� He was among a bipartisan group of senators that sent a letter to the president this week asking for an unclassified answer to whether �the Assad regime � or Syrian elements associated with, or supported by, the Assad regime � used chemical weapons in Syria since the current conflict began in March 2011.� �This assessment is deeply troubling, and if correct, means that President Obama�s redline has certainly been crossed. While more work needs to be done to fully verify this assessment�like making sure we understand the chain of custody of the evidence�it is becoming increasingly clear that we must step up our efforts. I should make clear, however, that it if it comes to the use of military force, before the president takes any action to commit U.S. forces to any effort in Syria or elsewhere, I expect him to fully consult with the Senate and seek an authorization for the use of military force,� said Corker. In an interview [link 7] with NPR�s Robert Siegel, Corker, who does �not want to see U.S. troops on the ground� in Syria, advocated for stepping up U.S. support to moderate opposition groups in Syria as part of an overall strategy to shift the balance of power on the ground away from extremist groups allied with Al Qaeda in preparation for the fall of President Bashar al-Assad. Listen to the full interview here [link 8]. Earlier this week, Senator Corker wrote an op-ed [link 9] for the New York Times, noting the risks of �a chaotic collapse of the Syrian state� and saying �American leadership� [is] likely to be the only thing that can tip the balance, help end the bloodshed and halt brewing threats to us and our allies.� Read more here [link 10]. *Tennesseans Visit Washington* On Monday, Senator Corker met with members of the West Point Academy�s Domestic Affairs Forum (DAF), including Jake Swatley of Collierville. DAF is composed of cadets who have an interest in learning more about American politics. Corker spoke with the group about our country�s number one economic and national security issue: getting our fiscal house in order. [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/042213-16821-0026-rb.jpg] April 22, 2013 � Senator Corker meets with cadets from West Point Academy�s Domestic Affairs Forum. [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/042213-16821-0032-rb (1).jpg] April 22, 2013 � Senator Corker greets Jake Swatley of Collierville following a meeting with West Point�s Domestic Affairs Forum.

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Update from Senator Bob Corker
April 27, 2013

Marketplace Fairness Act is a States� Rights Bill

Senator Corker made the following statement on Monday after voting in favor of debating S. 743, �The Marketplace Fairness Act of 2013.�

�I think most Tennesseans would agree that we�re fortunate not to have a state income tax, and to help ensure that remains the case, it�s important our sales tax system works. This is a states� rights bill that gives states like Tennessee the ability to enforce existing state tax laws and collect sales taxes on online purchases if they choose. It also levels the playing field between local brick-and-mortar businesses, who have invested in the state and currently have to collect sales taxes, and online retailers who are sometimes out-of-state entities and do not have to collect the Tennessee sales tax,� said Corker.

In a Wall Street Journal U.S. Assessment of Chemical Agent�s Use in Syria �Deeply Troubling�

Senator Corker called a U.S. intelligence assessment that chemical agents have been used in Syria �deeply troubling.� He was among a bipartisan group of senators that sent a letter to the president this week asking for an unclassified answer to whether �the Assad regime � or Syrian elements associated with, or supported by, the Assad regime � used chemical weapons in Syria since the current conflict began in March 2011.�

�This assessment is deeply troubling, and if correct, means that President Obama�s redline has certainly been crossed. While more work needs to be done to fully verify this assessment�like making sure we understand the chain of custody of the evidence�it is becoming increasingly clear that we must step up our efforts. I should make clear, however, that it if it comes to the use of military force, before the president takes any action to commit U.S. forces to any effort in Syria or elsewhere, I expect him to fully consult with the Senate and seek an authorization for the use of military force,� said Corker.

In with NPR�s Robert Siegel, Corker, who does �not want to see U.S. troops on the ground� in Syria, advocated for stepping up U.S. support to moderate opposition groups in Syria as part of an overall strategy to shift the balance of power on the ground away from extremist groups allied with Al Qaeda in preparation for the fall of President Bashar al-Assad. Listen to the full interview Earlier this week, Senator Corker wrote an Tennesseans Visit Washington

On Monday, Senator Corker met with members of the West Point Academy�s Domestic Affairs Forum (DAF), including Jake Swatley of Collierville. DAF is composed of cadets who have an interest in learning more about American politics. Corker spoke with the group about our country�s number one economic and national security issue: getting our fiscal house in order.


April 22, 2013 � Senator Corker meets with cadets from West Point Academy�s Domestic Affairs Forum.


April 22, 2013 � Senator Corker greets Jake Swatley of Collierville following a meeting with West Point�s Domestic Affairs Forum.