Working to Permanently Delay Obama Health Care Law

Senator Bob Corker
2013-07-20 08:07:04
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 July 20, 2013* *Working to Permanently Delay Obama Health Care Law* The Obama administration announced [link 5] earlier this month it would delay enforcing a number of provisions of the health care law, including the employer mandate, which studies show [link 6] has had a negative affect on our nation�s economy. Last week, Senator Corker joined all Senate Republicans in a letter [link 7] to President Obama urging him to permanently delay the implementation of the health care law. According to a new study [link 8] release by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, nearly three in four small businesses plan to fire workers and cut hours as a result of the law. The same study indicated that 71% of small business owners say the law makes it more difficult for them to hire new employees. Additionally, many workers are facing reduced take-home pay as a result of being forced into part-time employment [link 9], employees are losing the health care coverage [link 10]�they enjoy today, and premiums have skyrocketed [link 11] by nearly $2,500, making health care less affordable for American families. This week, Senator Corker cosponsored bills to permanently repeal both the individual (S. 40) and employer (S. 399) mandates included in the president�s health care law.� In an interview on �Fox News Sunday� on July 12, Senator Corker discussed the administration�s decision [link 12] to delay the employer mandate and the impact the law has had on our nation�s economy. �I don�t know how you could create a mechanism that has more downward pressure on employment than this health care bill. I mean, what it�s doing to part-time workers, meaning driving people to the part-time effort, we�ve seen that most recently in our payroll numbers� It�s been very damaging. And I think just moving it back a year is not going to undo the uncertainty that people have. So I think the administration is recognizing that this policy is very damaging,� said Corker. Watch here [link 13]. *Preserving Tennessee Wilderness for Future Generations* Senators Corker and Alexander this week introduced the Tennessee Wilderness Act of 2013,�which would designate as wilderness nearly 20,000 acres in six areas of the Cherokee National Forest. �I think Tennesseans take great pride in the fact that millions of people visit our state every year to experience our incredible God-given amenities,� said Corker. �I thank Senator Alexander for his lifelong commitment to protecting wilderness areas and am proud to join him in this effort to preserve Cherokee National Forest for future generations of Tennesseans and Americans to enjoy.� The legislation would create one new wilderness area, and expand the boundaries of five existing wilderness areas, within the Cherokee National Forest.� For more information, click here [link 14]. *Discussing Housing Finance Reform* * [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/0165_BPC_Housing_Finance.jpg]* (Photo courtesy of the�Bipartisan Policy Center/Greg Gibson) Wednesday at the Bipartisan Policy Center in Washington, Senator Corker joined Nick Timiraos of The Wall Street Journal and Senator Mark Warner of Virginia for a discussion on housing finance reform. Last month, Corker, Warner and a bipartisan group of senators introduced legislation to strengthen America�s housing finance system by replacing government-sponsored enterprises (GSEs) Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac with a privately capitalized system that preserves market liquidity and protects taxpayers from future economic downturns. For more information, including video footage of the event, click here [link 15]. For more information on the Corker-Warner Housing Finance Reform and Taxpayer Protection Act (S. 1217), click here [link 16]. *Improving Embassy Security Requires Accountability and Setting Priorities* The Foreign Relations Committee held a hearing this week on how to improve security at U.S. embassies overseas following last year�s deadly terrorist attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya. Senator Corker reiterated his concerns about the lack of accountability regarding State Department officials who were placed on paid leave despite their involvement in security failures that preceded the attack.� �We had�four people that have been put on leave and are still being paid�And I just wonder if you might address that also, because you build great facilities, you train well, but if people don't execute and there's not that accountability, we still have breakdowns and people are in situations that they shouldn't be in,� Corker said in questioning Greg Starr, head of diplomatic security at the State Department He also questioned whether funding for new embassy construction is being prioritized for high threat areas. �I see that we're spending a huge amount of money�in places that, candidly, the security issues are not necessarily urgent like we have in some of the places I mentioned earlier -- in Pakistan and Sudan. So, it just seems to me that, from the standpoint of the immediate security issues that our personnel has�our priorities are not aligned with what it is we're hoping to do for our outstanding foreign service officers,� said Corker. For archived footage of the hearing and witness testimony, click here [link 17]. *Tennesseans Visit Washington* Senators Corker and Alexander met with over 75 Tennesseans at this week�s constituent breakfast on Capitol Hill. The event, Tennessee Tuesday, is held each week the Senate is in session. For more information, click here [link 18].� [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/07-16-13_Boy_Scout_Troop.jpg] July 16, 2013 � Senator Corker greets the Boy Scouts of American Venture Crew 284 of Smyrna, Tennessee at Tennessee Tuesday. On Thursday, Senator Corker met with Tennessee students who were visiting the Capitol in conjunction with the 4-H National Mentoring Program. [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/07-19-13_4H.JPG] July 18, 2013 � Senator Corker meets with 4-H students from Tennessee outside the Capitol.

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Update from Senator Bob Corker
July 20, 2013

Working to Permanently Delay Obama Health Care Law

The Obama administration has had a negative affect on our nation�s economy. Last week, Senator Corker joined all Senate Republicans in to President Obama urging him to permanently delay the implementation of the health care law.

According to a release by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, nearly three in four small businesses plan to fire workers and cut hours as a result of the law. The same study indicated that 71% of small business owners say the law makes it more difficult for them to hire new employees. Additionally, many workers are facing reduced take-home pay as a result of being forced into , employees are  they enjoy today, and premiums have

This week, Senator Corker cosponsored bills to permanently repeal both the individual (S. 40) and employer (S. 399) mandates included in the president�s health care law. 

In an interview on �Fox News Sunday� on July 12, Senator Corker discussed the to delay the employer mandate and the impact the law has had on our nation�s economy. �I don�t know how you could create a mechanism that has more downward pressure on employment than this health care bill. I mean, what it�s doing to part-time workers, meaning driving people to the part-time effort, we�ve seen that most recently in our payroll numbers� It�s been very damaging. And I think just moving it back a year is not going to undo the uncertainty that people have. So I think the administration is recognizing that this policy is very damaging,� said Corker. Watch Preserving Tennessee Wilderness for Future Generations

Senators Corker and Alexander this week introduced the Tennessee Wilderness Act of 2013, which would designate as wilderness nearly 20,000 acres in six areas of the Cherokee National Forest.

�I think Tennesseans take great pride in the fact that millions of people visit our state every year to experience our incredible God-given amenities,� said Corker. �I thank Senator Alexander for his lifelong commitment to protecting wilderness areas and am proud to join him in this effort to preserve Cherokee National Forest for future generations of Tennesseans and Americans to enjoy.�

The legislation would create one new wilderness area, and expand the boundaries of five existing wilderness areas, within the Cherokee National Forest. 

For more information, click Discussing Housing Finance Reform


(Photo courtesy of the 
Bipartisan Policy Center/Greg Gibson)

Wednesday at the Bipartisan Policy Center in Washington, Senator Corker joined Nick Timiraos of The Wall Street Journal and Senator Mark Warner of Virginia for a discussion on housing finance reform. Last month, Corker, Warner and a bipartisan group of senators introduced legislation to strengthen America�s housing finance system by replacing government-sponsored enterprises (GSEs) Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac with a privately capitalized system that preserves market liquidity and protects taxpayers from future economic downturns.

For more information, including video footage of the event, click Improving Embassy Security Requires Accountability and Setting Priorities

The Foreign Relations Committee held a hearing this week on how to improve security at U.S. embassies overseas following last year�s deadly terrorist attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya. Senator Corker reiterated his concerns about the lack of accountability regarding State Department officials who were placed on paid leave despite their involvement in security failures that preceded the attack. 

�We had�four people that have been put on leave and are still being paid�And I just wonder if you might address that also, because you build great facilities, you train well, but if people don't execute and there's not that accountability, we still have breakdowns and people are in situations that they shouldn't be in,� Corker said in questioning Greg Starr, head of diplomatic security at the State Department

He also questioned whether funding for new embassy construction is being prioritized for high threat areas.

�I see that we're spending a huge amount of money�in places that, candidly, the security issues are not necessarily urgent like we have in some of the places I mentioned earlier -- in Pakistan and Sudan. So, it just seems to me that, from the standpoint of the immediate security issues that our personnel has�our priorities are not aligned with what it is we're hoping to do for our outstanding foreign service officers,� said Corker.

For archived footage of the hearing and witness testimony, click Tennesseans Visit Washington

Senators Corker and Alexander met with over 75 Tennesseans at this week�s constituent breakfast on Capitol Hill. The event, Tennessee Tuesday, is held each week the Senate is in session. For more information, click
July 16, 2013 � Senator Corker greets the Boy Scouts of American Venture Crew 284 of Smyrna, Tennessee at Tennessee Tuesday.

On Thursday, Senator Corker met with Tennessee students who were visiting the Capitol in conjunction with the 4-H National Mentoring Program.


July 18, 2013 � Senator Corker meets with 4-H students from Tennessee outside the Capitol.