Update from Senator Bob Corker - August 2, 2013

Senator Bob Corker
2013-08-02 15:18:33
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Mr. Prater and his family were in Washington for a ceremony commemorating the 60th anniversary of the Korean War armistice. * [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/IMG_2517e.jpg]* *Committing to Living Within Our Means* On Thursday, Senator Corker voted �no� on a procedural vote to end debate on the Transportation and Housing and Urban Development (THUD) appropriations bill, because it sets a level of spending that ignores the caps set by the bipartisan Budget Control Act passed by Congress in August 2011. �We made a commitment when we passed the Budget Control Act to make an effort to start living within our means, so I�m disappointed this bill breaks that promise and kicks off the appropriations process in exactly the wrong way,� said Corker. *Americans Deserve Greater Transparency and Oversight of U.S. Foreign Policy* Writing in *Foreign Policy* this week, Senator Corker argued the Obama administration�s increasing reliance on intelligence agencies to carry out U.S. foreign policy and warfighting can diminish covert action as a valuable national security tool, undermine U.S. foreign policy goals, and prevent the kind of oversight from Congress that the American people expect. �To ensure the continued availability of covert action -- a highly valuable and effective tool under the right circumstances -- we must make certain that no president misuses, overuses, or employs this tactic simply out of convenience or the desire to avoid oversight and debate. As a result, it is important to ask just how much of U.S. foreign policy is conducted secretly. The answer, unfortunately, appears to be too much�� Read more here [link 5]. *Banking Committee Approves FHA Solvency Bill* Senator Corker made the following statement on committee approval of the bipartisan FHA (Federal Housing Administration) Solvency Act of 2013 (S. 1367). �I applaud Chairman Johnson and Ranking Member Crapo for passing a bill that puts in place necessary tools and resources to get the FHA on better footing, and I am glad they have committed to building on this momentum and quickly moving a structural and bipartisan housing finance reform bill,� said Corker. In June, Corker, Senator Mark Warner, D-Va., 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, click here [link 6]. *Details Needed on Health Care Implementation Efforts* Senator Corker joined a group of 39 Republican senators this week in asking the White House to provide details on efforts by at least 21 federal agencies to help implement the president�s health care law. In a letter to White House Counsel Kathryn Ruemmler, the senators wrote: �We write to ask for information about the activities being undertaken by twenty or more federal agencies with no responsibilities under the President�s health care law in the implementation and promotion of that law, specifically about what the agencies are doing, what funds the agencies are spending, and what authorities the agencies are using� Given that the Administration spent the last several months warning of alleged catastrophe from cutting approximately $85.3 billion out of a $3 trillion budget as part of sequestration, it is particularly surprising that unrelated resources, which previously could not be reduced, are now being used to implement or promote the health care law.� For more information and to read the letter in its entirety, click here [link 7]. *Restoring Constitutional Limitations on Congressional Power* This week, Senator Corker cosponsored the Enumerated Powers Act of 2013, which was introduced by Senators Tom Coburn (R-OK) and Rand Paul (R-KY). The bill gives members of Congress the procedural tools necessary to stop unconstitutional legislation. The Enumerated Powers Act of 2013: - Requires each Act of Congress, bill, resolution, conference report and amendment to �contain a concise explanation of the specific authority in the Constitution� that is the basis for its enactment. - States any legislation that abolishes a Federal activity, spending or overall power may cite the 9th or 10th Amendments to the Constitution. - Prohibits the use of the Commerce Clause, except for �the regulation of the buying and selling of goods or services, or the transporting for those purposes, across boundaries with foreign nations, across State lines, or with Indian tribes�� - Allows a point of order to be raised in either House of Congress for bills that fail to cite constitutional authority. - Cites the constitutional authority to enact the Enumerated Powers Act, which falls under Article I, Section 5, Clause 2 of the Constitution, allowing each House to determine the rules of its proceedings. For more information, click here [link 8]. *Keep Up With Senator Corker* During August, Senator Corker will be traveling throughout Tennessee, talking with constituents about the big issues facing our country. To keep up with his work, click the images below to follow him on Facebook [link 9], Twitter [link 10]and Instagram [link 11]. [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/Facebook.JPG] [link 12] [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/Twitter.JPG] [link 13] [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/Instagram.JPG] [link 14]

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Update from Senator Bob Corker
August 2, 2013

Honoring Korean War Veterans

Last week, Senator Corker welcomed Edmond Prater, a Korean War veteran and Purple Heart recipient from Clarksville to his Capitol Hill office. Mr. Prater and his family were in Washington for a ceremony commemorating the 60th anniversary of the Korean War armistice.

Committing to Living Within Our Means

On Thursday, Senator Corker voted �no� on a procedural vote to end debate on the Transportation and Housing and Urban Development (THUD) appropriations bill, because it sets a level of spending that ignores the caps set by the bipartisan Budget Control Act passed by Congress in August 2011.

�We made a commitment when we passed the Budget Control Act to make an effort to start living within our means, so I�m disappointed this bill breaks that promise and kicks off the appropriations process in exactly the wrong way,� said Corker.

Americans Deserve Greater Transparency and Oversight of U.S. Foreign Policy

Writing in Foreign Policy this week, Senator Corker argued the Obama administration�s increasing reliance on intelligence agencies to carry out U.S. foreign policy and warfighting can diminish covert action as a valuable national security tool, undermine U.S. foreign policy goals, and prevent the kind of oversight from Congress that the American people expect.

�To ensure the continued availability of covert action -- a highly valuable and effective tool under the right circumstances -- we must make certain that no president misuses, overuses, or employs this tactic simply out of convenience or the desire to avoid oversight and debate. As a result, it is important to ask just how much of U.S. foreign policy is conducted secretly. The answer, unfortunately, appears to be too much��

Read more Banking Committee Approves FHA Solvency Bill

Senator Corker made the following statement on committee approval of the bipartisan FHA (Federal Housing Administration) Solvency Act of 2013 (S. 1367).

�I applaud Chairman Johnson and Ranking Member Crapo for passing a bill that puts in place necessary tools and resources to get the FHA on better footing, and I am glad they have committed to building on this momentum and quickly moving a structural and bipartisan housing finance reform bill,� said Corker.

In June, Corker, Senator Mark Warner, D-Va., 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, click Details Needed on Health Care Implementation Efforts

Senator Corker joined a group of 39 Republican senators this week in asking the White House to provide details on efforts by at least 21 federal agencies to help implement the president�s health care law.

In a letter to White House Counsel Kathryn Ruemmler, the senators wrote: �We write to ask for information about the activities being undertaken by twenty or more federal agencies with no responsibilities under the President�s health care law in the implementation and promotion of that law, specifically about what the agencies are doing, what funds the agencies are spending, and what authorities the agencies are using� Given that the Administration spent the last several months warning of alleged catastrophe from cutting approximately $85.3 billion out of a $3 trillion budget as part of sequestration, it is particularly surprising that unrelated resources, which previously could not be reduced, are now being used to implement or promote the health care law.�

For more information and to read the letter in its entirety, click Restoring Constitutional Limitations on Congressional Power

This week, Senator Corker cosponsored the Enumerated Powers Act of 2013, which was introduced by Senators Tom Coburn (R-OK) and Rand Paul (R-KY). The bill gives members of Congress the procedural tools necessary to stop unconstitutional legislation.

The Enumerated Powers Act of 2013:

  • Requires each Act of Congress, bill, resolution, conference report and amendment to �contain a concise explanation of the specific authority in the Constitution� that is the basis for its enactment.
  • States any legislation that abolishes a Federal activity, spending or overall power may cite the 9th or 10th Amendments to the Constitution.
  • Prohibits the use of the Commerce Clause, except for �the regulation of the buying and selling of goods or services, or the transporting for those purposes, across boundaries with foreign nations, across State lines, or with Indian tribes��
  • Allows a point of order to be raised in either House of Congress for bills that fail to cite constitutional authority.
  • Cites the constitutional authority to enact the Enumerated Powers Act, which falls under Article I, Section 5, Clause 2 of the Constitution, allowing each House to determine the rules of its proceedings.

For more information, click Keep Up With Senator Corker

During August, Senator Corker will be traveling throughout Tennessee, talking with constituents about the big issues facing our country. To keep up with his work, click the images below to follow him on and