Update from Senator Bob Corker - August 24, 2013

Senator Bob Corker
2013-08-24 16:53:43
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 August 24, 2013* Senator Corker continued to make stops throughout Tennessee this week, meeting with constituents in Knox, Blount and Davidson counties. On Tuesday, Senator Corker discussed his work to solve the big problems facing our country with business and community leaders at events hosted by the Blount Partnership and the East Tennessee Financial Alliance. [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/08-20-13_Blount_Partnership.jpg] August 20, 2013 � Senator Corker speaks to constituents at an event hosted by the Blount Partnership. *(Photo courtesy of JOY KIMBROUGH | THE (MARYVILLE, TN) DAILY TIMES.)* [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/054edit.jpg] August 20, 2013 � Senator Corker meets with business and community leaders in Knoxville. *(Maryville) Daily Times: US Sen. Bob Corker speaks at Blount Partnership event at Maryville College* [link 5] *Knoxville News Sentinel: Corker draws link between foreign, domestic issues* [link 6] On Thursday, Senator Corker joined top military, business and faith leaders for a lunchtime discussion on the importance of U.S. leadership in the world and its impact on Tennessee. �In Washington and throughout our country, we�re witnessing a debate about the role the U.S. should play around the world. I believe in American exceptionalism and that the United States has a unique and critical leadership role in the world that cannot be idled or abdicated,� said Senator Corker. �Withdrawal from leadership will make us less safe, have us miss opportunities for greater prosperity and stability, and potentially sow the seeds of greater indebtedness. There�s no nation in the world that is impacted as much as ours when there�s economic stability around the world. But the greatest threat to our ability to lead is our fiscal situation. I was asked recently in a discussion with young people about how the U.S. can regain our competitive advantage from a rising China. I said then and will reiterate today: we must get our fiscal house in order.� To read more and to watch archived video of the event, click here [link 7].� [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/9577683048_aaeb42de76_o.jpg] August 22, 2013 � Senator Corker delivers remarks in Nashville at an event hosted by the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition. *(Photo courtesy of the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition.)* Senator Corker will continue to meet with constituents in Tennessee next week. On Monday, Corker will�will discuss his legislation [link 8] to strengthen America�s housing finance system with the Memphis Area Home Builders Association. *Full Briefing Needed on NSA Surveillance Activities* Following additional revelations [link 9]�about the extent of National Security Agency (NSA) surveillance activities, Senator Corker, ranking member of the Foreign Relations Committee, wrote to President Obama requesting a full briefing for senators by September 13 to include �all collections and activities conducted pursuant to statutory and other authorities, including but not limited to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, as modified by the USA PATRIOT Act and the FISA Amendments Act, and Executive Order 12,333.� �To address this issue, I would like to respectfully request a full briefing led by the Director of the NSA, General Keith Alexander, for all interested members of the Senate when the Senate returns to session in September. This briefing should discuss the totality of NSA operations, including but not limited to those that have already been discussed publicly,� wrote Senator Corker. �In my view, given the scope and scale of the disclosures to date and the significant likelihood of more to come, it is now all the more important that the Administration come to Congress and provide a full accounting of the totality of these efforts.� To read the letter in its entirety, click here [link 10]. *Disappointed in Lack of Accountability for Security Failures in Benghazi* On Tuesday, Senator Corker questioned how the State Department could ensure accountability in light of its decision [link 11] not to discipline employees involved in security failures that led to the deadly 2012 terrorist attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya. �I am highly disappointed that no one at the State Department will be held accountable in any real way over the failures that led to the tragedy in Benghazi. I don�t understand how this administration will ensure accountability at one of our most vital government departments without disciplining those who fail in their duties,� said Corker. *Washington Free Beacon: Sen. Corker Blasts State Department for Reinstating Benghazi Officials* [link 12] *Foreign Policy: Republicans Rip Kerry for Clearing Officials in Benghazi Probe* [link 13] *U.S. Foreign Aid is About Keeping Americans Secure* In an interview on Fox News [link 14] on Monday, Senator Corker discussed the ongoing violence in Egypt and the debate surrounding U.S. foreign aid to the country. �[T]here will be a debate about Egypt, and I hope it will be a good one. We certainly need to recalibrate � I think we have national interests there, and I think our aid ought to be tailored towards those national interests � A lot of people think our aid is about winning the goodwill, if you will, of a population. That�s nice. It would be nice if people liked us. But really our foreign aid is about our national interest and keeping Americans secure,� said Corker. Click the image below to watch video footage [link 15] from the interview. [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/Capture.PNG] [link 16] *In the News* Senator Corker will discuss the conflict in Syria, the crisis in Egypt and the NSA tomorrow on �Fox News Sunday.� For local listings, click here [link 17]. *Knoxville News Sentinel (Editorial): Corker deserves praise for stand on mortgage industry* [link 18] �Tennessee Sen. Bob Corker is tackling mortgage industry reform with a bipartisan pragmatism that should earn him elevated respect on Capitol Hill and in the Volunteer State. The second-term Republican helped craft legislation that would phase out Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, replacing the government-sponsored, privately traded corporations with a new government entity that would better protect taxpayers in an economic crisis. Doing nothing, Corker told the News Sentinel Editorial Board on Tuesday, is not an option: �Our enemy is inaction.�� Time is of the essence. Realistically, Corker said, Congress has only until the end of the year to act because of next year�s elections. Corker and his Senate colleague, Lamar Alexander, have been criticized by some on the right wing of the Republican Party who abhor compromise with Democrats. Corker said getting things done is more important. �People are angry with Washington,� Corker said, �but Washington is beginning to work.� That sort of pragmatism, a trait shared by Tennessee�s most admired senators of years past, is a sign of statesmanship sorely needed in this time of partisan gridlock.� Read more here [link 19]. *Happy Birthday, Bob!* Today is Senator Corker�s birthday! To help us wish him a happy birthday, and to keep up with his work in the Senate, follow the senator on Facebook [link 20], Twitter [link 21] and Instagram [link 22]. 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Update from Senator Bob Corker
August 24, 2013

Senator Corker continued to make stops throughout Tennessee this week, meeting with constituents in Knox, Blount and Davidson counties.

On Tuesday, Senator Corker discussed his work to solve the big problems facing our country with business and community leaders at events hosted by the Blount Partnership and the East Tennessee Financial Alliance.


August 20, 2013 � Senator Corker speaks to constituents at an event hosted by the Blount Partnership. (Photo courtesy of JOY KIMBROUGH | THE (MARYVILLE, TN) DAILY TIMES.)


August 20, 2013 � Senator Corker meets with business and community leaders in Knoxville.


On Thursday, Senator Corker joined top military, business and faith leaders for a lunchtime discussion on the importance of U.S. leadership in the world and its impact on Tennessee.

�In Washington and throughout our country, we�re witnessing a debate about the role the U.S. should play around the world. I believe in American exceptionalism and that the United States has a unique and critical leadership role in the world that cannot be idled or abdicated,� said Senator Corker. �Withdrawal from leadership will make us less safe, have us miss opportunities for greater prosperity and stability, and potentially sow the seeds of greater indebtedness. There�s no nation in the world that is impacted as much as ours when there�s economic stability around the world. But the greatest threat to our ability to lead is our fiscal situation. I was asked recently in a discussion with young people about how the U.S. can regain our competitive advantage from a rising China. I said then and will reiterate today: we must get our fiscal house in order.�

To read more and to watch archived video of the event, click
August 22, 2013 � Senator Corker delivers remarks in Nashville at an event hosted by the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition. (Photo courtesy of the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition.)

Senator Corker will continue to meet with constituents in Tennessee next week. On Monday, Corker will will discuss to strengthen America�s housing finance system with the Memphis Area Home Builders Association.

Full Briefing Needed on NSA Surveillance Activities

Following  about the extent of National Security Agency (NSA) surveillance activities, Senator Corker, ranking member of the Foreign Relations Committee, wrote to President Obama requesting a full briefing for senators by September 13 to include �all collections and activities conducted pursuant to statutory and other authorities, including but not limited to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, as modified by the USA PATRIOT Act and the FISA Amendments Act, and Executive Order 12,333.�

�To address this issue, I would like to respectfully request a full briefing led by the Director of the NSA, General Keith Alexander, for all interested members of the Senate when the Senate returns to session in September. This briefing should discuss the totality of NSA operations, including but not limited to those that have already been discussed publicly,� wrote Senator Corker. �In my view, given the scope and scale of the disclosures to date and the significant likelihood of more to come, it is now all the more important that the Administration come to Congress and provide a full accounting of the totality of these efforts.�

To read the letter in its entirety, click
Disappointed in Lack of Accountability for Security Failures in Benghazi

On Tuesday, Senator Corker questioned how the State Department could ensure accountability in light of its

�I am highly disappointed that no one at the State Department will be held accountable in any real way over the failures that led to the tragedy in Benghazi. I don�t understand how this administration will ensure accountability at one of our most vital government departments without disciplining those who fail in their duties,� said Corker.


U.S. Foreign Aid is About Keeping Americans Secure

In on Monday, Senator Corker discussed the ongoing violence in Egypt and the debate surrounding U.S. foreign aid to the country.

�[T]here will be a debate about Egypt, and I hope it will be a good one. We certainly need to recalibrate � I think we have national interests there, and I think our aid ought to be tailored towards those national interests � A lot of people think our aid is about winning the goodwill, if you will, of a population. That�s nice. It would be nice if people liked us. But really our foreign aid is about our national interest and keeping Americans secure,� said Corker. Click the image below to watch
from the interview.

In the News

Senator Corker will discuss the conflict in Syria, the crisis in Egypt and the NSA tomorrow on �Fox News Sunday.� For local listings, click
�Tennessee Sen. Bob Corker is tackling mortgage industry reform with a bipartisan pragmatism that should earn him elevated respect on Capitol Hill and in the Volunteer State. The second-term Republican helped craft legislation that would phase out Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, replacing the government-sponsored, privately traded corporations with a new government entity that would better protect taxpayers in an economic crisis. Doing nothing, Corker told the News Sentinel Editorial Board on Tuesday, is not an option: �Our enemy is inaction.�� Time is of the essence. Realistically, Corker said, Congress has only until the end of the year to act because of next year�s elections. Corker and his Senate colleague, Lamar Alexander, have been criticized by some on the right wing of the Republican Party who abhor compromise with Democrats. Corker said getting things done is more important. �People are angry with Washington,� Corker said, �but Washington is beginning to work.� That sort of pragmatism, a trait shared by Tennessee�s most admired senators of years past, is a sign of statesmanship sorely needed in this time of partisan gridlock.� Read more Happy Birthday, Bob!

Today is Senator Corker�s birthday! To help us wish him a happy birthday, and to keep up with his work in the Senate, follow the senator on