U.S. Response to the Crisis in Syria

Senator Bob Corker
2013-08-30 17:47:41
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 30, 2013* Senator Corker continued to make stops throughout Tennessee this week, meeting with constituents in Shelby and Hamilton counties. On Monday, Senator Corker discussed his legislation [link 5] to strengthen America�s housing finance system at an event hosted by the Memphis Area Home Builders Association. Later in the day, he delivered remarks at the University of Memphis New Student Convocation [link 6]. *Memphis Daily News: Corker talks Syria, housing during Memphis stop* [link 7] [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/MemphisEventDailyNews1.jpg] August 26, 2013 � Senator Corker speaks with a constituent following an event hosted by the Memphis Area Home Builders Association.* (Photo courtesy of the Memphis Daily News [link 8]/Andrew J. Breig.)* On Tuesday, Senator Corker discussed his work to solve the big problems facing our country at an inaugural �CEO Series� event hosted by the Tennessee Small Business Development Center and The Company Lab in Chattanooga. *Nooga.com: Sen. Bob Corker embraces �neo-pragmatist� approach to pressing U.S. issues [link 9]* [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/TSBDCEventNooga2.jpg] August 27, 2013 � Senator Corker delivers remarks at an event hosted by the Tennessee Small Business Development Center in Chattanooga. *(Photo courtesy of Nooga.com [link 10].)* *U.S. Response to the Crisis in Syria* On Thursday, Senator Corker made the following statement after participating in a conference call with senior Obama administration officials regarding evidence of the Assad regime�s continued use of chemical weapons in Syria. Earlier in the day, Corker received a separate classified briefing on the crisis in Syria. �While I�m opposed to American boots on the ground in Syria, I would support surgical, proportional military strikes given the strong evidence of the Assad regime�s continued use of chemical warfare. Whatever limited action is taken should not further commit the U.S. in Syria beyond the current strategy to strengthen the vetted, moderate opposition,� said Corker. �While the administration has engaged in congressional consultation, they should continue to be forthcoming with information and would be far better off if they seek authorization based upon our national interests, which would provide the kind of public debate and legitimacy that can only come from Congress.� On Wednesday, Senator Corker appeared on CNN�s �OutFront,� where he called on President Obama to call Congress back to Washington to seek approval for possible surgical, proportional military action in Syria. �[T]he administration has consulted and we have been aggressive, candidly, about being consulted�. I do think we would be so much better off if the administration would come to Congress, call everybody back and let Congress authorize this activity,� said Corker. Click the image below to view the full interview [link 11]. [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/CNNOutFront.JPG] [link 12] *In the News* *Roll Call: Syria Elevates Corker�s Foreign Policy Role* [link 13] �Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., is using his perch as the top Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to carve out a niche for himself as a go-to congressional voice on the crisis in Syria�Corker talked on Tuesday about his hope that the administration would be more transparent with Congress about its plans for Syria, especially given that the White House began its engagement in Libya, for example, with good will that �dissipated.� He also emphasized that America and its allies should be careful to support the moderate opposition and to avoid putting boots on the ground, making decisions that do not cause [the U.S.] to be mired down in a civil war.� Read more here [link 14].� *Chattanooga Times Free Press (Opinion): Corker-Warner plan good start for mortgage reform* [link 15] �The bipartisan plan proffered by [Senators Corker and Warner in] the Senate strikes a reasonable balance and can serve as the template for reform. It phases out the two federally-controlled Leviathans and properly places private investors on the front lines. It also creates a guarantor of last resort but requires investors to bankroll the new agency. And it lays out a gradual and achievable path toward greater privatization, with fewer distortions leading to spikes, crashes and collateral damage.� Read more here [link 16].�

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Update from Senator Bob Corker
August 30, 2013

U.S. Response to the Crisis in Syria

On Thursday, Senator Corker made the following statement after participating in a conference call with senior administration officials regarding evidence of the Assad regime�s continued use of chemical weapons in Syria. Earlier in the day, Corker received a separate classified briefing on the crisis in Syria.

�While I�m opposed to American boots on the ground in Syria, I would support surgical, proportional military strikes given the strong evidence of the Assad regime�s continued use of chemical warfare. Whatever limited action is taken should not further commit the U.S. in Syria beyond the current strategy to strengthen the vetted, moderate opposition,� said Corker. �While the administration has engaged in congressional consultation, they should continue to be forthcoming with information and would be far better off if they seek authorization based upon our national interests, which would provide the kind of public debate and legitimacy that can only come from Congress.�

On Wednesday, Senator Corker appeared on CNN�s �OutFront,� where he called on President Obama to call Congress back to Washington to seek approval for possible surgical, proportional military action in Syria.

�[T]he administration has consulted and we have been aggressive, candidly, about being consulted�. I do think we would be so much better off if the administration would come to Congress, call everybody back and let Congress authorize this activity,� said Corker. Click the image below to view the .

Meeting with Constituents in Tennessee

Senator Corker continued to make stops throughout Tennessee this week, meeting with constituents in Shelby and Hamilton counties.

On Monday, Senator Corker discussed  to strengthen America�s housing finance system at an event hosted by the Memphis Area Home Builders Association. Later in the day, he delivered remarks at the .


August 26, 2013 � Senator Corker speaks with a constituent following an event hosted by the Memphis Area Home Builders Association. (Photo courtesy of the /Andrew J. Breig.)

On Tuesday, Senator Corker discussed his work to solve the big problems facing our country at an inaugural �CEO Series� event hosted by the Tennessee Small Business Development Center and The Company Lab in Chattanooga.


August 27, 2013 � Senator Corker delivers remarks at an event hosted by the Tennessee Small Business Development Center in Chattanooga. (Photo courtesy of 
In the News


�Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., is using his perch as the top Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to carve out a niche for himself as a go-to congressional voice on the crisis in Syria�Corker talked on Tuesday about his hope that the administration would be more transparent with Congress about its plans for Syria, especially given that the White House began its engagement in Libya, for example, with good will that �dissipated.� He also emphasized that America and its allies should be careful to support the moderate opposition and to avoid putting boots on the ground, making decisions that do not cause [the U.S.] to be mired down in a civil war.� Read more
�The bipartisan plan proffered by [Senators Corker and Warner in] the Senate strikes a reasonable balance and can serve as the template for reform. It phases out the two federally-controlled Leviathans and properly places private investors on the front lines. It also creates a guarantor of last resort but requires investors to bankroll the new agency. And it lays out a gradual and achievable path toward greater privatization, with fewer distortions leading to spikes, crashes and collateral damage.� Read more