Update from Senator Bob Corker - September 14, 2013

Senator Bob Corker
2013-09-14 12:11:00
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 September 14, 2013* Senator Corker made the following statement today regarding the announcement [link 5] of an agreement between the U.S. and Russia on Syria's chemical weapons. "Absent the threat of force, it�s unclear to me how Syrian compliance will be possible under the terms of any agreement. I'm still reviewing the details and believe Syria's willingness to follow through is very much an open question, but I remain supportive of a strong diplomatic solution to Syria's use of chemical weapons," said Corker. "I am concerned that these negotiations not be used as an opportunity to retreat from our broader national interests, but rather, to reinforce them, including support for moderate opposition forces and, most importantly, reassuring our allies of U.S. resolve to counter threats from Iran and other rogue nations. The administration's handling of this crisis has hurt U.S. credibility, so it's vital that going forward, the President articulate how his actions protect our national interests in Syria and the region." In an interview on CNN [link 6] on Wednesday, Senator Corker expressed disappointment in President Obama�s Tuesday night address to the nation on Syria. �I really do think [the administration has] hurt our credibility around the world just in the muddled way that they have dealt with this Syrian issue� The president just seems to be very uncomfortable being commander-in-chief of this nation,� said Corker.� [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/CNN Capture.JPG] [link 7] *Click Image to Watch Video* Senator Corker will be a guest on CBS� "Face the Nation" tomorrow morning (Sunday) to discuss the latest on Syria. For local listings, click here [link 8].� [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/FACEPROMO.jpg] *Experts: Corker-Warner Housing Finance Reform Bill an �Excellent,� �Very Good� Start* During a Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee hearing on Thursday, Senator Corker urged committee leadership to act quickly to review, mark up and pass housing finance reform legislation.� In June, Corker and Mark Warner, D-Va., introduced the Housing Finance Reform and Taxpayer Protection Act, S. 1217 [link 9], which would 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. Corker asked a panel of witnesses if the bill is a good starting point. Mark Zandi, Chief Economist, Moody�s Analytics, said, �Absolutely. I think it is an excellent starting point. It shows a lot of hard work and a lot of good ideas and thoughts, and I don�t know why you�d want to start from scratch. I would start with that legislation. It is an excellent place to get going.� Jerome Lienhard, Chief Executive Officer, SunTrust Mortgage, Inc., said, �[Corker-Warner] highlights all of the issues moving forward, so yes, I think it�s a very good start.� Bloomberg BNA: Senate Banking Committee Leaders Target Bipartisan Housing Reform Bill By Year�s End [link 10] *Ensuring TVA is Providing Low-Cost, Reliable Power* [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/tva.jpg] September 13, 2013 � Senator Corker delivers remarks at a roundtable discussion on the future of TVA. Senator Corker was in Knoxville on Friday, along with Senator Lamar Alexander and Representative John J. Duncan, Jr., to participate in a roundtable discussion on the future of the Tennessee Valley Authority. The roundtable, held at the University of Tennessee, convened a panel of representatives from area utilities and businesses to discuss TVA�s electricity rates and its ability to be economically competitive now and over the next 20 years. �I obviously care deeply about the standard of living and quality of life of people here in Tennessee, and I know TVA rates directly impact that,� said Corker. �And as someone who has had the privilege of helping recruit business to our state, I know TVA also plays a critical role in our economic development efforts by providing low-cost, reliable power that is essential to attracting, retaining and growing jobs. Our discussion today focused on how we can ensure TVA is operating and making decisions in a way that will provide competitive power rates in Tennessee now and over the next 20 years.� For more information, click here [link 11]. *Remembering September 11, 2001* Senator Corker made the following statement marking the anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States. �I think the best way we can mark September 11th is by remembering the lives lost and honoring them by working to make the country that was attacked that day even stronger,� said Corker. *Working to Permanently Delay Obama Health Care Law* In July, the Obama administration announced [link 12] it would delay enforcing a number of provisions of the health care law, including the employer mandate. Following the announcement, Senator Corker joined all Senate Republicans in a letter to President Obama urging him to permanently delay the implementation of the health care law. According to a study [link 13] 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 14], employees are losing the health care coverage [link 15] they enjoy today, and premiums have skyrocketed [link 16] by nearly $2,500, making health care less affordable for American families. This week, Senator Corker cosponsored an amendment to delay both the employer and individual mandates until 2015.� *Celebrating Constitution Week* * [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/Ooltewah_Elementary_2012a.jpg]* September 19, 2012 � Senator Corker�s area field representative, Claire McVay, meets with students at Ooltewah Elementary School to discuss the U.S. Constitution and its importance in every American�s life. This Tuesday, September 17, is the 226th anniversary of the signing of the United States Constitution, and to mark the occasion, students in 11 Tennessee schools will participate in Constitution Week events sponsored by Senator Corker�s office. Senator Corker�s field representatives will deliver interactive presentations to students, showing a 5-foot replica of the Constitution and discussing its importance in every American�s life. �The wisdom our Founding Fathers showed in crafting such a fundamental and elegant document that has provided the foundation for our government and our country for 226 years is really incredible when you think about it,� said Corker. �I hope the students who attend our Constitution Week events across the state come away wanting to learn more about our country�s history, values and system of government. Our country faces a number of challenges in the coming decades, and it�s important that young Americans understand the document that has guided our country since its founding.� Corker is a cosponsor of S.1404, the Enumerated Powers Act, legislation that would require each act of Congress to contain statements explaining the constitutional authority sustaining each provision of that act. For more information on this year�s Constitution Week events, click here [link 17]. *Tennesseans Visit Washington* Senators Corker and Alexander met with over 50 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/091013-17913-0017-ff.jpg] September 10, 2013 � Senators Corker and Alexander meet with students from Macon Road Baptist School in Memphis. [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/091013-17913-0008-ff.jpg] September 10, 2013 � Senators Corker and Alexander meet with American Cancer Society members from across the state.

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Update from Senator Bob Corker
September 14, 2013

Senator Corker made the following statement today regarding the

"Absent the threat of force, it�s unclear to me how Syrian compliance will be possible under the terms of any agreement. I'm still reviewing the details and believe Syria's willingness to follow through is very much an open question, but I remain supportive of a strong diplomatic solution to Syria's use of chemical weapons," said Corker. "I am concerned that these negotiations not be used as an opportunity to retreat from our broader national interests, but rather, to reinforce them, including support for moderate opposition forces and, most importantly, reassuring our allies of U.S. resolve to counter threats from Iran and other rogue nations. The administration's handling of this crisis has hurt U.S. credibility, so it's vital that going forward, the President articulate how his actions protect our national interests in Syria and the region."

In on Wednesday, Senator Corker expressed disappointment in President Obama�s Tuesday night address to the nation on Syria. �I really do think [the administration has] hurt our credibility around the world just in the muddled way that they have dealt with this Syrian issue� The president just seems to be very uncomfortable being commander-in-chief of this nation,� said Corker. 


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Senator Corker will be a guest on CBS� "Face the Nation" tomorrow morning (Sunday) to discuss the latest on Syria. For local listings, click

Experts: Corker-Warner Housing Finance Reform Bill an �Excellent,� �Very Good� Start

During a Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee hearing on Thursday, Senator Corker urged committee leadership to act quickly to review, mark up and pass housing finance reform legislation. 

In June, Corker and Mark Warner, D-Va., introduced the , which would 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.

Corker asked a panel of witnesses if the bill is a good starting point.

Mark Zandi, Chief Economist, Moody�s Analytics, said, �Absolutely. I think it is an excellent starting point. It shows a lot of hard work and a lot of good ideas and thoughts, and I don�t know why you�d want to start from scratch. I would start with that legislation. It is an excellent place to get going.�

Jerome Lienhard, Chief Executive Officer, SunTrust Mortgage, Inc., said, �[Corker-Warner] highlights all of the issues moving forward, so yes, I think it�s a very good start.�

Ensuring TVA is Providing Low-Cost, Reliable Power


September 13, 2013 � Senator Corker delivers remarks at a roundtable discussion on the future of TVA.

Senator Corker was in Knoxville on Friday, along with Senator Lamar Alexander and Representative John J. Duncan, Jr., to participate in a roundtable discussion on the future of the Tennessee Valley Authority. The roundtable, held at the University of Tennessee, convened a panel of representatives from area utilities and businesses to discuss TVA�s electricity rates and its ability to be economically competitive now and over the next 20 years.

�I obviously care deeply about the standard of living and quality of life of people here in Tennessee, and I know TVA rates directly impact that,� said Corker. �And as someone who has had the privilege of helping recruit business to our state, I know TVA also plays a critical role in our economic development efforts by providing low-cost, reliable power that is essential to attracting, retaining and growing jobs. Our discussion today focused on how we can ensure TVA is operating and making decisions in a way that will provide competitive power rates in Tennessee now and over the next 20 years.�

For more information, click Remembering September 11, 2001

Senator Corker made the following statement marking the anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States.

�I think the best way we can mark September 11th is by remembering the lives lost and honoring them by working to make the country that was attacked that day even stronger,� said Corker.

Working to Permanently Delay Obama Health Care Law

In July, the Obama administration permanently delay the implementation of the health care law.

According to a , employees are they enjoy today, and premiums have

This week, Senator Corker cosponsored an amendment to delay both the employer and individual mandates until 2015. 

Celebrating Constitution Week


September 19, 2012 � Senator Corker�s area field representative, Claire McVay, meets with students at Ooltewah Elementary School to discuss the U.S. Constitution and its importance in every American�s life.

This Tuesday, September 17, is the 226th anniversary of the signing of the United States Constitution, and to mark the occasion, students in 11 Tennessee schools will participate in Constitution Week events sponsored by Senator Corker�s office.

Senator Corker�s field representatives will deliver interactive presentations to students, showing a 5-foot replica of the Constitution and discussing its importance in every American�s life.

�The wisdom our Founding Fathers showed in crafting such a fundamental and elegant document that has provided the foundation for our government and our country for 226 years is really incredible when you think about it,� said Corker. �I hope the students who attend our Constitution Week events across the state come away wanting to learn more about our country�s history, values and system of government. Our country faces a number of challenges in the coming decades, and it�s important that young Americans understand the document that has guided our country since its founding.�

Corker is a cosponsor of S.1404, the Enumerated Powers Act, legislation that would require each act of Congress to contain statements explaining the constitutional authority sustaining each provision of that act.

For more information on this year�s Constitution Week events, click Tennesseans Visit Washington

Senators Corker and Alexander met with over 50 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
September 10, 2013 � Senators Corker and Alexander meet with students from Macon Road Baptist School in Memphis.


September 10, 2013 � Senators Corker and Alexander meet with American Cancer Society members from across the state.