Update from Senator Bob Corker - September 28, 2013

Senator Bob Corker
2013-09-28 05:26:04
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 September 28, 2013* * [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/IMG_2658t.jpg]* September 27, 2013 � Senator Corker answers calls from Tennesseans prior to Senate votes on Friday. I wanted to take the opportunity to share my position during what has been a confusing debate on the Senate floor over the last few days. �I am concerned about the negative effects the President�s health care reform law is having on our state, our country, and future generations. I have continued to oppose Obamacare at every turn, including efforts to repeal and defund it.� Today, I voted in support of advancing the House continuing resolution that would permanently defund Obamacare while funding the federal government. After the defunding provision in the bill was struck by an amendment that I opposed, I voted against passage of the amended bill. The bill, nonetheless, passed the Senate with only Democratic votes, and now moves back to the House. In the House, Republicans have the majority and can make other good policy changes that continue the fight against Obamacare. I hope the House can send something back to the Senate that will pass both chambers. Some have suggested that it would be better to shut down the government rather than accept a bill that lacks the Obamacare defunding provision. But this would be self-defeating: a shutdown would not prevent Obamacare�s implementation because the funding for it is almost entirely mandatory, meaning that it occurs regardless of a shutdown. This tactic would only divert attention from the cascading reports of the very real consequences of the law for individuals, families and American businesses. This doesn�t mean we say "game over." It means we work toward actual solutions that have a possibility of becoming a reality. I look forward to the Senate taking up the bill again after the House improves it. [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/Corker_Signature_12-21-12(1).jpg] *Administration Must Seek Congressional Advice and Consent on U.N. Arms Trade Treaty* Asserting the Senate�s constitutional role on treaties, Senator Corker in a letter this week warned the Obama administration against taking any action to implement the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty without Senate advice and consent. �The ATT raises significant legislative and constitutional questions. Any act to implement this treaty, provisionally or otherwise, before the Congress provides its advice and consent would be fundamentally inconsistent with the U.S. Constitution, law, and practice,� said Corker. Read more here [link 5]. *FHA Seeks Taxpayer Bailout* On Friday, the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) announced it will need a $1.7 billion taxpayer bailout to remain solvent.� �No reasonable person could believe that we should continue along with the current housing finance system in this country when three separate entities � Fannie, Freddie, and now the FHA � have all had to come to the taxpayer for billions of dollars in bailout funds,� said Corker. In July, Corker commended the Senate Banking Committee for approving the bipartisan FHA Solvency Act of 2013, saying, �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.� In June, Corker and Senator Mark Warner, D-VA., introduced S. 1217, the Housing Reform and Taxpayer Protection Act of 2013, which would strengthen America�s housing finance system by replacing government-sponsored enterprises (GSEs) Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac with a modernized system that preserves market liquidity and protects taxpayers from future economic downturns. Cosponsors of S. 1217 include Mike Johanns, R-Neb., Jon Tester, D-Mont., Dean Heller, R-Nev., Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., Jerry Moran, R-Kan., Kay Hagan, D-N.C., Mark Kirk, R-Ill., Joe Manchin, D-W.V., and Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga. Read more here [link 6]. *Tennesseans Visit Washington* On Thursday, Senator Corker met with employees from Eastman Chemical Company (Kingsport, Tenn.), who were in Washington to receive the 2013 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award. The award is the U.S. Department of Defense�s highest recognition given to employers for exceptional support of employees serving the National Guard and Reserve.� [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/092613-18110-0008-ffr.jpg] September 26, 2013 � Senator Corker meets with employees from Eastman Chemical Company.

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Update from Senator Bob Corker
September 28, 2013


September 27, 2013 � Senator Corker answers calls from Tennesseans prior to Senate votes on Friday.

I wanted to take the opportunity to share my position during what has been a confusing debate on the Senate floor over the last few days.  I am concerned about the negative effects the President�s health care reform law is having on our state, our country, and future generations. I have continued to oppose Obamacare at every turn, including efforts to repeal and defund it. 

Today, I voted in support of advancing the House continuing resolution that would permanently defund Obamacare while funding the federal government. After the defunding provision in the bill was struck by an amendment that I opposed, I voted against passage of the amended bill. The bill, nonetheless, passed the Senate with only Democratic votes, and now moves back to the House. In the House, Republicans have the majority and can make other good policy changes that continue the fight against Obamacare. I hope the House can send something back to the Senate that will pass both chambers.

Some have suggested that it would be better to shut down the government rather than accept a bill that lacks the Obamacare defunding provision. But this would be self-defeating: a shutdown would not prevent Obamacare�s implementation because the funding for it is almost entirely mandatory, meaning that it occurs regardless of a shutdown. This tactic would only divert attention from the cascading reports of the very real consequences of the law for individuals, families and American businesses.

This doesn�t mean we say "game over." It means we work toward actual solutions that have a possibility of becoming a reality. I look forward to the Senate taking up the bill again after the House improves it.

Administration Must Seek Congressional Advice and Consent on U.N. Arms Trade Treaty

Asserting the Senate�s constitutional role on treaties, Senator Corker in a letter this week warned the Obama administration against taking any action to implement the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty without Senate advice and consent.

�The ATT raises significant legislative and constitutional questions. Any act to implement this treaty, provisionally or otherwise, before the Congress provides its advice and consent would be fundamentally inconsistent with the U.S. Constitution, law, and practice,� said Corker. Read more FHA Seeks Taxpayer Bailout

On Friday, the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) announced it will need a $1.7 billion taxpayer bailout to remain solvent. 

�No reasonable person could believe that we should continue along with the current housing finance system in this country when three separate entities � Fannie, Freddie, and now the FHA � have all had to come to the taxpayer for billions of dollars in bailout funds,� said Corker.

In July, Corker commended the Senate Banking Committee for approving the bipartisan FHA Solvency Act of 2013, saying, �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.�

In June, Corker and Senator Mark Warner, D-VA., introduced S. 1217, the Housing Reform and Taxpayer Protection Act of 2013, which would strengthen America�s housing finance system by replacing government-sponsored enterprises (GSEs) Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac with a modernized system that preserves market liquidity and protects taxpayers from future economic downturns.

Cosponsors of S. 1217 include Mike Johanns, R-Neb., Jon Tester, D-Mont., Dean Heller, R-Nev., Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., Jerry Moran, R-Kan., Kay Hagan, D-N.C., Mark Kirk, R-Ill., Joe Manchin, D-W.V., and Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga. Read more Tennesseans Visit Washington

On Thursday, Senator Corker met with employees from Eastman Chemical Company (Kingsport, Tenn.), who were in Washington to receive the 2013 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award. The award is the U.S. Department of Defense�s highest recognition given to employers for exceptional support of employees serving the National Guard and Reserve. 


September 26, 2013 � Senator Corker meets with employees from Eastman Chemical Company.