Update from Senator Bob Corker - July 20, 2014

Senator Bob Corker
2014-07-19 22:15:19
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[image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/FNS_PROMO_Sen_Menendez_Sen_Corker_EXCLUSIVE new.png] [link 6] *Volkswagen to Invest Over $600 Million, Create 2,000 New Jobs in Chattanooga* Senator Corker was in Wolfsburg, Germany, on Monday as Volkswagen announced that the company will build its midsize sports utility vehicle (SUV) and create a first-of-its-kind research and development center in Chattanooga, a more than $600 million investment in the region, which will add 2,000 new jobs at the plant.� [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/%23 760_4300JD.jpg] July 16, 2014 � Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam and Senator Corker celebrate Volkswagen�s expansion announcement at the Hunter Museum in Chattanooga (Hamilton County). Corker delivered remarks [link 7] at the announcement in Germany and released the following statement: �I deeply appreciate Volkswagen�s significant long-term commitment to the hometown and state that I love,� said Corker. �I am grateful for Governor Haslam�s steady leadership, for our mayors, our great community leaders and the workers at the Chattanooga plant, whose commitment to excellence helped pave the way for today�s announcement. Finally, I am thankful to be able to help see this through to today�s conclusion.� �One of the most meaningful days in my public service career occurred six years ago when I received the call from the Volkswagen board room that they had chosen Chattanooga,� added Corker. �Today�s announcement is a similar high point, as VW�s significantly expanded presence means that thousands of more families will benefit from the good paying jobs being created at the plant.� On Tuesday, Corker, Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam, Senator Lamar Alexander and Volkswagen executives, along with other civic and government officials, celebrated the expansion announcement in Chattanooga at the Hunter Museum. [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/%23 451_4300JD.jpg] [link 8] *Click here [link 9] or on the image above to watch the celebration. Senator Corker�s remarks begin around 7:00.* On CNBC�s �Squawk Box� on Thursday, Corker said Volkswagen�s announcement is a �huge win� for Chattanoogans and Tennesseans. �[Volkswagen�s expansion] is a huge win, 2,000 jobs directly impacting Chattanoogans and Tennesseans, and again establishing Tennessee as the place of auto manufacturing in our nation,� said Corker. �The path we took, while I know the nation watched and, you know, it was a bit controversial, there was no other way to get to this place without taking the path we took� I�m very happy for those 2,000 families that are going to be so directly affected.� [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/CNBCVW.jpg] [link 10] *Click here [link 11] or on the image above to watch the interview.* *Tennesseans Continue to See Double Digit Health Care Cost Increases* Senator Corker released the following statement on Friday regarding reports [link 12] that three of the companies offering insurance policies in the federal health care marketplace in Tennessee have requested to raise rates for their exchange plans in 2015: �My heart goes out to the many families and business owners across the state coping with rising health care costs, and I�m hopeful the Senate might finally be allowed to debate ways to provide relief from the damaging effects of this law, including solutions to free up the marketplace so affordable plans that meet the actual needs of Tennesseans can openly and effectively compete for their business,� said Corker. �The president�s health care bill was sold to Tennesseans and the country as a way to bring down health care costs, yet it has done just the opposite as we continue to see double digit increases in the cost of plans.� BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee (BCBST) � the only health insurance provider to offer a policy in all 95 Volunteer State counties in 2014 � is requesting to raise rates by an average of 19 percent for its exchange plans in 2015. Cigna is requesting an average rate increase of 7.5 percent, and Humana has requested to raise rates by an average of 14.4 percent. During the health care law�s 2014 open enrollment period, 88 percent of Tennesseans chose a BCBST health insurance plan. *President Obama Should Personally Engage on DRC Adoption Delays* In a letter [link 13] to President Barack Obama last week, Senator Corker joined 167 members of Congress in asking the president for his �personal engagement to resolve over 900 international adoption cases of Congolese children who either have been or are in the process of being adopted by American families, yet who are unable to obtain Congolese exit permits due to a suspension in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).� �We respectfully request that you raise this human rights crisis with President Kabila prior to his attendance at the U.S.-African Leaders Summit next month, and then use the opportunity of the summit to press for a firm resolution,� wrote the members of Congress. �We would appreciate your leadership on this issue to help unite these children and their families.� In September 2013, the DRC suspended the issuance of exit permits for children adopted by foreign parents. Over 145 children who have been legally adopted by U.S. families and have been given Congolese passports and U.S. visas await exit letters, including several children with urgent, life-threatening medical problems. Advocacy groups indicate at least 23 families in the Volunteer State are affected by the DRC�s halt on adoptions. Corker has met with several Tennessee families in various stages of the adoption process and continues to work towards a solution that will bring the children home to the United States. Corker�s staff has also met with State Department officials, including the U.S. ambassador to the DRC and the DRC�s ambassador to the U.S., to discuss a resolution to this issue. Corker is a cosponsor of a resolution [link 14] authored by Senator Rob Portman (R-Ohio) calling on the DRC to resume the exit letter process that has been stalled for nearly a year. In April, Corker wrote [link 15] to the president and prime minister of the DRC to request an end to delays in processing adoptions. As of today, there has been no response from the Congolese government. [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/IMG_5003(1).JPG] June 25, 2014 � Senator Corker meets with Tennessee families in Washington to discuss delays in U.S. adoptions from the DRC. *Tennessean Departing for Mission to the International Space Station* On Wednesday, Senator Corker wished NASA Astronaut and U.S. Navy Captain Barry �Butch� Wilmore of Mt. Juliet, Tennessee, good luck on his upcoming mission to the International Space Station. Wilmore, a graduate of Tennessee Technological University, will depart for the International Space Station in September and will begin serving as commander for Expedition 42 in November. [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/IMG_5130A.jpg] July 16, 2014 � Senator Corker speaks with NASA Astronaut and U.S. Navy Captain Barry �Butch� Wilmore of Mt. Juliet (Wilson County). *To keep up with Senator Corker's work in the Senate, follow him on Facebook [link 16], Twitter [link 17] and Instagram [link 18].*

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Update from Senator Bob Corker
July 20, 2014


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Volkswagen to Invest Over $600 Million, Create 2,000 New Jobs in Chattanooga

Senator Corker was in Wolfsburg, Germany, on Monday as Volkswagen announced that the company will build its midsize sports utility vehicle (SUV) and create a first-of-its-kind research and development center in Chattanooga, a more than $600 million investment in the region, which will add 2,000 new jobs at the plant. 


July 16, 2014 � Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam and Senator Corker celebrate Volkswagen�s expansion announcement at the Hunter Museum in Chattanooga (Hamilton County).

Corker at the announcement in Germany and released the following statement:

�I deeply appreciate Volkswagen�s significant long-term commitment to the hometown and state that I love,� said Corker. �I am grateful for Governor Haslam�s steady leadership, for our mayors, our great community leaders and the workers at the Chattanooga plant, whose commitment to excellence helped pave the way for today�s announcement. Finally, I am thankful to be able to help see this through to today�s conclusion.�

�One of the most meaningful days in my public service career occurred six years ago when I received the call from the Volkswagen board room that they had chosen Chattanooga,� added Corker. �Today�s announcement is a similar high point, as VW�s significantly expanded presence means that thousands of more families will benefit from the good paying jobs being created at the plant.�

On Tuesday, Corker, Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam, Senator Lamar Alexander and Volkswagen executives, along with other civic and government officials, celebrated the expansion announcement in Chattanooga at the Hunter Museum.


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On CNBC�s �Squawk Box� on Thursday, Corker said Volkswagen�s announcement is a �huge win� for Chattanoogans and Tennesseans.

�[Volkswagen�s expansion] is a huge win, 2,000 jobs directly impacting Chattanoogans and Tennesseans, and again establishing Tennessee as the place of auto manufacturing in our nation,� said Corker. �The path we took, while I know the nation watched and, you know, it was a bit controversial, there was no other way to get to this place without taking the path we took� I�m very happy for those 2,000 families that are going to be so directly affected.�


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Tennesseans Continue to See Double Digit Health Care Cost Increases

Senator Corker released the following statement on Friday regarding

�My heart goes out to the many families and business owners across the state coping with rising health care costs, and I�m hopeful the Senate might finally be allowed to debate ways to provide relief from the damaging effects of this law, including solutions to free up the marketplace so affordable plans that meet the actual needs of Tennesseans can openly and effectively compete for their business,� said Corker. �The president�s health care bill was sold to Tennesseans and the country as a way to bring down health care costs, yet it has done just the opposite as we continue to see double digit increases in the cost of plans.�

BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee (BCBST) � the only health insurance provider to offer a policy in all 95 Volunteer State counties in 2014 � is requesting to raise rates by an average of 19 percent for its exchange plans in 2015. Cigna is requesting an average rate increase of 7.5 percent, and Humana has requested to raise rates by an average of 14.4 percent. During the health care law�s 2014 open enrollment period, 88 percent of Tennesseans chose a BCBST health insurance plan.

President Obama Should Personally Engage on DRC Adoption Delays

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�We respectfully request that you raise this human rights crisis with President Kabila prior to his attendance at the U.S.-African Leaders Summit next month, and then use the opportunity of the summit to press for a firm resolution,� wrote the members of Congress. �We would appreciate your leadership on this issue to help unite these children and their families.�

In September 2013, the DRC suspended the issuance of exit permits for children adopted by foreign parents. Over 145 children who have been legally adopted by U.S. families and have been given Congolese passports and U.S. visas await exit letters, including several children with urgent, life-threatening medical problems.

Advocacy groups indicate at least 23 families in the Volunteer State are affected by the DRC�s halt on adoptions. Corker has met with several Tennessee families in various stages of the adoption process and continues to work towards a solution that will bring the children home to the United States. Corker�s staff has also met with State Department officials, including the U.S. ambassador to the DRC and the DRC�s ambassador to the U.S., to discuss a resolution to this issue.

Corker is a cosponsor of a


June 25, 2014 � Senator Corker meets with Tennessee families in Washington to discuss delays in U.S. adoptions from the DRC.

Tennessean Departing for Mission to the International Space Station

On Wednesday, Senator Corker wished NASA Astronaut and U.S. Navy Captain Barry �Butch� Wilmore of Mt. Juliet, Tennessee, good luck on his upcoming mission to the International Space Station. Wilmore, a graduate of Tennessee Technological University, will depart for the International Space Station in September and will begin serving as commander for Expedition 42 in November.


July 16, 2014 � Senator Corker speaks with NASA Astronaut and U.S. Navy Captain Barry �Butch� Wilmore of Mt. Juliet (Wilson County).

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