Update from Senator Bob Corker - July 26, 2014

Senator Bob Corker
2014-07-26 17:43:05
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Survey/Question [survey] Survey/Question [survey] *Update from Senator Bob Corker July 26, 2014* *SL Tennessee to Add 1,000 New Jobs in Anderson County* Senator Corker applauded Friday�s announcement by Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam and SL Tennessee, LLC officials that the company will invest $80.5 million and create 1,000 new jobs in Anderson County. �Today�s announcement is yet another example of Tennesseans benefiting from the auto jobs multiplier effect,� said Corker. �I am excited for the 1,000 families in Anderson County who will benefit from these new jobs, and I congratulate SL and Governor Haslam for strengthening an already successful partnership.� *Congress Should Reject Budget Gimmick to Pay For Short-Term Highway Trust Fund Extension* In remarks on the U.S. Senate floor on Tuesday, Senator Corker said senators should reject using a budget gimmick known as pension smoothing to pay for a short-term extension of the Highway Trust Fund and instead commit to a long-term, sustainable solution to our highway funding. �Many claim that budget gimmicks should not be used as offsets to pay for spending. But time and time again Congress avoids the tough decisions and instead throws our kids under the bus just so we can tell people back home that legislation was passed that was paid for. I have long been against the disgraceful practice of spending money today and paying for it in the future. It�s shameful; it�s irresponsible; and it�s generational theft,� said Corker. �Yet here we are this week � looking for a way to pass a bill that would pay for spending that is already happening by using a blatant budget scheme called �pension smoothing.� Not only does it allow Congress to spend money today and pay for it through savings accrued in the future, but the gimmick actually loses money.� [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/FLOORSPEECHSNAPHTF.png] [link 5] *Click here [link 6] or on the image above to watch the floor speech.* *Congress Must Have Opportunity to Review VA Bill Price Tag* As negotiations between the Senate and the House of Representatives over legislation to reform the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) continue, Senator Corker urged that lawmakers have the opportunity to review a complete Congressional Budget Office (CBO) score on any final conference VA bill before taking a vote. �Our veterans deserve solutions to the systemic problems that plague the VA, and they also deserve a Congress that has the discipline to pay for legislation rather than drive our country deeper into debt,� said Corker. �The way the Senate rushed the VA bill to the floor in June was a complete disgrace. Neither the House nor the Senate should take a vote on the conference legislation until there is a complete score from the Congressional Budget Office so members have the opportunity to review the impact the bill will have on future generations. I want to thank the conference committee for their work and continue to urge them to keep their assurances that they will find a way to improve the bill and ensure it is totally paid for during the same time the money is being spent.� Earlier this month, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) revised its preliminary assessments of the Senate VA bill reporting that when fully implemented it would cost $38 billion each year. *MH17 Investigation Will �Point Directly At Russia�* Appearing on MSNBC�s Daily Rundown on Wednesday to discuss the missile strike on Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 over Ukraine, Senator Corker, ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said the investigation is �going to point directly at Russia� and there is bipartisan support for the U.S. �to act alone without Europe� in expanding existing sanctions against significant Russian entities in the energy, financial and defense sectors. �[W]e want to make sure the investigation is complete, but I don't think there's any question it's going to point directly at Russia,� said Corker. �I think we've been incredibly tepid and cautious, and�there is bipartisan support for this administration to act alone without Europe.� [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/MSNBCMH17.png] [link 7] *Click here [link 8] or on the image above to watch the interview.* With NATO reporting Russian weaponry continues to flow into Ukraine after the downing of MH17, Senator Corker on Thursday said the U.S. must take �decisive action with or without Europe� to expand existing sanctions against significant Russian entities in key sectors of the Russian economy. "Since the Malaysia Airlines tragedy, Russia continues to send weapons into Ukraine and build up troops on the border so the U.S. must take decisive action now with or without Europe,� said Corker. �The European Union has the power to play an influential role in addressing this crisis, and it is disappointing they have been unwilling to do so. Unless the West imposes greater costs on Putin, Russia will continue its destructive acts in the region.� In April, Senator Corker introduced legislation [link 9] as a strategic response to Russian aggression in Europe.� *Seeking Congressional Review and Enforcement of Any Final Iran Nuclear Agreement* With a four-month extension of Iran nuclear talks announced by the Obama administration last week, Senators Corker, Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), John McCain (R-Ariz.) and James Risch (R-Idaho) introduced legislation this week requiring congressional review of any final agreement with Iran. The bill also would prevent further extensions of the negotiations, strictly enforce Iran�s compliance, and prevent implementation of a final agreement if a veto-proof majority of Congress disapproves of the deal. �Congress, in fact, has led the way on this front by building a broad, multilateral sanctions regime that has forced Iran to the negotiating table. That is why today, we are introducing a bill � the Iran Nuclear Negotiations Act � with a simple message: allow Congress to weigh in on behalf of the American people on what is one of the most important national security issues facing our nation,� said Corker in a speech on the Senate floor. �We hope the administration reaches a good agreement over the next four months that will prevent a nuclear-armed Iran from becoming a reality. But if and when they reach an agreement, let�s bring all the details out into the open, let�s examine the agreement in its entirety, and let�s determine if it�s in our national security interest.� [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/FLOORreIRAN.png] [link 10] *Click here [link 11] or on the image above to watch the floor speech.* *Tennesseans Visit Washington* Senators Corker and Alexander met with over 45 Tennesseans at this week�s �Tennessee Tuesday,� a regular breakfast held on Capitol Hill every week the Senate is in session for visitors from the Volunteer State. For more information, click here [link 12]. [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/072214-20288-0042-rh.jpg] [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/072214-20288-0015-rh.jpg] On Thursday, Senator Corker congratulated Tennessee�s Boys State and Girls State Representatives. American Legion Boys State and American Legion Auxiliary Girls State are nationwide programs [link 13] that teach high school students about government and responsible citizenship. [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/072414-20339-0023-rh.jpg] *To keep up with Senator Corker's work in the Senate, follow him on Facebook [link 14], Twitter [link 15] and Instagram [link 16].*

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Update from Senator Bob Corker
July 26, 2014


SL Tennessee to Add 1,000 New Jobs in Anderson County

Senator Corker applauded Friday�s announcement by Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam and SL Tennessee, LLC officials that the company will invest $80.5 million and create 1,000 new jobs in Anderson County.

�Today�s announcement is yet another example of Tennesseans benefiting from the auto jobs multiplier effect,� said Corker. �I am excited for the 1,000 families in Anderson County who will benefit from these new jobs, and I congratulate SL and Governor Haslam for strengthening an already successful partnership.�

Congress Should Reject Budget Gimmick to Pay For Short-Term Highway Trust Fund Extension

In remarks on the U.S. Senate floor on Tuesday, Senator Corker said senators should reject using a budget gimmick known as pension smoothing to pay for a short-term extension of the Highway Trust Fund and instead commit to a long-term, sustainable solution to our highway funding.

�Many claim that budget gimmicks should not be used as offsets to pay for spending. But time and time again Congress avoids the tough decisions and instead throws our kids under the bus just so we can tell people back home that legislation was passed that was paid for. I have long been against the disgraceful practice of spending money today and paying for it in the future. It�s shameful; it�s irresponsible; and it�s generational theft,� said Corker. �Yet here we are this week � looking for a way to pass a bill that would pay for spending that is already happening by using a blatant budget scheme called �pension smoothing.� Not only does it allow Congress to spend money today and pay for it through savings accrued in the future, but the gimmick actually loses money.�


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Congress Must Have Opportunity to Review VA Bill Price Tag

As negotiations between the Senate and the House of Representatives over legislation to reform the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) continue, Senator Corker urged that lawmakers have the opportunity to review a complete Congressional Budget Office (CBO) score on any final conference VA bill before taking a vote.

�Our veterans deserve solutions to the systemic problems that plague the VA, and they also deserve a Congress that has the discipline to pay for legislation rather than drive our country deeper into debt,� said Corker. �The way the Senate rushed the VA bill to the floor in June was a complete disgrace. Neither the House nor the Senate should take a vote on the conference legislation until there is a complete score from the Congressional Budget Office so members have the opportunity to review the impact the bill will have on future generations. I want to thank the conference committee for their work and continue to urge them to keep their assurances that they will find a way to improve the bill and ensure it is totally paid for during the same time the money is being spent.�

Earlier this month, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) revised its preliminary assessments of the Senate VA bill reporting that when fully implemented it would cost $38 billion each year.

MH17 Investigation Will �Point Directly At Russia�

Appearing on MSNBC�s Daily Rundown on Wednesday to discuss the missile strike on Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 over Ukraine, Senator Corker, ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said the investigation is �going to point directly at Russia� and there is bipartisan support for the U.S. �to act alone without Europe� in expanding existing sanctions against significant Russian entities in the energy, financial and defense sectors.

�[W]e want to make sure the investigation is complete, but I don't think there's any question it's going to point directly at Russia,� said Corker. �I think we've been incredibly tepid and cautious, and�there is bipartisan support for this administration to act alone without Europe.�


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With NATO reporting Russian weaponry continues to flow into Ukraine after the downing of MH17, Senator Corker on Thursday said the U.S. must take �decisive action with or without Europe� to expand existing sanctions against significant Russian entities in key sectors of the Russian economy.

"Since the Malaysia Airlines tragedy, Russia continues to send weapons into Ukraine and build up troops on the border so the U.S. must take decisive action now with or without Europe,� said Corker. �The European Union has the power to play an influential role in addressing this crisis, and it is disappointing they have been unwilling to do so. Unless the West imposes greater costs on Putin, Russia will continue its destructive acts in the region.�

In April, Senator Corker introduced

Seeking Congressional Review and Enforcement of Any Final Iran Nuclear Agreement

With a four-month extension of Iran nuclear talks announced by the Obama administration last week, Senators Corker, Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), John McCain (R-Ariz.) and James Risch (R-Idaho) introduced legislation this week requiring congressional review of any final agreement with Iran. The bill also would prevent further extensions of the negotiations, strictly enforce Iran�s compliance, and prevent implementation of a final agreement if a veto-proof majority of Congress disapproves of the deal.

�Congress, in fact, has led the way on this front by building a broad, multilateral sanctions regime that has forced Iran to the negotiating table. That is why today, we are introducing a bill � the Iran Nuclear Negotiations Act � with a simple message: allow Congress to weigh in on behalf of the American people on what is one of the most important national security issues facing our nation,� said Corker in a speech on the Senate floor. �We hope the administration reaches a good agreement over the next four months that will prevent a nuclear-armed Iran from becoming a reality. But if and when they reach an agreement, let�s bring all the details out into the open, let�s examine the agreement in its entirety, and let�s determine if it�s in our national security interest.�


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Tennesseans Visit Washington

Senators Corker and Alexander met with over 45 Tennesseans at this week�s �Tennessee Tuesday,� a regular breakfast held on Capitol Hill every week the Senate is in session for visitors from the Volunteer State. For more information, click

On Thursday, Senator Corker congratulated Tennessee�s Boys State and Girls State Representatives. American Legion Boys State and American Legion Auxiliary Girls State are that teach high school students about government and responsible citizenship.

To keep up with Senator Corker's work in the Senate, follow him on