Update from Senator Bob Corker - September 15, 2014

Senator Bob Corker
2014-09-15 09:43:30
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Survey/Question [survey] Survey/Question [survey] *Update from Senator Bob Corker September 15, 2014* *Remembering September 11, 2001* Senator Corker released the following statement marking the anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attack on the United States: �May this somber anniversary serve as a reminder of the durability of the American spirit, the countless acts of courage, and the displays of selflessness by so many Americans on that fateful day and in the years since September 11, 2001,� said Corker. �Our military men and women and their families who answered the call to defend this country have made tremendous sacrifices on our behalf and continue to inspire all of us through their public service.� *President �Exercising Poor Judgment� Not Seeking Authorization from Congress* Senator Corker, ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement regarding President Obama�s address to the nation on the U.S. strategy against the terrorist organization the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS): �While much of the wording in the president�s speech was good, the substance of how we accomplish what he laid out is what matters. I believe the president is exercising poor judgment by not explicitly seeking an authorization from Congress where consensus can be reached around a substantive plan of action and support can be built for an operation that he has described will take several years,� said Corker. *Plan to Address U.S. Passport Holders Joining ISIS* Senator Corker this week led a group of 14 senators in sending a letter [link 5] to State Department Secretary John Kerry and Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson requesting more information and calling on the administration to provide a plan for dealing with the large number of U.S. and visa waiver country passport holders suspected of fighting alongside the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and other terrorist organizations. The administration has expressed concern about these individuals, but has yet to provide a clear and comprehensive plan for tracking and preventing them from traveling to the U.S. to potentially carry out terrorist acts. �We write today to encourage you to take immediate action to prevent U.S. and western country passport holders fighting alongside the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), Jabat al-Nusra or other terrorist organizations from traveling to the U.S. to commit acts of terrorism against the homeland,� wrote the senators. On September 3, 2014, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel stated that the U.S. government is aware of �over 100 U.S. citizens who have U.S. passports who are fighting in the Middle East with ISIS forces.� The following day the Pentagon clarified that approximately 100 American passport holders are operating inside of Syria and roughly one dozen of those individuals are fighting alongside ISIS. Reports also indicate that hundreds of additional westerners have joined the ranks of ISIS, Jabat al-Nusra, and other terrorist organizations in that region. *CBO Confirms Corker Housing Finance Reform Bill a �Win-Win� for American Taxpayer* Senator Corker, a member of the Senate Banking Committee, issued the following statement on the release of the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) report on the Housing Finance Reform and Taxpayer Protection Act of 2014 (S.1217), which passed the Senate Banking Committee on May 15 in a 13-9 bipartisan vote. �Today�s CBO report further confirms that the bipartisan bill passed by the Senate Banking Committee in May is a win-win for the American taxpayer and should serve as the framework for how our housing finance system should look in the future,� said Corker. �This bill not only protects taxpayers against future losses, but it also reduces the deficit by $58 billion over 10 years and creates a more competitive, dynamic housing finance system. It is time for our country to move beyond the status quo and finally end the failed model of private gains and public losses.� According to the report, �CBO estimates that enacting the bill would decrease federal deficits by $58 billion over the 2015-2024 period.� Additionally, �CBO expects that the government would take on less risk under FMIC guarantees than it would from continued operation of the GSEs under current law.� *Tennesseans Visit Washington* * [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/IMG_5755.JPG]* September 9, 2014 - Senator Corker meets with 8th grade students from Battle Ground Academy (Williamson County) on Capitol Hill. Senators Corker and Alexander met with over 75 Tennesseans at last 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 6]. 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Update from Senator Bob Corker
September 15, 2014


Remembering September 11, 2001

Senator Corker released the following statement marking the anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attack on the United States:

�May this somber anniversary serve as a reminder of the durability of the American spirit, the countless acts of courage, and the displays of selflessness by so many Americans on that fateful day and in the years since September 11, 2001,� said Corker. �Our military men and women and their families who answered the call to defend this country have made tremendous sacrifices on our behalf and continue to inspire all of us through their public service.�

President �Exercising Poor Judgment� Not Seeking Authorization from Congress

Senator Corker, ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement regarding President Obama�s address to the nation on the U.S. strategy against the terrorist organization the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS):

�While much of the wording in the president�s speech was good, the substance of how we accomplish what he laid out is what matters. I believe the president is exercising poor judgment by not explicitly seeking an authorization from Congress where consensus can be reached around a substantive plan of action and support can be built for an operation that he has described will take several years,� said Corker.

Plan to Address U.S. Passport Holders Joining ISIS

Senator Corker this week led a group of 14 senators in sending a
�We write today to encourage you to take immediate action to prevent U.S. and western country passport holders fighting alongside the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), Jabat al-Nusra or other terrorist organizations from traveling to the U.S. to commit acts of terrorism against the homeland,� wrote the senators.

On September 3, 2014, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel stated that the U.S. government is aware of �over 100 U.S. citizens who have U.S. passports who are fighting in the Middle East with ISIS forces.� The following day the Pentagon clarified that approximately 100 American passport holders are operating inside of Syria and roughly one dozen of those individuals are fighting alongside ISIS. Reports also indicate that hundreds of additional westerners have joined the ranks of ISIS, Jabat al-Nusra, and other terrorist organizations in that region.

CBO Confirms Corker Housing Finance Reform Bill a �Win-Win� for American Taxpayer

Senator Corker, a member of the Senate Banking Committee, issued the following statement on the release of the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) report on the Housing Finance Reform and Taxpayer Protection Act of 2014 (S.1217), which passed the Senate Banking Committee on May 15 in a 13-9 bipartisan vote.

�Today�s CBO report further confirms that the bipartisan bill passed by the Senate Banking Committee in May is a win-win for the American taxpayer and should serve as the framework for how our housing finance system should look in the future,� said Corker. �This bill not only protects taxpayers against future losses, but it also reduces the deficit by $58 billion over 10 years and creates a more competitive, dynamic housing finance system. It is time for our country to move beyond the status quo and finally end the failed model of private gains and public losses.�

According to the report, �CBO estimates that enacting the bill would decrease federal deficits by $58 billion over the 2015-2024 period.� Additionally, �CBO expects that the government would take on less risk under FMIC guarantees than it would from continued operation of the GSEs under current law.�

Tennesseans Visit Washington


September 9, 2014 - Senator Corker meets with 8th grade students from Battle Ground Academy (Williamson County) on Capitol Hill.

Senators Corker and Alexander met with over 75 Tennesseans at last 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

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