Update from Senator Bob Corker - September 21, 2014

Senator Bob Corker
2014-09-21 16:58:43
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Survey/Question [survey] Survey/Question [survey] *Update from Senator Bob Corker September 21, 2014* *Administration �Exercising Worst Judgment Possible� By Not Seeking Congressional Authorization to Combat ISIS* * [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/FRCHearingreISIS.jpg]* [link 5] *Click Image to Watch Video* At a hearing featuring testimony from Secretary of State John Kerry on the U.S. strategy to defeat the terrorist group the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) on Wednesday, Senator Corker, ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said [link 6] the Obama administration was exhibiting the �worst judgment possible� by not seeking explicit authorization from Congress for the use of military force against ISIS. �[T]o say that you�re going to do this regardless of what we say, you're not going to ask for buy-in by the United States Senate or House of Representatives on behalf of the American people in a conflict that you say is going to be multiyear -- some people say a decade -- taking us into another country with a different enemy is exercising the worst judgment possible,� said Corker in questioning Secretary Kerry. �[S]aying �if Congress wants to play a constructive role, we would welcome that,� to me is a political game,� added Corker. Senator Corker questioned the effectiveness of the administration�s strategy to eliminate ISIS, urging them to present such a plan and a responsible way to pay for it. �I do want us to deal with this in an effective way. You�ve not laid it out in a way that meets that test. I hope when we come back and before you put people in harm�s way unnecessarily�you have a plan that achieves the end that you just laid out�And I hope you'll lay out a way to pay for it�because we know this is going to take many, many years, and it has to do with the safety of our citizens,� Corker said. In a USA TODAY op-ed [link 7] on Tuesday, Senator Corker wrote [link 8] that President Obama should seek explicit congressional authorization to combat the terrorist group ISIS. *Meeting with Students at Maryville College* On Friday, Senator Corker was in Blount County to meet with students at Maryville College. The senator provided an update on his work to solve the big issues facing our nation and answered questions from students. [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/221a.jpg] The Daily Times: Tennessee senator discusses foreign affairs with MC students [link 9] Maryville College: MC Classes Hear from Sen. Bob Corker [link 10] *Touring Remote Area Medical Clinic* On Saturday, Senator Corker was in Ooltewah (Hamilton County) to learn about the work Remote Area Medical is doing to serve Tennesseans in need. [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/RAM1.jpg] Chattanooga Times Free Press: Volunteers supply needs for sick people with no other options at Ooltewah High School [link 11] WDEF (CBS, Ch. 12): Remote Area Medical provides free eye and dental care [link 12] *Celebrating Constitution Week* Wednesday, September 17, was the 227th anniversary of the signing of the Constitution of the United States, and to mark the occasion, over 900 students in 10 Tennessee schools participated in �Constitution Week� events sponsored by Senator Corker. Members of Senator Corker�s staff delivered interactive presentations to students, showed a 5-foot replica of the Constitution and discussed its importance in every American�s life. �I hope the students who attended our Constitution Week events across the state developed a healthy interest in our country�s history, values and system of government,� said Corker. �Our country faces a number of challenges in the coming decades, and it�s important that young Americans understand the cherished document that has guided our country since its founding.� [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/IMG_5967.JPG] September 15, 2014 � Students at Cherokee Middle School (Roane County) participate in a Constitution Week event sponsored by Senator Corker�s office. [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/DSC00391A.jpg] September 17, 2014 � Students at Michigan Avenue Elementary School (Bradley County) participate in a Constitution Week event sponsored by Senator Corker�s office.� [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/IMG_1385.JPG] September 19, 2014 � Students at Lewisburg Middle School (Marshall County) participate in a Constitution Week event sponsored by Senator Corker�s office. *Tennesseans Visit Washington* Senator Corker enjoyed meeting with Tennesseans on Capitol Hill on Wednesday to discuss finding a cure for Alzheimer�s. The group included: Joan Cronan, The Pat Summitt Foundation board member and University of Tennessee women�s athletic director emeritus; Betty Ann Tanner, WomenAgainstAlzheimer�s founder; Kim Campbell, wife of country music star Glen Campbell; and Janice Wade-Whitehead, executive director of Alzheimer�s Tennessee, Inc. [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/IMG_5801A.jpg] *Supporting Small Businesses* Senator Corker was proud to receive the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) Small Business Award on Thursday for his strong small business voting record in the 113th Congress. [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/BobCorker-0060.jpg] *Arming and Training the Moderate Syrian Opposition* On Thursday, Senator Corker voted for a three-month authorization to arm and train the moderate Syrian opposition in the fight against ISIS. �Thus far, the administration has been sophomoric, vague and unprepared to define an approach to ISIS that meets any test of seriousness,� said Corker. �I am willing to give the administration three months to try to develop a training program in hopes it can be a small seed for a building block to create the coalition they have cited. By December 11, we will know if the administration has developed a more realistic effort. At that time, I believe they will be exercising extremely poor judgment if they do not seek explicit authorization from Congress for the campaign they develop to deal with ISIS.� Corker has long been a supporter of the U.S. providing limited lethal and non-lethal assistance and training to vetted, moderate rebels against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. In May 2013, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee passed the Syria Transition Support Act [link 13], by a vote of 15-3, legislation introduced by Corker and committee Chairman Senator Robert Menendez (D-N.J.). Training the moderate opposition in an effort dedicated to ISIS is a very different undertaking.� The legislation passed the Senate 78 to 22 and will be sent to the president to be signed into law. *Supporting the Fight to Contain Ebola Outbreak* The United States Senate last week unanimously passed a resolution offered by Senator Corker and Senators Chris Coons (D-Del.), Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) and Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) recognizing the severe threat posed by the outbreak of Ebola in West Africa and the support provided by the United States government, African partners, the United Nations, World Health Organization, and the international community to confront Ebola, as well as the additional U.S. commitment recently announced by President Obama. �The U.S. has a vital role to play in leading the global response to defeat this deadly outbreak that is growing increasingly difficult to contain,� Corker said. �The international intervention needs to be scaled up to meet the scope of this challenge as research for new therapies and vaccines continues.�� The text of the resolution is available here [link 14]. *To keep up with Senator Corker's work in the Senate, follow him on**�**Facebook [link 15],**�**Twitter [link 16]**�**and**�**Instagram [link 17].*

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Update from Senator Bob Corker
September 21, 2014


Administration �Exercising Worst Judgment Possible� By Not Seeking Congressional Authorization to Combat ISIS


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At a hearing featuring testimony from Secretary of State John Kerry on the U.S. strategy to defeat the terrorist group the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) on Wednesday, Senator Corker, ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee,
�[T]o say that you�re going to do this regardless of what we say, you're not going to ask for buy-in by the United States Senate or House of Representatives on behalf of the American people in a conflict that you say is going to be multiyear -- some people say a decade -- taking us into another country with a different enemy is exercising the worst judgment possible,� said Corker in questioning Secretary Kerry.

�[S]aying �if Congress wants to play a constructive role, we would welcome that,� to me is a political game,� added Corker.

Senator Corker questioned the effectiveness of the administration�s strategy to eliminate ISIS, urging them to present such a plan and a responsible way to pay for it.

�I do want us to deal with this in an effective way. You�ve not laid it out in a way that meets that test. I hope when we come back and before you put people in harm�s way unnecessarily�you have a plan that achieves the end that you just laid out�And I hope you'll lay out a way to pay for it�because we know this is going to take many, many years, and it has to do with the safety of our citizens,� Corker said.

In a USA TODAY

Meeting with Students at Maryville College

On Friday, Senator Corker was in Blount County to meet with students at Maryville College. The senator provided an update on his work to solve the big issues facing our nation and answered questions from students.




Touring Remote Area Medical Clinic

On Saturday, Senator Corker was in Ooltewah (Hamilton County) to learn about the work Remote Area Medical is doing to serve Tennesseans in need.




Celebrating Constitution Week

Wednesday, September 17, was the 227th anniversary of the signing of the Constitution of the United States, and to mark the occasion, over 900 students in 10 Tennessee schools participated in �Constitution Week� events sponsored by Senator Corker.

Members of Senator Corker�s staff delivered interactive presentations to students, showed a 5-foot replica of the Constitution and discussed its importance in every American�s life.

�I hope the students who attended our Constitution Week events across the state developed a healthy interest in our country�s history, values and system of government,� said Corker. �Our country faces a number of challenges in the coming decades, and it�s important that young Americans understand the cherished document that has guided our country since its founding.�


September 15, 2014 � Students at Cherokee Middle School (Roane County) participate in a Constitution Week event sponsored by Senator Corker�s office.


September 17, 2014 � Students at Michigan Avenue Elementary School (Bradley County) participate in a Constitution Week event sponsored by Senator Corker�s office. 


September 19, 2014 � Students at Lewisburg Middle School (Marshall County) participate in a Constitution Week event sponsored by Senator Corker�s office.


Tennesseans Visit Washington

Senator Corker enjoyed meeting with Tennesseans on Capitol Hill on Wednesday to discuss finding a cure for Alzheimer�s. The group included: Joan Cronan, The Pat Summitt Foundation board member and University of Tennessee women�s athletic director emeritus; Betty Ann Tanner, WomenAgainstAlzheimer�s founder; Kim Campbell, wife of country music star Glen Campbell; and Janice Wade-Whitehead, executive director of Alzheimer�s Tennessee, Inc.

Supporting Small Businesses

Senator Corker was proud to receive the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) Small Business Award on Thursday for his strong small business voting record in the 113th Congress.

Arming and Training the Moderate Syrian Opposition

On Thursday, Senator Corker voted for a three-month authorization to arm and train the moderate Syrian opposition in the fight against ISIS.

�Thus far, the administration has been sophomoric, vague and unprepared to define an approach to ISIS that meets any test of seriousness,� said Corker. �I am willing to give the administration three months to try to develop a training program in hopes it can be a small seed for a building block to create the coalition they have cited. By December 11, we will know if the administration has developed a more realistic effort. At that time, I believe they will be exercising extremely poor judgment if they do not seek explicit authorization from Congress for the campaign they develop to deal with ISIS.�

Corker has long been a supporter of the U.S. providing limited lethal and non-lethal assistance and training to vetted, moderate rebels against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. In May 2013, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee passed the , by a vote of 15-3, legislation introduced by Corker and committee Chairman Senator Robert Menendez (D-N.J.). Training the moderate opposition in an effort dedicated to ISIS is a very different undertaking. 

The legislation passed the Senate 78 to 22 and will be sent to the president to be signed into law.

Supporting the Fight to Contain Ebola Outbreak

The United States Senate last week unanimously passed a resolution offered by Senator Corker and Senators Chris Coons (D-Del.), Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) and Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) recognizing the severe threat posed by the outbreak of Ebola in West Africa and the support provided by the United States government, African partners, the United Nations, World Health Organization, and the international community to confront Ebola, as well as the additional U.S. commitment recently announced by President Obama.

�The U.S. has a vital role to play in leading the global response to defeat this deadly outbreak that is growing increasingly difficult to contain,� Corker said. �The international intervention needs to be scaled up to meet the scope of this challenge as research for new therapies and vaccines continues.� 

The text of the resolution is available
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