Update from Senator Bob Corker - November 10, 2014

Senator Bob Corker
2014-11-10 11:14:09
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Survey/Question [survey] Survey/Question [survey] *Update from Senator Bob Corker November 10, 2014* *Senate Republican Majority Represents �Unique Opportunity�* Senator Corker issued the following statement on the Senate election results, calling the Republican majority in the Senate a �unique opportunity� to move beyond gridlock and govern responsibly. �In Tennessee and across the country, Americans have voted to move our country forward by electing candidates that will focus on growing our economy, repairing our fiscal house and strengthening our nation�s role in the world,� said Corker. �After years of gridlock, this election represents a unique opportunity for Congress and the administration to govern responsibly. Some of our country's greatest achievements have occurred when one party controls Congress and another the White House, so I hope the president will take advantage of this opportunity by rolling up his sleeves and working with a new Congress to advance the nation�s interests and improve the standard of living for Americans.� *Corker Travels Across Tennessee* Last week, Senator Corker visited seven Tennessee counties to meet with Tennesseans and discuss areas where Congress and the White House can work to move our country forward and solve the big issues facing our nation. Senator Corker began his travels Wednesday in Cleveland, addressing students at an event hosted by the Walker Valley High School Key Club. The senator encouraged the students to master a skill, develop a bold vision and give back to their community. Later, Corker traveled to Knoxville where he met with over 700 business and community leaders at an event hosted by the Legacy Parks Foundation, a non-profit organization focused on recreational opportunities and preserving the area�s natural resources. He ended the day at an event hosted by the Crossville-Cumberland County Chamber of Commerce. [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/DSC00437.JPG] November 5, 2014 � Senator Corker speaks to students at Walker Valley High School (Bradley County). Chattanooga Times Free Press: Bob Corker urges Walker Valley High School students to 'give back' [link 5] Cleveland Daily Banner: Corker urges volunteerism at WVHS [link 6] Cleveland Daily Banner: Corker prepares for new position: Senator to lead Foreign Relations [link 7] [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/219.JPG] November 5, 2014 � Senator Corker mingles with attendees before delivering remarks at an event hosted by the Legacy Parks Foundation in Knoxville (Knox County). Knoxville News Sentinel: Celebrating outdoors: Urban Wilderness event draws senator [link 8] [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/IMG_1522(1).JPG] November 5, 2014 � Senator Corker delivers remarks at an event hosted by the Crossville-Cumberland County Chamber of Commerce (Cumberland County). Crossville Chronicle: Corker: Mid-terms not a 'mandate' [link 9] On Thursday, Corker began the day in Columbia at an event hosted by the Rotary Club and the Kiwanis Club. Later, the senator traveled to Lewisburg to meet with business and community leaders at an event hosted by the Marshall County Joint Economic and Community Development Board, South Central Development District, and Chamber of Commerce. [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/IMG_0413.JPG] November 6, 2014 � Senator Corker addresses a joint event of the Rotary Club and Kiwanis Club of Columbia (Maury County). Columbia Daily Herald: Corker: Congress must compromise [link 10] [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/IMG_1637(1).JPG] November 6, 2014 � Senator Corker meets with business and community leaders in Marshall County. The senator concluded his seven county tour across the Volunteer State on Friday, meeting with Tennesseans in Williamson County. [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/IMG_4076b.jpg] November 7, 2014 � Senator Corker addresses a record crowd at the Williamson County Chamber of Commerce�s �First Friday� event. Williamson Herald: Corker speaks with business leaders today, outlines legislative priorities [link 11] *Offering Hope to Tennessee Families Stuck in Adoption Limbo* Last month, Senator Corker and a bipartisan group of 185 lawmakers urged parliamentary leaders in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to pass adoption reform legislation and resume intercountry adoptions after the country suspended issuance of exit letters last year.� �I�ve had the opportunity to hear firsthand the stories of many Tennessee families who are stuck in limbo trying to provide a better home and life for orphaned children living in the DRC, and I remain committed to broader efforts to improve the international adoption process so children can have the opportunity to grow up in permanent and safe families,� said Corker.� In September 2013, the DRC suspended the issuance of exit permits for children adopted by foreign parents. According to the U.S. Department of State, approximately 325 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 more than 20 families in the Volunteer State are affected by the DRC�s halt on adoptions. Corker has met with several Tennessee families, including the Sokolowksi family of Nashville, in various stages of the adoption process and continues to work toward a solution that will bring the children home to the United States.� [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/IMG_5005a.jpg] June 25, 2014 � Senator Corker meets with Mary Ann Sokolowski in his D.C. office in June to hear about her adoption process. The Sokolowskis shared their story with WTVC News Channel 9 in Chattanooga last week. Click the image below to watch [link 12] their story. * [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/Sokolowski.JPG] [link 13] Click image to watch the story* A top priority of Senator Corker�s is providing access and assistance to Tennesseans. If you are a resident of Tennessee and need assistance resolving any challenge you may be experiencing with a federal agency, please contact one of our six state offices for casework assistance. You can read more information about how our office can help you with a federal agency by clicking here [link 14]. *Roundtable on Ebola Threat and Tennessee Preparedness* On October 31, Senators Corker and Alexander held a fact-finding roundtable in Chattanooga with local health officials and medical experts to discuss Tennessee�s preparedness for Ebola and highlight the work being done in Hamilton County that is critical to our country�s Ebola response and overall preparedness. �While the focus of our nation�s efforts to stop Ebola remain in West Africa, Tennesseans expect federal, state and local officials to take reasonable and coordinated precautions to keep them safe from the deadly virus. We need to make sure our hospitals are prepared to address a potential case where a patient may show symptoms associated with Ebola, and I am glad our hospital administrators, public health officials and local leaders in Tennessee are working together to make that happen,� said Corker. [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/DSC00423(1).JPG] October 31, 2014 � Senator Corker asks local health officials and medical experts about Tennessee�s preparedness for Ebola. *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
November 10, 2014

Senate Republican Majority Represents �Unique Opportunity�

Senator Corker issued the following statement on the Senate election results, calling the Republican majority in the Senate a �unique opportunity� to move beyond gridlock and govern responsibly.

�In Tennessee and across the country, Americans have voted to move our country forward by electing candidates that will focus on growing our economy, repairing our fiscal house and strengthening our nation�s role in the world,� said Corker. �After years of gridlock, this election represents a unique opportunity for Congress and the administration to govern responsibly. Some of our country's greatest achievements have occurred when one party controls Congress and another the White House, so I hope the president will take advantage of this opportunity by rolling up his sleeves and working with a new Congress to advance the nation�s interests and improve the standard of living for Americans.�

Corker Travels Across Tennessee

Last week, Senator Corker visited seven Tennessee counties to meet with Tennesseans and discuss areas where Congress and the White House can work to move our country forward and solve the big issues facing our nation.

Senator Corker began his travels Wednesday in Cleveland, addressing students at an event hosted by the Walker Valley High School Key Club. The senator encouraged the students to master a skill, develop a bold vision and give back to their community. Later, Corker traveled to Knoxville where he met with over 700 business and community leaders at an event hosted by the Legacy Parks Foundation, a non-profit organization focused on recreational opportunities and preserving the area�s natural resources. He ended the day at an event hosted by the Crossville-Cumberland County Chamber of Commerce.


November 5, 2014 � Senator Corker speaks to students at Walker Valley High School (Bradley County).




November 5, 2014 � Senator Corker mingles with attendees before delivering remarks at an event hosted by the Legacy Parks Foundation in Knoxville (Knox County).


November 5, 2014 � Senator Corker delivers remarks at an event hosted by the Crossville-Cumberland County Chamber of Commerce (Cumberland County).

On Thursday, Corker began the day in Columbia at an event hosted by the Rotary Club and the Kiwanis Club. Later, the senator traveled to Lewisburg to meet with business and community leaders at an event hosted by the Marshall County Joint Economic and Community Development Board, South Central Development District, and Chamber of Commerce.


November 6, 2014 � Senator Corker addresses a joint event of the Rotary Club and Kiwanis Club of Columbia (Maury County).


November 6, 2014 � Senator Corker meets with business and community leaders in Marshall County.

The senator concluded his seven county tour across the Volunteer State on Friday, meeting with Tennesseans in Williamson County.


November 7, 2014 � Senator Corker addresses a record crowd at the Williamson County Chamber of Commerce�s �First Friday� event.

Offering Hope to Tennessee Families Stuck in Adoption Limbo

Last month, Senator Corker and a bipartisan group of 185 lawmakers urged parliamentary leaders in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to pass adoption reform legislation and resume intercountry adoptions after the country suspended issuance of exit letters last year. 

�I�ve had the opportunity to hear firsthand the stories of many Tennessee families who are stuck in limbo trying to provide a better home and life for orphaned children living in the DRC, and I remain committed to broader efforts to improve the international adoption process so children can have the opportunity to grow up in permanent and safe families,� said Corker. 

In September 2013, the DRC suspended the issuance of exit permits for children adopted by foreign parents. According to the U.S. Department of State, approximately 325 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 more than 20 families in the Volunteer State are affected by the DRC�s halt on adoptions. Corker has met with several Tennessee families, including the Sokolowksi family of Nashville, in various stages of the adoption process and continues to work toward a solution that will bring the children home to the United States. 


June 25, 2014 � Senator Corker meets with Mary Ann Sokolowski in his D.C. office in June to hear about her adoption process.

The Sokolowskis shared their story with WTVC News Channel 9 in Chattanooga last week. Click the image below to


Click image to watch the story

A top priority of Senator Corker�s is providing access and assistance to Tennesseans. If you are a resident of Tennessee and need assistance resolving any challenge you may be experiencing with a federal agency, please contact one of our six state offices for casework assistance. You can read more information about how our office can help you with a federal agency by clicking Roundtable on Ebola Threat and Tennessee Preparedness

On October 31, Senators Corker and Alexander held a fact-finding roundtable in Chattanooga with local health officials and medical experts to discuss Tennessee�s preparedness for Ebola and highlight the work being done in Hamilton County that is critical to our country�s Ebola response and overall preparedness.

�While the focus of our nation�s efforts to stop Ebola remain in West Africa, Tennesseans expect federal, state and local officials to take reasonable and coordinated precautions to keep them safe from the deadly virus. We need to make sure our hospitals are prepared to address a potential case where a patient may show symptoms associated with Ebola, and I am glad our hospital administrators, public health officials and local leaders in Tennessee are working together to make that happen,� said Corker.


October 31, 2014 � Senator Corker asks local health officials and medical experts about Tennessee�s preparedness for Ebola.

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