Update from Senator Bob Corker - December 12, 2014

Senator Bob Corker
2014-12-12 10:41:00
Bob Corker - U.S. Senator, Tennessee Thank you for taking time to read Senator Corker's newsletter. Recently, we�ve updated a number of online platforms we use, including this newsletter, to connect with Tennesseans in a clear and effective way and keep you updated on the work Senator Corker is doing in Washington and in the Volunteer State on your behalf. We hope you will also use our�*recently redesigned website* [link 1]�to�*contact us* [link 2]�about issues important to you and your family and to access some of the many�*services* [link 3]�provided by our office. You also can follow us on�*Facebook* [link 4],�*Twitter* [link 5]�and�*Instagram* [link 6]�to stay up to date. Still, we know the best way to keep in touch is to see you in person, which is why Senator Corker travels home to Tennessee nearly every weekend. We hope you�ll come see us, too. We have�*six offices* [link 7]�located across Tennessee. If your travels bring you to Washington, we encourage you to stop by and say hello or join us at one of our regular�*Tennessee Tuesday* [link 8]�events. *A Thanksgiving to Remember for One Tennessee Family* * [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/IMG952674_1.jpg]* Last month, many of you read with interest a story our office shared about one family�s international adoption journey. At the time, Jim and Mary Ann Sokolowski of Nashville were en route to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) with hopes of bringing Tris and Cora � the twins they legally adopted over two years ago � home to Tennessee. They are one of over 300 families nationwide who have faced adoption challenges since the DRC suspended the issuance of exit letters in 2013. Senator Corker has met with several of those families, and our staff continues to work toward a solution that will bring all of the children home safely. We are glad to share that the Sokolowski family, including Tris and Cora, returned home from the DRC on Thanksgiving and celebrated their first holiday together in Nashville as a family. Click *here* [link 9] to learn more about the Sokolowskis� journey. *Common Sense Solution Will Help Needed Chickamauga Lock Construction Move Forward* Last week, the House of Representatives passed legislation that would provide $260 million for inland waterways projects across the country over the next 10 years, which would allow needed construction at Chickamauga Lock to resume as early as 2016. The fee increase is paid for entirely by commercial barge companies, which they requested, and does not affect recreational boaters who will continue to have free passage through the locks. *�This common sense solution is an important step toward returning to a structure where our nation�s transportation system is fully funded by those who use it,� said Corker. �I appreciate Senator Alexander, Congressman Fleischman and Congressman Duncan�s leadership on this issue, and I�m pleased this measure will help needed construction at Chickamauga Lock move forward.�* Click *here* [link 10]�to learn more. *Maryville Daily Times (Editorial):�Chickamauga Lock repair prospects boosted by House* [link 11] *Tennessee Marine Stationed in Washington* Senator Corker recently met with Captain John Ed Auer of Franklin, who is currently stationed in Washington, and thanked him for his service to our country. Captain Auer is currently commander of the Marine Corps Silent Drill Platoon. [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/IMG_5982a.jpg] *Water for the World Bill Unanimously Passes Committee* Senator Corker recently announced committee passage of *The Paul Simon Water for the World Act of 2014*, bipartisan legislation to significantly improve access to clean water and sanitation around the world without spending new money or creating new bureaucracy. The bill, which was unanimously approved by committee members, is sponsored by Corker and Senator Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), and cosponsored by Senators Chris Coons (D-Del.) and Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.). *"We need to make every dollar of our limited foreign aid resources count by addressing problems where we can have a real impact on people's lives. By focusing our efforts on clean water and sanitation, we can save lives, improve public health and provide stability in vulnerable communities throughout the world," said Corker.* Nearly 750 million people around the world lack access to clean, safe water and nearly 2.5 billion people lack access to basic sanitation�many living on less than $2 a day. Rapid industrialization and population growth continue to put pressure on global water supplies, particularly in developing nations. Water issues are no longer isolated problems, but are increasingly linked to regional tensions, global health, child and maternal mortality, and economic growth. Click *here* [link 12] to learn more about *The Paul Simon Water for the World Act of 2014*. *In the News* Last Thursday, Senator Corker sat down with Bloomberg�s Al Hunt to discuss a number of current foreign policy issues, including Iran nuclear negotiations, the West�s response to Russian President Vladimir Putin�s continued aggression against Ukraine, and the threat the Islamic State continues to pose in Syria and beyond. * [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/AlHunt3.JPG] [link 13]* * Click **here* [link 14]* or on the image above to watch the full interview.* *Bloomberg: Corker Signals Caution on Iran Sanctions While Faulting Obama* [link 15]

Thank you for taking time to read Senator Corker's newsletter. Recently, we�ve updated a number of online platforms we use, including this newsletter, to connect with Tennesseans in a clear and effective way and keep you updated on the work Senator Corker is doing in Washington and in the Volunteer State on your behalf.

We hope you will also use our recently redesigned website to contact us about issues important to you and your family and to access some of the many services provided by our office. You also can follow us on FacebookTwitter and Instagram to stay up to date.

Still, we know the best way to keep in touch is to see you in person, which is why Senator Corker travels home to Tennessee nearly every weekend. We hope you�ll come see us, too. We have six offices located across Tennessee. If your travels bring you to Washington, we encourage you to stop by and say hello or join us at one of our regular Tennessee Tuesday events.

A Thanksgiving to Remember for One Tennessee Family

Last month, many of you read with interest a story our office shared about one family�s international adoption journey. At the time, Jim and Mary Ann Sokolowski of Nashville were en route to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) with hopes of bringing Tris and Cora � the twins they legally adopted over two years ago � home to Tennessee. They are one of over 300 families nationwide who have faced adoption challenges since the DRC suspended the issuance of exit letters in 2013. Senator Corker has met with several of those families, and our staff continues to work toward a solution that will bring all of the children home safely.

We are glad to share that the Sokolowski family, including Tris and Cora, returned home from the DRC on Thanksgiving and celebrated their first holiday together in Nashville as a family.

Click here to learn more about the Sokolowskis� journey.

Common Sense Solution Will Help Needed Chickamauga Lock Construction Move Forward

Last week, the House of Representatives passed legislation that would provide $260 million for inland waterways projects across the country over the next 10 years, which would allow needed construction at Chickamauga Lock to resume as early as 2016. The fee increase is paid for entirely by commercial barge companies, which they requested, and does not affect recreational boaters who will continue to have free passage through the locks.

�This common sense solution is an important step toward returning to a structure where our nation�s transportation system is fully funded by those who use it,� said Corker. �I appreciate Senator Alexander, Congressman Fleischman and Congressman Duncan�s leadership on this issue, and I�m pleased this measure will help needed construction at Chickamauga Lock move forward.�

Click here to learn more.

Maryville Daily Times (Editorial): Chickamauga Lock repair prospects boosted by House

Tennessee Marine Stationed in Washington

Senator Corker recently met with Captain John Ed Auer of Franklin, who is currently stationed in Washington, and thanked him for his service to our country. Captain Auer is currently commander of the Marine Corps Silent Drill Platoon.

Water for the World Bill Unanimously Passes Committee

Senator Corker recently announced committee passage of The Paul Simon Water for the World Act of 2014, bipartisan legislation to significantly improve access to clean water and sanitation around the world without spending new money or creating new bureaucracy. The bill, which was unanimously approved by committee members, is sponsored by Corker and Senator Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), and cosponsored by Senators Chris Coons (D-Del.) and Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.).

"We need to make every dollar of our limited foreign aid resources count by addressing problems where we can have a real impact on people's lives. By focusing our efforts on clean water and sanitation, we can save lives, improve public health and provide stability in vulnerable communities throughout the world," said Corker.

Nearly 750 million people around the world lack access to clean, safe water and nearly 2.5 billion people lack access to basic sanitation�many living on less than $2 a day. Rapid industrialization and population growth continue to put pressure on global water supplies, particularly in developing nations. Water issues are no longer isolated problems, but are increasingly linked to regional tensions, global health, child and maternal mortality, and economic growth.

Click here to learn more about The Paul Simon Water for the World Act of 2014.

In the News

Last Thursday, Senator Corker sat down with Bloomberg�s Al Hunt to discuss a number of current foreign policy issues, including Iran nuclear negotiations, the West�s response to Russian President Vladimir Putin�s continued aggression against Ukraine, and the threat the Islamic State continues to pose in Syria and beyond.


Click here or on the image above to watch the full interview.

Bloomberg: Corker Signals Caution on Iran Sanctions While Faulting Obama