Update from Senator Bob Corker - January 20, 2015

Senator Bob Corker
2015-01-20 15:03:08
Bob Corker - U.S. Senator, Tennessee *Tonight�s State of the Union Address* Senator Corker today released the following statement in advance of President Obama�s State of the Union address. �While I know it is the tradition for presidents to address the nation in this way, I always pay closer attention to actions after these types of speeches are delivered,� said Corker. �Tennesseans are ready for both the Congress and the White House to govern responsibly and finally focus on growing our economy, repairing our fiscal house and strengthening our nation�s role in the world. It is my hope the president will recognize that the only way to solve some of the big issues we face and create a stronger, more prosperous nation for future generations is to roll up his sleeves, provide leadership and work with this new Congress. If he does that, I think we can begin to deliver real, long-lasting results for hardworking American families.� *Debut Hearing as Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee* Senator Corker will preside over his first hearing as chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in a hearing on the status of Iran nuclear negotiations and the role of Congress tomorrow (Wednesday) at 9:30 a.m. ET. The hearing is scheduled to be webcast live *here* [link 1]. As chairman, the senator will work with his colleagues to set the committee agenda and help carry out the legislative and oversight responsibilities of the committee. �Tennesseans have given me the great privilege of serving in the United States Senate, and I am excited about the opportunity to lead the Senate Foreign Relations Committee at a time when pragmatic U.S. leadership around the world matters more than ever to our nation�s security and prosperity. We look forward to continuing to strengthen the committee�s role in the Senate and working with members of both parties to provide oversight and accountability to the State Department and its activities globally. �With limited resources, Congress must work to ensure the American people that their taxpayer dollars are used efficiently in advancing U.S. interests. We will begin conducting immediately a thorough review of all State Department programs and practices, with the goal of passing a responsible reauthorization of the department, something Congress has not done in 13 years. We must also do a better job of explaining how strategic U.S. engagement overseas improves our economy and makes us safer here at home. �The United States is confronting numerous serious challenges around the world, and I'm committed to making this committee a place where we can have robust and thoughtful debate, where the views of all members can be heard, and together, we can help strengthen this nation for generations to come.� Read more about Senator Corker�s election as chairman of the committee *here* [link 2]. [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/Foreign Relations Hearing-4.jpg] *Key Issues Facing Congress in the Year Ahead* Appearing on Bloomberg Television with Peter Cook from the Senate-House Republican retreat on Thursday, Senator Corker discussed some of the major issues facing Congress in the year ahead including Iran nuclear negotiations, an authorization for the use of military force (AUMF) against ISIS, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) funding in light of President Obama�s recent executive action on immigration, the need for Congress to address housing finance reform, and oversight of the Federal Reserve. * [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/Snapshot Bloomberg GOP Retreat.png] [link 3] Click here [link 4] or on the image above to watch the video.* *Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.* Senator Corker released the following statement yesterday in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. "As we honor Dr. King's legacy may his dream inspire us to rededicate ourselves to service and working together to strengthen our country for future generations,� said Corker. *Tennesseans Visit Washington* Senator Corker met with Montgomery County Mayor Jim Durrett, Clarksville Mayor Kim McMillan and Hopkinsville Mayor Carter Hendricks last week to talk about Fort Campbell�s unique capabilities. [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/IMG_7606.JPG] *Expressing Sympathy for the Loss of Lives in the Paris Attacks* Senator Corker hosted His Excellency Gerard Araud, the ambassador of France to the U.S., at the Capitol last week to express his deep sympathy for the loss of lives in the Paris attacks. [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/011215-21122-0001-rb.jpg] *Meeting with Prime Minister Netanyahu�* Senator Corker and a bipartisan Senate delegation met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu yesterday in Jerusalem. [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/B7ugvRVCEAABSot.jpg]

Tonight�s State of the Union Address

Senator Corker today released the following statement in advance of President Obama�s State of the Union address.

�While I know it is the tradition for presidents to address the nation in this way, I always pay closer attention to actions after these types of speeches are delivered,� said Corker. �Tennesseans are ready for both the Congress and the White House to govern responsibly and finally focus on growing our economy, repairing our fiscal house and strengthening our nation�s role in the world. It is my hope the president will recognize that the only way to solve some of the big issues we face and create a stronger, more prosperous nation for future generations is to roll up his sleeves, provide leadership and work with this new Congress. If he does that, I think we can begin to deliver real, long-lasting results for hardworking American families.�

Debut Hearing as Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee

Senator Corker will preside over his first hearing as chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in a hearing on the status of Iran nuclear negotiations and the role of Congress tomorrow (Wednesday) at 9:30 a.m. ET. The hearing is scheduled to be webcast live here.

As chairman, the senator will work with his colleagues to set the committee agenda and help carry out the legislative and oversight responsibilities of the committee.

�Tennesseans have given me the great privilege of serving in the United States Senate, and I am excited about the opportunity to lead the Senate Foreign Relations Committee at a time when pragmatic U.S. leadership around the world matters more than ever to our nation�s security and prosperity. We look forward to continuing to strengthen the committee�s role in the Senate and working with members of both parties to provide oversight and accountability to the State Department and its activities globally.

�With limited resources, Congress must work to ensure the American people that their taxpayer dollars are used efficiently in advancing U.S. interests. We will begin conducting immediately a thorough review of all State Department programs and practices, with the goal of passing a responsible reauthorization of the department, something Congress has not done in 13 years. We must also do a better job of explaining how strategic U.S. engagement overseas improves our economy and makes us safer here at home.

�The United States is confronting numerous serious challenges around the world, and I'm committed to making this committee a place where we can have robust and thoughtful debate, where the views of all members can be heard, and together, we can help strengthen this nation for generations to come.�

Read more about Senator Corker�s election as chairman of the committee here.

Key Issues Facing Congress in the Year Ahead

Appearing on Bloomberg Television with Peter Cook from the Senate-House Republican retreat on Thursday, Senator Corker discussed some of the major issues facing Congress in the year ahead including Iran nuclear negotiations, an authorization for the use of military force (AUMF) against ISIS, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) funding in light of President Obama�s recent executive action on immigration, the need for Congress to address housing finance reform, and oversight of the Federal Reserve.


Click here or on the image above to watch the video.

Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Senator Corker released the following statement yesterday in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

"As we honor Dr. King's legacy may his dream inspire us to rededicate ourselves to service and working together to strengthen our country for future generations,� said Corker.

Tennesseans Visit Washington

Senator Corker met with Montgomery County Mayor Jim Durrett, Clarksville Mayor Kim McMillan and Hopkinsville Mayor Carter Hendricks last week to talk about Fort Campbell�s unique capabilities.

Expressing Sympathy for the Loss of Lives in the Paris Attacks

Senator Corker hosted His Excellency Gerard Araud, the ambassador of France to the U.S., at the Capitol last week to express his deep sympathy for the loss of lives in the Paris attacks.

Meeting with Prime Minister Netanyahu 

Senator Corker and a bipartisan Senate delegation met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu yesterday in Jerusalem.