Update from Senator Bob Corker - February 1, 2015

Senator Bob Corker
2015-02-01 16:36:07
Bob Corker - U.S. Senator, Tennessee *No Logical Reason Not to Build the Keystone XL Pipeline* Senator Corker released the following statement after voting for S.1, the Keystone XL Pipeline Act, which passed the Senate by a vote of 62 to 36. First proposed more than six years ago, the pipeline would have the capacity to transport more than 800,000 barrels of oil per day from Canada to refineries on the Gulf Coast of the U.S. Several Obama administration reports have found that construction of the pipeline will have no significant environmental impact along the proposed route. �There is no logical reason not to build the Keystone XL pipeline,� said Corker. �I�m pleased the Senate passed this legislation that will create jobs, generate economic growth and advance our nation�s energy security. I hope the president will reconsider his decision to veto this bipartisan bill and demonstrate to the American people that Washington can work together to move our country forward.� Corker, a cosponsor of the bill, also commended Senator Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) for his efforts to restore regular order in the Senate by allowing debate and votes on amendments from both Republicans and Democrats on the first bill considered in the new Congress. �Under Senator McConnell�s leadership, the new Republican Senate has shown that it will allow all voices to be heard so members can represent the people of their states and take the votes we were sent here to take.� The Senate held more than 40 roll call votes on amendments during consideration of S.1, offered by both Republicans and Democrats. Only 15 roll call votes on amendments were recorded in all of 2014. *Debt and Deficits Hurt the Standard of Living of Americans* * [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/BudgetHearing.png]* [link 1] *Click here [link 2] or on the image above to watch the video* In his first hearing as a member of the Senate Budget Committee, Senator Corker questioned Congressional Budget Office (CBO) Director Doug Elmendorf about the impact debt and deficits have on the standard of living of the American people. �Debt and deficits hurt the standard of living of Americans by slowing economic growth,� said Corker. �We have quite a challenge� I hope that over the course of the next two months [the Senate Budget Committee] will come together and actually deal with these issues in a way that is meaningful so that our lack of action does not continue to hurt the American people.� Last Monday, CBO released a *report* [link 3], �The Budget and Economic Outlook: 2015 to 2025,� which indicates annual budget deficits will continue to grow at an unsustainable rate. The nonpartisan agency warns that longer-term outlook projections indicate �such large and growing federal debt would have serious negative consequences, including increasing federal spending for interest payments; restraining economic growth in the long term; giving policymakers less flexibility to respond to unexpected challenges; and eventually heightening the risk of a fiscal crisis.� *Preventing IRS Political Targeting* Senator Corker last week cosponsored S.283, the Stop Targeting of Political Beliefs by the IRS Act of 2015. The bill, introduced by Senators Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) and Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) in the Senate and Representatives Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and Peter Roskam (R-Ill.) in the House of Representatives, would prohibit the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) from further regulating the activities of social welfare organizations until 2017, following cases where some groups were *inappropriately flagged* [link 4] for additional review due to their political beliefs during the 2012 election cycle. �It is unacceptable that all nonprofit organizations seeking tax-exempt status � including groups in Tennessee � have not been treated fairly by the IRS in the past,� said Corker. �As a result, Americans don�t trust the IRS to act impartially, and this bill helps assure Tennesseans that this kind of activity will not happen again.� In 2013, Corker joined Senate colleagues in *asking [link 5]* the IRS to treat all nonprofit groups seeking tax-exempt status fairly in the designation process and *demanded* [link 6]** that the administration fully comply with congressional investigation requests on how the IRS targeted conservative groups. Corker also cosponsored similar legislation in the 113th Congress. *Providing Opportunities for Tennessee Students* Senator Corker enjoyed having Kirsten, Isabella and Bailey from Harpeth Hall School (Nashville) intern in our office in January. [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/IMG_6116.JPG] *Discussing Important Work Ahead for the Senate Foreign Relations Committee* Senator Corker, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Senator David Perdue (R-Ga.), subcommittee chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on State Department and USAID Management, International Operations, and Bilateral International Development, met on Friday to discuss the important work ahead for the subcommittee, which is responsible for reviewing the budget and operations of the State Department and USAID. �I enjoyed meeting with my good friend Senator Perdue today to discuss the important work ahead for the Senate Foreign Relations Committee,� said Corker. �David�s background will serve our committee well as we work to ensure Tennesseans, Georgians, and the American people that their tax dollars are being used efficiently to advance U.S. interests throughout the world.� One of Corker�s goals as chairman is to conduct a thorough review of all State Department programs and practices, with the goal of passing a responsible authorization of the department, something Congress has not done in 13 years. Perdue�s subcommittee will play a lead role in that effort and other oversight responsibilities of the department. [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/IMG_6143.JPG] *Tennesseans Visit Washington* Senators Corker and Alexander hosted several 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 7]**. [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/012715-21213-0003-rb.jpg]

No Logical Reason Not to Build the Keystone XL Pipeline

Senator Corker released the following statement after voting for S.1, the Keystone XL Pipeline Act, which passed the Senate by a vote of 62 to 36. First proposed more than six years ago, the pipeline would have the capacity to transport more than 800,000 barrels of oil per day from Canada to refineries on the Gulf Coast of the U.S. Several Obama administration reports have found that construction of the pipeline will have no significant environmental impact along the proposed route.

�There is no logical reason not to build the Keystone XL pipeline,� said Corker. �I�m pleased the Senate passed this legislation that will create jobs, generate economic growth and advance our nation�s energy security. I hope the president will reconsider his decision to veto this bipartisan bill and demonstrate to the American people that Washington can work together to move our country forward.�

Corker, a cosponsor of the bill, also commended Senator Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) for his efforts to restore regular order in the Senate by allowing debate and votes on amendments from both Republicans and Democrats on the first bill considered in the new Congress.

�Under Senator McConnell�s leadership, the new Republican Senate has shown that it will allow all voices to be heard so members can represent the people of their states and take the votes we were sent here to take.�

The Senate held more than 40 roll call votes on amendments during consideration of S.1, offered by both Republicans and Democrats. Only 15 roll call votes on amendments were recorded in all of 2014.

Debt and Deficits Hurt the Standard of Living of Americans


Click here or on the image above to watch the video

In his first hearing as a member of the Senate Budget Committee, Senator Corker questioned Congressional Budget Office (CBO) Director Doug Elmendorf about the impact debt and deficits have on the standard of living of the American people.

�Debt and deficits hurt the standard of living of Americans by slowing economic growth,� said Corker. �We have quite a challenge� I hope that over the course of the next two months [the Senate Budget Committee] will come together and actually deal with these issues in a way that is meaningful so that our lack of action does not continue to hurt the American people.�

Last Monday, CBO released a report, �The Budget and Economic Outlook: 2015 to 2025,� which indicates annual budget deficits will continue to grow at an unsustainable rate. The nonpartisan agency warns that longer-term outlook projections indicate �such large and growing federal debt would have serious negative consequences, including increasing federal spending for interest payments; restraining economic growth in the long term; giving policymakers less flexibility to respond to unexpected challenges; and eventually heightening the risk of a fiscal crisis.�

Preventing IRS Political Targeting

Senator Corker last week cosponsored S.283, the Stop Targeting of Political Beliefs by the IRS Act of 2015. The bill, introduced by Senators Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) and Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) in the Senate and Representatives Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and Peter Roskam (R-Ill.) in the House of Representatives, would prohibit the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) from further regulating the activities of social welfare organizations until 2017, following cases where some groups were inappropriately flagged for additional review due to their political beliefs during the 2012 election cycle.

�It is unacceptable that all nonprofit organizations seeking tax-exempt status � including groups in Tennessee � have not been treated fairly by the IRS in the past,� said Corker. �As a result, Americans don�t trust the IRS to act impartially, and this bill helps assure Tennesseans that this kind of activity will not happen again.�

In 2013, Corker joined Senate colleagues in asking the IRS to treat all nonprofit groups seeking tax-exempt status fairly in the designation process and demanded that the administration fully comply with congressional investigation requests on how the IRS targeted conservative groups. Corker also cosponsored similar legislation in the 113th Congress.

Providing Opportunities for Tennessee Students

Senator Corker enjoyed having Kirsten, Isabella and Bailey from Harpeth Hall School (Nashville) intern in our office in January.

Discussing Important Work Ahead for the Senate Foreign Relations Committee

Senator Corker, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Senator David Perdue (R-Ga.), subcommittee chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on State Department and USAID Management, International Operations, and Bilateral International Development, met on Friday to discuss the important work ahead for the subcommittee, which is responsible for reviewing the budget and operations of the State Department and USAID.

�I enjoyed meeting with my good friend Senator Perdue today to discuss the important work ahead for the Senate Foreign Relations Committee,� said Corker. �David�s background will serve our committee well as we work to ensure Tennesseans, Georgians, and the American people that their tax dollars are being used efficiently to advance U.S. interests throughout the world.�

One of Corker�s goals as chairman is to conduct a thorough review of all State Department programs and practices, with the goal of passing a responsible authorization of the department, something Congress has not done in 13 years. Perdue�s subcommittee will play a lead role in that effort and other oversight responsibilities of the department.

Tennesseans Visit Washington

Senators Corker and Alexander hosted several 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.