Update from Senator Bob Corker - February 7, 2015

Senator Bob Corker
2015-02-07 08:09:05
Bob Corker - U.S. Senator, Tennessee *President Obama�s Budget is Not a Serious Proposal* Senator Corker released the following statement on Monday regarding President Barack Obama�s fiscal year 2016 budget proposal. �Our inability to get our nation�s fiscal house in order continues to be one of the most critical national security threats our country faces. The president�s budget makes little effort to solve that problem and is not a serious proposal,� said Corker. �The spending limits put in place in 2011 have generated the only real fiscal progress our nation has made in decades, yet the president wants to not only break the promise we all made to the American people, but also revert back to the bad habits that created our massive deficits in the first place. I hope Congress will show courage and finally address the largest drivers of our deficits so we can generate economic growth and create more opportunities for Tennesseans.� *Active Duty Military and Veteran Suicide is a Crisis We Cannot Ignore* Senator Corker released the following statement this week after voting for H.R. 203, the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act, which passed the Senate by a vote of 99 to 0. �The alarming rise in the number of suicides within our active duty military and veteran populations is a crisis we cannot ignore,� said Corker. �By expanding access to mental health care while refining and improving the programs currently in place, this bill is an important step toward ensuring our veterans are receiving the care and resources they deserve.� *Civilized World Must Come Together to Deal with ISIS* Appearing on Fox News' "Special Report" on Wednesday to discuss the murder of a Jordanian pilot by ISIS, Senator Corker urged the "civilized world" to come together to deal with the terrorist group. �We as a civilized world have got to come together and deal with [ISIS],� Corker said. �The Arab community hopefully is watching this and seeing what is happening in their own area and they have to be a part of that [combating ISIS]. It has to be them on the ground, and I certainly think there are ways that we can�cause what is happening on the ground to be far more effective.� * [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/SpecialReport.jpg] [link 1] Click here [link 2] or on the image above to watch the video.* Earlier in the day, Senator Corker *hosted* [link 3] Jordan's King Abdullah II at the U.S. Capitol for a meeting with members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. "I met with King Abdullah II of Jordan today and extended our deepest sympathies to him, to the family of Lt. Moaz al-Kasasbeh, and to the entire nation of Jordan as the world is shocked by the latest brutality of ISIS. We strongly condemn these barbaric acts and stand together with Jordan against our common enemy." [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/020315-21275-0012-jy.jpg] *Congress Can Create and Lead a Vision for Ending Modern Slavery* During a *hearing* [link 4] to examine the challenge of modern day slavery, Senator Corker called for Congress to �create and lead a vision� to end this deplorable practice world-wide. �Congress can create and lead a vision to end modern day slavery,� Corker said. �With the U.S. behind it; we can lead; we can solve; we can bring others to the table.�� The committee heard testimony from leading non-governmental organizations and slavery victims that elevated the scope of this global problem and offered successful strategies for combating human trafficking. More than 27 million people around the world are enslaved. Forced labor accounts for 74 percent of victims and forced sexual servitude accounts for 26 percent of victims. Women and girls are especially vulnerable to slavery and human trafficking, accounting for 54 percent of victims. Children under the age of 18 account for 26 percent of victims. For more information, click *here* [link 5]. * [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/ESIHearing.jpg] [link 6] Click here [link 7] or on the image above to watch the video.* *Tennesseans Visit Washington* Senators Corker and Alexander hosted over 60 Tennesseans at this 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 8]. [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/020315-21270-0027-rh.jpg] [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/020315-21270-0017-rh.jpg] [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/020315-21270-0029-rh.jpg]

President Obama�s Budget is Not a Serious Proposal

Senator Corker released the following statement on Monday regarding President Barack Obama�s fiscal year 2016 budget proposal.

�Our inability to get our nation�s fiscal house in order continues to be one of the most critical national security threats our country faces. The president�s budget makes little effort to solve that problem and is not a serious proposal,� said Corker. �The spending limits put in place in 2011 have generated the only real fiscal progress our nation has made in decades, yet the president wants to not only break the promise we all made to the American people, but also revert back to the bad habits that created our massive deficits in the first place. I hope Congress will show courage and finally address the largest drivers of our deficits so we can generate economic growth and create more opportunities for Tennesseans.�

Active Duty Military and Veteran Suicide is a Crisis We Cannot Ignore

Senator Corker released the following statement this week after voting for H.R. 203, the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act, which passed the Senate by a vote of 99 to 0.

�The alarming rise in the number of suicides within our active duty military and veteran populations is a crisis we cannot ignore,� said Corker. �By expanding access to mental health care while refining and improving the programs currently in place, this bill is an important step toward ensuring our veterans are receiving the care and resources they deserve.�

Civilized World Must Come Together to Deal with ISIS

Appearing on Fox News' "Special Report" on Wednesday to discuss the murder of a Jordanian pilot by ISIS, Senator Corker urged the "civilized world" to come together to deal with the terrorist group.

�We as a civilized world have got to come together and deal with [ISIS],� Corker said. �The Arab community hopefully is watching this and seeing what is happening in their own area and they have to be a part of that [combating ISIS]. It has to be them on the ground, and I certainly think there are ways that we can�cause what is happening on the ground to be far more effective.�


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

Earlier in the day, Senator Corker hosted Jordan's King Abdullah II at the U.S. Capitol for a meeting with members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

"I met with King Abdullah II of Jordan today and extended our deepest sympathies to him, to the family of Lt. Moaz al-Kasasbeh, and to the entire nation of Jordan as the world is shocked by the latest brutality of ISIS. We strongly condemn these barbaric acts and stand together with Jordan against our common enemy."

Congress Can Create and Lead a Vision for Ending Modern Slavery

During a hearing to examine the challenge of modern day slavery, Senator Corker called for Congress to �create and lead a vision� to end this deplorable practice world-wide.

�Congress can create and lead a vision to end modern day slavery,� Corker said. �With the U.S. behind it; we can lead; we can solve; we can bring others to the table.� 

The committee heard testimony from leading non-governmental organizations and slavery victims that elevated the scope of this global problem and offered successful strategies for combating human trafficking. More than 27 million people around the world are enslaved. Forced labor accounts for 74 percent of victims and forced sexual servitude accounts for 26 percent of victims. Women and girls are especially vulnerable to slavery and human trafficking, accounting for 54 percent of victims. Children under the age of 18 account for 26 percent of victims.

For more information, click here.


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

Tennesseans Visit Washington

Senators Corker and Alexander hosted over 60 Tennesseans at this 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.