Update from Senator Bob Corker - February 14, 2015

Senator Bob Corker
2015-02-14 10:40:33
Bob Corker - U.S. Senator, Tennessee *Proposed Authorization for the Use of Military Force Against ISIS* Senator Corker made the following statement about President Barack Obama�s proposed authorization for the use of military force (AUMF) against ISIS that was submitted to Congress this week. Senator Corker serves as the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, which has jurisdiction over AUMF legislation. "I appreciate the president following the long tradition of seeking authorization for the use of military force from Congress,� said Corker. �It also will be important that the president exert leadership, lay out a clear strategy for confronting the threat posed by ISIS, and do the hard work of making the case to the American people why this fight is necessary and one we must win. We will quickly begin to hold rigorous hearings where the administration will have an opportunity to provide Congress and the American people greater clarity on the U.S. strategy to address ISIS, particularly in Syria. Voting to authorize the use of military force is one of the most important actions Congress can take, and while there will be differences, it is my hope that we will fulfill our constitutional responsibility, and in a bipartisan way, pass an authorization that allows us to confront this serious threat.� **On Sunday, Senator Corker will discuss the president�s proposed AUMF and the fight against ISIS on CBS Face the Nation. See below or click here [link 1] to find the air time in your area.** *Tri-Cities:* WJHL-TV, 10:30 a.m. ET *Knoxville:* WVLT-TV, 10:30 a.m. ET *Chattanooga: *WDEF-TV, 10:30 a.m. ET *Nashville: *WTVF-TV, 9:30 a.m. CT *Jackson:* GBBJ-TV, 9:30 a.m. CT *Memphis: *WREG-TV, 9:30 a.m. CT [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/CorkerCBS22e(2).jpg] *Kayla Mueller was a �Remarkable and Brave Woman�* Senator Corker released the following statement on Tuesday regarding the death of Kayla Mueller, who was killed after being held hostage by the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS). �As a father of two young women, I cannot imagine the pain and sadness Kayla Mueller�s parents are experiencing,� said Corker. �Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of this remarkable and brave woman who dedicated her life to providing hope and compassion to those in need. The evil of ISIS knows no border or limit, and we must work together with our allies to be vigilant and steadfast in combating this evil.� *Knoxville Police Officer Receives Medal of Valor* Senator Corker congratulated Knoxville Police Department Officer Andrew Michael Keith, who was presented a Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor by Vice President Joe Biden and Attorney General Eric Holder on Wednesday at the White House. �Officer Keith�s heroic response to a Tennessee Highway Patrol car that was on fire helped save the life of Sergeant Lowell Russell and exemplifies the meaning of valor,� said Corker. �I am proud to join my fellow Tennesseans in congratulating Officer Keith on this well-deserved honor and in thanking him and all law enforcement officers across the country who go above and beyond the call of duty to keep our communities safe.� This award, authorized by the Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor Act of 2001, is the highest national award for valor presented to a public safety officer. The medal is awarded to public safety officers who have exhibited exceptional courage, regardless of personal safety, in the attempt to save or protect human life. Including today�s awardees, a total of 95 medals have been presented since the first recipients were honored in 2003. For more information about the award, click *here* [link 2]. *Tennesseans Visit Washington* On Tuesday, Senator Corker met with district attorneys from across Tennessee and thanked them for their work to keep communities across the Volunteer State safe. [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/IMG_6256.JPG] On Wednesday, Senator Corker met with Bart Herbison of the Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI). [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/IMG_6316.JPG] Senators Corker and Alexander hosted over 30 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 3]. [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/021015-21338-0008-rb.jpg]

Proposed Authorization for the Use of Military Force Against ISIS

Senator Corker made the following statement about President Barack Obama�s proposed authorization for the use of military force (AUMF) against ISIS that was submitted to Congress this week. Senator Corker serves as the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, which has jurisdiction over AUMF legislation.

"I appreciate the president following the long tradition of seeking authorization for the use of military force from Congress,� said Corker. �It also will be important that the president exert leadership, lay out a clear strategy for confronting the threat posed by ISIS, and do the hard work of making the case to the American people why this fight is necessary and one we must win. We will quickly begin to hold rigorous hearings where the administration will have an opportunity to provide Congress and the American people greater clarity on the U.S. strategy to address ISIS, particularly in Syria. Voting to authorize the use of military force is one of the most important actions Congress can take, and while there will be differences, it is my hope that we will fulfill our constitutional responsibility, and in a bipartisan way, pass an authorization that allows us to confront this serious threat.�

On Sunday, Senator Corker will discuss the president�s proposed AUMF and the fight against ISIS on CBS Face the Nation. See below or click here to find the air time in your area.

Tri-Cities: WJHL-TV, 10:30 a.m. ET
Knoxville: WVLT-TV, 10:30 a.m. ET
Chattanooga: WDEF-TV, 10:30 a.m. ET
Nashville: WTVF-TV, 9:30 a.m. CT
Jackson: GBBJ-TV, 9:30 a.m. CT
Memphis: WREG-TV, 9:30 a.m. CT

Kayla Mueller was a �Remarkable and Brave Woman�

Senator Corker released the following statement on Tuesday regarding the death of Kayla Mueller, who was killed after being held hostage by the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS).

�As a father of two young women, I cannot imagine the pain and sadness Kayla Mueller�s parents are experiencing,� said Corker. �Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of this remarkable and brave woman who dedicated her life to providing hope and compassion to those in need. The evil of ISIS knows no border or limit, and we must work together with our allies to be vigilant and steadfast in combating this evil.�

Knoxville Police Officer Receives Medal of Valor

Senator Corker congratulated Knoxville Police Department Officer Andrew Michael Keith, who was presented a Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor by Vice President Joe Biden and Attorney General Eric Holder on Wednesday at the White House.

�Officer Keith�s heroic response to a Tennessee Highway Patrol car that was on fire helped save the life of Sergeant Lowell Russell and exemplifies the meaning of valor,� said Corker. �I am proud to join my fellow Tennesseans in congratulating Officer Keith on this well-deserved honor and in thanking him and all law enforcement officers across the country who go above and beyond the call of duty to keep our communities safe.�

This award, authorized by the Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor Act of 2001, is the highest national award for valor presented to a public safety officer. The medal is awarded to public safety officers who have exhibited exceptional courage, regardless of personal safety, in the attempt to save or protect human life. Including this week�s awardees, a total of 95 medals have been presented since the first recipients were honored in 2003. For more information about the award, click here.

Tennesseans Visit Washington

On Tuesday, Senator Corker met with district attorneys from across Tennessee and thanked them for their work to keep communities across the Volunteer State safe.

On Wednesday, Senator Corker met with Bart Herbison of the Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI).

Senators Corker and Alexander hosted over 30 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.