Bob Corker - U.S. Senator, Tennessee
*Praying for the Victims of
the Antioch Church Shooting*
On Sunday, following reports [link 1]
of a shooting at Burnette Chapel Church of Christ in Antioch, Senator
Corker asked Tennesseans to join him in prayer for the victims. The
senator was inspired by the heroism [link 2] shown as the attack took
place, especially that of a 22-year-old man who confronted the shooter.
Initiative to End Modern Slavery Worldwide Is
On Tuesday, Senator Corker, chairman of the Senate
Foreign Relations Committee and a leader in the global fight against
modern slavery, applauded the United Kingdom for matching the $25 million
U.S. contribution to the Global Fund to End Modern Slavery (GFEMS)
announced last week. The initial $50 million establishes a global fund
aimed at dealing a mortal wound to modern slavery and human trafficking
internationally as originally conceived and directed by the End
Modern Slavery Initiative Act, authored by Corker.
"More than two and a
half years ago, we created a bold vision to help eliminate modern
slavery and human trafficking around the world,"* said Corker*. "With more
than 27 million people enslaved, we knew we faced a massive problem
that we could not fight alone, but we believed that U.S. leadership
could galvanize tremendous support and investment from other governments
and the private sector."
"This announcement by the United Kingdom
is a prime example of what U.S. leadership can do and marks the first
major victory for the Global Fund to End Modern Slavery," *added
Corker*. "The strong alliance between the U.S. and United Kingdom extends to
our shared commitment to stamping out this scourge on humanity. I
thank Prime Minister Theresa May and her government for their steadfast
support of this effort, which is building a strong foundation for the
Global Fund that I believe will have a transformative and measurable
impact around the world."
In remarks [link 4] to the United Nations
(U.N.) General Assembly on Tuesday, President Trump referred to the
Global Fund to End Modern Slavery as one effort by the U.S. to improve
health and opportunity around the world. The president's daughter,
Ivanka Trump, is also working with Corker to advance the fight against
modern slavery and told a U.N. panel that this is the "greatest human
rights issue of our time."
Tennessean: Sen. Bob Corker: Campaign to end
modern slavery is gaining momentum [link 5]*
Sentinel (Johnson Column): British Prime Minister Theresa May joins Sen.
Bob Corker to fight modern slavery* [link 6]
*President Trump **Sends Clear Signal in Speech to UN General
On Wednesday, Senator Corker released the following
statement regarding President Donald J. Trump's address to the United
Nations General Assembly.
"President Trump sent a very clear signal
about what America stands for and who and what the world must stand
against," *said Corker*. "After years of ambiguous messaging, the
president's direct approach was a welcomed change, and I shared that with him
when we spoke Wednesday morning."
*Applauding President Trump*'*s
Actions Against North Korea*
Senator Corker on Thursday released the
following statement after President Donald J. Trump issued an executive
order that authorizes additional U.S. sanctions on revenue streams
that support North Korea's nuclear and ballistic missile programs.
support and appreciate President Trump's strong action against North
Korea and his efforts to work closely with the leaders of South Korea
and Japan to address this growing threat." *said Corker*. "We will
continue to work with the administration in its efforts to further
isolate the Kim regime while strengthening missile defenses and empowering
our allies and partners in the region."
*Joint Operation Veterans
Event in Cleveland Was a Huge Success*
On Thursday, Senator Corker
called "Joint Operation," a free event to provide veterans and their
families with a one-stop shop to access local resources and services, a
"The goal of Joint Operation is to make it easier
for veterans to get the help they need, and I am glad more than 300
veterans and their families took advantage of our event in Cleveland,"
*said Corker*. "It was truly inspiring to see the local community come
together to help these men and women who have served our country, and we
appreciate the city and county mayors and all the groups involved for
participating. I look forward to hosting additional Joint Operation
events across the state in the future."
An estimated 300 veterans
and their families attended Joint Operation, which featured more than 45
organizations and agencies with information on a number of resources,
including: VA claim assistance, vocational rehabilitation, education,
employment, mental health, housing, legal assistance and much
The event was the second in a series of Joint Operation events
organized by Corker's office and was co-hosted by Bradley County Mayor Gary
Davis and Cleveland Mayor Tom Rowland. In July, an estimated 600
veterans attended a Joint Operation event in Knoxville. Additional events
will be held across the state in the future.
Veterans who need
assistance can contact [link 8] Corker at any time by visiting
corker.senate.gov or calling any of the senator's six state
*Cleveland Daily Banner: 'Joint Operation' aids local, state vets* [link
**Click here [link 11] or on the image above to
watch WTVC*'s report about Corker***'***s Joint Operation
Welcoming Tennesseans to Washington*
Last week, Senators Corker and
Alexander hosted more than 35 Tennesseans at "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 12].
*Honoring Constitution Week at
Sunday, September 17 was the 230th anniversary of the
signing of the Constitution of the United States, and to mark the
occasion, students in 13 Tennessee schools participated last week in
"Constitution Week" events sponsored by the office of Senator
"Each year, my office has the privilege of speaking with students across
the Volunteer State about the document that has served as the
foundation of our country for more than 200 years, and I am proud to join my
fellow Tennesseans in celebrating the United States Constitution in
this way," *said Corker*. "One of the ways we can honor and defend the
Constitution is to ensure the next generation of leaders understand its
importance to our liberty and values. I hope the students who
attended our events across the state walked away with an interest in our
nation's history and recognize what a blessing it is to live in the
greatest country on Earth."
The Constitution of the United States was
signed on September 17, 1787. In 1956, Congress requested that President
Eisenhower proclaim a Constitution Week each September. Corker's
office has held Constitution Week events across the Volunteer State every
year since the senator was elected to office in 2007.
*Ensuring the TVA Remains a Low-Cost, Reliable Power
Senator Corker on Thursday released the following statement
after President Donald J. Trump announced his intent to nominate Jeffrey
Smith of Tennessee, Kenneth E. Allen of Kentucky, James R. Thompson
III of Alabama and A.D. Frazier of Georgia to serve as members of the
Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) Board of Directors.
well-qualified board of directors is critical to ensuring that TVA remains a
low-cost, reliable power producer so that the Volunteer State can continue
to build on its business recruitment efforts and improve the standard
of living for Tennesseans," *said Corker*. "I thank President Trump for
moving quickly to fill these important positions, which will allow
the board to maintain a quorum and continue its important business, and
I look forward to meeting with the nominees during the confirmation
"I am especially pleased with the nomination of Jeff Smith,
who has served our state and country incredibly well in his role as
Deputy Director for Operations at Oak Ridge National Laboratory,"
*added Corker*. "Jeff has a unique understanding of the importance of TVA,
and I know he is eager to give back to the region he calls home. I am
glad to recommend him to my colleagues for swift
*EPB and Chattanooga Playing an Important Role in Modernizing Our Power
On Friday, Senator Corker joined Senator Lamar Alexander,
Representatives Chuck Fleischmann and Diane Black, and officials with the
Electric Power Board of Chattanooga (EPB) and Oak Ridge National
Laboratory to announce [link 13] the commissioning of a battery storage and
solar array project in Chattanooga. The project will explore the best
use of technologies that could be implemented across the country to
modernize the power grid.
"It will come as no surprise to our
community that Chattanooga and EPB are continuing to play an important role
in the modernization of our country's power grid," *said Corker*.
"Through this partnership, we will be able to better understand energy
storage and test new technologies in an effort to bring resilient and
affordable electricity to Americans. An extensive and reliable grid is
critical for a 21st century economy, and I thank EPB, Oak Ridge
National Laboratory and their partners for their work to improve our nation's