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Corker: After 11 Years, Time to Consider Updating Authorization for Use of Force Against Al Qaeda to Address New and Emerging Threats

Corker: After 11 Years, Time to Consider Updating Authorization for Use of Force Against Al Qaeda to Address New and Emerging Threats

During a hearing Wednesday on U.S. counterterrorism policies, U.S. Senator Bob Corker, R-Tenn., ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, called upon Congress to consider updating the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) against al Qaeda in order to address new and emerging terrorist threats and to better protect the American people and [...]

Corker Calls for Obama Administration to Explain Changes to Missile Defense Plans for U.S. & Europe

Corker Calls for Obama Administration to Explain Changes to Missile Defense Plans for U.S. & Europe

Following Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel’s announcement that the U.S. is deploying 14 ground-based missile interceptors in Alaska, U.S. Senator Bob Corker, R-Tenn., ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Friday called on the Obama administration to explain changes to its missile defense plans for the United States and Europe. “I am pleased with [...]

Army, Marines Stop New Tuition Assistance Enrollments

Army, Marines Stop New Tuition Assistance Enrollments

Budget problems have forced the Army and Marine Corps to cancel the tuition assistance program, service officials said Friday. Navy and Air Force officials said they are studying the way forward with the program and expect decisions next week. Thousands of service members take advantage of the tuition assistance program, which allows them to take [...]

Corker: Congress Needs to Stop Hamstringing the Postal Service

Corker: Congress Needs to Stop Hamstringing the Postal Service

U.S. Senator Bob Corker, R-Tenn., made the following statement last week in reaction to reports that the House has added legislative language to the “CR” (continuing resolution spending bill to fund government) that would force the Postal Service to continue six-day delivery. The Postal Service estimates it would save roughly $2 billion a year by [...]

Corker Calls for New Approach to Counter North Korean Threat

Corker Calls for New Approach to Counter North Korean Threat

In Thursday’s hearing to examine U.S. policy toward North Korea, U.S. Senator Bob Corker, R-Tenn., ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, noted the failure of decades of U.S. attempts to convince North Korea to abandon its nuclear program and urged the U.S. to consider a new approach to counter the North Korean threat, [...]

Corker Statement on Death of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez

Corker Statement on Death of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez

U.S. Senator Bob Corker, R-Tenn., ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today made the following statement on the death of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez. “Following the death of Hugo Chavez, it is my hope that all Venezuelans will have the opportunity to fully exercise their political rights, including freedom of expression and assembly, [...]

Corker Says Fannie & Freddie Income Must Be Used to Repay Taxpayers, Reform Housing Finance

Corker Says Fannie & Freddie Income Must Be Used to Repay Taxpayers, Reform Housing Finance

In response to reports of increased income at mortgage finance agencies Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, U.S. Senator Bob Corker, R-Tenn., member of the Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs committee, today said these profits must be used to repay taxpayers and reform our housing finance system after years of government dominance. “It’s great that [...]

President Chooses Tax Tour Over Sequester Solutions

President Chooses Tax Tour Over Sequester Solutions

While hard-working taxpayers were worrying how the sequester will impact their communities, President Obama spent last Tuesday traveling on Air Force One trying to convince the American people that more tax increases are necessary. I simply cannot understand why the president would continue to play blame-game politics instead of meeting with congressional leaders during this [...]

It’s Time to Bring Our Troops Home

In President Obama’s fifth State of the Union address, he highlighted his plan to withdraw American troops from Afghanistan by the end of 2014. While I disagree with much of the president’s agenda, I do agree it is time to bring our troops home. I am also pleased with the president’s decision to give military [...]

U.S. Congressman Phil Roe, MD. Comments on State of the Union

U.S. Congressman Phil Roe, MD. Comments on State of the Union

In his fifth State of the Union address, President Obama underscored the importance of creating jobs and promoting economic growth, addressing the upcoming sequester, making investments in education and infrastructure, and passing comprehensive immigration reform. While most can agree these things are important, unfortunately, the president’s speech focused on what divides us as a nation, [...]

Corker Comments on Hagel Nomination Debate

Corker Comments on Hagel Nomination Debate

U.S. Senator Bob Corker, R-Tenn., made the following statement after voting against ending debate on Chuck Hagel’s nomination to serve as Secretary of Defense. “Generally, I believe a president’s cabinet nominee deserves an up-or-down vote in the Senate, but in this case, I believe a number of my colleagues have raised legitimate concerns about information [...]

Now is the Time to Balance the Budget

Now is the Time to Balance the Budget

Families across the United States have tightened their belts as a result of high unemployment and underemployment, a slow economic recovery and unprecedented uncertainty around their tax burden. What families do when faced with these challenges is set a budget and have a plan to deal with the uncertainty. With looming spending cuts from sequestration [...]

Corker, Vitter Introduce Bill to Reestablish Price Stability as Fed’s Single Mandate

Corker, Vitter Introduce Bill to Reestablish Price Stability as Fed’s Single Mandate

Senators Bob Corker, R-Tenn., and David Vitter, R-La., both members of the Senate Banking Committee, Monday introduced legislation to re-establish price stability as the Federal Reserve’s single mandate. “Providing the Fed with a clear and explicit focus on keeping inflation low will serve America better than the broad, bipolar mandate it has today. The dual mandate [...]

Overly Burdensome Regulations Stifle Economic Growth

Overly Burdensome Regulations Stifle Economic Growth

During President Obama’s second inaugural speech and in the days since, he laid the groundwork for a very liberal agenda. He has called for a path to citizenship for immigrants in the country illegally, a cap-and-trade system to address climate change, and comprehensive gun control measures. The rhetoric was a stark contrast to his pre-November [...]

Alexander, Corker Urge Congress to Focus on Making Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security Solvent

Alexander, Corker Urge Congress to Focus on Making Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security Solvent

U.S. Senators Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker, both Tennessee Republicans, today voted against H.R. 325, the House-passed debt limit bill, and urged Congress to focus on reforming Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security. “I voted against this bill because it raises the debt ceiling without taking steps to reduce the debt. Senator Corker and I have [...]

Protecting Seniors’ Access to Medicare

Protecting Seniors’ Access to Medicare

President Obama’s Affordable Care Act (ACA), which ironically is unaffordable, is also bad medicine for America. According to the Senate Joint Economic Committee, the president predicted that after passing the ACA premiums would be cut by $2,500, and instead the average premium has increased by more than $2,000. You’ve probably read about the 21 new [...]

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