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Corker Statement on U.N. Security Council Resolution on Syria’s Chemical Weapons

Corker Statement on U.N. Security Council Resolution on Syria’s Chemical Weapons

U.S. Senator Bob Corker, R-Tenn., ranking member of the Foreign Relations Committee, Friday made the following statement regarding the U.N. Security Council’s resolution on Syria’s chemical weapons. “While we all want a verifiable diplomatic solution to Syria’s chemical weapons, the lack of enforcement measures makes me highly skeptical of Russia’s willingness to impose real consequences […]

Defunding ObamaCare

Defunding ObamaCare

Wednesday was Deficit Day—at around 3 p.m. on Wednesday, the federal government ran out of money. This means all government operations for the rest of the year, nearly $10 billion each day, will be funded by money the government has borrowed. It is no secret that the government spends too much and borrows too much, […]

36 Year Old Business Owner Enters 2nd District Congressional Race Against 26 Year Incumbent

36 Year Old Business Owner Enters 2nd District Congressional Race Against 26 Year Incumbent

  Tennessee’s 2nd District congressional race is now a two-man contest. Knoxville native and local telecom executive Jason Zachary has announced he will challenge incumbent John J. Duncan, Jr., in the August 2014 Republican Primary. Zachary said his decision to run for Congress was based on his growing concern about the future of the United […]

Bipartisan Group of Senators Urges Financial Regulators to Prioritize Rules and Regulations that Help End “Too Big To Fail”

Bipartisan Group of Senators Urges Financial Regulators to Prioritize Rules and Regulations that Help End “Too Big To Fail”

U.S. Senators Bob Corker, R-Tenn., Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., David Vitter, R-La., and Susan Collins, R-Maine, this week wrote to Federal Reserve Governor Daniel K. Tarullo, Comptroller of the Currency Thomas Curry, and Chairman of the FDIC Martin Gruenberg, urging them to “proceed deliberately and expeditiously” to finalize rules regarding capital requirements for large financial […]

A One-Size-Fits-All Approach Won’t Achieve Health Care Reform

A One-Size-Fits-All Approach Won’t Achieve Health Care Reform

Last week, Governor Haslam announced that the state of Tennessee would not expand Medicaid as envisioned by President Obama under the Affordable Care Act. The federal government’s insistence on a one-size-fits-all approach under Medicaid is a poor solution for solving our health insurance access problems, especially given the access problems so many of our citizens […]

Treasury Announces $8.9 Billion Increase In Small Business Lending By Participants In The Small Business Lending Fund

Treasury Announces $8.9 Billion Increase In Small Business Lending By Participants In The Small Business Lending Fund

The U.S. Department of the Treasury today released a new report showing that participants receiving capital through the Small Business Lending Fund (SBLF) boosted lending for the seventh straight quarter. In total, SBLF participants have increased small business lending by about $8.9 billion since the depths of the recession in 2009. This increased lending represents […]

Senate Budget Misses the Mark

Senate Budget Misses the Mark

U.S. Senator Bob Corker, R-Tenn., last week opposed final passage of the Senate budget because it fails to address the biggest drivers of our debt—Medicare, Social Security and Medicaid—in an honest, meaningful way. “On top of adding $7.3 trillion to the national debt over the next decade, the Senate budget does nothing to reform and save our […]

Former Senior Counterterrorism Officials Testify in Foreign Relations Committee that 2001 Authorities Need Review

During a hearing on U.S. counterterrorism policies on Wednesday, 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 […]

Budget Week in Washington

Budget Week in Washington

Even in Washington, miracles can happen. For the first time since 2009, the Democrat-led Senate Budget Committee actually met to discuss their budget proposal, and it is scheduled to be debated. But not all talk is cheap. The Senate budget would increase spending by $265 billion and increase taxes by $923 billion – and their […]

Corker Strongly Disappointed Congress May Miss Opportunity to Give Flexibility to Postal Service & Save Taxpayer Money

Corker Strongly Disappointed Congress May Miss Opportunity to Give Flexibility to Postal Service & Save Taxpayer Money

U.S. Senator Bob Corker, R-Tenn., expressed strong disappointment that Congress will not vote on Senator Coburn’s amendment that would free the Postal Service to make one change it believes is necessary to reduce costs. Specifically, Senate Amendment 68, which Corker has cosponsored, would strike language in the CR that could mandate six-day delivery. The Postal […]

The Statue of Liberty is set to reopen just in time for the 4th of July

The Statue of Liberty is set to reopen just in time for the 4th of July; cutting the ribbon on a new bridge over the Everglades’ Tamiami Trail; new oil and gas leases in the Central Gulf of Mexico go up for bid; Big Branch National Wildlife Refuge continues to bounce back from Hurricane Katrina […]

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, […]

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