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Corker elected Chairman of Senate Foreign Relations Committee

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Senator Bob Corker has been elected Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee by committee members.  

Corker's appointment will be confirmed Thursday during a meeting of Senate Republicans.  He will also be serving on the Senate Banking Committee, the Budget Committee and the Aging Committee.

Wednesday Corker released the following statement about his new position. 

“Tennesseans have given me the great privilege of serving in the United States Senate, and I am excited about the opportunity to lead the Senate Foreign Relations Committee at a time when pragmatic U.S. leadership around the world matters more than ever to our nation's security and prosperity. We look forward to continuing to strengthen the committee's role in the Senate and working with members of both parties to provide oversight and accountability to the State Department and its activities globally.

“With limited resources, Congress must work to ensure the American people that their taxpayer dollars are used efficiently in advancing U.S. interests. We will begin conducting immediately a thorough review of all State Department programs and practices, with the goal of passing a responsible reauthorization of the department, something Congress has not done in 13 years. We must also do a better job of explaining how strategic U.S. engagement overseas improves our economy and makes us safer here at home.

“The United States is confronting numerous serious challenges around the world, and I'm committed to making this committee a place where we can have robust and thoughtful debate, where the views of all members can be heard, and together, we can help strengthen this nation for generations to come.”

Corker has been a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee since taking office in 2007.  

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