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August 18, 2013
The acts of the last few days by the Egyptian military are completely unconscionable and I do believe we have to change our aid. I think also we have to have included in the legislation a national security waiver because we have to give the president not only the responsibility to deal with the government of Egypt but also flexibility.
Sen. Jack Reed (D-RI) • Discussing the idea of cutting U.S. aid to the Egyptian government in the wake of this week’s political unrest in the country. He’s not alone; Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) has also suggested cutting aid, while Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN) is in favor of recalibrating it.
13:07 // 1 year ago
June 26, 2013
I mean, this is not only sufficient, it is well over sufficient. We’ll be the most militarized border since the fall of the Berlin Wall.
John McCain on the “border surge” amendment included in the Senate’s immigration bill. Considering that a) the Berlin wall ultimately fell down, and b) comparing a government to that of Josef Stalin is generally not considered a compliment these days, you’d assume McCain was speaking in opposition to the amendment. You would be wrong. source
16:22 // 1 year ago
June 21, 2013

New immigration proposal pours money into border security to secure GOP support

  • $6.5B amount allocated to border security in the Senate Gang of Eight’s original immigration proposal
  • $30B new allocation for border security under an amendment proposed by Republicans and passed bipartisanly

This is what happens when Republicans want to pass an immigration bill but are afraid of being primaried from the right for doing so. Notably, this amendment was the less conservative of two proposed—Sen. John Cornyn’s amendment, which failed, would have required a 90% apprehension rate of would-be immigrants at the border before a path to citizenship would be available for undocumented workers. source

10:59 // 1 year ago
November 26, 2012

Prominent Republicans bucking against Grover Norquist’s anti-tax pledge

  • four the number of prominent Republican members of Congress or the Senate who have, in recent days, said they aren’t bound to Grover Norquist’s anti-tax pledge in the current fiscal cliff climate. The most recent is Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee, who said this: “I’m not obligated on the pledge.” The Fix’s Aaron Blake suggests that, if the GOP isn’t careful in dealing with the current situation, it could be a “Read my lips: No new taxes” issue all over again. source
10:33 // 1 year ago
September 22, 2012
It was like pulling teeth to get information yesterday…a lot of senators were frustrated. And you pick up major newspapers in the country and you find details not shared with you.
Senator Lindsey Graham • Voicing frustration within the Senate GOP caucus that the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal received more detailed briefing on the Libya attacks than did congress. Senator Bob Corker called it “the most useless, worthless briefing I have attended in a long time,” and John McCain accused the Obama administration of holding the Senate in “disdain.” The closed-door briefing in question presumably also included Senate Democrats, but none have made hay about it in the way Senate GOPers have.
11:52 // 1 year ago
July 18, 2011
Basically, most Senators in this body are nothing but two-bit pawns…to lay out the groundwork, if you will, for 2012 election.
GOP Senator Bob Corker • Saying what everyone knows but rarely acknowledges: If a presidential election wasn’t lurking around the corner, this whole debt ceiling debate would be playing out much differently. This is really harsh language for a senator, especially when used in reference to his colleagues. Last week, Corker accepted blame, on behalf of the Republican party, for bringing our country to the brink of another economic collapse. source (viafollow)
23:38 // 3 years ago
July 15, 2011
Maybe the debt ceiling was the wrong place to pick a fight, as it related to trying to get our country’s house in order…maybe that was the wrong place to do it.
GOP Senator Bob Corker • In a shockingly frank admission that the Republicans overplayed their obstructionist hand. The phrase “pick a fight” implies antagonism for antagonism’s sake which, if one reflects on the Republican party’s behavior over the last three years, would seem an appropriate implication. Another Senate Republican, Lindsey Graham, had a similar confession: “Our problem is we made a big deal about this for three months…we’ve got nobody to blame but ourselves.” Yes, indeed. These confessions bode well for the prospects of a deal passing the Senate, but the House remains another question entirely. source (viafollow)
21:53 // 3 years ago
June 8, 2011

Senate goes back-and-forth fighting over debit card fees

  • 44¢ the average cost of debit card interchange fees to merchants; this should make you feel guilty every time you go to 7-Eleven, because that cuts into profit margins heavily
  • 12¢ the limit that the Feds plan to impose upon banking companies about this matter; this is a $16 billion/year business, and banking companies are fighting to protect it source

» A fight that directly affects small businesses: We’ve been to many small businesses in our day that have gone out of their way to avoid using debit cards, specifically for this reason. We’re with them in this case; really high charges for every purchase, even tiny ones, is straight up greedy. Fortunately, a key senator, Dick Durbin, agrees with us: ”Honestly, are we going to stand here and say we can’t protect small businesses across America struggling to survive?” The fight for keeping the fees has bipartisan support; the main guys backing banks in the Senate are Bob Corker (R-TN) and Jon Tester (D-MT). They claim that banks will have to replace the interchange charges with higher fees on consumers. Maybe they should; the benefit to small business as an economic driver makes it worth it.

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11:21 // 3 years ago
April 8, 2011


Soundbyte: Senator Bob Corker (R-TN) calls the Senate one of “the most dysfunctional places I’ve ever been a part of.” The Senate will debate on a temporary spending bill one day after the House passed a similar measure in an effort to prevent a shutdown of the federal government. [C-SPAN]

This is why Bob Corker’s a lovable fellow. Even if he’s not necessarily the strongest bipartisan in the game, when he shows a willingness to reach out to the other side, the actions speak louder than words.

13:51 // 3 years ago