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“Genuine popular support in the United States is required to carry out any Government policy, foreign or domestic. The American people make up their own minds and no governmental action can change it,” Franklin D. Roosevelt wrote to Joseph Stalin on March 29, 1945.
MISSION, Kan. — Police in Mission, Kansas are searching for a man who allegedly took another man’s money and drove away while he still had his arm in the vehicle.
Police say that around 1:10 p.m. last Wednesday, the victim, Antonio Bustos, was pumping gas into his vehicle when he noticed a woman who was sitting in the passenger side of another vehicle offering to sell him a tablet.
Career federal prosecutors oppose what President Barack Obama has plausible reason to view as major potential legislative achievement of his second term – sweeping bipartisan criminal justice reform. And a Senate gatekeeper for the legislation is siding with the prosecutors.
Citing a recent report by federal prosecutors, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) would oppose any laws that would reduce sentencing for major drug offenders.
Following the release of the third video put out by the Center for Medical Progress, Fox News’ Megyn Kelly invited presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson onto the Kelly File to discuss the scandal. He is not the first presidential candidate to speak out against the actions of Planned Parenthood, but his message is successful because he is succinct and logical, calling out the other side for their extremism. Carson’s message also resonates because he speaks from his experience – drawing on encounters he has had as a medical doctor.
Fifty years ago, on July 30, 1965, President Lyndon Johnson signed into law Medicare and Medicaid, marking America’s first major steps towards the socialization of medicine. Medicare and Medicaid, which today pay the medical bills of one in three Americans, were passed on the premise that medical care is a right which individuals are entitled to regardless of whether they can pay for it; if an individual can’t afford the medical care he needs, it’s considered the responsibility of others to shoulder the costs.
The killing of Cecil the lion has been at the forefront of international outrage regarding big game hunting and now the Obama administration says they will join in helping investigate his death. The Hill reports that the administration is “ready to take action” and offer support to the Zimbabwean government. Earlier this month, American dentist Walter Palmer killed Cecil outside a Zimbabwean park.
Laury Parramore, a spokesman for the Fish and Wildlife Service said, “The Service is deeply concerned about the recent killing of Cecil the lion. We are currently gathering facts about the issue and will assist Zimbabwe officials in whatever manner requested. It is up to all of us — not just the people of Africa — to ensure that healthy, wild populations of animals continue to roam the savanna for generations to come.”
I tried, I really tried to explain to the GOP donor and pundit class that fighting abortion is part of a winning political strategy. The old “truce strategy” is just a way of letting the Democrats define what being pro-life means. It takes a winning issue and turns it into a liability.
If you don’t believe me, look at the way Democrats are scurrying to figure out how to deal with videos proving Planned Parenthood, which donates big bucks almost exclusively to Democrats in order to ensure its taxpayer money keeps flowing, is bargaining cash for unborn babies’ lungs and livers.
In a recent piece for Slate, Mark Joseph Stern argued that the videos released showing Planned Parenthood to be trafficking fetal body parts give him hope. Is it the possible defunding of the organization that gives him hope, you might ask? Nope. Stern opined: “The graphic images of aborted fetuses are meant to disgust me, to convince me that abortion is a barbaric act of killing. But I don’t see death in these videos. I see hope.” Later in the piece, after outlining the supposed medical benefits, he claimed abortion “is not an act of killing. It is an act of altruism.”
Turkish President Erdogan claims to be battling the terrorist Islamic State, but in reality he is mainly fighting against Kurds and the PKK. By doing so, he has shown that he is willing to derail the peace process in his country for the sake of clinging to power.
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today issued the following statement regarding Iran’s accusation of a U.S. violation of the nuclear agreement less than two weeks after the accord was announced:
“This is why I am so concerned about the fact that after nine months, Iran will have all of the sanctions relief in hand,” said Corker. “At that point, should we challenge anything, they will say the deal is off because we violated the agreement. The leverage shifts to them.”
In a letter to the director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Iran’s representative to the agency accused the U.S. of a “material breach” citing only comments from White House Press Secretary Josh Ernest who said the U.S. retains a military option to stop Tehran from developing a nuclear weapon. A material breach cited by a party to the agreement would be grounds to cease compliance with commitments under the deal.
‘As a result of El Paso’s unique challenges, we ask you to provide a specific plan to address the clinical staffing shortage and unacceptable wait times.'
Following a report from the Department of Veterans Affairs that El Paso veterans seeking mental health appointments face, on average, the longest wait times of any facility in the country, U.S. Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) and U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke (TX-16) today sent a letter to VA Secretary Robert McDonald urging him to address current staffing shortages at the El Paso VA and to use all available resources to reduce patient wait times.
“Suicide, substance abuse, anxiety, depression, and post-traumatic stress can result in tragic consequences if left untreated. It is deeply concerning that, according to VA data, El Paso veterans wait nearly 17 days on average to see a mental health care provider at a VA facility, far surpassing wait times across the country,” Senator Cornyn and Rep. O’Rourke wrote. “We recognize the staffing shortage currently facing the El Paso VA and are encouraged by the facility’s work to improve recruitment efforts; however, more must be done to offer El Paso veterans quality and timely mental health care. As a result of El Paso’s unique challenges, we ask you to provide a specific plan to address the clinical staffing shortage and unacceptable wait times.”
Full text of the letter is below.
The Honorable Robert A. McDonald Secretary United States Department of Veterans Affairs 810 Vermont Avenue N.W. Washington, DC 20420
Dear Secretary McDonald,
We write today regarding the ongoing problems in mental health care access for veterans in the El Paso area. According to VA data, El Paso veterans have the longest wait time for mental health appointments in the country. Since October 1, 2014 – when the VA changed the method by which they calculate appointment wait times – the El Paso VA has been ranked either the worst or second worst in the nation for mental health access.
This extended wait period is unacceptable, and we urge you to utilize all available resources to remedy this egregious problem, including potential options for treatment at other facilities in the community. As the VA works to consolidate programs to refer care to the community, we request that you specifically incorporate reforms that ensure quality and continuity of care for those veterans suffering from mental health conditions.
After a decade of war, the mental health strain on our nation’s veterans is particularly acute. Suicide, substance abuse, anxiety, depression, and post-traumatic stress can result in tragic consequences if left untreated. It is deeply concerning that, according to VA data, El Paso veterans wait nearly 17 days on average to see a mental health care provider at a VA facility, far surpassing wait times across the country. This data is based on a formula used by the VA to track wait times past a clinically indicated date. The preferred date method does not accurately account for the true experience of El Paso veterans. According to a survey recently conducted by Congressman O’Rourke, and shared with the VA, El Paso veterans self-reported waiting an average of 64 days for a mental health appointment. An additional 34 percent of respondents stated they could not obtain a mental health appointment at all.
We recognize the staffing shortage currently facing the El Paso VA and are encouraged by the facility’s work to improve recruitment efforts; however, more must be done to offer El Paso veterans quality and timely mental health care. As a result of El Paso’s unique challenges, we ask you to provide a specific plan to address the clinical staffing shortage and unacceptable wait times.
We thank you for your attention to this critical matter. El Paso veterans put their lives on the line to defend our freedom, and they deserve timely, high quality care.
Sen. Cruz Introduces Legislation Clarifying Congressional Review Period for Iran Nuclear Deal
GATHERED BIPARTISAN GRASSROOTS LEADERS TO COMBAT DEVASTATING AGREEMENT
July 31, 2015
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) yesterday introduced a resolution, S. Res. 238, defining the start of Congress’ 60-day review period and detailing flaws within the submittal of the agreement.
The Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015 mandates that the 60-day congressional review period cannot begin until the nuclear agreement with Iran, and all related materials outlined in the Act, are transmitted to Congress. President Obama has failed to provide separate side agreements and federal guidance materials to Congress, so the review period cannot have begun without the majority leader’s consent.
On Tuesday, Sen. Cruz assembled key grassroots leaders from wide-ranging political backgrounds to organize opposition to the Iran nuclear deal.
“I’m encouraged that the grassroots leaders, coming from very different ideological positions, are united that we shouldn’t abandon our hostages in Iran, that we shouldn’t send billions of dollars to fund jihadists to murder Americans, and that we should do nothing to facilitate Iran acquiring nuclear weapons while they pledge death to America and impose a moral threat to murder untold numbers of Americans,” Sen. Cruz remarked.
Sen. Cruz’s grave concerns over what he has called the Administration’s “catastrophic” Iran nuclear deal also surfaced in an Armed Services Committee hearing on Wednesday when Secretary John Kerry refused to apologize to families of American soldiers killed by Iranian-supplied IEDs in Iraq on the orders of General Qasam Soliemani, who will receive relief from economic sanctions under the terms of this deal. The exchange can be viewed here.
The full transcript of Sen. Cruz’s opening remarks from Tuesday’s press conference can be found below. Sen. Cruz’s resolution in its entirety can be viewed here.
“Good afternoon, welcome.
“We just had a coalition meeting with a number of Members of Congress and of key grassroots leaders from across the country, who are gathered here today, united, in opposition to this catastrophic Iranian nuclear deal. The grassroots leaders who came together came from across the political spectrum. There were conservative leaders; there were pro-Israel leaders; there were leaders in the Jewish community; there were leaders in the Christian community – all stand together convinced that the threat of a nuclear Iran is the single greatest national security threat facing America. All stand together convinced that this Iranian nuclear deal is a catastrophic mistake.
“If this deal goes through, a number of things will happen.
“Number one: over $100 billion will flow to Iran. Iran is the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism. Much of that money will flow directly to Hamas and Hezbollah and the Houthis and other radical Islamic terrorists. Much of that money will be used to fund radical Islamic terrorism. Indeed, if this deal is consummated, it will make the Obama Administration the world’s leading financier of radical Islamic terrorism. Billions of dollars under control of this Administration will flow into the hands of jihadists who will use that money to murder Americans, to murder Israelis, to murder Europeans. Now, yesterday President Obama chose to take issue with my pointing out that incontrovertible fact. He belittled and attacked it and said it was intemperate to say such a thing. I would note, nowhere in President Obama’s remarks did he dispute the underlying facts. Nowhere in President Obama’s remarks did he point to any other organization on the face of the globe that would be a larger global financier or radical Islamic terrorism than the Obama Administration is trying to become.
“In addition to that consequence, this deal leaves four American hostages languishing in Iranian hell-holes. It leaves Pastor Saeed Abedini, an American pastor sentenced to eight years in prison for professing his Christian faith. It leaves Amir Hekmati, an American marine, wrongfully imprisoned. It leaves Jason Rezaian, a reporter, imprisoned for doing his job reporting on the news. I would note to all of our friends from the media, it ought to give you pause that this Administration is content to leave a reporter from the Washington Post in an Iranian hell-hole. And it leaves Robert Levinson, an American whose whereabouts are unknown right now.
“But the single greatest consequence of this deal, if it goes through, is that it will only accelerate Iran acquiring nuclear weapons. Iran is led by a theocratic zealot—the Ayatollah Khomeini—who leads chants of death to America, who refers to Israel as the ‘little Satan’, and refers to America as the ‘great Satan.’
“Now, I agree with Prime Minister Netanyahu that this deal, that the threat of a nuclear Iran, is an existential threat to the nation of Israel. Meaning that if Iran acquires nuclear weapons, the odds are unacceptably high, they would use those nuclear weapons in the skies of Tel-Aviv, or New York, or Los Angeles. And the threat that is posed to the United States of America is even qualitatively great. The single greatest threat, if Iran acquired even a single nuclear weapon, would be that they would place that weapon on a rocket, on a ship anywhere up and down the Atlantic. And they would fire that rocket straight in the air into the atmosphere, and if it got high enough that they could detonate a nuclear warhead. It would set off what’s called an electromagnetic pulse—an EMP. An EMP would take down the electrical grid on the entire eastern seaboard, would shut down the stock exchange and all of our financial system, would shut down the delivery of food and water and heat and air and basic transportation. The projections are that an EMP over the eastern seaboard would cost the lives of tens of millions of Americans. And they don’t need targeting equipment, they don’t need to hit a target, they need to fire it straight in the air. That is one nuclear weapon in the hands of Iran.
“And I would note, Iran is a nation, every year that celebrates a holiday. It’s an unusual holiday to Americans. Here in America, we celebrate the Fourth of July. We celebrate Thanksgiving. We celebrate Christmas. In Iran, they have a holiday called ‘Death to America’ Day. It is the anniversary of Iran seizing American hostages in the 1970s, and they gather outside by the thousands and chant ‘death to America.’ If history teaches anything, it is that if somebody tells you they want to kill you, believe them. This gathering we had of grassroots leaders collectively touched millions of Americans all across this country. And it is our intention, both the Members gathered here and the grassroots leaders who participated in this meeting, to make the month of August a referendum on this catastrophic Iranian deal. It is my hope that millions of Americans light up the phones to Capitol Hill, light up the phones to Democratic Members of Congress—Members of the House and members of the Senate—to say stand in support of U.S. national security. Stand in support of the nation of Israel. Stand in support of protecting the health and safety of millions of Americans. This deal on the merits is indefensible.
“As I mentioned, President Obama attacked my statement that his Administration would become the world’s leading financier of terrorism. Yesterday, I invited President Obama to participate in a debate. I would be happy to debate him, at the time and place of his choosing, anywhere in the country, in the next 60 days, to discuss the substance of this deal. If he believes that this deal can be defended, I would encourage him to defend it in front of the American people. And if he is unwilling to do so then he can send, as his proxy, Secretary of State John Kerry, because on the merits this deal is catastrophic for the American people.
“And I’m encouraged that the grassroots leaders, coming from very different ideological positions, are united that we shouldn’t abandon our hostages in Iran, that we shouldn’t send billions of dollars to fund jihadists to murder Americans, and that we should do nothing to facilitate Iran acquiring nuclear weapons while they pledge death to America, impose a moral threat to murder untold numbers of Americans.”
SAN FRANCISCO – A federal judge on Friday blocked the release of any recordings made at meetings of an abortion providers' association by an anti-abortion group that previously revealed secretly recorded videos of a Planned Parenthood leader.
Judge William Orrick in San Francisco issued a temporary restraining order against the Center for Medical Progress hours after the order was requested by the National Abortion Federation.
Unless you visit a college campus regularly, chances are that this may be the first time you’ve heard of the so-called boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) movement, which seeks to pressure Israel to change its policies toward Palestinians. The BDS movement has the backing not only of campus student groups across North America, but also of assorted professors, academic associations, and nongovernmental organizations. Granted, it may seem like a marginal, inconsequential phenomenon, particularly if you judge it on the basis of the actual boycotts, divestments, and sanctions it has helped bring about (a modest number). But that assessment fails to understand the movement and its pernicious impact.
U.S. Senators Claire McCaskill and Rob Portman, the Ranking Member and Chairman of the Senate’s Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, held a hearing today to examine the impact of the U.S. corporate tax code on encouraging foreign acquisitions of U.S. businesses and the ability of U.S. businesses to grow through acquisition.
Earlier today, 31/7/2015, two homes in the village of Duma were set ablaze, killing a Palestinian child and injuring four additional family members. IDF forces transferred the Palestinian victims from a hospital in Nablus to the Sheba Medical Center Hospital in Tel Hashomer for medical treatment.
Following reports of the death of Mullah Omar, the situation in Afghanistan is chaotic -- the peace process is on the fritz and the Taliban is divided. A Dutch journalist writing a biography of the Islamist leader says his role has been exaggerated.
More Germans than ever before are at ease with themselves and their asylum-seekers. But this year the country is expecting to receive around 400,000 new refugees, a figure that raises the painful question: Can Germany's new welcoming culture handle it? By SPIEGEL Staff
WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) released the following statement today after voting against the Senate highway bill. The legislation uses 10 years of budget gimmicks and questionable policy changes to pay for only three years of spending.
“The Highway Trust Fund is one of the largest budgeting failures in the federal government, and I am extremely disappointed that both Republicans and Democrats continue to avoid enacting a permanent solution to the problem,” said Corker. “This bill represents the very worst of Washington and exemplifies why the American people are so frustrated.”
“We have three options: We can spend less on these programs, we can devolve the highway program back to the states, or we can collect enough user fees to sustain the trust fund,” added Corker. “I am open to all of those options, but what I cannot do is participate in abject generational theft where we are stealing from our children’s futures to pay for today’s priorities.”
“Over the next month, members of Congress will travel home to meet with the people they represent about a number of important issues. It is my hope that the American people will make it loud and clear that this behavior is unacceptable and will urge their elected officials to find a long-term, fiscally responsible funding mechanism for our federal transportation program,” concluded Corker.
A preliminary analysis by the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) found that the Senate highway bill:
Transfers approximately $46 billion from the general fund to the Highway Trust Fund to cover three years of higher spending;
Offsets the general fund transfer over a 10-year period while spending all of the funds in the next three years;
100% of spending occurs in 2015-2018;
69% of the offsets accrue in 2022-2025; AND
Only 9% of the offsets occur in the years the money is actually being spent.
In a speech on the Senate floor on Tuesday, Corker outlined the following three most egregious offsets used for the $46 billion general fund transfer:
Extends an increase in the guarantee fee charged by government-sponsored enterprises Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, which oversee nearly every housing loan made in America today. This offset was explicitly prohibited in the budget resolution that passed the Senate in May, and the policy change would increase mortgage costs for many American homebuyers. ($2 billion)
Reduces the dividend rate the Federal Reserve System pays to member banks from 6% to 1.5%, altering a policy that has been in place since the 1930s without any hearings or committee action. ($17 billion)
Authorizes the sale of approximately 100 million barrels of oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve from 2018-2025 with half of the sales occurring in 2024 and 2025. Analysts indicate the average sale price would have to be $89 per barrel to achieve the desired revenue and $74 per barrel to avoid a loss. Oil is currently priced around $50 per barrel and future prices are uncertain. ($9 billion)
‘When goods can flow freely across the roads and the highways and the freight lines in our state, it helps improve our economy and create a more favorable condition for jobs.’
‘This year, the Senate has made a lot of progress on key pieces of legislation. The fact is we're finally back working again in a bipartisan manner that provides real solutions for the American people.’
WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) delivered the following remarks on the Senate floor right before the bipartisan, multi-year DRIVE Act passed 65-34.
Excerpts of Sen. Cornyn’s remarks are below and video can be found here.
“I think the debate we've had over the highway bill has been a good one, and I'm glad to see, as I say, we're on the right track.”
“In Texas, we know that good infrastructure and a working highway system are important for a number of reasons.”
“It’s important for the economy because when goods can flow freely across the roads and the highways and the freight lines in our state, it helps improve our economy and create a more favorable condition for jobs. And when you come from a state like mine that's a fast-growing state, the growth requires the improvements, repairs and modernization of our roadways to accommodate the visitors who come to our state as well as those who move there.”
“So that's why I'm pleased that this legislation will include resources that make the lives of everyday Texans better.”
“This bill, which I should stress involves no tax increases, invests in interstates and freight routes and provides for much-needed border infrastructure projects to promote legitimate trade and travel flowing across our international border, while supporting economic development and an improved quality of life. This bill is just another reminder of the Senate's progress we've made in the 114th Congress under new management.”
“The fact is we're finally back working again in a bipartisan manner that provides real solutions for the American people. And I'm proud to say that work includes things on a wide spectrum of priorities, including passing a budget for the first time since 2009, legislation that fights the scourge of human trafficking, a trade bill that will open up new markets for American-made products and, of course, earlier this year the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act was signed into law.”
“So while I'm glad that Congress has a clear way forward to meet our nation's infrastructure needs on this bill, we have a lot more we need to do to protect and serve the American people.”
Today, United States Senator Dean Heller spoke on the Senate floor about his bill (S. 842) to extend the future Interstate 11 (I-11) from Las Vegas north through the state of Nevada to Interstate 80 (I-80). This legislation, the Developing a Reliable and Innovative Vision for the Economy Act (DRIVE Act), passed the U.S. Senate as part of the Highway Bill.
At a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing regarding the Obama administration’s nuclear deal with Iran, U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) highlighted the importance of U.S. sanctions as a viable alternative to President Obama’s deal and outlined how, if the deal is implemented, Iran will be in a much stronger position when the deal expires.
“When people vote on this deal in a few weeks, you’re going to live with this for the rest of your life,” Rubio said during the hearing. “In 10 years, in 12 years, when Iran has a nuclear weapon and we can’t target them, people are going to remember this vote that’s coming up and this deal as what laid the groundwork for it, and I keep hearing this notion that there is no other alternative and no other way forward, but I disagree.
“I believe U.S. sanctions are the most important part of all the sanctions,” Rubio continued. “I believe that these banks in Europe, German banks, whatever banks may be, if they were forced to choose between having access to the American economy and access to the Iranian economy, that’s not going to be a hard choice for them.”
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U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) participated in a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing regarding the nuclear deal with Iran where he challenged the president’s “deal or war” proposition.
“Why I find this all absurd is this idea that somehow the U.S. must now do this, because the world would be really upset at us,” Rubio said during the hearing. “The last time I checked this country saved the rest of the world on at least two occasions in the last century. I don’t remember the last time the world saved America.”
July 29, 2015 - During the second in a series of hearings to examine the Iran nuclear deal, U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, rejected the Obama administration’s false choice between supporting the nuclear deal or supporting war, which was part of the administration’s presentation to Congress last week both in a private meeting and a public hearing.
U.S. Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.), chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, speaks to the bipartisan contributions to ensure critical safety and infrastructure improvements in the long-term transportation bill to fund our nation’s highways, roads, and bridges and provide certainty to Americans whose jobs rely on a reauthorization.
The group behind the release of recent undercover videos which purport to show Planned Parenthood employees discussing the sale of aborted fetus parts issued a statement Wednesday after a court barred the release of some new footage.
The Los Angeles Superior Court ruled Tuesday that the Center for Medical Progress is prohibited from releasing footage taken at a restaurant in May of high-ranking officials from StemExpress.
Amid a growing controversy over the alleged sale of fetal tissue, Gov. Rick Scott on Wednesday called for an investigation of Florida’s 16 Planned Parenthood offices that perform abortions.
The investigation comes two weeks after the release of an undercover video in which a Planned Parenthood official in California discusses the use of fetal organs for medical research. The anti-abortion group that took the video says it is proof Planned Parenthood sells human tissue.
Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/news/state/florida/article29484025.html#storylink=cpy
WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) today cosponsored legislation to defund Planned Parenthood. The bill (S.1881), introduced by Senators Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), Rand Paul (R-Ky.), and James Lankford (R-Okla.), follows the release of disturbing video footage showing Planned Parenthood’s role in harvesting the organs of unborn babies.
“Like so many Tennesseans, I am deeply disturbed not only by the alarming content of the video footage showing Planned Parenthood’s role in harvesting the organs of unborn babies, but also the organization’s casual disregard for human life,” said Corker. “I am a cosponsor of this legislation and hope the Senate will act swiftly to defund the organization and ensure no taxpayer dollars are being used in this manner.”
In addition to defunding Planned Parenthood, the legislation ensures the preservation of federal funding for women’s health services, including relevant diagnostic laboratory and radiology services, well-child care, prenatal and postpartum care, immunization, family planning services, including contraception, sexually transmitted disease testing, cervical and breast cancer screenings, and referrals. Funds no longer available to Planned Parenthood will continue to be offered to other eligible entities to provide such women’s health care services.
“Additionally, I have called on HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell to fully cooperate with ongoing and future investigations,” added Corker.
Last week, Corker joined a bipartisan group of 49 senators in a letter to Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia Burwell drawing attention to the legal, ethical, and policy issues raised by the video footage and calling on the secretary to cooperate with ongoing and future investigations.
Corker is pro-life and has consistently opposed the use of taxpayer dollars to fund abortions. He has voted for measures to defund Planned Parenthood in the past and is an original cosponsor of legislation that would prohibit abortion after 20 weeks.