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Corker's Lowball Financial Disclosure — a Symptom of a Bigger Problem?

Corker retained a CPA to review his financial disclosures. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Reading through the addendum to Sen. Bob Corker's financial disclosure, you might think the Tennessee Republican had been seriously misreporting assets and income.

But the reality might more underscore the shortfalls of the system.  

Corker Wants Kerry to Testify About Putin, Syria

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee wants to hear directly from Secretary of State John Kerry about the situation in Syria, as Russia has begun to conduct airstrikes.  

Foreign Relations Chairman Bob Corker is inviting Kerry to testify next week, though the State Department has not confirmed he will appear before the committee he chaired as a senator from Massachusetts. "The Senate Foreign Relations Committee has requested Secretary of State John Kerry testify next week to explain the administration's Syria strategy to Congress and the American people," the Tennessee Republican said in a statement. "Until we are prepared to take steps to address the root cause of this crisis — the Assad regime — we will continue to see dangerous consequences in the region that will impact our allies and our security interests."  

Corker, Cardin Seek Answers From Chinese President

Chinese President Xi Jinping, center, flanked from left by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Sen. Dan Sullivan, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Sen. Maria Cantwell and Sen. Mazie Hirono pose for photographers before their meeting Friday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

China's President Xi Jinping on Friday tried to assuage concerns from the two top Senate Foreign Relations Committee members over cyberthreats and actions in the South China Sea.  

Senate Foreign Relations Chairman Bob Corker, R-Tenn., told CQ Roll Call that Xi, in a meeting with a bipartisan group of lawmakers, responded to Corker’s concerns by saying “the kinds of things you expect to be said,” on “these types of trips."  

Foreign Relations Leaders Still Question Human Trafficking Report

Corker, left, and Cardin met Thursday with State Department officials and the full Foreign Relations Committee. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The State Department still has some explaining to do after a closed briefing Thursday with Senate Foreign Relations Committee members over allegations that a report vital to several administration initiatives was watered down for political purposes.  

Committee members have cried politics since July when the annual Trafficking in Persons report was released. After Thursday's briefing, senators called for more transparency in the process that saw Malaysia and Cuba upgraded from the lowest ranking in terms of human-trafficking conditions. “My concerns were not alleviated in any way,” Chairman Bob Corker, R-Tenn., said. “I don’t think there is anybody who was there that didn’t feel even more firmly that politics played a major role in determining some of the upgrades in the TIP report.”  

Where Committee Leaders Land on Iran Deal

Corker and Cardin are two of the relevant committee leaders opposed to the Iran deal. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Senate Foreign Relations Chairman Bob Corker made an interesting point on Sept. 4 : The two Democrats who have spent the most time studying the issues surrounding Iran are against the deal.  

The Tennessee Republican was applauding ranking member Benjamin L. Cardin's opposition to the Iran nuclear deal; the news of which broke at the end of last week. Corker also opposes the deal, like every other Senate Republican with the exception of Susan Collins of Maine, who hasn't announced a position yet. "The fact that the two Democrats who have spent the most time in understanding the details and impact of this deal do not support it speaks volumes," Corker said in a statement.  

After the Iran Deal: Cardin, Bennet Look to Pass New Enforcement Bill

Cardin and Bennet are proposing a bill aimed at strengthening the Iran deal. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

While Democratic Sens. Benjamin L. Cardin and Michael Bennet announced opposite positions on the Iran deal Friday, they were united in their support for legislation they'll introduce to strengthen it.  

Cardin, ranking member on the Foreign Relations Committee, announced his opposition to the deal in an op-ed , while Bennet backed the deal in a statement to The Denver Post. But the deal itself is already a fait accompli given that the White House has already lined up enough support to sustain a veto of a disapproval resolution, and that has Cardin of Maryland and Bennet of Colorado looking ahead.  

As Prospects of Derailing Iran Deal Dim, Corker Eyes Next Step

Corker says there will be more legislation after the Iran disapproval vote. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Senate Foreign Relations Chairman Bob Corker is home in Tennessee, but he said Wednesday he's been on the phone a lot about Iran — particularly with moderate Democrats.  

The Republican said his role is to answer questions and foster debate, while making the case against the P 5+1 agreement to restrict the Islamic republic's nuclear program. But, with the number of Democratic caucus members backing the Iran deal at 29 and expected to increase, Corker's also looking ahead to other legislation in response.  

Winds Blowing Against Menendez as He Blasts Iran Deal

As expected, Corker and Menendez are both opposing the Iran deal. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Sen. Robert Menendez surprised no one Tuesday when he became the second Democratic senator to oppose the Iran deal, but the momentum is clearly in favor of the deal among Democrats.  

"Unlike President Obama's characterization of those who have raised serious questions about the agreement, or who have opposed it, I did not vote for the war in Iraq, I opposed it, unlike the vice president and the secretary of State, who both supported it," the New Jersey Democrat said. "My vote against the Iraq war was unpopular at the time, but it was one of the best decisions I have ever made."  

Foreign Relations Panel Blasts Human-Trafficking Report

Corker and Cardin prepare for a committee hearing on the Iran nuclear deal on Tuesday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Testimony from a State Department official Thursday did little to dispel claims that an annual human-trafficking report was driven by politics.  

State Department Undersecretary Sarah Sewall defended the integrity of the report, which upgraded the status of Malaysia and Cuba, to three members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee by citing the report’s criteria, Secretary of State John Kerry's public comments, and her own assessment  but occasionally declined to comment on internal deliberations. The committee was unconvinced.