LYNCHBURG, Tenn. — U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) made a visit to Lynchburg last week, stopping for a town hall meeting at the Jack Daniel’s Employee Resources Building on state Route 55. Corker, who was elected to his second term in the U.S. Senate in 2012, was greeted by a large crowd, including community members from Winchester and Shelbyville.
During his hour-long appearance, which included a 15-minute question and answer session with the audience, Corker touched on a variety of topics, including immigration and border control, Social Security reform, the America’s national debt, national security, cyber security and the drug epidemic in the United States
Corker is the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and is a member of the Senate Banking Committee. As the lead Republican on the Foreign Relations Committee, Corker works with his colleagues to set the committee agenda and help carry out legislative and oversight responsibilities.
Corker’s name was linked to a possible bid to the White House as a potential running mate to Donald Trump this year. When asked Tuesday about that possibility, Corker said that he never really considered it.
Corker was making his way through a number of stops in Tennessee last week. On Monday he attended a ribbon cutting at Polartec Tennessee Manufacturing (PTM), a textile manufacturing facility that will be home to Polartec’s domestic headquarters.
Later on Tuesday, Corker responded to the news that a Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) stress test concluded that government-sponsored enterprises (GSEs) Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac could require a taxpayer-funded bailout of over $125 billion in the case of a severe economic crisis.
“This stress test is another reminder of our housing finance system’s failed model: taxpayers are on the hook during bad times, but investors benefit greatly during good times,” he said. “Reforming Fannie and Freddie remains the last major piece of unfinished business of the financial crisis, and this news highlights the need for comprehensive housing finance reform.”
Corker opposes President Obama’s “ratification of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT) at the United Nations.” And just this week Corker stressed his continued U.S. support for Ukraine amid reports of increasing Russian military mobilization in Crimea.
Corker was Tennessee’s commissioner of finance and mayor of Chattanooga before being elected to the Senate in 2006.