published Monday, August 8th, 2011

Sen. Bob Corker 'would relish' chance to be on debt panel

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    In this file photo, Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., speaks during a news conference on the debt ceiling on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP)

CLEVELAND, Tenn. -- U.S. Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., said today he "would relish" the chance to serve on the Congressional panel that must come up with a plan to cut another $2.1 trillion in debt over the next decade to avoid across the board spending cuts in defense and domestic spending under the debt plan adopted last week.

"I love complex, tough and controversial Issues," Corker told the Cleveland Business Roundtable. "It's up to the leader (Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell ) but I would love to serve on that committee."

Corker said Congress needs to make more spending cuts and changes in entitlement programs to rein in government's size. But Corker said he is "fairly independent" and has worked as a problem solver as both a businessman and Chattanooga mayor in the past.

Corker said the ratings downgrade of U.S. Treasuries by Standard & Poor's over the weekend "was a real embarassment to our country."

"Hopefully, this will be a wake up call for us to act," Corker said.

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ChattaVol06 said...

Let the man have a chance at some leadership. We need leaders who are ready to tackle this issue instead of scared leaders who can't compromise nor some up with their own plans.

August 8, 2011 at 9:50 a.m.
Facts said...

Let me get this straight. The supporter of Frank-Dodd wants to "fix" our debt problem?

Make a list of Contstitutional, necessary services. Fund them. Cut the rest.

That just takes commonsense, not leadership.

August 8, 2011 at 9:56 a.m.
eastridge8 said...

If Bob wants to serve on the panel...let him. I don't imagine there are too many people that want to "serve". Too afraid of making decisions...but Facts has a point...commonsense should prevail.

August 8, 2011 at 10:37 a.m.
terrybham said...

Let him start by refusing to accept his Congressional pay.

August 8, 2011 at 11:22 a.m.
LibDem said...

As a Democrat, I have less than zero input on the Senator's appointment. Nevertheless, I think he might be a good choice. ALL members of the Congress seem to follow their party's line; but Senator Corker might be willing to step outside the box.

August 8, 2011 at noon
Johnnyhurst said...

Yeah his problem solving in business was to only have illegal aliens working on his construction sites earning slave wages. I'm sure he will have something special in store for us working men and women.

August 8, 2011 at 1:35 p.m.
nucanuck said...

I might not like all of Corker's choices, but he would be an effective, no-nonsense leader on that committee.

August 8, 2011 at 1:44 p.m.
adolphochs said...

"Facts" ought to get his or her facts straight. Corker voted against the Dodd-Frank (and if he could have, Frank-Dodd) bill and has sponsored legislation calling for its full repeal. You need to get a new screen name.

terrybham: Corker doesn't refuse his Congressional pay: He already donates his salary to charity as he did with his mayor's salary.

August 8, 2011 at 2:15 p.m.
Facts said...

There would be no, zero Dodd-Frank if Corker had not agreed to work out a deal in committee. Yes, Corker attempted amendments to improve the ultimate legislation that passed. However, Senator Corker kept it alive through compromise. Take the time to read & speak to others outside of TN. Our US Senators have a different reputation outside of TN than we're seeing in our political circles. Adolph Ochs would be proud.

August 8, 2011 at 2:38 p.m.
BKelley said...

I just want to express my disappointment in the writers/editors and/or readers who do not know the difference in the usage of the word "reign" and the word "rein"...reign is to rule and/or govern, rein is to control and/or limit. Therefor, one would "rein" in the spending of the "reign"... This is getting to be a common improper usage apparently since I have seen it several times recently...

August 8, 2011 at 3:05 p.m.
nowfedup said...

Yep as he is one of richest guys in the Swineate millionaires club we can pretty know his take on bring taxes on upper end back to what they were when Clinton balanced budget.

Sorry but this guy is to extreme and yes folks, he is not to highly rated outside of TN in the more evolved states. His cuts reflect how far down TN is in education and healthcare, nearly at bottom and constant battle with MS to see who is worse off.

We need to vote the whole bunch out, as rather amusing those clowns now can forecast 10 years ahead when ALL missed the looming recession, massive economic failures and general ecnomic mess the commoners are in, but not the upper 4% Corkers.

First thing ole RC might do is bill that cuts ALL of congress pay benefits, retirements etc, as so far they have not taken a hit, include staff/aids. Amusing that when elected last held up nation, they would be paid as "essential" while all others economically told to shove it. I find something real scary about a guy that is supposed to "represent the people" who does not need his pay check, kind of "who cares" carried a bit to far.

August 8, 2011 at 3:18 p.m.
adolphochs said...

"Facts" unless you're in a position to prove a negative, you still don't have facts on your side. Two Rs voted for Dodd-Frank, Snowe and Collins (how predictable). Attempting to negotiate with Dodd no more got this POS bill through the House and Senate than not attempting to negotiate with him. The Ds had all the votes they needed to start with.

August 8, 2011 at 4:28 p.m.
Facts said...

AdophOchs, I'll have to cede your point. I watched an online webinar hosted by an economic think tank. They singled out Senator Bob Corker to call because of his dealings on Dodd-Frank. The voting record supports his opposition, but the committee activity demonstrates it should've died.

August 8, 2011 at 5:05 p.m.
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