Corker criticizes effort to defund health care law

Tuesday, August 6, 2013 at 11:11pm

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. — U.S. Sen. Bob Corker said Tuesday that an effort by fellow Republicans to threaten a government shutdown over President Barack Obama's health care law is losing steam and that most colleagues who signed on to the measure now regret they did.

Corker in a Rotary Club appearance called the idea "self-defeating" because a government shutdown would not halt spending for most of the health care program, while it would at the same time have negative consequences like halting military pay.

Corker said a shared concern about the implementation of the health care law led most of the dozen colleagues to sign on to the measure.

"I would say of the 12 people who signed it, there's probably only about three or four that really wish they were still on it," Corker said.

Corker told the group that his philosophy about his role in office sometimes conflicts with other colleagues in the Senate.

"There are some people who are elected to make a point, and that's all they do. And there's some people who are elected believe they're there to make a difference and to solve our nation's problems," he said. "And every day I do everything I can to try to be in that second camp."

Corker, who overwhelmingly won a second two-year term in November, declined when asked by reporters afterward to identify any fellow Senators who he considers to be in the first camp.

"The art of getting things done is to realize the various forces that are at work and what's driving those and what the motivation is behind particular positions people will take," Corker said. "So you try to figure out how to get from A to B with those various motivations."

"You go to a committee meeting and you sit around and you listen to the questions people ask, and you can see real quickly who's actually there to solve a particular problem, and who's there to basically ask questions that sound great back home or around the country," he said.

Asked by an audience member about his position on term limits, Corker said he prefers to defer to the electorate to decide the fate of politicians.

"All I say is you decide, and I'll abide," he said.

The senator declined to elaborate to reporters about whether that position conflicts with a 2006 campaign pledge to only seek two terms in the Senate, noting that he was only six months into his second term.

"Why don't you watch as history unfolds," he said.

23 Comments on this post:

By: tomba1 on 8/7/13 at 1:13

So did he just keep up his TN waltz around the issue or did he address how he and his associates might stop the further implementation of this obamacare legislation? Was there more to the story than actually reported?? Surely the unnamed AP reporter isn't guilty of "under-reporting".

By: ancienthighway on 8/7/13 at 4:51

The story wasn't about the ACA, but about the politicians who are both the bully and the spoiled kid that brought the football to the pickup game. They bully their teammates to do it their way, but when the other side doesn't play the way they want, the take their ball and go home. Please really go home if you aren't going to participate in governing the country they way you were elected to.

By: govskeptic on 8/7/13 at 6:27

Corker like Lamar only speaks to Civil groups that are mild mannered and don't
ask tough questions about whatever subject they have just spoken about. The
Tenn Press has let them get away from actually avoiding the general public with
speeches or rallies.

It's been many years since we've had a Tenn Senator that is more interested in
being a voice of this state, instead serving their own interest along with strictly
Washington Insider and party interest. Fred made a small attempt at it, but was
actually too lazy to follow through with anything meaningful. Sen. Corker has become
an instrument of the Financial Industry, which is what he's worked the hardest to
establish himself with. The "Millionaires Club" suits our two Senators nicely.

By: Loner on 8/7/13 at 7:16

From the article:
Corker, who overwhelmingly won a second two-year term in November, declined when asked by reporters afterward to identify any fellow Senators who he considers to be in the first camp.

To my knowledge, US Senators are elected to serve 6-year terms; US Representatives are elected to serve 2-year terms.

By: Loner on 8/7/13 at 7:25

Senator Corker is experiencing Tea-bagger's remorse?

Corker said, "There are some people who are elected to make a point, and that's all they do. ", as if he himself was not included in that camp...what a joker.

Corker should have realized that lying with dogs will give a person fleas....and you folks in TN have five and a half more years of this flea-bitten clown to deal with....good luck with that.

By: yogiman on 8/7/13 at 7:29

Welcome home before we say goodbye, Loner. You're right on the terms of the Senate and House but you've been wrong on qualifications for the President.

The Constitution's has special qualifications to become a Senator, Representative or President.

I refer you to Article I, Section 2, Clause 2 in qualifications to become a member of the House.

I also refer you to Article I, Section 3, Clause 3 in qualifications to become a Senator.

I also refer you to Article II, Section I, Clause 5 in qualification to become President of the USA.

And the usurper in office today does not meet those qualifications.

By: yogiman on 8/7/13 at 7:34

Bob Corker is good a saying one thing about an issue and reversing his vote, Loner. He spoke out against amnesty for illegal aliens but voted for it.

Lamar Alexander also spoke out against the amnesty bill and voted for it. Alexander must be sent home next year.

By: joe41 on 8/7/13 at 7:56

Corker is representing Tennessee just like I had hoped he would. Tea baggers just don't understand how to govern. Corker does. I hope that most of the house can come to their senses on shutting the government down. I accomplishes nothing. And I hope the tea baggers choke in their own vomit.

Joe

By: global_citizen on 8/7/13 at 8:11

"You go to a committee meeting and you sit around and you listen to the questions people ask, and you can see real quickly who's actually there to solve a particular problem, and who's there to basically ask questions that sound great back home or around the country," he said.... while not mentioning Senator Ted Cruz by name.

By: Vuenbelvue on 8/7/13 at 8:28

The Republican owners of the Healthcare business must of been told by their accountants that this may be a Goldmine and a new soundbite is being distributed by Fox News.

By: Loner on 8/7/13 at 8:37

Joe: Sen. Corker isn't a Tea-bagger? If it talks like a Tea-bagger, if it votes like a Tea-bagger, it's a Tea-bagger.

The tempest in a teapot - the Tea Party - is losing steam; Corker is distancing himself from that toxic brew.

From the article:
"Corker in a Rotary Club appearance called the idea "self-defeating" because a government shutdown would not halt spending for most of the health care program, while it would at the same time have negative consequences like halting military pay. (end quote)

Finally, he admits it, Corker's main concern about the possibility of the US federal government shutting down is not that the elderly, the disabled and millions of orphaned children would lose their financial lifelines; his main concern is that the US Defense industry and the All-volunteer US war machine might not receive their lavish payouts from the US Treasury.

No doubt about it, Senator Corker is a tool of the war super lobby: Defense, Israel & Energy, (DIE)...he represents those special interests, not the interests of the general public in Tennessee..

Tennesseans deserve better representation than that....or do they?

By: Rocket99 on 8/7/13 at 8:38

yogi, just which part of Article II, Section 1, Clause 5 does he not meet the qualifications of?

If you say natural born citizen, it's time you and all the other birthers get over it.

It has been proven beyond a shadow of a doubt he is a natural born citizen.

Let's put you and the rest of that group through the same magnifying glass and see how you hold up. No short forms allowed.

By: Rocket99 on 8/7/13 at 8:40

As far as Corker goes, he's a true politician. Basically represents Signal Mountain, Williamson County and the Tennessee Oil Empire and no one else.

At least Lamar acts like he's there for Tennessee.

By: Loner on 8/7/13 at 8:44

Vuenbelvue: That's funny stuff...gotta be a grain of truth in your comment...shoving the tranny into reverse, while moving ahead at speed, is both difficult and risky....the GOP could snap a U-joint...or worse.

By: Loner on 8/7/13 at 8:49

global_citizen: Excellent example...Ted Cruz is the new Joe McCarthy....only smarter and therefore more dangerous to our national cohesion, our freedoms and our liberties.

By: jonw on 8/7/13 at 9:38

(Asked by an audience member about his position on term limits, Corker said he prefers to defer to the electorate to decide the fate of politicians.

"All I say is you decide, and I'll abide," he said.)

An example of almost a complete turn around from what elected him. Are you thinking of switching parties or just returning to East Tennessee Bob?

By: sharko20 on 8/7/13 at 12:00

Ted Cruz is a constitutionalist. How is he a threat to anyone's liberty? We have this little document the country was founded on maybe you have heard of it, the Constitution of the United States. You might want to read it.

Chief Justice Roberts rewrote the health law to call it a tax. So he legislated from the bench like a good liberal would do only Roberts is supposed to be a conservative and follow the law. If you remember the Dems swore it wasn't a tax.

By: pswindle on 8/7/13 at 12:32

I don't trust Corker looking at him. Until TN wakes up, we are stuck with Corker and Lamar. GOOD GRIEF!

By: Loner on 8/7/13 at 4:16

Sharko....Ted Cruz is not a constitutionalist, he's a constipationalist...he's trying to prevent The Eagle from shitting, as they used to say, so, he's obstructing anything and everything that he can, in a vain attempt kill the bird, by way of intestinal blockage.

With US Senators like Ted Cruz, who needs malevolent, America-loathing, foreign agents?

Ted Cruz is a menace to the republic.

By: Loner on 8/7/13 at 4:19

If Ted Cruz is a "constitutionalist", you must be talking about the Confederate Constitution, Sharko, not the current US Constitution....in that perverse sense, yes, Ted Cruz is a "constitutionalist".

By: govskeptic on 8/8/13 at 10:31

Loner: All states need fair minded Senators such as your Senior Sen in NY.
Both he and Representative Rangle are shining example of our Congress.

By: pswindle on 8/8/13 at 11:27

Don't trust Corker, he says one thing and does another.

By: Loner on 8/8/13 at 2:53

Gov:

Both US Senators ostensibly representing NY, Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, are firmly on the take to the Defense, Israel & Energy super-lobby. Although both Senators run virtually unopposed every six years, they rake in huge sums of campaign "donations", which they use to enrich their Leadership PACs.

Congress critters use those Leadership PACs to bribe other lawmakers, (those who are in tight reelection races and need big cash), into functional submission....and it's all 100% legal....what a country!

When it comes to sleaze and corruption, New York is right near the top.....no argument on that....but all of the US states are also similarly corrupt....it's a matter of degree.