Bob Corker

Give Trump a Chance, Alexander Says
Tennessee Republican strikes tone of harmony as Senate GOP tries to pass tax code overhaul

Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., said he would continue working with the Trump administration to advance the GOP agenda. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

President Donald Trump was elected by the American people to navigate the U.S. through uncertain times, Sen. Lamar Alexander said Monday, and lawmakers should “give the president a chance.”

The Tennessee Republican told CNBC that while Trump “does things and says things that I don’t do, and that I don’t approve of,” he is the person that Americans “entrusted with the presidency, and I’m going to try to help him succeed.”

Corker, Cardin See Little ‘Firm’ in Latest Trump North Korea Shift
President told of peaceful path, ‘maybe it sunk in,’ Cardin says

Senate Foreign Relations Chairman Bob Corker, left, speaks with ranking member Ben Cardin during a hearing earlier this year. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Senior Senate Foreign Relations Committee members aren’t quite sure what to make of the White House’s dramatic shift on North Korea during President Donald Trump’s recent Asia tour

Before the president departed on the 12-day trip, he and his senior aides ruled out negotiations with North Korea. But during the Asia swing, he invited the North’s government to the negotiating table, and Trump’s senior staff spoke openly about the president’s terms for the very talks he for months had said would not work.

From Asia, Trump Presses Tax Writers on Individual Mandate
Neither House nor Senate GOP overhaul bill includes repeal language

Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., speaks with President Donald Trump as they arrive for the Senate Republicans’ policy lunch in the Capitol on Oct. 24. Trump tweeted Monday from Asia that he wants tax legislation to repeal the individual health insurance mandate. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

President Donald Trump on Monday again pressed House and Senate Republican lawmakers to use tax overhaul legislation to end the 2010 health care law’s individual insurance mandate, something neither chamber’s plan includes.

Tweeting just before midnight in Manila, Philippines, Trump laid down a marker for House and Senate Republicans as they continue work on their separate bills. The president wrote that he is “proud of the Rep. House & Senate for working so hard on cutting taxes {& reform.} We’re getting close!”

Opinion: For the Republicans, Less Is (Roy) Moore
McConnell said it: Every day is a Maalox moment for the GOP

Republican senators started to abandon Alabama Senate GOP nominee Roy Moore after The Washington Post published allegations of sexual misconduct with underage women. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The implosion of the Senate candidacy of Roy Moore brings to mind the title of an early Spike Lee movie: “Do the Right Thing.”

After Moore romped home in the Alabama Senate primary runoff in late September, the national Republican Party could have shunned him for many valid reasons. There was Moore’s un-American belief that Muslims should not be allowed to serve in Congress; his wackadoodle claim that Sharia law governed communities in Indiana and Illinois; and his defiance of the law that twice led to his removal from Alabama’s Supreme Court.

Cardin: Trump Not Authorized to Nuke North Korea
But adds when Trump ‘makes orders obviously the military will follow those orders’

Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin , left, spoke about the president's trip to Asia, which involves Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee says Congress has not granted authorization for a pre-emptive first strike on North Korea.

“Congress has not authorized the use of force, so the president does not have the authority to pre-emptively use force,” Maryland Democratic Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin said when asked during an interview about legislative proposals from some Democrats to bar nuclear strikes against Kim Jong-un.

Senior Class: Members of Congress Getting Older
A look at the generational makeup of the 115th Congress

Sens. Orrin G. Hatch of Utah and Dianne Feinstein of California are two of the three oldest senators in the chamber. (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Of the Senate’s three oldest members, two — 84-year-old Dianne Feinstein of California and 83-year-old Orrin G. Hatch of Utah — are facing re-election races next year, along with four other members of the silent generation.

The average age in the current Senate is 62, while the average age in the House is 58. Here’s a look at how the age at election has slowly increased over the years:

Poll: Corker Suffers in Poll After Trump Spat
Disapproval spikes 14 points

Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn. (CQ Roll Call file photo)

Outgoing Republican Sen. Bob Corker’s approval numbers suffered in Tennessee after his feud with President Donald Trump.

A poll from Middle Tennessee State University found Corker’s disapproval numbers were at 41 percent, up 14 points from polling in the Spring. 

Photos of the Week: Trumps on the Hill, Flake Not Running and a Gold Medal Ceremony
The week of Oct. 23 as captured by Roll Call's photographers

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer, and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi attend a Congressional Gold Medal ceremony on Wednesday in Emancipation Hall to honor Filipino veterans of World War II. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

President Donald Trump was at the Capitol on Tuesday, where a protester threw Russian flags at him, and his daughter and adviser Ivanka Trump made a pitch for the child tax credit the next day. 

Sen. Jeff Flake, an Arizona Republican, announced he will not seek re-election in 2018, adding to a growing list of lawmakers who are retiring.

Senate Republicans Keep Eyes on Tax Prize
Distractions have not hindered work behind the scenes

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is taking a different approach to taxes than he did with health care. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Senate Republicans are keeping the wheels in motion in their effort to overhaul the U.S. tax code, despite a litany of distractions that threaten to derail it.

GOP members of the Finance Committee are meeting this week to discuss issues such as how to pay for the legislation, among other topics, according to a Republican source with knowledge of the panel’s plans.

Word on the Hill: Staffer Defends Her ‘Liddle’ Boss
Fitness trends, staffer shuffles, and a new book

Micah Johnson walks with her boss Tennessee Sen. Bob Corker, center, as they get off the Senate subway in May 2016. Also pictured, North Carolina Sen. Richard M. Burr. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The president may be calling out lawmakers but congressional staffers have their bosses backs.

Micah Johnson, communications director for retiring Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., who has been in a war of words with President Donald Trump, defended her boss when she tweeted a cartoon mocking the president.