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Senator Corker Visits Bradley/Cleveland Chamber of Commerce

by Ashley Murphy

Monday, February 15, 2010

Senator Bob Corker visited the Bradley/Cleveland Chamber of Commerce today to discuss business and politics with local government officials and members of the business community over lunch.

Corker touched on several different topics going through the legislature right now, including health care reform, social security, tax credits and the current financial situation in the United States. Corker stated that it took both parties, Republicans and Democrats, to contribute to the country's current state and that no blame should be pointed in any one direction.

Corker went on to say that everyone in Washington needs to start working in a bipartisan way to help improve what the legislature is trying to do for the country.

One audience member also spoke up about the current budget and financial situation stating that, "it's not a revenue problem, it's a spending problem." Corker agreed.

During other communication from the audience, Cleveland City Mayor Tom Rowland asked Corker what his view were of President Obama wanting to close Guantanamo Bay and bringing terrorists into the United States for trials.

Corker answered first saying that not all presidents get their "sea legs" right off, but that it could take a while to come to them. Corker also stated that he believes this was a "decision they made without thinking about it." But, there could be legislation out of Congress coming soon to keep Guantanamo open and keeping the terrorist trials off of American soil.

In closing, Corker also asked everyone to attend the meeting at Polk County High School tomorrow evening, February 16th, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. to hear the discussion about Corridor K and how it will effect local business and government.