Sen. Bob Corker was at the News Sentinel today for a meeting with the newspaper's editorial board, and I talked with him briefly in the parking lot when he arrived. He's making the news circuit to push support of the CAP Act, legislation that would set a binding, across-the-board cap on federal spending.
I asked him, of course, about supporting a huge federal project in Oak Ridge (the Uranium Processing Facility, estimated to cost up to $6.5 billion) while promoting overall fiscal conservatism. He reiterated earlier comments that he supports modernization of the U.S. nuclear capability, regardless of where facilities are housed, and is not trying to promote additional spending in his home state.
The senator said everything needs to be on the table when cutting federal spending.
Corker plans to meet Tuesday with community leaders in Sevierville and Oak Ridge (where federal spending is a big, big deal).