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Sen. Bob Corker, Tennessee Republican, hit Venezuela's "flawed economic policies and political system," just as the U.S. is seeking to repair ties. (Associated Press)

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"There is no question this budget is far from perfect, but it is some progress since it has been a long time since the Congress has completed this basic part of governing," said Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee, who had refused to sign off on the budget, objecting to the "gimmicks," before relenting on Wednesday. (Associated Press)

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Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn. speak to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015, after a closed-door security briefing on nuclear negotiations with Iran. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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Chairman Robert menendez (D-N.J.), center, Ranking Member Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), right, speak with Secretary of State John Kerry, second from right, as he arrives to testify on the "Authorization for the Use of Military Force Against ISIL" in front of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Capitol Hill, Washington, D.C., Tuesday, December 9, 2014. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Ranking Member Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), right, listens as Chairman Robert menendez (D-N.J.), left, questions Secretary of State John Kerry as he testifies on the "Authorization for the Use of Military Force Against ISIL" in front of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Capitol Hill, Washington, D.C., Tuesday, December 9, 2014. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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U.S. Sen. Bob Corker speaks to the Chattanooga Times Free Press staff, Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014, in Chattanooga, Tenn. (AP Photo/Chattanooga Times Free Press, Doug Strickland) ** FILE **

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**FILE** Sen. Bob Corker, Tennessee Republican, speaks to reporters in Chattanooga on Feb. 15, 2014. (Associated Press)

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** FILE ** Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., shrugs as he talks to reporters about a two-hour meeting at the White House that he and other Senate Republicans had with President Barack Obama, trying to come up with a bipartisan solution to the budget stalemate, Friday, Oct. 11, 2013, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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Republican Sens. Bob Corker (left) and Lamar Alexander, both of Tennessee, leave a news conference Dec. 28, 2012, on Capitol Hill in Washington where they discuss the fiscal cliff. (Associated Press)

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Sen. Bob Corker, Tennessee Republican, has proposed legislation that would call on President Obama to provide the Ukrainian military with "direct military assistance." (associated press)

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Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., right, accompanied by Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., listens during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, April 30, 2014. Corker was the only Republican to cross party lines and vote "yes" in favor of allowing debate on the Minimum Wage Fairness Act to proceed. The measure was stopped in the Senate, handing a defeat to President Barack Obama on a vote that is sure to reverberate in this year's congressional contests. (AP Photo)

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**FILE** Sen. Bob Corker, Tennessee Republican, speaks to reporters in Chattanooga on Feb. 15, 2014. (Associated Press)

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Sen. Bob Corker supports legislation that would remove the requirement for presidential approval of the Keystone XL pipeline. (Sen. Bob Corker)

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Sen. Bob Corker supports legislation that would remove the requirement for presidential approval of the Keystone XL pipeline. (Sen. Bob Corker)

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**FILE** Sen. Bob Corker, Tennessee Republican, speaks to reporters in Chattanooga on Feb. 15, 2014. (Associated Press)