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02.12.20

Democrats Expect Military To Counter Iran With Hands Tied

Democrats' Use Of A War Powers Resolution Would Impede Our Armed Forces' Ability To Take Out Terror Leaders Like Soleimani And Limit Military Options Democrats Once Agreed Were Essential SENATE MAJORITY LEADER MITCH McCONNELL (R-KY): "[Taking out Qassem Soleimani] was not some reckless act. It was a calculated and limited response to a significant, growing threat of attack against U.S. personnel in Iraq by an emboldened adversary. Years ago, Soleimani had concluded America was a paper tiger… Continue Reading


12.20.19

Senate Accomplishments In The 116th Congress So Far

Accomplishments Of The 116th Senate Include: HISTORIC TRANSFORMATION OF THE COURTS: Confirmed 20 of President Trump's circuit court nominees and 80 of his district court nominees for a total of 50 and 133 since 2017, respectively. "[T]he Senate has confirmed 102 judges for the year … It's the second-highest confirmation total in a single year in American history." FISCAL YEAR 2020 DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION: Passed the bipartisan annual defense policy bill providing for $750 billi… Continue Reading


08.01.19

Senate Accomplishments In The 116th Congress

Accomplishments Of The 116th Senate Include: TRANSFORMING THE COURTS: Confirmed 13 of President Trump's circuit court nominees and 46 of his district court nominees for a total of 43 and 99 since 2017, respectively. BUDGET AGREEMENT: Passed a bipartisan deal setting government funding levels for the next two years that secures funding increases to support our troops, rebuild and modernize our military, and support the VA Mission Act to provide timely access and care for our nation's v… Continue Reading


01.29.19

‘A Serious Threat To Our Nation’

National Security Experts Warn, 'The Fight Is Not Over Against ISIS' And 'A Hasty American Withdrawal' From Afghanistan Could Result In Chaos And A 'Safe Haven For International Terrorists' SENATE MAJORITY LEADER MITCH McCONNELL (R-KY): "My amendment would acknowledge the plain fact that al Qaeda, ISIS, and their affiliates in Syria and Afghanistan continue to pose a serious threat to our nation. It would recognize the danger of a precipitous withdrawal from either conflict, and highlight th… Continue Reading


01.28.19

Will Democrats Start Voting For Bills They Support Now?

It's Time For Democrats To Resume Their Support For The Package Of Bipartisan Bills That Strengthens America's Allies In The Middle East SENATE MAJORITY LEADER MITCH McCONNELL (R-KY): "For weeks, now, Senate Democrats have effectively filibustered this legislation and blocked it from moving forward. At first, my colleague the Democratic Leader said his party was simply opposed to considering any other business during the partial government shutdown. But then, just a few days later, he actua… Continue Reading


01.08.19

Strengthening America’s Allies In The Middle East

'The Senate Is Moving Quickly To Assert Its Point-Of-View On U.S. Policy Regarding Syria And In The Broader Middle East' SENATE MAJORITY LEADER MITCH McCONNELL (R-KY): "[F]or years, America's vital interests in the Middle East have been jeopardized by regional chaos…. That's why the Senate is going to vote later today to take up pressing legislation that tackles all of this head-on. The bill at hand would reaffirm the United States' commitment to Israel's security and authorize militar… Continue Reading


02.06.18

‘Vote To Remove The Uncertainty That Is Hanging Over Our Armed Forces’

SEN. MITCH McCONNELL (R-KY): "…we have the opportunity to make real progress with an immediate step that every Senator in this chamber should support - passing a fiscal year 2018 defense appropriations bill. We can vote to remove the uncertainty that is hanging over our armed forces and secure the current year funding that our servicemembers deserve." (Sen. McConnell, Floor Remarks, 2/6/2018) SEC. MATTIS: 'Our Troops Have Stoically Shouldered A Much Greater Burden' JAMES MATTIS, Secre… Continue Reading


09.16.16

‘The World Is More Dangerous’

'If It Didn't Send Chills Down Your Body Thinking About That, It Should' SEN. BARRASSO: 'The World … Has Become More Dangerous Over The Past 7 ½ Years' SEN. JOHN BARRASSO (R-WY): "Mr. President, people all around the country know that the world is a very dangerous place. It has become more dangerous over the past 7 ½ years, and even over the course of this summer. As a member of the Foreign Relations Committee, I come here again to the floor because I have seen one example… Continue Reading


09.06.16

Dems’ Troop Trifecta

For The Third Time This Year, And Despite The Democrat Leader's Call To End Filibusters, Senate Dems Will Vote To Block Funding For Our Military "One of the first items on the Senate's to-do list ... is a third try at prying loose the fiscal 2017 defense spending bill. A cloture vote on the defense appropriations bill is scheduled for next week…" ("Third Time's The Charm? Senate GOP Will Try Again To Move Defense Spending Bill Forward," Washington Examiner, 9/1/2016) "Senate Might Need … Continue Reading


08.18.16

Syria Five Years Later

Five Years After He Called For Bashar Al-Assad To Leave, President Obama's Strategy Is 'Stuck Where It Started' 2011: 'The Time Has Come For President Assad To Step Aside' PRESIDENT OBAMA: "The future of Syria must be determined by its people, but President Bashar al-Assad is standing in their way. For the sake of the Syrian people, the time has come for President Assad to step aside." ("Assad Must Go, Obama Says," The Washington Post, 8/18/2011) THEN-SEC. OF STATE HILLARY CLINTON: "The trans… Continue Reading


01.12.16

A Legacy of Global Instability

PRES. OBAMA: "[W]e cannot help but believe that the old hatreds shall someday pass; that the lines of tribe shall soon dissolve; that as the world grows smaller, our common humanity shall reveal itself; and that America must play its role in ushering in a new era of peace." ("President Barack Obama's Inaugural Address," 1/20/2009) FORMER PRES. JIMMY CARTER: "I can't think of many nations in the world where we have a better relationship now than when he took over." ("Jimmy Carter: Barack Obama's… Continue Reading


12.07.15

The President’s Former Advisors Weigh In

'Obviously There's A Lot Of Concern' Former Obama Admin Official: 'Change Your Strategy, Mr. President' LEON PANETTA, Former Secretary Of Defense: 'Obviously there's a lot of concern … resources applied to that mission, frankly, have not been sufficient' "Well, obviously there's a lot of concern about whether or not we've deployed the resources to be able to accomplish the mission that the President described. …I think that the resources applied to that mission, frankly, have not… Continue Reading


10.05.15

Will Obama ‘Make History, But Not In A Good Way’?

With Global Crises Spreading, President Obama Threatens To Veto Bipartisan Defense Bill "American presidents rarely veto national defense authorization bills, since they are, well, vital to national security. …Refusing to sign this bill would make history, but not in a good way. Mr. Obama should let it become law…" (Editorial, "Mr. Obama's Veto Threat," The Washington Post, 10/4/15) Q: "On the Hill yesterday, lawmakers reached a compromise on the annual defense authorization bi… Continue Reading


06.12.15

Despite ‘Complex Array Of Crises Around The World’ Dem Leader Asserts NDAA ‘A Waste Of Time’

Obama Threatens To Veto Unless IRS Receives More Funding Too SEN. JOHN MCCAIN (R-AZ): "It is simply incomprehensible that as America confronts the most diverse and complex array of crises around the world since the end of World War II, that a president would veto funding for our military to prove a political point." (Sen. McCain, "Obama Is Wrong To Hold Defense Funding Hostage," Politico, 6/8/15) SEN. JACK REED (D-RI): "…we currently face an alarming number of complex and varied nationa… Continue Reading

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