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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


11.13.19

Democrats Prioritize Politics Over Security

'[E]very Hour Seemingly Brings More Evidence Of Our Troubled World,' But Democrats In Congress Are Still Stalling Critical Defense Authorization And Appropriations Bills SENATE MAJORITY LEADER MITCH McCONNELL (R-KY): "[E]very hour seemingly brings more evidence of our troubled world. But, just as with the trade agreements, critical legislation in this area is currently frozen in place. Another casualty of Democrats' apparent inability to make headway on anything besides fighting with the Whi… Continue Reading


09.17.19

With Global Tensions Elevated, Timely Defense Funding Is Essential

America's Adversaries Will Not Wait While Democrats Play Politics With The Defense Appropriations Bill SENATE MAJORITY LEADER MITCH McCONNELL (R-KY): "In the face of surging great-power adversaries, simple upkeep is not enough to keep America and our allies safe from aggression. Comprehensive funding for research, development, and readiness programs is what's needed. In Afghanistan, Syria, Somalia, Yemen, and beyond we continue to face sustained threats from terrorist organizations. And in t… 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


06.27.19

‘Arguably The Most Important Piece Of Legislation That Congress Considers Every Year’

This Year's Defense Authorization Provides $750 Billion For National Defense, Including Pay Raises For Our Military, Upgraded Equipment And Capabilities, And The Resources To Strengthen Our Alliances And Confront 'Threats From Great Power Competitors And Rogue Regimes' The Senate passed the Fiscal Year 2020 National Defense Authorization Act by an overwhelming bipartisan 86-8 vote. (S. 1790, Roll Call Vote #188: Passed 86-8, 6/27/2019) 'Ensures The United States Military Will Sustain Its Pl… Continue Reading


11.16.18

A Long List Of Accomplishments

'[T]he Coast Guard Legislation Was Just The Very Latest Installment In A Long List Of Bipartisan Successes Passed By This Senate' SENATE MAJORITY LEADER MITCH McCONNELL (R-KY): "[This week], we passed legislation to reauthorize the Coast Guard by an overwhelming bipartisan majority. The Senate took action to reaffirm the critical security, interdiction, and rescue missions that keep Americans safe, and to streamline duplicative regulations at the same time. The provision to clarify the regul… Continue Reading


10.10.18

List Of Accomplishments Keeps Growing

Water Infrastructure, FAA Reauthorization, And Landmark Opioids Bill Are Latest Additions To The Accomplishments Of The 115th Congress SENATE MAJORITY LEADER MITCH McCONNELL (R-KY): "Earlier this year, the president challenged us to seriously address our nation's crumbling infrastructure. In Congress, we've wasted no time on working to tackle this challenge in a bipartisan way. Here are just a few highlights. The funding bill for fiscal year 2018 included a $21 billion increase in infrastruc… Continue Reading


08.29.18

A Productive August

Senate Remained 'In Session This Month To Continue Working On Behalf Of The American People' SENATE MAJORITY LEADER MITCH McCONNELL (R-KY): "August is usually a time for Senators to spend more time in our home states, meeting with our constituents and reporting on the progress we've made in Washington. But this August had to be different. There was too much business left unfinished. So I made the decision to keep the Senate in session this month to continue working on behalf of the American… Continue Reading


05.24.18

Continuing To Produce For The American People

A Growing List Of Achievements By The 115th Congress SENATE MAJORITY LEADER MITCH McCONNELL (R-KY): "One bill after another, one confirmation after another, the Senate continues to produce major accomplishments that will directly improve the lives of the American people." (Sen. McConnell, Remarks, 5/24/2018) With More To Come, Here's A Look At Some Of The Legislative Highlights Of The 115th Congress TAX REFORM: Reformed America's tax code for the first time in 31 years - putting … Continue Reading


01.09.18

The World Remains Dangerous

The Need To Provide Our Military With Adequate, Predictable Funding To Meet Multiple Security Threats Is Clear SEN. JOHN McCAIN (R-AZ): "In a recent letter to the Senate Armed Services Committee, Secretary Mattis explained, 'BCA-level funding reverses the gains we have made in readiness, and undermines our efforts to increase lethality and grow the force. Without relief from the BCA caps, our air, land, and sea fleets will continue to erode. BCA caps obstruct our path to modernization, and cont… Continue Reading


06.12.17

Iran’s Ongoing Provocations

Missile Tests, Exchanges With North Korea, And Proxy Wars SECRETARY OF DEFENSE JAMES MATTIS: "Everywhere you look, if there is trouble in the region, you find Iran." ("Indications Iran Doubling Down On Use Of Proxy Forces," Voice Of America, 5/31/2017) "The Senate is expected to vote this week on bipartisan legislation that would expand U.S. sanctions against Iran's ballistic missile program and also target its support for terrorism, human rights violations and transfers of conventional weap… Continue Reading


09.21.16

Iran ‘Getting Worse’

Despite Obama Administration Rhetoric, The Iran 'Deal Has Not Resolved Many Concerns About Iranian Behavior' "Secretary of State John Kerry said the Iran nuclear agreement 'has lived up to its expectations' ..." ("One Year On, Kerry Satisfied With Iran Nuclear Deal," The Wall Street Journal, 7/14/2016) "Secretary of State John Kerry, one of the key authors, believes the deal has 'made the world safer.' However, the deal has not resolved many concerns about Iranian behavior in the region and … 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


09.07.16

Another Flight-Ful Of Francs

'US Payment Of $1.7 Billion To Iran Made Entirely In Cash' SEN. KELLY AYOTTE (R-NH): "…the eagerness of the Obama administration to bend over backwards to accommodate Tehran, conceal information from the American people, and protect a fundamentally flawed and deeply dangerous agreement that is only getting worse." (Sen. Ayotte, Press Release, 9/1/2016) $1.7 Billion In 'Taxpayer Money' Sent To Terror-Sponsoring Ayatollahs "The Obama administration followed up a planeload of $400 milli… 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


08.19.16

‘Completely False’?

After Repeated Denials To The Contrary, Obama Administration Now Admits '$400M Cash Shipment To Iran Tied To U.S. Prisoners' Release' SEN. TOM COTTON (R-AR): "Reports today confirm what many of us have suspected all along: the $400 million payment to Iran was a ransom payment for four Americans unlawfully held by the ayatollahs. … Unfortunately, it's not just the American people who received confirmation: it's also terrorist groups and our adversaries around the world who know the United… Continue Reading


05.10.16

White House Advisor: Iran ‘Is Healthcare For Us’

Obama Administration Boasts Of Selling American Public A Bill Of Goods On Its Iran Deal, Just Like They Did On Obamacare BEN RHODES, Deputy National Security Adviser For Strategic Communications: "…it's a big deal. This is probably the biggest thing President Obama will do in his second term on foreign policy. This is healthcare for us, just to put it in context." ("The Coming Détente With Iran," The Washington Free Beacon, 10/31/14) 2nd Term: Obama Administration Pushed 'Activel… Continue Reading


04.27.16

Do Your Job

Democrats 'Throw A Monkey Wrench Into The Gears' Of The Appropriations Process For Fear Of Having To Defend The President's Iran Nuclear Deal SEN. MITCH McCONNELL (R-KY): "I think we've come up with yet another definition of obstruction today. Our democratic friends are going to prevent the passage of an energy and water appropriations bill because of an amendment that is not yet pending to the bill. And yet a new way to blow up the appropriations process. Our democratic colleagues were great… Continue Reading


04.15.16

Iran Deal Continues To Evolve

WASH. POST: 'Should The United States Take Steps Not Strictly Mandated By The Text Of The Nuclear Accord At A Time When Iran Is Testing Nuclear-Capable Missiles?' "[T]he U.S. has been thrust into a role of defending Iran on its nuclear deal compliance and condemning its other actions as it simultaneously promotes business with Iran in the context of the new leeway afforded by sanctions relief." ("Analysis: Iran Nuclear Deal Puts US In Bind Amid Criticism," The Associated Press, 4/11/2016) … Continue Reading


01.28.16

Time to Modernize Our Nation’s Energy Policies

Broad Bipartisan Bill Cuts Red Tape And Promotes LNG Exports, Innovation, And Efficiency SEN. MURKOWSKI (R-AK): "Our energy renaissance has taken us from a position of energy scarcity to one of energy abundance, but current law rarely reflects that fact. After months of working together, the bipartisan legislation we introduced today marks a critical step toward the modernization of our federal energy policies. By focusing on areas where agreement was possible, we have assembled a robust bill… Continue Reading

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