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McConnell: We Must Avoid Strategic Calamity in the Middle East

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) issued the following statement regarding the situation in Syria: "I am gravely concerned by recent events in Syria and by our nation's apparent response thus far. "Turkey is our NATO ally and has legitimate security concerns stemming from the conflict in Syria. But Turkey's offensive against our Syrian Kurdish partners is jeopardizing years of hard-won progress in the fight against ISIS. "For years, the United States and ou… Continue Reading


McConnell Statement on President Trump’s Address to the Nation on Afghanistan

LOUISVILLE, KY. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) released the following statement tonight regarding President Trump's address to the nation: "Tonight President Trump reaffirmed to the American people the painful lesson glaringly brought to our shores on September 11, 2001: the United States cannot permit terrorist organizations such as ISIL, al Qaeda or its affiliates to train, recruit and plot from ungoverned sanctuaries--whether within Afghanistan, in the tribal areas of P… Continue Reading


Leader McConnell Statement on Democrat Filibuster of Department of Defense Funding Bill

"It is inexcusable to see Senate Democrats filibustering the defense appropriations bill, jeopardizing both our combat readiness and our national security. "This defense appropriations measure, like every other Fiscal Year 2017 funding bill, respects the budget caps in place and was reported out of committee at the earliest point in more than a decade - despite all of Democrats efforts to dismantle the appropriations process. It also earned the support of every single Democrat in committee. As … Continue Reading


McConnell Statement on Interim Iran Nuke Agreement

WASHINGTON, D.C.-U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following statement today regarding the interim agreement on Iran's nuclear program: "Last week I led a Senate delegation to Israel, Jordan, Iraq, and Afghanistan. Iran's support of Hezbollah, the Assad regime, Shia militias in Iraq, Houthi insurgents in Yemen - along with its ongoing nuclear ambitions - reveal an ongoing effort to both expand the Iranian sphere of influence throughout the greater Middle East and undermine Am… Continue Reading

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