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04.19.18

McConnell Meets with Rear Admiral Ronny Jackson, M.D.

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) released the following statement after meeting with the president's nominee for Secretary of the Veterans Administration (VA), Rear Admiral Ronny Jackson, M.D.: "I enjoyed meeting with Dr. Jackson and discussing the important work to be done on behalf of our nation's veterans. Through the VA, we should be doing everything we can to fulfill our commitments to veterans and their families - like the more than 300,000 veterans w… Continue Reading


04.13.18

McConnell Statement on Military Action Against the Assad Regime

LOUISVILLE, KY - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) issued the following statement regarding tonight's military action taken against the Syrian regime: "Tonight, the administration notified me of the president's decision to use military action to deter Bashar al-Assad and respond to the Syrian regime's use of chemical weapons against its own people. I support both the action and objective. "The tactics employed by the Assad regime to consolidate gains and terrorize the people… Continue Reading


02.07.18

Bipartisan Budget Act

"We need Congress to lift the defense spending caps and support a two-year budget agreement for our military…. We expect the men and women of our military to be faithful in their service even when going in harm's way. We have a duty to remain faithful to them." --Secretary of Defense James Mattis, 2/7/2018 A bipartisan, bicameral agreement was reached on a long-term budget agreement that, for the first time in years, will ensure that America's armed forces have more of the resources the… Continue Reading


01.11.18

McConnell Statement on Critical Foreign Surveillance Legislation

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) released the following statement regarding Senate consideration of the House-passed Title VII of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA): "Earlier today, the House of Representatives voted to approve a reauthorization of one of our nation's most important national security tools: Title VII of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. The Senate will now consider it. Section 702 is of particular importance as it give… Continue Reading


08.21.17

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


12.07.16

Majority Leader McConnell’s Statement on General James Mattis

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell released the following statement after meeting with President-elect Trump's intended nominee for Secretary of Defense, General James Mattis: "The next Commander in Chief will assume office at a time when significant threats to our national security are evident: the efforts and intentions of dissatisfied nations to expand respective regional spheres of influence, such as China, Russia and Iran, and North Korea's willful efforts to p… Continue Reading


11.10.16

Veterans Day 2016

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell delivered the following remarks in observance of Veterans Day, Friday, November 11th: The following is a transcript of the Majority Leader's message: "America's freedoms were earned by the sacrifices of our nation's Veterans. On this Veterans Day, we honor the brave men and women, past and present, who have so valiantly served in uniform. "I'm proud to represent the more than 330,000 Veterans who live in Kentucky. I have a simpl… Continue Reading


07.31.16

McConnell Statement on Captain Khan

LOUISVILLE, KY - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following statement Sunday: "Captain Khan was an American hero, and like all Americans I'm grateful for the sacrifices that selfless young men like Capt. Khan and their families have made in the war on terror. All Americans should value the patriotic service of ‎the patriots who volunteer to selflessly defend us in the armed services. And as I have long made clear, I agree with the Khans and families across the country th… Continue Reading


07.08.16

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


05.27.16

Memorial Day 2016

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell released the following video today honoring the members of our Armed Forces on this Memorial Day, May 30th: The following is a transcript of the Majority Leader's message: "As we approach Memorial Day, I hope we'll all take time to reflect on our fallen heroes. These are the brave men and women in uniform who, throughout history, have courageously served our country and made the ultimate sacrifice on our behalf. We remember … Continue Reading


11.04.15

Following Agreement on Budget Numbers, Senate to Consider Bipartisan Troop Funding Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding defense appropriations: "We live in a time of diverse and challenging global threats. "It's a time when we see ISIL consolidating its gains in Iraq and Syria. "It's a time when we see the forces of Assad marching alongside Iranian soldiers and Hezbollah militias. "It's a time when we see Russian aircraft flying above them in support. "And it's a time when commanders tell u… Continue Reading


10.01.15

McConnell to Senate Democrats: Don’t Block Funding for America’s Veterans

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor urging Democrats to support the national defense authorization bill and funding for Veterans Affairs: "With each passing day the American people are reminded of the peril attached to the Obama Administration's inflexible determination to conduct American foreign policy based on campaign promises made in 2008. "These goals - unilaterally withdrawing from Iraq and Afghanistan based on fi… Continue Reading


05.22.15

Memorial Day 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell issued the following statement honoring the members of our Armed Forces on this Memorial Day, May 25: "This Monday we'll honor our nation's greatest heroes: Every American who made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of freedom, democracy, and the American way of life. We'll proudly fly the flag that these brave heroes sought to protect. "Memorial Day is also a time to express our gratitude to the families of the fallen, to let them … Continue Reading


05.08.15

Recognizing the 70th Anniversary of V-E Day

LOUISVILLE, KY - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following statement recognizing the 70th anniversary of V-E Day: "Today we mark the 70th anniversary of V-E Day. The fall of the Third Reich and the end of the war in Europe represented a momentous victory for our country and the world. It was a victory that liberated millions, but it was a victory won at a terrible cost: the lives of countless young American and Allied soldiers, including thousands of Kentuckians. We will re… Continue Reading


01.15.15

Sen. Joni Ernst of Iowa to Deliver Republican Address to the Nation

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) today announced that U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA) will deliver the Republican Address to the Nation following the State of the Union address on Tuesday, January 20, 2015. "Sen. Ernst brings a unique perspective to the Senate. She is a mother, a soldier, and an independent leader who serves in Washington because Americans voted for change in the last election, and Joni understands that middle-cl… Continue Reading

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