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09.02.21

ICYMI: Leader McConnell on The Guy Benson Show

LOUISVILLE, KY - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) joined The Guy Benson Show last night. Read below for the highlights or click here to listen to the full interview. On the Biden Administration's Disastrous Exit from Afghanistan: "[I] would start with saying the war hasn't ended, it's just become more difficult for us to prosecute. The terrorist threat in Afghanistan is already greater than it was before this rash decision to withdraw. It will continue to grow, and our cap… Continue Reading


08.31.21

Fight Against Terrorism Will Not end Just Because Politicians Want to Wish It Away

ASHLAND, KY - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks regarding Afghanistan today at an event sponsored by the Ashland Alliance - the Chamber of Commerce and the Economic Development Agency for Boyd and Greenup Counties: "This was a disgraceful and disastrous departure that will allow the Taliban and Al Qaeda to celebrate the 20th anniversary of 9/11 by having complete control of Afghanistan. "Two weeks ago, President Biden specifically promised h… Continue Reading


08.26.21

McConnell Statement on American Servicemembers Killed in Kabul

LOUISVILLE, KY - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) issued the following statement on the bombings in Kabul: "It is sickening and enraging to hear that at least 12 United States servicemembers have been killed and more have been injured at the hands of terrorists in Kabul. "Americans' hearts are breaking for our servicemembers and diplomats. They are doing heroic work to rescue American citizens and Afghan partners in the predictably chaotic wake of the President's decision t… Continue Reading


08.24.21

Americans and Vulnerable Afghans Need Support, Not President Biden’s Artificial Timelines

LOUISVILLE, KY - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) issued the following statement on Afghanistan and the Biden Administration's response. "The latest reporting suggests Americans and vulnerable Afghans are still having trouble reaching the Kabul airport because of the Taliban. President Biden's responsibility is simple: He should clearly and firmly state that the United States will stay for however long it takes and use whatever force is necessary to ensure we do not abandon … Continue Reading


08.24.21

ICYMI: Leader McConnell on ‘America’s Newsroom’

LOUISVILLE, KY - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) joined Bill Hemmer and Dana Perino on Fox News this morning. See below for highlights or click here to watch to the full interview: On President Biden's Reckless Decision to Leave Afghanistan: "First let me say this is one of the greatest foreign policy disasters in American history. I think it's important to remember where we were a few months ago before the president's reckless decision to leave. We only had 2500 troops … Continue Reading


08.20.21

McConnell: “This Catastrophic Decision Rests with the Commander-in-Chief Who Made It.”

LOUISVILLE, KY - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) issued the following statement today regarding Afghanistan and the Biden Administration's response: "U.S. servicemembers and diplomats are now engaged in a round-the-clock mission to get American citizens, loyal partners, and vulnerable Afghans out of Kabul. The task is difficult and dangerous. Their efforts under pressure reflect America at its finest. Our personnel in harm's way deserve our utmost respect and support. "But… Continue Reading


08.18.21

ICYMI: McConnell on The Hugh Hewitt Show

LOUISVILLE, KY - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) joined The Hugh Hewitt Show this morning. See below for highlights or click here to listen to the full interview: On the Benefits of Keeping a Small-Force Footprint in Afghanistan: "This is a colossal mistake. You know, Hugh, I'm somebody who believes that the light-touch deployment we had in Afghanistan was actually working. We didn't have a single one of our military personnel killed in combat in the last year. The lid wa… Continue Reading


04.09.21

McConnell, Inhofe, Rubio, Graham, and Shelby Statement on Biden’s Disappointing Defense Budget

'Talk is cheap, but defending our country is not. We can't afford to fail in our constitutional responsibility to provide for the common defense.' WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Senate Armed Services Committee Ranking Member Jim Inhofe (R-OK), Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Vice Chairman Marco Rubio (R-FL), Senate Budget Committee Ranking Member Lindsey Graham (R-SC), and Senate Appropriations Committee Vice Chairman Richard Shelby (R-AL) issue… Continue Reading


12.27.20

McConnell Applauds President Trump for Signing Crucial Relief Legislation into Law

LOUISVILLE, KY - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) issued the following statement regarding the COVID-19 relief and government funding legislation being signed into law this evening: "I applaud President Trump's decision to get hundreds of billions of dollars of crucial COVID-19 relief out the door and into the hands of American families as quickly as possible. "The bipartisan rescue package that Republicans in Congress and the Trump Administration negotiated with the Democra… Continue Reading


10.27.19

McConnell Applauds President Trump’s Announcement on the Death of al-Baghdadi

LOUISVILLE, KY. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) issued the following statement following the announcement of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi's death: "I applaud President Trump's announcement that U.S. special forces have eliminated ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. The world's most wanted man has been brought to justice. The world is a safer place today. "This victory for the U.S. and our many counterterrorism partners is a significant step for the campaign against ISIS, for the fut… Continue Reading


10.14.19

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


10.07.19

McConnell Statement on Turkey and U.S. Partners in Syria

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) released the following statement today regarding Turkey and U.S. partners in Syria: "In January, a supermajority of the U.S. Senate voted for an amendment that expressed bipartisan concern about the continuing threat posed by ISIS and Al Qaeda in Syria, appreciation of the long-term American security interests in Syria and the region, and support for a continued military presence in northeastern Syria. "The conditions that … Continue Reading


07.22.19

McConnell on Administration-Pelosi Budget Deal: ‘The Resources We Need to Keep Rebuilding our Armed Forces’

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) released the following statement regarding the president's announcement today that Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Speaker Nancy Pelosi have reached a budget deal: "I am very encouraged that the administration and Speaker Pelosi have reached a two-year funding agreement that secures the resources we need to keep rebuilding our armed forces. This was our top objective: Continuing to restore the readiness of our armed for… Continue Reading


12.20.18

McConnell Statement on Secretary Mattis

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) issued the following statement regarding Secretary of Defense James Mattis: "I believe it's essential that the United States maintain and strengthen the post-World War II alliances that have been carefully built by leaders in both parties. We must also maintain a clear-eyed understanding of our friends and foes, and recognize that nations like Russia are among the latter. "So I was sorry to learn that Secretary Mattis, who … Continue Reading


11.26.18

McConnell Op-Ed: A Long, Proud List of Accomplishments in this Congress

"Over the last two years, a Republican Congress, working with the Trump Administration, has delivered a long series of policy accomplishments that have created real, tangible change for the American middle class. Along the way, this Senate has proven to be fertile ground for productive bipartisan work. "What remains to be seen, and what the country will soon learn, is whether or not a Democrat-led House of Representatives will follow suit. "Here's where we are after the first two years of the … Continue Reading


09.28.18

President Signs Major Appropriations Package Into Law

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) released the following statement regarding the Senate's work on appropriations: "With President Trump's signature, our second major appropriations package for the coming year is now law. This marks a significant milestone in our efforts to return to a regular process for responsibly, effectively allocating taxpayer dollars. "Congress has passed more appropriations bills on time this year than it has in twenty years. This w… Continue Reading


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

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