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09.14.21

“Time for Hard Truths and Accountability” on Afghanistan

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding Afghanistan: "Providing for the common defense. Protecting the American people. It's one of the fundamental responsibilities our founders entrusted to the federal government. "It's a core obligation of the Commander-in-Chief. "Yet, to a deadly degree, a parade of mistakes in Afghanistan tells us President Biden and his team have failed this most basic tes… Continue Reading


09.13.21

Washington Democrats Push for Job-Killing Tax Hikes That Will Hurt American Workers

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding the Democrats' reckless tax and spending spree: "The international stage isn't the only area where Biden Administration policies have caused damage that was both foreseeable and foreseen. "Back in the springtime, Washington Democrats dumped trillions of dollars in liberal borrowing and spending onto the American people. "They pretended it was a COVID reli… Continue Reading


08.10.21

All 50 Senate Democrats to Back Chairman Sanders’ Reckless Taxing and Spending Spree

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding the Democrats' reckless tax and spending spree: "Later today, Senate Democrats want to take their next big step toward playing Russian roulette with our country. They want to begin pushing through a reckless taxing and spending spree that was authored by our self-described socialist colleague Chairman Sanders. "Today, the American people will learn exactly… Continue Reading


06.08.21

McConnell: Bipartisan Bill “Cannot Be the Senate’s Final Word on Our Competition With China”

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding China: "Today the Senate will wrap up consideration of a broad, bipartisan effort to update our approach to competition with China. "This bill has accelerated an important conversation on a topic we all know deserves our full attention. From critical supply chains to intellectual property to counterespionage, it touches on key issues that will help determi… Continue Reading


05.27.21

A Bipartisan Process Would Let Senate Finalize China-Focused Legislation

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding China: "Last week, the Senate took up sweeping legislation. It touches on big issues that span many committees-from economic policy to national security to scientific research and beyond. "86 Senators voted to proceed to this debate. Me included. "That wasn't because the legislation was ready to go. It happened because there's broad bipartisan agreement … Continue Reading


05.24.21

We Can’t Compete With China Without Robust Defense Funding

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding competing with China: "Last week, a bipartisan majority of Senators voted to proceed to floor debate about our nation's long-term competition with China. "There's no disagreement that the People's Republic's strategic capabilities and its growing influence beyond the Indo-Pacific, pose a singular challenge to American strength and security. There is robust… Continue Reading


05.20.21

“Competing with China” Requires Adequately Funding our National Defense

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding defense spending: "We know that competition with China will shape America's security and prosperity for decades to come. That's a fact. "The legislation on the floor purports to deal with this issue. It covers a huge range of topics from economics to education to foreign and defense policy. "Earlier this week, I voted with the majority of Senators to proc… Continue Reading


05.18.21

McConnell: Sweeping Legislation on Senate Floor Needs Bipartisanship & Robust Amendment Process

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding The Endless Frontiers Act: "Yesterday, the Senate took a step toward considering wide-ranging legislation that would touch on multiple parts of the U.S. economy in the name of increasing innovation and competitiveness. "A secure, productive, and innovative America that can out-compete China is something that all 100 Senators want. Of course, in a place lik… Continue Reading


05.13.21

Competing With China Requires Funding Defense & Strengthening our Economy

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding China: "While Senators were back in our home states last week, the Washington Post ran this headline: 'Chinese greenhouse gas emissions now larger than those of developed countries combined.' "China is out-emitting the United States, India, and the entire European Union, combined. They're now responsible for more than a fourth of the entire world's emissio… Continue Reading


04.29.21

"Our President Will Not Secure a Lasting Legacy Through Go-It-Alone Radicalism”

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding President Biden's Joint Session Address: "Last night, President Biden delivered his first address to a joint session of Congress. And today marks his 100th day in office. "President Biden is a likeable person. Many of us remember serving with him in this chamber. "But while the tone of his remarks were understated, the content was anything but. "He talk… Continue Reading


04.28.21

Biden’s First 100 Days: The Far Left Is Calling the Shots

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding President Biden's first 100 days in office: "Tonight, President Biden will deliver his first address to a joint session of Congress. "I'll be there. And like my fellow Kentuckians watching at home, I'll be curious to hear how the President tries to square his rhetoric with his Administration's actions over the past 100 days. "Back in January, many Americ… Continue Reading


04.27.21

Biden Administration Wrong to Seek Defense Spending Cuts While Adversaries Keep Investing

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding foreign policy: "Yesterday I discussed how the Biden Administration's wishful thinking has set them up for foreign policy failure in Central Asia and the Middle East. "The likely catastrophe in Afghanistan may well consume this Administration, and distract from the challenges posed by competition with Russia and China. "And the President's meager defense… Continue Reading


04.27.21

Senate Should Not Confirm a Veteran of the Job-Killing War on Coal

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding infrastructure: "This week, the Senate is set to vote on President Biden's nominee to be Deputy Administrator of the EPA. "The nominee needs no introduction for my fellow Kentuckians and our neighbors in coal country. But for those less familiar: Janet McCabe was the chief author of the "Clean Power Plan" that President Obama unveiled in 2015 "Well, si… Continue Reading


04.22.21

Biden Climate Agenda: Toothless Requests Abroad, Maximum Pain at Home

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding climate policy: "Yesterday, I mentioned that the DNA of the far-left Green New Deal is all over President Biden's spending bills. That wasn't just my opinion; it was the verdict of our colleague the junior Senator for Massachusetts. "Today, the President is scheduled to meet virtually with a group of world leaders on climate policy. His agenda, reportedly… Continue Reading


04.20.21

McConnell Blasts Liberal Efforts to Go Soft on Fentanyl Analogues

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding the opioid crisis: "Of course, the flow of actual people is not our only border security problem. "Americans are dying and communities are being hollowed out because foreign drug dealers and profiteers have taken our opioid crisis as a business opportunity. "Fentanyl and fentanyl analogues that pour into our country impose a staggering, tragic cost. "In… Continue Reading


04.12.21

Election Law and Infrastructure Deserve Bipartisanship, Not Democrats’ 'Trojan Horse Tactics'

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding upcoming legislative priorities: "The Senate returns today from a state work period. We got to meet with constituents in our home states and hear firsthand about their most pressing concerns. "Unfortunately, back here in Washington, Democrats continued to roll out new reasons for the American people to worry. "The week before last, the Biden Administratio… Continue Reading


03.22.21

Administration Must Back Up Tough Talk on China With Commitment to Defense Funding

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding China: "On Thursday, Biden Administration officials had their first person-to-person meeting with representatives from the People's Republic of China. By diplomatic standards, the opening public exchange was tense. "The belligerent grandstanding by PRC diplomats was unfortunately no surprise. It's what we've come to expect. As China's military and economi… Continue Reading


01.27.21

McConnell: Nation Deserves Strong, Bipartisan Foreign Policy to Counter Serious Threats

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding nominations and foreign policy: "Yesterday, we confirmed Antony Blinken, our new Secretary of State. Like the Director of National Intelligence, the Secretary of Defense, and the Secretary of the Treasury, it was another big, bipartisan vote here in the Senate. "Four years ago, Senate Democrats subjected mainstream nominees to lead State and Treasury to a … Continue Reading


12.09.20

McConnell Condemns Treatment of Jimmy Lai and Continued Crackdown on Hong Kongers

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding China: "Last week, the struggle to preserve freedom and autonomy in Hong Kong was dealt another disturbing blow. "On Thursday, Jimmy Lai, a prominent media figure and pro-democracy activist, was denied bail. The Chinese Communist Party continues cracking down on dissent and free speech. "Not long ago, the international community hoped China's modernization … Continue Reading


12.08.20

McConnell Speaks Against Efforts to Block Sales to the UAE

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding UAE arms sales: "This week, some Senators indicate they may attempt to move a privileged resolution to disapprove of the Administration's proposed sale of advanced armaments to the United Arab Emirates, a critical partner in the fight against terrorists. "It's a little baffling to suggest that, now of all times, a protest gesture with no chance of obtaining … Continue Reading

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