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11.01.23

U.S. Defense Production Pays Dividends Far Beyond Ukraine

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding our defense industrial base: “I’ve spoken frequently about the clear links between the biggest national security challenges facing our country, and about what we need to do to address them. But let’s not lose sight of a few overarching points. “America’s adversaries don’t ease up when we lose our resolve. In fact, they press their advantage. “How many of … Continue Reading


10.24.23

McConnell Urges Support For Israel, Cautions Against Terrorist Claims

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding Israel: “In the coming days and weeks, the Senate will work urgently to address several major, related threats to the American people, our allies, and our interests at home and abroad. “After Russia’s escalation against Ukraine last year, the savage Iran-backed terrorist attacks on Israel once again reminded the civilized world of the persistent evil that … Continue Reading


10.16.23

McConnell: America Must Reaffirm Commitment to Israel’s Security In Face Of Terrorist War

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding support for Israel: “Since the Senate last convened, terrorists have sent shockwaves through the civilized world with savage, cold-blooded violence. “On October 7, Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad desecrated Israeli soil and tore apart Israeli families with utterly medieval brutality. “Like ISIS, terrorists from Gaza turned peaceful homes and neighborh… Continue Reading


05.11.23

McConnell on Title 42 and President Biden’s Border Failures

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding security at the southern border: "The Biden Administration's reckless policies have created chaos on our southern border. And further mistakes from the Democrats are taking things from very bad to even worse. "For more than two years now, President Biden and Secretary Mayorkas have proven they are either incapable, unwilling, or uninterested in defending a… Continue Reading


02.13.23

Fentanyl Crossing Our Southern Border Is Killing Kentuckians

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding fentanyl and the border crisis: "'Losing a child is the hardest thing that can ever happen to a parent. It's out of the natural order.' "Madam President, those are the words of a grieving father in Bowling Green, Kentucky. After struggling for years against opioid addiction, his son was killed by a lethal dose of fentanyl in 2021. "That year marked a seco… Continue Reading


02.07.23

Biden Administration Delivers Second Year of Overwhelming Failures

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 State of the Union: "This evening, President Biden will begin the back half of his term with his State of the Union address to Congress. "But the White House's attempts to script the message for this week have been upset by recent events. Over the last several days, the country learned that on President Biden's watch, the state of our uni… Continue Reading


09.20.22

Liberal Jurisdictions Balk at Tiny Fraction of Border Crisis

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding the border crisis: "Our overwhelmed Customs and Border Protection personnel have already encountered more than two million illegal immigrants and counting this fiscal year. "That is a larger group of people than the entire populations of 14 states. And this record-shattering two million apprehensions only counts the subset of people that were actually caug… Continue Reading


06.23.22

Historic Border Crisis a “Clear and Direct Symptom of Failed Leadership”

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding immigration: "In 2021, on President Biden's watch, each monthly total for illegal migrant apprehensions was higher than the same month's number the previous year. "The same thing's happening in 2022. Every month has topped the total from 12 months prior. "In fact, this past May didn't just eclipse May of 2021. It set a new all-time record. "Border Patrol… Continue Reading


06.14.22

U.S. Must Learn From Ukraine Crisis and Invest in Real, Robust Defense Growth

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding Ukraine and National Defense: "The latest news from Ukraine confirms that our friends need more robust weaponry, and fast. "'Outgunned Ukraine Needs More Weapons Fast as Russia Advances, Officials Say.' "'Ukraine Pleads For Weapons, Saying Russia Has Much More Artillery.' "The people of Ukraine have inspired the world with their resilience. But resisting… Continue Reading


04.26.22

Democrats’ Backwards Border Policies Are Failing America

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding the crisis at our southern border: "The Biden Administration's bad decisions have brought many crises upon our country. One of the worst is the collapse of law and order on our southern border. "Last month, Customs and Border Protection reported over 221,000 apprehensions. That's up 33% just since February. It's the highest monthly total in 22 years. We ha… Continue Reading


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


06.08.21

McConnell: Bipartisan 1/6 Report Should Guide Ongoing Security Review

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding January 6th: "Today the Homeland Security and Rules Committees released the conclusions of their months-long joint investigation into the circumstances of the unprecedented breach of security here at the Capitol on January 6th. "I am grateful to our colleagues on both committees whose hard work made this invaluable report possible. "My assessment of the t… Continue Reading


03.10.21

McConnell on Environmental Nominees: When Bad Policies are On the Table, Kentucky Families are On The Menu

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding nominations: "That brings me to the issue of immigration more broadly. "Just a few weeks onto the job, the Biden Administration and Secretary Mayorkas are flailing and failing on our southern border. "The number of unaccompanied migrant children in Border Patrol custody has tripled in two weeks and now dwarfs anything seen during the last four years. "Li… Continue Reading


05.21.20

McConnell on Successful Slowing of COVID-19: The American People Have Won “An Important Battle”

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding COVID-19: "All month, the Senate has been on the job, attending to the needs of our nation. "We have legislated. We've confirmed nominees. We've held major hearings and conducted oversight on the historic response to COVID-19. "Now, yesterday, we learned that our Senate action will continue to contrast with our absentee neighbors across the rotunda. "While… Continue Reading


05.18.20

McConnell: Essential Workers Are Showing Up for Our Country And The Senate Is Showing Up for Them

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding the week's business: "The COVID-19 pandemic continues to hold our nation on high alert. "More than 1.4 million Americans have been infected. More than 80,000 lives have been tragically lost. And the livelihoods of tens of millions of working families have been turned upside down in what seems like the blink of an eye. "Our nation's healthcare system has not… Continue Reading


03.16.20

McConnell on FISA: The Senate Should Not Wait to Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding FISA: "Late last night, several critical authorities that law enforcement uses to keep Americans safe lapsed into expiration. "Barring Senate action, these important tools, which help protect the homeland from terrorists and counter foreign intelligence activities on U.S. soil, will remain offline. "Fortunately, in the weeks leading up to this deadline, the… Continue Reading


09.25.19

McConnell: Democrats Should Not Create “False Choice” Between Border Security and Military Construction Projects

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the humanitarian crisis at our southern border and the need to fund important military projects: "Earlier this year, President Trump led the federal government to recognize our insecure southern border for what it is - a national emergency. A humanitarian and security crisis. Congress had heard plea after plea for more border security funding. We'd heard from seni… Continue Reading


09.11.19

‘September 11th Changed Our Way of Life’

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the 18th anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks: "For eighteen years, today's date has held a tragic meaning. September 11 is a day of mourning, a date stained by the terrorist murders of so many innocent people in New York, Arlington, and Pennsylvania. Each passing year, the reality is still shocking. The wounds are still painful. Each year we rememb… Continue Reading


06.27.19

House Should Pass Bipartisan Senate Humanitarian Funding Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the humanitarian crisis at our southern border: "Eight weeks ago, the administration sent Congress an urgent request for humanitarian money for the border. For eight weeks, we've seen evidence nearly every day that the conditions have been getting worse. But during all this time our House Democratic colleagues have been unable to produce a clean measure to prov… Continue Reading


06.26.19

National Defense Authorization Act Addresses Priorities at Home and Abroad

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the National Defense Authorization Act: "The National Defense Authorization Act is one of the most significant pieces of legislation we tackle each year. It addresses many national and international priorities. But underneath, there are countless local stories - of servicemembers, families, communities, and installations throughout our country. "A few weeks ag… Continue Reading

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