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01.31.19

Senate Democrats Continue Foreign Policy Debate Obstruction

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the Strengthening America's Security in the Middle East Act that he introduced with Senators Rubio, Risch and Gardner, and obstruction from Senate Democrats: "Earlier this week, Senate Democrats stopped filibustering the important legislation before us. They finally joined Republicans and voted to advance these measures to renew our commitment to Israel, deepen our coop… Continue Reading


01.29.19

Strengthening America’s Security in the Middle East Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the S. 1 foreign policy legislation that he introduced with Senators Rubio, Risch and Gardner, and obstruction from Senate Democrats: "Yesterday afternoon, Senate Democrats finally dropped their filibuster of S.1, the Strengthening America's Security in the Middle East Act. It took 24 days and four cloture votes, but enough of my Democratic colleagues have now voted to … Continue Reading


01.28.19

Senate to Overcome Filibuster of Middle East Policy Bills

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the S. 1 foreign policy legislation that he introduced with Senators Rubio, Risch and Gardner, and obstruction from Senate Democrats: "Later this afternoon, the Senate will hold its fourth cloture vote on a package of important foreign-policy legislation that was introduced back on January 4th. For weeks, now, Senate Democrats have effectively filibustered this legislat… Continue Reading


01.15.19

Democrats Blocked Action on Security Aid to Israel in Favor of Political Show Vote

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding Senate Democrats' misguided priorities and the need to continue tough efforts against Russia: "I believe the Senate's voice should indeed be heard on national security policy. This is why I have moved to have the Senate's first legislative business this Congress be a bipartisan package of foreign policy bills. I made it our first priority to move legislation that would… Continue Reading


01.08.19

Middle East Policy Legislation Would Help Protect Allies, Strengthen Israel Relationship

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the S. 1 foreign policy legislation that he introduced with Senators Rubio, Risch and Gardner: "For years, America's vital interests in the Middle East have been jeopardized by regional chaos. The security of our ally Israel continues to be challenged by the long reach of the Iranian regime and its affiliates. In Syria, the Assad regime has made its own nation a gravey… Continue Reading


05.14.18

McConnell Statement on the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding today's dedication of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem: "Today marks 70 years since Israel declared its independence on May 14, 1948. Ever since, this brave nation has shone as a beacon of democracy in a troubled region and stood as a valued friend of the United States. "It's fitting that another historic event took place today. This morning, an American deleg… Continue Reading


03.20.18

Sanders Resolution on Yemen Would Harm Allies, Embolden Iran

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding his opposition to the Sanders Resolution, and the Senate's vote this afternoon: "Later today, the Senate will vote on a resolution offered by the junior Senators from Vermont and Utah. Their goal is to end U.S. support for the Saudi Arabian-led coalition fighting the Houthi insurgency in Yemen. And they propose to do this using provisions of the War Powers Re… Continue Reading


03.06.18

McConnell Speaks at AIPAC Policy Conference

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) Policy Conference: "Good morning. Speaking at AIPAC is a real honor. I've had the privilege of addressing this audience and my fellow friends of Israel on multiple occasions, and I must say it is so good to be back. "I want to add my congratulations to Dr. Mort Fridman as he begins what I am sure will be a distinguished tenure as pr… Continue Reading


06.05.17

Senate Commemorates 50th Anniversary of the Reunification of Jerusalem

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding a bipartisan resolution that will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the reunification of the city of Jerusalem: "This week marks the 50th anniversary of the beginning of the Six-Day War. Confronted by the massing of Arab Armies and the closing of the Tiran straits, Israel responded and, in a fight for survival, ultimately prevailed. As a result, the city of Jer… Continue Reading


02.15.17

McConnell Welcomes Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

WASHINGTON, D.C. -U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's visit to Washington, D.C.: "Let me begin by welcoming a true friend of the United States: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who will be visiting the Capitol later today. Over the years our nations have built a strong and enduring relationship - a relationship grounded in common values like democracy and ind… Continue Reading


09.28.16

McConnell on the Passing of Shimon Peres

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today mourning the passing of Shimon Peres, the ninth president of Israel: "We were saddened to learn last night that Shimon Peres, the ninth president of Israel, has passed away at the age of 93. "He leaves behind a remarkable legacy of service on behalf of the people of Israel - and a lengthy resume to match. "The Nobel Peace Prize, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the Congress… Continue Reading


11.09.15

McConnell Welcomes Prime Minister Netanyahu to Washington

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor welcoming Prime Minister Netanyahu to Washington: "I'd like to welcome the Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu, to Washington, D.C. "Today's visit between President Obama and the Prime Minister was the first time the leaders of our two countries have met in over a year. It was also their first time meeting since President Obama concluded his deal with Iran. "We know that that… Continue Reading


09.17.15

Senate Vote Today Would Link Sanctions Relief to Change in Iranian Behavior

'The Administration failed to negotiate to ensure the release of American citizens being held in Iranian custody. The Administration failed to negotiate to ensure Iran's recognition of Israel's right to exist. But we can do something to link the freedom American citizens being held in Iranian custody and the recognition of Israel to sanctions relief - something that the Administration should have done. We can say it has to be corrected before sanctions are lifted, and billions more flow into Ira… Continue Reading


09.15.15

McConnell Amendment Would Link Lifting Sanctions to Iran’s Recognition of Israel, Release of American Prisoners

'I will file on an amendment that would prevent the President from lifting sanctions until Iran meets two simple benchmarks: It must formally recognize Israel's right to exist, and it must release the American citizens being held in Iranian custody.' WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today outlining what is next in the Senate regarding the President's deal with Iran: "This evening, Senate Democrats will have one more… Continue Reading


03.04.15

Bipartisan Bill Would Allow Congress to Review, Vote on an Obama-Iran Agreement

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor urging Senate Democrats not to filibuster the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015: "Yesterday the Prime Minister of Israel shared with the Congress and the American people his perspective regarding Israel's national security interests and the threat the radical regime in Tehran poses to stability in the greater Middle East. The Prime Minister explained later in the day in a meeti… Continue Reading


03.03.15

Senate to Debate Bipartisan Bill Requiring Congressional Approval of Any Agreement with Iran

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding bipartisan legislation that would allow Congress to review and vote on any agreement with Iran: "This morning, Prime Minister Netanyahu laid out the threat posed by a nuclear Iran in clear terms- not just to Israel, not just to the United States, but to the entire world. "He reminded us that no deal with Iran is better than a bad deal with Iran. "That seems to run counter to… Continue Reading


03.03.15

McConnell Welcomes Prime Minister Netanyahu to U.S. Capitol

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today welcoming Prime Minister Netanyahu to the U.S. Capitol: "Later this morning, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will deliver an important address to Congress. "Members of both parties extend a warm welcome to him. This leader is a great friend of our country, and his visit comes at a critical moment in the relations between our countries. "The Prime Minister's address coi… Continue Reading


03.02.15

McConnell Outlines Busy Senate Schedule

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding this week in the Senate: "This week promises to be a busy one. "Just across the street, an important Obamacare case will be argued before the Supreme Court. "And tomorrow, here in the Capitol, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will address a joint session of Congress. It's an important speech that comes at an important time. Iran's long-standing determination to deve… Continue Reading

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