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06.12.17

Senate Continues Work on Bipartisan Iran Sanctions Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding the Iran sanctions bill: "Last week, the Senate voted on an overwhelmingly bipartisan basis to advance the Iran sanctions bill currently before us, and we'll take another vote today to proceed to the bill. I want to thank the Chairs and Ranking Members of the Foreign Relations and Banking Committees, Chairman Corker and Chairman Crapo, for their efforts to craft a… Continue Reading


06.08.17

Holding Iran Accountable

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding the Iran sanctions bill: "Yesterday, Senators voted on an overwhelmingly bipartisan basis, 91 to 8, to advance critical legislation granting the administration more of the policy tools it needs to hold Iran accountable for its actions. We must now keep working toward final passage. This bill makes clear that Congress recognizes that Iran's aggressive behavior and… Continue Reading


06.07.17

Senate to Advance Bipartisan Iran Sanctions Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding Iran Sanctions legislation: "Senators today will have an opportunity to advance important, bipartisan Iran sanctions legislation. As we consider this bill we anticipate that amendments addressing Russia sanctions are likely to be offered. I am encouraged that the Chairmen of the Foreign Relations and Banking Committees, Senator Corker and Senator Crapo, have alre… Continue Reading


12.01.16

Senate to Vote on Iran Sanctions

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today on the Senate's upcoming vote on the Iran sanctions extension legislation: "Later today, we'll have a chance to pass the Iran sanctions extension legislation that passed the House by a large margin. "Given Iran's continued pattern of aggression and the country's persistent efforts to expand its sphere of influence across the region, preserving these sanctions is critical. "This … Continue Reading


11.30.16

McConnell on Remaining Items for this Congress

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today regarding remaining work before the 114th Congress comes to a close: "The Senate has a number of issues to wrap up including the conference reports on the Water Resources Development Act, the Energy Policy Modernization Act, and the National Defense Authorization Act. "The action taken by the Senate yesterday will allow us to have a final vote on the critical Iran Sanctions Exten… Continue Reading


11.29.16

McConnell on the Extension of the Iran Sanctions Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today regarding extending sanctions against Iran: "In just a moment Senators will have a chance to pass the Iran sanctions extension bill that recently passed the House overwhelmingly. "Preserving these sanctions is critical given Iran's disturbing pattern of aggression and its persistent efforts to expand its sphere of influence across the Middle East. "This is all the more importan… Continue Reading


11.28.16

Senate Begins Wrap-Up of 114th Congress

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today regarding the Senate's remaining work in 2016: "Over the next few weeks, Senators will work to conclude the business of the 114th Congress as we begin looking forward to the 115th. "We've got a lot to do, including approving several conference reports and funding the government. "It's good to see the respective committees making important progress on conference reports for the N… Continue Reading


11.17.16

McConnell: Important Work Ahead

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today regarding remaining agenda items of the current Congress: "It's been a busy and exciting week as we've welcomed new members, assembled our leadership teams for the 115th Congress, and gotten to work on important issues. "Today we'll have the opportunity to take up a bill that's particularly important for Gulf Coast states like Louisiana. "Senator Cassidy has been a leader on thi… Continue Reading


09.07.16

McConnell: Inexcusable that Senate Democrats Continue to Block National Defense and Anti-Zika Efforts

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today after Senate Democrats once again blocked the compromise conference report for anti-Zika efforts and support for our national defense, veterans: "Last night, Senate Democrats blocked critical funding - for veterans, for pregnant mothers and babies, and for service members. It's not the first or the even the second time they've put partisan politics ahead of the health and saf… Continue Reading


04.28.16

McConnell to Senate Democrats: ‘Do Your Job’

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today regarding Senate Democrats blocking the appropriations process with a filibuster: "Let me quote to you from a letter I recently received from our colleagues across the aisle: We are writing to reiterate our interest in working cooperatively to facilitate the Fiscal Year 2017 appropriations process…As we see it, restoring the regular order promises not only a more open a… 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


10.07.15

In a Dangerous World, It’s ‘Essential’ President Sign, Not Veto, the Defense Bill, McConnell Says

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today in urging the President to sign the National Defense Authorization Act: "I was glad to see the Senate come together yesterday to advance the bipartisan National Defense Authorization Act. "This bipartisan defense bill will support our men and women in uniform in many ways. "It will attack bureaucratic waste, and authorize pay raises and improved quality-of-life programs for our sol… Continue Reading


10.06.15

Defense Authorization Provides Tools to Protect America’s National Security

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor in support of the National Defense Authorization Act: "Henry Kissinger recently said that our country faces the most 'diverse and complex array of crises' since the Second World War. It's hard to disagree with him. "Consider the daily situation reports received by the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs: "Taliban forces overrunning Kunduz in Afghanistan, retaking their first provincial capit… 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


09.15.15

McConnell Urges Senate Democrats Not to Block Vote to Stop Iran Deal

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the President's deal with Iran: "As the Senate continues debating President Obama's deal with Iran today, I think it's appropriate to consider a quote from President Obama himself: 'I believe Congress owes the American people a final up or down vote,' he said. 'We need courage. You know, in the end, this debate is about far more than politics.' "When it comes to the Iran deal… Continue Reading


09.10.15

Despite Bipartisan Opposition, Senate Democrats Filibuster to Protect President’s Iran Deal

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the Democrats' filibuster of the resolution of disapproval: "The issue before us is of immense consequence to our country. The American people are entitled to a real voice, and to know where their elected Senators stand. "Until recently, this was a principle members of both parties appeared to endorse. "In fact, not a single Democrat voted against the Iran Nuclear Agreement … Continue Reading


09.10.15

McConnell Urges Senate Democrats Not to Block a Vote on President’s Iran Deal

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today urging Senate Democrats to allow a vote on the President's deal with Iran: "Just a few short months ago, Senators of both parties came together to pass a bipartisan bill based on an important principle: that the American people, through the Congress they elect, deserve a say on one of the most important issues of our time. "We rallied around that principle, voting 98-1 to ensure … Continue Reading


09.09.15

McConnell Lays Out Case Against President’s Iran Nuclear Deal

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the President's deal with Iran: "Before the Senate is a resolution that would disapprove of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action agreed to by the United States, China, France, Germany, the Russian Federation, the United Kingdom, the European Union and the Islamic Republic of Iran. "I've long said that the Senate should assess this deal by employing a simple standard: Will i… Continue Reading


09.09.15

McConnell Calls for Serious Debate on President’s Deal with Iran

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the Senate debate of the President's deal with Iran: "This afternoon, the Senate will engage in a debate of immense importance to our country. "I again ask every Senator to reflect upon its gravity. "At its heart, this is about more than just the short-term prospects of one agreement, or the long-term legacy of one president, or the narrow interests of one political party. "Wr… Continue Reading

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