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07.26.22

Senate Must Act Quickly on Sweden, Finland NATO Accession and Bipartisan NDAA

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding NATO and Ukraine: "This past Saturday brought yet another escalation in Russia's brutal war in Ukraine. "The ink had barely dried on a deal securing safe passage for Ukrainian grain exports when Russian missiles hit the port city of Odessa. "Ukraine produces one fifth of the world's high-grade wheat. Russia's Black Sea blockade and destruction of Ukraine'… Continue Reading


07.20.22

McConnell: Senate Must Act Swiftly on Sweden, Finland NATO Accession

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, a day after the House overwhelmingly passed a resolution welcoming Finland and Sweden's application to join NATO, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee discharged the treaty protocols required to ratify their accession, without objection. "I'm grateful to Ranking Member Risch, Chairman Menendez, and our colleagues on the Commit… 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


03.24.22

McConnell: Strengthen Military Production, Defense Funding, and Global Leadership

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding foreign policy: "Today, President Biden is overseas, meeting with America's closest European allies as Vladimir Putin's war in Ukraine enters its second month. "He is engaging with a Europe that's been profoundly changed. NATO allies have watched a neighbor invaded by an aggressive, revanchist Russia. Some, like Germany, are ending 30 years of post-Cold Wa… Continue Reading


03.10.22

Bipartisan Government Funding Bill Contains Big Wins for National Defense

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding government funding: "Yesterday, the House passed a bipartisan, bicameral government funding agreement that will enable crucial investments in our national defense. "Putin's war on Ukraine is just one manifestation of the major, long-term threats to American security and American interests posed by major competing powers like Russia and China. "So, absolut… Continue Reading


03.08.22

Ukraine Aid Cannot Move “At the Speed of Bureaucracy”

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding Ukraine: "As I mentioned yesterday, Senators had the chance to hear directly from Ukraine's President, Volodymyr Zelensky, over the weekend. He and his constituents, the brave people of Ukraine, have won hearts and minds across the world. "Their pain is Putin's fault. But - as I and others warned for weeks before the invasion - that pain has been compounde… Continue Reading


03.07.22

Rumored Iran Deal Would Mean “Choosing Weakness in the Middle East”

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding Iran: "The eyes of the American people and the entire world are fixed on Eastern Europe. Vladimir Putin is continuing his unjustifiable invasion of a sovereign country and his unprovoked killing of innocent people. "Over the weekend, Senators were honored to speak electronically with Ukraine's brave leader, President Zelensky. His courageous leadership has… Continue Reading


02.28.22

Putin Has Again Invaded Another Sovereign Country

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding Ukraine: "Last week, Putin again invaded the sovereign territory of a neighboring country. "Sadly, it was long clear that attempts to invoke genteel international norms would not move this self-styled Tsar. "Putin only cares about norms insofar as he wants to rewrite them. He only cares about the peaceful international order insofar as he wants to disrupt… Continue Reading


02.02.22

The U.S. and Our Allies Must Take These Steps Now to Support Ukraine

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding Russia: "Today, more than 100,000 Russian troops are holding positions along Ukraine's eastern borders. More have been deployed to Belarus to threaten Ukraine from the north. For the second time in a decade, Vladimir Putin's campaign to forcibly redraw the map of the European continent is on the verge of a massive escalation. "For those of us who remember … Continue Reading


01.31.22

Working Americans Need Better Than Democrats’ Distractions

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding Democrats' distractions: "Senators spent last week in our home states. We got to hear firsthand updates about the real issues facing the real families we represent. "I was especially glad to return to Western Kentucky to keep working on our recovery from the catastrophic tornadoes that hammered our state in mid-December. "Kentuckians are tough. We're resi… Continue Reading


12.15.21

Bipartisan Defense Legislation Will Bolster Kentucky and the Country

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding the National Defense Authorization Act: "Today, the Senate will pass this year's National Defense Authorization Act by a big, bipartisan margin. "I've talked for weeks about the importance of this legislation given the global threats and international challenges that face our nation - from China to Russia to the fight against terrorists in the Middle East.… Continue Reading


12.14.21

Biden Administration’s Mistakes Raise the Stakes for 2021 Defense Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding the National Defense Authorization Act: "For months, while our colleagues have been writing their reckless taxing and spending spree behind closed doors, the Democratic majority let the National Defense Authorization Act sit in limbo. "This week, four and a half months after it was cleared by the Armed Services Committee, the Senate should finally finish t… Continue Reading


11.30.21

McConnell: Critical Defense Legislation Deserves a Bipartisan 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 National Defense Authorization Act: "Yesterday, a bipartisan majority of Senators rejected the Democratic Leader's effort to shut down debate on the National Defense Authorization Act and block new measures to get tougher on Russia. "The Democratic Leader wants to block the Senate from fully and robustly debating a number of important issues - from how… Continue Reading


11.29.21

While Families Plead for Less Inflation, Democrats Want to Print and Spend Trillions More

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding Democrats' reckless tax and spending spree: "Why do our Democratic colleagues want to shortchange our national defense? To free up their time and attention for another massive, reckless taxing and spending spree. A radical wish list that would hurt American families and help China. "Working families are already getting slammed by runaway costs because Demo… Continue Reading


11.29.21

Senate Democrats Should Not Shortchange National Security

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding the National Defense Authorization Act: "Today's Democratic Party does not make the policy decisions of a party that is serious about protecting America. "In May, President Biden released a budget proposal that proposed a de facto cut in defense funding. And that was before the President's own supercharged inflation further cut the purchasing power of ever… Continue Reading


11.15.21

Overdue Defense Legislation Deserves a Robust, Bipartisan Senate Floor Process

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding NDAA: "Last week, I had the honor of spending Veterans Day at the groundbreaking ceremony for Louisville's new VA hospital. "We are finally going to replace the city's original VA medical center that was built almost 70 years ago. Kentucky veterans are going to get new, expanded options for the cutting-edge treatment they deserve. "This long-awaited groun… Continue Reading


10.20.21

All-Democrat Government Neglecting Most Basic Governing Duties

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding Democrats' governance: "Our country would be much better off if our Democratic colleagues shelved their radical wish-list and focused on their fundamental responsibilities as a one-party government. But while they continue to spin their wheels negotiating this reckless taxing and spending spree, their most basic jobs are going neglected. "This week, alread… Continue Reading


10.07.21

Biden Administration Adds Foreign Policy to Growing List of Crises They’ve Created

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding national security: "While Americans contend with Democrats' self-created border crisis and inflation crisis, our foreign policy is in crisis as well. "The Biden Administration's disastrous retreat from Afghanistan may be over, but the danger to the American citizens and Afghan partners it left behind certainly isn't. "Around the world, adversaries and all… Continue Reading


01.01.21

McConnell Praises NDAA and Historic COVID-19 Relief That is Coming Online

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding NDAA and COVID-19 relief: "First, I want to wish all my fellow Senators and our staff colleagues here in the Capitol a happy and healthy New Year. "In particular, I'd like to extend our gratitude to the Capitol Police, the offices of the Secretary of the Senate and the Sergeant at Arms, and the many other staff who have gone above and beyond to help us atte… Continue Reading


12.31.20

McConnell Supports NDAA, Opposes Pelosi Plan for “Socialism for Rich People”

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding NDAA and COVID-19 relief: "Yesterday, the Senate was finally able to proceed to this year's National Defense Authorization Act. "A few of our Democratic colleagues have pulled out all the stops to hold back this crucial bill. But last night, a big, bipartisan majority of 80 Senators voted to proceed. "There should be nothing controversial about giving our b… Continue Reading

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