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02.11.24

McConnell: Senate Faces Test Of American Leadership

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding national security priorities: “From the earliest days of Vladimir Putin’s escalation in Ukraine, America’s closest allies and partners have been paying close attention. “From halfway around the world in the Indo-Pacific, our friends have made it clear that in the Ukrainian people’s fight, they see their own future. “From Taiwan, ‘Ukraine’s survival is Tai… Continue Reading


02.09.24

McConnell On National Security Supplemental

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding national security priorities: “When the Biden Administration released its request for supplemental appropriations in October, I said the Senate would need to do its own work to meet the demonstrated needs of our national security. “The President’s decisions over the past three years have directly contributed to the web of serious security challenges demand… Continue Reading


02.07.24

Senate Has Responsibility To Invest In American Strength And Credibility

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding national security priorities: “Four months ago, Senate Republicans asked our colleague from Oklahoma, Senator Lankford, to take on a pretty tall order - negotiate serious border security policy with an Administration that had shown no interest in actually securing the border. “He put in an enormous amount of work, and I’m very grateful for the persistence … Continue Reading


02.05.24

Supplemental Will Address Security Challenges Directly

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding national security priorities: “Four years ago, as a candidate for the Democratic nomination, President Biden promised his base functionally open borders. Quote: ‘I would in fact make sure that… we immediately surge to the border, all those people who are seeking asylum.’ That was President Biden as he took office. “Three years ago, as people surged to the … Continue Reading


01.30.24

McConnell To Biden: Exercise American Strength To Defend U.S. Personnel, Interests, And Allies In Middle East

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding national security priorities: “Two weeks ago, after nearly 150 Iran-backed attacks on U.S. personnel in Iraq and Syria, a reporter asked President Biden if he had a message for Iran. The President confidently replied, ‘I’ve already delivered the message to Iran. They know not to do anything.’ “Well, the Commander-in-Chief had the temerity to suggest that t… Continue Reading


01.24.24

McConnell: Russian Defeat In Ukraine In Direct U.S. Interest

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding national security priorities: “Vladimir Putin’s re-election campaign is employing a slogan that the Russian people - and the rest of the world - have actually heard before. “Here’s what it is: ‘Russia’s borders do not end anywhere.’ “The map of Europe illustrates what he means by this in the starkest possible terms. “A brazen war of conquest is headed to… Continue Reading


01.23.24

U.S. Must Support Israeli Efforts To Remove Terrorism, Corruption From Calculus Of Palestinian Future

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding national security priorities: “The goals of supplemental national security legislation are pretty straightforward. “We need to restore security and order at our southern border. We need to help the fights against authoritarian aggression in Europe. We need to invest seriously in competition with our top strategic adversary. “And we need to stand side-by-s… Continue Reading


01.22.24

McConnell: Senate Has Opportunity To Answer National Security Challenges With American Strength

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding national security priorities: “This week, Senator Lankford and several colleagues will continue their work to finalize the most substantial border security policy in thirty years.  “This agreement would come not a moment too soon. Over the past three years, we’ve watched the flood of illegal immigration tick past 6.7 million encounters. “6.7 million since… Continue Reading


01.16.24

McConnell on Gov’t Funding, National Security Priorities

“House and Senate negotiators worked hard to reach an agreement on topline government funding levels for the current fiscal year. And work continues to deliver full-year appropriations through regular order. “Shutting down the government - even part of it - would interrupt this important progress. That’s why, today, the Senate will begin the process of passing a short-term extension of government funding to allow this work to continue. “I’m grateful that the Speaker of the House was able to se… Continue Reading


01.10.24

McConnell On National Security Threats: Weakness and Timidity Are Contagious

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding national security priorities: “Here on the floor yesterday, I warned that the Administration’s efforts to deter Iranian-backed Houthi threats to international shipping and American credibility were grossly insufficient. “Just hours later, the Houthis proved my point with a significant escalation in the Red Sea. “Tehran’s proxies fired more than 18 suicide… Continue Reading


01.09.24

McConnell to Biden Admin: Stop Second-Guessing Allies, Start Confronting Adversaries

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding national security priorities: “Three months after the massacre of October 7th, Israel’s defense minister observed that his country was fighting, ‘an axis, not a single enemy’. “He was talking about Iran’s terrorist proxies, arrayed to attack Israel on multiple fronts. But the reality of facing interconnected threats isn’t unique to Israel. “Around the wor… Continue Reading


01.08.24

McConnell: Growing National Security Challenges Will Not Solve Themselves

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding government funding and national security: “I’d like to begin by wishing our colleagues a very happy new year and welcoming everyone back to begin a new session. “There’s a tremendous amount on the Senate’s plate, beginning with the unfinished business of the year that just ended. “Yesterday, negotiators announced they had agreed on a path to completing fu… Continue Reading


12.20.23

McConnell: America Needs To Show We Haven’t Forgotten How To Lead

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding national security priorities: “Negotiations on border security continue to make headway. I’m grateful to Senator Lankford for his uninterrupted focus on the task at hand: meaningful policy changes. “Our colleagues at the negotiating table are under no illusions about how difficult it is to fix our nation’s broken asylum and parole system. “They’re working… Continue Reading


12.19.23

McConnell On Responsibility To Stand With Israel

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding national security priorities: “As the Senate convened this week, our colleagues negotiating on border security were still at the table, making slow and steady progress. “They’re chipping away at years of failure to enact basic, commonsense border security policy. Reaching an agreement that can pass Congress and become law is easier said than done. “But I’… Continue Reading


12.19.23

McConnell: America Cannot Ignore Rising Anti-Semitism

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding anti-Semitism: “On Sunday, Jewish residents of our nation’s capital were subjected to a disturbing episode of anti-Semitic hate. "As a Torah class at a Washington synagogue concluded and attendees began to leave, they were met on the sidewalk by a man who sprayed them with a foul-smelling substance and yelled, ‘gas the Jews’ - all while filming on his cell… Continue Reading


12.14.23

Senate Cannot Claim To Address National Security Without Restoring Border Security

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding national security: “It’s been nearly eight weeks since President Biden submitted his supplemental funding request and identified four key national security priorities. “For eight weeks, Senate Republicans have been working hard to produce legislation that takes appropriate action on all four fronts - helping Ukraine defeat Putin in Europe, helping Israel f… Continue Reading


12.13.23

NDAA Marks Step Toward Addressing National Security Challenges

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding national security priorities: “Today, Senate Republicans are still working in good faith on border policy changes that will allow the Senate to pass a national security supplemental. “I’m hopeful that Democrats - both here and at the White House - are beginning to recognize how committed we are to addressing the crisis at our southern border. “I’m hopeful… Continue Reading


11.30.23

Sovereign Borders Matter At Home And Abroad

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding national security priorities: “A good way to size up leaders - at home and abroad - is to look at how they treat borders. “Good leaders recognize sovereignty as the bedrock of national security. As a result, peaceful nations both respect the inviolability of other nations’ borders as well as vigorously defend their own. “The world is awash in examples of … Continue Reading


11.29.23

Border Security Essential, Not Extraneous, To National Security

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding national security priorities: “Border security is national security. That’s not just a statement of legislative priorities or partisan politics. It’s a fact of human history. “The Senate has little more than two weeks to deliver supplemental legislation on four urgent national security priorities. And each one of them deals directly with questions of borde… Continue Reading


11.28.23

McConnell On Supporting Israel, Countering Iran

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding national security priorities: “In the coming weeks, Congress has a responsibility to equip America and our allies to face an historic array of national security challenges. “To understand the urgency of this moment, just look at the impossible choices facing our ally, Israel, as it works to bring innocent people home from terrorist captivity. “These bruta… Continue Reading

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