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11.19.19

McConnell Addresses Protests in Lebanon, Iraq, and Iran

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding protests in the Middle East: "I spoke yesterday about the courageous people of Hong Kong who are standing up to Beijing and speaking out for their freedoms. But Hong Kongers are not alone in bravely speaking up at this time. "The Middle East continues to be swept by widespread and cross-sectarian demonstrations. In Lebanon, in Iraq, and in Iran, millions are… Continue Reading


07.24.19

‘Taking Action to Combat Anti-Semitic Efforts to Delegitimize Israel Should Not Be Too Much to Ask’

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding pending House action on the Senate-passed, Strengthening America's Security in the Middle East Act (S.1): "Yesterday, the Democratic House of Representatives took a small step to denounce the scourge of anti-Semitism. They passed a symbolic resolution opposing efforts to delegitimize the state of Israel and condemn the BDS movement. It's too bad this, of all things… Continue Reading


07.18.19

McConnell: House Should Pass Senate’s Strong Bipartisan Legislation to Stand Against Anti-Semitism

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding pending House action on the Senate-passed, Strengthening America's Security in the Middle East Act (S.1): "This week, the Senate has attended to one of this body's unique responsibilities relating to foreign affairs: The ratification of treaties. We've ratified bilateral tax agreements with four trading partners: Spain, Switzerland, Japan, and Luxembourg. Measures … Continue Reading


05.06.19

McConnell Statement on Terrorist Attacks Against Israel

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the attacks that took place this past weekend in Israel: "Over the weekend we were given yet another tragic reminder of the daily threats that face our friends and allies in Israel. While American families enjoyed a spring weekend, those who make their home in the border regions of the Jewish state were subjected to a barrage of hundreds of rockets and other projectile… Continue Reading


04.29.19

McConnell Statement on Anti-Semitism and the Poway, California Synagogue Attack

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the shooting that took place this past Saturday at a synagogue in Poway, California and the need to combat anti-semitism: "On Saturday, on the final day of Passover, our nation once again came face to face with the violent hatred of anti-Semitism. Barely six months since the murders at the Tree of Life in Pittsburgh. And again, gunfire in a synagogue. Again, a place of… Continue Reading


03.26.19

Leader McConnell Speaks at AIPAC Policy Conference

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered remarks at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) policy conference today. The following are Leader McConnell's remarks as delivered: "Pretty tough act to follow. Good morning everyone. Thank you so much for the opportunity to be here once again. Every time I have the privilege to address this conference, I look forward to the size and enthusiasm of this crowd. And you all never disappoint. That's a t… Continue Reading


03.07.19

House Delays Condemnation of Anti-Semitism

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding pending House action on the Senate-passed, Strengthening America's Security in the Middle East Act: "I spoke yesterday about the evil of anti-Semitism and the recent, disturbing invocation of anti-Semitic stereotypes by a member of the House Democratic conference. I took for granted that, as a result, House Democrats would at least make good on their plans to symbolica… Continue Reading


03.06.19

House Should Support Israel, Pass the 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 pending House action on the Senate-passed, Strengthening America's Security in the Middle East Act: "I want to discuss something that will be happening on the floor of the House of Representatives, perhaps as soon as today. Remarkably, for the second time in just the last three weeks, Speaker Pelosi apparently feels compelled to have her members vote on a resolution th… Continue Reading


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

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