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06.08.21

McConnell: Bipartisan Bill “Cannot Be the Senate’s Final Word on Our Competition With China”

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding China: "Today the Senate will wrap up consideration of a broad, bipartisan effort to update our approach to competition with China. "This bill has accelerated an important conversation on a topic we all know deserves our full attention. From critical supply chains to intellectual property to counterespionage, it touches on key issues that will help determi… Continue Reading


05.27.21

A Bipartisan Process Would Let Senate Finalize China-Focused Legislation

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding China: "Last week, the Senate took up sweeping legislation. It touches on big issues that span many committees-from economic policy to national security to scientific research and beyond. "86 Senators voted to proceed to this debate. Me included. "That wasn't because the legislation was ready to go. It happened because there's broad bipartisan agreement … Continue Reading


05.24.21

We Can’t Compete With China Without Robust Defense Funding

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding competing with China: "Last week, a bipartisan majority of Senators voted to proceed to floor debate about our nation's long-term competition with China. "There's no disagreement that the People's Republic's strategic capabilities and its growing influence beyond the Indo-Pacific, pose a singular challenge to American strength and security. There is robust… Continue Reading


05.20.21

“Competing with China” Requires Adequately Funding our National Defense

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding defense spending: "We know that competition with China will shape America's security and prosperity for decades to come. That's a fact. "The legislation on the floor purports to deal with this issue. It covers a huge range of topics from economics to education to foreign and defense policy. "Earlier this week, I voted with the majority of Senators to proc… Continue Reading


05.18.21

McConnell: Sweeping Legislation on Senate Floor Needs Bipartisanship & Robust 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 Endless Frontiers Act: "Yesterday, the Senate took a step toward considering wide-ranging legislation that would touch on multiple parts of the U.S. economy in the name of increasing innovation and competitiveness. "A secure, productive, and innovative America that can out-compete China is something that all 100 Senators want. Of course, in a place lik… Continue Reading


05.13.21

Competing With China Requires Funding Defense & Strengthening our Economy

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding China: "While Senators were back in our home states last week, the Washington Post ran this headline: 'Chinese greenhouse gas emissions now larger than those of developed countries combined.' "China is out-emitting the United States, India, and the entire European Union, combined. They're now responsible for more than a fourth of the entire world's emissio… Continue Reading


04.29.21

"Our President Will Not Secure a Lasting Legacy Through Go-It-Alone Radicalism”

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding President Biden's Joint Session Address: "Last night, President Biden delivered his first address to a joint session of Congress. And today marks his 100th day in office. "President Biden is a likeable person. Many of us remember serving with him in this chamber. "But while the tone of his remarks were understated, the content was anything but. "He talk… Continue Reading


04.28.21

Biden’s First 100 Days: The Far Left Is Calling the Shots

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding President Biden's first 100 days in office: "Tonight, President Biden will deliver his first address to a joint session of Congress. "I'll be there. And like my fellow Kentuckians watching at home, I'll be curious to hear how the President tries to square his rhetoric with his Administration's actions over the past 100 days. "Back in January, many Americ… Continue Reading


04.27.21

Biden Administration Wrong to Seek Defense Spending Cuts While Adversaries Keep Investing

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 I discussed how the Biden Administration's wishful thinking has set them up for foreign policy failure in Central Asia and the Middle East. "The likely catastrophe in Afghanistan may well consume this Administration, and distract from the challenges posed by competition with Russia and China. "And the President's meager defense… Continue Reading


04.27.21

Senate Should Not Confirm a Veteran of the Job-Killing War on Coal

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding infrastructure: "This week, the Senate is set to vote on President Biden's nominee to be Deputy Administrator of the EPA. "The nominee needs no introduction for my fellow Kentuckians and our neighbors in coal country. But for those less familiar: Janet McCabe was the chief author of the "Clean Power Plan" that President Obama unveiled in 2015 "Well, si… Continue Reading


04.22.21

Biden Climate Agenda: Toothless Requests Abroad, Maximum Pain at Home

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding climate policy: "Yesterday, I mentioned that the DNA of the far-left Green New Deal is all over President Biden's spending bills. That wasn't just my opinion; it was the verdict of our colleague the junior Senator for Massachusetts. "Today, the President is scheduled to meet virtually with a group of world leaders on climate policy. His agenda, reportedly… Continue Reading


04.20.21

McConnell Blasts Liberal Efforts to Go Soft on Fentanyl Analogues

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding the opioid crisis: "Of course, the flow of actual people is not our only border security problem. "Americans are dying and communities are being hollowed out because foreign drug dealers and profiteers have taken our opioid crisis as a business opportunity. "Fentanyl and fentanyl analogues that pour into our country impose a staggering, tragic cost. "In… Continue Reading


04.12.21

Election Law and Infrastructure Deserve Bipartisanship, Not Democrats’ 'Trojan Horse Tactics'

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding upcoming legislative priorities: "The Senate returns today from a state work period. We got to meet with constituents in our home states and hear firsthand about their most pressing concerns. "Unfortunately, back here in Washington, Democrats continued to roll out new reasons for the American people to worry. "The week before last, the Biden Administratio… Continue Reading


03.22.21

Administration Must Back Up Tough Talk on China With Commitment to Defense Funding

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding China: "On Thursday, Biden Administration officials had their first person-to-person meeting with representatives from the People's Republic of China. By diplomatic standards, the opening public exchange was tense. "The belligerent grandstanding by PRC diplomats was unfortunately no surprise. It's what we've come to expect. As China's military and economi… Continue Reading


01.27.21

McConnell: Nation Deserves Strong, Bipartisan Foreign Policy to Counter Serious Threats

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding nominations and foreign policy: "Yesterday, we confirmed Antony Blinken, our new Secretary of State. Like the Director of National Intelligence, the Secretary of Defense, and the Secretary of the Treasury, it was another big, bipartisan vote here in the Senate. "Four years ago, Senate Democrats subjected mainstream nominees to lead State and Treasury to a … Continue Reading


12.09.20

McConnell Condemns Treatment of Jimmy Lai and Continued Crackdown on Hong Kongers

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding China: "Last week, the struggle to preserve freedom and autonomy in Hong Kong was dealt another disturbing blow. "On Thursday, Jimmy Lai, a prominent media figure and pro-democracy activist, was denied bail. The Chinese Communist Party continues cracking down on dissent and free speech. "Not long ago, the international community hoped China's modernization … Continue Reading


12.08.20

McConnell Speaks Against Efforts to Block Sales to the UAE

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding UAE arms sales: "This week, some Senators indicate they may attempt to move a privileged resolution to disapprove of the Administration's proposed sale of advanced armaments to the United Arab Emirates, a critical partner in the fight against terrorists. "It's a little baffling to suggest that, now of all times, a protest gesture with no chance of obtaining … Continue Reading


11.10.20

McConnell on Sec. Mark Esper and World Affairs

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding Secretary Mark Esper and world affairs: "Yesterday, the President informed us that Secretary Mark Esper's tenure leading the Department of Defense has concluded. "When the Senate considered Secretary Esper's nomination, I said you could hardly invent better qualifications to run the Pentagon than his resume. From West Point and the 101st Airborne to his time… Continue Reading


08.10.20

McConnell Condemns Arrest of Jimmy Lai

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding Hong Kong: "This weekend brought more unsettling news in the ongoing struggle for Hong Kong to preserve any shred of its civil liberties and self-governance. "One of the region's most prominent pro-democracy advocates, Jimmy Lai, was arrested yesterday for alleged violations of the so-called "national security" law imposed by Beijing. "Last year, after an h… Continue Reading


07.01.20

NDAA Will Strengthen America in a Dangerous World

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding the National Defense Authorization Act: "The Senate has indeed turned to what will be the 60th annual National Defense Authorization Act. And if you look at world news, it would appear we've done so not a moment too soon. "After months of threats, President Xi and the Chinese Communist Party finally delivered the punch in the mouth to the city of Hong Kong t… Continue Reading

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