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06.25.19

The Senate and Nation are Closely Watching the Situation in the Gulf

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the growing threat of Iranian aggression: "The Senate and the nation are closely watching the situation in the Gulf. Last week, the recent recklessness from Tehran reached a new level. Iran fired on an unmanned U.S. intelligence aircraft that was flying over international waters. This is as violent and dangerous of an overt provocation as any nation has aimed at t… 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


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


09.08.15

Senate Begins Debate on President Obama’s Iranian Nuclear Agreement

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: "Today we will begin consideration of the resolution to disapprove the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action negotiated by China, France, Germany, the Russian Federation, the United Kingdom, the Islamic Republic of Iran, and the United States, which seeks to constrain Iran's nuclear weapons program. "I will ask all Senators to be present in the ch… Continue Reading


08.05.15

Given Widespread Bipartisan Concern, America Deserves a Serious Debate on the Iran Nuclear Agreement

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding Senate debate of the President's Iran deal: "As the Administration's agreement with Iran comes under greater scrutiny, there is growing bipartisan concern. It's widespread and it's well-founded. "The leading House Democrat on the Foreign Affairs Committee recently said the deal 'troubled' him because 'it doesn't prevent Iran from having a nuclear weapon, it just postpones it.… Continue Reading


08.04.15

McConnell Calls for ‘Thorough, Thoughtful and Respectful’ Senate Debate on Iran Nuclear Agreement

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor outlining the September debate on the President's Iran Deal: "This September, the Senate will formally weigh in on the nuclear deal struck between the White House and Iran. We'll take a vote and answer a simple but powerful question: Will the agreement actually make America and its allies safer? "When we do, the Senate- as an institution- will be put to the test. "The first test will … Continue Reading


07.30.15

McConnell Says Obama Administration Must Turn over Iran-IAEA Side Agreements

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today regarding the Iran nuclear agreement: "The purpose of the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act is to ensure Congress has a fully informed understanding of any comprehensive agreement reached between the Administration and Iran. "These are principles both parties endorsed when they voted overwhelmingly to pass the measure. "These are principles President Obama endorsed when he signe… Continue Reading


07.23.15

McConnell Calls on Administration to Release IAEA-Iran Nuclear Side Agreement

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the Obama Administration's deal with Iran: "Yesterday I joined Speaker Boehner, Senator Cotton, and Congressman Pompeo in sending a letter to the Administration with a simple request: that the Administration meet its full legal obligations to Congress under the terms of the bipartisan Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act - a law that both parties supported overwhelmingly just thi… Continue Reading


07.22.15

Obama Administration Carries Burden of Proof on Iran Nuclear Debate

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today regarding the Obama Administration's deal with Iran: "I've said that the Senate intends to thoroughly review the White House's deal with Iran, and then take a vote on it under the terms of the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act. "This is a review process that will allow us to determine whether the administration complied with the law and delivered the complete agreement, and it's a… Continue Reading


07.15.15

McConnell Promises Full Senate Review of Iran Nuclear Deal

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today regarding the nuclear agreement with Iran: "I said yesterday that the Senate would thoroughly review the White House's deal with Iran. I said we'd hold hearings, call witnesses, and ultimately vote to approve or disapprove of the deal in accordance with the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act. That's what we've long planned to do and - once the Administration fully transmits the tex… Continue Reading


07.14.15

Key Question on Iran Nuke Deal: Does it Leave America and Its Allies Safer?

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the nuclear agreement with Iran: "Two weeks ago, I asked the Obama Administration to step back from the Iran negotiations, press pause, and reexamine the point of having talks in the first place. "That would have been the most rational and reasonable approach for the White House to take, especially considering that its own allies in the Senate were using phrases like "deepl… Continue Reading


05.11.15

McConnell Discusses Senate Getting Back to Work, Previews Trade and Iran Legislation

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding an active Senate: "I took a trip up to Boston this weekend to address the Kennedy Institute. It was a unique experience. "I was there - in a full-scale representation of the Senate chamber - to discuss how the real Senate is beginning to get back to work. "I explained how committees are working again, so Senators can have more of a stake in the legislative process. "I expla… Continue Reading


05.07.15

Passage of Iran Bill Would Give Congress a Chance to Review Iran Nuke Agreement

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today emphasizing the importance of the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act: "It's good to see that the Senate will soon be passing another important piece of bipartisan legislation. "The Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act offers the best chance for our constituents, through the Congress they elect, to weigh in on the White House's negotiations with Iran. "And make no mistake, they need to… Continue Reading


05.06.15

McConnell Calls for Senate Passage of Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor calling for Senators to pass the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act: "The Senate is now nearing completion of the bipartisan Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act. This is 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. "It would require that any agreement reached with… Continue Reading

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