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01.24.23

McConnell: Ukraine Assistance Must Aim at Victory

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding Ukraine: "It's been almost a full year since Vladimir Putin escalated Russia's brutal war against Ukraine. "Nearly nine years since he began his military effort to take over the sovereign country in early 2014. "And Putin's non-military efforts to meddle in Ukraine, undermine it, and control its population long predated that. "It's been fifteen years sin… Continue Reading


12.21.22

McConnell on Zelenskyy Visit: Helping Ukraine Directly Serves Core American Interests

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding Ukraine: "Later today, members of Congress will have the opportunity to assemble in a Joint Meeting and hear from President Zelenskyy of Ukraine. "I look forward to welcoming President Zelenskyy to the Capitol, and to hearing from the Ukrainian people's elected leader at a critical moment in their struggle for their safety and sovereignty against Russia's … Continue Reading


11.29.22

U.S. Must Invest in American Strength, Security, and Alliances

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding China and U.S. foreign policy: "The world's eyes are trained this week on the people of China, who appear to be engaged in the largest and most widespread protests against the country's repressive Communist Party government since 1989 and the events of Tiananmen Square. "While most of the rest of the world has learned how to adapt to the coronavirus, mitig… Continue Reading


08.03.22

Finland, Sweden NATO Accession Deserves Unanimous Bipartisan Support

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding NATO: "Today, the Senate will approve ratification protocols to welcome Finland and Sweden as the two newest members of NATO. "I appreciate Leader Schumer working with me to ensure the Senate takes this vote before the August recess. "And for the reasons I've explained for months now, the vote this afternoon will be as decisive as it is bipartisan. "Ther… Continue Reading


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


07.25.22

McConnell Condemns Burma Executions and Calls for Action

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding Burma: "Over the weekend, Burma's long and difficult struggle toward democracy and freedom took another dark step backwards. "The brutal military junta controlling Burma executed four political prisoners, including the well-known activist Ko Jimmy and Phyo Zeya Thaw, a former elected official and protest musician. Yet more innocent blood shed for the crime… 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


06.07.22

Soaring Gas Prices, Runaway Energy Costs, and Dependence on China

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding energy: "In 2019, while running for the White House, President Biden made a public promise: 'I guarantee you we're going to end fossil fuels.' "Once in office, he wasted no time starting down that path. And working families are paying the price. "During the previous Administration, under Republican policies, our nation became a net exporter of oil for the… Continue Reading


05.19.22

“Bipartisan Landslide” Will Show Supporting Ukraine Serves Key American Interests

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding Ukraine: "Today, the Senate will approve more lethal assistance for Ukraine. And it's going to be a bipartisan landslide. "As a matter of moral principle, the United States is proud to support a sovereign democracy's self-defense. Innocent Ukrainians have been subjected to wanton cruelty. "But aid for Ukraine goes far beyond charity. The future of America… Continue Reading


05.18.22

America’s Partners in Asia Know Ukraine’s Future Will Impact Theirs

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding Ukraine: "The Ukrainian people's fight to repel Russian invaders from their sovereign territory has been inspiring. The world has watched Ukraine respond to gut-wrenching violence with bravery and unity. "I encouraged President Biden to do more to strengthen Ukraine and NATO's defenses in advance, so as to deter Putin and improve Ukraine's initial ability … Continue Reading


05.17.22

McConnell Discusses Kyiv Visit and Overwhelming Bipartisan Support for Assisting Ukraine

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding Ukraine: "Yesterday, in a bipartisan landslide, the Senate advanced legislation to get more arms and assistance to the innocent people of Ukraine. "Senators Collins, Cornyn, Barrasso and I just returned last night from Europe. Our first stop was Kyiv. "It was moving to feel some of the impacts of Putin's aggression. To see a free and independent nation ma… Continue Reading


05.12.22

McConnell: Senate Must Pass Urgent Funding Bill for Ukraine

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding Ukraine: "For months, the brave people of Ukraine have been fighting valiantly in a war they did not ask for. Their defense of their homeland from the Russian invasion has already far surpassed the expectations of the skeptics. "Ukraine is not asking anybody else to do their fighting for them. They ask only for the resources they need to defend themselves … Continue Reading


05.11.22

Another Awful Inflation Report On Democrats’ Watch

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding inflation: "The country just received yet another terrible inflation report. "Yet again, overall inflation came in higher than expected: 8.3 percent. Inflation continues to stick right around its worst level in 40 years. "The measure the Bureau of Labor Statistics calls 'core inflation' increased in April by twice as much as it increased in March. "Food … Continue Reading


05.05.22

McConnell: Senate Must Focus on Helping Ukraine Win

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding Ukraine: "More than two months into Russia's war on Ukraine, the free world has observed a few important dynamics. "First, we saw the incredible resilience of the Ukrainian people, and their resolve to win. Second, we saw how ill-prepared Putin's forces were to encounter serious resistance. But most recently, we've been reminded of what a wounded bear is a… Continue Reading


04.07.22

Biden Budget Underfunds Defense Despite Global Threats

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding national defense: "Last week, President Biden released his budget request for next year. The President got to take a blank canvas and sketch his policy vision for the country. "But in the critical area of defending our nation, the President's vision came up way short. "Even amidst a hot war in Europe, bipartisan recognition of threats from China, North Ko… Continue Reading


03.28.22

President Biden’s Budget: Fundamentally Disconnected from What Americans Need

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 budget request: "President Biden likes to say, and said again today, that 'budgets are statements of values.' "Indeed they can be. And the White House budget request that President Biden published today offers the clearest possible reminder that the Biden Administration's far-left values are fundamentally disconnected from what American f… 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


03.16.22

Runaway Inflation Was 12 Months in the Making — Not 3 Weeks

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding the economy: "Last week marked one year since Democrats rammed two trillion dollars of runaway liberal spending through the Senate on a party-line vote. "Working families were certainly not celebrating this anniversary. They were too busy contending with the worst inflation in modern American history, unleashed in large part by that very bill. "Democrats'… Continue Reading


03.16.22

McConnell on Ukraine: “Here Is What President Biden Should Be Doing Right Now”

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding Ukraine: "This morning, members of Congress received an update on the situation in Ukraine directly from President Zelensky. "His presentation was powerful and heart-wrenching. It reinforced our sympathy, our outrage, and our resolve. "President Zelensky's courage and leadership have earned the attention and admiration of the entire free world. "He has m… Continue Reading

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