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02.28.19

McConnell Statement on President’s Summit in Vietnam

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding President Trump's summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Vietnam: "I'd like to begin with a few words on President Trump's Hanoi summit with North Korea. The president should be commended for his personal commitment to persuading Kim Jong Un to pursue a different path. By January 2017, it was clear the prior administration's so-called policy of 'strategic patie… Continue Reading


06.12.18

McConnell on Summit with North Korea: A Historic First Step in an Important Negotiation

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding yesterday's historic summit between American and North Korean officials in Singapore: "Just a few hours ago, President Trump, Secretary of State Pompeo, National Security Advisor Bolton, and the rest of the American delegation concluded their summit meeting with North Korean officials. "This was an historic first step in an important negotiation. In the wor… Continue Reading


05.10.18

Haspel Uniquely Ready to Head CIA

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding the president's nominee for Director of the CIA, Gina Haspel: "Let me begin this morning with gratitude to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Overnight, he completed a sensitive diplomatic mission and returned home from North Korea with three freed American prisoners. The families of these three men -- and the entire country - are so grateful. This episode offer… Continue Reading


05.09.18

Gina Haspel Has the Resume, Reputation, and Unique Skill Set to Lead the CIA

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding the president's nominee for Director of the CIA, Gina Haspel: "This morning, the world has learned that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is on his way back from North Korea with three American prisoners after securing their release. Two were detained last year. One had been in captivity since 2015. And now, following successful discussions, all three are on th… Continue Reading


04.19.18

In Pompeo, ‘The Senate Can Ensure the Nation Has a Chief Diplomat Who Enjoys the Complete Confidence of the President’

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding the president's nominee for Secretary of State, Director Mike Pompeo: "I'd like to say a few words this morning about Mike Pompeo, our CIA Director and the president's extremely capable choice to serve as Secretary of State. In recent days, the world learned Director Pompeo had undertaken initial conversations with representatives of North Korea, in an effor… Continue Reading


11.30.17

McConnell On North Korea

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the threat posed by North Korea and the need to provide the necessary resources to the Department of Defense: "Earlier this week, North Korea tested what appears to be an intercontinental ballistic missile which exceeded the altitude and time of flight of previous missile tests. Public reporting is that the missile achieved an altitude of 2,800 miles and traversed a lofted t… Continue Reading


09.07.16

McConnell: Inexcusable that Senate Democrats Continue to Block National Defense and Anti-Zika Efforts

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today after Senate Democrats once again blocked the compromise conference report for anti-Zika efforts and support for our national defense, veterans: "Last night, Senate Democrats blocked critical funding - for veterans, for pregnant mothers and babies, and for service members. It's not the first or the even the second time they've put partisan politics ahead of the health and saf… Continue Reading


09.06.16

McConnell Urges Senate Democrats to Stop Blocking Support for National Defense and Anti-Zika Efforts

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today encouraging Senate Democrats to stop blocking the compromise conference report for anti-Zika efforts and veterans funding, and the defense appropriations bill: "I want to welcome colleagues back from what I know was a productive state work period. I'm sure I speak for us all when I say that traveling to our states and meeting with those we represent is one of the best parts of… Continue Reading


02.11.16

America Must Address Growing Foreign Policy Threats, Challenges and Prepare the Nation’s Defenses Now

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today regarding the passage of the bipartisan North Korea Sanctions and Policy Enhancement Act and addressing America's foreign policy challenges: "Yesterday the Senate joined together to overwhelmingly pass bipartisan legislation that will further isolate North Korea in response to its policy of aggression. "It was necessary, because our nation faces a daunting array of threats and ch… Continue Reading


02.10.16

Senate Should Pass Bipartisan North Korea Sanctions Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today regarding the bipartisan North Korea Sanctions and Policy Enhancement Act: "Today, the Senate has an opportunity to pass bipartisan legislation that would add to our nation's ability to hold North Korea accountable for its growing aggression. "North Korea threatens regional stability and our own national security. "It threatens allies in the region, especially South Korea and Ja… Continue Reading


02.09.16

McConnell Urges Senate to Pass Bipartisan North Korea Sanctions Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today regarding the North Korea Sanctions and Policy Enhancement Act: "The regime in North Korea presents serious threats - to regional stability, to the security of Americans, to the safety of our allies, and to the wellbeing of North Koreans themselves. "Pyongyang regularly threatens neighbors like South Korea and Japan. "It routinely engages in cyberwarfare. "It repeatedly commits gr… Continue Reading

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