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08.04.21

Biden Administration’s Afghanistan Disaster “Was Not Only Foreseeable, It Was Foreseen”

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding Afghanistan: "In April, when President Biden announced his intention to pull U.S. forces out of Afghanistan, he said it was, quote, 'time to end the forever wars'. "But at every stage of the rushed and rudderless retreat that has followed, the Biden Administration's wishful thinking hasn't come within a country mile of the reality. "By any account, the si… Continue Reading


07.22.21

U.S. Must Keep Helping our Partners Fight Terrorists in Iraq

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding Iraq: "Next week, President Biden is set to meet with Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi. "This meeting comes at an important moment for our shared efforts toward peace and security in Iraq and the region. ISIS has been significantly weakened in Iraq and Syria after years of shared efforts, but the terrorist organization remains a grave threat. "And … Continue Reading


07.21.21

Iran-Backed Attacks and Foiled Kidnapping Plot Deserve Consequences, Not Accommodation

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding Iran: "Earlier this month, the FBI uncovered a plot by Iranian intelligence operatives to kidnap a journalist and vocal critic of the regime from her home in New York. "Let me say that again: Iran tried to abduct a U.S. citizen right here on American soil. "For years, Masih Alinejad has made a habit of getting under the mullahs' skin. She's called out inj… Continue Reading


07.13.21

McConnell on President Biden’s Chaotic Retreat from Afghanistan

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding Afghanistan: "Three months ago, President Biden announced his intention to completely withdraw U.S. forces from the ongoing fight against terrorists and terrorist enablers in Afghanistan. "I said then this was a shortsighted decision. And sure enough, our reckless rush for the exits is becoming a global embarrassment. "Just take the reports that our force… Continue Reading


06.21.21

McConnell on Biden’s Afghanistan Retreat: A Series of Avoidable Crises

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding Afghanistan: "Later this week, President Biden will meet with the leaders of Afghanistan's civilian, democratic government. It doesn't take an administration leak to know what will be on the agenda. "President Ashraf Ghani and Chairman Abdullah Abdullah will arrive in Washington as a grave situation in their country rapidly deteriorates. The strategic and … Continue Reading


06.17.21

McConnell: Repealing 2002 AUMF Won’t Solve Terrorist Threat

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding national security: "The House of Representatives will vote today on a bill from Representative Barbara Lee to repeal one of the key authorities behind nearly two decades of U.S. efforts to fight terrorism: the 2002 Authorization for the Use of Military Force. "House Democrats claim this vote is an urgent act of Congressional oversight, and the Democratic L… 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


05.24.21

McConnell Thanks Individual Men & Women of National Guard

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding the National Guard: "This week, the National Guard is departing what has been a months-long presence here at the Capitol. "Aspects of the Guard's presence here were not fleshed out as clearly or coherently as either Congress or servicemembers deserved. And members of Congress will continue to discuss and debate whether it is appropriate for uniformed milit… 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


04.14.21

Missteps on Afghanistan, Iran, and Defense Funding a Troubling Pattern for this Administration

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding foreign policy: "Quote: 'Biden takes the easy way out of Afghanistan. The likely result is disaster.' "That is this morning's lead editorial from one of the most liberal newspapers in the country. "This Administration has decided to abandon U.S. efforts in Afghanistan which have helped keep radical Islamic terrorism in check. And bizarrely, they have deci… Continue Reading


04.13.21

Clumsy Retreat from Afghanistan Would Be “a Grave Mistake”

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding Afghanistan: "Just moments ago, new reporting suggests the Biden Administration plans to turn tail and abandon the fight in Afghanistan. "Precipitously withdrawing U.S. forces from Afghanistan is a grave mistake. It is retreat in the face of an enemy that has not yet been vanquished and abdication of American leadership. "Leaders in both parties, includi… 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


01.22.21

McConnell on Ret. Gen. Austin’s Nomination and Civil-Military Relations

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding nominations: "We're continuing to consider President Biden's nominees to key cabinet posts. "On Wednesday, Avril Haines was confirmed as Director of National Intelligence on a big, bipartisan vote, including my own. "We hope to be able to consider Antony Blinken to be Secretary of State early next week. "Today, we're considering Retired General Lloyd Aus… Continue Reading


01.22.21

McConnell Thanks National Guard for Protecting the Capitol Complex

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding the National Guard: "Yesterday evening, we learned that some of the National Guard forces who have been helping protect the Capitol complex were being made to rest in parking garages between their shifts. "I don't think a single Senator feels that was acceptable. I am glad the situation was resolved and I hope we learn exactly what happened. "I want to ag… Continue Reading


01.19.21

Leader McConnell Delivers Remarks as the Senate Returns Pre-Inauguration

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding the inauguration: "The last time the Senate convened, we had just reclaimed the Capitol from violent criminals who tried to stop Congress from doing our duty. "This mob was fed lies. They were provoked by the President and other powerful people. And they tried to use fear and violence to stop a specific proceeding of the first branch of the federal governmen… Continue Reading


12.15.20

McConnell Applauds President Trump & Congratulates President-Elect Biden

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding President Trump and President-Elect Biden: "Over the last four years, our country has benefitted from a presidential term filled with major accomplishments. "President Donald Trump has repeatedly surprised the skeptics, confounded his critics, and delivered significant policy victories that have strengthened our country. "Case in point: "Back in May, when … Continue Reading


11.30.20

“The American People Need More Help and They Need It Now”

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding COVID-19 relief: "The Senate is back in session to finish up 2020. The American people are counting on us to finish strong. We need to reach agreement on federal government funding to avoid a lapse in basic programs and services. "We need to finish the annual defense authorization to shore up the U.S. military's competitive advantage over our adversaries. "… Continue Reading


11.16.20

Premature Afghanistan Exit Would Jeopardize Trump Administration’s Record of Success

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding the ongoing presence of U.S. forces in the Middle East to combat terrorism: "The last several days have brought renewed speculation about the prospect of rapidly withdrawing all U.S. military forces from Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan. "Here in Congress, a small minority in both parties seem to think it is in America's power to unilaterally resolve conflicts b… Continue Reading

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