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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


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


09.10.20

McConnell Honors Heroes In Advance of the Nineteenth Anniversary of the September 11th Attacks

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding the upcoming nineteenth anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks: "Nineteen years ago tomorrow, thousands of our fellow Americans were murdered by terrorists. National landmarks were burning. Brave first responders in New York City, Arlington, and Pennsylvania rushed into mortal danger, putting their lives on the line to save strangers. "And as the dust… Continue Reading


07.02.20

McConnell Highlights NDAA Wins for Kentucky and All 50 States

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 continues to consider the National Defense Authorization Act. "I understand we are close to a bipartisan structure for amendments, and if our Democratic colleagues will let us, I hope we can move forward today. "All week, I've discussed how this 60th consecutive NDAA will help our nation protect its people… 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


06.03.20

“The Foreign Actors Who Seek to Harm the United States Have Not Let Up While We Attend to Other Problems”

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding Afghanistan: "Make no mistake: The foreign actors who seek to harm the United States have not let up while we attend to other problems. "For example, in Afghanistan, despite agreeing just months ago to engage in further peace negotiations with the Afghan government and sever its ties with al-Qaeda, the Taliban has instead continued its violent campaign again… Continue Reading


05.13.20

McConnell: Our Enemies and Competitors Are Not Standing Down During this Pandemic

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding the need to renew key authorities under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA): "The Senate has work of our own to do this week to ensure the safety and security of our nation. "In addition to fighting this historic pandemic, it is also our job to keep sight of the other threats to national security that are still evolving, independent of COVID-19.… Continue Reading


03.02.20

McConnell Welcomes Conditions-Based Approach to Afghanistan Peace Talks

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding Afghanistan: 'On Saturday, President Trump announced a new agreement with the Taliban that is designed to promote a peaceful end to the civil war in Afghanistan. 'First and foremost, we must recognize the brave men and women of the U.S. armed forces. Hundreds of thousands of U.S. troops have deployed to Afghanistan since our national security compelled us in… Continue Reading


02.12.20

McConnell: War Powers Resolution is “Deeply Flawed on a Number of Levels”

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding the War Powers Resolution: 'Today the Senate will consider a War Powers Resolution offered by the junior Senator for Virginia. Our colleague's resolution is deeply flawed on a number of levels. 'As I explained yesterday, it is too blunt and too broad. It is also an abuse of the War Powers Act, which was designed to strike a balance between the President's co… Continue Reading


02.12.20

McConnell Celebrates Army’s Selection of Fort Knox as New Corps HQ

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding the Army selecting Fort Knox for the new corps headquarters: 'Yesterday, the United States Army and the Commonwealth of Kentucky both received some great news. 'Secretary of the Army Ryan McCarthy and Army Chief of Staff General James McConville announced that Fort Knox will be the headquarters for the new Army corps. They stopped by my office last night to … Continue Reading


02.11.20

McConnell Speaks in Opposition to War Powers Resolution

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding the War Powers Resolution: 'This week, we expect the Senate will take up a War Powers Resolution by the junior Senator from Virginia that would severely limit the U.S. military's operational flexibility to defend itself against threats posed by Iran. 'I will strongly oppose our colleague's effort and urge the Senate to defeat it. First, let's discuss what p… Continue Reading


01.14.20

McConnell: Senate Should Not Tie Military’s Hands Over Political Divisions At Home

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding Iran: 'Every day brings more repudiation of the conventional wisdom of the Democrat foreign policy establishment, breathlessly amplified by the mainstream media, that the strike on Qassem Soleimani would unite Iranians behind the regime. 'Proud Iranians continue to take to the streets - not to rage against America or Israel - but to vent their frustration ag… Continue Reading

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