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09.19.19

Senate Democrats Continue to Block Critical Defense Funding

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the need to fund the government: "Here's what happened on the Senate floor yesterday afternoon: Senate Democrats blocked this year's funding for our national defense. They voted it down. We can't move the legislation forward. Democrats blocked the funding our commanders need to keep pace with Russia and China. Democrats blocked money for the tools and training that our… Continue Reading


09.18.19

McConnell Urges Democrats Not To Filibuster Critical Funding for Defense

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the need to fund the government: "Today, the Senate will have an opportunity to take the first procedural step toward keeping the federal government funded and open. At the end of July, the White House and the Speaker of the House reached an agreement to guide the appropriations process. Both parties, both chambers, and both sides of Pennsylvania Avenue agreed to … Continue Reading


06.27.19

Senate to Pass Bipartisan National Defense Authorization Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the National Defense Authorization Act and the growing threat of Iranian aggression: "Later today, the Senate will vote to fulfill a solemn responsibility. For a 59th consecutive year, we'll pass the National Defense Authorization Act. I hope and expect we'll do it by a wide, bipartisan margin. It would be difficult to overstate the importance of this legislation … Continue Reading


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


06.20.19

McConnell Urges Senate to Stand With America’s Partners in the Middle East

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding arms sales to our partners in the Middle East: "In addition to completing the NDAA, the Senate will today have to dispense with several more privileged resolutions concerning arms sales to close American partners in a troubled but important region. I'm glad we secured a bipartisan understanding yesterday to expedite their consideration, so that the 22 separate res… Continue Reading


06.18.19

Senate to Consider Measures That Will Impact Our Presence and Influence in Iran

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: "For years, American administrations of both parties have properly labeled Iran as the world's most active state sponsor of terrorism. This assessment is based on the cold, hard facts of Tehran's behavior. Iran's support for terrorism knows few bounds, sectarian or geographic. Iran has provided support to Sunni, Shi'a, and … Continue Reading


06.13.19

McConnell: Efforts to Block Arms Sales to Our Partners in Middle East are Misguided

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding an effort in the Senate to block arms sales to Bahrain and Qatar: "Later today, the Senate will vote on two resolutions that would undermine U.S. influence and credibility in the Middle East and ultimately make the region a more dangerous place. Some of our colleagues seek to block arms sales to two of the United States' closest partners in the region: Bahrain and… Continue Reading


05.23.19

McConnell: America Must Give Iran No Reason to Misjudge Our Resolve

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the growing threat of Iranian aggression: "Monday, of course, is Memorial Day. Americans will take time out of our ordinary routines and busy lives to remember the men and women who have paid the ultimate price for the security of our nation and the liberty we cherish. We mourn every young American whose sacrifice has furthered the cause of our founding ideals. And we … Continue Reading


05.06.19

McConnell Statement on Terrorist Attacks Against Israel

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the attacks that took place this past weekend in Israel: "Over the weekend we were given yet another tragic reminder of the daily threats that face our friends and allies in Israel. While American families enjoyed a spring weekend, those who make their home in the border regions of the Jewish state were subjected to a barrage of hundreds of rockets and other projectile… Continue Reading


03.26.19

Leader McConnell Speaks at AIPAC Policy Conference

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered remarks at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) policy conference today. The following are Leader McConnell's remarks as delivered: "Pretty tough act to follow. Good morning everyone. Thank you so much for the opportunity to be here once again. Every time I have the privilege to address this conference, I look forward to the size and enthusiasm of this crowd. And you all never disappoint. That's a t… Continue Reading


03.20.18

Sanders Resolution on Yemen Would Harm Allies, Embolden Iran

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding his opposition to the Sanders Resolution, and the Senate's vote this afternoon: "Later today, the Senate will vote on a resolution offered by the junior Senators from Vermont and Utah. Their goal is to end U.S. support for the Saudi Arabian-led coalition fighting the Houthi insurgency in Yemen. And they propose to do this using provisions of the War Powers Re… Continue Reading


01.03.18

The People Of Iran Are Suffering

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the protests currently taking place in Iran: "Over the last week, one of the often-overlooked costs of Iran's regional aggression has come to light. Iranians have taken to the streets in protest, demanding that Supreme Leader Khamenei and President Rouhani do more to expand the domestic economy. Iran's actions in Yemen, Syria, and Iraq, and its support for proxie… Continue Reading


06.15.17

Senate to Pass New Sanctions Holding Iran, Russia Accountable

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding the Iran sanctions bill and the Russia amendment: "The Senate today will take a final vote on the bipartisan first step to hold Iran and Russia accountable. This follows overwhelmingly bipartisan action yesterday to approve the Russia sanctions amendment, an effort that would not have been possible without the good work of our Foreign Relations Chairman, Senator … Continue Reading


06.13.17

Iran Sanctions More Important Than Ever

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding the Iran sanctions bill: "Yesterday, the Republican Senate took another step to advance key sanctions legislation to hold Iran accountable. The Iranians are pursuing a regional strategy intent on empowering Shia militias, Hezbollah, their Houthi proxies and other groups. After years of the Obama Administration's willingness to ignore Iran's malign activities and… Continue Reading


06.12.17

Senate Continues Work on Bipartisan Iran Sanctions Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding the Iran sanctions bill: "Last week, the Senate voted on an overwhelmingly bipartisan basis to advance the Iran sanctions bill currently before us, and we'll take another vote today to proceed to the bill. I want to thank the Chairs and Ranking Members of the Foreign Relations and Banking Committees, Chairman Corker and Chairman Crapo, for their efforts to craft a… Continue Reading


06.08.17

Holding Iran Accountable

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding the Iran sanctions bill: "Yesterday, Senators voted on an overwhelmingly bipartisan basis, 91 to 8, to advance critical legislation granting the administration more of the policy tools it needs to hold Iran accountable for its actions. We must now keep working toward final passage. This bill makes clear that Congress recognizes that Iran's aggressive behavior and… Continue Reading


06.07.17

Senate to Advance Bipartisan Iran Sanctions Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding Iran Sanctions legislation: "Senators today will have an opportunity to advance important, bipartisan Iran sanctions legislation. As we consider this bill we anticipate that amendments addressing Russia sanctions are likely to be offered. I am encouraged that the Chairmen of the Foreign Relations and Banking Committees, Senator Corker and Senator Crapo, have alre… Continue Reading


12.01.16

Senate to Vote on Iran Sanctions

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today on the Senate's upcoming vote on the Iran sanctions extension legislation: "Later today, we'll have a chance to pass the Iran sanctions extension legislation that passed the House by a large margin. "Given Iran's continued pattern of aggression and the country's persistent efforts to expand its sphere of influence across the region, preserving these sanctions is critical. "This … Continue Reading


11.30.16

McConnell on Remaining Items for this Congress

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today regarding remaining work before the 114th Congress comes to a close: "The Senate has a number of issues to wrap up including the conference reports on the Water Resources Development Act, the Energy Policy Modernization Act, and the National Defense Authorization Act. "The action taken by the Senate yesterday will allow us to have a final vote on the critical Iran Sanctions Exten… Continue Reading


11.29.16

McConnell on the Extension of the Iran Sanctions Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today regarding extending sanctions against Iran: "In just a moment Senators will have a chance to pass the Iran sanctions extension bill that recently passed the House overwhelmingly. "Preserving these sanctions is critical given Iran's disturbing pattern of aggression and its persistent efforts to expand its sphere of influence across the Middle East. "This is all the more importan… Continue Reading

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