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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


01.13.20

McConnell Speaks on ‘Brave’ Middle East Protestors Challenging the Iranian Regime

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding Iran: 'It's been 10 days since the United States removed Iran's chief terrorist Qassim Soleimani from the battlefield. And it's been 5 days since the brutal violence, recklessness, and failed governance that defines the Iranian regime was put on full display with their shoot-down of a Ukrainian civilian airliner and the deaths of all 176 souls on board. 'Aft… Continue Reading


01.08.20

McConnell: “We Must Remain Vigilant in the Face of the Serious Threat Posed by Tehran”

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding Iran: 'I had planned to discuss the corrosive political games that the Speaker of the House continues to play with the solemn issue of presidential impeachment. 'But the deadly serious events of yesterday evening threw those political squabbles into the starkest possible relief. 'I was troubled but not surprised by reports that Iran fired ballistic missiles… Continue Reading


01.07.20

McConnell: “The Threat Iran Poses Is Not New”

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding Iran: 'I spoke yesterday about President Trump's decision to remove the chief architect of Tehran's terrorism from the battlefield. And I discussed the Senate's obligation to approach this in a manner that is serious, sober, and factual. 'It is right for senators to want to learn more about the president's major decision. Once again, I encourage all our coll… Continue Reading


01.06.20

McConnell on Ongoing Threat from Iran: “We Are All Americans First and We Are All In This Together”

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding Iran: 'As the Senate convenes this afternoon, we find our nation facing two grave and serious choices. One concerns our unity at home and the future of our Constitution; the other involves our strength abroad and the security of our homeland. 'Both situations demand serious, sober treatment from Congress. Both require that we put enduring national interests … Continue Reading


01.03.20

McConnell Speaks on the Death of Terrorist Leader Qassem Soleimani

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding world events: 'This morning, Iran's master terrorist is dead. 'The architect and chief engineer for the world's most active state sponsor of terrorism has been removed from the battlefield at the hand of the United States military. 'No man alive was more directly responsible for the deaths of more American servicemembers than Qassem Soleimani, the leader of… Continue Reading


11.19.19

McConnell Addresses Protests in Lebanon, Iraq, and Iran

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding protests in the Middle East: "I spoke yesterday about the courageous people of Hong Kong who are standing up to Beijing and speaking out for their freedoms. But Hong Kongers are not alone in bravely speaking up at this time. "The Middle East continues to be swept by widespread and cross-sectarian demonstrations. In Lebanon, in Iraq, and in Iran, millions are… Continue Reading


10.31.19

McConnell: ‘The United States Should Stand With These Protestors’

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding global protests: "I've spoken at length in recent weeks about the protests in Hong Kong and the situation in Syria. I'd like to close today by recognizing other important developments in the Middle East that regrettably haven't received much attention. "Massive protests are currently underway in Lebanon and Iraq. Millions have taken to the streets to demand … Continue Reading


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

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