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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


05.13.21

Iran’s Fingerprints Are All Over Anti-American, Anti-Israeli, and Anti-Arab Terrorism Across the Middle East

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding Iran: "The attacks being directed at innocent Israeli citizens are coming from Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad. Both those terrorist groups receive support from Iran. "The regime in Tehran is the most active state sponsor of terrorism in the world. The regime supports Shi'a terrorists, Sunni terrorists, and secular terrorists. "Many of the rockets now… Continue Reading


05.12.21

U.S. Must Stand Strong With Israel in the Face of “Inexcusable” Attacks

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding the attacks on Israel: "Yet again, air-raid sirens have been sounding in Israel. Israeli civilians have been huddling in basements, shelters, and hospital stairwells. "Hamas rocket attacks are lighting up the skies, hitting buildings, and terrorizing, injuring, and killing innocent people. "Of course, Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad receive significan… 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


03.02.21

McConnell to Biden Administration on Iran: Don’t Surrender Leverage for Nothing

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding Iran: "We recently learned that Iran has balked at the prospect of direct nuclear negotiations with the United States and Europe. This sort of resistance and gamesmanship is nothing new. "Iran has long flouted international restrictions on its nuclear program, played hide-and-seek with U.N. inspectors, and failed to disclose the full scope of its nuclear r… Continue Reading


01.27.21

McConnell: Nation Deserves Strong, Bipartisan Foreign Policy to Counter Serious Threats

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding nominations and foreign policy: "Yesterday, we confirmed Antony Blinken, our new Secretary of State. Like the Director of National Intelligence, the Secretary of Defense, and the Secretary of the Treasury, it was another big, bipartisan vote here in the Senate. "Four years ago, Senate Democrats subjected mainstream nominees to lead State and Treasury to a … 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


11.16.20

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


09.15.20

McConnell: “Unity, Strength, and Resolve” the Only Way to Confront “Basket Case” Iran

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding the Middle East: "Yesterday I discussed the tide of good news flowing out of the Middle East. "Peace agreements between Israel and the UAE and Israel and Bahrain will be documented at the White House later today. Even more Arab countries are reportedly considering following suit. "The winds of change are blowing across the Middle East. "Thanks in large pa… 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


05.07.20

McConnell: Global Threats We Faced Before COVID-19 Are Still With Us Today

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding global threats to the United States: "The United States is battling the worst pandemic in 100 years. Our nation has poured unprecedented resources into defending Americans' health and blunting the damage to our economy. "The Senate will continue our work on this front. We'll find more ways to keep strengthening our healthcare response and pivot our nation to… Continue Reading


03.03.20

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: 'Good morning. Well, it's great to be here again this year. For starters, I need to thank the leaders here today who work constantly so that our nation continues to stand with our friends - today, tomorrow, and together. Betsy Berns Korn. Mort Fridman. Howard Kohr. I tha… 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


02.11.20

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


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

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