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05.22.24

McConnell Remarks On Georgian Democracy

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding Georgia: “Last week, just days after President Orban rolled out the red carpet in Budapest for Xi Jinping, the Chinese dictator rolled out the red carpet in Beijing for Vladimir Putin. “The ‘friendship without limits’ struck between America’s greatest strategic adversaries will now endure, quote, ‘for generations to come’. “And it appears to be rooted in … Continue Reading


05.21.24

McConnell Remarks To Atlantic Council On Upcoming Washington NATO Summit

“The focus of this gathering - an age of marching authoritarians - is one of urgent importance. Recognizing the threat revisionist powers pose to Western peace and prosperity should already be the price of admission to any serious conversation about U.S. foreign policy. “But the challenge we face today is graver than the sum of its parts. If we acknowledge Russia’s aggressive neo-Soviet imperialism… Iran’s unprecedented promotion of proxy violence… And China’s breakneck race to expand its spher… Continue Reading


05.14.24

McConnell Remarks To Copenhagen Democracy Summit

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) recorded the following remarks for release today at the Copenhagen Democracy Summit: “Hello, I’m Senator Mitch McConnell, Republican Leader of the U.S. Senate. It’s an honor to be speaking to friends and allies at such a pivotal moment. “Today, we’re facing grave threats to the prevailing international order that the United States and allied democracies fought to establish after World War II. “It was a decade ago, as Russ… Continue Reading


04.23.24

McConnell Remarks On Passage Of National Security Supplemental

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding the national security supplemental: “This is an extremely important day in the history of our country and of the free world. They are all watching waiting to see what we would do. “When Vladimir Putin escalated his war against Ukraine, I told our colleagues that allies and adversaries alike would pay very close attention to America’s response. “When Iran-… Continue Reading


04.23.24

McConnell Remarks On The National Security Supplemental

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding national security priorities: “To provide for the common defense is one of Congress’ primary responsibilities. “I’ve been at this business for quite a while, and I’ve found that making - and explaining - sensible decisions about advancing our nation’s interests is easier when you start from the right set of assumptions. “Here’s what I know to be true: “A… Continue Reading


04.18.24

McConnell: Time To Get ‘Real’ On National Security Challenges

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding national security priorities: “I’d like to begin by addressing the urgent national security supplemental that’s still pending before the House of Representatives. “Opponents of this urgent investment in American strength have taken to clothing their objections in a false mantle of ‘realism’. And at first glance, this would appear to be a rhetorically savvy… Continue Reading


04.16.24

McConnell: National Security Challenges Require Urgent Investment

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding national security priorities: “Two months ago, the Senate passed a national security supplemental that reflected the clear links between the challenges we face. That was by design. “America’s adversaries, from Beijing to Pyongyang and Moscow to Tehran, are actually working together. They’re reinforcing one another’s efforts to sap our resolve, shatter our … Continue Reading


04.15.24

Iran’s Attack Underscores Need For Urgent Action To Address National Security Threats

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding national security priorities: “In response to Iran’s massive attack against Israel over the weekend, we saw two things: “First, we saw a sovereign nation that takes its security seriously mount a successful defense. Israel’s air defenses, with the help of regional and coalition partners and the vigilant support of brave U.S. servicemembers in the region, i… Continue Reading


04.11.24

McConnell Remarks On U.S.-Japan Alliance And Providing For Common Defense

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) submitted the following remarks today regarding Prime Minister Kishida’s address to Congress. Below is the text as prepared for delivery: “Today, a joint session of Congress welcomed Japanese Prime Minister Kishida to the Capitol. “The importance of the U.S.-Japan alliance is front-and-center at a critical moment. As I said earlier this week, Japan is an essential partner in the security of the Indo-Pacific. “But its lead… Continue Reading


04.10.24

McConnell Remarks On 75th Anniversary Of NATO, Responsibilities of American Leadership

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding national security priorities and NATO: “Last week, the strongest and most successful military alliance in the history of the world marked an impressive milestone. Seventy-five years ago, at the dawn of the Cold War, with decades of superpower competition on the horizon, the founding members of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization convened here in Washingt… Continue Reading


04.08.24

McConnell On Strength Of U.S.-Japan Alliance

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding Prime Minister Kishida’s visit to Capitol: “America’s national security depends on sustained investment in both cutting-edge capabilities and expanded defense industrial capacity. “That’s why I continue to insist on overdue steps like the full-year defense appropriations and national security supplemental the Senate passed earlier this year. “As I’ve said… Continue Reading


03.19.24

Congress’ Next Moves Will Shape America’s Global Influence

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding national security priorities: “Over the weekend, Putin claimed electoral victory in a display of his regime’s disdain for the Russian people. With a fresh six-year term in office, he’s on track to pass Joseph Stalin as the longest-ruling despot in modern Russian history. “For the past two years, Putin has sacrificed tens of thousands of his countrymen on t… Continue Reading


03.14.24

McConnell: Withholding Aid To Ukraine Emboldens Putin

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding Ukraine: “This week, Vladimir Putin himself responded to reports of weakening Western resolve to stand with Ukraine and of ammunition shortages on the front lines. Here’s what Putin had to say: “‘It would be ridiculous for us to start negotiating with Ukraine just because it’s running out of ammunition.’ “Mr. President, the chilling reality here is abunda… Continue Reading


03.11.24

McConnell: Proud To Welcome Newest NATO Allies

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding the expansion of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO): “Last week, I was proud to welcome Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson of Sweden to the Capitol on an historic day in his nation’s history… And a great day for America and fellow members of the trans-Atlantic alliance. And earlier today, the flag of Sweden was raised over NATO headquarters for the f… Continue Reading


02.27.24

McConnell Marks Decade Since Russia’s Invasion Of Ukraine

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding national security priorities: “Nearly twenty years ago, Russian President Vladimir Putin described the peaceful dissolution of the Soviet Union as the ‘greatest geopolitical catastrophe of the (20th) century.’ “And for decades, he has worked incessantly to revive the repressive empire built by Stalin, including by redrawing European borders by force. “In … Continue Reading


02.11.24

McConnell: Senate Faces Test Of American Leadership

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding national security priorities: “From the earliest days of Vladimir Putin’s escalation in Ukraine, America’s closest allies and partners have been paying close attention. “From halfway around the world in the Indo-Pacific, our friends have made it clear that in the Ukrainian people’s fight, they see their own future. “From Taiwan, ‘Ukraine’s survival is Tai… Continue Reading


02.09.24

McConnell On National Security Supplemental

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding national security priorities: “When the Biden Administration released its request for supplemental appropriations in October, I said the Senate would need to do its own work to meet the demonstrated needs of our national security. “The President’s decisions over the past three years have directly contributed to the web of serious security challenges demand… Continue Reading


02.07.24

Senate Has Responsibility To Invest In American Strength And Credibility

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding national security priorities: “Four months ago, Senate Republicans asked our colleague from Oklahoma, Senator Lankford, to take on a pretty tall order - negotiate serious border security policy with an Administration that had shown no interest in actually securing the border. “He put in an enormous amount of work, and I’m very grateful for the persistence … Continue Reading


02.06.24

America’s Adversaries Continue To Show They’re Undeterred

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding national security priorities: “Yesterday, Iran-backed terrorists carried out another deadly attack on a base that houses U.S. personnel in Syria. “The Iran-backed Houthis continue to threaten U.S. vessels and international shipping in the Red Sea. “Three days after President Biden directed strikes in response to the killing of three U.S. soldiers in Jorda… Continue Reading


02.05.24

Supplemental Will Address Security Challenges Directly

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding national security priorities: “Four years ago, as a candidate for the Democratic nomination, President Biden promised his base functionally open borders. Quote: ‘I would in fact make sure that… we immediately surge to the border, all those people who are seeking asylum.’ That was President Biden as he took office. “Three years ago, as people surged to the … Continue Reading

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