U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks on Tuesday on the Senate floor regarding Ukraine:
“There was a remarkable exchange yesterday when a Russian reporter tried to put false words in Speaker McCarthy’s mouth about alleged Republican opposition to helping Ukraine defeat Russian aggression.
“Well, the Speaker put him in his place and shut him down. He reminded everyone of his ongoing support of aid to Ukraine, and of Republicans’ commitment to help our friends win.
“Republicans are the party of American strength, at home and abroad. And that includes standing up to would-be tyrants who are invading sovereign countries, killing innocent people, and putting the core national interests of the United States at risk.
“Equipping Ukraine to defend itself is a direct investment in America’s own national security. As brave Ukrainians degrade the Russian military on the front lines, a major threat to western security and economic prosperity gets weaker.
“In the meantime, our own defense capabilities are getting stronger!
“A large part of the security assistance appropriated for Ukraine actually funds the production of new, cutting-edge capabilities for the U.S. military and supports good-paying jobs for skilled American workers right here at home.
“Unfortunately, it is the Administration whose policies have been slow and halting.
“Since the beginning of Russia’s escalation, the Biden Administration has lagged several steps behind the pace of relevance in delivering decisive aid to Ukraine. Every approval of new assistance has required agonizing deliberations and prodding from Congressional Republicans and Democrats alike.
“This was the case with the Stinger and Javelin systems the Ukrainians needed to drive back Russian convoys, and Polish fighter jets that stood waiting on the tarmac…
“With the HIMARS and Harpoons and PATRIOT systems they needed to put the invaders on the back foot, and the Abrams tanks they needed to support a counteroffensive…
“And now, with the cluster munitions, longer-range fires, and fourth generation fighter jets our friends need to turn the tide.
“At every mile marker, the Biden Administration has dithered. Unnecessarily.
“It’s time for the President to get serious about victory and invest in American strength.”