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McConnell Amendment Warns Against Hasty Middle East Withdrawal

Do you support or oppose McConnell's amendment?

by Countable | Updated on 1.31.19

(Updated 1/31/19 4:00pm): The Senate voted to advance the McConnell amendment on a bipartisan 68-23 vote. A vote on adopting the amendment will likely occur next week, when Senate will also vote on the underlying bill ― the Strengthening America’s Security in the Middle East Act.


The Senate will vote today on an amendment to the Strengthening America’s Security in the Middle East Act that would express the sense of Congress that the Trump administration should review its strategy of withdrawing from Syria and Afghanistan to ensure it doesn’t allow a resurgence of al Qaeda and ISIS.

Offered by Senate Majority Mitch McConnell (R-KY), the amendment is a non-binding expression of the sense of Congress that:

  • The U.S. and its partners have played a positive role in Syria and Afghanistan by fighting terrorist groups, countering Iranian aggression, deterring further use of chemical weapons, and protecting human rights;
  • A precipitous withdrawal of U.S. forces from the ongoing fight without effective countervailing efforts to secure gains could allow terrorists to regroup and destibilize these regions and create a vacuum which could be filled by Russia or Iran.
  • Diplomatic negotiations to secure peace and reconciliation in Syria and Afghanistan are gaining traction but are fragile;
  • The Trump administration should “pursue a strategy that sets the conditions for the long-term defeat of al Qaeda and ISIS, as well as the protection of regional partners and allies, while ensuring that Iran cannot dominate the region or threaten Israel;” and
  • The administration should certify those conditions for the enduring defeat of al Qaeda and ISIS are met before any significant U.S. withdrawal.

Today’s vote is on a “cloture motion” to limit further debate on the amendment to no more than 30 hours if at least 60 senators vote to “invoke” cloture.

If it succeeds, a vote to adopt the amendment could occur next week when the Senate votes on the underlying bill ― although senators could do so sooner if unanimous consent is granted.

— Eric Revell

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  • Glowurm
    Voted Oppose
    01/31/2019
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    I want asshole McConnell to allow a vote on the legislation that passed in December, but was never given to the resident Idiot to veto, because McConnell is afraid it would pass and poor crybaby Donald would be very upset. Fuck the wall we don’t need. Before he’s done, we’ll have spent a total of 25 BILLION (not million, people) for that damn wall, when we could have used it on FAR more-needed things. So Mc-Cock-ell don’t try to distract us with your bullshit. It will not change the fact that you are a vile, heartless, evil man! I hope God is holding a special place in hell for the likes of all of you - Sullivan, Young and Murkowski, too!

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  • SneakyPete
    Voted Support
    01/31/2019
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    👍🏻 Strengthening America’s Security in the Middle East Act 👍🏻 I’d be in support of and recommend the passage of the Strengthening America’s Security in the Middle East Act which would express the sense of Congress, that the Trump administration should review its strategy of withdrawing from Syria and Afghanistan, to ensure it doesn’t allow a resurgence of al Qaeda and ISIS. Offered by Senate Majority Mitch McConnell (R-KY), the amendment is a non-binding expression of the sense of Congress that: * The U.S. and its partners have played a positive role in Syria and Afghanistan by fighting terrorist groups, countering Iranian aggression, deterring further use of chemical weapons, and protecting human rights; * A precipitous withdrawal of U.S. forces from the ongoing fight without effective countervailing efforts to secure gains could allow terrorists to regroup and destibilize these regions and create a vacuum which could be filled by Russia or Iran. * Diplomatic negotiations to secure peace and reconciliation in Syria and Afghanistan are gaining traction but are fragile; * The Trump administration should “pursue a strategy that sets the conditions for the long-term defeat of al Qaeda and ISIS, as well as the protection of regional partners and allies, while ensuring that Iran cannot dominate the region or threaten Israel;” and * The administration should certify those conditions for the enduring defeat of al Qaeda and ISIS are met before any significant U.S. withdrawal. SneakyPete.......... 🤔🤷🏼‍♂️🤷‍♀️🤷🏼‍♂️🤔. 1*31*19..........

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  • M
    02/01/2019
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    Can it be that Republicans in Congress have gotten their heads out Of wherever they've had them buried with regard to Trump's actions and actually discovered their backbones?!?

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  • DrCindyBean
    Voted Oppose
    01/31/2019
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    Put some checks and balances on trump and trump’s corrupt criminal regime. Surprised to see anything possibly useful from McConnell. Make sure you Read the fine print- I don’t trust McConnell to put an honest, straightforward bill to vote. McConnell is so corrupt.

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  • Stewart
    Voted Support
    01/31/2019
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    To my surprise, I actually agree with the Senator. Though it’s debatable troop presence in Afghanistan has played a “positive role” in the minds of some Afghanis, it’s not debatable that a hasty withdrawal from either conflict in the Middle East does more harm then good for our National Security and the ANA and Kurdish soldiers we have been allied with.

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  • Joan
    02/04/2019
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    Can we each not edit ourselves with regard to vulgarities. Those words do not make your statements any stronger, they only diminish the effect of the statements.

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  • Lisa
    Voted Oppose
    01/31/2019
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    It’s to late. You are passing a non-binding resolution that does nothing. You talk about something but don’t have the balls to pass anything binding. You are a separate branch of government. Show some power and speak truth to power and pass a bill. Watching the president ignore the intelligent agency’s report after admitting he had not read it was stunning. If he cannot read a report then he has no right to speak about it. Please Mitch McConnell start passing some laws to stop this President. Our national security is at stake!

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  • Terry
    Voted Oppose
    01/31/2019
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    Bring our troops home. Today’s military can move troops and materials any where quickly. Our Navy and Air Force can strike quickly too. Only a minimal # of boots on the ground are needed.

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  • Lionman
    Voted Support
    01/31/2019
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    Please listen to the Intelligence community.

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  • Catherine
    Voted Support
    01/31/2019
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    I am very surprised to find that Mitch McConnell is pulling his head out of Donald Trump's ass. This proposition actually makes sense and hopefully sends a message to Trump on what's right for this country. It will be interesting to see if McConnell and the Senate actually stand up to Trump when he tries to shut this move down.

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  • What.About.Ethics
    Voted Oppose
    01/31/2019
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    Fuck anything terrorist Mitch has to say about anything. He stood with terrorist Trump in holding the country hostage over a wall that the American people do not want. He shit on the Constitution by refusing to allow votes on legislation that his master Trump did not pre-approve. Vote this Trump-Republican White Nationalist regime out of office! Republicans, save your jobs by standing up against this evil, in favor of the American people.

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  • SneakyPete
    Voted Support
    01/31/2019
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    Based on a comment earlier I’d also recommend the following from Pelosi 1). Put some checks and balances on trump and trump’s corrupt criminal regime. 2). Surprised to see anything possibly useful from Speaker Pelosi. 3). Make sure you Read the fine print- I don’t trust Pelosi to put an honest, straightforward bill to vote. 4). Pelosi and her folks are so corrupt.

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  • TuckerWantsLiberty
    Voted Oppose
    01/31/2019
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    Get us out of there. We cannot get out of those conflicts fast enough. And I wouldn't worry about an ISIS resurgence - they're only still around because we're there providing them with the means to fight the Russians. When we leave they'll go extinct.

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  • PhilAlban
    Voted Oppose
    01/31/2019
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    So, you're saying that withdrawal from "the Middle East" after decades of intervention is..."hasty?" Think about that. More than a decade ago, Obama promised to withdraw from Afghanistan during his campaign and this is exactly how far we have gotten. Y'all support McConnell as long as it means killing brown people.

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  • CitizenWoman
    Voted Support
    01/31/2019
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    We need to be thoughtful about how we leave.

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  • Robert j.
    Voted Support
    01/31/2019
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    Things done in haste almost never turn out well. Mr Erdogan this also applies to you.

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  • M
    Voted Support
    01/31/2019
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    I’m not enamored by McConnell’s amendment but am encouraged that finally he and the Senate Republicans are waking to the threats posed by Trump’s impulsive acts. The just published threat assessment contradicts Trump on virtually every point he makes in his delusional world.

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  • SneakyPete
    Voted Support
    01/31/2019
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    “Cndrla” You gave yourself away as a, I suspect a LEFT COAST Progressive Liberal who can only express themselves with vulgarities and slanderous rhetoric. Anyway, if I may say so, Did you really mean that or were you just trying in being funny? P.S. FYI ........ You failed completely. Your following commentary just goes to show where you got your “Gutter Degree” ............ “Hey Mitch you fucking Bitch! How about strengthening this country? You knew Trump was being investigated in 2016 and you chose to deny the American public knowledge that the ass hole was being investigated! Fuck you ass hole! Know your standing up to Trump. You fucked our country when you chose to turn your back on America. You chose party over country. 🖕 Hey Mitch you fucking Bitch! How about strengthening this country? You knew Trump was being investigated in 2016 and you chose to deny the American public knowledge that the ass hole was being investigated! Fuck you ass hole! Know your standing up to Trump. You fucked our country when you chose to turn your back on America. You chose party over country. 🖕” SneakyPete.......... 👎🏻🙉🙉🙉👎🏻. 1*31*19.........

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  • Poli.Sci
    Voted Support
    01/31/2019
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    I believe the US has a positive role to play in bringing down terrorist organizations in Afghanistan and Syria and much of the Middle East. Simply removing our troops and saying the job is done is far from the reality on the ground. Instead, we leave our allies to face not only terrorists but also authoritarian regimes hellbent on removing the presence of cultural parties, such as Turkey’s offensive against the Kurds. If we look back in recent history, the US’ planned pullouts in Vietnam, Somalia, Libya (as NATO), and Iraq (2011) all resulted in terrorist organizations and despotic regimes to take control of the country and region. We have paid a heavy price for sacrificing our allies and yes we want those areas to fulfill their own duties but we should still help them. The peace process with the Taliban is going steadily forward but this is also an extremist Islamic group. I support this bill because we need to be methodical when moving out, not just pulling everything and everyone out claiming victory when in less than two years the region is in chaos again.

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  • Leslie
    Voted Support
    01/31/2019
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    I support it, if it's true. But, I don't trust McConnell any more than I trust Trump or any other member of the GOP

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  • IllWill
    Voted Oppose
    01/31/2019
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    Stop sending troops to fight and die in the Middle East! These wars have not made us safer. We need to allow the people of this region to determine their own future instead of promoting endless military interventions in this part of the world!

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