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Sen. McConnell: Robust debate needed about China’s capabilities

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., walks to the chamber to begin the work week at the Capitol in Washington, Monday, May 24, 2021. The House has already voted to approve an independent commission to investigate the Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol insurrection but the measure faces an uncertain fate in the evenly divided Senate where Republican leader Mitch McConnell is opposed and former President Donald Trump is demanding the effort be quashed. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., walks to the chamber to begin the work week at the Capitol in Washington, Monday, May 24, 2021. The House has already voted to approve an independent commission to investigate the Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol insurrection but the measure faces an uncertain fate in the evenly divided Senate where Republican leader Mitch McConnell is opposed and former President Donald Trump is demanding the effort be quashed. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., walks to the chamber to begin the work week at the Capitol in Washington, Monday, May 24, 2021. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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UPDATED 8:43 AM PT – Tuesday, May 25, 2021

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has warned that Democrats are hindering America’s power to compete with its adversaries. While speaking on the Senate floor Monday, he criticized Democrat leadership for trying to jam a bill regarding China through Congress.

McConnell added, GOP senators have additional amendments they want considered to fill gaps in our competitive capacity. The Senate voted overwhelmingly to take up the bill even after Democrats struck down three GOP provisions.

The Kentucky lawmaker warned surrendering to calls from the White House to cut defense spending will only hurt America and feed a growing China.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y) is reportedly trying to pass the bill by the end of the week. However, he will need support from at least 10 Republicans to get the bill through the upper chamber.

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