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06.26.19

The House Should Pass The Bipartisan Senate Border Funding Bill

With Money To Address The Humanitarian Crisis At The Border Days Away From Running Out, 'It's A No-Brainer' To Pass The Senate's Supplemental Appropriations Bill, Which Has Overwhelming Bipartisan Support The Bipartisan Senate Emergency Border Funding Bill Passed 84-8 This afternoon, the Senate passed its bipartisan emergency appropriations bill for the crisis at the border by an overwhelming 84-8 vote. (H.R. 3401, Roll Call Vote #185: Passed 84-8, 6/26/2019) SENATE MAJORITY LEADER MITCH … Continue Reading


06.11.19

Border Crisis: ‘We Are Running Out Of Money’

HHS Secretary Azar: '[B]y Early July, We May Be Out Of Funding … 'Congress Must Act And Give Us The Funding We Need. This Is Not About Politics. It Is Purely A Humanitarian Issue Of Caring For These Kids.' SENATE MAJORITY LEADER MITCH McCONNELL (R-KY): "The agencies are overwhelmed. The facilities are overwhelmed. It is a true humanitarian crisis, totally unsustainable for these individuals whom our national security and rule of law dictate that we need to detain…. The professi… Continue Reading


04.01.19

Dems Threatening To Vote Down Disaster Recovery Funding

'Democrats Are Threatening To Block' 'Much-Needed Recovery Funds' "Senate Democrats … may block legislation proposed by their Republican counterparts that would allocate billions of dollars for disaster recovery across the country …" ("Disaster Relief Bill at an Impasse Over Puerto Rico Aid," The New York Times, 3/28/2019) "Democrats are threatening to block the GOP bill in a showdown Senate vote on Monday afternoon." ("Senate Barrels Toward Showdown Vote On Disaster Relief,… Continue Reading


01.24.19

A Wall Is Not The Problem, So What Is?

Democrats Admit They Don't Think 'A Border Wall Is In And Of Itself Immoral,' So Why Won't They Vote To Reopen Government And Add 'Modest' Barrier Funding? SENATE MAJORITY LEADER MITCH McCONNELL (R-KY): "The need for more security on our border is not a partisan invention. It is a fact. It's a reality most Senate Democrats readily admit…. [I]f they agree with the need, they should agree with this modest proposal…. [T]hese commonsense physical barriers were a bipartisan point of… Continue Reading


01.22.19

A Vote To ‘Immediately Reopen The Government’

Senate Democrats Say 'All We Want To Do Is Reopen The Government,' So Will They Vote To Do That This Week Or Continue 'To Refuse Even To Talk'? THE WASHINGTON POST EDITORS: "But to refuse even to talk until the government reopens does no favors to sidelined federal workers and contractors." (Editorial, "Make A Deal. Save The Dreamers.," The Washington Post, 1/19/2019) Senate Bill Would 'Immediately Reopen The Government' "Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the majority leader, plans… Continue Reading


01.08.19

Sen. Schumer’s Short Memory

The Democratic-Controlled Senate Kept Working During The 2013 Government Shutdown THE WASHINGTON POST: 'Democrats Pledge To Paralyze Senate As Shutdown Negotiation Tactic' (The Washington Post, 1/07/2018) THE HILL: 'Democrats Plan To Jam Up Senate Over Shutdown Fight' (The Hill, 1/07/2019) But The Senate Passed Legislation Unrelated To Government Funding During The 2013 Shutdown The federal government was shut down from October 1, 2013, until October 17, 2013. ("How We Got Here: A Sh… Continue Reading


11.16.18

A Long List Of Accomplishments

'[T]he Coast Guard Legislation Was Just The Very Latest Installment In A Long List Of Bipartisan Successes Passed By This Senate' SENATE MAJORITY LEADER MITCH McCONNELL (R-KY): "[This week], we passed legislation to reauthorize the Coast Guard by an overwhelming bipartisan majority. The Senate took action to reaffirm the critical security, interdiction, and rescue missions that keep Americans safe, and to streamline duplicative regulations at the same time. The provision to clarify the regul… Continue Reading


10.10.18

List Of Accomplishments Keeps Growing

Water Infrastructure, FAA Reauthorization, And Landmark Opioids Bill Are Latest Additions To The Accomplishments Of The 115th Congress SENATE MAJORITY LEADER MITCH McCONNELL (R-KY): "Earlier this year, the president challenged us to seriously address our nation's crumbling infrastructure. In Congress, we've wasted no time on working to tackle this challenge in a bipartisan way. Here are just a few highlights. The funding bill for fiscal year 2018 included a $21 billion increase in infrastruc… Continue Reading


08.29.18

A Productive August

Senate Remained 'In Session This Month To Continue Working On Behalf Of The American People' SENATE MAJORITY LEADER MITCH McCONNELL (R-KY): "August is usually a time for Senators to spend more time in our home states, meeting with our constituents and reporting on the progress we've made in Washington. But this August had to be different. There was too much business left unfinished. So I made the decision to keep the Senate in session this month to continue working on behalf of the American… Continue Reading


08.03.18

Another Productive Week In The Senate

The Senate Sent The Defense Authorization Bill To The President, Passed 4 Appropriations Bills, Went To Conference On The Farm Bill, Confirmed The 24th Circuit Court Judge And 6 More District Court Judges Defense Authorization Bill 'Aimed At Building Up The Military' Completed SEN. JOHN McCAIN (R-AZ), Armed Services Committee Chairman: "I'm deeply proud that the Senate voted overwhelmingly today to pass the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019…. Through the NDAA,… Continue Reading


03.22.18

Omnibus Bill ‘A Victory For Families Caught In The Grip Of The Opioid Epidemic’

'It Is Time To Liberate Our Communities From This Scourge Of Drug Addiction' PRESIDENT TRUMP: "It is time to liberate our communities from this scourge of drug addiction." (President Trump, "How We Will Win The War On Opioids," 3/1/2018) SENATE MAJORITY LEADER MITCH McCONNELL (R-KY): "[The omnibus bill is] a victory for families caught in the grip of the opioid epidemic. This bill scales up research, treatment and prevention funding and provides for grants to first responders. It will confro… Continue Reading


03.22.18

Restoring America’s Military

Omnibus Bill 'Delivers The Largest Year-On-Year Increase In Defense Spending In Fifteen Years' SENATE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE: "The agreement provides the biggest year-over-year increase in defense funding in 15 years. Combined with FY2018 funding previously approved by Congress for missile defense and disaster response, the Defense Department will receive more than $61 billion over the 2017 enacted level. The omnibus measure funds a 2.4 percent pay increase for troops and includes substanti… Continue Reading


03.19.18

‘Sustain Our Military's Primacy’

'Our Backlog Of Deferred Readiness, Procurement, And Modernization Requirements Has Grown In The Last Decade And A Half And Can No Longer Be Ignored.' SEC. MATTIS: 'Congressional Action Will Ensure Our Military Can Defend Our Way Life, Preserve The Promise Of Prosperity, And Pass On The Freedoms You And I Enjoy To The Next Generation' 2018 National Defense Strategy: "To address the scope and pace of our competitors' and adversaries' ambitions and capabilities, we must invest in modernization… Continue Reading


02.08.18

‘Budget Agreement Is Indispensable For Our National Security’

Defense Secretary Mattis: 'No Strategy Can Survive Without The Necessary Stable, Predictable Funding' JAMES MATTIS, Secretary of Defense: "I cannot overstate the negative impact to our troops and families' morale from all this budget uncertainty. Today's Congressional action will ensure our military can defend our way life, preserve the promise of prosperity, and pass on the freedoms you and I enjoy to the next generation." (Sec. Mattis, White House Press Briefing, 2/07/2018) SENATE MAJOR… Continue Reading


02.06.18

‘Vote To Remove The Uncertainty That Is Hanging Over Our Armed Forces’

SEN. MITCH McCONNELL (R-KY): "…we have the opportunity to make real progress with an immediate step that every Senator in this chamber should support - passing a fiscal year 2018 defense appropriations bill. We can vote to remove the uncertainty that is hanging over our armed forces and secure the current year funding that our servicemembers deserve." (Sen. McConnell, Floor Remarks, 2/6/2018) SEC. MATTIS: 'Our Troops Have Stoically Shouldered A Much Greater Burden' JAMES MATTIS, Secre… Continue Reading


01.24.18

The Longest S-CHIP Extension In History

'Parents Of The Almost 9 Million Children Who Receive Coverage Under The Federal Children's Health Insurance Program, Or CHIP, Can Breathe Easier' SEN. MITCH McCONNELL (R-KY): "…I'd particularly like to thank our Senate Finance Committee Chairman, Senator Hatch, for his powerful advocacy for the nine million children in low-income families who rely on the State Children's Health Insurance Program. ... I understand the six-year S-CHIP extension the Senate passed yesterday will be the long… Continue Reading


01.20.18

Children’s Health Insurance: ‘Vital To Millions Of Children And Families’

Children's Hospitals, Pediatricians, And Health Professionals Warn That 'Congressional Inaction On CHIP Along With A Government Shutdown Is A Dangerous Combination For Families' Health Professionals Urge Congress To 'Pass CHIP This Week' CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL ASSOCIATION: "The Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) is vital to millions of children and families…. States are exhausting all available program funds and have announced plans to freeze enrollment and, in some cases, end… Continue Reading


01.20.18

Blocked

Democrats' 'Risky' Shut Down Strategy Opposed By Majority Of Americans, Impact Felt Across Country SENATE MAJORITY LEADER MITCH McCONNELL (R-KY): "Day one of the Senate Democrats' government shutdown…. [L]ike the president, like the House, and like a bipartisan majority of Senators, the American people cannot begin to understand why the Senate Democratic Leader thinks the entire government should be shut down until he gets his way on illegal immigration…. Senate Democrats are s… Continue Reading


01.19.18

Far-Left Demands ‘Governmental Chaos’

And Sen. Schumer & Senate Democrats Deliver With A Government Shut Down SEN. MITCH MCCONNELL (R-KY): "This vote should be a 'no-brainer.' And it would be - except that the Democratic Leader has convinced his members to filibuster any funding bill that doesn't include legislation they are demanding for people who came to the United States illegally. What has been shoehorned into this discussion is an insistence that we deal with an illegal immigration issue. He's insisted that he won't suppo… Continue Reading


01.19.18

Governors ‘Urge Immediate Action On The Children’s Health Insurance Program’

Govs: 'We Believe Covering Children And Pregnant Women Without Disruption Is One Thing We Can All Agree On' GOVS: 'Give The Families Who Rely On CHIP The Peace Of Mind Of Knowing That Their Children Will Be Able To Get The Health Care They Need' GOV. TOM WOLF (D-PA): "The 178,000 children in PA that rely on CHIP for health care deserve better … We need a sustainable, long-term funding solution for this vital program …" (Gov. Wolf, @GovernorTomWolf, Twitter, 1/16/2018) GOV. W… Continue Reading

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