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07.30.20

States Have Spent Less Than A Quarter Of Their CARES Act Funds

Democrats In Congress Are Insisting On Nearly $1 Trillion In More Funding For States, But State Governments Have Spent Less Than One Fourth Of Money They Already Received For Pandemic Expenses, And Local Governments Have Seen Only A Fraction Of That SENATE MAJORITY LEADER MITCH McCONNELL (R-KY): "[Congressional Democrats] won't engage when the Administration tries to discuss our comprehensive plan. They won't engage when the Administration floats a narrower proposal. They basically won't eng… Continue Reading


07.29.20

Healthcare, Economic Assistance, Liability, And Schools

The HEALS Act Is Designed To Get More Help To Americans, Boost Our Health Providers And Medical Researchers, And Assist Small Businesses And Schools So They Can Reopen Safely SENATE MAJORITY LEADER MITCH McCONNELL (R-KY): "Yesterday, Senate Republicans put forward the HEALS Act - our framework for another round of historic relief for American workers and families. Our nation stands at a challenging crossroads. We have one foot in this pandemic and one foot in the recovery. We can't go back t… Continue Reading


07.27.20

Senate Republicans Introduce The HEALS Act

As They Did With The CARES Act In March, Senate Republicans Are Leading On The Next Response To The Coronavirus With 'A Tailored And Targeted Draft' Focused On 'Getting Kids Back In School, Getting Workers Back To Work, And Winning The Healthcare Fight Against The Virus' SENATE MAJORITY LEADER MITCH McCONNELL (R-KY): "[W]e have one foot in the pandemic and one foot in the recovery. The American people need more help. They need it to be comprehensive. And they need it to be carefully tailored… Continue Reading


07.22.20

Pelosi And Schumer’s Opening COVID Bid Is Actually Just An Unserious Liberal Wish List

REMINDER: The COVID Bill Pelosi And Schumer Are Still Pushing For Is An Unserious, $3 Trillion Package, Stuffed With Policies Straight Of Their Big Government, Liberal Wish List SENATE MINORITY LEADER CHUCK SCHUMER (D-NY): "We think this--we think the HEROES bill is the right place to be, and that's our position. … Democrats are united, House and Senate, behind the HEROES bill. It has overwhelmingly broad support." (Sen. Schumer, Press Conference, 7/21/2020) HOUSE SPEAKER NANCY PELO… Continue Reading


05.14.20

House Democrats’ Expensive, Unserious Wish List

House Democrats Unveiled A $3 Trillion Spending Spree Stuffed With A 'Wish List Filled Up With All The Party's Favored Policies,' 'Not Something Designed To Deal With Reality' SENATE MAJORITY LEADER MITCH McCONNELL (R-KY): "[W]hat you've seen in the House … is not something designed to deal with reality, but designed to deal with aspirations. This is not a time for aspirational legislation, this is a time for practical response to the coronavirus pandemic. And so, we're going to insis… Continue Reading


04.03.20

Pelosi Retreats Again After Senate Republicans Put Brakes On Liberal Wish List

After Republican Senators Emphasized That The Government Must First Make Sure The CARES Act Is Working And That Future Measures Must 'Not Serve As A Grab Bag For [The Speaker's] Liberal Wish List,' Speaker Pelosi Changed Her Tone On New Coronavirus Response Legislation 'Democrats Pivot': 'Speaker Nancy Pelosi Shifted Her Tone On Friday, Calling For A Much More Focused "Phase 4" Relief Package' "There has been a noticeable shift in rhetoric in the last day or so. Democrats -- including Spe… Continue Reading


03.27.20

The CARES Act Is ‘A Rescue Operation For The American People’

The CARES Act 'Says A Lot About The United States Senate As An Institution, Our Willingness To Put Aside Our Differences, And To Do Something Really Significant For The Country' SENATE MAJORITY LEADER MITCH McCONNELL (R-KY): "I'm proud to announce tonight, not a single senator voted against this $2 trillion rescue bill to save American individuals, small businesses, large businesses, and to provide considerable funding for the healthcare workers and the scientists and the doctors and others … Continue Reading


12.20.19

Senate Accomplishments In The 116th Congress So Far

Accomplishments Of The 116th Senate Include: HISTORIC TRANSFORMATION OF THE COURTS: Confirmed 20 of President Trump's circuit court nominees and 80 of his district court nominees for a total of 50 and 133 since 2017, respectively. "[T]he Senate has confirmed 102 judges for the year … It's the second-highest confirmation total in a single year in American history." FISCAL YEAR 2020 DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION: Passed the bipartisan annual defense policy bill providing for $750 billi… Continue Reading


12.04.19

National Security Takes A Backseat To Democrats’ Partisan Political Priorities

Funding For American Armed Forces And The Annual Defense Authorization Bill Are Mired In Disputes Over Democrats' Partisan Demands SENATE MAJORITY LEADER MITCH McCONNELL (R-KY): "Nearly every day I've come to the floor to talk about the key pieces of legislation that we'll only be able to complete with bipartisan cooperation. Really essential things - like funding for the entirety of our federal government, including for our men and women in uniform. The money for the tools and the training … Continue Reading


11.13.19

Democrats Prioritize Politics Over Security

'[E]very Hour Seemingly Brings More Evidence Of Our Troubled World,' But Democrats In Congress Are Still Stalling Critical Defense Authorization And Appropriations Bills SENATE MAJORITY LEADER MITCH McCONNELL (R-KY): "[E]very hour seemingly brings more evidence of our troubled world. But, just as with the trade agreements, critical legislation in this area is currently frozen in place. Another casualty of Democrats' apparent inability to make headway on anything besides fighting with the Whi… Continue Reading


11.05.19

Missed Opportunities

While Democrats Obsess Over Impeachment, Critical Congressional Business To Boost Our Economy And Support Our Troops Is Falling By The Wayside "The latest political brawl in Washington leaves a pile of policy priorities among the feared casualties … With the Democratic-led House moving forward with an impeachment inquiry into President Trump, members of both parties worry that the goals Congress set for itself this fall may slip even further out of reach …" ("Impeachment Tensio… Continue Reading


10.31.19

Democrats Vow To Block Assistance For Ukraine And A Significant Pay Raise For U.S. Troops

Senate Democrats Profess To Support Funding For Our Military And Our International Partners Like Ukraine Yet They Say They'll Block That Funding For A Second Time SENATE MAJORITY LEADER MITCH McCONNELL (R-KY): "Tomorrow the Senate will vote on funding for the national defense. It will offer a test for our Democratic colleagues: Will their party's impeachment obsession crowd out even the most basic governing responsibilities? And unfortunately, it seems we may already have our answer. The Dem… Continue Reading


09.19.19

Democrats Block Defense Funding They Previously Agreed To

'Our Men And Women In Uniform Do Not Deserve To Have The Funding For Their Tools, Their Training, And Their Own Pay Raises Used As Leverage By Senate Democrats' SENATE MAJORITY LEADER MITCH McCONNELL (R-KY): "The stakes are high. We're talking about critical resources for the missions of the Department of Defense. Our military commanders have told us this funding is vital to keeping pace with Putin's Russia, China, and all their efforts to harm American interests. Just days ago, Saudi Arabia… Continue Reading


09.17.19

With Global Tensions Elevated, Timely Defense Funding Is Essential

America's Adversaries Will Not Wait While Democrats Play Politics With The Defense Appropriations Bill SENATE MAJORITY LEADER MITCH McCONNELL (R-KY): "In the face of surging great-power adversaries, simple upkeep is not enough to keep America and our allies safe from aggression. Comprehensive funding for research, development, and readiness programs is what's needed. In Afghanistan, Syria, Somalia, Yemen, and beyond we continue to face sustained threats from terrorist organizations. And in t… Continue Reading


08.01.19

Senate Accomplishments In The 116th Congress

Accomplishments Of The 116th Senate Include: TRANSFORMING THE COURTS: Confirmed 13 of President Trump's circuit court nominees and 46 of his district court nominees for a total of 43 and 99 since 2017, respectively. BUDGET AGREEMENT: Passed a bipartisan deal setting government funding levels for the next two years that secures funding increases to support our troops, rebuild and modernize our military, and support the VA Mission Act to provide timely access and care for our nation's v… Continue Reading


07.31.19

‘It’s The Right Thing To Do’

The Bipartisan Budget Agreement Will Provide Stability And Predictability For Our Military, 'Ensure Veterans Have Timely Access' To Care And Benefits And 'Eliminates The Economic Risk' Surrounding The Debt Ceiling SENATE MAJORITY LEADER MITCH McCONNELL (R-KY): "[T]his is a deal that every one of my colleagues should support when we vote on it in the near future. This government funding agreement is the right deal for our national defense. It's the right deal because it ensures the United States… Continue Reading


07.30.19

‘A Victory For Our National Security’

The Budget Deal Is 'A Victory For Our Military,' Bans Far-Left Poison Pills, And Defends Against Abortion Extremism The Budget Deal Is 'A Victory For Our National Security,' 'A Victory For Our Military,' 'A Victory For Our Veterans,' And 'A Victory For American Families' SENATE MAJORITY LEADER MITCH McCONNELL (R-KY): "Considering the circumstances of divided government, this is a good deal. … It's a good deal because it achieves the number-one goal on the Republican side of the aisle:… Continue Reading


07.23.19

ICYMI: Highlights Of Administration-Pelosi Bipartisan Budget Deal

Washington Post: "Trump announces support for two-year bipartisan budget deal…" "Trump lauds deal with no 'poison pills'" "Also as part of the deal, Democratic leaders agreed not to include controversial policy changes, known as 'riders,' in future spending bills. Those measures, which can be tied to hot-button issues such as abortion and immigration, can imperil spending legislation. Opponents of these measures often call them "poison pills." "There will be no poison pills, additional… Continue Reading


07.22.19

Our National Security Depends On Our Military Being Fully Funded

Former Secretary Of Defense James Mattis On Sequestration: 'In The Long Term, It Is The Budget Caps … That Impose The Greater Threat To The Department And To National Security' Former Secretaries Of Defense: 'Without Relief From The BCA Caps, Our Air, Land, And Sea Fleets Will Continue To Erode', A 'Real Danger That It Would Hollow Out The Force,' 'Irresponsible' And 'Outrageous' JAMES MATTIS, Former Secretary of Defense: "In the long term, it is the budget caps mandated in the Bud… Continue Reading


06.27.19

A Tale Of Two Bills

Bipartisan Senate Looking To Make A Law, Speaker Pelosi Is Only Looking To "Meet Liberal Demands" SENATE MAJORITY LEADER MITCH McCONNELL (R-KY): "Fortunately, we do have a chance to make law this week on a hugely bipartisan basis. Yesterday the Senate advanced a clean, simple humanitarian funding bill by a huge margin. Thanks to Chairman Shelby and Senator Leahy, this bipartisan package sailed through the Appropriations Committee, 30 to one. And yesterday it passed the full Senate - listen t… Continue Reading

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