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06.16.20

The Great American Outdoors Act Benefits The Economy

At A Time When America's Economy Can Use A Boost, Sen. Cory Gardner's And Sen. Steve Daines' Great American Outdoors Act Will Revitalize Our National Parks And Protect Public Lands, Supporting Billions In Economic Activity "At a time of national crises, the Senate has been able to come together on a topic both parties celebrate: the great outdoors…. [L]awmakers have reached bipartisan agreement on an election-year deal to double spending on a popular conservation program and devote ne… Continue Reading


06.05.20

The Senate’s Busy First Week Of June

This Week, The Senate Passed A Bill Updating The PPP Program, Confirmed The Inspector General For Pandemic Recovery, And Held Seven Hearings On COVID-19 And CARES Oversight, In Sharp Contrast With The House, Which, As Sen. Schumer Says, 'Is Not In Session Now' SENATE MAJORITY LEADER MITCH McCONNELL (R-KY): "[T]here is plenty of work before the Senate. And unlike the Democratic House of Representatives, which I understand may next appear here in Washington in about a month, the Senate is pres… Continue Reading


06.04.20

PPP Loans Are Keeping Small Businesses Alive And Workers Employed

SEN. COLLINS: 'The Paycheck Protection Program Is The Single Most Critical Stimulus Program Protecting Main Street America' SENATE MAJORITY LEADER MITCH McCONNELL (R-KY): "[B]ack in March, as the coronavirus pandemic began to grip our country, the Senate's historic CARES Act set up the Paycheck Protection Program to help protect American workers from layoffs during the crisis. Thanks especially to its chief architects, Senator Rubio and Senator Collins, the PPP has literally saved tens of mi… Continue Reading


05.15.20

Two Productive Weeks In The Senate

While 'House Democrats Are Missing In Action,' The Senate Has Been Carefully At Work, Holding Hearings On The Pandemic, Passing Critical National Security Legislation, And Confirming Important Nominations SENATE MAJORITY LEADER MITCH McCONNELL (R-KY): "The Senate is back in session because we have important work to do for the nation. Critical posts throughout the federal government -- from public health to national security and beyond -- remain vacant. Qualified nominees who have been held u… Continue Reading


05.12.20

Hospitals And Small Businesses Call For Pandemic Liability Protections

As America Works To Safely Reopen, Hospitals, Small Employers, And Business Associations Join Senate Republicans' Push For Liability Protections Against Frivolous Lawsuits "Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said on Tuesday that he and Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) are working on legislation to expand liability protections for businesses as they begin to reopen amid the coronavirus pandemic…. McConnell has called expanded liability protections the 'red line' for Republicans o… Continue Reading


05.07.20

Liability Protections Are Essential To Reopening The American Economy

Senate Republicans Are Insisting On Liability Protections For Health Providers And Small Businesses As They Face 'A Wave Of Litigation' Over Coronavirus Infections That Could Result In A 'Jackpot For Liability Lawyers' SENATE MAJORITY LEADER MITCH McCONNELL (R-KY): "I think I can safely say, for our team here, the Republican Senate majority, if there's any red line, it's on litigation. The litigation epidemic has already begun…. And so we are working on a narrowly crafted liability pr… Continue Reading


05.04.20

‘A Huge Relief’: PPP Funds Continue Helping Main Street Small Businesses

Local Businesses Are Getting A Lifeline And Employees Are Keeping Their Jobs Thanks To Popular Loans From The Paycheck Protection Program "The Trump administration announced Sunday that 2.2 million small business loans worth $175 billion have been made in the second round of the Paycheck Protection Program. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and Small Business Administration Administrator Jovita Carranza said in a joint statement that the average size of a loan made under the second iteration of… Continue Reading


04.23.20

Democrats Delayed, Small Businesses Suffered

Democrats Stalled For 'Leverage' That Never Materialized, And In The Interim People Lost Livelihoods And Jobs SENATE MAJORITY LEADER MITCH McCONNELL (R-KY): "It became clear 12 days ago that the small business program was out of money already. The demand was enormous. Senate Republicans and the administration felt that we ought to immediately plus that up. That was not acceptable to the Democrats." (Sen. McConnell, Press Conference, 4/21/2020) LEADER McCONNELL: "It's unfortunate that it took… Continue Reading


04.16.20

Democrats’ PPP Obstruction Will Now Cost People Their Paychecks

With the Paycheck Protection Program Officially Out Of Funding, Pelosi And Schumer's Shameful Actions Will Now Directly Harm Hardworking Americans SENATE MAJORITY LEADER MITCH McCONNELL (R-KY): "One week ago, on this floor, I warned that the Paycheck Protection Program was running out of money and tried to a pass clean funding bill. Senate Democrats blocked it. Here's where we are, a week later, with absolutely no progress. This morning, the program ran out of money and shut down, just as I war… Continue Reading


04.14.20

As Democrats Delay, Money To Assist Small Businesses Will Run Out By The End Of The Week

With Small Businesses Struggling To Survive, Democrats Continue To Block Extra Funding For 'A Bipartisan Program' That Will Help Those Businesses And Their Workers STEVEN MNUCHIN, Secretary of the Treasury: "As the president said, we've gone back to Congress and asked them for more money … [T]he president's view, and the vice president's and my view, is this was a bipartisan program. This SBA program, it wasn't a Republican program, it wasn't a Democrat program, it was a bipartisan prog… Continue Reading


04.10.20

PPP Is Already Saving Small Business Jobs, But Democrats Object To Extending That Lifeline

As Millions Are Laid Off, Speaker Pelosi Sees 'No Data' As To Why The Payroll Protection Program Immediately Needs $250 Billion More For Small Businesses, Despite Widespread Interest And Reports From Across The Country Of Businesses And Paychecks Already Being Saved SENATE MAJORITY LEADER MITCH McCONNELL (R-KY): "Senate Democrats just blocked urgent money for a popular, bipartisan job-saving program which they themselves literally coauthored with us two weeks ago. I complimented both sides and … Continue Reading


04.09.20

Democrats Block Attempt To Swiftly Deliver More Relief To Small Businesses And Workers

'The Country Cannot Afford Unnecessary Wrangling Or Political Maneuvering. Treating This As A Normal, Partisan Negotiation Could Literally Cost Americans Their Jobs' SENATE MAJORITY LEADER MITCH McCONNELL (R-KY): "Soon I will ask unanimous consent to increase the funding for the Paycheck Protection Program to a new total of $600 billion. I'm not talking about changing any policy language that both sides negotiated together. I am literally talking about deleting the number 350 and writing 600 … Continue Reading


03.31.20

The CARES Act Is ‘A Critical First Step’ To Help Americans

'Congress Was Able To Cast Aside Our Differences And Come Together In Short Order For The Good Of Our Country' Providing Assistance To Families, Workers, Small Businesses, Medical Providers And More Leader McConnell 'Was Determined To Put His Own Stamp On The Next Economic Aid Plan,' Which 'Senators In Both Parties Hailed The Passage Of … Especially Considering The Extraordinary Circumstances' "[T]he majority leader was determined to put his own stamp on the next economic aid plan,… 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


03.25.20

The CARES Act Will Rush Assistance To American Workers, Families, Small Businesses, And Health Care Providers

Extensive Bipartisan Negotiations Have Strengthened The CARES Act, Which Will Help Stabilize The Economy, Provide Recovery Checks And Unemployment Insurance To Americans, Support Small Businesses, And Surge Funding For Hospitals And Medical Equipment SENATE MAJORITY LEADER MITCH McCONNELL (R-KY): "Ten days ago, I laid out four urgent priorities for new Senate legislation to help our nation through this crisis. We had to get direct financial assistance to the American people. Get historic aid… Continue Reading


03.23.20

Will Democrats Choose Their Ideological Wish List Over Suffering Americans?

Democrats Are Treating A National Emergency As A Political Opportunity, Demanding A Christmas List Of Unrelated Ideological Provisions In Coronavirus Relief Legislation While Doctors, Nurses, And Hospitals Struggle And American Jobs Are At Risk SENATE MAJORITY LEADER MITCH McCONNELL (R-KY): "The bipartisan [Senate coronavirus relief bill] delivers strongly on each of the core priorities we identified at the outset: It puts urgently-needed cash in the hands of American workers and families. I… Continue Reading


03.22.20

Days After Lecturing ‘Americans Can’t Wait,’ Democrats Block Coronavirus Relief In The Senate

Last Week, Senate Democrats Asked For Immediate Action On Coronavirus Legislation: 'This Is Not Just Another Political Issue,' And Senators Must 'Shed Our Partisanship And Rise To The Occasion' Because 'Time Is Of The Essence,' Yet Today They Blocked Critical Bipartisan Coronavirus Relief From Moving Forward "Democrats block advancement of critical economic relief package" (Washington Examiner, 3/22/2020) "Senate Democrats block mammoth coronavirus stimulus package" (The Hill, 3/22/2020) … Continue Reading


03.19.20

The CARES Act: Major Coronavirus Relief for American Workers, Families, and Small Businesses

Senate Republicans Introduced The CARES Act, Which Would Provide Significant Assistance To American Families And Small Businesses, Bolster The Health Care Response, And Stabilize The Economy During The Coronavirus Emergency SENATE MAJORITY LEADER MITCH McCONNELL (R-KY): "I am officially introducing the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act. This legislation takes bold action on four major priorities that are extremely urgent and extremely necessary: Direct financial help for … Continue Reading


01.16.20

USMCA Will Benefit American Workers And Businesses

'Good News For Millions Of Farmers, Manufacturers And Workers In Every Corner Of America': USMCA Solidifies Trade With America's Neighbors, Supports Hundreds Of Thousands Of Jobs, And Adds $68 Billion To The Economy SENATE MAJORITY LEADER MITCH McCONNELL (R-KY): "It's now been more than a year since President Trump hammered out the USMCA with the governments of Mexico and Canada. These two neighbors buy more than $500 billion in American goods and services every year. They buy nearly 30 perc… Continue Reading


12.19.19

‘That Entire Calendar Year That House Democrats Wasted Has Consequences’

Because Speaker Pelosi Spent An Entire Year Delaying The USMCA Trade Agreement, Focusing Instead On Impeachment, The Senate Will Be Unable To Take Up USMCA Before Next Year SENATE MAJORITY LEADER MITCH McCONNELL (R-KY): "It was more than a year ago that President Trump first signed the draft agreement with the leaders of Canada and Mexico. More than 12 months. That's how long House Democrats dragged their heels on the USMCA and kept 176,000 new American jobs on ice. Now, at the 11th hour, Sp… Continue Reading

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